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26 September 2011
Stitch...  and Purled Pigeons Bent on World Domination     
EXCLUSIVE: SNEAK PEEK AT NEW STITCH LONDON BOOK ... SPECIAL EVENT:  STITCH LONDON BOOK LAUNCH 
GLOBAL COMPETITIONS: WIN SIGNED COPIES OF STITCH LONDON
... FIND COOEY & WIN KNITTING GOODIES
MOVIE PREMIERE: KNIT THE PIGEON: THE MOVIE! ... CHARITY: HELP KNIT REFUGE COMFORT BLANKETS
EEGAD! The Stitch London newsletter has been hijacked by a knitted pigeon!

Cooeeeeeeee to you
 
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Cooey the Pigeon, shining stitched star of the brand new Stitch London book. I've decided to puff myself up and write the entire Stitch London newsletter this week to celebrate the launch of Stitch London. Anyone got any bread crusts? Coo...


 
Stitch London learners: We offer learner knitter sessions once a month (usually in the first week but do check to make sure) at our Stitch Up meetings. Look out for the learner icon (left) to see dates for learner meetings in our Stitch Ups section. Places may be limited so please arrive early to sign up.

Want to know what to bring or how it works? See our Learn to Knit and FAQ pages


 COO! SNEAK PEEKS!  An exclusive look at Stitch London's kooky little knits before anyone else gets to see.


CHIRP! PIGEON PARADE! Join us for the Stitch London Purled-Pigeon-Perched Book Launch on London's swanky South Bank. There will be cake!


WARBLE! MEET THE PIGEONS AT ALLY PALLY! Come and meet Cooey and other Stitch London knits at the Knitting and Stitching Show.
 
 
TWEEEEEP TWEEEEP! ATTEND THE ONLINE PREMIER OF KNIT THE PIGEON THE MOVIE We've made a little Pigeon knitting film. Grab your popcorn and go see it!
 
 
 
CHEEP CHEEP! KNIT FOR A LOVELY CAUSE Do something lovely for little humans and people in need and help to knit a Refuge Comfort Blanket.

COMPETITIONS

CAW BLIMEY! WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK! The chance to win a shiny signed Stitch London book!




SQUAWK! WIN A TON OF KNITTING GOODIES Enter the HUGE Where's Cooey Competition for a chance to win every week!
 
 

Stitch London Stitch Ups and events:
For more information on each venue click on 'More info' to go to our Venues page


 

 MONDAY 26 Sept  

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
 
Map  More info 
STITCH LONDON SPECTACULAR PURLED-PIGEON-PERCHED
BOOK LAUNCH


 WEDNESDAY 5 October
 
Time: From 6pm-10pm
Venue: Foyles at Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
  
 
(with regular Stitch Up in the Royal Festival Hall)
 
Map  More info Facebook Event
 MEET THE PIGEONS STITCH LONDON 
BOOK SIGNING

SATURDAY 8 October  

Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Knitting and Stitching Show
Alexandra Palace
Sew Good Books Stall
 Stand: J41
 
TUESDAY 11 October     
Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London
SE1 8DD

Map More info 

THURSDAY 20 October  

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Camel and Artichoke (upstairs)
121 Lower Marsh
London
SE1 7AE

 
Map  More info
HALLOWEEN
KNIT OF THE LIVING DEAD


MONDAY 31 October  

Time: From 6pm
Venue: New Moon
Ledenhall Market
88 Gracechurch Street
London
EC3V 0DN
 
Map  More info
 
EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK: STITCH LONDON - THE BOOK!

STOMP! RUSTLE! STOMP! RUSTLE! What on earth is that noise? AAAIIIIIIIEEEEEE!!! The woolly Godzilla that is Stitch London has been transformed... into a book! And best of all each book contains a kit to knit the world's most beautiful ladylike pigeon (ME!) inside. Woo hoo!

Finally London has its very own knitting book! Stitch London, written by Chief Woolly Godzilla Wranger Lauren O'Farrell and published by the good folks at David & Charles, is a collection of 20+ of Lauren's kookiest London-themed patterns in one shiny book. It’s her first ever pattern book and it tangles together her two great loves kooky knitting and the lovely pigeon-filled city of London.

Stitch London? Why would I want to knit London?
You can whip up your own HRH to add a bit of majesty to your mantelpiece. You could woolly up your unexciting umbrella with handful of Umbrella Fellas. You can build a knitty city with some little London landmarks, and stop your tea getting tepid with a cockney-rhyming slang Mug Hugger. Whether you’re just visiting or striving to survive as a city knitter, Stitch London is the place for you.



Not a knitter or a bit scared of new knitting challenges?
Fear not! We’ll even show you how to get clicking with your sticks and string. We’re nice like that.

Instant Pigeon Stitching
“Cooo coooo…” Oh yes, and it’s not just full of little knits. The book also contains everything you need to knit the pattern for the quite frankly gorgeous Cooey the Pigeon. Wheeeeeeeee!

Beating the stuffing out of cancer
And lastly a MWA HA HA HAAA in the face of Cancer. At the same time as the book is published Lauren is celebrating 5 years in remission from cancer. With this in mind all sales of this book support Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to help other people beat the pants off cancer too.

Any more cool stuff? You get two bonus patterns if you register at www.knitthepigeon.com. You can also follow @cooeythepigeon on Twitter and like me on Facebook for updates and exclusive Stitch London book stuff. Coo-coo-cool.
 
KNIT THE PIGEON: THE MOVIE

For those of you who might fear that pigeon knitting is a little too challenging for their needles we've made a little movie to show you how easy it is. Knit the Pigeon: the Movie contains scenes of daring rooftop knitting, the innards of the Fleece Station where this little pigeon was first hatched and a rather catchy tune.

You can attend the world premiere by watching it on Youtube here:


COMPETITION: WIN A SHINY SIGNED COPY OF THE STITCH LONDON BOOK

Wanna win a copy of Stitch London just for answering an easy peasy question? 

Oooo! It's a raven. A raven I tell you!The Stitch London book features patterns for two London birds. One of them is a splendiferous pigeon and the other is the bird pictured on the left. To win one of five shiny copies signed (by both Lauren and my good pigeony self), complete with a pigeon kit inside, all you need to do is answer this feathered friend-inspired Londony question:
 
What kind of bird is famous for being found at the Tower of London?

A: Flamingo
B: Raven
C: Funky chicken
D: Vulture

Drop us an email at winstuff@stitchLDN.com with:  

• The subject line"I want to get knitty in the city" (Please make sure you enter the right subject otherwise your entry might get missed) 
• Answer A, B, C or D
• Your full name, address and any leftover crusts of bread from your sandwiches

Special Bonus Ravelry Extra: One lucky winner will get an extra prize of a full set of all 23 Stitch London badges and a Stitch London fridge magnet. Here's what to do:
  1. Log in to Ravelry.com with your account
  2. Find the Stitch London patterns and pick one you like
  3. Leave a comment or add one to your favourites
  4. Add the line: "I commented/favourited on (put pattern name here)." to your competition email, along with the correct answer to the question.
As with most Stitch London competitions anyone can enter. Even if you live outside the UK. The deadline for the competition is 4 October at 8pm.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 4 October 2011 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and sent the book via post. 5. Competition open to everyone, including people outside London and the UK.
COMPETITION: FIND THE PIGEON + WIN A WHOLE LOAD OF KNITTING GOODIES

Cooey? Cooooooey? COOEEEEEEEY?!?!? Where on earth did I go? One minute I'm safely tucked into the front of every book in kit form and the next I've been knitted and have flown out the window. If you have any idea where I am please let Knit the Pigeon know and in return there are yarny rewards!
  
How does it work?
Every single week for the next 10 weeks Cooey (that's me) will flap off into London and land in a famous place.

Knit the Pigeon will put up three picture clues for you to guess where I end up. A new image will be revealed on three different days with each a bit easier than one before.

What can you win? Knit the Pigeon have bagged a whole load of prizes from Coats Craft UK and All the Fun of the Fair. There'll be a new hamper of prizes every single week. Coo!

How do I enter? Flutter over to www.knitthepigeon.com and fill out the form to enter. Terms and conditions on the website.
 
Please find me before I get lost and end up in a pigeon pie! Cries of "Alas poor Cooey, we knew her well." Will not go down well with me...
EXCLUSIVE EVENT: STITCH LONDON SPECTACULAR PURLED-PIGEON-PERCHED
BOOK LAUNCH

To celebrate the launch of this coo-coo-cool knitty city book Lauren and her publishers, David & Charles, are holding a spectacular Stitch London Purled-Pigeon-Perched Book Launch at Foyles Book Shop on London's South Bank!

Join your fellow Stitch Londoners, Plarchie the Giant Knitted Squid (he’s dreamy) and some of the capital's most fabulous crafters to raise a glass of sparkly stuff and eat free cake, to celebrate the book that turns London wonderfully woolly.

All the knits from the book will be on display so you can give them a squeeze, there'll be a whole host of purly pigeons, and you can get your copy signed while you stuff cupcakes in your face. Hurrah!

When? Wednesday 5th October
What time? 18:00
Who? You, everyone else and Plarchie
Where? Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Can't make it to the launch? You can meet the pigeons at the Knitting and Stitch Show on Saturday 8th October too! Find us on the Sew Good Books Stall at 2.30pm. Stand J41. More info here.
   
Charity Knitting: Join the Refuge Comfort Blanket Campaign

Stitchers, as far as a pigeon like me can tell, seem to be a very generous bunch. There are always cake crumbs to be had if I hang around any kind of Stitch Up meeting. So I thought you might like to flock together to help out with a worthwhile campaign from two of the UK's biggest knitting magazines.

The Refuge Comfort Blanket Campaign, being run by Simply Knitting and The Knitter, is being run to help those affected by the sad circumstance of domestic violence by raising money for Refuge.

The idea is that you knit a blanket square to add to 100 blankets being made to pass on to those in need. You can also download a whole eBook of lovely patterns for the squares, in return for a donation to the cause.

Squares can be sent in or dropped off at Alexandra Palace's Knitting and Stitching Show. The deadline for all squares is December first. So you have plenty of time to stitch up a few squares and get some pigeon knitting in too.

Find out more about it on the Simply Knitting website or flutter over to the Just Giving page and make your donation for the patterns there.

Help feather a nest for someone who needs it. Go on. I would too if I had fingers rather than these wings.
Stalk
Stitch London





I'm off to peck at those kebab remains someone just dropped. Normal newsletter service will resume next time. It's been fun though. And I left everything very tidy.
 
Keep calm and carry extra bread for the pigeons, Stitch Londoners. Coo coo...
Cooey the Pigeon x 
Dropping whitewash on the head of the woolly Godzilla since 2011
 
Edited and sewn together with words by Cooey the Pigeon
with a proofreading eye from Clare E Jaffe
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