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6 September 2010
Stitch and a Royal Woolly Wave
... HELP: Help us knit for a right Royal Event ... EXCLUSIVE PATTERNS: Raging Wool patterns...
... WIN: Class Tickets for I Knit Weekender ... ALL CHANGE: Stitch London rehatches ...
Crisp and crunchy Autumn greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, tail-waggingly eager to wave farewell to summer and break out the knits as things turn chillsome. And feeling the need to give a little as Stitch London fights cancer and fights for the future of the world in a single month.
 
Stitch London learners: Stitch London free knitting lessons take place every other week. Look out for the learner icon (left) to see dates for learner meetings. Places are limited so please arrive early to sign up.

Questions? See our Learn to Knit and FAQ pages.



Help Us teach by becoming a Stitch Sage

   HELP Knit for royalty and save the planet: Help knit for our workshops for Prince Charles' Garden Party to Make a Difference and bag a free pattern.


 WIN I Knit Weekender Goodness: We have five I Knit Weekender class tickets for you to win.
 
 
KNIT three exclusive Stitch London knitting patterns: Three knitting patterns and a warm fuzzy feeling.
 
WHA? Stitch London is rehatching again and you could end up with the cool stuff that comes with it.


Stitch London meetings:
For more information on each venue click on 'More info' to go to our Venues page
HELP US KNIT
TUESDAY 7 Sept

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Leon at Spitalfields Market
3 Crispin Place
London
E1 6DW

Map More info
 
(Normal knitting is fine
too if you're not up for helping)
THURSDAY 16 Sept

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
 
SE1 8XX

Map More info
WEDNESDAY 22 Sept
 
Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London
SE1 8DD

Map More info
 
  HELP US KNIT: STITCH SQUARES FOR SHEEP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

Stitch London has been invited to contribute two voluntary workshops to Prince Charles' 'Garden Party to Make a Difference' for his new Start charity. There are two ways you can help.

We need:
  • Very easy unfinished knitted squares
  • Colourful plastic bags

The Prince of Wales is joining forces with musicians, comedians, environmental experts and some of Britain’s best known companies to create a unique festival in the heart of London. He's opening up his own gardens at Clarence House, together with his neighbours’ gardens at Lancaster House and Marlborough House and inviting everyone to join in.

A Garden Party To Make A Difference runs from 8 to 19 September 2010 and is a rare opportunity to visit the historic gardens and learn the small steps that can, and are, being taken by all of us to build a more sustainable future. You can buy tickets here.

Celebrities saving the future will include Vivienne Westwood, Jools Holland, Rolf Harris, Hugh Denis, Marcus Brigstocke, Emma Watson, Clive Anderson, John Snow and loads of others.

Stitch London workshops:

WEDNESDAY 8 September – STITCH A SQUARE SHEEP
Join Stitch London on a mission to stitch a herd of handmade sheep from reclaimed yarn and abandoned second-hand stashes. Stitch your sheep from a single knitted square and second-hand fabrics which have been donated to us by John Smedley, one of Britain's oldest knitwear companies, to give a whole new life to woeful wools.

Take your handsome herbivore home with you or add him to the Handmade Herd art installation to help prove that knitting is more than just scratchy socks, dull doilies and oversized sweaters.

 

PlarnTUESDAY 14 September – PLASTIC BAG BUGS AND BLANKETS
Learn to turn your waste plastic bags into picnic-perfect waterproof blankets and whirling wind-dancing butterflies and bugs with our 'plarn' workshop.

We'll teach you to turn a simple plastic carrier bag into yarn to knit with. The 'plarn' can be turned to practical uses by creating a square-by-square multicoloured waterproof picnic blanket, or get buggy with butterflies and bugs that make perfect garden wind dancers.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. Knit a small square on 7 September: The Stitch a Sheep Workshop needs unfinished knitted squares. Join us on the 7 September at Leon to help us knit (wool and needles provided).

Pattern: 4.5mm needles, 10 stitches, 15 rows, pull yarn through stitches with 15cm tail.

Every helpful knitter gets a free Stitch a Square Sheep PDF pattern emailed to them.

2. Bring us your colourful carrier bags: Bring your colourful carrier bags along on September 7 or send them to us at Stitch London Towers by 12 September. All donations of more than 10 colourful carrier bags get a free 'How to Make 'Plarn' PDF emailed to them.

EXCLUSIVE PATTERNS: Stitch and kicking the c**p out of Cancer with Raging Wool

Cancer is utterly rubbish. It is a fiendish foe that deserves jabbing with our DPNs until it gives up and goes away. Fancy helping us vanquish cancer by supporting those fine folks fighting it and treating yourself to one of three fabulous knitting patterns?

Team Raging Wool are a six-person team of knitters (and those sympathetic to the woolly cause) whose mission is to kick the tar out of Cancer by trekking 20 miles across London in one night for Maggie's Centre Night Hike on 17 September.

To help team Raging Wool reach their target of £1200 they're offering three patterns for which they invite you to donate and download.
 
Another reason to donate: Stitch London are also going to teach a 'Stitch a Squid' workshop at  Maggie's Centre later in the month. Knitting is the perfect way to fill hospital time and time spent in waiting rooms, as well as being hugely therapeutic (as you all know). Help us to help them.

Pick your pattern > Donate to the fund > Get knitting
 

Slap My Thigh iPhone / iPod / iTouch Cosy
 
Cosy your technology with a bit of chic cable craft from The Fibre Flinger. Featuring 'Gertrude Garter & Susan Stocking stitch cable'.
 
 
Candy Scarf
 
Simple but sweet pattern works by changing between two yarns leaving loops throughout. Looks more complicated than it is, which is fabulous for impressing admirers when you've had an easy knit.


Stitched Self Blank Body

The Knitted Stitched Self pattern in shiny new updated Whodunnknit form, with more 'how to' images and more helpful hints on creating a tiny version of you in knitted form.



COMPETITION: Stitch and Win a Bit of Woolly Knowledge at I Knit Weekender

Unless you've had your head buried in your stash recently you can't fail but notice that there's a wondrous knitting event rolling towards us like a giant, squishy ball of yellow yarn.

Yes, I Knit Weekender is here at last. Boasting the knitterati in the form of classes from designers like Alice Starmore, Martin Story, Marie Wallin, Erika Knight, Wooly Wormhead and The Dutch Knitters - with topics such as icelandic lopi, lace, crochet. There are also tons of stalls and all manner of fibre-based goodness.

Stitch London will be there in badge-based form as those lovely feathered folks at The Bothered Owl are going to be selling our Stitch London badges once more. Get your paws on a Will Knit for Cake badge before they sell out like ... well, like hot cakes.

Want to win a place in an I Knit Weekender Workshop? We've got 5 places to give away. All you need to do is answer this question:

Where is the I Knit London shop?
a. In a wool-covered pod on the London Eye
b. On Lower Marsh, Waterloo
c. On the back of a giant sheep roaming about London

Drop us an email at stitchettes@stitchLDN.com with:
  • The subject line "I want to win weekend woolly wisdom!"
  • Answer A, B or C
  • Your full name, email and phone number
The deadline for the competition is Wednesday 9 September at 8pm. The five winners' details will be passed on to I Knit who will contact you with more info on how to book your class. Please make sure you are contactable on via email/phone in case you win.

Please note: Offering to come to Stitch London Towers and untangle our teaching stash will not help you win. Just pick your answer, email us and cross your fingers. Good luck!

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends Wednesday 9 September 2010 at 8pm.
4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers. 4. No cash alternatives. 5. Workshop places subject to availability in classes


Stitch and Ch-ch-ch Changes: The further rehatching of Stitch London
by Deadly Knitshade

Stitch London is a growing woolly Godzilla as many of you are aware. Last month we totalled an astounding 7500 members on our mailing list and kept on going, with over 15000 of you Stitch Londoners across our Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry, website and blog. That's one HUGE stitching community.

A woolly Godzilla that size needs a fair amount of help to smash cities with the stitch and because of this changes are acomin'. I wanted to keep every Stitch Londoner in the loop.

 
A fond farewell to Stitchettes
Since Stitch London was born back in 2005 it's been helped along its woolly road by many Stitchettes, volunteers who give up their spare time to write, teach, organise and hand out goodies. Fabulous human beings, inspirations stitchers, blossoming writers and generally wonderful folks.

We have asked for so much hard work over the last year from our team of volunteer Stitchettes: Marion 'Bluestocking Stitcher' Crick (Stitchette since June 2009), Emma-Lee 'The Purple Purler' Yarwood (Stitchette since July 2009), Emma 'The Fastener' Toft (Stitchette since January 2010), and Yusuf 'The Fibre Flinger' Osman (Stitchette since Feb 2010) and they've done a bang up job keeping Stitch London tangle free.

Sadly the era of the Stitchette has had its time. They've all been amazing Stitchettes and each Stitch Londoner (including me) salutes them and wishes them well on their continued journeys in stitching adventure.

Lucky for us it might not be the end of their good Stitch London works...

A shiny happy hello to the new breed of Stitch Sages
A small knot of busy Stitchettes just doesn't have the power to tame a woolly Godzilla when it gets so large. So with a huge fibre-based thank you to all four handmade heroes of the knit, it's time to usher in a new era of Stitch London.

The Stitchettes benefitted from the chance to do amazing things: stitching sneaky sealife for the Natural History Museum, scoffing food at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, knitting exhibits for the Science Museum, writing articles on the knit for 1000s of readers, freebies (when we got them), tv and press stardom, graffiti knitting sneakiness, pattern publishing for huge projects, promotion of their designs, and all manner of stuff you'd never ordinarily get to do.

With this in mind a new era of Stitch London will see every single one of you, where ever you are, get the chance to give your time to keeping Stitch London stomping while you get the chance to take part in some of knitting's kookiest, coolest and most exciting projects and benefit.

The more you give Stitch London, the more chance you have of getting

If you're a Stitch Sage already then you've already started. If you're not and you're interested in helping drop us an email at stitchsage@stitchLDN.com with the subject "I want to help wrangle the woolly Godzilla" and we'll sign you up to the Stitch Sage mailing list.

Watch this stitched space
For the time being Deadly Knitshade (co-founder and Stitchette since 2005) and the ever-gin-drinking Gertrude Woolsworthy (Stitchette since the day she was wound) will be keeping Stitch London ticking over while refurbishment takes place in small stages. Meetings, events and newsletters will continue with as little turbulence as possible. Hopefully.

If you're still confused bear with it. The aim is to follow in the footsteps of other woolly mammoths (like our heroes at Ravelry) to help you as a community help Stitch London.

The continued re-hatching of Stitch London is going to take a while so don't expect major changes too soon and please try to be patient.

Be assured that you, the Stitch Londoner, are what is important as we grow and carry on our quest for world stitching domination. Each and every one of you are what make Stitch London the inspirational woolly Godzilla it is turning out to be. Without you the woolly Godzilla would be knitting quietly at home.

Prepare to wear your Stitch Londoner status with extra pride. Purl to the people!

There's your lot of woolly words for this newsletter, folks. Back to your patterns and purls with you.
If you're not in London or can't make it to a meeting you can still join the wool-covered madness as an online Stitch Londoner on our Ravelry message board, and befriend us on Twitter
and Facebook.

May the Stitch be with you, Stitch Londoners,

Stitch London x


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Edited and sewn together with words by Deadly Knitshade
with accompaniment on the piano by Gertrude Woolsworthy

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