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1. pugs of the frozen north: knit your own pug!

Now who wouldn't love to have a little knitted pug for a friend? Can you knit, or do you know anyone who does?

My latest book with Philip Reeve, Pugs of the Frozen North, doesn't come out with Oxford University Press until September...

...but people have been asking to get a head start on making their own pugs in preparation for the book's arrival. After the success of the knitted Sea Monkey for Oliver and the Seawigs, the fabulous Lauren O'Farrell (aka Deadly Knitshade) came up with a new Pug pattern, and she assures us that this one's even easier to make!
**You can download it free, here on my website.**

This pug's named Tuggle and we love him. But there are 66 pugs in the book, so there will be lots of names to choose from (and you can come up with your own, of course). Lauren's a champion knitter and worked in the same studio room as me until she outgrew the space, about the time that she was knitting the world's largest solar system for the Science Museum. She knows all about exploring the outer reaches of knitting, but this pattern is actually very simple.

So Tuggle and I are pals - I've never had a dog before! - but Philip's poodle on Dartmoor, Frodo, can't quite decide what he thinks about this pug invasion. SIXTY-SIX there will be, Frodo... all the companions you could ever want!

If you knit a pug, please do share a photo! We'd love to see yours, and let us know its name. (Philip and I are on Twitter as @philipreeve1 and @jabberworks and Lauren is @deadlyknitshade. And we have a Reeve & McIntyre Facebook page here.

You can also explore the activities we have online for Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space. And you can find out what else Lauren's made over on her website.

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2. stitch new york is out - start spreading the news!

Remember how my fabulous studio mate, Lauren O'Farrell (aka Deadly Knitshade) came out with a book of kooky little London-themed patterns to knit? Well, her new book, Stitch New York, has just launched! Hurrah, Lauren!!!

Lauren wasn't expecting Stitch New York to launch until January, but... surprise! Now if you have any NYC-loving friends or family, this could be just the Christmas prezzie you're looking for.

Who could pass up a knitted Holly Golightly? Or a tiny taxicab, or Woody Allen? Find out more over on the Whodunnknit website, lots of lovely photos of the little characters! Here are some copies Lauren signed this week at Bookseller Crow in Crystal Palace:

Lauren's always followed by a media storm, and this week was no different. Here's a crew filming Lauren at our studio, the Fleece Station, talking about her graffiti knitting for Japanese telly. This photo made me laugh, I can't remember what they're all looking at.

And friends of the Fleece Station have also been coming up with marvelous things! I just got a copy in the post of Garen Ewing's comic The Rainbow Orchid. It originally came out as three books, but now you can buy it all in one cover, with a special supplement about it by Garen. Garen's been working on this book for ages, and he's such a wonderful stickler for historical details, this book is an epic endeavour. Find out more on The Rainbow Orchid website...

Here are two other comics I picked up at Gosh! in Soho today: the long-awaited The Silver Darlings by Will Morris, and Recyclost by webcomic wonderwoman Philippa Rice. Will's is a fishing story, set on the west coast of Scotland (not far from where my dad grew up!) and Philippa's is a sci-fi story with some of the characters from My Cardboard Life (updated three times a week!). Gosh! have posted about The Silver Darlings on their latest blog entry, and you can read an article about Philippa (and Luke Pearson - I'm such a fan of his Hilda books) in today's New Statesman article by Mike Leader.

And hurrah for 12-year-old Zoom Rockman, whom Vogue has just included in its 2013 list of 20 people to watch out for. Zoom worked with us at the Pop-Up Festival this summer and keeps popping up on my blog. I hope he'll inspire lots of other kids to realise they don't need to wait until they grow up to make, self-publish and market their own books.

Other than that, it's been very chilly at the studio; Gary and I flap around a lot, dance and sing to stay warm. Here's a frozen little cobweb on the stairway.

We always love making a quick foray to Deptford Market. Here's Lauren with her crafty street-art buddies, Craftivist Sarah Corbett and Moose the cleaning artist. We warmed up in the Rail Carriage cafe and messed around with stuff they'd bought at the market.

Keep an eye on Lauren's awesome website, her graffiti knitting projects always amaze me.

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3. cooey!

Our studio pigeons are worried about their friend @cooeythepigeon after his Thirteen Dramatic Deaths and being super safety conscious.

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4. mystery phone boxes + imagine children's festival

So why did Ms Deadly Knitshade, graffiti knitter extraordinaire and I appear at the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel as early as 8:30 this morning? Hint: It has something to do with these white phone boxes that suddenly materialised by the front portico.

But I'm going to let her blog this one first, and I'll send you over for a peek. (Or you may have seen it on BBC News today.) In the meantime, I've drawn a little picture of my fabulous studio matey:

Are you and the family in London this Saturday? The IMAGINE Children's Festival on the Southbank has an amazing line-up all day long! It's FREE! I'll be doing a BIG, STOMPING PIRATE DRAWING EVENT from 3:30-4pm on the stage, sandwiched between the super-amazing Jamila Gavin and wildly exciting Steve Cole. (More details here!) And I'll be doing two smaller hands-on craft events (where visitors will get the chance to make their own fab pirate drawings), one at 11:15am and the other at 1pm (details here!). Do come along and say hello! And I'll be signing and doodling in people's books if they want.

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5. pirate shenanigans at imagine children's festival!

Wow, yesterday was a BIG day! I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all, but in a good way. I led three storming pirate events for the IMAGINE Children's Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank. It's running for another week, so if you're around London, do have a peek at their great line-up! Here's a picture I drew just before my first workshop event:

And then there was a huge stage event! It was PACKED! At least 500 kids and their families. It's one of those times when I think, wow, when I decided I wanted to make children's books, I never even dreamed this would be part of the job.

Photo by Lauren O'Farrell

And it was great having some familiar faces in the audience. Here are fellow tweeters, my studio mate @deadlyknitshade and @_MissLWS. Oh, and the festival hashtag is #ImagineFest.

When I do smaller events, I tend to let the kids direct me in what I draw, but since there were just so many people, I thought I'd try doing a step-by-step drawing with them, of Captain Waffle from You Can't Scare a Princess!. I was amazed how well even the youngest of the kids seemed to keep up with me, and I was thrilled at the end, when I had people hold up their drawings to show me, and there was a sea of pirates, all slightly different and funny and quirky, but all totally AWESOME.

Photo by Lauren O'Farrell

A lot of the kids came and showed me their pirates when I was doing the signing and I'm sad I didn't get photos of more of their drawings. But here are a couple (ooh, those two look familiar again!):

Here's our pirate from the first workshop, that the kids helped me draw before designing their own pirates. Meet Cap'n Fish-hat Pong! He's eating bogey-covered chicken on toast, and no, that wasn't my idea, the kids get full credit for that one.

Photo by Catherine Stokes

Just a note, if anyone wants more of the activity sheets from the event, I have free, downloadable, printable activity sheets for each of my books over on my website, just click on the book cover to find the sheets for each book.

Scholastic UK have this great way of mixing round publicists, editors, marketing people, etc at events. So it's not uncommon to get an editor coming along with me instead of a publicist, and it's gr

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6. jubilee studio visit

Happy Jubilee weekend, everyone! Yesterday the Queen herself came to our studio. Hurrah! Here she is, just before her visit, with the corgis at the London Overground Palace.

Her Maj arrived with her faithful lady-in-waiting, my studio mate Ms Deadly Knitshade. (Who doesn't do much waiting around, more like a heck of a lot of knitting.) Look, here she's paying a visit to my desk and meeting Vern and me! You, too, can knit such marvels if you get a copy of the fabulous book that is Stitch London.

I probably shouldn't say this, but I think a corgis did a widdle on one of my pencils. In the afternoon, Deadly (aka Lauren O'Farrell) and I walked over to a nearby warehouse to take measurements for the phonebox she's cosying for the BT Artbox project.

She'll have to work fast or the whole project might go a bit wonky...

Come visit my comics friend and me as we hold court at at the Hay Festival tomorrow! Hopefully see you there!

(Read a review of Stitch London here!)

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7. more vern and lettuce launch party pics!

My fab studio mate Lauren O'Farrell from Stitch London took most of these photos, with a few sheep close-ups by Philippa Dickinson. It was so much fun seeing all these little critters being lambed!

Photo by Philippa Dickinon

Photo by Philippa Dickinon

Photo by Philippa Dickinon

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8. notes from the freeze station

Come on over to our studio and see some lovely snow pics by our knitting superstar, Ms Deadlyknitshade!

This is our studio guard sheep, Baaarnaby. Right now he's saying, It's brass monkeys out there. Brrr. Fleece Station blog link

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9. deadlyknitshade, we're so proud of you!

This year's been an incredible one at The Fleece Station studio, and times have never been as exciting as now, when our fab studio mate, Ms Deadlyknitshade, has her first book coming out!
If you're new to my blog, Lauren O'Farrell is the world's most incredible pirate knitter; she and her huge band of yarnstormers create amazing knitted graffiti installations all around the city. The latest was for Valentine's Day, when, by stealth, they decorated the Eros statue on Piccadilly Circus (see the photos here!) Now you may think it's easy hanging a string of knitted hearts from the figure's bow, but Lauren managed to find the longest telescopic pole imaginable to do it, and a huge crowd gathered and cheered wildly when they managed to loop the yarn over the statue.

Here's the giant squid she knit out of recycled Sainsbury's carrier bags for London's Natural History Museum. Its name is Plarchy, and it's draped cosily over Darwin's lap. (Here's my blog post about the Stitch-a-Squid session at the museum.)

And here's Lauren in our studio with her very first copy of the book... TA DAH!!! Isn't it lovely? It's in German, by the way!

Have a look at Lauren's amazing blog, Whodunnkit, to see photos of her amazing yarnstorming projects. And don't miss the Knit the City to find out about past and upcoming events! And if you love knitting or want to learn, sign up for the mailing list from the Stitch London website. The German book, Knit the City: Maschenhaft Seltsames, launches in Berlin on Sat, 5 March (details here). She heard this evening from Boing Boing that they're going to feature her work on their blog very soon.

Look, Ellen and I even got a mention in the dedication! Lauren thanked us for sharing our sparkling wit and deep wisdom with her... our Schaumtee und schlechten Gesang... No, actually, when we looked that up, it means bubble tea and bad singing, which is much more fitting.

Speaking of Fleece Station books abroad, I got a lovely e-mail from Stuart's cousin, Andrew, in Auckland, New Zealand. He wrote:

Just thought I would let you know that Luke sent our daughter Hannah 2 of your books for Christmas (Morris the Mankiest Monster, and You Can’t Eat a Princess) She really enjoys both of them and we do too. She is in Starship Children’s Hospital at the moment and they have a play specialist that comes round with toys and books for the kids. She asked whether Hannah needed any books and told us that they had just got a new book in and whether she might like that one- it was You Can’t Eat a Princess. We felt very smart to not only tell her that Hannah already has that book but also that we know the illustrator. Just thought I’d let you know that it looks like your book will be entertaining many different children throughout a hospital on the other side of the world (if that’s not too bizarre a concept!).

And our former studio mate upstairs, animator

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10. stitched science at london science museum

**Only one more day!** Get on over to London's Science Museum to see the amazing STITCHED SCIENCE exhbition, organised by my super-yarnstorming studio mate Lauren O'Farrell (aka Deadlyknitshade on Twitter) and her sister Natali O'Farrell with marvelous contributions by the fab folk at Stitch London. Details here!

Here's Lauren being interviewed about the exhibition. Hee hee, alien eyeball tiaras are just so dang useful! (Here's a free downloadable instruction sheet if you'd like to make your own... scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

I posted some photos earlier of this great crocheted skull and you can just about make out here a bunch of viruses and antibiotics at war in a boxing ring... very, very cool.

A stitched section of brain affected by Multiple Sclerosis (much enlarged):

A beautifully embroidered radiation mask, worn by one of the Stitch London members during her treatment:

Professor Brian Cox and a volcano:

Stitched pill box:

This lab mouse with an implanted human ear was stitched by comics' very own Philippa Rice!

My friend Bridget Hannigan with Plarchie the squid (who has his own Squid-a-rama blog!)

Mars just isn't complete without little Martians...

Congratulations on an amazing show!!! And this is only a little peek, there's loads more on display, so you'll have to go along to have a look. Here Lauren and Natali comb

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11. she dunnknit! 'knit the city' goes live...

Hurrah! Knit the City launched last night in a spray of yarn, cake and sparkles, and now is set to take over the world! Giant squid wrestler, Deadly Knitshade (whom I suspect might be my studio mate Lauren O'Farrell), launched her book chronicling the yarnbombing shenanigans that she and her knitting buddies get up to in London. Great photos, funny captions and right in the back, some simple creature knitting patterns.

Plarchie the giant squid (who even has his own blog) got his own window display from the gang at Gosh! London comics shop, who hosted the party. Here are Fleece Station studio friends Alex Milway and Katie Lee cowering in fear behind him. They were both eaten shortly after this photo was taken. ...And here's the lovely book! It's surrounded by woolly friends, including one of Alex's Mousehunter mice and our studio mate Gary Northfield's Derek the Sheep.

Lots of strange little creatures popped up everywhere during the evening! I took a sip of bubbly and the Moomin's Little My sprang up in front of Ian Culbard's At the Mountains of Madness.

Here's a little video I made of the launch speeches:

YouTube link

Here's Deadlyknitshade herself, just before everyone arrived, trying to coax the little critters to hang around for the party.

Here's Perri Lewis, sticking last-minute stars on to Wonder Woman's bum. (You can see Perri's blog post about the evening here.)

Gosh! London was such a fab venue for the party, our studio - The Fleece Station - has long been combining knitting and comics, so it felt just right. Here's owner Josh Palmano overseeing the pre-launch ruckus.

Gary's sister, Susannah Northfield (pouring champers here) made the most amazing Knit-the-City-themed cakes. Gary's dad helped her bring them over, a real family affair.

They looked fabulous displayed on Gosh's table made out of a sign for the Central Line. Look, there's Plarchie! And phonebox tea cosy cupcakes! There was even a map on the cake from the Knit the City endpapers, which were drawn by The Fleece Station's own Gary.

Whoo hoo! *Snoopy dance* (Deadly K does a lot of Snoopy dancing on Twitter.)

Super-glam Noëlle Davies-Brock, illustrator of Andy Stanton's

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12. stitch london - knitted pigeon launch!


A huge congratulations to my most excellent studio mate Lauren O'Farrell on last night's launch of her new book, Stitch London! (You might remember she only just launched Knit the City... this knitting genius is on a roll!) Most of the partygoers managed to wriggle by Plarchie the squid without being eaten or molested by his long tentacles, but the Fleece Station offers its most sincere apologies and sympathy to the friends and families of the non-survivors.

We couldn't stand by their carcasses grieving for too long because there were CUPCAKES. (Such a good distraction in difficult times.) And pigeons! Knitted pigeons. Find out more about Stitch London over on the website! (And buy a copy, this will make FAB Christmas prezzies.)

Foyles bookshop on the South Bank provided an amazing venue for the launch, and being so very much about London, the book fits in well there. Stitch London is a great souvenir to take away from the city and a great way to celebrate it if you live here all the time. I think the knitted corgis are my favourite patterns.

Oo, another pigeon! They are always poking their heads around the door of our studio, and nothing represents London better than a pigeon, really. The scruffier the better, so don't worry if your knitting skills are not up to scratch, there's something in there for everyone.

Oo, look! Lauren's included the whole Fleece Station in the book, hurrah! Thus launches our new careers as fashion models. We did a lot of riding up and down the East London Line to get these shots.

Cool book cosies, eh? I'm trying to remember which cosy went with which book. I think Gary's holding a monster book cosy (possibly one of Alex Milway's books), Lauren's holding a cover for Philip Pullman's Northern Lights, Ellen's holding a Penguin book, I'm reading Harry Potter, the book's designer is reading Mortal Engines and.... hey, Lauren, what's that grey book on the lower right, the one with the flame?

Here's Lauren's editor and Lauren giving little speeches about the book. This week Lauren's celebrating five years of being cancer-free, and proceeds from the sales of the book are going to support Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. Lauren used to have a regular city job, but the shock of almost dying made her change tack and start doing what she really loved, which was creating wacky knitting installations and using knitting to bring together people in need of support and community.

Foyles stocks great books. Stuart found The Book with a Hole by Herve Tullet and I had fun running around the party, mucking about with it.


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13. knitted squid on telly + audrey niffenegger + a greenwich treasure + kidnapping philip reeve...

Phew, a lot's happened in the past few days. Today I am going to do some real work.

To start off, my lovely studio mate, Lauren O'Farrell went on from her Stitch London book launch to appear on the Alan Titchmarsh Show with Perri Lewis (my Guardian editor for Vern and Lettuce) and Plarchie the squid. Look, that's the phone box they graffiti knitted! You can see more pics over on the Fleece Station blog and, if you're in the UK, watch it again on ITV Player (they're the very first guests).

Last night I met up for dinner in Soho with two lovely writers: Hayley Campbell (whom you may recognise if you ever shop in Gosh! London) and Audrey Niffenegger. (You can read my fangirl goings on in an earlier post here.)

I first came to Audrey's work through her novels, but she started her career as a visual artist, and I've come to admire her graphic novels, drawings, paintings and prints (mostly etchings), which you can see on her website. It's such fun having a good gab with people who love the smell of ink.

I'm going to be doing a piratey event at the Cheltenham lit fest on Saturday (which was where i first met Audrey), which is great, but it means I'm absolutely gutted to be missing her event that evening at the French Institute in London. I don't know if there are any tickets left, but if you can get one, GO! She'll be showing work by the magnificent Aubrey Beardsley and a lot of her own work that's been influenced by his. If you go and do a blog write-up, please send me a link, I'd love to read about it and link your post. (Details here.)

Another good thing that happened yesterday! I was doing my sketch in Greenwich Park, but I sort of lost concentration after about ten minutes and went for what I thought was going to be a quick wander through the antiques market. But I discovered the most wonderful new shop, full of original screen printed gig posters, movie posters and art prints. It's called The Flood Gallery and I'm so glad it's moved here! There's some great stuff in there.

Here's the owner, Chris Marksberry and employee Michael Cowell, who turns out not only to be a printmaker and illustrator himself, but a big comics fan. Hurrah!

The first print that s

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14. greenwich morning and a surly rabbit

I was going to draw in the park this morning, but I was running late and ended up just having coffee in Greenwich. I doodled this rabbit while I was sitting on the bench. He looks a bit tired, but he's about to get on his scooter and set off. Which is just what I need to do today.

I popped into Waterstone's just before heading back and – happy happy! – they had my studio mate Lauren O'Farrell's books in the front shelf! Look, both of them! I think that's one of the best feelings ever, seeing my friends' books prominently on display, because I know how much hard work they've put into them. (These two fab books are Stitch London and Knit the City.)

And another happy Lauren-related thing, when she arrived in the studio this morning, she'd just bought herself this excellent Totoro bag.

I love Greenwich mornings. Here's the view toward Rhodes Bakery, which does a most excellent coffee and Chelsea bun.

If you take your coffee and bun and sit in the courtyard of Trinity College London, a music school, you can take in the abstract concert of students practicing. Usually the different strands of music clash against each other - jazz saxophone, classical piano, opera singing, violin scales - but occasionally the sounds merge and, for a few seconds, make a wonderful sound together. This video isn't the most exciting footage ever shot, but it gives you a feel for what it's like to sit there and listen.

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15. our very own deadly tricoteuse!

Lookie, look! Our fab studio mate, deadlyknitshade of Stitch and Bitch London, stars in a French news report!

Click the screen to watch her and her graffiti yarnstormers on Le Journal:

I spent ages trying to work out what that big orange ball was going to be, it was a great secret. And now you can see it transformed into the Cheshire Cat in the Alice in Wonderland graffiti installation. (Find out more about our studio at the Fleece Station blog.)

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16. stitch london sketch

So last night I went to my first Stitch London meeting. I still don't know how to knit, but it's such a great place to draw fab-looking women all sitting fairly still. Here's my studio mate and stitch London organiser Lauren O'Farrell. I tried to draw her looking like the crafty crafty deadlyknitshade that she is, complete with the goggles she wore on Gary's birthday.

Yesterday I was having a hard time with a piece of writing, so this morning, I wrote twenty pages longhand of all the other stuff that's been rattling around disjointedly in my head and pestering me. I have a hard time pinning down thoughts if I don't write. If I try to talk them through with someone in person, I get so overstimulated by all the different things going on besides just the words that I have a hard time articulating anything. There's my relationship with the person - past, present and future - their body language, my empathy for them and not wanting to make them feel uncomfortable, the other things going on in the room, what's going on in the next room, any passing smells, so many things all at once. (I think something related goes on in people with autism, but I don't think I'm autistic.)

It's fine if it's a prepared speech in front of people, but if I'm trying to put my finger on something I'm not even sure about myself, I really need to write. And then I write for so long, that no one really wants to read all that writing. (They probably don't want to hear it in spoken form either, but when you're talking with someone, they're usually too polite to ask me to stop. They're eyes just glaze over.)

That must be what good storytelling is, picking out a very few key bits and framing them well, so people will want to read them. It just takes a lot longer to say if I have to package everything up very neatly and it only comes out two book fairs a year, at most. I guess saying more is what mini comics are for. I need to make more of those if I ever want to communicate at all.

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17. stitch a squid

The whole Fleece Station studio showed up yesterday evening to London's Natural History Museum for Stitch a Squid, to watch our fab studio mate Lauren O'Farrell (aka deadlyknitshade) and Stitch London work magic (or, should I say, science) in the huge central atrium. The museum stayed open all night, with the squids being part of its Deep Sea exhibition.

This is the squid we've been watching Lauren make for the last couple weeks! It's made out of 1000 metres of recycled orange Sainsbury's bags. I was only able to contribute about six bags to the venture but, hey, every bit counts... (That's Peter Stanbury, Paul Gravett and Ellen Lindner peeking over the giant squid corpse.)

The museum had commissioned a few other knitted specimens, too.

If people knew anything about knitting, Lauren's instructions on the tables made stitching little squids fairly straightforward (said people who know how to knit).

Stitch London had quite a few designated volunteer teachers at the different tables.

Always lots of intriguing things going on with Stitch London, do sign up for their newsletter if you're interested in jumping aboard! It's a great way to meet people and make cool stuff.

Edit: Paul Gravett brought along a new book he's been sent, Koko Be Good by American artist Jen Wang. It looks gorgeous, I totally have to go get myself a copy and explore her blog. She's [info]mao on LiveJournal.

And hey, Philip Reeve included me on his blog today!! I'm too chuffed for words. :D

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18. stitch london goes to the prince's garden party!

Whoo hoo! Alex Milway just spotted our fab studio mate and Stitch London organiser Lauren O'Farrell on ITV news about Prince Charles' Garden Party! Lauren is the Queen of Knitting and he is only a prince, so no wonder Stitch London got an invite. Here they are with Brian Blessed, who calls their work 'miraculous', even if he's only referring to the repairs they made to his jacket liner that was shredded by his overzealous Jack Russell terrier. Here you can see Lauren and her mum busily at work making haute couture out of old clothing.

Not sure if you can watch this from abroad, but click on the pic to try, or click here.

Want to get involved? Stitch London (formerly Stitch and Bitch London) is a great way to meet people and come up with marvelous creations!
Edit: Lauren just popped into the studio to make some more badges, and said that Brian Blessed spent a good 20 minutes chatting with them at their table! He asked for one of Lauren's little knitted sheep, and said that when he used to work with Peter O'Toole, he used to pull out his knitting when they had a quiet moment. Our Lawrence of Arabia knits! Yesss.

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19. costume and knitting madness!

Are these Mr Bump costumes amazing or what?! This morning I got to judge the Book Week costume parade at James Allen's Prep School in Dulwich, and wow, did they have some fabulous outfits.

Among them you can see the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, The Diary of Anne Frank (with opening front cover), David Almond's Skellig, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee, JK Rowling's Hedwig the owl and Enid Blyton's Noddy.

I hadn't quite realised how fraught with politics this judging position would be, and I hope I haven't made any sworn enemies of anyone by not voting for a costume. But I played it very straight by just voting for the costumes that had the best home-made craftsmanship, and let the two librarians on the judging panel sweat the hard stuff. Fraught, but very fun. Great job on your costumes, everyone, and thanks for inviting me!

Librarians Gail Hodson and Nicola Jones

And then it was on to Ally Pally! Our studio, The Fleece Station, took a stall in Alexandra Palace's Knitting & Stitching Festival. I'd never done anything like this, but it was fabulous for people-watching. Some of these knitters/crocheters/sewers/quilters/etc are real characters, and the most fascinating of them all is our Lauren O'Farrell, aka Deadlyknitshade, who engages in illicit graffiti knitting and shady Stitch London schemes. Vern the sheep is a big fan:

Here we are on Thursday morning, having gotten up at the crack of sparrow fart to set up our stall at lightning speed before the waves of wild-eyed knitters plunged through the doors. (We were really supposed to set up on Wednesday, but we just finished in time!)

You might remember the Stitch Yourself exhibition by Stitch London at the Science Museum. (Everyone who took part knitted or stitched a 6-inch high portrait of themselves.) Well, that installation only went up for a single night, and so many people wanted to see it that Lauren decided to take the exhibition on to Ally Pally. It's been great fun listening to visitors exclaim over all the weird and wonderful details on these little people: miniature tattoos, knitting needles, fancy knickers, handbags, and passports, just to name a few things.

The show goes on for two more days (Saturday and Sunday), and Gary and I are selling our sheep comics: Derek the Sheep and Vern and Lettuce. Although, strangely, for the last two days, Morris the Mankiest Monster has been far outselling my sheep comic. You just never know with these things. Except for the badges, they're always a sure-fire hit. And a corner of our stall sells some merchandise to benefit the excellent charity Médecins Sans Frontières.

More news soon about last night's brilliant launch party for the Etherington Brothers' Monkey Nuts comic (congratulations, guys!!!), but now I

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