FECK THAT NOISE
Proving once again the axiom that PEOPLE ARE STUPID (and supporting "Karma's a bitch!"), a New York organization ("SFSE") is attempting to trademark the phrase "stitch and bitch". Now, I'm relatively new to knitting, but it doesn't take a frickin brain surgeon to figger out that the phrase logically predates their 1997 coining of "stitch and bitch cafe". Knitters, sewers, quilters, basically any kind of crafter must have at one time thought, "Gee. I would just like to gather with like-minded others and do a little stitching. And since little Johnny's been such a handful these days, I wouldn't mind a little bitching, between us girls."
Baby. The first knitting book I purchased (and pretty much the incentive for me to really get into the craft was Stitch n Bitch, by Debbie Stoller. Granted, the book was published in 2003, but she's been using that phrase since (at least) 1996.
I understand this is a money-driven society, and everyone wants to stomp the heck outta everyone else, just to get a leg up. I don't like it, but I understand it. However, sending cease-and-desist letters to local groups of knitters who like to sit around and chat (and drink!) is beyond ridiculous. I don't care if SFSE sends me ten such letters. I am going to STITCH and I am going to BITCH. Nya-nya-na-nya-nyah!!!! I am going to boycott SFSE and all their products (not that I'd use them anyway b/c they're sew stupid), and support Free to Stitch.
Oh, and SFSE? In the immortal words of the knitting curmudgeon, (who I'm sure is pursuing a trademark as we speak),