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 Tue 18-Sep-12 21:04:44

Btw I think Deramores may be out of stock of the cream, but McA still have it.

PurplePidjin Tue 18-Sep-12 22:22:26

<signs in out of pure nosiness>

<Waves at Pidge>

I'm in for Bossy Blanket Trib.

HairyPotter Tue 18-Sep-12 23:00:50

I'm up for the BossyBoots Blanket (you should so copyright that grin) will let you know when yarn arrives.

Marking my place - drumming fingers waiting for yarn!

Bear under way! I'm using the pattern off the Refuge site with some white wool i had lying around so it's fine for a boy or girl.
As i said on the other thread - let me know if you need squares and i will knock some out; this bear looks like being pretty quick to make

tribpot Wed 19-Sep-12 07:30:17

Right, good stuff. Shredded, if you ordered from Deramores it may be here sooner than you think as they are lightning fast.

Now - designs. Shredded and I talked about the fact that if people want, they can still virtually divide a 30cmx30cm square into 4 by just doing garter stitch in the middle 5 stitches and the middle 5 rows as on slide 3 of these notes. I think a couple of people have thought about doing Team Heart (simplified version) (there are written instructions too) which could work like this.

Equally the squares don't have to be all one colour, so they could be green with cream borders and vice versa if people wanted (as per slide 4).


stressedHEmum Wed 19-Sep-12 09:19:53

Wool is ordered so I'm checking in for instructions.

I am envy sad. Sick in the night. No work for me this AM though will have to get online later when my pesky US colleagues get going.

Heading back to bed- but might start on my blanket square later on whilst the house is nice and quiet. smile

I'm tempted by the idea of dividing into four with a cream garter stitch border and then filling each quadrant with a different textured lime knit (speckled rib, basket weave and the like) but that's going to need some planning out and I'm not well versed in swapping colours so I might give up and go for one big one. What do you reckon? Worth a try?

tribpot Wed 19-Sep-12 10:52:18

I think that's a good idea, Barbara, and Stressed was quite keen to crack out her new granite stitch.

The colour changes would be pretty simple in the way you describe, and we have a bit of time because of Shredded apparently living on the moon. Do you want to have a go on a smaller scale to see how you get on with it?

tribpot Wed 19-Sep-12 10:54:09

And btw sorry to hear you're not feeling well, Barbara.

pesky US signing in Barbara - hope you feel better soon!

trib - I did order from Deramores. I know they are fast in the UK (I have had stuff in 48 hours), but I think they must put stuff on a boat to get here.

I LIKE Barbara's idea about having borders in one colour and blocks in the other. I have both on the way, so can do that.

Last night I cracked, on my fourth attempt, fagotting lace though mine is not as open as in the picture. That would work as a reversible pattern, but on each of my previous 3 attempts I had to frog it all the way back to the beginning when I made a mistake.

stressedHEmum Wed 19-Sep-12 13:46:15

I like that one trib. And it's easy which suits me fine.

HairyPotter Wed 19-Sep-12 14:40:10

Poor Barbara I hope you feel better soon.

Um, I feeling a bit scared now. Most of the stuff up there ^ may as well be in Greek to me. confused I think it might be safer all round, if I stick to single coloured squares. Will that be ok? <please don't boot me off the team grin

tribpot Wed 19-Sep-12 15:07:56

Hairy, a single coloured square will be fine (bear in mind at this rate I think we'll only need to do one each). You can still split it into four smaller sections with a garter border between them, or you could do it garter throughout, or how about moss stitch stripes? so this would be, say, 8 rows of moss stitch, then 6 rows of plain - I'll knock out a sample tonight to show you what I mean.

The lace pattern is lovely but possibly too stretchy - Knotty always outlaws them in Woolly Hugs.

I've made a bear! grin If anyone else fancies a go it was really easy - i used the pattern off the Refuge site. It could probably be done in a day if you have an hour or two to knit.
Will post pic tomorroe

Picture on profile. I will make a scarf for him later and as it was so quick and painless will make a second one.
Where are we sending them Trib?

He's fab Droitwich. smile Does he have a name?

Think I should finish up DD's cardigan this weekend. Then I'll commence planning my Ubersquare. Shortly after that I imagine I will be revising my plans for something less complicated and then start knitting that grin

tribpot Fri 21-Sep-12 19:23:24

Well done droitwich, he looks great! They go to: Fundraising/Simply Knitting, Refuge, 4th Floor, International House, 1 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UN.

Right, I think we need to decide on our pattern this weekend. I have been given permission (more accurately I just told him I was gonna do it) by the site owner to use his logo although it would need adaptation as we only have lime and cream to work with. (Admittedly, I can always just bung in a bit of a different colour if we need to!).

I was thinking about doing a square with the stars on, although this would definitely make it not reversible, even if I was very good and did it intarsia stylee.

Other ideas - I talked about doing moss/seed stitch stripes - here is an example. Otherwise a nice stitch that isn't too hard is daisy stitch. However, have a look through the crafters' guide for some ideas - Chinese waves is as simple as you like but looks lovely, or the starlight starbright motif?

Thanks Trib.

Barbara he doesn't have a name yet, not sure what he looks like. Maybe I should check out the baby name threads for some ideas.

Lovely bear droitwich!

Guess what, I have wool! Lime and cream, so am sharpening my needles and awaiting instructions.

I had a thought, but am happy to be told I'm complicating things! Since we're knitting for Refuge, I wondered about the lighthouse pattern which drove me mad last time I had a go

Alternatively, I am working on a Harris Tweed square for my other blanket, which is a nice reversible pattern.

Are we still doing cream borders and green squares within the borders, with cream dividers crossways and longways? And do the four green squares need to be the same?

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 07:57:51

Yay for Deramores! From their page on Ravelry and the comments there from US posters, I thought it should take about a week, Shredded. Btw, I still don't understand why people in the US have to order from Europe, should we have chosen a yarn that's more readily accessible there?

Anyway, now I have to admit I haven't got any of it myself grin But I can more readily resolve this by nipping down to Hobbycraft or bunging in my own Deramores order toute de suite.

I like the lighthouse pattern, but a bunch of textured squares might have a nice 'sampler' look to them? I like the idea of totally reversible, as that then gives us some scope to work within. Pattern doesn't have to be the same on both sides but has to definitely look like it could be the front on either side, which would rule the daisies out.

I think the borders and squares can be either be the same colour or different. Dividing them up into 4 would allow for 4 different designs (or two of each) to be worked, but it does mean you need to know roughly how many rows is going to make 30cm before you get too far in, so you can divide the square up effectively. If in doubt, stick to a single border and single texture. If a bit more adventurous, with dividers and then up to 4 different designs?

I think I might have a look at ripple stitch today, although I do like gull stitch but I'm not convinced it's reversible.

Lettuce leaf could be nice? It involves k2tog and ssk, which I'm not sure all of our Refugees want to tackle?

If we're going for reversible then I think I'll stick with one colour. Suspect my colour changing will not yield the neatest results smile

Trib our local Hobbycraft had the cream but not the lime. They might all carry different stock though.

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 11:21:53

Snap - Barbara, cream no lime. Never mind - Deramores have about 3 discounts running this week alone confused

Hmm, yes, good point about reversible and colour changing in general. It does sound a bit limiting if people do want to do borders in different colours.

How are we on sticking to textured squares, one colour or two colour as people like? Colour changes should be for border/dividers to keep the back looking tidy.

Morning! I was thinking after I posted that maybe I was being a bit ambitious, especially with all the other things I have on over the next few weeks. So, I am going to go with trib's suggestion of lettuce leaf, since the pattern is 60 stitches, and I was planning on casting on 70, so as if by magic the pattern will fit inside a 5 stitch either side border grin. I have both colours so will start with green (since that seems to be the shortage).

Deramores were much faster this time - last time I ordered from them the wool didn't arrive before my holiday, so I ended up side-tracked into another holiday project which I've only just finished.

I knocked up the little heart square from the refuge on-line pattern book last night - it's a bit wonky, but looks quite nice. DS's have insisted they don't want any hearts in their blankets, but I'm going to sneak some in grin.

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 13:08:47

Oh that's nice, Shredded - the one with two hearts on that's knit on the diagonal? I've got one I did ages ago somewhere, will see if it's reversible! Under the circs I'm more than happy to make the pattern available to Refugees on this thread!

As an aside, ds is waiting on this severely awesome blanket - pattern due next month, squeeeeee. He's currently insisting on using this similarly awesome blanket my Mum knitted for him when he was a baby.

Yes, that's the one trib, and I think it is reversible. It may be that its too early in the morning and I haven't finished my coffee yet, but I can't immediately see how you'd scale it up. Obviously you'd keep adding to the increases, but where would you add extra hearts?

Anyway, 70 green stitches are on my needles and i've done a row of garter stitch <proud>. Also a delaying tactic, since I ought to be out running grin.

I like the dino blanket. And your Mum's one is truly awesome!

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 13:48:05

Yes, here is one I prepared earlier - I've actually got two so I ought to do a few more and make that a mini-hug (it's in Patons 100% cotton DK).

I don't know if I'd scale it up to fit more hearts on (although that would be possible, I've done a couple of examples in the linked document) or just scale the whole thing so the hearts were bigger. Obv there's no need for a garter border when it's already bordered in garter!

I really like the smoothie, it's knitting up beautifully! And the 5 stitch border is working with the lettuce leaf pattern you posted earlier trib. I'll pop some pictures up later when I've got a bit further.

stressedHEmum Sat 22-Sep-12 14:50:15

I'll do the granite stitch as above. Do you want me to do lime or cream, have both colours ordered. They should arrive at the beginning of the week.

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 14:52:31

I think (ironically) only Shredded's got going, stressedHEmum. She's green, but you can pick.

I'll be starting tonight. Think I'll do one big textured square to fit with the others. Any preferences whether I go for cream or lime? I have both...

HairyPotter Sat 22-Sep-12 16:39:54

Im still waiting as well. I have both colours ordered but will be safer sticking to single colour squares.

Trib can you let know what I need to do? How many stitches etc? I really am that useless grin

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 17:07:51

Hairy - I cannot tell you how many stitches, for that depends upon your gauge. Or as Her Zimmerness always writes it, GAUGE. (It is very important).

Actually, one of the best things for you to do if you're not sure how many stitches make 30cm for you is the heart one Shredded and I have been talking about just above. Do you fancy having a go at that? The virtue of it is, you start with like 3 stitches and increase until you're working the diagonal across the centre of the square, then decrease again. So you don't need to know your gauge, you just knit until the row measures ... <applies intrinsic maths knowledge ... discovers has none ... googles ... > 42.43 cm (rounded up) and then you know you're in the middle. I will accept measurements slightly less exact than 42.43.

If you don't fancy that, you do need to do a swatch, pref with the yarn but another dk if not, do say 20 stitches and 20 rows, and then measure that to give us an idea of how many you will need to do a 30cm square.

I'm picking colours completely arbitrarily here, so anyone who wants to swap can do:

Shredded - green [this isn't arbitrary, she's already cast on]
Barbara - cream
stressedHEmum - green
HairyPotter - cream

Howzat? As you all have both colours, I can sense two blankets coming on!

Hairy This is another pattern knitted on the diagonal - it knits up super-fast, as you start with only one stitch, and unlike other patterns you don't have to decrease once you get to the middle.

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 18:19:59

Oh, that's cute Shredded - and no measuring for that one either!

Yes trib, I like the way you get the holes up the middle. And the ones I've made using that pattern are less wonky than the hearts one where you increase up and decrease down.

I am sad. I did the first 18 rows of the pattern, measured and my square is 35cm wide without any stretching. So I'm going to have to frog the lot and start again.

So hairy, here's an example for you of working out GAUGE.

I cast on 70 stitches, and it's coming out 35cm wide with the pattern - so let's say 2 stitches per cm. It needs to be 30 cm wide, so I probably need about 60 stitches instead. The border is a total of 10 stitches, which leaves 50 stitches in the middle instead of the original 60 of pattern. I can't just take 10 off though, because the pattern is in repeats of 9 stitches. So I'll take one repeat out, meaning 51 pattern plus 10 border = 61. Clear as mud?

Yay! I'm back on track, done the 18 rows again and this time it's 30cm grin.

tribpot Sun 23-Sep-12 11:38:11

Good work Shredded! How are the other Refugees on this fine sunny Sunday?

I have nearly finished one of the other three projects I have on at the mo; gotta love Skyping with a mate in Australia whilst busily knitting away (fortunately we don't video Skype as he's only got mobile broadband at that end, as I imagine he'd find it rather offputting!)

I might even get to my squares this week shock

I've managed 3 repeats of the pattern so far - pictures on my profile!

Looks fab shredded!

Thank you droitwich!

tribpot Sun 23-Sep-12 22:45:22

Ooh, I'm liking that, Shredded!

Thank you trib blush

I have a very busy work week coming up, but will see y'all at the weekend. Look forward to catching up on all your progress!

HairyPotter Tue 25-Sep-12 23:45:14

I'm still woolless sad really thought it would have appeared by now. I'm knitting away like crazy trying to get a little hug finished before I start the BossyBoots blanket.

Yours is looking fab Shredded grin

thanks Hairy

tribpot Wed 26-Sep-12 07:10:43

Hairy, is it possible your wool has taken longer to arrive than Shredded's?? Have we caused a worldwide shortage of Patons Smoothie? In fact, the entire Deramores website crashed alarmingly last night so perhaps collectively MN is hammering the craft market to the point of collapse!

I'm still woolless too, but this is by simple virtue of not actually having ordered any yet. I was waiting for this pattern to be released as I want to make it for ds. However, he has announced he wants it in bright, pillarbox red! Oh well! His jacket, his choice!

tribpot Wed 26-Sep-12 14:12:43

Holy horse! Even Deramores doesn't have the Smoothie available in Lime ...

Trib do you want me to switch to lime and you can do cream (from Hobbycraft) then? Just let me know.

Due to car breakdown I didn't get home from work until midnight last night so I only got as far as casting on (too many) stitches in the cream. Need to start again anyway. Just let me know.

Is it bad that despite the time I just had to have a quick knit and TV session to wind down before bed? Am I addicted to yarn? shock

tribpot Wed 26-Sep-12 19:23:35

Barbara - don't worry, McA to the rescue even if it was entirely necessary therefore to put in two yarn orders both totalling enough to hit free delivery! Plenty of 100% cotton thus obtained for Little Hugs. And I might say also this awesome cowl which I laboriously translated from German via Google Translate, but I see there is now an English version, hurrah!

I find knitting is an excellent way to wind down, btw, as it lets the mind just slow down if it's turning over really fast.

Sorry to hear about your car breakdown, that's bloody miserable in all this weather. I hope you weren't stranded in a flood?

My square is finished <polishes halo>. Shall I start another one? I have both colours, having obviously cornered the world market <evil cackle while stroking fluffy cat> and will await instructions smile.

Barbara - sorry to hear of your car breakdown.

Trib - I like the idea of a pillar box red jacket for your DS.

tribpot Wed 26-Sep-12 21:58:47

Now Shredded you were meant to be super-busy with work. Not knitting up a flipping storm! I think start another if you would like, at this rate I will end up using my contraband Smoothie, smuggled over the border [from Scotland] for sewing up only wink

I went for the Wendy Mode in Chilli Pepper which was just slightly less screaming a red than the Scarlet.

Nice red trib!

OK, I will start another green square. I have been working so hard I went to bed at 8pm last night and slept for 11 hours shock.

Mmmm. Sleep... [jealous]

That jacket will look lovely in the red Trib. I'm very much hoping you will make a start on the dino blanket soon too and let me know whether I have half a chance of completing it successfully. I'm considering you my canary grin

Spent last night casting on too many stitches. Will get it right tonight or die trying.

Barbara, what pattern are you going to do? I had the same problem of too many stitches to start with. I ended up with 61 if that helps.

tribpot Thu 27-Sep-12 14:31:09

Barbara - I'm on the case of the dino blanket, just waiting for the pattern to be released! I need some colours that aren't quite so .. orange though (given poor ds' bedroom is still painted the deep purple it was when we moved in 5 years ago).

DH has texted rather sourly 'a sheep sized bale of wool has arrived'.

grin at trib's DH.

My team heart plan didn't work out, so I'm now part way through the dishcloth pattern I posted last weekend, with the eyelets up the middle.

tribpot Sat 29-Sep-12 08:54:43

I've been having a go at a reversible pattern called Stockholm although I've done it on needles which are much smaller than the pattern calls for. I think it might be a bit too lacy rather than textured?

So I'm thinking about having a go at Pavillion instead.

Finally got my sizing right (64 stitches for me, I am - as previously confessed - a tight knitter grin) and am about a quarter of the way through a basic but (I think) successful diaganol rib.

Love the lettuce Shredded. It's in my queue, for what purpose I know not.

Pavillion looks great Trib

How are the other BB's (Bossy Blanketeers) getting on? smile

tribpot Sat 29-Sep-12 13:40:00

Progress on Pavillion.

Sadly it's about 3cm too small. 46 stitches. I am as loose as Barbara is tight wink

It's an 18 stitch pattern so obviously an extra repeat isn't a goer, even if I went down to 3.25mm needles. Equally, now I've had a crack at it I could probably extend it partially myself with a bit of Excel jiggery pokery, it's not like a design that is quite obviously a certain number of stitches, if you see what I mean.

On the other hand, in the spirit of diagonals, I could do the design from the Prismatic scarf (love this) or the mistake rib? Is that what you're doing, Barbara?

HairyPotter Sat 29-Sep-12 14:05:20

I have wool grin grin grin grin grin grin

One last square left to do for my little hug and then im ready to get going with this one.

Yay Hairy! (and well done on the little hug too)

trib - I like the prismatic scarf pattern. I hadn't realised about the diagonals until you mentioned it.

Barbara - how are you doing?

If someone were to make the pieces for a bear, would there be anyone willing or able to sew it up and stuff it? Just wondering...

I have also accidentally started a granny stripe blanket in the cream smoothie smile

I think my refuge square is on my profile now.

It's [[ this one].

Super easy unless you lose your place as it takes a while for the rib to show itself so it's murder to find yourself again. Not that this has ever happened to me. Oh no

Doh. Couldn't get preview to work.

this one.

tribpot Sun 30-Sep-12 11:49:15

Nice work, Barbara!

I went with a diagonal pattern based on these socks which has come out like this.

The mistake rib didn't seem to be coming out on the diagonal!! Will maybe have to try that one again. The prismatic might be a bit fussy with carrying the yarn across three stitches on the front.

Shredded - alas, I couldn't commit to putting a bear together but I wonder if a sewer who wanted to help out on the Refuge project might oblige? Maybe put a call out on the main thread or on Arts & Crafts generally?

Nice work ladies!

I was about to cast off, when I noticed a mistake and had to frog about 30 rows <gah> I have almost caught up with myself, but it did mean that my thoughts of doing a bear may have to go on the back burner - this is my last weekend before I start an OU course and lose all my free time for the next 6 months

Neither - I could stuff & stitch a bear for someone if they pm'd me. Just saying ...

smile drotwich. Thank you. I'll see how I get on this week and PM you if it looks like it's going to happen.

HairyPotter Mon 01-Oct-12 08:40:11

Morning. brew

I'm off out first thing but then I will get started. here are the squares for my little hug would any ones there suit this blanket? As you can see, I'm not the greatest knitter but I think they are ok just

tribpot Mon 01-Oct-12 11:39:00

Hairy, they're all very cute. We've ended up with a bit of a one-colour, textured theme going on, with the emphasis on diagonals. I think any of the ones in the corners would work particularly well, although I like the diamonds on the middle right. Is the one in the top left a slanty pattern?

HairyPotter Mon 01-Oct-12 13:12:46

Yes, I think it might be called a Turkish Rib? might not be mind you it was pretty quick to knit and I quite like the way it looks. I had thought about doing the diamonds as well, so happy to do either.

Are we doing a 5 row 5 stitch garter border? What size needles?

Hairy, they are lovely squares!

Yes to 5 stitches/5 rows. I used 4mm needles as that is all I have

tribpot Mon 01-Oct-12 14:01:55

Yup, I used 4mm as well although the size is the thing.

Is it this one? Word of caution - this is very, very stretchy, but should be okay inside a 5 stitch border. You might want to bung a 5 stitch border up the middle as well just to stabilise it further.

Just cast off my diagonal rib smile

Are we in need of any more squares for this blanket? If not I can knit the remains into a little hug so happy either way.

tribpot Tue 02-Oct-12 07:42:31

Well done Barbara! Well, Shredded is sending two, Hairy has one on the needles. We haven't heard from stressedHEmum for a while but I think she has a granite stitch one on the needles. And I've done one. So by rights I think we should have enough but why don't you do another one? I don't want to leave you short for a mini-hug, though. Esp as it's beginning to look like lime and green Smoothie is in short supply!

HairyPotter Wed 03-Oct-12 18:27:04

Im halfway through mine. I tried the diamond one but kept messing up and ended up frogging it 6 times! angry

Then I tried the Turkish rib, but got fed up with all the k2tg's so chucked that after 30 or so rows.

This is my latest attempt here

It's not really diagonal though unless you squint blush

tribpot Wed 03-Oct-12 19:07:56

Great texture though, Hairy. Well done!

Great square Hairy smile

Have taken you up on 2nd square, Trib. Lime diagonal seed stitch is on the needles. Will post picture when I'm not on the iPad.

tribpot Wed 03-Oct-12 21:54:18

Good work Barbara! I'm liking the sound of diagonal seed stitch.

Nice one hairy!

tribpot Sun 07-Oct-12 12:25:23

How are we doing this weekend?

Hi trib - being distracted by cute new kitten this weekend so not too much knitting (or anything else) being done here!

stressedHEmum Sun 07-Oct-12 15:03:03

Trib, I do have a granite stitch one one the needles. Haven't done too much of it yet as I have had a rough couple of weeks. Hopefully will get it finished this week if things pick up a bit. I'm having problems with my hands and arms.

tribpot Sun 07-Oct-12 15:29:20

Oh dear, stressed, that doesn't sound like much fun. Unlike droitwich who is obviously having a kittymoon (a term I have just made up like a babymoon).

I was going to say - no pressure to get this one done. We have ages and ages before Christmas yet! So take it easy. Do you knit in the continental style, stressed? I find this a lot easier on my arms than the English style. But I also found it extremely difficult to learn after so many years of knitting Englishly. (Another word I have just made up).

I have made body parts for a bear, as well as a little frock so it is not a bare bear (droitwich, I will PM you). DH instructed me last night to get a grip, as I was showing him the bear frock for the seventeenth time (tis very pretty, purple and cream stripes, with a red border around the bottom) grin. I will post a picture later, as I know you will all appreciate it more that DH.

In other news, I ran a half marathon this morning grin grin

stressed - sorry to hear abut your hands and arms - sounds horrible.

tribpot Sun 07-Oct-12 18:03:01

Bloody hell, Shredded - I thought you were in training? That was very quick! Did your training consist of bending down to tie up the laces of your trainers??

Well done on the half marathon shredded - the stuffing awaits!

grin I have been in training since last year trib. Today was the last of the 5 Borough races (they used all to be half marathons, but some are shorter now <sigh of relief>). We did Manhattan (half) in January, Brooklyn (half) in May, Queens (10k) in July, Bronx (10 miles) last month and Staten Island (half) today. I've been doing it as a charity fundraiser but am now retiring from my running career

Thanks droitwich!

PS, trib, have not managed to get to the post office yet and tomorrow is a public holiday here. I'll let you know when they are on their way!

stressedHEmum Mon 08-Oct-12 09:21:03

Well done, Shredded.

Trib, I knot in the English style. I learned to knit at school in the mid-70s and was taught by a seemingly ancient old lady with white hair and granny glasses on the end of her nose, so it was all very traditional. I've never been able to master the continental style at all, that's why I gave up fairisle - knitting with 2 hands was just too hard blush.

If we have till december, that's fine. it gives me a bit of time to try and fix my fingers. it's my own fault, really, I've been overdoing it and now I'm paying the price, even though, in actual fact, I haven't done that much.

I am going to do my best to get to the Post Office today smile

Trib - I wanted to ask whether you had seen the Patons Smoothie in the flesh so to speak - I am using up my excess cream and green in a granny stripe blanket, but am going to need some more yarn at some point. I've had a look on Deramores, and am not overly struck by the other colours, but wondered if they might be nicer in real life than in the pictures (and if so, if you could suggest one or two others that might go).

tribpot Tue 09-Oct-12 18:09:36

Shredded - this is timely as I went down to Hobbycraft on Sunday and have a pic of at least one colour on my phone already here's one I prepared earlier. I wouldn't recommend the apricot next to the lime, but I have to go back down to Hobbycraft now that the baby for whom the apricot was being considered has been born (I wanted to do a blue or pink border on the heart blanket but said baby was inconveniently not born until Sunday evening!) so I will take a few more snaps, with the lime for comparison.

HairyPotter Tue 09-Oct-12 19:54:30

Hello all. Shredded well done on your half marathon. I am in awe, I only got as far as week 5 on couch to 5k blush

My square is finally finished! It has been a disaster from start to finish. I lost count of the times I had to frog it and start again. In the end, I realised that the only way I was ever going to finish was if I did something very very easy.
It looks ok but not fab. I will make a better job of the lime one I promise.

Trib do you want me to post it now or wait until the other one is done?

tribpot Tue 09-Oct-12 19:59:26

Up to you, Hairy - it sounds like you might be glad to get the bloody thing out of the house grin

HairyPotter Tue 09-Oct-12 20:25:44

You may have a point grin it was never ending. This was my first attempt at anything other that a 6"square. I swear to God it shrank. I would measure, then knit endless rows, the measure again and IT WAS STILL THE SAME BLOODY SIZE! Argggghhhh angry

Still, I'm looking forward to starting the next one now I know there is no real rush. smile

Can you pm me your address? Muchos gracias

tribpot Tue 09-Oct-12 21:10:28

Oh dear. I had hoped that super-sized squares would be proportionately easier than 4 smaller ones. You know - you're already on the row, you just carry on knitting ... less turning and going back the other way .. errr ... well, anyway. Less sewing up for me! <somewhat misses the point>

Perhaps next time we should offer a choice - we could always do, say, big squares in the middle and smaller ones around the outside like this? (Slide 3, if my link doesn't work).

HairyPotter Tue 09-Oct-12 21:46:36

No, big squares are good. I am incompetent. grin

trib, you're a star! there will be cream stripes in between the colours if that helps. Thank you!

tribpot Tue 09-Oct-12 22:28:12

Will see what leaps out at me tomorrow, Shredded - looking at Deramores, the only one I'd try and team with the lime is the blue (1085).

Yes, that's what I thought too smile

Hi All. Hairy, have to say I know what you mean. Might be the pattern but square 2 seems to be taking forever to grow. Did have to frog a bit admittedly smile. I do really like the concept though. It's going to be super snuggly I think.

tribpot Wed 10-Oct-12 14:41:06

Right, Smoothie mission accomplished. I'm not totally happy with the colours shown but from my extensive research:
- the slate would go but is quite dark (obviously)
- the teal would not go, even though it's a close-run thing
- the apricot goes quite nicely; the colour is less pinky than the pic shows despite me having messed about with the saturation trying to get it to look more like the colour I could see. But it was the opinion of both me and the lady in Hobbycraft that this was a good combo smile

they don't stock the blue, alas - but this gives you something to work with, Shredded.

tribpot Wed 10-Oct-12 18:51:14
tribpot Wed 10-Oct-12 19:47:42

Apols for triple post - just to say I've updated the doc linked to above to show the apricot, cream and lime together.

Trib, you are nothing less than MARVELLOUS! Thank you so much!

tribpot Sat 13-Oct-12 12:38:52

Just a quick bump for this thread - I know it's a background task so there's no urgency. I guess we might pick up another participant or two after the current blanket project.

Will be PMing you for your address shortly Trib. Reckon I'll be finishing off my second square this weekend. Will then
mostly be juggling my granny stripe crochet blanket (currently about -- <- this big) and knitting my squares for My5's blanket (actual result may vary from fairisle planning).

tribpot Mon 15-Oct-12 19:53:44

Just to say Hairy's square(y) has arrived today - hurrah! Postage seems a bit pricey, Hairy :-/ But the work is lovely and neat smile

HairyPotter Mon 15-Oct-12 22:38:35

Glad it got there ok. Don't remember postage being too much, I stole a securicor banking bag from work so I saved money on packaging grin I did ask as they were down to their last 500

I was having sleepless nights in case it got lost in the post and I had to knit it again shock

Love the Hairy Squarey btw grin

tribpot Mon 15-Oct-12 22:48:24

Thank you for giving my postman food for thought by addressing it to 'The Woolly Hugger of the House' grin

tribpot Sat 20-Oct-12 08:23:53

Weekend bump - no arrival from the Americas yet, Shredded - not sure how long parcels generally take.

Weekend brew

blush I haven't finished my second square yet Trib. Even more shamefully it's because I have been utterly distracted by shock crochet. My granny stripe blanket is growing fast.

But this weekend I shall finish up my diagonal seed stitch and hopefully also start my squares for the My5 blanket too. Exact yarning method still TBD <picks splinters out of crochet/knitting fence-sitting backside]

What are thre rest of you up to this weekend?

tribpot Sat 20-Oct-12 12:56:07

Barbara, we live in a tolerant society and therefore we understand and respect your choice to swing both ways in matters of yarncraft. It isn't for everyone but we support your choice.

It's not easy keeping up with projects when we have so many MN ones running simultaneously - I now can't remember what needle size I've been using for my half-done Mini-Hug, which could be a tad interesting.

I am about to break my golden rule 'don't go shopping in town after 1st October except between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m.' because the Wii is unable to cope with Skylanders Giants, which I bankrupted myself to buy yesterday. In fairness to said Wii, it is 5 years old and has done sterling service.

Checking in smile

trib, I posted both the squares and the bear body parts a week last Thursday. The Post Office said they would take 1-2 weeks to arrive. Fingers crossed they will turn up next week.

I'll let you know as soon as the bear arrives neither

thanks droitwich

The bear has landed! love the dress neither

tribpot Mon 22-Oct-12 19:24:37

The squares have landed too! Fantastic work Shredded!

Yay! Always such a relief to know the post works!

shredded would you prefer sewn eyes & nose for your bear or little plastic ones like I have on mine? I can do either quite easily. Assembly will start tomorrow wink

thanks droitwich. Whatever is easier for you smile

Over here shredded!
Your lovely bear is finished and dressed. She looks splendid! I will pop a picture on my profile tonight so you can see her before she goes off to her new home

thanks so much droitwich - looking forward to seeing the picture!

It will go on in the morning - must go to bed! Will post when it's up

shredded the transatlantic tag team bear is on my profile grin

Aww droitwich she looks lovely! Thank you for finishing her off! And I Like your hallowe'en name!

BarbaraWoohoohoodlouse Sat 27-Oct-12 22:01:47

Nice work Shredded & Droitwich! Shredwich? Droitded?

Finally posted my squares today. Should be at Trib Towers by Monday smile

grin Barbara you always make me laugh


theodora Sun 28-Oct-12 08:43:36

Hello, I'm not sure if this is the correct thread, but I'm a new crocheter and am making a small ripple blanket that the children (and I) would like to go to a refuge. It will be about 20 inches square, I think. I'm afraid it is quite bright and lurid colours as the children are choosing them grin. Is there a different thread for refuge crochet projects? Thanks so much x xsmile

BarbaraWoohoohoodlouse Sun 28-Oct-12 09:16:31

theodora There are some lovely crocheters on this thread. There is also a link to the main Refuge project details I think. If you have a whole blanket you can probably just mail it straight to them.

Love the idea of a bright and cheery ripple blanket. smile

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

Thank you Barbara, will talk to them smile

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?

Hi qazxc - there is more information [[ on this thread here].

Sorry - forgot my bracket this thread here

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

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

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

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

AHEM! I declare the Ravelry Woolly Hugs Group open!

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

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

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.

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 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!

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 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.

Good idea trib - it has gone rather quiet

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?

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 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.

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 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.

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

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

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 Thu 06-Dec-12 20:18:05

Hairy - it arrived today, hurrah! Thank you.

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