Fabulous flying birthday-cake-flavoured greetings to you
Hand out the party hats and break out the cake and yarn. Stitch London is 5 years old! The woolly Godzilla is coming of age in 2011 and we're inviting you to join in with more stitching and stomping than ever before. Ladies and gents of Stitch London, sharpen your needles! It's going to be one monster of a stitching year.
To start things off we're dropping 'Submit to the Knit' and becoming multi-stitch. Proud Stitch Londoners can now proclaim 'Keep calm and carry yarn' as our Stitch London motto. So brandish your hooks and your needles large and small and laugh in the face of knitting vs crochet vs sewing foolishness. All Stitchers welcome.
Stitch London learners: The first learner knitter session of 2011 will be on 4 January. It's going to be a beast! Look out for the learner icon (left) to see dates for learner meetings. Places may be limited so please arrive early to sign up.
Questions? See our Learn to Knit and FAQ pages.
Farewell 2010: Stitch London's 2010 shoved some awesome stitching challenges at you from 259 Stitched Selves to shoals of tiny squid. You did us proud. We look back at last year's stitch-based madness.
Ladybird, Ladybird: From deep within our archives Stitch London's most popular free pattern flies again.
Happy 5th Birthday Stitch London! Join us for our birthday celebrations and our biggest meeting of the year in 2011.
For more information on each venue click on 'More info' to go to our Venues page
2010 was one heck of a year for you Stitch Londoners. We changed our name, stitched ourselves and yarnstormed Trafalgar Square with crazed pigeons. There were free patterns, fascinating interviews and some epic charity knitting efforts. We also consumed more cake than was healthy. MWA HA HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
We look back at last year and pick out the best bits in a Stitch London nostalgiafest!
Woolly Godzilla at the Royal Festival Hall: Over 200 knitters descended on the Royal Festival Hall for our 4th Birthday New Year Knit. It was utter utter madness.
Helping Haiti by fighting over yarn: Stitch London teamed up with P/Hop to raise hundreds of quid for the Haiti Earthquake victims.
Ravelympics Madness: You knit. You knit. You knit some more. Team S&B London completed 88 projects for the 2010 Ravelympics. You can see all the proud finished knits here.
Arty knitting meets Tate Britain: We questioned artist Andy Holden on his giant knitted pyramid piece at London's Tate Britain. An epic knit.
Stitch Sages to the Rescue: The role of Stitch Sage was born with dozens of you volunteering to help wrangle to woolly Godzilla in return for some cool stitching opportunities.
Rehatching the Woolly Godzilla: In April we rehatched S&B London and became Stitch London. Woo hoo!
There are many rumours as to why the name changed.
Many say Gertrude lost the name in a gambling bet gone wrong. Others stick with the idea that Stitch London had grown so large and scary that it needed a name of its very own.
Stitch and Rock: Stitch London rocked the knit at the Camden Crawl and witnessed a pirate yaaaaaarnstorm from Knit the City.
All Stitched Up: We offered you bits of bodies, craft galore and the opportunity to learn surgical stitching at The Hunterian Museum.
Knit Crawl Craziness: The 2010 Knit Crawl rolled its way across London's museum district taking in four iconic places. There were dinosaurs, graffti snails, fairy tale characters and far too much cake. You raised over £300 for The Brains Trust.
RACE! CAKE: You raised over £1000 for Cancer Research, racing while knitting over the 5km Race for Life.
We also offered the Cake Makes It All Better cushion pattern.
Tiny Perching Pigeon perfection: A whole flock of you crazy wannabe graffiti knitters turned out to fill Trafalgar Square with Mochi Mochi Land's Tiny Perching Pigeons. It was very coo-l.
The pigeons were featured on Londonist and in several UK knitting magazines. No knitted pigeon-graffiti arrests were made on the day either. Phew.
Stitch Yourself Runs Riot: Stitch London's proudest moment this year was possibly when 259 of you overran the Science Museum in tiny knitted form. The Stitch Yourself event featured your stitched selves which came from as far as New Zealand and from right here in London. They came with iPhones, WIPs, tattoos, scars, partners, pets and even rude bits. We were utterly amazed by your contributions.
For those of you who missed out we are hoping for another Stitch Yourself event. You can get your mitts on the Stitch Yourself Blank Body pattern on Ravelry.
AAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH! SQUID ATTACK! Stitch Londoners released a whole shoal of stitched squid into The Natural History Museum along with 8-metre Squidius Knittius Giganticus Plastic.
We also hunted a captured Six Deep Sea Escapees of the stitched kind.
Brian Blessed stole our sheep: A team of lucky Stitch Sages ran a workshop in the grounds of very royal Clarence House for Prince Charles' Start Garden Party. Brian Blessed pinched one of our stitched sheep!
Historical Stitching goes Stylish: Stitch London teamed up with John Smedley and sneaky stitchers Knit the City to launch Wool Week. A bit of history was created in London's first yarnstormed shop window.
Snowed under with Christmas goodies: Stitch London's Christmas Shindig raised nearly £300 for Serendip Children's Charity and the mountain of raffle prizes had to be seen to be believed.
Gerty in shock scandal: Our woolly Agony Aunt Gerty Woolsworthy She'll return in the next newsletter with more gin-soaked wisdom. Apologies in advance. did many shocking things in 2010. Most are too shameful to even write about here.
Godzilla grows: 2010 finished with over 8500 Stitch Londoners stomping stitchily all over the world with another 7500 of you across Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter. That's over 15000 Stitch Londoners. Possibly the world's biggest knitting group. RRAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHH!
Stitch Sage army: There are now over 70 amazing Stitch Sage volunteers helping wrangle the woolly Godzilla. They have made each and every event a pleasure and Stitch London couldn't survive without you. Thank you all so very much.
And a HUGE thanks to every Stitch Londoner out there for helping to keep Stitch London stomping by attending events and wearing your knits with pride.
Phew. After a year like that maybe we should spend this year sitting somewhere quietly and getting some selfish knitting done, no?
HA! Bring on 2011. We've already got some stupendous stitching projects in the works. We're bursting to tell all but it's hush hush for now.
Hold on to your needles and hooks, ladies and gents. This year things are going to get woolly...
To kick you off join in the New Year's Stitchulations declarations on Ravelry. If you don't complete yours by the end of the year we're going to throw stale cake at you. You have been warned.
In the five years Stitch London has been around one pattern has come out tops on our blog.
Written by the mysterious Knitting Ninja, we're dusting off the Lovely Ladybird Knitting Pattern once more to start you off with a bug-flavoured New Year.
You can even spot a tiny Lovely Ladybird on Knit the City's infamous Parliament Square Phonebox Cosy.
Other free pattern gems included:
Our first meeting of 2011 Stitch London celebrates 5 years of stitching and stomping across the city! Woo hoo!
To celebrate we're have the biggest meeting ever on January 4th at our traditional first meeting of the year home from home the Royal Festival Hall. Join us!
Last year saw over 200 knitters take to the Royal Festival Hall. This year we're hoping to be seen from space.
Old friends, shy newbies, crocheters, sewing folks, and anyone wanting to learn or teach please join us.
Bring a name badge: Do you have no idea who the person was that was stitching that splendid shawl last year? With so many stitchers names can get a bit lost. As a one off we're encouraging all you fibre-flingers to make yourself a name badge to introduce yourself to your fellow Stitch Londoners. Use your Ravelry name, make a name up, hide your name and remain mysterious. It's up you.
Become a Stitch Sage: Fancy passing on the love of the knit? Help us teach the basics and you'll become a shiny Stitch Sage. WE NEED TEACHERS! All Stitch sages get a warm fuzzy feeling, the chance to do amazing stiching stuff and the occassional free gift. See what's in it for you and how to join.
Stitch London stuff: We'll be bringing along a whole load of Stitch London stuff for you to buy too. Take a look at our shop page and drop us an email should you want anything.
Not in London? Join us on Twitter for live pics from the meeting.
So there we are. Your first Stitch London newsletter of 2011. Welcome to the Year of Knitting Dangerously.
Keep calm and carry yarn, Stitch Londoners.
Stitch London x
A woolly Godzilla since 2005
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