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Refuge Knitting thread (mainly blanket-based)

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tribpot Tue 18-Sep-12 20:56:14

Right, this is a continuation of the main Refuge blanket thread.

We have at least one blanket project, but also droitwich fancies a go at a bear.

The currently proposed blanket project is my 'Bossy Boots Blanket', i.e. I want the organisation finished as soon as poss because I don't have a lot of time for new projects this autumn. However, there can certainly be a less bossy project as well, in different yarn and colours as people desire.

So far, definitely signed up for the Bossy Boots Blanket are:
- me
- NeitherShreddedNorSmug
- HairyPotter
- stressedHEMum

and I think BarbaraWoodlouse.

Now, we're planning to do double-sized squares just because we can, which means we only need 6 for the smaller sized blanket. However, if more people want to do a BossyBoots Blanket they can do (but they need to say so soon, otherwise they are in the Less Bossy Blanket Project).

Bossy Boots Blanket will be in Paton's Smoothie DK in Lime (1010) and Cream (1019). Note Smoothie is a 100g ball so you won't need much - indeed you could get away with one ball I would think.

Each square will have 5 rows of garter stitch top and bottom, and 5 (ish) stitches in garter for the edges. The squares will be planned together so the blanket has an overall look (this is what I mean about the level of bossiness) and once I have confirmation on the numbers we can decide what we want to do. The preference is for simple, which is good, so garter stitch, perhaps the Team Heart, but nothing more complicated than that. I intend to sew this one up myself. I'm also happy to put in a general order for the yarn and then distribute it as each knitter isn't going to need that much.

Other knitters who have expressed a preference (some of whom I have PMed but not heard back from yet).

DutchOma has offered to sew up another blanket.
tinierclanger [I've PMed you twice, clanger, but not heard anything back]
droitwichmummy - doing a teddy

Please do not feel you have to join in with the BossyBoots Blanket. There will be enough knitters for a Less Bossy Blanket, and I'm happy to do a couple of 15cm squares for that myself. However, if you do want to do the BossyBoots Blanket please now say so, so that we can plan and anyone who wants to can get cracking, whilst noting that Shredded is waiting on her yarn arriving (and I have about 75 other projects on at the same time confused).

Hope this helps - there's no need to keep copying and pasting the list of who is on Team Knit on this thread.

tribpot Thu 06-Dec-12 20:18:05

Hairy - it arrived today, hurrah! Thank you.

HairyPotter Thu 06-Dec-12 19:33:17

Hello.. Did my lime square turn up yet Trib? I posted it on mon and forgot to let you know blush

It's been knocking around the bottom of my knitting bag for weeks. Apologies for not sending it sooner.

tribpot Mon 26-Nov-12 21:58:40

Well, they deliver all over, Shredded! And if they don't, the shop's opposite the post office in Headingley so I can post it myself grin

Oh my word, I'm in love <swoons>. That bag is gorgeous!

tribpot Sun 25-Nov-12 19:41:47

Yes, definitely! Although I might take you to Baa Ram Ewe rather than Hobbycraft grin I can always post you another ball of the pale blue if need be.

I have ordered some pale blue for the edging, so will see what that looks like. I misread the pattern and won't have enough for the blanket, so may end up with a random pale blue stripe grin.

Next time I am in Leeds for more than a few hours I will PM you so we can go wool shopping together smile

tribpot Sun 25-Nov-12 08:44:26

Ooh, great stuff! That sounds lovely.

I'm trying to fit in a visit to our new Hobbycraft soon (we now have two in Leeds) and it would be dreadful if some more Smoothie were to fall into my basket.

Coo-eee trib!

I just wanted to let you know that the smoothie is looking lovely in deep stripes of lime, blue and apricot, separated by cream stripes in between each of the colours. Thank you for the recommendation!

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 21:54:23

I've just noticed the winner of The Knitter version of the design competition was the gorgeous bee square which would be wonderful for Cupoftea's blanket. I think I might get in touch with them to see if the designer has a pattern drafted yet?

Good idea trib - it has gone rather quiet

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 15:34:08

I've tweeted Simply Knitting to see when the deadline for this project is. But all quiet both on Twitter and Ravelry (where someone else posed the question quite some time ago). It looks as if their eBook has yet to hit the shops, although the competition appears to have finished!

So I'm thinking about sewing it up so as not to discover later that the deadline is about to hit.

BarbaraWoohoohoodlouse Thu 01-Nov-12 09:47:43

<whistles innocently at "32cm">

Hope it doesn't cause you too many headaches Trib. I know there's less wiggleability in sewing. Feel free to discard if it's an issue. smile

tribpot Thu 01-Nov-12 09:26:49

I've measured and all the squares are 30-32cm. Except mine which is 28 grin Never mind!

HairyPotter Thu 01-Nov-12 07:27:10

Hello lovely knitters. brew My lime square isn't too far away from finishing. It was much less painful than the cream one so far, crosses fingers etc

It's 30 cm square (ish) so I hope that's right.

Will go and investigate ravelry group hug next grin

tribpot Wed 31-Oct-12 22:48:26

Oh no, I'm sure it's mine that's too small! It won't take too long to do another one.

BarbaraWoohoohoodlouse Wed 31-Oct-12 22:37:17

I was going to add a comment that the green one is maybe a tad on the generous side (I really couldn't face casting on for a 5th time!) but I thought the cream one was spot on. confused <goes to recalibrate tape measure> grin

Oh trib! How big/small is your square?! Perhaps ours are all giants!

AHEM! I declare the Ravelry Woolly Hugs Group open!

tribpot Wed 31-Oct-12 20:39:02

I should say, my own square is LOADS smaller than everyone else's! Why?? I don't think I can actually have measured it, oh dear. Still, at least I can just frog it and do another one smile

BarbaraWoohoohoodlouse Wed 31-Oct-12 20:30:50

Thanks for confirming safe landing of squares Trib. I'm all for procrastination smile

tribpot Tue 30-Oct-12 12:46:10

Barbara - squares arrived at Trib Towers right on schedule yesterday, whoop whoop!

I think we may have enough for a small blanket now - are we still waiting for some contributions to come in? Happy to avoid sewing up for as long as possible grin

Sorry - forgot my bracket this thread here

Hi qazxc - there is more information [[http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/arts_and_crafts/1563092-Refuge-org-blanket?pg=13 on this thread here].

qazxc Mon 29-Oct-12 10:52:02

Hi, would really like to do a blanket for refuge.
What are the rules/guidelines for squares?
and is there a cut off date that the blankets must be in by?

theodora Sun 28-Oct-12 12:06:33

Thank you Barbara, will talk to them smile

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