Another blanket sadly needed :(

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purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 10:52:57

I've just heard the sad news about Magic8ballhasstheanswers leaving 6mo twins and a 4yo sad

If anybody would like to show their condolences, post here and we'll organise it. I'll take on construction again unless someone else would like a turn?

IvySedai (who messaged me to let me know) is happy to co-ordinate so PM's from Donors and Crafters needing a match to her please.

Previous squares were 6", knitted or crocheted. Blues, pinks and purples were the most popular colours. Debbie Bliss Cashmerino or Rowan Cashsoft DK (links are just the first ones I found on google) It's also available in John Lewis.

Lastly, was there anything in particular that Magic liked and could be incorporated in the design?

PinotsKittens Thu 18-Aug-11 11:00:02

Can we send money using paypal pidj?

PinotsKittens Thu 18-Aug-11 11:00:24

Oops sorry I'll message Ivy

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:04:23

Would you be able to buy a ball of wool or two to send to a crafter? Last time, we had lots of people with money but no ability and lots of people with ability buy no money, and they helped each other out...

gapants Thu 18-Aug-11 11:10:29

sorry, what has happened to magic please?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:13:10

I don't know, just that she's passed on sad

I've PM'd the thread link to Ivy so she can give us some accurate information

MissPenteuth is happy for the PayPal to be reopened for this, if people would like to donate money.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 11:14:12

Thank you for starting this thread pidj.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:15:38

I'll go and do one in Arts and Crafts for some woolly types, then we can leave this one open to co-ordinate the whole lot.

Would it be possible to know what happened, please?

gapants Thu 18-Aug-11 11:15:50

Oh god that is so sad....I can knit. I have some wool, merino, not debbie bliss, but works the same. Navy, Lilac, light Blue, bright blue, purple colours...would that be OK. What are the sqaure measurements- cast on no, and then no of rows please. I knit, but not brilliantly.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 11:18:49

this is an excerpt from a pm from cerubina about magic8

"All I know is that [DH] came home from work (having only just gone back after holidays) and found her on the sofa. I know that [DD1] was supposed to go to her granny's for a few days this week and I pray that this had already happened but I am not sure. I can't bear to think of her and the twins being there with [Magic8] unconscious and not understanding what was happening, or not knowing what to do to help.

I don't know if you were aware, but she had a pacemaker fitted because her heart did not transmit electrical impulses properly. Her heart rate was very low and this was supposed to correct it. I don't have any information to confirm but I presume that something went wrong here and she would have passed out, hopefully very peacefully and quietly and without realising what was happening. It's just so tragic, especially given what they had been through with Ruby and how delighted she was with the babies. I don't know how the family begin to get over it."

that is all we know at this point sad

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:22:55

Gapants, I'm afraid it needs to be the same for every square otherwise it won't wash and wear well. We can arrange for some wool to be sent. IIRC (I can't knit, only crochet) it's cast on 33 on 4mm needles?

BupcakesandCunting Thu 18-Aug-11 11:41:32

Oh no, how awful. I didn't ever interact with magic8 but I know how much good she did on the pregnancy boards. sad

I cannot knit or crochet but my MIL is excellent. I will buy the right wool and ask her to do it on my behalf so please count me in.

Hate seeing these threads pop up. sad (Not that I hate seeing requests for blankets as that itself is lovely, just hate knowing that someone has gone)

StrandedBear Thu 18-Aug-11 11:44:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

gapants Thu 18-Aug-11 11:50:01

Oh god that is terrible, her poor poor family.

Ok about the wool. I will ask my other knitter friends to see if they have any of that wool before I go and buy some.

peeoffkitty Thu 18-Aug-11 11:50:29

I can knit and would like to help. Sorry to ask the obvious, but sounds like this is something that has been done before. What happens with the blanket, is it sent to the family? Such a lovely idea.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:50:32

Thank you Bupcakes. If you'd like to get her to teach you, I'll include it. I can incorporate pretty much anything, and one with dropped stitches from someone who has taught themself is a valuable as a dozen from an expert to a project like this.

Stranded, you can order from the links in the OP or buy in person in John Lewis (and probably some independent wool shops)

You want Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Double Knit or Rowan Cashsoft Double Knit - NOT the baby stuff, it's a different weight.

I don't mean to boss everyone around on wool, it's just that if everyone uses the same type and weight the blanket will wash and last better blush

pamplemousserose Thu 18-Aug-11 11:54:14

Is there a pattern for crochet?

Narketta Thu 18-Aug-11 11:54:18

I didn't know Magic8ball but would be happy to crochet some squares. The only problem I have is lack of funds for wool, Will we be having wool doners as we did for Edgars blanket?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:56:43

peeoffkitty, this is the fourth family this year sad and the blanket is a present to them from MumsNetters. It means that they're not swamped by lots of individual messages, and people who "knew" the poster can express their condolences.

After a scary experience with ParcelForce losing the blanket in transit (MissPenteuth got it back, don't worry), the previous three were all handed over in person - to Edgar and Rinders at a lunch meetup, and to Blondes by RatherBeOnThePiste who came to the lunch and took the blanket on.

If we need to get one outside the South of England (geography has been on our side) then we'll organise a MN relay across the country

5GoMadOnAZ650 Thu 18-Aug-11 11:57:16

I cannot knit but would happily donate to a wool fund.

fivegomadindorset Thu 18-Aug-11 11:57:40

Narketta, happy to donate funds but will need to send by post of BACS as I don't have paypal.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:58:23

Pamplemousserose, granny squares are lovely - I can find you a youtube link or some written instructions? Ravelry is a brilliant resource, especially if you want to try something new...

Yes, Narketta. Hold on and we'll find you someone!

peeoffkitty Thu 18-Aug-11 11:58:41

So sad but what a beautiful gift. Mumsnet really is a wonderful place. So its 33 stitches on 4mm doing a square to the tension of the wool. I'll get cracking on that this weekend. sad

SpannerPants Thu 18-Aug-11 11:58:54

I'd like to help - I've just bought some wool, are there any instructions to get the right size square? I can knit and crochet.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 11:59:30

Please may Donors needing Crafters and Crafters needing Donors PM IvySedai (as well as posting here so we can say thank you) so that you can be matched? Thanks

TadlowDogIncident Thu 18-Aug-11 11:59:38

Another one here who can't knit but would gladly donate. So sorry for magic8ball and her family.

pamplemousserose Thu 18-Aug-11 11:59:59

I can do granny squares. What size do they need to be?

pamplemousserose Thu 18-Aug-11 12:01:01

Where was magic 8 based?

Narketta Thu 18-Aug-11 12:03:04

Have PM'd Ivy. smile

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 12:03:08


The best way is to use the links in the OP and buy a ball (or balls) of wool for your Crafter, enter their address for Delivery.

Or, go to JL, buy it and post it.

Or, money to MissPenteuth (this is the hardest option for us to co-ordinate)

The wool is around £5 per ball, and one ball makes 3-4 squares. Extra wool can be sent on to me as I will use it to join the squares together, or crafters are welcome to make multiple squares!

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 12:04:46

SpannerDog, please check the OP to see if you have the right wool - if it's not the right weight and mix of fibres, the blanket won't wash and wear well (sorry to be bossy)

Pamplemousse, 6" please.

I'll go find some patterns on Ravelry...

TadlowDogIncident Thu 18-Aug-11 12:06:20

Have PM'ed Ivy, thanks.

setara Thu 18-Aug-11 12:11:09

Have PM'ed Ivy, this is a wonderful idea btw

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 12:19:49
StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 12:25:03

I'm making a spreadsheet to try to match donors and knitters/crocheters.

Would be grateful if you could pm me, so I can coordinate addresses etc.

thank you to everyone who is getting involved. The response on these threads is always absolutely overwhelming.

Magic8 (Natalie) lived in London.

Muser Thu 18-Aug-11 12:26:15

I'll knit a square, she was a friend and I can't believe she's gone. I'll make sure to buy the right sort of wool. I've only got the baby stuff at home so will go and get more. Happy to send the excess on to aid joining together.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 12:27:07

Thank you, Muser

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Thu 18-Aug-11 13:01:50

I have Rowan Baby cashsoft DK, will this be OK?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 13:06:12

Sorry, NK3, it's a different weight sad PM IvySedai and she'll match you to a donor?

trumpton Thu 18-Aug-11 13:12:29

I will do 3 squares of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK. So sad to have to have to do this again yet so priviledged to be part of the caring that is Mumsnet. ( Anniversary of my Mum's death today ) x

Still to the same address ? Might need a reminder.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 13:21:42

Thanks, Trumpton. I'll resend my address once we know who to send it to iyswim.

MilkNoSugarPlease Thu 18-Aug-11 13:28:18

Oh god...this is so so sad....fucking hell

Will buy wool and post (but can't until next week) if easier option (knitting/crochet us not my thing)

TimeForCake Thu 18-Aug-11 13:31:15

So very sad sad. Have PM'd Ivy about donating wool to someone more skilled than me.
Once again, MN at its best.

Bogeyface Thu 18-Aug-11 13:31:55

Have PM'd Ivy.

Thank you for organising this. Its so heartbreaking sad

MugglesandLuna Thu 18-Aug-11 13:37:55

I cant knit for toffee, but I can buy wool and send it to someone if I get pointed in the right direction.

Such a tragedy sad

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 13:40:58

All offers are gratefully received, whether to craft or to buy. Thank you.

ComeWhineWithMe Thu 18-Aug-11 13:43:44

This is so sad, will be happy to donate or send some wool.

rushofbloodtothefeet Thu 18-Aug-11 13:44:04

I've been matched to crafter (thanks Ivy) so I'll get a ball or two sent off. Do we have a colour pallet in mind? Or softer/stronger or lighter/darker suggestions?

I have pm'd Ivy.

So sad sad

DraculasMum Thu 18-Aug-11 13:49:43

If you need any assistance with getting the blanket to the family I am in east anglia (peterborough).

Such sad news.

DraculasMum Thu 18-Aug-11 13:49:43

If you need any assistance with getting the blanket to the family I am in east anglia (peterborough).

Such sad news.

ComradeJing Thu 18-Aug-11 13:53:42

I've PM'd Ivy. Really sorry to hear this. sad

giraffesCantHulaHoop Thu 18-Aug-11 13:56:51

oh thats so sad

BupcakesandCunting Thu 18-Aug-11 13:57:51

In that case, if we're able to donate the wool and get someone to craft for us non-knitters, I will do that I think. I will PM Ivy now.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 13:58:05

thank you to all who want to get involved.
it's easier for me to match you up/keep track of everyone if you pm me, then I can add you to my spreadsheet (which I would be completely lost without).

If you are a crafter who would like to be matched up with a wool donor, could you please pm me your address?

thank you all so much again.
I am, once again, completely overwhelmed.

PinotsKittens Thu 18-Aug-11 13:58:52

That's what I'm doing Buppy - I'm hopeless at crafts but can buy wool & post it!

notbothered Thu 18-Aug-11 13:59:00

so sad im from nw london, but can get anywhere just let me know if you need help to get blanket to the family. (off to get some wool)

PinotsKittens Thu 18-Aug-11 13:59:17

Oh Ivy x posted!

digitalgirl Thu 18-Aug-11 14:00:31

Thanks so much for organising this Ivy - I've bought some wool and sent it off. Thanks to the knitters too, you're all wonderful. Magic would be very proud of what she has inspired.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 14:02:37

Thank you

ComeWhine, have you pm'd Ivy?

Colours that were popular last time were pinks, blues and purples. Each dye lot comes up slightly different and it makes a lovely effect Photos

DraculasMum, thank you very much. The family are apparently in London and I'm in the New Forest, so it should be fairly straightforward smile

PinotsKittens Thu 18-Aug-11 14:04:34

Where is everyone getting wool from?

ThePosieParker Thu 18-Aug-11 14:06:28

Gosh this is awful, her poor DH and children. xxx

DraculasMum Thu 18-Aug-11 14:09:45

Just had a thought, if you struggle with getting it to the family my partner works for a large courier company so could arrange delivery easily.

Thumbwitch Thu 18-Aug-11 14:10:03

So sorry to hear the sad news. I don't think I had much interaction with Magic but how awful for her family. sad

I am a bit stuck in Australia with no Paypal and no chance of getting the right wool - but have an idea. Can anything be appliquéd to these blankets? I could send something over that could be sewn on? Of course it might not work but it was an idea.

Failsafe Thu 18-Aug-11 14:10:52

Oh how tragic, condolences to Magic8's family.
Not really "met" magic8 as i'm quite new but will happily donate wool. Will PM Ivy now.
Im in the east midlands if any help is needed in getting the blanket to the family.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 14:15:31

This website has a big selection or Rowan

This website has a good selection of Debbie Bliss

If you wait til you know your crafter's address, you can have it delivered directly to them (I think, I don't do much internet shopping)

You can also buy it in John Lewis, and other independent wool shops. I know the big independent department store in Winchester (can't remember the name blush) has it at a good price.

Dracula'sMum, that's a fantastic offer and thank you very much. It'll take at least a month to organise and construct this (there's 100 squares in each of the previous blankets, which gives 20' of edging to do, so quite a lot of crocheting) so I'll have to get back to you. It also depends on how the family would prefer to receive it - anonymously, or by meeting the people involved...

Sorry to be a numpty, but how do I PM?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 14:17:44

You see the blue bar containing the poster's name? Look along that to the right and it says "Add message | Report | Message Poster"

Find a post by the person you want to message, then click on the "Message poster" next to their name


I have pm'd ivy as I can knit but don't have money for thoughts go to her is just so sad.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 14:18:43

Thanks, SongBirds, as far as I can tell from here we're a little short on crafty types at the moment!

Hi, im so sorry to hear about this. I would like to help out by knitting a few squares. Just let me know where to send them. I also own a wool shop, and where as we dont stock a huge amount of Debbie Bliss i have got a few shades in the cashmerino DK that i can sell to anyone who needs at £3 a ball instead of £4.50. The colours i have left are cream, pale green, purple, pale pink and pale blue. Id give it for free if i could. Ifanyone is interested i can let you know what amounts ive got left x x

Bogeyface Thu 18-Aug-11 14:20:43

Are there any patterns that are preferred or should be avoided due to thickness etc? Cable for example?

pamplemousserose Thu 18-Aug-11 14:24:35

I'm happy to craft for someone else, can't pm on my phone

DutchOma Thu 18-Aug-11 14:27:29

this site sells the Cashmerino DK at £4.20 a ball. If you ask Ivy for the address of a crafter you will only have to pay postage once, if it goes directly to the crafter and not via you.

Just pm'ed you Ivy, I can knit if someone can supply the yarn

Thanks PP - have now PM'd you. And so sorry to be so dumb.

BupcakesandCunting Thu 18-Aug-11 14:35:22

Ready can I claim you to knit if I send you the wool?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 14:35:58

Lydia, you are absolutely amazing!! Thank you grin Post up some details so we can all buy from you <plans next holiday to visit lovely wool shop>

Bogey, anything you think Magic8 would have liked

Pamplemousse, have you PM'd Ivy?

Dutch, also thank you. I just nicked the first relevant-looking link from googl blush

Wooluff, we all have to learn so don't worry. I've forwarded your message to Ivy so she can put you in the spreadsheet.

toomuchteaching Thu 18-Aug-11 14:40:03

I wish I could knit, but I'll buy a ball of wool.

Those photos are beautiful pidj.

Maybe we could have the girls' initials on some squares, I have no idea if that is possible but they are I, R, B and X. And an 8 for magic8?

I still can't believe it.

Hi, ive just pm'd you pp! If any of these shades is useful and anyone wants any let me know asap and i will pull off my shelves. I will also post these for free. ok what i have left is,
pale green shade 188-13balls
cream shade 198-9 balls
purple shade 253-10 balls
pink shade 199-12 balls
blue shade 256-7 balls
dark green shade 243-6 balls

100years Thu 18-Aug-11 14:46:09

I can knit and crochet, will PM Ivy about it. My LO is due in 2 weeks and planning a trip to JL tomorrow to pick up a couple of items so I will hopefully be able to pick up some wool then. Hoping LO will stay put long enough for me to do this. I didn't know Magic 8, but tbh I don't really post in many of the threads.

nickelbabe Thu 18-Aug-11 14:49:46

I'd love to help again.

I've still got some of the wool from last time (i was hoping I wouldn't need it again sad )

I'm learning to do bobble squares in crochet, so I'll try to do my square/s like that.

nickelbabe Thu 18-Aug-11 14:52:41

Lydia - that's a lovely offer. smile

PinotsKittens Thu 18-Aug-11 14:54:00

My wool ordered and on it's way to SongBird.

I've also asked the comapny that if they have any spare they can donate as it's for such a good cause.

Just wish it wasn't necessary sad

100years Thu 18-Aug-11 14:55:51

lydia I missed your post. I will PM you smile

im just glad to help. Without wanting to go off track my brother died 3 years ago aged 11, my mum made a patch work blanket out of his old clothes, it really does help her having it. It should be his birthday today, he would be 14, seems a bit like i was meant to be on this thread. (im not weird i promise!)

toomuchteaching Thu 18-Aug-11 14:58:57

Oh lydia I'm sorry. Thank you for your generous offer, I'm sure the family will appreciate it.

Thanks Pinot x

GalaxyWeaver Thu 18-Aug-11 15:01:49

i've only just taken up knitting.. but i'd like to donate a square if i can.

DutchOma Thu 18-Aug-11 15:03:01

Not the least bit weird, Lydia. I'm praying that you will find some comfort in contributing to the blanket for another bereaved family.

rushofbloodtothefeet Thu 18-Aug-11 15:04:39

lydia so sorry about your brother, how lovely of you to be helping someone else out at this time.

Hope you got my PM with address, think we might have cross posted?

BupcakesandCunting Thu 18-Aug-11 15:06:34

Sorry to be a knitting numpty but... just rang the haberdashers in my village and she stocks Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Is this the same as the cashmerino that purple linked to in the OP?

QueenofJacksDreams Thu 18-Aug-11 15:07:48

I'm expecting some JL vouchers at the end of the month so will pick up some wool then with them I'm so sorry for Magic's family sad

ReindeerBollocks Thu 18-Aug-11 15:12:04

I've got a couple of squares knocking about from last time, if you want them? They were for another persons blanket but I sent the first few batches then found these later.

I can also drop off/post wool to any MNetter who wants to contribute.

Please can I have the address to send them to - or is it the same as last time?

ReindeerBollocks Thu 18-Aug-11 15:12:47

I also send my condolences to Magics children and husband at this time.

BupcakesandCunting Thu 18-Aug-11 15:27:45

Right, have just bought a ball of Rowan Cashsoft in Baby Blue. Hope this is OK. Will send it to my crafter asap.

harassedandherbug Thu 18-Aug-11 15:34:41

I've just pm'd Ivy offering to knit.

Such a lovely thing everyone is doing. I didn't "know" Magic8 but had seen her around on the Preg boards, and hers was such a happy ending. It gave me such hope after my two mc's so close together.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 15:38:18

buppy I don't think the Baby wool is the same as the normal double knit, but purplepidjin will know more

thank you again to everyone, I have just managed to catch up with all the pms and have matched 15 pairs of donors/crafters already, with a few more still waiting. this truly is MN at its best.

ThoseArentSpiritFingers Thu 18-Aug-11 15:39:45

looked at photos of previous blankets, beautiful idea, im sure this one will be just as nice.

pinkthechaffinch Thu 18-Aug-11 15:49:20

I've just pm'ed you too, Ivy. I can knit and would like to help, although I didn't 'know' the poor lady.

FriskyBivalves Thu 18-Aug-11 15:59:02

I can knit and would love to do a square. Is it knit one purl
One? Will try to pick up 4pm needles this weekend if I don't have any, plus some wool. Count me in...

happymole Thu 18-Aug-11 16:15:57


Please could you pm me? i'm on my phone so can't, but can reply.

So sad to know that another blanket is needed. Would love to donate wool.

cherryburton Thu 18-Aug-11 16:17:26

PM'd you Ivy.

I recall the name but didn't know magic8 well. So sad though, my heart goes out to her family. Happy to knit squares. Is there a deadline?

BupcakesandCunting Thu 18-Aug-11 16:37:14

I thought it might not be Ivy, so I opted for the Rowan Cashsoft DK (really hope this is the right stuff! When I looked at the labels there seemed to be lots of different ones... Aran/Baby/etc)

DairyBeetle Thu 18-Aug-11 16:38:59

I've PM'd you as well Ivy, I'm not the greatest of knitters (in fact squares are about my limit) but would be happy to contribute one or two.

I didn't know Magic8 but saw her posts on the pregnancy boards, my thoughts are with her DH, DD and the babies.

JKSLtd Thu 18-Aug-11 16:43:05

PP - very sorry to hear this though I never 'met' Magic8, very sad sad

Can I ask how did it go giving Edgar their blanket? Never saw a thread about it but that was the one that really affected me as story was similar to ours re brain tumour & op.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 17:14:16

TooMuch, thanks - it is possible to do initials in knitting and I'll be sure to put those somewhere in the middle if anyone would like to?

Lydia, that's an incredibly generous offer. I know from experience that the purple is a particularly pretty shade <<hug>>

Galxay, have you PM'd IvySedai?

Bupcakes, the baby is thinner than the regular DK, please get the Double Knit! The blanket will wash and wear much better if all the wool is the same. Yarns wash and dry at different rates causing warping, which it would be nice to avoid so this can be a lasting reminder.

Thanks, Reindeer, same address

<trots off to page 2, serves me right for going out!>

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 17:16:45

right, I think I've paired up everyone except those whose addresses I don't have yet, and a couple of donors.

thank you all again.

PP, shall I start a thread in Arts and Crafts?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 17:19:50

Frisky, any style you like - is a good resource for patterns. Charity shops are a good place to get cheap needles/hooks but you have to ask because they keep them under the counter because they're an offensive weapon hmm Have you PM'd Ivy?

Bupcakes, it is very confusing but it sounds like you got it spot on grin

Dairy, thank you - and thank you to anyone else I haven't thanked! I hadn't met Magic either, but couldn't possibly say no when Ivy asked for advice in organising this sad

JKSL you have PM

herbietea Thu 18-Aug-11 17:22:26

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Besom Thu 18-Aug-11 17:24:34

Very sorry to hear about this.

I'm only a learner crocheter, but will have a go. I have some purple Rowan handknit cotton I could to use - would that do? If not I'm happy to get some of the other stuff.

If you pm me with where to send it?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 17:24:53

Ivy, I did one this morning asking for volunteers and I'm steering people your way from there

herbietea Thu 18-Aug-11 17:25:14

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purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 17:26:50

Besom, please use either the Cashmerino or Cashsoft in Doubleknit. Different yarns wash and dry at different rates meaning the blanket will warp and won't last very long. Sorry to be bossy. Any colour, any style is fine!

Bulk PM with my address will be sent once we're underway

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 17:27:51

herbie, IvySedai has a spreadsheet matching people. I'm sure your skills will be extremely useful is we have more donors than crafters! Thank you

Narketta Thu 18-Aug-11 17:30:17

Ivy I haven't been paired up yet, I PM'd you my address.

happymole Thu 18-Aug-11 17:32:34

I've been paired and will send wool tomorrow

Big thanks to purple and ivy for coordinating x

Besom Thu 18-Aug-11 17:33:53

OK purple - will get some from JL.

herbietea Thu 18-Aug-11 17:48:02

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lia66 Thu 18-Aug-11 18:11:27

Hi ladies, I was a friend of magic

her daughters initials are I, X and B, she also had a much loved angel baby daughter with the initial R if anyone wanted to include of of that.

She always referred to her twins as spiderbabies whilst she was carrying them

She loved butterflies

Her dh is A

She actually lived in surrey as opposed to greater London.

MN is a wonderful wonderful place, None of us can believe our beautiful friend is gone. sad

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 18:19:09

Thank you for that information, lia - hopefully lots of people can do butterflies, if not initials! I might have a stab at a crochet spider, or possibly pair of spiders...

ive looked on ravelry and they do have a few initial squares, measurements will just need to be checked to ensure a 6" square x x

theglove Thu 18-Aug-11 19:05:36

This is a lovely idea, awful that it's such sad circumstances.
I'd also like to knit or crochet some squares, I've PMd Ivy and will follow instructions.

ive just looked and ravelry and if you type in 'butterfly chart' there are a few on their that could be converted on to a square x

Oh no sad

I have a ball left over from last time, seemed to have been sent an extra ball somehow

I have one square already done, and I manage 3 squares out of one ball. Are they going to be sent to you purple?

100years Thu 18-Aug-11 19:37:06

Lydia is sending wool to me tomorrow so I'll be able to get cracking on mine soon.

If I crochet (granny square) with a 4mm hook would that be the best to get a 6" square? If not which would be?

ChippingIn Thu 18-Aug-11 19:56:40

Oh no sad I can't believe it - it's so sad. Lots of love to those of you who knew her and especially to her family - those poor girls & A.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 20:02:13

is a pretty crochet butterfly could be attached to a 6" Granny?

I did one that was basically, start your Granny square, ch 5, dc in space, ch 4, dc in space, ch4, dc in space, ch 5, dc in space - by now you should be back at the beginning. Then 10tc in ch 5, dc in dc, 8tc in ch 4, dc in dc, 8tc in ch 4, dc in dc, 10tc in ch 5, dc in dc. Ch 6, dc in 2nd from hook and along, sl st, ch 6, dc in 2nd from hook and along, finish off.

Then you attach a different colour in a space on your granny square (which is also the body of your butterfly) and carry on as normal avoiding wings wink

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 20:02:46

100years, spot on smile

thelittlefriend Thu 18-Aug-11 20:03:17

I've emailed IvgSedai hoping to donate some wool to someone.

100years Thu 18-Aug-11 20:10:18

Thanks purple smile

I'd love to have a go at making a butterfly, but with time being possibly fairly limited for me I think I will just do the granny square/squares. If LO does arrive early I have a couple of people I could ask to do this for me whether it be knitting or crochet.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 20:21:21

I'm fairly fast, so I underestimate how long it takes others, sorry blush a granny square takes me less than an hour, and putting a blanket together is a couple of days with other stuff going on (my job means i have to be physically present for the entire shift but not necessarily actively working for all of that time)

The one I did is easier than the pattern looks. I held two different colours together for the butterfly bit, then a totally different colour for the background

100years Thu 18-Aug-11 20:29:22

Oh sorry I didn't mean it if it came across like that. I've no idea how long it will take me to do a granny square, I'm currently mid blanket for the LO, and some days I whizz through it, others it's like I'm a real slow mo. I'm just on about my LO arriving early that's all, if I've done a square or two and have time I may attempt to make a butterfly but would rather concentrate on the plain square first and get that done. I've only started crochet this year, knitting started last year, so I'm a novice, but enjoy it and have picked it up quite well I think. Hence why I don't know how long a square will take. Who knows I might be like you.

mumatron Thu 18-Aug-11 20:32:57

I can't pm off my phone but I am more than happy to donate wool again if it is needed.

Pm me if so and i will get it sent asap.

Rip magic sad

Failsafe Thu 18-Aug-11 20:33:10

I've been paired with herbietea I will order the wool tomorrow morning and send it direct to you herbie.

This is such a fantastic thing to do for the family, MN at its best.

LewisFan Thu 18-Aug-11 20:39:55

so utterly tragic sad

I've pmed ivy too - can't knit but will buy some wool

I'm in west herts so not a million miles from London if you need a blanket train to get it to the family, but I think at this time, it would be best coming from a friend that knew her if that makes sense

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 20:51:52

thank you for your pms everyone, I think I have matched everyone I could so far, but let me know if I've forgotten you.
I am also going to put this list here because I want to show you all how amazing MN is at times like these.

Donors who have been matched:

Crafters who have been matched:

donors who still need matching:

crafters who still need matching/send me addresses please:

other crafty people who have messaged and said they will get involved:

please let me know if I have left you out, if you would like to donate or help with the crafting (in which case please pm me with your postal address, not your email address smile )

DutchOma Thu 18-Aug-11 20:59:52

Thanks for the match Ivy, look forward to getting it and doing the squares. I think I will try and do letters, I've got an alphabet somewhere.

Lonnie Thu 18-Aug-11 21:02:09

I would like to do a few squares but can I have the measurements of the squares please? I knit the continental way and the stitch width etc wont work for that (usually - I will start off trying obviously)

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 21:12:41

lonnie the squares are 6" wide, you can match it with your own tension and gauge.

skinnymuffin Thu 18-Aug-11 21:14:09

This is so sad sad

I can knit but I'm only a beginner and I don't want to spoil the blanket if I'm not good enough, but I would like to help so I will add my name to the donor list.

I'll pm ivy now.

My thoughts are with all Magic8's family and friends x

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 21:21:50

Sorry, 100 - I would estimate no more than an afternoon as long as you don't actually have to learn to do the stitches smile

Lewisfan, I'll wave at you next week when I visit the IL's wink It will take at least 3 weeks for all the squares to reach me, then another one to put together, then we need to find a convenient time... I would estimate it will reach the family in early October so hopefully when things don't feel quite so raw sad and, of course, someone can hang on to it until they feel ready.

That's an impressive list, Ivy. At some point I'll dredge up the list of contributors to all the blankets - I think we got to about 400? - and add everyone in. Such a wonderful thing to do, but such an awful reason to have to do it sad

Lonnie, 6" please smile

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 21:23:15

Skinny it would be an honour to put your square on the blanket - one square that has taken sweat and tears for a beginner to produce is worth dozens from someone why knocks them up in 20 minutes!

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 21:23:29

Why?? Who!

LewisFan Thu 18-Aug-11 21:27:53

I will tryyyyy to make one too - but I am useless... I will donate as well as try so at least I know one will make it!

please may I be very rude and ask for a wool reminder? thanks

FreudianSlipper Thu 18-Aug-11 21:33:12

what terribly terribly sad new sad how awful for her children and her partner

it is lovely what you are doing, i can not knit at all but shall pm ivy to help in another way

Lonnie Thu 18-Aug-11 21:35:27

thank You 6" I can work with.. (now dd3 will start complaining Ive still not finished her blanket though so I guess this will make me get on with that too)

peeoffkitty Thu 18-Aug-11 21:38:14

I don't know how to do a PM but definitely count me in for doing a couple of squares. I'll get my own wool this weekend.

FoxyRevenger Thu 18-Aug-11 21:40:41

I can't knit. And I have not a penny in the bank right now.

But you are all wonderful, thoughtful woman and you make MN the place that it is.

If Magic' family ever reads this, Magic always came across as so genuine and funny in her posts, we will all miss her lovely light spirit.

skinnymuffin Thu 18-Aug-11 21:44:42

Thank you purple, have pm'd you.

What a lovely place mn is when it counts.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Thu 18-Aug-11 21:46:36

foxy - thank you.
we (some friends of magic's) are putting together a memory book for her family. I think we will print out this thread and add it.

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 21:54:48

Foxy, you have PM

NessaRose Thu 18-Aug-11 21:56:39

Ivy have PM'ed you.

Gay40 Thu 18-Aug-11 21:57:45

Oh I can't knit at all but I'd love to be able to donate somehow. I'll send wool if I can do it online. Will pm ivy

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 22:01:32

Gay40 yes you can, just make sure you have the address of a crafter then put it in the "Delivery Address" bit

Can anyone confirm that actually works? blush

Meow75 Thu 18-Aug-11 22:12:30

PP - that will work. I've done it.

I PM'd Ivy about 10 minutes ago as a crafter. I am another novice knitter, as I only started in April, but I would feel honoured to contribute to this blanket.

It is us that should feel honoured PP, to be part of a community that has people like you and Ivy in it, prepared to go to the trouble of doing this for - for most of us - an Internet friend/acquaintance.

Knitter's love to all, and may your squares grow quickly and without dropping too many stitches. wink

TimeForCake Thu 18-Aug-11 22:13:25

I have ordered things from amazon and had them sent somewhere else, so it should work purplepidjin. I have ordered my wool through lydiathetattooedlady and she sounds well organised. She is sending mine on to a more crafty MNetter. So that method definitely works!

Good luck all, such a worthy cause and one day the blanket will hopefully bring great comfort to the 'magic's'. As with Edgar, I hadn't come magic's posts before, but I haven't been able to get her/her family out of my thoughts all day. So sad sad.

Bohica Thu 18-Aug-11 22:14:30

I'm maring my place & although I haven't knitted before I am seeing my Nanny soon so I'm sure that beteen us e could make a square.

I'll PM Ivy.


I'm in Essex if that helps with passing the finished quilt around.

TimeForCake Thu 18-Aug-11 22:16:00

*come across magic's posts.

lisad123 Thu 18-Aug-11 22:17:39

I can't knit but would love to send money for wool or buy wool please.

mnistooaddictive Thu 18-Aug-11 22:25:38

I have a square I knitted last time but never sent as by the time u finished it, there were already too many!
I will send it ASAP. Is it the same address as before?

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 22:32:55

Ah yes, the wonderful Lydia - that's probably the best way to ensure it goes to the right place!

Meow, I think over 400 people have contributed in some way to an MN blanket so far this year smile and sad

Bohica, that sounds perfect - let Ivy know if you need wool sent

Lisa, PM IvySedai and she'll find you a crafter to send it to

purplepidjin Thu 18-Aug-11 22:33:41

mnis, yes they're all coming to me again

Argh, by the time i type stuff i've xposted with people!

lia66 Thu 18-Aug-11 22:47:11

I've got one too from last time so will send you that too.

Bogeyface Thu 18-Aug-11 23:09:20

Would it be possible for the donors to PM their crafters?

I know I have been matched but I dont know who with and I would like to send my donor pictures of our squares so they know what we have created between us.


GalaxyWeaver Thu 18-Aug-11 23:15:29

just as a confession.. it was wanting to be able to contribute to one of MN's blankets that prompted me to take up knitting again... for the first time in 20yrs.

I learned as a child and forgot everything shock

TheRealMBJ Thu 18-Aug-11 23:18:48

pidj do you still need a square or two? I can do some more in the same sort of granny square style I did for the others as they are pretty quick (have NC in the mean time - I sent you 2 balls of yarn last time)

Are we sending the squares to your address again?

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 18-Aug-11 23:20:22

i have just seen this sad

i cant beleive another blanket is needed so soon purple

i am so touched by all on mn that donated/knitted etc for my lovely blanket which i hope to snuggle in soon

same as last time i am useless at buying wool and cant knit at all but im happy to pay for wool - so if someone can order me some and i will pay via paypal/online banking

Sorry for the sad loss in the Magic Family.

WhoremoaneeGrainger Thu 18-Aug-11 23:50:09

Have pmd lydia, ivy and purple, so will get under way as soon as i get the wool.

Ivy, I have PM'd you about being a donor

I have three or four squares already done (I'd done them for a previous blanket, but didn't get them posted in time). I still have the envelope you sent me the first time, Purple (I needed a bigger envelope so used one of mine) so shall I just post them straight off to you?

So sorry to hear about Magic - and my heart goes out to her family. sad

TheSecondComing Fri 19-Aug-11 00:36:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ComradeJing Fri 19-Aug-11 00:42:22

I've just sent some wool to my knitter who lives on a road beginning with L from laughing hens. Hope you like the colours.

FabbyChic Fri 19-Aug-11 00:53:19

Sent details I'm a knitter so happy to do some knitting.

muddyangels123nomoreHPforme Fri 19-Aug-11 01:21:50

So sorry for the family.

I can't knit, but am willing to donate money for a ball of wool/ or team up with a knitter!

Mumwithadragontattoo Fri 19-Aug-11 01:25:34

I am so sorry for Magic8's family. So sad. I will gladly knit a few squares and will PM Lydia re wool.

Very sad, I've PMd Ivy with the offer of cash. Nobody would want anything I tried to knit or crochet.

pinkcupcakefairy Fri 19-Aug-11 07:57:41

I've just ordered wool for my knitter, V in Lincolnshire and I ballsed up the order so you have 3 balls of wool on the way from laughing hen, as I appear to have added 1 colour twice. Hope you like the colours

Ladyface Fri 19-Aug-11 08:16:06

My sincere condolences to her family and friends. I can knit and will get some wool today.

Meow75 Fri 19-Aug-11 08:50:27

Pinkcupcakfairy, I think that's me.

Shall get right on it - needles are at the ready!

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 09:04:20

Question of the day is: Where Do I Send My Squares?

The answer is: To me, at my address which will be sent out via PM once there's a definitive list of people. If I send it in dribs and drabs, some people will get it twice and some won't get it at all because i'm too crap to keep track

If you already have my address from a previous blanket, feel free to send it straight away - but you will still get a PM with my address!! (sorry)

I'll get them in the post asap, purple.

gapants Fri 19-Aug-11 11:48:32

Hi, I posted earlier. i have no wool but would be happy to knit up some squares if there is wool going about? Should I PM IVY?

TimeForCake Fri 19-Aug-11 11:59:41

Yes, i did and ivy matched me up. I think she has an efficient spread sheet going, to keep track of what's going on!

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Fri 19-Aug-11 12:19:23

sorry to everyone who is still waiting to be matched or for a reply - am catching up with pm's now, and will then catch up with the thread.

PinotsKittens Fri 19-Aug-11 12:33:39

Ivy you're doing an amazing job in the middle of a very emotional time. Kudos to you.

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 12:56:12

Gapants, I thought I replied? But it was quite a long way upthread now... Yes, please PM ivy and she'll sort you out with a donor smile

Ivy, there's no rush - it'll take at least a month to finish the project before we're ready to hand over so please don't stress about getting it all done in two days!

Gay40 Fri 19-Aug-11 12:58:38

Oh I just got matched! Have the address but don't know who it is. I'll be sending the wool in the next few days though x

LynnCSchreiber Fri 19-Aug-11 12:59:44

Just seen this thead, am on my way out but will PM you when I get back.

How terribly sad. Her poor family.

Gay40 Fri 19-Aug-11 13:00:25

Can someone just help me out for speed and tell me what exactly what sort/make of wool and colours I need to be getting?

TheRealMBJ Fri 19-Aug-11 13:04:42

Debbie Bliss Cashemerino DK or Rowan CashSoft DK in purples/blues/pinks

I think purple linked in the OP?

TimeForCake Fri 19-Aug-11 13:05:34

I think it's in purple's original post at the top? Should be highlighted? On my phone so I can't copy and paste and nor am I a wool expert to remember the specific details! Sorry!

Meow75 Fri 19-Aug-11 13:06:36

From PP's post early on

You want Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Double Knit or Rowan Cashsoft Double Knit - NOT the baby stuff, it's a different weight.

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 13:07:47

Gay40, contact LydiaTheTattooedLady - she runs a wool shop, has the wool in stock, and is letting MNers have it for £3 a ball with free postage!!

posterofawolef Fri 19-Aug-11 13:24:35

How sad sad

I will be more then happy to knit some squares but I can't do anything fancy because I'm not good at it!

Gay40 Fri 19-Aug-11 13:27:23

I am a moron, sorry grin

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 13:46:22

No you're bloody not!!!

Posterof, plain ones are fantastic. Too many fancy ones and all that cleverness gets a bit lost!

Thumbwitch Fri 19-Aug-11 13:47:14

Awww stuffing heck, I checked this thread to see if colours were being done, saw the post by purple that said ANY colour and have just ordered a green one! Now, I see it's purples blues and pinks. sad

Does it matter? It's quite a soft-looking green...

I don't know the MN name of my linked crafter, Ivy does of course, but H of the posh horsey place in Glos, your wool is on its way. If you can perhaps work a butterfly (I don't know) that would be lovely but of course it's your choice what you do. smile

nickelbabe Fri 19-Aug-11 13:48:06

no, Thumby - it's a ny colour - it's just that Lydia has mostly blues purples and pinks in the shop. smile

I've got a greeny colour and a purple.

Thumbwitch Fri 19-Aug-11 13:50:07

I didn't order from Lydia in the end, I got it from a link that DutchOma posted blush - I thought Lydia might be a bit overwhelmed by now and might have run out. Have I been even more incompetent? I only got 1 ball...

nickelbabe Fri 19-Aug-11 14:06:35

don't worry! smile

1 ball should be fine - i think i could have got 4 squares from one ball (but that was granny squares and crochet.

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 14:11:34

Any colour, any style! Apart from being a dictator over the actual type of wool, everything else is just a hint!

DutchOma Fri 19-Aug-11 14:18:54

One square finished with an I on it. Next square started with an R on it.

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 14:25:45

yay, thanks Oma smile

DutchOma Fri 19-Aug-11 14:38:26

Are you still coming to Podington Pidjin? Don't forget to call in if/when you do.

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 14:47:49

Oh yeah! weekend after next for VWAction - I'll find out how easy it'll be to get out, as DP works for the organisers so we'll be camped backstage and it's not easy to move cars around. Or you could come in for the day?

Hi, just wanted to let all the lovely Mnetters who have ordered wool that it will be being posted this afternoon to you. Really is so touching seeing how many people want to get involved in so many different ways, it is truly amazing x x

100years Fri 19-Aug-11 14:59:05

Thanks Lydia smile

Gay40 Fri 19-Aug-11 15:01:17

If there is anyone who wants to help but the budget won't stretch to wool, I have paid for 2 extra balls of wool which Lydia will send to you direct. I don't know how many squares you get from a ball though. Please contact her with your address x

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 15:22:34

Wow, Gay, that's a lovely thing to do! Thank you

Between 3 and 4 squares per ball

Gay40 Fri 19-Aug-11 15:27:36

Oh heck I've sent two balls to my knitter, she'll be busy

nickelbabe Fri 19-Aug-11 15:30:41


she c an always pass one on if necessary. smile

YougreatPamplemousse Fri 19-Aug-11 15:32:13

I have asked Lydia to post 1 ball to Mner VT in Nor folk smile

cherryburton Fri 19-Aug-11 15:34:55

I'm feeling a bit emotional this afternoon (my fil just died and we're going to his funeral this weekend) but I was just thinking that there's been a lot said about the "sick" society we live in - would love to show David Cameron this thread. Am really very moved by the love and goodwill on this thread and the energy of Purple and Ivy who are sorting all of this out. Really do feel honoured to be part of this.

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 15:35:32

Gay, if they're different colours that's great! And don't forget I'll take any leftovers for sewing up and edging smile

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 15:36:44

<<hug>> for cherry

And wine purely for medicinal purposes

fraktious Fri 19-Aug-11 16:37:01

I would love to help but I'm far, far away. I will see if I can buy the wool here, or whether I have any, and postage takes a few days. Is it worth it?

Thumbwitch Fri 19-Aug-11 16:39:26

frak (are you the frak I know?) - I have been matched with a UK crafter and have ordered the wool online from a UK shop and had it sent directly to my matched crafter - if you still have a UK credit card you could do the same if you want?
If you do, message Ivy - she's the one matching everyone up. smile

Thumbwitch Fri 19-Aug-11 16:40:07

Cherry, sorry to hear about your FIL sad

fraktious Fri 19-Aug-11 16:42:00

I mean obviously it's worth it but is it feasible?

fraktious Fri 19-Aug-11 16:43:00

X-posted. That could work!

And yes, thumb, I am smile

IwoulddoPachacuti Fri 19-Aug-11 16:46:57

I am a rubbish knitter but would like to donate some wool. How do I go about it?

Thumbwitch Fri 19-Aug-11 16:47:43

glad to see you - haven't seen you around for a while. Do pop into my "forrin parts" chat thread if you have a mo - it's in Living Overseas. I don't want to divert this lovely thread from its purpose. smile

Off to bed now...

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 16:55:24

Fraktious, you should be able to do what Thumbwitch suggested. Also. LydiaTheTattooedLady has a wool shop and is doing a deal for MNers, perhaps you could sort things out with her?

IwoulddoPachacuti, send a PM to IvySedai who will match you up to a crafty-type. Then, contact LydiaTheTattooedLady or one of the other links on the thread to order wool and put the crafty person's address in for delivery - job did!

malteser1981 Fri 19-Aug-11 17:35:09

Still working on my 8mo DS blanket that I started at 10 weeks pregnant, so I'll definately just be donating wool. Will PM Ivy.

LatteLady Fri 19-Aug-11 18:08:08

Am happy to knit or crochet, if anyone wants to send me some wool... have some lovely square from the Knitter magazine which I would love to make up smile

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Aug-11 18:37:24

Pidj, thanks for message, my lovely.

I'm so very sorry to hear that another blanket is needed so soon.

My hook and needles are at the ready. I have a little amount of wool left over from our other blankets but will get some more.

As usual, the generosity of mumsnetters is very touching. [BigStars] all around.

all yarn ordered has been sent first class and i have proof of postage should anyones get lost in the post! x x

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 19:34:20

Oh yeah, where'd our [star] emoticon get to? MNTowers said they'd look into it, then nothing happened hmm Knotty, would you like to investigate?

Lydia, [star]!!

TimeForCake Fri 19-Aug-11 19:39:49

Hear, hear to Lydia's gold star!
Thank you Lydia for posting all our wool so generously and quickly. smile

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Fri 19-Aug-11 19:41:46

have caught up with pm's for today, any more will have to wait until tomorrow I'm afraid, because I am knackered and taking advantage of the fact that the kids are fast asleep already.

thank you all so much for your ready involvement - have just read through this and the memorial thread again and the screen is just a little blurry now.
you are all lovely.

awww guys, you're making me blush

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 20:16:30

[star] for IvySedai too

Hulababy Fri 19-Aug-11 20:34:29

Can I donate? Can't knit but can send money for wool via pp direct to a knitter if easier.

purplepidjin Fri 19-Aug-11 20:58:08

Thanks, Hulababy - if you PM IvySedai she'll match you to a crafty person. Then, you can choose a colour from either LydiaTheTattooedLady (if we haven't bought her entire stock yet!) or from one of the other websites linked on the thread and have it sent to your crafter.

happymole Fri 19-Aug-11 21:31:52

My wool has been ordered and hopefully will be sent directly (i think i did it right) to the kind person who is going to be knitting.

Really wish I could do more sad

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Aug-11 22:38:59


we have found from our previous blanket experiences that the families who receive them have been so very very touched by everyone's efforts; crafty types, donators and organisers. For them, the fact that so many have thought of them and wanted to give them what ever comfort they could has been so appreciated.

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Aug-11 22:59:43

Pidj, I've just finished my 2nd square. Do you want to start to think of a last posting date yet?

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 19-Aug-11 23:11:23

thanks for mess on fb - i shall send cash to piste x

belledechocchipcookie Fri 19-Aug-11 23:13:37

I'd like to help if that's ok?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thumbwitch Sat 20-Aug-11 02:29:26

Annie, do you ha ve a UK credit card? You could buy the wool that way and have it sent direct to a crafter but to get the address you need to be able to speak to Ivy privately.
Have you alternative access to MN, so that you can use the PM system? Or, are you on FB? because if you know any MNer on FB you could get them to do the PM to Ivy for you and then relay your email address to Ivy so she could email you the address for your matched crafter.


purplepidjin Sat 20-Aug-11 09:27:19

Second what Knotty said - this is a joint effort, and all contributions are equally appreciated.

Last posting Date: Friday 9th September. That's three weeks time, should be long enough?

Belle, yes please - Pm IvySedai

Annie, can you reply to messages sent to you? I can on my Blackberry... I can also instigate them but I have to be really careful about spelling the name right!

NessaRose Sat 20-Aug-11 10:02:21

Got the wool today so will get started tonight when dd is in bed. Thank you to the donor.

batteryhen Sat 20-Aug-11 10:21:17

ivy Hello smile I am not a knitter but would love to send some wool - I will PM you. It is such a shock when someone is taken so young. I can't bear to think of her familys grief, so lets hope this blanket shows her family that even those most of us never met her - we feel like we knew her, she was and is one of us xxx and will be missed.

I hope she is getting some snuggles from her angel baby xx

MrsDistinctlyMintyMonetarism Sat 20-Aug-11 10:28:02

Have pm'd Ivy.

Although I've been here for quite a while, I never noticed these threads before, only caught it as you sent one to Blondes, and then reading back it was both awful and inspiring. It's just so sad that another blanket is needed so soon.

purplepidjin Sat 20-Aug-11 10:35:40

Lots of [star]s for everybody

Bogeyface Sat 20-Aug-11 12:34:42

To my donor (whoever you are!) I have recieved my green yarn this morning and am starting on a square after lunch. Will post pics in my profile when they are done.

LewisFan Sat 20-Aug-11 12:45:19

the wonderful lydia is knitting with wool I have purchased; I got 2 balls so should make a few squares smile

BupcakesandCunting Sat 20-Aug-11 14:10:40

Right, sorry to be total pain but...

I've just been down to pick my wool up from the haberdasher's and the label says "CashSoft Baby DK" even though the lady assured me that this is the right stuff. I'm just looking now in MIL's Rowan booklet and I can't find one that says just "DK", there's Pima Cotton DK, Baby DK, Aran DK... I was going to post it to my crafter this afternoon but don't want to if it's going to be of no use. When I ordered it on thursday, it defintely said "Cashsoft DK" on the wool sample the lady showed me...

Sorry for being dense.

Thumbwitch Sat 20-Aug-11 14:18:33

Buppers - it's the wrong one. If you click on the link that DutchOma has on her post, it takes you straight to the right stuff. It's not the baby one. sad

Thumbwitch Sat 20-Aug-11 14:19:55

here you are - saves you trawling back for it!

Or get it through Lydia - she's doing it cheaper and free postage.

BupcakesandCunting Sat 20-Aug-11 14:22:02

Oh bollocks. It's a bleedin' minefield, this knitting malarkey. grin

Nevermind, I'll give my ball to MIL and get her to do me a tea cosy out of it or summat. I'll contact Lydia. Thanks Thumb smile

Hi all, this is so sad that it needs to be done. I knew magic from the ttc/pg after mc threads and would love to take part.

I've pm'd lydia about ordering wool...but am also happy to be matched with a donor and knit a few more squares if it's needed...will pm you ivy

This is really uplifting at such a sad time, to see so many people...and lots of you not even knowing magic...willing to give up their time and money to help with a project like this.

100years Sat 20-Aug-11 14:22:32

My wool arrived this morning smile

I've made one square so far. Will have a go at a different one later or tomorrow.

I have started the second square out of the ball I was sent a while ago. I hope to get them done today/tomorrow and get them posted at the end of the month

nickelbabe Sat 20-Aug-11 14:35:59

just a bump for newcomers:
lydiathetattooedlady is selling the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK at £3.00 per ball to MNers.
She'll accept PMs.


nickelbabe Sat 20-Aug-11 14:36:18

are they still 6" squares pidj?

100years Sat 20-Aug-11 14:46:54

Yes they are still 6" I know I'm not pidj, but thought I would answer your question.

nickelbabe Sat 20-Aug-11 14:50:20

thanks! it didn't have to be pidj , just someone who knows, and you do, so you'll do grin

nickelbabe Sat 20-Aug-11 14:50:45

yeah, and i've just noticed it does say that in the OP blush

100years Sat 20-Aug-11 14:54:00

It's OK, it's nice to get the reassurance that it's right. smile

purplepidjin Sat 20-Aug-11 15:04:12

We're nearly 300 posts in, who cares about the op?! grin

Yer lady's wrong, Buppy, they're different weights - go in armed with some facts and they should refund you as it was mis-sold... Otherwise, get MIL to make you a soft and snuggly slouchy hat for the winter smile

Or, put your business Lydia's way as she's been so generous with her livelihood!

LCRLCR Sat 20-Aug-11 15:05:20

Sad sad news. My sister-in-law is a RL friend of Magic's, she is also a twin mum. If anyone knows funeral details, please could you PM me?

BupcakesandCunting Sat 20-Aug-11 15:05:50

I will just give it to MIL. She likes a nice wool. grin

I've PMd Lydia. Hopefully I can buy some from her and I will pay her P&P, wouldn't hear of not paying it.

purplepidjin Sat 20-Aug-11 15:09:17

LCR, there's a condolence thread as well - you're more than welcome here but might get more relevant information there sad

Buppy, it's a lovely present envy

<pidj foresees much bun-slinging between Buppy and Lydia>

<clutches pearls>

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Sat 20-Aug-11 15:20:05

The lovelyLydia, that's how she should be known from now on, is even going to knit my squares for me.

100years Sat 20-Aug-11 15:22:10

I've put a pic on my profile of the square I have made if anyone wants to see it. Obviously you don't have to. Do people usually upload the pics of squares they have made?

Hulababy Sat 20-Aug-11 15:22:34

Thanks. Away for weekend so will pm when home.

Thumbwitch Sat 20-Aug-11 15:27:40

LCR - if you PM Lia66, she says on here that she knew Magic and her family so she might be able to tell you as well.

BupcakesandCunting Sat 20-Aug-11 15:29:22

Your square is lovely, 100years.

purplepidjin Sat 20-Aug-11 15:35:58

That's beautiful, 100

The last few have had their own album on my fb page so people can tag themselves. Just look for the MumsNet Blankets folder

purplepidjin Sat 20-Aug-11 15:36:34

business fb page sorry, try again!

feistywtf Sat 20-Aug-11 15:42:10

Am also willing to help, can knit. Habe pm'ed Lydia and Ivy. MN at its absolute best

Gorgeous square 100 years!

CarrieOakey Sat 20-Aug-11 15:51:28

I would like to knit a couple of squares. I'll put an order through with Lydia sad

skinnymuffin Sat 20-Aug-11 15:59:00

Lydia is sorting me out with two lovely balls of wool, one for me and one for C in Gloucestershire. Should be able to get started next week smile

I just need to see my mum now and get a reminder about how to cast on and off, hopefully the inbetween part I can cope with blush

Meow75 Sat 20-Aug-11 15:59:15

I also love your square, 100 years. Beautiful.

I'm still waiting for my wool in the post; I despair at how challenging Royal Mail find it getting to the Eastern Fens sometimes. sad I'm ITCHING to get started!!

skinnymuffin Sat 20-Aug-11 16:12:42

Lovely square 100 smile

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sat 20-Aug-11 17:21:58

sorry if anyone has been waiting for a reply from me, I've been out all day, sitting in the passengerseat of our car, so I've managed to do a couple of squares, but haven't managed to reply to pm's.
will get on it now then catch up with the tread.

100years Sat 20-Aug-11 17:23:56

Thank you everyone smile

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sat 20-Aug-11 18:01:53

lovely square, 100.

I think I've caught up with pm's again.. now to work out how to put a pic of my squares...

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sat 20-Aug-11 18:56:13

that is very neat IvySedai. I am very new to crochet so am going to stick to knitting them!

TimeForCake Sat 20-Aug-11 19:04:47

Lovely squares Ivy and 100! smile

You can almost hear the clicks of hooks and needles busily working up and down the country! [fab teamwork emoticon]

lia66 Sat 20-Aug-11 20:27:43

Lovely squares 100 and ivy smile

Have pm'd lcr

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sat 20-Aug-11 20:37:16

number 2 and now I am out of wool again..

Hello! 100 and ivy your squares are beautiful!
i Know only have purple or pink left yarn wise, and also if you've messaged me and i havent got back to you, can you send me a message i managed to delete a message from fiesty by mistake and hoping i havent done the same to anyone else x x

lovely squares 100 and ivy x

purplepidjin Sat 20-Aug-11 21:09:24

Ooh pretty!!

Last time, I ended up absolutely swamped with generosity. To make a reasonable sixed blanket I need an absolute maximum of 120 squares (6'x5') any more and it's just too big to handle...

drcrab Sat 20-Aug-11 21:14:14

I've just read about this - I don't know Magic but this is so sad. I can't knit or crochet (the last time I had to do anything remotely related to this, my grandmother did it for me, and got me an A hahah.). I can donate wool. I will pm lydia and ivy. this is so sad.

100years Sat 20-Aug-11 21:52:45

Lovely squares Ivy smile

drcrab Sat 20-Aug-11 22:03:58

Just when I tried to PM, MN went offline. And now I'm bf-ing DS and on my phone. Can ivy and Lydia PM me please so that I can reply? I'd like to donate some wool. If ivy can match me with a knitter I wil send some wool via lydia's shop. Thank you.

muddyangels123nomoreHPforme Sat 20-Aug-11 22:41:24

I have ordered the wool from Amazon.
I will send it on to my crafter when it arrives.

Mumsnet at it's best!grin

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thumbwitch Sat 20-Aug-11 23:49:08

Annie - this is the wool but you can get it from Lydia if you want, she only has pink and purple left now.

You still won't be able to get the details of any other crafter to send it to unless you have a means of off-board communication though. If I PM you, can you reply? If you reply with your email address I'll send it straight through to Ivy and then delete the message so you're safe.

PisteysInManhatten Sun 21-Aug-11 01:40:37

Someone in Hampshire is going to get Ballard Blue from me in the next couple of days... thank you for knitting it xx

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sun 21-Aug-11 05:36:20

Purple, if we get more, and considering the amazing response it is likely, what would you think about splitting them in 3 and making a blanket for each of the girls to remember their mummy by?
I'll be happy to help with the assembly.

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 06:58:14

<pricks up ears> There's another Hampshire bod? <waves>

If anyone down here fancies meeting up to work on this, I work shifts and can meet for coffee - there's a lovely department store in Winchester that sells the wool and has a coffee shop and i'm crap and cant' remember the name of it

Three blankets could be cool, but I'll need all the squares before I can start...

KnottyLocks Sun 21-Aug-11 07:06:41


Pidj, I'm arranging the Blondes blanket and Edgar quilt meet for September time. Maybe we could do a bit of blanket work then?

I'll PM you sometime tomorrow with dates- have family here at the mo.

LaVitaBellissima Sun 21-Aug-11 07:29:15

I've PM'd Ivy & Lydia as I would love to donate some wool.

I also have twins and remember Magic from the antenatal twins thread, my heart is breaking for her family, and is so touched by this thread sad

I can't wait to see the beautiful finished blanket smile

KnottyLocks Sun 21-Aug-11 07:36:30

Ivy, I know I've got some more wool coming but I can do more if you need me too as we seem to have quite a few people willing to send wool.

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 07:57:53

Thanks knotty. I know pistey is up for some knitting when she gets back, that's where I got the idea - she's out of practice and I think it's about time I learned

I can also do squares especially as I will have leftovers. If we organise a meet it gives people a chance to use different colors


ivy i was thinking the exact same thing last night about making a blanket each for the girls, after reading the maximum amount of squares needed!
As a guide you can get 3 minimum per ball, mnetters who have contacted me altogether will make at least 72 of these squares. Obviously depending on how you make them and the amount of yarn used this could be up to 96 squares.
This also doesnt include the other mnetters who i am currently talking to about yarn. Everyones generousity is amazing.
purplepidjin Im not very good with the uk map where abouts is hampshire? Im a knitter not a great crocheter but if you need help constructing blankets i can help?! ive got a couple of squares already done, a butterfly one and im attempting a spider web pattern x x

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 09:07:38

Well we've got an eqivalent blanket to those already done just from what you've sold shock

One eacg sounds like the way to go

Hampshire is slap bang in the middle of the south coast

ooh ive just googled hampshire thats a long way from me! Let me know if i cn help constructing one. Im knitting for 3 mnetters and will have about 24 when ive finished x

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 09:12:49

Perhaps you could do one and either I'll do two or DutchOma could do one?

i would love to do one thank you x x

Muser Sun 21-Aug-11 09:23:45

If we're going to do 3 blankets I can knit all my wool and make 3 squares. Mine won't be fancy squares, I was thinking just a basic seed stitch as my skills are either that, plain or a rib. And I'm guessing ribbed won't stitch together that well.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sun 21-Aug-11 09:23:50

I would happily do one too, but if you are covered on that, it's ok.

I only managed two squares from the last ball but that was tightly done. I am crocheting for a couple of people too and will have at least ten if not fifteen squares when I have done them all.

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 09:34:19

Muser ribbed is fine. The way I do it, I match each square to it's neighbours. That way, it looks symmetrical anal retentive and every square lies flat and looks the same size despite discrepancied

Ivy, you're in. I'm deep south, sounds like lydia's in the far north so maybe 3 meet ups in different places?

DutchOma Sun 21-Aug-11 09:52:43

I have done three squares out of a ball I bought and have wool for half a square left over. I am (I think) waiting for one or two balls to come, I need another ball to do the letters and 8, but can do other ones too if you need me. I can knit a ball in a day, if pushed and with a following wind, so 9th September is a lifetime away (in the life of a ball of wool that is)

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 10:02:17

I can bring more wool to Action if you like, Oma?

drcrab Sun 21-Aug-11 10:03:38

I've PMed Ivy and Lydia - I'd like to donate some wool too. x

toomuchteaching Sun 21-Aug-11 10:27:43

If we're going to do three blankets I'm happy to donate more wool, I think that would be lovely. I only sent my crafter one ball (I know nothing about these things!) and have no idea whether she's keen for more... DaisySteiner if you do want more just say. Or Ivy if there's a crafter who needs more please match me again. I'll PM you.

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 10:31:54

I'll be at a car show near Oma from the 2nd sept. How about we bring the deadline forward to then? Oma and I can sort through how many squares we've got then we'll let you know if we need more?

Fro experience, we'll be absolutely swamped in woolly generosity [star] and [tear in eye]

Tsil Sun 21-Aug-11 10:37:44

I've sent 2 balls of wool to a lovely knitter in a horsey place on a road beginning with M, I hope it gets to you ok and the colours are ok.

Sorry it has taken a few days to be posted.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sun 21-Aug-11 11:28:17

Purple, I am in east devon.

Will get on all the pm's in a minute, just need to do a few things around the house first..

Gay40 Sun 21-Aug-11 12:14:30

Hello to my knitter in Chipping Norton whoever you are, hope you get your wool soon x

thelittlefriend Sun 21-Aug-11 12:32:51

To my knitter in Dorset, road name beginning with M. I promise to get your wool sent as soon as it arrives here! I should have got it send straight to you, silly mistake. Sorry if you're itching to get knitting! x

NunTheWiser Sun 21-Aug-11 12:34:29

I've sent you a PM Ivy and I'll be knitting a square. Who do I send it to?

DutchOma Sun 21-Aug-11 12:51:49

Yes, yes to woolly meetings on 2nd September. Would it be at all possible to organise transport to somewhere nice for dh who cannot get very far without wheels, but has a disabled badge to get near to things?

DutchOma Sun 21-Aug-11 12:53:55

I don't mind how much wool I have later, but I want would like please some wool now, so I can finish off the letters.

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 12:57:30

I'll be in the camper and probably won't be able to get it off site once we're on (dp will be working at the show so the bus will be trapped backstage) I was hoping to walk down the lane to meet you... It's too expensive to bring the bug all that way even though I'm dying to show it!

Pm me or I'll pm you when I get home, Oma

gapants Sun 21-Aug-11 13:29:31

I am just waiting on my wool, and am raring to go.

Quick question, I will knit my squares, but was thinking of doing a couple maybe in a waffle stitch like this--
would that be OK? If not I will just do seed stitch. The squares people have posted are beautiful.

gapants Sun 21-Aug-11 13:30:38

also here is a link to some square patterns on Ravelry--

gapants Sun 21-Aug-11 13:32:25

nope that is wrong--sorry!

gapants Sun 21-Aug-11 13:32:56
StickThemWithThePointyEnd Sun 21-Aug-11 13:35:10

wafflestitch is lovely. - wrong link, though? confused

Purple, would it be ok to use some different yarn for embroidery/decoration? I have some beautiful glittery pink and purple mohair/wool blend that would make lovely flowers, and some ribbony wool blend in green/light green/gold and purple/blue/pink/red/gold for some emboidery.....

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 13:38:11

Gapants, as long as it's roughly 6" on most of the sides it'll be used and appreciated

To everyone: my biggest headache is not colour, pattern, design, or how many each person does. It's making sure that every single square and (usable sized) scrap of wool goes to something for the family. If I have wool left over, I'll make teddies. Leftover squares can be turned into cushion cover. Your contributions will be used for their intended purpose

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 13:39:47

Ivy, if it'll look the same as the rest of the blanket in 10 years time, go for it grin

Thumbwitch Sun 21-Aug-11 14:23:45

I made a blanket for DS while I was pg in a sort of double moss stitch but not really because it was like single moss stitch but doing K2, P2 instead of K1, P1 and double moss stitch is more complicated than that. Soooo I have no idea if my knit pattern even has a real name but it ended up looking a little like a waffle blanket, which was the idea, and is a very pretty pattern, if anyone want to give that a try. smile

Thumbwitch Sun 21-Aug-11 14:27:07

Sorry, didn't explain that very well - first row was K2, P2...., 2nd row was P2, K2 (like rib)...... then P2, K2..... and K2, P2......
Gave alternating blocks of 4 stitches, to give the waffly look. Only in diagonal. But still very pretty. smile

purplepidjin Sun 21-Aug-11 14:36:10

Is this the longest thread in Mn history to stay on topic? I like the diagonal waffle idea

Iirc the simplest way to knit a square is to cast on 1 then increase 1 stitch each end per row until you get 2 sides 6" lomg, then decrease 1 stitch each end til you run out of stitches

happymole Sun 21-Aug-11 14:43:18

My knitter in Oxford, hopefully you will receive the wool soon smile

gapants Sun 21-Aug-11 14:56:10

thanks thumbwitch i might have a go at that with some spare wool as a practice.

drcrab Sun 21-Aug-11 16:04:48

hello knitter in a close up north that has the name of a metal! I've asked Lydia to send 2 balls of wool to you. Thank you for doing this - I look forward to seeing the finished blanket! xx

Hi everyone, I have come across this website 6"Squares

It's a free resource and has knit and crochet patterns if anyones looking for a pattern to follow.

(they are free patterns but they do ask if people are willing to also make squares for them/make donations.)

LaVitaBellissima Sun 21-Aug-11 19:50:35

Ivy I've PM'd you, Lydia still has some wool which I would love to send to someone to knit with, if there is anyone still unmatched.

Failing that I could send it to Purplepidjin to use to link everything together?

TulipsfromAmsterdam Sun 21-Aug-11 20:00:47

Would like to help and knit a square if it's not too late to offer.

I just thought LaVitaBellisima i could be your knitter as i'll be putting one of the blankets together? Just drop me a message either way x x

TulipsfromAmsterdam Sun 21-Aug-11 20:08:20

Tried to pm Ivy to be added to list but don't seem to be able to - can anyone advise? Thanks

TulipsfromAmsterdam Sun 21-Aug-11 20:15:50

Please ignore previous message - sorted now

Am just about to order my wool. I found this link, don't know if it has been mentioned (I couldn't see it anywhere, apologies if it's a duplicate), it has a nice rav link to a mitred square amongst other patterns. It might be a bit tricky for beginners but it's handy since you can just knit until it's the right size (and I'm not that good at getting gague so perfect for me).


Much love to all the family, my heart goes out to you

LaVitaBellissima Sun 21-Aug-11 20:53:32

Hi Lydia wool is bought & I would love it if you could be my knitter smile

Thank you & all the other talented knitters, think I'm going to learn though, this thread has inspired me!

100years Sun 21-Aug-11 21:42:23

Finished a second square this evening smile will do more tomorrow if I get chance. Glad to have been able to do 2 so far.

Think everyone involved is amazing [star]

NessaRose Sun 21-Aug-11 21:59:25

Hello Gay40.

Mumwithadragontattoo Sun 21-Aug-11 22:29:32

Can I add my voice to how wonderful Lydia is. She has provided a first rate service.

I have finished square number 1 (just a plain knitted one I'm afraid) and will get cracking on another tomorrow.

I am in Hampshire if that helps anyone. Can't knit, but can provide wool or make deliveries if needed. I am off work until schools go back so time is on my side atm too.

I love and hate these threads at the same time if that makes sense to anyone. sad

Gay40 Sun 21-Aug-11 22:58:02

Hi Nessa

SoupDragon Mon 22-Aug-11 07:32:57

I'm dithering about patterns grin So many to choose from....

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Mon 22-Aug-11 08:04:27

soupdragon I have a whole list of patterns I want to get through, I will just have to make them all smile

pamplemousserose Mon 22-Aug-11 08:06:32

Thank you to the person who sent me a ball of pink wool, I have already started work. Pm me so I can send you photos of the squ.ares

Hulababy Mon 22-Aug-11 08:11:19

PM sent

SoupDragon Mon 22-Aug-11 08:11:31

I have two patterns I know I can make (excluding the bog standard granny square) and the challenge for me is finding ones I like, think I can do and are either the right size or can be the right size with some fiddling. My aspirations are much much a little higher than my ability at the moment!

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Mon 22-Aug-11 08:42:08

soupdragon I went to the Blanket category on Ravelry, refined by Free and Crochet, and then just looked through everything, keeping tabs open for all the patterns that I liked, then looking through them again to see if they are what I am looking for.
size wise, you can increase any square to the size you need quite easily if you just carry on doing what you have been doing.

having said that, I've ended up with ruffles rather than a square on the pattern I tried yesterday.. hmm

Hulababy Mon 22-Aug-11 10:19:28

I have my address but is there a quick link to what I need to buy and where from?

Hulababy Mon 22-Aug-11 10:27:39

Have PMed Lydia re wool.

purplepidjin Mon 22-Aug-11 10:36:03

I don''t know if it's the same for knitting, but there are some lovely crochet dish cloths blush which are about the right size? People seem to get everso creative with their washing up?!

cloudpuff Mon 22-Aug-11 10:38:34

What a horrible thing to happen.
I can crochet as many squares as needed as I'm not working at the moment but funds are mega tight at the moment for the same reason.
Is there somewhere I need to pm my address to or will it be saved from the Edgar blanket.

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Mon 22-Aug-11 10:46:26

cloudpuff pm me, please, then I'll match you up.

I have just received my wool from my donor - thank you.

It is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in Raspberry Pink, ordered from Laughing Hens by someone with a hotmail address starting with an a. I am in Wales. If you sent me this wool could you PM me then I can send you a pic when I have finished the squares?

nickelbabe Mon 22-Aug-11 11:08:43

I've done my 2 squares.
I've put bobbles into them, so that it looks like little "8 balls"

Here's a picture

pidj - what you were saying earlier about matching squares to their neighbour- you'll see when you received them, so if someone could make a sqaure that starts at 5" and finishes at 6" that would be perfect! blush
(i measured it and everything, but it started out too wide )

purplepidjin Mon 22-Aug-11 11:23:03

Ooh I love that pink, Jemima!!

Nickel, they'll stretch top accomodate, don't panic!

StickThemWithThePointyEnd Mon 22-Aug-11 11:30:23

lovely squares, nickel

purple if I can't manage to get this stupid square to unruffle, do you want me to just make sure all sides are 6" and then stretch it in, or undo it and start again?

Hulababy Mon 22-Aug-11 11:35:07

I have just arranged for 2 balls of wool to go to a knitter (JC) in Northants via the MNetter Lydia. One is pink, one green. Hope that is ok.

SoupDragon Mon 22-Aug-11 11:37:32

Oh, I have a Ravely search for "squares" open permanently grin I made a lovely one with a raised dragonfly on it but 1) it was so SO difficult 2) mine appears to be somewhat less than square and 3) I didn't want to risk it with the wool I was sent by TimeForCake (raspberry and White)

purplepidjin Mon 22-Aug-11 11:46:44

Ivy, I'm not the one who's going to have to attach it to the others, remember? grin

Soupie, your dragonfly was gorgeous but must have taken yonks!!

I am in awe at the idea of a dragonfly!

Mine are much simpler I'm afraid, I think for Edgar's blanket I did one basketweave and one double moss stitch. I have started a double moss stitch one and will either do basketweave (because I like it) or cable for the other.

Do you have enough crafters for your donors Ivy? If you don't I could do another ball from another donor. I have a long wait at the paediatrician's with DS2 this afternoon and so will have finished the first square quite easily by tonight, possibly even the second!

TimeForCake Mon 22-Aug-11 12:05:16

Ahhh Soup, I trust your judgement! Do as you please with the wool, it will be infinitely better than anything I could do. I'll be here to provide brew or wine for you! smile

Hi everyone! Just to let you know i am out of wool!. You very generous mnetters have brought 40 balls of yarn from me which is the equivalent of 120-160 squares!
I am about to start my 3rd square, i swill hopefully get quite a few done here in the shop as i knit all day!
All those who have placed orders over the weekend will have their yarn sent out today x x

SoupDragon Mon 22-Aug-11 12:31:41

No, PurpleP, the dragonfly square on Ravelry was gorgeous. Mine was rather less so. I'm glad I tried it though.

SoupDragon Mon 22-Aug-11 12:34:01

Now, the children have gone to Spain for a week and I think i shall retire to the garden with a deckchair, my crochet kit and my iPad which has the patterns on smile

purplepidjin Mon 22-Aug-11 12:57:41

*Shut up SoupDragon". I am right. You will not argue.


OMG, Lydia, these blankets are going to be enormous! shock

That's three blankets of 2'6"x4' JUST FROM WHAT YOU'VE SOLD so not counting shock

purplepidjin Mon 22-Aug-11 12:58:02

Oops, not counting other sources shock

frazzledblob Mon 22-Aug-11 13:05:45

SoupDragon I am so envy at sitting in the garden with crochet, ipad and no kids grin

Is it too late to sign up? Its so sad to read of another family experiencing such a tragic loss sad

How many squares are you all getting from a ball?

I know last time I made 2 squares then weighed what was left of the ball and there wasn't quite enough to make another. But Lydia says that 40 balls = 120 - 160 squares? confused I can see how 2 balls would make 5 squares as you could use the leftovers from both balls to make another, but how do you get to 160?

Jackaroo Mon 22-Aug-11 13:20:01

It would be amazing if it ended up being 3 blankets - one for each child? If it doesn't work out that way it doesn't matter, sounds like a lot of knitting all around!

Can I say thank you to Lydia here for putting up with the faff that is an international credit card transaction :-) She's ace.

GalaxyWeaver Mon 22-Aug-11 13:21:52

those of us who've been matched to donors.. how long should we wait for our wool before we say something?

TimeForCake Mon 22-Aug-11 13:24:48

Oh well, if your kids are away and you're enjoying relaxing in your garden Soup, you can make your own tea! grin wink

nickelbabe Mon 22-Aug-11 13:25:03

it depends how much wool each square uses, but you shuld get 3-4 squares from one ball.
you might get less if you're knitting a square, because it uses more wool.

Ah, maybe its because mine are knitted. I'm sure I only got 2 last time.

purplepidjin Mon 22-Aug-11 13:41:33

<wave> at Frazzled - I've always got time to meet you for coffee if you want to help with construction? [star]

Jackaroo, we've already decided to do three blankets, each put together by a different MNer, because of the sheer amount of generosity on this thread!

Galaxy, if you know who your donor is, get in touch then you can swap pictures of your joint squares smile

SoupDragon Mon 22-Aug-11 14:11:15

<<slinks off to kitchen to put own kettle on>>

3 blankets for 3 children sounds perfect. I may well end up buying some wool of my own in addition to the ones I was sent, depending how it goes.

Hulababy Mon 22-Aug-11 14:15:26

Not sure who the knitter is I am matched too. But I was matched this morning and have ordered two balls from day. She is a star and already has them packaged and labelled and ready to send out later.

Wasn't sure on any deadlines so wanted to do it asap.

mistlethrush Mon 22-Aug-11 14:15:55