Wednesday, January 18, 2006


You Knit What??: Stirring Shit UP!

So we got some corporate suits in the United States with the gall to claim they've INVENTED the expression "Stitch & Bitch" in 1997 and copyrighted it in 2001. Here it is straight from the mouth of the clown: "No other usage of Stitch & Bitch ever occurred before the first Friday evening gatherings at Sew Fast Sew Easy in it's [sic] first location 147 West 57th Street ..."

Invented the expression, eh? Nice try at revisionist history. Full marks for sheer gall, even. But, uhhhhhhhh, don't think so. It would be merely amusing if it wasn't for the fact that they're now trying to enforce their copyright by harrassing sewing and craft groups who have used the words "stitch and bitch".

You'd a-thunk that the moron corporate suits might have figured out that it's actually the contraction for it is and that the version of the expression they might want to employ is its, indicating possession. One can only hope their sewing instructions are better than their grammar skills.

In any event, before Madame Elissa K, El Presidente of this tribe of misfit liars and dissemblers of the truth decides that her other creditials include inventing knitting and the development of thread, here's the link to the Cafe Press Bite Me Collection.

I can only hope that Madame Elissa K. had the foresight to also copyright the expression "Kiss My Fanny".


At 5:39 p.m., January 18, 2006, Blogger Jen said...

I used to attend needlecraft groups in the 80's that were called Stitch 'n Bitch sessions, as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

I so wish I still had my SCA newsletters from back then, which listed Stitch 'n Bitch sessions in the event calendars.

Maybe someone else out there has such a document they can offer as evidence for the effort?

At 6:07 p.m., January 18, 2006, Blogger Kate, the Odd Ball Knitter said...

Well, we could offer my father into evidence who used to live for "Stitch n Bitch" nights. The women would all gather in one house and SnB while the men were in another house doing what all...About 10 o'clock, the phone would ring and it was the men looking to see if they were now allowed over to get the treats.

At 7:43 a.m., January 19, 2006, Blogger jackie said...

Some people are unbelievable! Can you imagine the self-righteous conversation that started this "action"? What does it matter anyway? I have been going to a SnB for 5 and a half years. What are thay going to do? Take our yarn away? How are thy going to know? Some people.....

At 12:14 p.m., January 19, 2006, Blogger Kate, the Odd Ball Knitter said...

Well, it's the utter gall that amazes me. Obviously, they named their little sewing club "Stitch and bitch cafe" to tap into the popular expression and give their company a hip image.

Now, after mining pop culture to boost their retail presence, they have the audacity to complain that it's pop culture. Logic isn't their strong suit.

I suspect they've either learned, or are about to learn, that pissing off your customer base is bad for business.

At 11:39 p.m., January 20, 2006, Blogger Liz said...

I seem to remember s-n-b nights at Linda's studio before the boys( jackie's twins__ man was she HUGE!) and, I am sure that they were 8 in august. OH then there was my momma's stitch and bitch girls in the 70's. don't think they ever did finish anything, but they drank. A LOT. ya ya's the lot of em.l


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