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9 September 2011
Stitch...  and a Stash Load of Knitting Graffiti Goodness   

Warmy wonderous woolly Wool Week greetings to you
We hope this newsletter finds you well, with visions of flying fleeces in your heads as Wool Week thunders across the UK and the smell of a graffiti knitting extravaganza fills the air.

Stitch London learners: We offer learner knitter sessions once a month (usually in the first week but this month it's slightly different). Look out for the learner icon (left) to see dates for learner meetings. 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

   Knit the City in print: London's sneaky stitching collective, Knit the City, have a new book out and you're all invited to the Gargantuan Gosh Book Launch!  

Graffiti Bookworm Infestation Knit the City's Deadly Knitshade releases a free graffiti knitting Bookworm pattern into the wild just for you
Knit the City competition Win a copy of Knit the City's brand-new book featuring two easy peasy graffiti patterns

Stitch London @ The V&A: Stitch London are bringing the knit to one of London's most crafty museums.

Woo hoo! It's Wool Week! Check out where you can get your Wool Week on this year.

Baby Love Our woolly agony aunt Gertrude Woolsworthy helps you surf the milky tide of new baby knits.


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


TUESDAY 13 Sept 

Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street

Map More info 


FRIDAY 16 Sept

Time: From 6.30 to 8pm
Venue: Gosh Comics
1 Berwick Street

Map More info

SATURDAY 17 Sept  

Time: From 11am to 4pm
Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road

Map More info
Time: From 6pm 
Venue: Stamford Arms 
62 Stamford Street 
SE1 9LX 

Map More info
MONDAY 26 Sept 

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
Map  More info 

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Foyles at Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
(with regular Stitch Up in the Royal Festival Hall)
EXCLUSIVE EVENT: Knit the City's Gargantuan Gosh Book Launch
It's alive! Alive we tell you! Knit the City: A Whodunnknit set in London by the mysterious Deadly Knitshade was released this month. To celebrate Knit the City are holding a Gargantuan Book Launch at London's Gosh Comics and you're all invited! Woo hoo!

Want to join in? They also like you to help them yarnstorm the shop by knitting a Graffiti Blinkin' Bookworm from the pattern below.

Knit the City is a collection of the sneaky stitching pictures and stories of London's infamous sneaky stitching graffiti knitting group, Knit the City.

The shiny hardback book contains:
  • Some of Knit the City’s most infamous sneaky stitching triumphs from the daring Parliament Square Phonebox Cosy, to the gargantuan 13-foot Web of Woe to the dizzying Piccadilly Circus Hubbub of Hearts 8 metres above London
  • Two yarnstorms never before seen in print!
  • Two easy peasy knitting patterns for the beginner yarnstormer
  • The true story behind how Knit the City first came to the yarnstorm
  • Profiles of each of the sneaky stitchers telling the tale of how they came to be blessed (or cursed) with their eerie stitching powers
  • Plarchie the Giant Squid in a starring role (He’s dreamy)

We’d like to invite you, yes you, to join Deadly Knitshade, The Fastener, Shorn-a the Dead, and Lady Loop (or at least people claiming to be those sneaky stitchers) to help them celebrate at their fantabulous
Knit the City Gargantuan Gosh Book Launch!

When? Friday 16th September
What time? 18:30 – 20:00
Who? You, everyone else and Plarchie
Where? Gosh Comics
1 Berwick Street

More info? There’s a Facebook event here so you can show off to everyone that you’re coming.

We’ll be signing copies of the book, spinning all kinds of geektastic yarnstorms, stuffing our faces with cake and clinking glasses of bubbly, in the heart of the city we turn knitty. There’s even rumours of the return of the Knitting Ninja!

COMPETITION: Win a shiny copy of the new Knit the City book win a copy of Knit the City: A Whodunnknit Set in London? The most knitting graffitiest book ever? Hell yeah you do!

To win one of five shiny hardback copies all you need to do is answer this taxing question:
The Knit the City book cover features Plarchie, the handsome knitted squid, sitting on the lap of which famous scientific figure at the Natural History Museum?

A: Professor Brian Cox
B: Marie Curie
C: Charles Darwin
D: Dr Who

Drop us an email at with:  

• The subject line"Banksy wishes he could knit like KTC" (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 love messages you wish to pass on to Plarchie

Special Bonus Ravelry Extra: One lucky winner will get an extra prize of a Knit the City badge, fridge magnet and three knitting graffiti postcards by posting on Ravelry. Here's what to do:
  1. Log in to with your account
  2. Go to either the Stitched Squid or Square Sheep pattern
  3. Leave a comment (you can favouite it too if you like)
  4. Add the line: "I commented on (put pattern name here). My comment number is (put comment number shown in top right of comment on Comments page 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 15 September at 8pm.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 15 September 2011 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and sent the book via post or given a copy at a Stitch London meeting (where you can get it signed). 5. Competition open to everyone, including people outside London and the UK.
FREE KNITTING PATTERN: Whodunnknit's Graffiti Bookworm
Oi! Some little toerag’s been chewing its way through your library! There’s nibble marks around the edges of the first seven pages of Wuthering Heights and the last page of The Cat in the Hat appears to have been marinaded in a light soy sauce!

Who is responsible for this book-munching mischief? A Blinkin’ Bookworm with a pair of specs on? Well, you can’t very well hit a bug with glasses, can you? Better stock up on cheesy romance paperback snacks while he makes himself at home.

Stitch London's Chief Woolly Godzilla Wrangler, Lauren 'Deadly Knitshade' O'Farrell has not one but two ever-so-shiny books coming out this month.

So she's releasing a free Blinkin’ Bookworm pattern into the wild just for you.
Knit him up and leave him somewhere bookish, whether its on your own bookshelf, munching through manuscripts at your local library or nibbling novels at your favourite book shop.

Join the Knit the City Yarnstorm! You're invited to knit your Blinkin' Bookworm up and bring him along to the Knit the City Gargantuan Gosh Book Launch on September 16th.

What if I can't make it? If you can't make the book launch you can take a picture of your Blinkin' Bookworm whereever you are and add it to the Planet Whodunnknit group on Flickr. Keep an eye on the Whodunnknit website for a global photo competition very soon...

EXCLUSIVE EVENT: The Power of Making @ the V&A

Fancy getting arty with your craft at London's Victoria and Albert Museum?

Join Stitch London at a drop-in session to create simple Stitched Sheep and Floating Flutterguys to coincide with the V&A's current Power of Making exhibition.
17 September 2011
11am to 4pm
Cross stitch artist Anthony Casdagli will also be running a session introducing visitors to the animal patterns of Noah’s Ark. Cool, no?

What to bring:
  • Needles and yarn if you want to learn (some will be supplied but you won't be able to take those home)
  • Yourselves and anyone else you fancy bringing along
Want to help us teach? Email with the subject "I wanna teach sheep stitchers!"
Wool Week wondrousness
It's Wool Week once again. The time when the whole of the UK shows their fleece-flavoured love and celebrates along with the folks at Prince Chuck's Campaign for Wool. There are global events everywhere from here in London to purly goings on in Paris to sheep in the streets of Tokyo.

See a round up of London's Wool Week events on Crafty Crafty.

Wanna know where you can get your Wool Week on? Check out the Campaign for Wool website and support the fabulous fleece where ever you are.

Ask Gertrude: Baby Boom Blues 

   Dear Gerty

It seems that many of my friends had a very merry Christmas, and this month I’m being invited to
more baby showers than you can wave a beaded stitch marker at.

Is it cheating to knit a job lot of lemon yellow bootees and keep them by the door for each new delivery from the stork?

Yours broodily
Honesty from Houndslow

Dear Honesty

I think it’s admirable that you celebrate your friend’s fecundity by sharing your craftiness, and
knitting the same pattern certainly isn’t cheating.

Cheating would be popping down to the poundshop and passing the acrylic baby-grow off as handmade, or claiming to make a charitable donation in the baby’s name, and then typing up a certificate at work, laminating it on company time and also claiming tax relief for the non-donation.

I have never done either of these, and strongly recommend you don’t either. No, I’m not blushing.

If you are going to commit yourself to a week of production line knitting, remember the following:-

1) Don’t drink too much gin while you knit – send your Gordon’s to me if this is going to be a problem.

 2) Keep a different project on hand so you don’t get bored by the repetition – a little graffiti knitting or some amigurumi would be ideal.

3) Take care when packaging up your baby gifts – remember, two bootees per package, no more, no less, unless your friends are giant squid in which case....oh you do the maths, I’ve run out of cocktail sticks to count on.

 A word of warning – what will you do next year when you have to knit a slightly bigger heap of jumpers for one-year olds? You don’t want to find yourself years from now looking at a mountain of yarn thinking how little sleep you can survive on while you make however many 21st birthday heirloom blankets.

Maybe the baby-grows aren’t such a bad idea if you customise them with fabric pens or a little embroidery.

Lots of woolly love and a clink of the gin glass to all those knitted-up new borns,

Gerty  xxx

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Stitch London

Keep calm and carry yarn, Stitch Londoners.
Stitch London x 
 A woolly Godzilla since 2005
Edited and sewn together with words by Deadly Knitshade
with help from Gertrude Woolsworthy and Gerty's Rage Counseller LondonBusKnitter.
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