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19 Aug 2013
Stitch...   and an Attack of the Stitched Sea Monkeys! 

EEP! EEEEEP! EEEEEEP! Sea Monkey-flavoured greetings !

Here at Stitch London Towers we've suddenly been infested with Stitched Sea Monkeys! The woolly little critters have escaped from the brand new Oliver and the Seawigs book and have taken over!

Lucky for you Stitchers there's a free knitting pattern so you can make one of your very own and start your own Sea Monkey infestation in your knitty neighbourhood. And you can win a copy of the book. Arm yourself with kelp-wrapped bananas and read on!

We're also holding a special weekend London Stitch Up this Saturday. Join us!

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Wander into the woolly wonder below...


The Stitched Sea Monkeys are coming! Swim for the hills!

Sea Monkeys are cheeky and slightly damp little creatures that have sprung from the pages of the new kids' book Oliver and the Seawigs by the scribbling ink-slinging team of Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

The good folks at Oxford University Press have commissioned a special Stitched Sea Monkey pattern (designed by the infamous Deadly Knitshade) to celebrate the book's launch and it's FREE!

Stitch yourself a squishy little Sea Monkey and you too can pretend you are off to a magical place where islands wear hair pieces and the seaweed is oddly judgemental. But be warned: the more Stitched Sea Monkeys you make the more kelp-wrapped sea bananas you will need to grow.
Here's a little bit about the book (and though it isn't a knitting book there is plenty of crazy craft happening in the story):

Oliver grew up in a family of explorers - but his biggest adventure is about to begin! Along with his new friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents.

But before he can put his rescue plan into action there’s the evil Stacey de Lacey and an army of greasy, green sea monkeys to contend with…

Oliver and the Seawigs is published on September 5th but rumour has it you can pre-order from lots of places right now. Eep! Eep!


In even more exciting news we have five signed copies of Oliver and the Seawigs to give away to five lucky winners.

To win a signed copy of the book answer the easy peasy question below:

What do you call the mythical half-fish half-ladies who live in the sea?

A: Barbara
B: Mermaids
C: Fish fatales
D: Lady Godivas
To enter drop us an email at with:  

• The subject line"I would rock a Seawig!" (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 the email you wish to be contacted on (if different from the one you're sending from)
As with most Stitch London competitions anyone can enter. Even if you live outside the UK. The deadline for the competition is 6 September at 8pm.

Want to buy Oliver and the Seawigs right now? You can get your paws on a copy on Amazon or on lots or support your local bookshop by finding one on this list
Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 6 September 2013 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and sent an email after the closing date. 5. Competition open to everyone, including people outside London and the UK.
 LONDON EVENT: Stitch London at Southbank Centre's 'Festival of Neighbourhood' Village Fair

Make stuff
 Stitch london will be getting their public stitch on at the Southbank Centre's Festival of Neighbourhood Village Fair on August 24th from 11am to 4pm with a free drop-in Stitch Up area in the Clore Ballroom (the big lower area opposite the bar).

There'll also be a free drop-in craft area from
The Make Escape.

Buy stuff
 We'll be running a Stitch London stall with exclusive Stitch London merchandise, including badges, magnets, handmirrors, graffiti knitting London postcards and books
Do stuff
There are all sorts of village-flavoured madness going on around us from bake offs to dog shows, vegetable sculpture competitions and everything in between.

Learn stuff
There'll also be a series of talks from craft clubbers, bloggers and online groups who share a passion for creating fabulous handmade objects, including:
WE NEED YOU! We're looking for Stitch Sages to help us teach basic knitting on the day. It's easy peasy to pass on basic knitting and even it's a nice way to get a warm fuzzy feeling. All teachers will also get a 10% discount on the Stitch London stall. Email us to sign up!

Find out more about the big event on the South Bank Centre website here


Stitch London Stitch Up events:

Stitch London's free multi-craft Stitch Up events take place in London every single week. Bring along your current craft project and make things in the company of your fellow makers. It doesn't matter what kind of craft you do or how brilliant or bad you are at it. Come along and get your public craft on.

Help spread the love of the knit: Stitch London's Stitch Sages can offer to teach the basics of knitting for free at any Stitch London Stitch Up. Find out how you can help on our Stitch Sage page.

Stitch London needs you and your needles!

Learn to Knit: You can also learn to knit for free if you find a lovely Stitch Sage wearing their Stitch Sage badge. More info on free knitting lessons and our free How to Knit booklet

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Now get the heck out of here before the Sea Monkeys run out of kelp-wrapped bananas and decide to start eating stitchers!
Keep calm and carry yarn, Stitch Londoners.

Stitch London 
A woolly Godzilla since 2006
Edited and sewn together with words by Deadly Knitshade and her giant knitted squid Plarchie, who thinks you are puny human sushi and has a generally bad attitude to people. For shame.
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