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21 October 2011
Stitch...   and Handmade Horror for Halloween
MWA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAA!
  
       

HANDMADE HALLOWEEN: NIGHTMARE KNITTING ... CREEPY CROCHET ... SPOOKY STITCHING 
GLOBAL COMPETITION: FIND THE PIGEON! WIN A KNITTING GOODIES!
OFFER: STITCH LONDON BOOK DISCOUNT
GHOULISH GERTY: THINGS THAT GO BUMP GO BUMP IN YOUR STASH
Fiendish fibre-flavoured greetings you
 
Hope this newsletter finds you feeling spooky, raring to turn your Halloween handmade and prepared for the zombie apocalypse with sharpened DPNs and serious shotgun with a natty little knitted barrelcosy.


 
Stitch London learners: We offer mere mortals learner knitting sessions once a month (usually in the first week but do check to make sure) at our Stitch Up meetings. Keep your eyeballs peeled 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. Our undead Stitch Sages promise not to bite you. At least until after you've learned how to knit properly.

Want to know what to bring or how it works? Drag your tasty brains over to our Learn to Knit and FAQ pages.


AAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHH! Get your needles, hooks and threads into handmade Halloween projects for all kinds of stitchers.

OOOOOOOOOOOooooOOoooo! It's Week 4 of the HUGE Where's Cooey Competition! Win knitting goodies every week! Where on earth is she?!?!


AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!  We offer a special Stitch London Book discount just for members of Stitch London.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Gerty gets her Ghost on and slyly has a dig a Justin Bieber.

London Stitch Ups and events:
For more information on each venue shuffle zombie-style over to our Venues page:

 TUESDAY 25 October
 
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
 
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
 
 WEDNESDAY 9 Nov
 
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

 
Map  More info   

THURSDAY 17 Nov
    
Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London
SE1 8DD

Map More info 


 
  
MONDAY 21 November
 
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
 
Map  More info 
 
  HAPPY HANDMADE HALLOWEEN HORROR!

AAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

It's Halloween at last. The time of year when we await the coming of The Great Pumpkin and prepare of teeth for the sugary goodness that comes with trick or treating.

Wondering how much handcrafting you can possibly shove into your Halloween? Here are a few examples of how to get your horrifying handmade Halloween on.

NIGHTMARE KNITTING

Stitched Jack Skellington from Sunshyne Leland - Jack, from Tim Burton's fantabulous Nightmare Before Christmas, is a bit of a handmade Halloween hero of craft and here he is in knitted form.

*swoons into a patch of deadly nightshade*

River of Blood Shawl from One Hand Knits - A gorgeous gory little number for those type O negative knitters who laugh in the face of the sparkly vegetarian vampires of modern times, and hark back to the days when a vampire was a vampire.

Frankensocks from Knitty.com - A free pattern for socks that seem to have been stitched from several pairs and then reanimated to form a monster set of footwarmers.

Baby Pumpkin Hat from Knitting on the Net - What better way to celebrate Halloween than to make the newest member of your family wear a knitted vegetable on their head?



Reengineered Skull Scarf from The Fastener - Based on Sarah Bradberry's Skull Lace pattern this shawl is a natty little lace knitting project that makes skulls as you stitch.

CREEPY CROCHET

Skull Corset Top from Annina Päivärinta - Oooo la la! A bit of Halloween hooking of the skull kind which is available in Finnish and English. One for happy goth hookers everywhere.

Death of Rats (Rattus Mortei) Egg Cosy from Hanneke Sieben - Keep your eggs warm with the grim reaper of rodents. EEK! EEEK! SQUEEAK!

Mad-Eye Moody Eye Patch from Kelly Norman - There is something oddly pleasing about the idea of going to a Halloween party as slightly unhinged Mad-Eye Moody from the Harry Potter books with a giant crocheted eyeball strapped to your face.



SPOOKY STITCHING

Embroidered Nightmare Napkins from Sublime Stitching - Complete your diabolical dinner party with a series of unsettling serviettes. There are six designs to download and stitch on your stuff.

Sean of the Dead Pixel People from Wee Little Stitches - How a bunch of tiny crosses manages to make Sean of the Dead cute will never be easy to understand, but Wee Little Stitches manages it. Oh, and you've got red on you.

Owl Stuffies by Hammer and Thread - Give a handmade hoot for Halloween by stuffing a stitched owl for someone you love. Awwwwwww.


COMPETITION: WHERE'S COOEY
THE KNITTED PIGEON?
EXCLUSIVE OFFER:
STITCH LONDON BOOK
FOR £9.99
Find the knitted pigeon!
Win knitting goodies!

Stitch London are running ten competitions where you can win a lovely load of knitting goodies, just for working out where in London Cooey the Pigeon can be found.

How does it work?
Every single week for the next 6 weeks Cooey will flap off into London and land in a famous place.

Knit the Pigeon will put up 3 picture clues for you to guess where she ends up. A new image will be revealed on Monday, Wedneday and Friday each week.

What can you win? Knit the Pigeon have bagged a whole load of knitty prizes 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 and choose Cooey location from the selection shown.

Please find Cooey before she gets lost and ends up in a pigeon pie!

The Stitch London book, by Stitch London's Chief Woolly Godzilla Wranger Lauren O'Farrell, contains over 20 kooky little city knitting patterns from HRH The Queen, to a Baby Big Ben, to a Tubeline Scarf in all the colours of the London Underground.

There's also a kit with everything you need to knit your very own Cooey the Pigeon (needles, yarn, pipecleaners for feet and beads for eyes).

Each sale of the book helps raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Cool, no?

Here's what you need to do to buy Stitch London for £9.99 (saving you £5):
  1. Go to the RU Craft website shop here
  2. Add Stitch London to your basket
  3. Check out (or browse the site for other lovely stuff)
  4. Enter this promotional code: R11406
  5. Pay
  6. Go and sit by your letter box waiting for the book to arrive
Or:

Call 0844 880 5852 quoting code R11406 to order on the phone

Offer ends at end of October so get yours now!
ASK GERTRUDE: GHOSTLY GOINGS ON WHILE I'M GARTER STITCHING

Dear Gerty
 
Please don’t laugh at me, but with Halloween just around the corner my biggest fear sneaks up on me again – I’m petrified of ghosts. You can keep your witches, I laugh in the face of vampires and would happily wrestle a werewolf, but spectres, ghouls and things that go “whooooooooohh!” give me the goose bumps and no mistake.  
 
As everyone knows, the best defence against ghosts is a well-stuffed duvet, preferably pulled up to just above the eyebrows and tucked around the toes for extra safety, but tell me, are there any alternatives?
 
People laugh and point at me as I carry my duvet to work, and I’m sure the security guard thinks I’m a homeless person who sleeps in the basement at night – as if!
 
Please help me Gerty – I’m losing sleep and dropping stitches.
 
Haunted of Hammersmith

Dear Haunted
 
As a knitter I’m sure you’re aware of the current fad for The Bee-Keeper’s Quilt? That beautifully constructed blanket made from sweet little hexipuffs? And you presume that the hexipuffs are so-called because they are hexagonal?
 
My dear, you are so wrong – they are called hexipuffs because the pattern forms an incantation, or hex that will protect you from all manners of goblins, banshees, wraiths and spooks (and Justin Bieber, but that’s another story for another time). So powerful is the hex of the hexipuff that you don’t even need a whole blanket to protect you from other-worldly beings – a single puff worn about the neck will protect you from most monsters, but to be extra sure knit it in silver wire and stuff it with garlic.
 
Alternatively you can fight spirits with spirits. No, put away the demon-summoning book - break-out the cocktail shaker. I find a couple of Zombies and a White Lady or two prevent my sleep from being disturbed by even the noisiest of poltergeists. And I’m sure there are a couple of them at Woolsworthy Towers – there’s no other explanation for the state I find my liquor cabinet in most mornings.
 
Yours spookily
 
Gerty xxx
Stalk
Stitch London





Keep calm and carry yarn, Stitch Londoners.

Stitch London x 
A Radioactive Woolly Godzilla Since 2005 
Edited and sewn together with words by Deadly Knitshade
Ask Gertrude words by Gertrude Woolsworthy and Gerty's Rage Counseller LondonBusKnitter

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