Blanket for My5boysandme - support for knitters

(168 Posts)
tribpot Wed 10-Oct-12 18:32:48

All our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of baby Dexter, and most particularly with his mum, My5boysandme.

The chat thread has given details of the yarns and pointed to the Crafters' Guide. I will check back to our last support thread for any newer patterns that haven't yet made it up there.

Please stop by if there is any help you need with your square - the crocheters are regular guest stars as well (it's a bit like NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles).

Ooh, bagsy being Abby! grin

I think I shall probably crochet a few squares this time, as I'm so much faster at that than I am at knitting, but I wanted to sign in and say hi.

Thinking of My5boys, her family and most of all of little Dexter.

KnottyLocks Wed 10-Oct-12 18:40:56

Crochet guest star checking in smile

Thanks for doing this, Trib [star]

tribpot Wed 10-Oct-12 18:46:37

Well I am regularly confused with Daniela Ruah aka the unfeasibly good-looking Kensi Blye. grin She also guest stars in Hawaii 5-0 so what's not to like?

DWM reporting for knitting duty! Waiting for some wool to arrive but working on my little hug while I wait

trumpton Wed 10-Oct-12 22:15:11

Will order my wool and get knitting . Thinking about My5boys and her family. So sad for them all .

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 10-Oct-12 22:18:07

Another crochet guest star here wine Evening all, thanks trib thanks

Signing in/up to mark my spot. Thanks trib thanks

Birnamwood Thu 11-Oct-12 10:25:27

Hi all, I'm having a brain freeze moment and I can't phrase the words correctly to get the Internet to tell me what I want (see what I mean, I can't even string a sentence together blush) I'm doing an initial for little Dexters blanket and want to do the initial in a contrasting colour. I'm fairly new to knitting and can do the basics. Can someone point me in the right direction please? My brain seems to have annoyingly turned to mush atm hmm


If you are new to it Birnamwood, can I suggest you do the letter in a contrasting stitch rather than a different colour? It will be much easier for you.

Eg background in moss st, letter in stocking stitch. Or stocking stitch square with garter border, and garter for the letter? It will still show up but just as a different texture rather than different colour?

It would be Intarsia if you want to stick to the different colours plan smile

tribpot Thu 11-Oct-12 12:39:58

It would be intarsia if Birnamwood wanted separate balls of colour for each side of the initial, but likely you could do it fairisle stylee (carrying the unused yarn across the back) given the likely width of the initial.

However, I would strongly agree that doing it in a contrasting stitch would be a lot more manageable. Or even do a plain square and then embroider on in a different colour afterwards?

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 11-Oct-12 13:27:41

Intarsia is scary! This is a really easy letter square. I've just done one for a friend for Christmas!

Signing in for support, I'll probably be receiving rather that offering!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 11-Oct-12 13:39:00

Even the word 'intarsia' frits me.

Birnamwood Thu 11-Oct-12 14:58:49

Int- what?!?

I've done a few squares with contrasting stitches but wanted to try something a bit more fancy. Off to google intsar intsta inter ffs what you said smile

Thanks for the help

MOSagain Thu 11-Oct-12 16:55:33

I'd like to do a square. Not sure why but can't open the thread in chat, most odd. Will try again later, am guessings blues, greens etc?
My thoughts with Dexter and his family x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 11-Oct-12 16:58:21

That's weird MOS confused Don't take it personally, I'll PM you all the stuff, but yes greens, blues, silvers, dark/warm purple and cream.

If choosing cream, we ask that you go for the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK 013

Thanks lovely X

tribpot Thu 11-Oct-12 19:28:26

Birnamwood, if you fancy a go at something in two colours, why not try summat a bit easier to manage, like the pink flash pattern (I think Glaikit has a picture of it, but it's basically a series of zig-zags on a different coloured background)

Or how about checker square? Two colour linen stitch? I love linen stitch but it will need a border in garter stitch.

Jacob's Ladder

Loop Stripes

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 11-Oct-12 20:03:48

Indeed I do! There are 2 flashers in this photo navy and cream and the two tone pink!

KnottyLocks Thu 11-Oct-12 20:35:02

I was a bit frit opening that link, Fizzy grin

Birnamwood Thu 11-Oct-12 21:05:36

Thanks for the links Trib, I'm having a go at the flash one now. We'll see how it goes...

Glaikit, when I automatically clicked on your link, my conscious brain knew it was to do with knitting, my unconscious brain, however, was hoping for a picture of a flasher in the 2/100ths of a second it took to load the page. I've not got a dirty mind, promise not smile

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 11-Oct-12 21:06:35

Oops! Flashes is wot I meaned! I've not bee flashed for years. It's a dying art!

tribpot Thu 11-Oct-12 21:25:30

Bee flashed Glaikit? What kinda pervert are you??

KnottyLocks Thu 11-Oct-12 21:34:40

Oh it's all coming out now!

So to speak grin

KnottyLocks Thu 11-Oct-12 21:47:39

<covers eyes>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 11-Oct-12 21:50:56

<turns round and leaves quietly>

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 11-Oct-12 22:16:55

Bzzzzzzzzzzzz grin

Would be funny if I wasn't allergic to bee stings! Would not like a bee flasher to flash me! The Hive on Disney junior gives me the heebee jeebees!

Thanks for starting the new thread Daniela Trib. Haven't signed up for this blanket yet but of course I will. Wondering about the little cable owl but want to do a nice border so will have to get my planning hat on.

Good grief, flashing on page 1, whatever next grin.

I have started a smocking pattern square from the Refuge pattern book. Very simple, but looks nice.

Birnamwood Fri 12-Oct-12 07:58:43

I've finished it! Looks good so I'm going to use it for the woolly hug I'm doing just got to sew it together confused

I'll post a pic when I've stopped baby and schoolboy wrangling. <ponders sewing schoolboy into his uniform for the winter to avoid daily arguments>

tribpot Fri 12-Oct-12 09:48:21

Well done Birnam!

Shredded - the smock stitch is very cute.

workhouse Fri 12-Oct-12 10:20:10

New knitter signing in here. New to the "hugs" that is not to actual knitting. I'm ordering the wool today so should be able to start Monday.

Mumsnet is such a supportive place and I am mainly a lurker on all the main boards - but I'm not too good with meaningful words, so it is nice to be able to do something.

Is it correct that the you don't want the squares blocked?

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 12-Oct-12 10:50:38

Hello workhouse! Yes to the no blocking. It makes it easier to hook the squares together! Have you seen the guide? it have everything you need to know in it.

Welcome workhouse!

Birnham - looking forward to seeing a picture of your square.

Birnamwood Fri 12-Oct-12 13:57:51

I will when I get home, I'm currently enjoying a sandwich and coffee CHILDFREE shock anyone that approaches gets the death stare. I'm never on my own and thoroughly enjoying it smile

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 12-Oct-12 14:07:36

Ah.... Hot coffee! The one reason I work 3 days a week!

DS asleep and DD at school. Thought I'd couple my hot cup of tea with a mooch through my yarn mountain stash. My Debbie Bliss/Rowan hoard alone is very blush.
Really must use up some of the odds and ends for this blanket. Any ideas, other than stripes, for multi coloured squares?

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 12-Oct-12 14:54:34

Fairisle patterns can work Barbara there are 2 in this photo and a couple of different stripy ones too.

Birnamwood Fri 12-Oct-12 17:33:40

Well here it is. Be nice smile

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 12-Oct-12 18:00:36

Ace birnamwood! I love it! What is the textured square to the right?

tribpot Fri 12-Oct-12 19:13:57

Lovely work, Birnamwood! Barbara, I think you should have a crack at the colourful spiral square - a very relaxing piece of work. Ha ha.

This here a simple two-colour fairisle I made up for an earlier blanket.

And who could forget the brioche experience <shakes fist at Minnie to see if she can be shaken out of hiding>

Gorgeoise blanket Birnamwood. smile

Thanks Trib and Fizzy. Fairisle requires fewer teeth hands than intarsia, right?

Fizzy has kindly PMd me the lovely hearts patter already. Some other nice suggestions too.

Where is Minnie by the way? We miss you Minnie!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 12-Oct-12 19:53:10

Can I add these linked patterns to the guide at some point trib?

Birnamwood Fri 12-Oct-12 20:01:25

Phew, thank you. Any tips on how to sew it together? Actually, I'll go and have a gander at the woolly hugs support thread, if there is one. I don't want to hijack this thread too much smile

Glaikit, the textured one is Chinese waves. I got it from here.

Birnamwood Fri 12-Oct-12 20:03:01

Meant to add, I got it from the woolly hugs crafting guide

Can/could you crochet Birnam. Attic24 has a tutorial here but I haven't tried it so can't vouch for the results.

Birnamwood Fri 12-Oct-12 20:12:35

I've bought a hook (asked for a crotch-et hook not a cro-chet hook in the shop as that's the way I say it in my head blush) I know a tiny, tiny bit about it

Well the pictures make it look really easy grin

tribpot Fri 12-Oct-12 20:27:07

Pistey - they're already in the guide, except for the pink flashes. I'm trying to do a round-up of the ones we discovered in the last blanket, but a lot of them were out of books and stuff.

Birnam - you may find it easier to sew them - or at least more satisfying if you can master mattress stitch. This is a lot easier if you can see someone do it in person, mind you.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 12-Oct-12 20:29:23

I think we might need to add suggestions to the guide for attaching squares for Little Hugs, will have a thinky.

tribpot Fri 12-Oct-12 20:44:52

Yes, good point Pistey - so far the section on joining squares together would have read:

- send them to Pistey, Knotty or Pidj
- sit back and relax.

grin Now we've entered a new realm! People might find it easier to do a blanket all in one piece for mini-hugs, than figure out how the hell to sew all the squares together. That said, on the Refuge blanket some of the knitters have found the big squares quite heavy going compared to tossing off <you should excuse the expression> a few 6" squares smile

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 12-Oct-12 21:19:23

Ahem, now my flashers has been out done by Trib's tossing off surely?? grin

Birnamwood Fri 12-Oct-12 21:35:35

<snort> @ Trib grin

Right, off to start joining squares....

Wish me luck

Primrose123 Sat 13-Oct-12 12:00:48

Just read that birnamwood is doing a 'D'. I wondered if other knitters could do the other letters to make Dexter's name? I would offer myself, but I don't think my knitting skills are that advanced! Just an idea. smile

tribpot Sat 13-Oct-12 12:37:06

Primrose - I don't think birnamwood is doing a D now. Pistey's not looking for too many initials for this blanket I think - we're to crack on with whatever we fancy.

KnottyLocks Sat 13-Oct-12 13:02:20

Hello, lovelies smile

Initials are in hand, bless you x

HairyPotter Sat 13-Oct-12 13:19:15

Trib Thanks for not outing me as the crap knitter on the refuge blanket grin <outs self>

I have completed one square for Dexter and will get another one done asap. Away for a mini holiday tomorrow, and my knitting will be coming with me. I'm becoming such a knitting geek, that dh and dds bought me related stuff for my birthday yesterday wine I now have a lovely non embarrassing bag to take with me to woolly huggers cake meetings, as well as loads of wee useful bits and pieces.

On another random note, I am loving using the posh wool again. Tis gorgeous and feels beautiful.

tribpot Sat 13-Oct-12 13:25:03

Hairy - not crap knitter, just happier tossing off a 6" one wink (right, that is the last time I am making my 'tossing off' joke). Happy birthday for yesterday! Nowt wrong with a fab knitting bag, what did they get you?

The posh wool truly is gorgeous. I was about to start a Hermione Hearts Ron in it for myself, in the lovely Rowan Mist. I might wear it even in midsummer as I bet it's going to be super-cosy.

HairyPotter Sat 13-Oct-12 13:33:52

Yes, was very quick to toss a 6 incher off <snurk>

<whispers> it's not really a knitting bag, just a nice bag to keep knitting in smile I also got circular needles and am going to give the lime smoothie a go. ( did you get the cream one yet btw)

tribpot Sat 13-Oct-12 13:43:17

Not yet - when did you post it? Given your frustration with it, are you sure you didn't just burn it and convince yourself mentally you'd posted it? wink

This weekend I shall be mostly communing with the apricot Smoothie putting the icord border on the heart blanket.

I'm quietly coveting the Namaste bag for knitting, not that I could ever cram all my current projects into it.

HairyPotter Sat 13-Oct-12 14:00:16

Thursday, but second class <cheapskate emotion>

That bag is stunning! You should buy it in every colour.

tribpot Sat 13-Oct-12 14:20:18

I love this review of it on Ravelry. I think you're right about one in every colour.

Flojo1979 Sat 13-Oct-12 14:27:14

Hi, I'm new to all this.
What do u mean, no blocking? So I can make sure I don't do it!

Flojo1979 Sat 13-Oct-12 14:29:46

As for the Int-arsey thingy, totally lost!

KnottyLocks Sat 13-Oct-12 14:51:42

Flojo, if you don't know what blocking is there is very little chance you'll do it grin

KnottyLocks Sat 13-Oct-12 14:53:51

Blocking is basically when you've finished knitting or hooking, you 'shape' your work by either spraying it/washing it and pinning it out in the desired shape or by giving it a gentle iron.

Please don't do any of this as it is much easier for us hookers to hook the blanket together when squares aren't blocked. thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 13-Oct-12 14:56:25

And don't you worry about that Intasy thing.

The Woolly HUgs mantra is 'Simple squares are good. Simple squares are essential'

If every square was complicated and fancy, the blankets would be so very busy. The fancy and the simple show each other off beautifully.
Because the wool is so lovely, even the simplest square looks gorgeous.

Flojo1979 Sat 13-Oct-12 15:09:02

Phew glad to hear it! Was beginning to panic there, when someone said no blocks I suddenly thought they meant no plain squares!

Hello ladies, I have been to John Lewis today and purchased two lovely ball of wool, now I need to decide what excited (tell I don't get out much lol)

Ok, I have just started a square with 33st's and it has measured 5 1/2 " shall I just increase my number of stitches ?

How many rows have you done? The measurements do change once you get going so I usually measure after about 5 rows

trumpton Sat 13-Oct-12 20:00:32

No, keep to 33 stitches. It is difficult to measure width whilst still on needles and there is always room for a bit of leeway on size . < taps nose knowingly>

tribpot Sat 13-Oct-12 20:22:27

Certainly do a few rows before measuring. Everyone's gauge is different, 33 is only a guide.

Oh well, you were right got to 15 rows and it is 6 1/2 inches lol, so going back to 33 smile

HappyTurquoise Sat 13-Oct-12 20:55:57

Is there a deadline for the squares for this? Would it be ok to finish a little hugs blanket and then do the squares for My5Boys (have got 2 types of blue to crochet, hoping to do 4 squares). Send them all off together some time in the next week?

tribpot Sat 13-Oct-12 21:01:31

I doubt that will be a problem, Happy - the deadline for this blanket is likely to be at least a couple of weeks.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 13-Oct-12 21:01:46

No deadline as yet for the squares, although we usually allow 3 ish weeks, so no huge rush smile

Flojo1979 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:44:10

Good job because I haven't got my wool yet! Hoping it'll arrive on Monday.

trumpton Sun 14-Oct-12 01:40:57

Wool ordered if it arrives before we go away I will take it and knit . If not I will be home on 23rd and knitting fast !

tribpot Sun 14-Oct-12 07:37:48

Flojo - you were asking about patterns on the main thread and you've been directed to the guide. Chinese waves is a great starter pattern but a more challenging but lovely pattern (the photos don't do it justice) is Waves of Love. The sailing boat square is nice although you'd need to have quite a tight gauge to do this in a 6" square as I couldn't reduce it to less than 40 stitches.

There are also some nice plain and essential patterns here. (Don't think we link to these on the guide already, do we Trib?).

Though do watch the sizing where they specify exact number of stitches. As the guide says so well, everyone is very different.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 14-Oct-12 10:21:55

Morning brew

brew Morning Pitsey. smile

Flojo1979 Sun 14-Oct-12 10:49:12

Morning smile

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 14-Oct-12 10:49:57

morning brew I'm off ov my hollybobs today to see my parents! which means they will toddler wrangle and I can knit knit knit!

KnottyLocks Sun 14-Oct-12 11:14:05

Morning wine

Birnamwood Sun 14-Oct-12 11:19:16


I've finished the woolly hug smile

KnottyLocks Sun 14-Oct-12 12:55:54

<applauds> smile

HappyTurquoise Mon 15-Oct-12 20:25:14

I'm making a granny square with dk, just done the 6th square/round of treble crochet stitches and it measures 5.75 inches (25 stitches). Another round of trebles will take it to about 6.5 inches (31 stitches). Should I start again with a smaller hook size?

KnottyLocks Mon 15-Oct-12 20:32:49

Happy, it's actually better for us if it's slightly smaller rather than 6.5".

It'll stretch to 6" once it's all hooked together. And if it doesn't, we can add a round of Dc or Htr at this end.

No need to start again!

HappyTurquoise Mon 15-Oct-12 20:58:18

Oh that's good, thank you Knotty! Will tie off and do some more. smile

KnottyLocks Mon 15-Oct-12 21:07:57

[thumbs up] smile

Hurrah, my donor wool has arrived! I'm planning to crochet a few granny squares and possibly revisit the moss stitch I did for a previous blanket - we'll see. I have a few hats to knit atm too (I've started selling to order through Facebook) and DS is not sleeping well in the evenings, so I may not have time to knit any squares. Itching to get started though!

sonnyd Tue 16-Oct-12 14:28:23

I know I'm a bit late to the party but would love to knit a few squares if volunteers are still needed? It is such a lovely idea that I would be proud to be a part of xx

KnottyLocks Tue 16-Oct-12 14:39:57

Sonnyd, can you PM Pistey to let her know? Thanks for joining us smile

Flojo1979 Tue 16-Oct-12 17:33:42

Wool has arrived today! Going to get stuck in later.

evening all, I am hoping to finish my 6th square this evening, found a good website that details different stitches. It gives instructions for 6in squares but some are on other weight wools rather than DK so will need to be adapted.
I have loved doing this, while knitting them my thoughts have been with My5 and her family.

workhouse Wed 17-Oct-12 11:06:58

My wool arrived this morning from Cucumberpatch, its Debbie Bliss in the lovely Apple shade (popular I think) and Duck egg blue. So soft.

Thanks for all the square ideas on this thread, I think I will do a simple block and a more fancy one, at least, hpefully more.

GlaikitFizZombie Wed 17-Oct-12 22:10:35

hmm, I've delved into books and started a square called lambs tails.

one round in and it looks like a row of willies!

is.there a call for squares covered in little willies? grin

KnottyLocks Wed 17-Oct-12 22:41:53

Um no Fizzy hmm

KnottyLocks Wed 17-Oct-12 22:42:40

For goodness sake do not post a pic confused

tribpot Wed 17-Oct-12 22:56:44

You would have to do a matching one with rows of fanjos on, Glaikit. I'm just sayin'

Flojo1979 Thu 18-Oct-12 07:13:28

Go on, u know we want a pic really!

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 07:34:35

Flo! Don't encourage her!

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 08:58:28

Flo, just for you, everyone else can avert there eyes and clutch their pearls!!

little willies


GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 12:51:14

Did you look Barbara?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 12:53:54

Obviously I had to look.....

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 12:57:52

And??? Should I frog it? A whole square would look like one of those luminous dusters you get in pound land!

grin shock

tribpot Thu 18-Oct-12 17:15:19

Frog that at once, young lady. You are bringing the good name of Woolly Hugs into disrepute.

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 17:19:39

Sorry Trib, I have frogged it <shameful>

Although you said I'm a yang lady grin

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 17:41:21

Yang lady?

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 17:43:21

Yang, tis street speak for young! Innit <frantically trying to bluff>

Flojo1979 Thu 18-Oct-12 18:27:38

My 7 yr old DS is asking why am I laughing at my phone! Only just got back to thread and seen the photo!
Thanks Glaik that's made my evening smile
What's frog it mean?

Flojo1979 Thu 18-Oct-12 18:32:54

I have done a stocking stitch square and a garter stitch square.
Now I fancy trying the Chinese waves that trib kindly linked me on page 4. Trouble is I don't quite understand it. If anyone has time could they take a look and explain it to me! I'm good til row 5, does row 5 start again like row one? Or continue as in add more knit stitch at beginning? But surely if I did that by time I get to last rows they'd just be all knit and no waves. So is it rows 1-4, repeated all the way?

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 18:33:03

When you rip out your knitting rip it rip it!
I'm glad you found it funny Flo! Some people here <narrows eyes> have no sense of humour wink

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 18:34:44

Just repeat rows 1-4 until your square is big enough Flo. Chinese waves was my first non knit only square! So it really is foolproof!

Flojo1979 Thu 18-Oct-12 18:44:03

Haha thank you for the advice!
Which pattern is the willies one so I can do it avoid it smile

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 18:47:47

It's called Lambs tails from the knitters bible stitch library page 27. My effort didn't look like the picture though! I wouldn't intentionally knit willies! maybe I would

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 19-Oct-12 23:15:29


I've just finished a heart square, not a team heart, but similar. And instead of the willies I'm doing a booble bobble square.

Glaikit, you've on fire this week! grin

tribpot Sat 20-Oct-12 08:19:53

Glaikit, I wonder if we should have a 'no body parts' rule for you grin

I was thinking about doing a Team Heart. I actually have the original colour of yarn to make Hermione hearts Ron so might do that first.

At the moment, though, I've been distracted by doing this absolutely sweet dress for my friend's newborn.

KnottyLocks Sat 20-Oct-12 08:51:25

Trib, can I order that in a size 10-12 please?

KnottyLocks Sat 20-Oct-12 08:53:19

With matching hat smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 20-Oct-12 09:06:32

Nice with your boots smile

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 20-Oct-12 10:37:40


HairyPotter Sat 20-Oct-12 12:40:44

While you are taking orders Trib I could do with a few of those gorgeous hats... <wheedles pitifully>

tribpot Sat 20-Oct-12 12:52:22

I'm more than happy ...

... to do a Knitalong for the Hermione hearts Ron hat, Hairy! (That means you do the knitting and I do the bossing - as per our Refuge blanket).

tribpot Sat 20-Oct-12 13:27:31

Actually I could adapt the pattern for a blanket square if anyone fancied doing a bit of cable practice?

HairyPotter Sat 20-Oct-12 13:49:42

You have seen my knitting, blush my hats would not be fit to be seen shock

I'm home fr

HairyPotter Sat 20-Oct-12 13:55:10

Grrrr. Home from hols later today so will contemplate cablely(?) things. Finished the second square for Dexter's blanket though, will pm Pistey.

bobkate Sat 20-Oct-12 21:45:27

Just popping in here to say my 2 squares are done....thanks to my donor - the colour of the wool looks even nicer once knitted.
Also, not sure it if anyone remembers but I wanted to make a square that had a knitted border with a sort of sunken middle ( to sort of look a bit picture frame ish ) and I think I've suceeded finally! Yay grin

Well done bobkate they sound fab.
I've finished DSs blanket tonight except for sewing the ends in so I will be getting on with my little hug tomorrow as I'm waiting for wool for My5 and a delivery of bear parts for stuffing.

tribpot Mon 22-Oct-12 07:55:09
RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Oct-12 08:28:32

droitwich - Your crafter is following the woolly wool up, she'd been away this weekend but will check today. Have heard of orders being held back because a colour is out of stock, that may be what is happening here.

It may of course arrive today.... The last two I followed up, they arrived the next day blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Oct-12 08:29:22

And well done bob smile

Thanks Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 23-Oct-12 08:48:29

droitwich - you have mail smile

Morning all brew

Last posting for squares for the blanket for My5boysandme to be Monday 5th November.

Please PM me when you are ready for the posting info.

Huge thanks to all thanks

I am feeling very pleased with myself. With the help of a cocktail stick I have resurrected my cabling skills from goodness knows how many years ago grin. I have also had a go at flashing and very nice it is too grin.

Trib - LOVE that little frock. I'd be game for a go if you want to try to adapt the hat to a square pattern (I've just done the cable square from the refuge e-book).

Pistey, I saw on the other thread that your inbox is falling over so didn't want to add to it. Do the My5boys squares need sending to you or the other address (I still have both PMs so just tell me which one). DH is going to the UK next week so will pop them in the post for me.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Oct-12 17:08:38

Bless you, it did fall over grin

All is well now, I have PMd you, they come to me thanks

and when you get arrested for flashing, I'll pop over and bail you out X

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 25-Oct-12 17:22:45

Yay for flashing Neither! I'm glad I'm not on my own!!

Still no needles in the post sad will plod on with dragon wings.

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 25-Oct-12 20:43:36

SDTG, prettybird, hairypotter are we still meeting up on Monday??

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Oct-12 20:49:20

You having an outing without me?

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 25-Oct-12 20:54:53

You are more than welcome pistey! I'll have the irn bru and deep fried mars bars ready! grin

Flojo1979 Thu 25-Oct-12 21:58:00

Chinese waves complete without any cock-ups, phew!
Thanx for the advice smile

HairyPotter Thu 25-Oct-12 22:08:41

Yep, im fine for Monday. Did we decide on a venue?

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 08:22:54

Oh do the woolly hugs ppl usually live nr each other?

Not particularly flo. I am currently team tagging a bear on the refuge project with a knitter in USA and have knitted for a donor in Australia!

KnottyLocks Fri 26-Oct-12 08:30:48

Flo, we have Blanketeers scattered across the world. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 20:09:43

We really do smile with the furthest away being New Zealand, then Australia, but we now have all four corners of the globe covered.

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 20:53:14

Oooops I've done it again. I've posted my last couple of squares with a card for My5 but forgot to include a note to u guys that its my squares!
So garter stitch (is that what its called?) And Chinese waves in green.

Is there anything else my basic knitting can help with?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 20:57:33

Thank you Flo thanks I l

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 20:57:56

I'm on the phone. Can anyone tell?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 21:01:19

Big courgettes for fingers. That is my problem. grin

Lovely Flo, if you have woolly wool and the time, check out our Little Hugs project. There is a thread somewhere in Arts and Crafts. I would link it but beat I don't try. Who knows where you will end up. But we are collecting squares in for that. Have a look maybe? Hopefully some lovely will link for you or I will do it when I can get back in the computer. wine thanks

Flojo - I was about to link, but saw you found your way there smile. I'm one of the overseas knitters (and the other half of droitwich's bear tag team grin).

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:39:41

Can I ask, u seasoned knitters, I've never had to join wool before (only made children's scarves and teddies...and squares!) How exactly do You do it?
Only I you tubed it and a lot said you make a tail and knit three stitches with the 2 yarns together. My mum (yes I'm 32, not 12!) told me its nonsense and she just leaves a tail and starts knitting with the new ball.

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:40:23

Oh how exciting, what a wonder I've been missing out on!

Flo I used to do it your mum's way but now I knit a few stitches using both the old ball of wool and the new one and much prefer it. A word of warning though - when you knit the next row don't forget you have a double lot of wool for those stitches or you will do what I have done and wonder where the extra ones came from confused
<high fives shredded>

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:13:09

So on the next row do u have to knit together too? And remember where u did it? And then the 3rd row u r back to normal?

On the row where you join the 2 balls, when you wrap the wool round the needle to make the stitch double up so you are wrapping wool from both the new and the old balls round together. When you do the next row, treat both strands as if they were one. It will be back to normal on the row after that.
It sounds a lot but you are only doing a few stitches like this and not the entire row!

Hey! Droitwich! Just checked out the bear and she is indeed beautiful! Thank you so much for the sewing and stuffing thanks

Flojo1979 Sat 27-Oct-12 08:18:47

Thankyou I can finish my scarf that's been sat in the cupboard for 6 months because I didn't know how to join the next ball!

HairyPotter Sat 27-Oct-12 08:31:50

Glasgow Woolly huggers meet up
here come and join us for coffee, cake and possibly a wee bit of knitting grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Oct-12 08:41:04

One day I'll come to Glasgow! Have fun on Monday smile

KnottyLocks Sat 27-Oct-12 09:26:26

Morning smile

We'll get to Glasgow one day!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Oct-12 10:32:51

We really will wine

tribpot Thu 01-Nov-12 09:42:27

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now