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Free to Stitch, Free to Bitch

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 2:33 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2006

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For those among us who are disgusted by certain parties and their claim that they invented the term “Stitch & Bitch”, there’s a bright light shining. Debbie Stoller herself, author of the popular Stitch ‘N Bitch books, has taken up the legal battle to try to have their trademark cancelled. You can read an excellent explanation about it all here. (While you’re there, read The Girl From Auntie‘s last several blog entries, she’s smart as a whip and knows her legal issues.)

Meanwhile, the graphic above is being sold at a CafePress shop on various articles of clothing and housewares. All profits will be contributed to the legal fund to fight the trademark. In the event that the matter is settled without the funds being necessary, the shopkeepers have pledged to donate all proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation instead.

It’s been rewarding to see the spread of this news through the knitting blogiverse. I know personally that I’ve attended groups that were called “Stitch and Bitch” since the 70’s and 80’s, and the term had been in use for a long time before that. That anyone could claim that it was never used before they “created” it in 1997 is ridiculous.

Go, support the cause, buy something from the shop if you can. At the least, please steal the graphic above and post it at your own site with a link to the shop to help spread the word.

I think the parties in question will learn a harsh lesson – it’s called Stitch & Bitch for a reason! If you’d been smart, you wouldn’t have given us an excuse to apply the second part of the name in your direction!

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