Very sadly another blanket is needed, for Chipmonkey....

(727 Posts)
RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:22:40

We have heard the dreadfully sad news that Chipmonkey's baby daughter died unexpectedly this week. Condolence thread is here Chipmonkey has said tonight that she would love to receive a MN blanket.

Because Knotty is snowed under a mountain of wool, I am taking on the coordination for this, so if you are a donor or a crafter needing a match - please PM me and I will match you up. I know there is an amazing army of donor, knitter and crochet stars, and I am hoping that you will feel able to help with this blanket too.

So if you feel that you can help, please PM me with your offers: crafting, donating, need wool, don't need wool, and I will sort it all out, and when you are ready to post, PM me for the address.

I will have to get back on the deadline...

But thank you in advance.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:24:20

*Wool is the same as before*

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (NOT the baby cashmerino)

Rowan Cashsoft DK.

They are much of a muchness and can be combined.

4mm knitting needles
 cast on 33 stitches (for knitters) 

6" squares


If we continue with the palette we've used for previous blankets, we can use any spares.

 Blues, purples, pinks, greens, silver/ greys

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:26:20

that didn't work!!

Hang on...

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (NOT the baby cashmerino)
or Rowan Cashsoft DK

4mm knitting needles, cast on 33 stitches

6" squares

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:26:48



KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 22:31:33

Piste will handle the admin. Pidj and I will hook it all together once we've gathered the squares

Good luck, Pistey smile

MilkNoSugarPlease Thu 06-Oct-11 22:33:29

Am happy to buy wool to forward to a knitter

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:34:55

Blimee yes - I'm only doing the admin part grin confused As we all know, my knitting is erm..... basic

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:36:55

Knotty - I have read everything you sent grin

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 22:41:00

Oh God, what else did I include?

Marymaryalittlecontrary Thu 06-Oct-11 22:41:37

I haven't contributed to an MN blanket before, but I would like to. I'm very hard up at the minute, so if possible would be very grateful for any wool that lovely MNers have donated to knit the square with, if that's ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:41:59


KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 22:46:31

Mary, PM Piste with your address, she'll match you up with a donor.

LeBOF Thu 06-Oct-11 22:49:50

I think I've got some wool I can donate.

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 22:52:53

BOF, Thanks.

We're using Debbie Bliss Casmerino DK and Rowan Cashsoft DK to ensure the blanket can be washed and any shrinkage of wool will be the same.

i would be happy to donate wool as I can't knit sad

dk is double knit isn't it?

just want to make sure i buy the right stuff.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 22:57:01

it is double knit...

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (NOT the baby cashmerino)
or Rowan Cashsoft DK


ok cool. do you want me to PM you so that you have my name, or will you PM me with an address to send it to?

how much would I need to get?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 23:00:19

Pm me and I'll sort you out!

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 23:00:39

A few of us have used Cucumberpatch here for wool. They send very quickly. If you have a look in their Yarn Bargains section, often they have colours in the range we use, at a discount price.

Marymaryalittlecontrary Thu 06-Oct-11 23:04:44

I've sent you a PM Piste

I can't knit to save my life, but would be more than happy to donate money/send wool to someone who can, if you would let me?

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 23:08:31

BIWI smile

PM Piste, she'll match you up. Thanks.

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 23:11:26

If you would like wool sent to you, please PM Piste your address

If you would like to donate, please PM Piste

A ball of the wool we use costs around £5. It will make 2 or 3 squares.

mothmagnet Thu 06-Oct-11 23:11:41

Thanks for organising, it's so sad.

I'd love to knit, I'll PM you, Piste.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 23:12:13

Helo BIWI - how's the low carb?! Yes PM me and I'll sort you grin

MaryMary - I've replied to you smile

TarquinGyrfalcon Thu 06-Oct-11 23:13:46

What size squares are needed?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 23:15:24

the squares are 6"

VeryLittleGraveEaters Thu 06-Oct-11 23:15:41

Do you want any decorative applique bits? If not then I can do a couple of squares (have just learnt Tunisian crochet,which is knitting with a hook)

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 23:16:39

6" squares

Wool is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK

Blues, pinks, purples, greens, silver/greys

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 23:17:49

Squares can be plain, striped, patterned - your choice.

If appliqued, it must be in the same wool type. Thanks.

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Oct-11 23:18:40

Tunisian crochet sounds fabulous smile

Piste have pm'd you x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 23:51:08

If you would like wool sent to you, please PM me your address

If you would like to donate, please PM me

Night all x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Oct-11 23:51:41

and I've returned all PMs!!

spiderslegs Fri 07-Oct-11 00:04:37

Rather How do I PM you? My mouse is not liking you.

posterofaquiche Fri 07-Oct-11 00:07:08

So sad. I will gladly knit again.

Alambil Fri 07-Oct-11 00:26:24

I've pm'ed you Rather

TheRealMBJ Fri 07-Oct-11 06:11:12

I have wool and will do a couple of squares. Where do we send them?

I'm about to have DC2 so will do the squares today and would like to get them posted ASAP.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 06:27:18

Am so impressed that you can do squares in one day TheRealMBJ! Takes me most of a week for one very basic thing smile

spiderlegs - my mouse likes you! Have PM'd you. And LewisFan and posterofaquiche.

If you would like wool sent to you, please PM me your address
If you would like to donate, please PM me

6" squares
Wool is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK
Blues, pinks, purples, greens, silver/greys

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Oct-11 07:18:40

Morning smile

Plain garter stitch squares are awesome.

Fancy stitches are awesome.

Flowers, hearts, initials etc are awesome.

Your level of skill bears no relevance to this project - as always, the one square that someone teaches themself to knit is as more valuable than the double figures sent by more experienced crafters.

Anyone who gets into the swing of things and wants to carry on, see [[ this thread] smile thanks

rubycon Fri 07-Oct-11 07:22:01

I'll knit, have pm'd you.

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Oct-11 07:26:29

BOF, if the wool you have is DK but not Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK, it can be used for the Woman's Refuge project.

I am a simple knitter and would love to help. What size square do we knit?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 07:41:49

Thank you Candice, just got your pm and have replied too, but they are...

6" squares
Wool is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK
Blues, pinks, purples, greens, silver/greys

And very many thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 07:59:01

Knotty - I have been asked a technical question re crochet confused Does it matter what size hooky thing you use for this if you are a crochet star?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 08:00:34

Am off to work in a mo, back early this afternoon, so if anyone sends me a PM, please don't think I'm ignoring you, I will definitely get back to you then!

If you would like wool sent to you, please PM me your address
If you would like to donate, please PM me

AND very many thanks for your support. thanks

trumpton Fri 07-Oct-11 08:11:02

I have ordered wool for me to knit and will pm you for address when I have done squares.

So sad to be doing more squares so soon. Love to Chipmonkey.

VeryLittleGraveEaters Fri 07-Oct-11 08:27:36

I'd say a 4/4.5mm hook for DK wool...that's the gauge most of the knitters will be using.

(will defer to Knotty's greater knowledge)

ohmeohmy Fri 07-Oct-11 08:30:04

Count me in have pm you my address already.

4mm needles or hooks, much smaller and it's a bitch to stitch


KnottyLocks Fri 07-Oct-11 09:04:26

I concur grin

4mm hook is the way to go. Slightly bigger, 4.5 also fine.

Fo0ffyShmooffer Fri 07-Oct-11 09:08:29

Well I'm no knitter but will pm you to donate smile

Two lovely balls on their way to you Pistey. I really could have got quite carried away on the that website even though I have no idea how to knit I found myself quite fancying ordering some patterns and more wool smile

LadyWellian Fri 07-Oct-11 09:40:27

Pistey I have - rather inefficiently - PM'd you twice. One reply will be fine. grin

Count me in for knitting. So sad for Chipmonkey and her family.

Ooh that should have said balls of wool blush

TimeForCake Fri 07-Oct-11 10:05:07

Just marking my place while I dither. I usually donate wool for these lovely projects, but as a result of seeing the beautiful creations you all produce, I have got myself some wool, a hook and a pile of crochet books! Going very slowly but am getting there (ish) smile. Will decide in the next day or two whether I am good enough to produce a very basic square or not. If not, I'll donate wool.
Well done Piste for taking on the admin. Will pm you when I've decided.

I'm happy to knit something but don't have any wool. I've pm'd you (although I've just realised I didn't put any details in it - doh! so I'll do that again).

LadyWellian Fri 07-Oct-11 10:28:45

Great minds, octopus. Glad it was not just me.

OpheliaBumps Fri 07-Oct-11 10:54:18

I've PM'd you Pistey.

Thanks for the women's refuge link Pidj, I've got loads of odds & ends I could use on that one (although having made the mistake of going onto Ravelry with DTD in the room, I now have an order for a mermaid & doll's blanket - oh, and a bumblebee after she saw the one I made for Cupoftea's bunting this morning!).

I've pm'd pistey to be a crafter again.

NessaRose Fri 07-Oct-11 12:17:52

Pistey, pm'ed you.

Piste - Just PM'd you with my knitting skills. [snort]

It is just awful that these blankets are popping up so often! sad
Chipmonkey you and your family are in my thoughts.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 13:18:56

Just got home to the most amazing response of offers for making and donating. Thank you so much.

I'm going to make a cuppa tea, and reply to everyone!

miniwedge Fri 07-Oct-11 13:25:45

I've pm'ed you..... and then just seen I need to pm you my address for the wool so will pm you again!

Well done for doing all of this, poor chipmonkey. sad

stressedHEmum Fri 07-Oct-11 13:49:30

DO the squares need to be blocked before sending?

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Oct-11 14:20:44

No, they don't need blocking. We'll be crocheting the squares together rather than sewing so it's actually easier to do this when the squares aren't blocked.

However, we'd really appreciate it if you would sew in the ends.

Pesky things.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 14:38:58

All PMs have been responded to! wine

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Oct-11 14:41:29

I've just sent you another one. Keep you out of trouble.

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Oct-11 14:41:59


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 14:58:41


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 15:00:28

Thank you so much everyone - what an amazing response. Fab-U-Lous...

Still time though..... smile

If you would like wool sent to you, please PM me your address
If you would like to donate, please PM me

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Oct-11 15:39:10

I've just PMed you, Piste.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 15:48:29


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 15:51:03

<lies down>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 16:01:13

<with a gin>

NellVarnish Fri 07-Oct-11 16:47:39

Pistey sad

Anything I can do to help, I will. Will be in touch.

[hugs] for chipmonkey and her family.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 17:49:37

Thanks Bear x

stressedHEmum Fri 07-Oct-11 18:27:17

Thanks, Knotty.

WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 07-Oct-11 19:13:07

Knotty and Pidj- whoops - i left really long ends because i thought you were sewing up, not crochering blush

Moanee, just for that you can have the job of sewing in ALL the ends and then we have a good excuse for that coffee and cake

TheRealMBJ Fri 07-Oct-11 21:45:50

Right, I have finished a square. I hope it is ok as I crocheted some roses and sew them onto the square, but 'tis very bulky now blush.

Will post tomorrow. (not blocked but ends sewn in)

MBJ it sounds fab thanks

<reminisces about Knotty and the cat poop Mackintosh roses>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 22:02:34

Ahhhhhh yes.......Cat poop square. A classic...

ShouldDoZombieKilling Fri 07-Oct-11 22:17:08

Rather Have pm'd you - am more than happy to donate wool again if you give me a match!

<considers taking up knitting just to feel more helpful>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 22:24:10

awww, but a slight <arf> too

Wipes happy, wistful tears away....

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 22:25:42

Thank you everyone, what a marvellous amount of support. Brilliant stuff.
I have returned all PMs from this evening now.

confused you just linked to exactly the same place i did confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 22:30:30

Gorgeoise enough you see for a second viewing wine

CannibalBitsArrrgh Fri 07-Oct-11 22:47:27

Piste I have PM'd you to make a wool donation if I'm not too late smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Oct-11 22:53:08

Not too late at all smile
Have replied, thank you...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Oct-11 08:15:26

Morning smile

There is still time if anyone else would like to help with the blanket for Chipmonkey.....

If you would like wool sent to you, please PM me your address
If you would like to donate, please PM me

The wool we are using for the project is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK in blues, pinks, purple, greens, silvers, creams.

6 inch squares
4mm needles

Thank you SO much


KnottyLocks Sat 08-Oct-11 08:49:42

Morning smile

Cat poop...I hope Blondes looks after it.

My wool has arrived today, thanks to my donor! A dark pink and dark green, will get started this afternoon on them!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Oct-11 10:23:20

Wow purpleknittingmum - that is amazingly speedy!!
Respect to your donor grin

Alambil Sat 08-Oct-11 11:26:37

wool ordered - will send on when I receive it smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Oct-11 11:51:02

Brilliant LewisFan, thanks again.

mothmagnet Sat 08-Oct-11 12:52:03

Wow, you guys don't mess around, my wool arrived just now!

A lovely purple and a warm pink, I'll get started knitting.

Thanks very much to my donor thanks

I'm trying to place my order, and I have an address to send to, courtesy of RatherBeOnThePiste, but no name!

NessaRose Sat 08-Oct-11 14:10:10

My wool arrived as well today! tnaks to my donor.

LeBOF Sat 08-Oct-11 14:11:44

BIWI, I just addressed mine to Em Enner smile


Good idea!

hippoCritt Sat 08-Oct-11 14:33:18

For anyone ordering wool RUcraft has free delivery this weekend and has Rowan cash soft. I have ordered some wool and a hook I have no idea how successful my attempt will be but I shall give it a go. Thinking of Chipmonkey and her family

Yes I was impressed at the speed of it!! I had said to my OH that I would be getting 2 things in the post this week, the wool for this and something from and online survey I am testing and they both arrived today!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Oct-11 18:34:57

Love Em Enner BOF grin Just checked BIWI - your lovely knitter didn't give a name, but it looks like you've sorted it out anyway.

I'm staggered that wool has already started to arrive, that's simply brilliant.
I have replied to all PM's from this afternoon, and another big thank you to everyone.

I need to start my square as it will take me a week blush It is going to be purple and very very basic but it will be knitted with love. smile

Do we have a date yet for posting off the squares? Got one done so far!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Oct-11 21:22:03

No date as yet purple, but I shall ask my technical advisor.......

I know we have had some amazingly speedy wool deliveries, but mostly I imagine crafters will be getting wool towards the middle of next week.

But super speedy knitting Purple. I am seriously impressed grin

OK, I wasn't expecting 2 ballls! I think I am doing about 4 things just now, these, my daughter's crochet blanket, cardigan for my mum and doing tiny hats scarves and blankets for toys for a flickr friend!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Oct-11 21:54:10

I'm doing a bunt hmm

But then I will do a square grin

bushymcbush Sat 08-Oct-11 22:07:42

Have pm'd my address. I can knit but I have no spare cash (have lots

bushymcbush Sat 08-Oct-11 22:08:48

of spare wool but not the kind required)

Hit post too early blush

CannibalBitsArrrgh Sat 08-Oct-11 22:11:12

I bought 2 balls today with the intention of sending today but didn't realise the PO closes at 2pm on a Saturday so will be sending them to my recipient knitter first thing Monday morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Oct-11 22:50:35

Such a brilliant response in such a short time, everyone is totally amazing...
I have replied to all PMs from this evening, thank you to everyone who contacted me.

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address

There is still time if anyone else would like to help with the blanket for Chipmonkey.....
If you would like wool sent to you, please PM me your address
If you would like to donate, please PM me

The wool we are using for the project is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK in blues, pinks, purple, greens, silvers, creams.

6 inch squares
4mm needles

Thank you SO much

goygoy Sun 09-Oct-11 09:09:33

Thank you to Pistey for clarifying the subtle differences of Debbie Bliss wool and saving me from ordering the wrong type!! Pink wool now on its way direct from Cucumberpatch (package addressed to Blanket for Chipmonkey). A big bunch of thanks to all you wonderful knitters. grin

SoriaMoria Sun 09-Oct-11 10:05:22

I've pm'd as would very much like to contribute. Thanks for organising.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 09-Oct-11 10:43:21

goygoy grin I actually know nothing about wool, as Knotty and Pidj will concur, what I do know is that all the squares need to be made from the same stuff, and that's what is on the list!

But thank you to you.
SoriaMoria, another thank you, I've returned your PM...

NessaRose Sun 09-Oct-11 15:22:08

Pistey, PM'ed you.

duchesse Sun 09-Oct-11 15:32:26

Just checking in as a potential knitter- due to lack of funds at the moment I still don't feel able to buy the yarn, but would love to help. Will PM you Piste.

Georgimama Sun 09-Oct-11 15:41:58

Just Pmd you Piste. Happy to help if needed.

Delivery from cucumberpatch is very speedy. My lovely knitter received them the day after I ordered smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 09-Oct-11 18:46:44

Evening All smile

I have replied to all PMs from this afternoon, many thanks to everyone for your amazing support for the blanket for Chipmonkey. Truly heartwarming.

All donors have a match, and all those wanting a match have a donor!!
Tis going well wine
So hopefully soon, if not already, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK & Rowan Cashsoft DK in blues, purples, pinks, greens, silvers, creams will be flying round the country...

But it is not too late to join in. There is still time if anyone else would like to help with the blanket for Chipmonkey.....

If you would like wool sent to you, please PM me your address
If you would like to donate, please PM me

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address

thanks Everyone is so brilliant x

Just an FYI - time is just as valuable as money. Someone who is able to purchase wool is as stuck without a crafter as a crafter without wool. Both people are equally wonderful!

And huge cred to all those learning new skills thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 09-Oct-11 19:12:26

"!n union there is strength." I think that was Aesop?

Pidj you are so right, this is true team work, everyone does their bit, and together we can achieve something amazing for someone else, but without each other we would achieve nothing.

thanks for all

Pidj/Knotty, How many balls do you usually have for edging and sewing up? And without seeing the squares, would you have a preference for colour?

DonaUmamiPeron Sun 09-Oct-11 19:19:37

Just marking the thread, as have contacted Piste, but realise I've not actually posted on here. After my flowers for the garland, I'm getting crochet delusions of grandeur. In my head I'm going to make this though the reality will be more this grin

Should need one ball, and I think the sort of mid sky blue colour is lovely... Pink is nice but there are too many different shades to choose!

What patterns are everyone using? I'm not that experienced but would like to give something a bit more fancy a go.

I haven't done this before, but can crochet, have PM'd you Pistey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 09-Oct-11 20:12:56

Happy to have you here WhoKnows.... have returned your PM.
Thanks Pidj.

Octopus, try for inspiratio - but don't waste too much time browsing like me grin

Thanks purplewerepidj, i'll take a look now smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 07:52:21

Morning brew brew brew brew I can't seem to wake up today brew brew grin
Have replied to all PMs - many thanks everyone.

Hopefully some more lovely crafters will receive the woolly stuff from their lovely donors today. Let us know if you do!

I'm off to work very soon, but back at lunchtime, so if you send a message this morning, please don't think I'm ignoring you, I'll be straight on it when I get home.

Time for one more brew

Rather - don't forget you need to give me that name!

Peachy Mon 10-Oct-11 08:26:45

My wool goes out today sorry; have all been ill and didn't want to lurgify wool!

duchesse Mon 10-Oct-11 11:19:00

Reminds me of that great plague story peachy, about that village in Derbyshire or somewhere, where they'd managed to stay free of the plague by making suppliers drop stuff off some way away from the village and leaving the money there, so they kept themselves cut off from the rest of the world. Until the fateful purchase of woolen cloth, complete with fleas...

Peachy Mon 10-Oct-11 12:01:58

Didn't know that one!

No, not plague LOL: just a nasty head cold we can't shake. Doubt anyone wants to share it though (no fleas eitehr that I am aware of ;) )

MaudLebowski Mon 10-Oct-11 12:31:01


Have been knitting away quietly, can somebody tell me when to stop please?
What I mean is, the square is curling in on all sides so I'm not sure if it's square or not, I can't be the only one with curly knitting, so what does everyone else do? I'm thinking iron it when it's still on the needle in case it's too short, but would appreciate any tips from more experienced knitters.

LadyWellian Mon 10-Oct-11 13:26:48

Maud you shouldn't need to iron it. If you can flatten it out on the needle then folding it diagonally while tell you if it is square yet.

By way of a guide, if you're doing stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) then with 33 stitches you should be looking at something like 42-45 rows.

LadyWellian Mon 10-Oct-11 13:27:28

Obviously that should have been will, not while.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 13:43:38

Well thank goodness the country is plague free..... grin

Have replied to all PMs from this morning. Many thanks everyone

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 13:49:25

MaudLebowski - I can be of no help with your frilly knitting, I am sorry.

RE the size, I just cast on a few more than 33 because I am so tight then just keep going, measuring with a ruler.

I know from hooking the blankets together, Knotty says they prefer the square not ironed because it makes it harder to work with.

KnottyLocks Mon 10-Oct-11 14:43:22

Yep, on the whole it's easier to get the hooks through when the squares are unblocked. Especially if they are tightly knitted.

We will obviously use them if they are blocked though smile

MaudLebowski Mon 10-Oct-11 15:21:25

Right you are, just need to figure out how to cast off then (may not have knitted since last century emoticon)

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 15:21:37

Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

This should allow for all donated wool to reach their crafters, and then time for making too. Obviously if you are ready earlier, that is great, just PM me for the address.

Many thanks to everyone thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 15:24:04

MaudLebowski - I learnt casting off by watching a film on YouTube that Knotty sent me, hang on, I'll go and see if I can find which one. It was very clear although as I recall I very nearly cocked it up

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 15:29:56

Here you go Maud

this is the one you need I thought is was very good and I am SUCH a beginner!

You may have to sit through the <yawn> advert.

KnottyLocks Mon 10-Oct-11 15:52:46

Go for it, Maud. smile In no time at all, you'll be multi-tasking like Piste does: watching Strictly, knitting, facebooking AND drinking gin.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 16:08:41

I believe that is all true grin


KnottyLocks Mon 10-Oct-11 16:29:51

Obviously linking skills still need work wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 16:50:46

I can see it though!!

blush Probably too much gin grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Oct-11 17:33:08

There is still time if anyone else would like to support the blanket for Chipmonkey.....

If you would like wool to be sent to you, please PM me
If you would like to donate wool to another, please PM me

The wool we are using for the project is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK in blues, pinks, purple, greens, silvers, creams.

6 inch squares
4mm needles or those hooky things

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address
Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

Thank you so much

Managed to crochet 2 squares today!

Thanks for the date

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 07:31:26

purpleknittingmum - brilliant, you are super speedy grin I really want to learn crochet, not sure how I'd get on, but I am keen to give it a whirl!

I am very hopeful that more of the woolly stuff will arrive with crafters today.
As always, I'm out until lunchtime, so please don't think I'm ignoring you if you message me and I don't initially reply... smile

I've replied to all the latests PMs

thanks and fingers crossed for wool being squeezed through letterboxes this morning!

TheRealMBJ Tue 11-Oct-11 08:40:49

Rather iput my square in the post on Sat afternoon (missed last collection) should be with you today/tomorrow. Please let me know you received it as I stupidly forgot to put a return address on it blush

my wool arrived! grin

thank you to H Mc___. a very nice dark purple/ blue. (i'm assuming its from you as it was addressed to someone who's not me)

where's me needles....

<goes off to hunt through the mess>

SoupDragon Tue 11-Oct-11 13:36:48

I had to thread hop through three threads to find this one!

my wool arrived this morning... Blue lilac and grey. I nearly chased the postman down the road with it as it was addressed to the donor and I thought it had been mis-delivered grin
I twigged before making a fool of myself though.

KnottyLocks Tue 11-Oct-11 14:28:50

Seems to be a common thing that the wool has the donor's name but is addressed to the crafter. I've totally befuddled my postie over the last few weeks grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 14:57:37

Fabulous that more wool is arriving with crafters - thank you to the donors thanks

I have returned all messages from this morning, thank you everyone!

MustControlFistOfDeath - Thank you so much, I have sent you a PM
and also I have PM'd you TheRealMBJ

TheRealMBJ Tue 11-Oct-11 15:49:35

Thanks Pisty sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 15:51:33

sad all is not lost yet, have sent you another PM....

TimeForCake Tue 11-Oct-11 16:38:16

Just checking my pm got through at lunch time Pistey? Know you're snowed under so don't want to badger you!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 16:43:50

Pm'd you lovely!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 16:44:23

actually I wish it were TimeForCake grin

TimeForCake Tue 11-Oct-11 16:56:46

Oh me too Pistey, me too. That thought is never far from my mind, hence my name.
thanks for pm and all things admin.

I shall persevere with the old hook & books! confused

KnottyLocks Tue 11-Oct-11 16:59:07

Cakey, you having a bash at crochet, my lovely?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 17:09:38

I'm impressed by your learning crochet from a book confused

greenzebra Tue 11-Oct-11 17:11:02

just pm'd you piste

can I ask you lovely crocheters on here what size hook are you using?

KnottyLocks Tue 11-Oct-11 17:21:07

We're using a 4mm or 4.5mm hook.

piste or anyone who knows
Are there any initials/ themes/ ideas it would be nice to include?

I'm not promising anything but thought I'd ask while I was still deciding how to start. confused

The DD's name was Sylvie-Rose and Peachy's organising a rose plant in her memory. So I would think lots of flowers mixed in with the plain ones?

My wool has arrived today, a lovely purple one, thank you to someone whose name starts with C. I was impressed that the postman managed to squeeze it through the letter box, I had thought I was going to have to go to the sorting office tomorrow.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 17:41:47

Whenisitmysleepytime Peachy's thread for Chipmonkey is here

and greenzebra - I agree with Knotty...

I have replied to all PMs from this afternoon thanks to everyone x

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 17:44:19

and WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes that is excellent news - you can get cracking, especially as you're not running at the mo grin grin

TimeForCake Tue 11-Oct-11 17:49:38

Yes Knotty. Slowly but surely! I'd score higher on effort than end result at the moment! Somehow, my rows get shorter and shorter and so my 'square' is very un square like! confused One step forward and two back at the moment. Am determined to try and get something produced, having been inspired ever since Edgar's blanket. Soupy said she's a newbie too and her bears etc were so lovely. She obviously has the knack more than me!
Think I need to have a look at You tube.

I learned to crochet from Youtube, but beware the confusion between British and American stitches

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 18:07:06

Full respect to you Cake smile

Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

There is still time if anyone else would like to support the blanket for Chipmonkey.....

If you would like wool to be sent to you, please PM me
If you would like to donate wool to another, please PM me

The wool we are using for the project is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK in blues, pinks, purple, greens, silvers, creams.

6 inch squares
4mm needles or those hooky things

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address

Thank you so much

TimeForCake Tue 11-Oct-11 18:08:26

So i've heard Whoknows. Frankly, I'm fairly confused anyway! confused

TimeForCake Tue 11-Oct-11 18:10:33

Thanks Pistey, but seriously, you haven't seen what I'm producing yet! grin

SoupDragon Tue 11-Oct-11 18:12:07

I learnt to crochet from a book smile

KnottyLocks Tue 11-Oct-11 18:36:21

Cakey, I learnt using a book and watching some Youtube clips. It is possible, honest. If your square ends up a bit wonky, we can always stick a border on it for you. You might even find it easier to try a granny square. They aren't as tricky as they look.

TimeForCake Tue 11-Oct-11 19:31:06

Will see what I can do! smile

miniwedge Tue 11-Oct-11 19:39:00

My wool arrived today, thank you whoever donated. smile

I'll get cracking this evening.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 19:50:17

miniwedge That is marvellous smile

and Cakey, I am impressed by you trying and working at it x

My wool arrived today too, thank you donor for teal and pale blue. Beautiful choices smile

androbbob Tue 11-Oct-11 21:34:45

my wool arrived today purple and a blue lilac colour. One square will be completed today. crochet is fu.!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 22:48:57

Even more wool has arrived, that is marvellous stuff. Let's hope even more arrives tomorrow. smile

I have returned all PMs from this evening, thank you to everyone.

Nighty night

Alambil Tue 11-Oct-11 22:50:43

my wool is on the way - I shall split it and send on asap x x

posterofaquiche Wed 12-Oct-11 00:59:24

My wool arrived today <excited> two lovely shades of soft pink.

Many thankings to my donorgrin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Oct-11 07:30:51

posterofaquiche Yaaayyyyyy!!!!
and thank you to LewisFan

I am out for much of today, so will be returning all PMs sort of early evening time. smile

In the mean time..

Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

There is still time if anyone else would like to support the blanket for Chipmonkey.....

If you would like wool to be sent to you, please PM me
If you would like to donate wool to another, please PM me

The wool we are using for the project is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK in blues, pinks, purple, greens, silvers, creams.

6 inch squares
4mm needles or hooky things
Plain, striped, patterned, knitted, crocheted you choose

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address

Thank you so much

skinnymuffin Wed 12-Oct-11 14:01:18

thanks to the anonymous donor whose wool arrived today. Just about to cast on smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Oct-11 17:51:29

Skinnymuffin - brilliant news, hope the square is going well smile

Got home to a flurry of PMs, have replied to all now.
Fo0ffyShmooffer - thank you, have sent you a PM

Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

I am out this evening, but will return any PMs later thanks

HowlmoaneeChainClanger Wed 12-Oct-11 19:06:39


My two balls of beautiful green and purple wool arrived today. Huge thanks to my donor (you know who you are wink.

Have cast on and done about ten rows with the green.

UMaimedMe Wed 12-Oct-11 19:30:06

My yarn arrived arrived today from my lovely donor, a beautiful shade of almost salmony pink. thanksthanksthanks to my donor. I'll see if I can get started on the train tomorrow!

UMaimedMe Wed 12-Oct-11 19:31:30

....which makes it sound like I'm going to crochet a train. Not sure my skills extend to that hmmgrin

KnottyLocks Wed 12-Oct-11 19:34:13

Oh go for it grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Oct-11 22:57:48

We making trains now? Marvellous grin

LadyW - check your PMs!

Night all.

Alambil Wed 12-Oct-11 23:11:32

wool came today - will post it at the weekend

they're gorgeous deep pink, deep purple, an almost dirty shade of cream and a sage green.... will split them into the two as I said, Rather smile

LadyWellian Wed 12-Oct-11 23:58:08

That's me told blush

I've replied now!

angelpantser Thu 13-Oct-11 00:10:08

My wool arrived today. Thank you to my donor. A lovely shade of silver and a purply heather colour from Cucumberpatch.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Oct-11 06:49:38

Many thanks LewisFan, that is brilliant. thanks

and good news your wool has arrived angelpantser.

Received the first squares for Chipmonkey yesterday, three in pink cable knit (?!) from prettybird They are gorgeoise, many thanks to her thanks

Working as normal this morning, back just after lunchtime, no one think I'm ignoring them if you PM and don't get a response for a bit!

As LadyWellian says, starry starriness all around!

SoupDragon Thu 13-Oct-11 07:19:21

I've managed to misplace my trusty 4mm hook.
Which means a trip to the knitting shop.
Which can be expensive.

not only that, it was/is in a bag with the pathetic two squares I have done for my own personal blanket hmm Which I am clearly destined never to finish.

KnottyLocks Thu 13-Oct-11 07:35:33

Leave the credit card behind, Soupy. Good luck with your mission. I'd struggle too. Your original hook and squares will turn up when you get home again.

greenzebra Thu 13-Oct-11 08:17:44

soupDragon I buy my hooks from the pound shop in town. I hope your original one turns up soon.

I have my hook just waiting for my wool, ordered two days ago still waiting for dispatch email!

SoupDragon Thu 13-Oct-11 09:22:26

The hook isn't expensive, it's all the other stuff I come out with grin

thankfully the hook (and tH beginning of a bunt) turned up under the drivers seat in the car.

Which one of you Wooly Hug organisers hid my blanket though and when can I have it back?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Oct-11 13:43:31

Soupdragon, it was Knotty. She's like that, especially when she's been on the gin...

SoupDragon Thu 13-Oct-11 14:01:02

<<narrows eyes>>

it wouldn't surprise me

KnottyLocks Thu 13-Oct-11 16:45:52


Charming, the pair of you!

SoupDragon Thu 13-Oct-11 16:51:17

<<notes lack of denial>>

KnottyLocks Thu 13-Oct-11 16:58:53


TarquinGyrfalcon Thu 13-Oct-11 17:35:39

My wool has arrived - thank you to my donor.

It's a lovely pale pink in Rowan Cashsoft. I shall start crocheting tonight.

My wool has also arrived, thank you.

Although there was some negotiation required at the post office as it was sent recorded to the correct address but the wrong name. It's all sorted now and I have the very gorgeous wool. Just need to start knitting smile

prettybird Thu 13-Oct-11 18:29:56

Oooh - my first Mumsnet flowers smile <Comes over all warm and embarrassed blush>

But Chipmonkey is the one who will feel the true warm of MN with a very lovely blanket that can be passed on through the generations.

Knitting a square is easy for me - I take my hat off to Knottylocks and pidj for the underaking the massive task of stitching them together says she who is currently avoiding stitching together the 3, yes THREE, beautiful cable knit cushion covers she has knitted because she hates finishing

KnottyLocks Thu 13-Oct-11 18:33:38

<hides hot glue gun>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Oct-11 18:36:15


SoupDragon Thu 13-Oct-11 18:38:55

<<notes that she didn't hide the gin>>

KnottyLocks Thu 13-Oct-11 18:47:49

<crochets blindfold for Soupy>

KnottyLocks Thu 13-Oct-11 18:48:04

<swigs gin>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Oct-11 18:58:29

<steals the gin and swigs herself>

<runs off laughing>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Oct-11 19:10:43

I have returned all PMs from this afternoon now, and am just wondering how LadyW got on?!

I love the Hallowe'en name changes, but cor, I'm having to work at keeping up with you all!

TheRealMBJ Thu 13-Oct-11 19:17:55

Any news, Pisty?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Oct-11 19:39:47

TheRealMBJ Just PMing you, need a bit more info.. But no news yet sad

TheRealMBJ Thu 13-Oct-11 20:46:20

Have PM'd you Pisty

TarquinGyrfalcon Thu 13-Oct-11 23:07:49

I've completed one square and about 3/4 of my second square. It's lovely wool to work with.

Once again, thank you to my donor and a huge thank you to RatherBeOnThePiste for all her fantastic work

Alambil Thu 13-Oct-11 23:22:02

I think I'm going to learn to knit / crochet so I can DO a part of the next blanket ... any tips?

I can do knit stitch and purl stitch, but the tension is shocking...

KnottyLocks Thu 13-Oct-11 23:41:52

Lewis, stick with knit (garter stitch) until you've sorted your tension. Try a square: cast on 33 stitches using a DK wool and 4mm needles and knit until it's 6". Often trying to do both can make your tension a bit wooooooooo.

If you stick a photo on your profile, some of our more experienced knitters will be able to advise you. You could even start a thread in Arts and Crafts. There are loads of lovely knitty experts that will help.

Alambil Thu 13-Oct-11 23:49:21

thanks smile I will order myself a ball and practice

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Oct-11 05:58:05

Go for it LewisFan!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Oct-11 06:03:02

Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

Back by lunchtime, so will answer any PMs then, please don't think I'm ignoring you until then!

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address

Thank you so much, everyone is lovely.

About to package mine up and post it now. I had about 5 false starts (haven't done any crochet for a while and it is weird not working to a pattern), but I am going to take a photo of it before it goes and make a note of the stitches. It would be nice to think we won't have to do this again, but if another blanket is needed it will be useful to have the notes.

TimeForCake Fri 14-Oct-11 09:20:14

Wish i'd only had 5 false starts! grin More like 500 here with my L plates on.
Whoknows do you think I'm ok just to do double crochet stitch or is that too basic/ not suitable? Will I have to do anything else with the edges or just make sure my square is 6" and stop? Sorry to pounce on you with my questions. You can tell I'm a beginner, eh?!

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Oct-11 12:32:43

Cakey, double crochet is absolutely fine, my lovely. Just make sure that it's 6" square. No need to do anything with the edges apart from having some grin

rubycon Fri 14-Oct-11 12:35:13

The wool has arrived, thank you Spiderslegs.

androbbob Fri 14-Oct-11 13:01:01

Square - now that is a problem! I hope the chief joiner-upper of the sqaures has some patience as mine is not the best! I will learn by the end of my 3rd one! I did crochet years ago and found a tutorial on the web.

TimeForCake Fri 14-Oct-11 13:09:10

grin Thanks for the reassurance Knotty. thanks

Pistey it's in the post

I use this website for reminding me how to crochet

Learn to Knit

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Oct-11 13:20:53

Androbbob, what shape is it then? If it's squareish, it'll be ok once it's hooked into place. The squares either side of it will straighten it up, IYSWIM.

prettybird Fri 14-Oct-11 13:38:02

Androbob - the first of my squares will need stretching to make it square: I was experimenting with cable and learnt from experience that you need a stabilising rib either side of the cables. The following two were better smile

Knottylocks has reassured me that she is up to the job of ensuring it will be the right shape once it is in place smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Oct-11 13:47:10

Er, that's quite a bit of pressure there, Prettybird!

I shall do my very bestest smile

prettybird Fri 14-Oct-11 13:49:06

I'm sure you willgrin. It's not that bad smile - and it's very stretchy, 'cos the "back" stitch is garter.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Oct-11 14:24:44

I'll tell you what Pretty, every night I'll get your squares out and give them a little encouraging stretch. What say you?!

Came home to a pile of PMs which I have worked my way through, thank you to everyone... wine

TimeForCake - you and me with the L plates then! I always have false starts, but my worst mistake came as I was casting off my very first square that I'd actually got to the right size. In casting off I dropped a stitch and I froze, and swore quite a lot as I recall blush but then sort of retrieved it, and it was OK, but I couldn't believe it! What a plonker I am <rolls eyes>

prettybird Fri 14-Oct-11 14:33:42

It's only the one square that looks a bit, well, rectangular grin - but it "pins" out to the right size IYSWIM.

Knottylocks - I was trying to persuade Piste that once she's mastered purl, then cabling is actually quite straight forward and looks really impressive.

TimeForCake Fri 14-Oct-11 14:57:13

grin Pistey. One day we'll look back at this and wonder what we found so hard! I have improved, but absolutely cannot do anything else whilst crocheting or I lose count or completely forget what on earth I'm doing. Tried watching tv at the same time which was very unsuccessful to say the least. Have a feeling that I look like a little kid concentrating hard, tongue out and everything! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Oct-11 14:57:32

Very many thanks today to Niecie

Your beautiful blue knitting is gorgeoise.
Many thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Oct-11 15:15:25

TimeForCake I think we are the same person <arf> wine Cheers!
Everything you say, I do!! I tried watching Spooks and knitting a bunt, well it was a bloody disaster confused

If I go wrong I can't save it, I can't go back and fix it, I just have to cut it off and start again. Someone, probably Knots said you can get three squares out of a ball, well there have been times when I've only just squeaked one blush

But I do like a challenge, even though my family aren't entirely supportive of my knitting attempts and do tend to titter at my expense quite a lot.

But I am nothing if not determined grin

LadyWellian Fri 14-Oct-11 15:52:10

Righto, I've liberated my wool from the delivery office, so many many thanks to my lovely donor. I had a similar experience to Octopus but having given a fairly detailed description of the package, including where it had come from, he grudgingly agreed to let me take it rather than putting it out for redelivery.

Now, once I can shake off the lassitude of the lunchtime beer that accompanied my meeting with a friend, I'll start thinking about how to make the best of two lovely shades of Debbie Bliss pink.

Thanks and thanks again to my donor and to the wonders that are Pistey, Knotty and Pidj.

And starry starriness all round grin

I do it in front of the telly, but it has to be a programme that you can more or less just listen to in the background, and a very straightforward pattern. Sky+ is very handy as you can get to the end of your row and rewind a bit if you miss a good bit! I try and make sure I never stop halfway through a row, especially never put it down.

LadyWellian Fri 14-Oct-11 16:09:34

... once I have finished my bunt for Knotty, that is.

<slaps wrist, feels like have forgotten to do homework>

prettybird Fri 14-Oct-11 16:12:28

Next time I'm in John Lewis, I'll get some more wool and do some more squares. smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Oct-11 16:59:55

Oi Welli! When you posting your bunt then?

I do know it'll be worth the wait smile

LadyWellian Fri 14-Oct-11 17:45:39

I've just finished sewing in the pesky ends - too late for tonight's post so it'll be on its way tomorrow.

You and Pistey are such bullies.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Oct-11 17:48:16

Yep grin

She's much scarier than me though.

Thank you for being a darling and sorting the pesky ends. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Oct-11 18:35:56

Ahem.... I am never scary. I am in reality quite cute, warm and fluffy.

VeryLittleGhastliness Fri 14-Oct-11 19:22:42

Do you want fancy crochet? I've made some squares with Rose centrepieces in the Debbie (DarkPink, Pale Pink and green)

If not then I can do openwork or DC squares (have given up trying to learn to knit for the 47th time)

skinnymuffin Fri 14-Oct-11 19:58:02

I have done 1.5 squares so far (beginner) but I'm hopeful I will finish the second square tonight wine permitting blush...

JulesJules Fri 14-Oct-11 20:38:13

have finished my bunt. Now for a square or two, <flexes fingers> and wine

TimeForCake Fri 14-Oct-11 20:44:55

Ahhh Pistey great minds. wine clink.
3 squares from a ball??! shock Like you, I can't go back and resolve the problem so cut and start again. I am still practising on my cheap wool. My posh stuff has come through but I daren't go near it just yet!
I share your determination. But I do wish I'd never looked at Pinterest or Ravelry. Toooooo many lovely things that are out of my league. Trouble is, I have been busy buying some fabric, felt, pretty things etc ready to make a few easyish bits for Christmas, yet have made absolutely nothing so far! Best of intentions though...

However, my crochet is coming on and I shall be supplying a square a little nearer the deadline. It'll take that long.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Oct-11 22:23:43

Tis all going well I hope...I've only had one PM all evening, grin Wow!!

VeryLittleGhastliness - sounds gorgeoise, are your squares 6 inches? Then yes please. If I'm being honest here, I don't really know what openwork or DC squares are blush But they all sound marvellisimo grin

Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address

Thank you so much, everyone is lovely.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Oct-11 22:50:52

Very, as longs as the squares are 6" and in the right wool, we'll have em. Crochet or knitted. Patterned, plain, with or without flowers.

We're very eclectic. grin

SeveredHeadsDragonTheFloor Sat 15-Oct-11 10:41:25

Can't find the bunting thread as I'm on my phone but the same people are here anyway grin. Im going to miss today's post unfortunately.

Pagwatch Sat 15-Oct-11 10:45:08

Total bloody travesty.

Pagwatch Sat 15-Oct-11 10:46:18

Good grief. Wrong thread.

Many, many apologies.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 10:53:18

If you are referring to the rugby, you are right Pagwatch. sad

Buggeration! have only just seen this thread, didn't know about Chipmonkey's sad loss. Have PMd you, Rather - happy to donate again if you have a crafter who needs wool. I presume we're using the same stuff as before?

(and yes Pag, it really was sad)

TarquinGyrfalcon Sat 15-Oct-11 11:04:34

Just finished my 3rd square while watching the rugby a teardrenched square

I had about 3 inches of wool left!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 12:07:04

At least we now know the referee's full name....ALAIN Mitterand François Toupée Paris Chirac Petite Dominique Le Mans ROLLAND sad AND I dug out my Welsh heritage to support the boys in red. And I sang the Welsh national anthem in Welsh even though DH was like this hmm

TarquinGyrfalcon - I will give your square therapy and a pep talk. It will rally, I know it will, and if needs be, I'll pop it on the radiator <subdued arf>

Very many thanks today to CandiceMariePratt you have inspired me to try stripes, tis beautiful. thanks

and very many thanks to WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes gorgeoise crochet, I genuinely do not know how you do that! thanks

And thank you to Northernlurker I am just about too PM you. thanks

I know there is some wool that has yet to arrive with crafters. If you still haven't received your wool by Monday, can you drop me a PM, so I can just follow it up? Fortunately, the deadline is a way off still.

Have a lovely day all.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Oct-11 12:07:39

Guidance for working out if you have enough wool left for another square:

* weigh your square

* then weigh your wool

If the leftover wool weighs more than your square, there should be enough for another square.

If not, please include any leftover wool with your square when you post it. We can use it, either to put the blanket together or for more squares and flowers.


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 12:38:23

This is probably a daft question, but on a 6" plain knitted square, how many rows would there be?

This is me trying to work out how on earth you do even stripes.

daffodil for all the sad Welsh folk.

Tempted to ask what has happened in Wales, but guess it's got something to do with rugby.

Whoknows - sure has. Wales lost to France by 1 point and a biased Irish/French ref. Bad choice of ref - Wales had just knocked Ireland out and were playing France - they should have had someone else.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Oct-11 14:38:21

Piste, somewhere between 42 and 45, on average.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 15:24:21

I'm going to say something really obvious here, please don't arf too loudly.

One just then does a bit of a sum to work out how many lines per colour? My concern is that I get to the end and find that my square isn't a square and I need to make it bigger, and it all goes tits up. Stripes just need to be regular innit. I think the thing to do is give it a whirl. But I shall have to find a YouTube clip first to see how you change colour.

The lovely one CandiceMariePratt sent today has inspired me you see.

Alambil Sat 15-Oct-11 15:26:30

I'd have said 5 rows per colour, then switch... but what do I know, I can't even knit properly!

NormaSatansFelcher Sat 15-Oct-11 15:35:19

Oh I would like to knit. Am I too late?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 15:42:22

PMd you NormaSatansFelcher, but you're not too late, the deadline for squares is Friday 28th October.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 16:13:53

I don't know if anyone is around who knows anything about stripes, but it seems you either twist the wool up site side, or you shock cut it. Which is better? I can see plus points for both and negatives too. I would be a bit frit of cutting it tbh in case the whole thing unravels!


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 16:37:38

aaarrrrrrrggggghhhhh!!!! I don't think I have enough hands!!!
This is not at all fiddly <hollow laugh>

The lady on Youtube made it look so pips.

Don't cut it! Need to sew all loose ends in first.

TimeForCake Sat 15-Oct-11 16:55:56

Ooooh Pistey, you thrown those L plates over your shoulder? Stripes you say?! Well done for trying more complicated matters! There's no way on this earth that I'm ready for that. Reckon that YouTube lady is telling you big fat porkies grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 17:18:44

Am finding this unbelievably fiddly, and the L plates are even more firmly attached Cakey grin

I'm getting in a right pickle.

bushymcbush Sat 15-Oct-11 17:26:18

My wool arrived yesterday; thank you to the lovely donor thanks

Now, where are my needles...

greenzebra Sat 15-Oct-11 17:28:47

hello fellow 'Whoolies' ordered my wool on tuesday from cucumber patch and its still not here. How long has it been taking for your guys wool to arrive?

Mine was ordered by someone else and arrived very quickly, obv I don't know when it was ordered but it arrived about 2 days after I sent my address to Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 17:40:37

I think greenzebra, I would be tempted to follow it up if it doesn't get to you on Monday. Cucumberpatch are usually very quick at sending wool out, I think if they receive the order by 12 noon, they will send it out first class that day, so you can get it as early as the following day. So even if you missed their posting on Tuesday, it should have been sent first class on Wednesday.

But I know that someone was delayed by Cucumberpatch running out of a certain colour and then having to get an alternative.

I've had to call them before and they were very helpful on the phone. Hope you get your wool soon.

greenzebra Sat 15-Oct-11 17:43:53

cheers piste I will do that. I just want it here so I can crochet!smile

LadyWellian Sat 15-Oct-11 18:20:08

Pistey how are your stripes going?

If you're doing fairly narrow stripes (as anything on a 6" square is going to be) then taking it up the side (as it were) is the way to go. Just twist them together a bit, though you'll probably need to untangle them every few rows.

Also as regards the number of rows per stripe, I'd keep it to an even number so you are always changing colour with the same side facing you. If you're doing garter stitch (all knit) it doesn't really matter which side, but if you're doing stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row), start the new colour on a knit row.

Also if you're doing garter stitch you might find it takes more than 45-ish rows to get to 6".

duchesse Sat 15-Oct-11 18:41:32

Have PMed you Piste!

Georgimama Sat 15-Oct-11 21:03:07

I don't know if I have been matched to a donor or not but I haven't had any wool. If we are out of donors I will buy my own, just tell me to.

UMaimedMe Sat 15-Oct-11 21:13:01

I have three squares completed. I've done two in plain SC, but with an 'S' on one and an 'R' on the other - hope these are okay. They are basically 6". I am just having a go at blocking them to make sure they are the right size, though I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to that.

It was a fairly close-run thing yarn-wise, and I was convinced I was going to run out before I'd finished the R, but I made it with a fair bit to spare. I thought I was going to have to undo my wonky, random, made-up granny square to use the yarn, but now you will have the pleasure of enjoying its wonk! Will post the bit of excess for edging etc.

thanks again to Pistey and Knotty and Pidge and all other blanketeers.

Especial thanks to Knotty for pointing me in the direction of Ravelry, as I am now very keen to get my crochet on!

thanks also to my secret donor. I think using someone else's wool upped the ante, and made me consider trying something other than a bog-standard square!


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 21:31:17

Evening all. Have returned all PMs. Thank you to everyone x

UMaimedMe - sounds totally fab-u-lous well done thanks

Georgimama - yes, you've definitely been matched, I wil chase it up, and PM you and sorry you are waiting thanks

duchesse - have returned your PM thanks

LadyW - stripes are blooming fiddly and I have had to abandon them on account of the wine but I shall try again tomorrow. I am on garter stitch, but am having to do 7 rows pink and 2 rows cream, because I don't have so much cream left. Will the square be good enough? Time will tell

Thank you everyone...
wine Cheers!

Georgimama Sat 15-Oct-11 21:37:30

Don't worry, I can knit fast once I get it - I have a school age child and the easiest newborn in the world so I am sat doing not much most days.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 21:42:42

envy at the easy newborn!

Georgimama Sat 15-Oct-11 21:44:22

My first was a hell baby - he woke every 45 minutes throughout the 24 hours. I have paid my dues!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Oct-11 21:48:10

Ah... fair enough then grin

Georgimama Sat 15-Oct-11 21:51:51

God I'm insensitive on this thread banging on about my easy newborn. Ignore me. I'm a twat.

<kicks self, hard>

AKMD Sat 15-Oct-11 22:08:26

I don't think it's insensitive. Get some arnica for those bruises!

I am childishly excited that, scanning the thread, I'm fairly sure my wool actually arrived. The lady who runs the website I ordered from actually phoned me and asked who on earth I was sending it to with a name like that grin

MilkNoSugarPlease Sat 15-Oct-11 22:18:55

Hope my previous balls of wool have reached their rightful homes...I can afford to donate one more ball of wool (sorry it's not more blush) please PM if you can match me

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Oct-11 23:00:02

Milky, I am now going to have a stern word with you!

<hoists bosoms>
You have donated balls upon balls for many of our projects. You are often one of the first I get a PM from offering help. Your PMs make me smile and often giggle.You are a blooming [star]. Put your blush away, woman! thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Oct-11 23:18:58

Yarn bargains for those donating or wanting to get your own wool

If you look on Cucumberpatch Yarn Bargains you should be able to find Rowan Cashsoft DK and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK at discount prices. There are colours that fit with our blanket colour palette.

If ordering from Cucumberpatch, after you've added the address for delivery, put a note in the additional comments for the vendor repeating the request that the yarn is delivered to Name Of Knitter at Different address. They are normally very speedy, but sometimes put the wrong name on the woolly packages which can make it a wee bit troublesome if collecting from the sorting office.

Many thanks.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 16-Oct-11 06:16:56

<wishing she had bosoms to hoist>

SeveredHeadsDragonTheFloor Sun 16-Oct-11 08:14:05

knit or crochet yourself some

KnottyLocks Sun 16-Oct-11 08:43:30

For Piste. Keep your neck warm too.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 16-Oct-11 09:17:07

grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin
grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

I absolutely love and NEED these!! Knotty, you've not got much on, will you make them for me. Please?!

TimeForCake Sun 16-Oct-11 10:22:13

grin grin Love them!! grin

Oh Knotty!!! gringringringringringrin
Those are hilarious, I love them! I must find the pattern and send it to my MIL for her craft group wink

Pistey, I see that people have already suggested you twist the different colour yarns together for the narrow stripes you would be doing - agree entirely. But for future reference, if you are planning on bigger projects with colour changes, you knot the new wool colour to the old wool colour at the end of the row, so the thread is continuous. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 16-Oct-11 16:03:40

Am out and about, just have a technical Q, can you combine the debbie bliss and the Rowan stuff in the same square? For my stripes you see. Will it work? I wanted cream and the only one I can find is the DB but I have the other one at home. Comparing the two brands they aren't the same.

Marymaryalittlecontrary Sun 16-Oct-11 18:00:33

BecauseImWorthIt - many thanks for the wool, which arrived yesterday. I am just about to decide which pattern I'm going to go with for my first square and then get started. Thanks again!

That's a pleasure! I wish I had the skills to actually do some of the knitting.

Pistey, I don't know - the reason those two were suggested was because they were similar enough that they wouldn't cause problems with distortion when the blanket was washed, so I would imagine it should be fine to combine them in the same square - but how different are they? If the thickness is very different it might be an issue - but if it's just textural, don't worry about it.

Oh yes - I have had a lovely email from the lady at caféknit, telling me that she has already packed up the wool for my crafter and it will be collected for delivery first thing Monday morning, so whoever Pistey has linked me with (initial E, living somewhere in the Cream Tea county), you should have your wool by Tuesday and if you don't receive 2 balls of DB Cashmerino, one green and one silver by then, please could you let me know? Thanks thanks

duchesse Sun 16-Oct-11 22:47:37

Zombie, I suspect that might be me. I'm away at the moment as my father is back in hospital but will be back on thursday afternoon and shalll report back then!

KnottyLocks Sun 16-Oct-11 22:48:02

Yes, you can combine the two different wools. It works. Have done it on many a crochet square.

BIWI, maybe you could put some lessons on your Christmas list smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Oct-11 07:29:27

Thank you everyone, all PMs from last night have been replied to thanks

Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October

Back by lunchtime, so will answer any PMs then, please don't think I'm ignoring you until then! Also I think some people have posted squares that hopefully should arrive here today, so I shall look forward to that smile

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address

Thank you so much, everyone is lovely.


Sadly, knotty, I am useless with my hands - which means that I hate actually doing anything crafty. Sewing lessons at school were a torture for me. Intellectually I'd like to be able to do it, but actually being able to, or having the patience to do it is a different thing!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Oct-11 13:43:54

<chomp chomp>
Its Monday lunchtime, maybe if you are still waiting for a wool delivery, that hasn't yet made an appearance, you could PM me and we could chase it up? Bloomin post office.

I'm going to have one of these now brew but sadly not one of these biscuit

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Oct-11 16:19:47

Thzumbazombiewitch - thank you, I have done my practice striped square, and twisted the wool up the side, by the time I got to nearly 5 inches, I'd worked that bit out grin I did 2 cream, followed by 8 pink, and even though I was knitting it and watching the rugby, I did manage to concentrate enough on the counting of rows!

I got the cream so now can do one that is predominantly cream with pink stripes. The only problem with using two colours is there are twice as many bloomin pesky ends to bloomin well sew in! I was contemplating doing a square with three colours, but due to the afore mentioned issue, I may put that idea on hold... hmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Oct-11 16:21:01

Oh yes, and NellVarnish and ToriaPumpkinLantern - have sent you PMs


Does it have to be with 4mm needles or does it just have to measure 6x6?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Oct-11 19:28:59

Yes please octopus, we are all using 4mm needles

and yes please to the 6 inch square

and these are for you thanks

TerrysNo2 Mon 17-Oct-11 19:40:18

I would love to knit a bit but I have never done this type of thing before (knitting a part of a blanket, I can knit though!) - I am in chips nov AN thread so would like to be a part.

I will PM Piste now.

Thanks for organising!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Oct-11 19:54:43

TerrysNo2 You are fabulous and very welcome to join us.

I have sent you all the info on a PM, but please ask if you are unsure. I am often unsure, and am always asking grin

and thanks for you.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Oct-11 07:24:25

Morning everyone smile
Back mid afternoon today so will answer any questions/PMs then thanks

PM me when you are ready to post and I can let you have the address
Squares for Chipmonkey's blanket to me please by Friday 28th October

A BIG thank you to everyone.

SeveredHeadsDragonTheFloor Tue 18-Oct-11 07:29:45

Remind me of the deadline again... I think you posted it one early in the thread and I've not seen it since.


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Oct-11 07:33:34

Oi !!grin

I had a PM asking for it yesterday!


SeveredHeadsDragonTheFloor Tue 18-Oct-11 08:26:14


greenzebra Tue 18-Oct-11 08:37:31

got in contact with cucumber patch as the ball of wool has still not arrived and they were so nice they are sending me out a new ball. So hopefully it will be here very soon, as I want to send the squares this saturday or monday. I think royal mail are a bit slow on the sorting (and thats not having a go at them as my DH is a postie)

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Oct-11 09:35:40

Morning smile

I've finally put Whatevertheweather's blanket together, just the edging to go. I'll sort pics out as soon as I find my camera. Don't hold your breath.

wow! well done knotty!!!

think you'll need some brew biscuit wine and thanks

and many many [star]s!!!

Knotty - that's fab. Well done thanks and wine

Umm, anyone seen this thread? Another MNer has just lost her DH to cancer - 3 children, teens and preteens sad. Another blanket, maybe?

TerrysNo2 Tue 18-Oct-11 19:02:37

Just about to buy my wool, are there any colours which have been used a lot / not so much, if you know then I can buy something different.

Thanks smile

GhoulishGlendaFestersAgain Tue 18-Oct-11 19:05:56

Thankyou to my mystery wool donor, it arrived todaysmile

FYI, searching on ravelry for dishcloths, with filters for Square and Free brings up lots of possible suitable patterns, just check they seem to be around the right amount of stitches.

FabbyChic Tue 18-Oct-11 19:18:05

Put myself forward to do some knitting on the last one, but the person who was supposed to send the wool never did.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Oct-11 19:49:10

Evening everyone smile

Really well done to you lovely Knotty this is for you wine and I would also give you chocolate if I had it, that is such a lot of work. Fab-U-Lous. As LadyW would say starry starriness all around thanks

Thzumbazombiewitch - desperately sad, another tragedy sad too many people are being lost too soon sad Life is scarily fragile, for sure. sad sad

greenzebra - I'm glad you contacted them, they are very helpful. Today I had a ball of wool delivered here to send on, and it was ordered on October 9th from Cucumberpatch, but only got here today, even being posted first class.

TerrysNo2 - Pmd you, but I think you've got that message already

GhoulishGlendaFestersAgain - Good news.......

FabbyChic - Have Pm'd you, let me know! smile
TheRealMBJ - have also PM'd you...

-What a treat I had today_
Two gorgeoise woolly wool parcels. You are so bloomin clever you two, absolutely lovely squares from Umami and PurpleKnittingMum I do not know how you learn to do stuff like this! But thanks thanks to you both.

skinnymuffin Tue 18-Oct-11 21:39:33

I have managed to squeeze a third square out of my little ball of wool with one gram to spare. They are only plain knitted squares but I love them just the same, much as one loves their children, they may not look like the ones you see in catalogues but you made them yourself and to you they are beautiful and perfect smile

2 squares finished here. I'm hoping to get 2.5 out of each ball - I'll mix the colours in the last square. I tried to do a complicated pattern but kept messing it up and restarting so I've had to give up for now and have just done moss stitch.

LadyWellian Tue 18-Oct-11 22:50:57

Skinnymuffin how beautifully put.

Knotty hats off - can't wait to see a photo.

Pistey Three squares done, some sewing on of leaves on the third square and pesky ends to deal with.

Thumb sad

androbbob Tue 18-Oct-11 22:54:13

2nd square nearly completed! If I get time I will do another one, but I think I will post this weekend so not stressed over half term grin

TerrysNo2 Tue 18-Oct-11 23:43:34

Just before I buy my wool (I know I said that earlier but then had parents evening and dinner blush), does anyone have any left over which they won't have time to knit? If so do they want to post it to me, happy to pay P&P and contribution. Just not sure if I will have time to do a whole ball and don't like waste!

PM me if so, otherwise I am going to the local knitting shop tomorrow to buy some or online.

Thanks smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 06:42:22

Morning. smile Is is Friday yet?

skinnymuffin - you have every right to be proud of your squares - well done thanks

octopusinabox - I tried moss stitch. I failed grin Is it the same as seed stitch? Only I looked on youtube for a lady to show me how, and even that made me confused What I don't understand and there is discrepancy on this, I understand you do knit one purl one all the way across the row, but when you get onto row two, does a knit stitch sit on top of a knit stitch, and purl on top of purl, or do they sit on top of the other one? Do they alternate across and up the square. I'm not explaining it very well I think. Too early. Zzzzzzzz

androbbob - you are going well too, marvellissimo!

TerrysNo2 - REally sorry, I don't have enough here for a square to pass on to you. Hope you get some of the woolly wool stuff sorted today though.

Is anyone still waiting for wool? I know about Duchesse, we will find out there tomorrow, but PM me if it still hasn't arrived. Thanks

As usual, back at lunchtime brew Cheers!

TheRealMBJ Wed 19-Oct-11 06:50:24

Pisty regarding moss-stitch, when you get to the second (and subsequent) rows a purl sits on top of a purl and a knit on top of a knit. So if you end a row with a knit stitch, you start the next row with a knit stitch. Simple and very effectivesmile

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 07:31:37

Pistey, forget about what stitch should sit on top, blah de blahdy blah. You need an odd number of stitches and, as TheRealMBJ says, if you end with a knit, you start the next row with a knit. Seasy grin

TerryNo2 - we never waste wool! We ask people to include leftovers. It's used for stitching blankets together, edging, flowers, more squares. It gets used.

And no it's not Friday yet. Boo.

I edged half of the blanket last night but don't like it so I'll try again this evening. [Fussy mare]

I've finished my squares too! smile
One with a heart shape, one with a flower and one with 3 stripes of plain knit, stocking stitch, and plain knit again. It was meant to be plain knit but then I randomly started purling! hmm

If the dc both sleep after supermarket shop then I'll parcel them up.

Oh and deramores has 10% off all Debbie bliss wool till 25th if anyone's looking. Their deliver is fast too.

How does it work with the blanket threads - do people ask the bereaved people first if they would like one and then start a new thread? I don't know the protocol, beyond noticing that someone has lost a loved one.

thanks all round to everyone for sterling work on the squares! smile

TerrysNo2 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:10:13

I am pleased to hear there is no waste, environmentally friendly knitters, you lot are right up my street grin

I will buy some today and get knitting when it arrives - that will give me time to finish mine and DS's gloves tonight as we both have one cold hand smile

SoupDragon Wed 19-Oct-11 12:10:48

Not sure how blankets work... Before offering you need to have volunteers for organising and sewing up in place.

rubycon Wed 19-Oct-11 12:15:30

I posted mine off this morning.

Georgimama Wed 19-Oct-11 12:31:11

My wool has arrived from cucumberpatch - thank you to my donor (who has the initials AM).

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 13:29:37

Just popping in to say that in my limited experience of blanket making, a MNetter has approached Pidj and asked if  a blanket could be made for another MNetter. This is what happened for the current project. I then approached Chip  indirectly through this other MNetter. Once the family came back on it, and said they would like to receive one,  we moved forward and started the thread. 

I have already said to Knotty that I would be very happy to do the admin again  if another blanket were to come up. sad But I fully acknowledge that this is very much the lesser part of any blanket. The actual construction is a massive job. Huge. Don't underestimate it! Knotty will be here later and will be able to add more I'm sure. 

I'm not home yet but will be in a bit for the PMs


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 14:28:25

Home now brew sadly no biscuit Keep thinking it's Thursday though, and not sure why confused

TerrysNo2 - for goodness sake finish your gloves! It was fffrrrriiizzzzzzzziiin this morning when I went to work, cold hands are miserable.

Georgimama - marvellous news, you can crack on now grin

PMs to Whenisitmysleepytime, Thzumbazombiewitch and Soupy
Rubycon I look forward to receiving your square
And <arf> at Whenisitmysleepytime randomly purling grin

Thank you Knotty and TheRealMBJ - I shall give moss stitch a whirl. I am now the proud owner of two pairs of 4mm knitting needles, so can chop and change between things, which may well mean I never finish anything blush My current square I'm not sure about, it's very Jack Wills ish and a bit lairy I'm trying three colours in stripes, and I'm not convinced I haven't over gilded the lily somewhat. Also more blooming pesky ends as a consequence of more colours. You live and learn.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 15:14:04

I don't think I've said it all very clearly about the blanket making sad It worries me about the time and energies it takes to actually put one together. The actual construction is incredibly time consuming, and as the blankets get a higher profile, they seem to come relentlessly. Too many lovely people are lost too soon, and we seem to be more aware.

I'm finding it tricky to say what I want to say here sad

greenzebra Wed 19-Oct-11 15:18:49

just to let you know Pistey I have received the wool yay and have started to make the squares, I am going to make a few and then send them to yoou this saturday. So I shall pm you at the end of the week for the address to send them to.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 15:23:01

Brilliant greenzebra - you have a while yet anyway x

Thumby, if you're happy to take on the co-ordination and construction then go ahead and offer.

I'm going to make myself incredibly unpopular here, but oh well...

These blankets take an immense amount of time to construct. I was happy to do that because I was working in a job where I had time to spare. Things have changed, I'm no longer in that position, and I'm really struggling to finish Magic's. I will then have to find time to meet up with Pistey that's definitely not a hardship and put together Chipmonkey's. Knotty is currently making several blankets and organising a raffle, on top of working part time and raising a family.

It's a lovely thing to be able to offer something so lovely to a family suffering so much. But it's only a lovely thought if you are the person willing to put in the time and effort. It's a bit rude to just assume that it will fall into place because you see that an infrastructure is there.

It's incredibly difficult saying No when someone PM's you asking for help. I've had to do it, and DP has had to cope with the moody fall out when I felt guilty - even though he was the one coping with the tears and tiredness because I was overwhelmed. That's nothing compared with what the recipients of the blankets have to face, but it's the truth.

So, if you see someone you think needs a blanket, please have a think about who exactly will be putting the effort in. And what it will cost them...

Ok, shoot me now sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 15:58:45

Not going to shoot you lovely Pidj, and I do understand what you are saying completely.

There are two parts to this. The blankets are truly amazing, knowing Blondes, and seeing how she received hers, and the emotional support she has felt and continues to feel from her woolly hug is immense, a powerful thing. There is no denying that. Blondes was blown away by the fact that MNetters she didn’t know, wanted to show her love and support.

But it genuinely worries me about their construction. Tis almost a full time job in terms of physical and emotional effort. Hours and hours and hours worth. I hate the thought of that being overwhelming for anyone. The blankets are high profile aren’t they? So more requests are made. Have they outgrown themselves? I really really hope not, and that there is a way to move forward.

Definitely not shooting anyone x

The effort put in is what makes them special.

But how the fuck on earth do you decide who gets one and who doesn't? If everyone who posted on Bereavement - and you can't deny that everyone deserves one - got a blanket, we'd all be bankrupt with no fingers. So, it has to be only for posters who are already an active part of the MN community. But who draws the line? And how do you decide where to stop - is it more important to get a blanket out to someone who needs the support, or more important to protect your own health?

TerrysNo2 Wed 19-Oct-11 16:25:55

Maybe the blankets should be made for people who specifically ask or if someone offers it to an MN-er then they must be responsible for co-ordinating it all, including construction (or finding someone willing and able to do so). I can understand there is some emotional blackmail, however unintentional, when someone is asked to provide this role.

Pistey you are doing a fab co-ordination role here and Purple you are very kind to offer the construction. I have never been involved in one of these before and certainly underestimated how much time and effort you have to put in.

I think you are both amazing thanks

TerrysNo2 Wed 19-Oct-11 16:26:31

oops, that was meant to be thanks

thanks Terry. i really don't want to put people off asking. That wasn't my intention. It's just that, now we've started, it's becoming a rolling project. There will always be someone to whom something terrible has happened, and there will always (thankfully) be people who want to help.

TerrysNo2 Wed 19-Oct-11 16:50:31

I don't think anyone will feel that way and I certainly feel more understanding and appreciative of the work you guys put in which is very important. If everyone takes a step back before asking then at least it will make sure that they have really thought about it.

I've always had a philosophy in life that you can always ask for something you want but accept if its a no, so make sure that if anyone asks you and you really can't do it then you say so! smile

SoupDragon Wed 19-Oct-11 18:13:02

I don't know where or how you'd draw a line. My gut feeling is that anyone who loses a child deserves one with no question. other than that... I don't know.

Perhaps this year has just been particularly bad sad

Soupie, I hope so - I'd hate to think that the rate of loss we've experienced on this forum this year was typical sad

I have been wondering about this. This is the first time I have taken part in one, I didn't really know what was involved before but can now see that it is a massive undertaking. I haven't "known" any of the recipients, had assumed that it was people they had known well from whatever area they tended to post in that started them. I can also see that the person who starts it could get overwhelmed if far more offers of help come in than they envisaged. Or if lots more blanket projects start up it would be a shame if compassion fatigue set in and they were not as well supported.

I'm not sure what the answers are, but it has given me a lot of food for thought. Also, huge respect to those of you organising and making the blankets, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

TheRealMBJ Wed 19-Oct-11 18:58:26

I really wondered about this too, with the second blanket. It is something very, very special and unique to MN, but it is a HUGE task. Many people are willing to chip in but ultimately the making up/co-ordinationing are the biggest tasks and they can't fall upon the same people time and again.

Perhaps we should only be doing them for posters who lose their children? (Not that any other loss is less painful or has a smaller impact on the family, but a line must be drawn somewhere) Perhaps they should also only be offered to posters who are known to another MN in person (to avoid emotional trolls)? Perhaps we should get an 'army' of crafters who are willing to do the making up and ask them to be on a rota of some sort? And the nominee must be responsible for co-ordinating/finding a willing co-ordinator?

Perhaps none of these things?

Maybe we should ask MNHQ to do a poll to see what most MNetters think? Perhaps not?

(PS I would be willing to help with the crocheting together, if someone will teach me how to do it properly and perhaps be willing to get together and do tea and cake mornings with me. I have a self taught method that is ok, but isn't nearly professional looking enough for a MN blanket)

So far, blankets have been offered to long-time posters known to many MNers. That's completely not an issue here.

The "problem" if it can be called that is that while there are many posters who know of people who need a blanket, and many who have the time to create a square, there are relatively few who are able/willing to take on the construction side.

I do not regret doing the blankets I've done. At the time, I was bored at work and putting together blankets was something my boss was happy for me to do while there. I will get Magic's finished, just need to get the start of a new job and this stupid cold out of the way - oh and DNephew's coming for half term, which is the same week I start the new job <eek>

We just need folk to have a think and find out about the wider picture before they make suggestions. Knotty and I are swamped, Pistey is shouldering her burden womanfully... Volunteers please! grin

MBJ, I'd prefer to keep it within those who "know" iyswim - I feel uncomfortable enough voicing opinions like this without opening it up to AIBU blush

Coffee and cake are always acceptable - as is a consultancy service wink

SoupDragon Wed 19-Oct-11 19:13:49

Is it possible for different people to sew squares into strips? Would that cut down the load for one person who "only" has to sew the strips into a blanket and edge it?

Bear in mind I've only ever made one blanket smile

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 19:17:12

Evening smile

It has been an issue Pidj and I have discussed fairly recently: how the hell we decide who should get blanket. No real conclusion reached. It is not for us to measure who is more deserving and to be honest, what right have we to do that anyhow. Pain is pain. What has been a deciding factor has been time - it's the only measure we have. Being realistic, what can we achieve, what else is being undertaken.
Currently we have the following projects ongoing:

3 blankets for Magic8 - being put together by Pidj, Ivy and Lydia.

2 blankets, one for Whatevertheweather and one for CheeseandGerkins - being put together by me

the garlands for Cupoftea's girls - me again

the blanket raffle for Winston's Wish - I'm working on the logistics and planning

blanket for Chipmonkey - admin by Piste, team assembly by Pidj and me

We cannot expect people to understand the level of organisation and making behind these projects because up until now we haven't articulated it.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 19:20:43

I haven't finished but it's time to get my two little darlings sorted!

TheRealMBJ Wed 19-Oct-11 19:28:00

Yes, I can see that opening it up may cause a lot of heartache. sad

I am very willing to help (as I've said above) but with a toddler and the immenent delivery of DD cannot take full responsibility for the making up of blankets on my own. I live near(ish) York and would be more than willing to meet up with another MNetter to put squares together over a few mornings.

Soupie, I can't see that cutting down on the work tbh, unless the two people were geographically close. Knotty, Pistey and I have the advantage of being within about 80 miles of each other with half decent train service/roads! The only way that might work is to have one person construct and another edge...

MBJ yours are very very valid reasons, and you should not be disappointed in yourself for not doing more!! or I'll retract your coffee and cake privileges

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 19:42:44

The really positive thing from this afternoon is the frank discussion that has taken place, and Pidj, no blush needed you're amongst friends.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 19:43:28

I want cake!

For Pistey

I'm not sure I could take it if the MN Jury declared IABU on this one wink

To give us an idea, approx how many squares are there going to be in this blanket?

I didn't realise so many were happening, I had been aware of 3 over the last 6 months or so from them coming up in Most Active.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 19:55:20

Bloody Hell Pidj, you make that yourself?!!


TheRealMBJ Wed 19-Oct-11 19:56:24

I do want to help though, because, I really don't want to see compassion fatigue happening and them coming to an end, BUT it really can't go on like this, relying on the same (less than) handful of people doing all the work.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 19:58:19

I think Whatever's blanket is 81 squares...

TheRealMBJ Wed 19-Oct-11 20:02:43

I think that part of the problem is that most confident, experienced crafters are all too aware of just how much work goes into making up a blanket while the rest are largely oblivious.

SoupDragon Wed 19-Oct-11 20:10:06

I am both aware of the amount of work involved yet completely inexperienced and unconfident smile

Edgar's was 5'x5' so 100 squares.

Rinders' and Blondes' ended up 6'x4' so 96 squares each

The raffle blanket is 4'x4', or 64 squares.

Magic's three are also 4'x4'

That's a metric fuckload of generosity from MNers already! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 20:30:32

I shall steal the phrase metric fuckload of generosity Pidj and pass it off as my own grin

I think these blankets are truly amazing, I really do, and will support them in any way I can, be that admin, collection, Parcel Piste in my motorised beast, donating, knitting possibly even one day crochet <arf> But sadly that all falls short of the bit that is needed.

TheRealMBJ Wed 19-Oct-11 21:01:01

Sorry Soupy I didn't mean any insult anyone.

Nope, it's all important!! We just need to spread things out a bit more grin

Also, I'm now known all over mumsnet as the "person who does blankets". Some fucker's nominated me for a Christmas pressie angry very kind of them but I'm just the fronthooker - there's an imperial shitload of people who have contributed to this project, of which I just happen to be the most memorable!

NellVarnishedInAPuffOfSmoke Wed 19-Oct-11 21:04:34

I just want to say thanks to all you co-ordinators, collectors, deliverers and sewing togetherers - you are doing a marvellous job to manage the projects you have already, together with families and work. I know it is an enormous job to sew a blankie together - I barely managed a scarf.

If my sewing together didn't look like it was cobbled together by a hobbit with a blindfold on, then I would gladly do it but it would look a bugger.

I'd better stick to the squares and the lurid flowers. grin

LadyWellian Wed 19-Oct-11 21:04:42

Afraid I also lack both the skills and the time for the assembly (though Pidj I may still take you up on that offer of tea and cake crochet lessons one day).

If this ends up being a burden - which I sense it may be becoming - then we lose the spirit of it a bit. When Edgar's son died it was such an outpouring - we can't become a production line. I can knock up a few squares here and there but if that's actually adding to the stress of the few who have the skills and commitment to assemble the blankets then it's not really helping anyone.

I'm aware this sounds a bit harsh and heartless and isn't probably coming across as I mean it to, but I hope you understand what I mean. We're just a bunch of normal grin folk at the end of the day, not some kind of woolly superheroes.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 21:08:08

Pidj - make up your mind love, are we imperial or metric?!!

I don't think anyone could have foreseen from the first blanket that it would take off the way it has.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 21:10:02

If the blankets were actually sewn together, not hooked, I really could do that bit. Maybe they need to be assembled differently to make them more manageable? Then they could have their crocheted border at the end.

They're hooked together because that's what I find easiest! My hand sewing always comes up too tight. Other things work for other people. There's absolutely no reason why the blankets shouldn't be sewn together.

I'm pretty sure it's possible to knit a border then sew that on? Although tbh, one single line of crochet with a few hearts scattered on it seems easier imo...

angelpantser Wed 19-Oct-11 21:17:23

I can't commit to anything this side of Christmas but would be happy to take a turn on construction in the New Year. Don't know if I'm of the standard to do Pidj's trademark edging but if you're happy with a double crochet edging I'll give it a go.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 21:19:53

Angel, I'm not doing a Pidj's edge either. Picot here!

it's not that hard even i can do it confused

TheRealMBJ Wed 19-Oct-11 21:22:45

Well said LadyWellian if it becomes a 'production line' then the spirit is lost sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 21:23:40

So no reason why they need to be hooked together? Could be done differently to make it more accessible to more volunteers? LIke me?!
That may well help share the load better, more volunteers may come forward... And they don't all need to be done in the same way.

LadyWellian Wed 19-Oct-11 21:24:31

Hahahaha Pidj you should see what happens when I pick up a crochet hook!

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 21:24:33

I really don't think we need to create a thread for general debate though. It needs to be discussed by those who understand what's involved. It'd be far to easy to comment and pass judgement on who should have a blanket without understanding the efforts involved in making that blanket happen.

I actually feel quite uncomfortable about people judging fullstop. It all starts to became impersonal in a bizarre way.

LadyWellian Wed 19-Oct-11 21:26:58

Absolutely, Knotty. Finding it really hard to put my thoughts together on this but you're right on the money there.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 21:30:36

The other trouble is we have sort of become a victim of the success of the blankets.

I honestly don't feel overwhelmed by what I've chosen to take on. However, I had a very realistic idea of what was involved already. The making up is actually not arduous for me. The pressure is from the expectations; from handling people's lovely work and knowing you need to do it justice. self-imposed maybe, but It's a pressure none the less.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 21:35:45

I also feel that although it would be great to have more makers, it could also work against us.

People would see far more blanket threads. Would they start to wash over them? Probably. Not just the issue of compassion fatigue though: the expectations would be far higher to provide a blanket for every one with more to make them. Then we'd be back to needing more crafters to make with the very real possibility of not enough wool and squares to make the blankets with.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 21:38:34

We are never going to keep everyone happy here, as much as we'd love to. If I could make a blanket for everyone, I would. It's not that simple.

OpheliaBumps Wed 19-Oct-11 21:41:18

I've got a good idea of what's involved in construction and gladly volunteer my services for the next blanket. I'd need some guidance for the border as my crocheting's a bit rusty, but it'll soon come back to me.

OpheliaBumps Wed 19-Oct-11 21:45:16

Oops posted too soon. I think there do need to be some criteria around offering blankets to keep it manageable, and to avoid people seeing too many threads and overlooking them so we don't get enough squares.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 21:45:41

Cheers, Ophelia. I know we've 'chatted' about this. That's great.

It's trying to work out what limits (for want of a better word) we need to consider before the projects lose the special element they currently have.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 21:47:06

Such a lot to think about here.

The blankets now have a higher profile as more and more people get involved. More people are aware of bereavement and more people are aware of the blankets. As you say, a victim of their own success. And they are amazing.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 21:49:35

It's 'criteria' that becomes an issue for me.

It's as if we would presume we could measure people's grief on a sliding scale. No, we can't. No we shouldn't.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 21:51:57

I absolutely see what you say about self imposed pressure, I think the hardest to deal with! I don't know how you can improve that for yourself.

But for those contributing the squares there is nothing but gratitude to you Knotty and you Pidj.

I just don't think you can judge one persons grief against another. I don't think that is right.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 21:52:55

x post on that bit there Knotty.

You can't.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 21:55:47

I am quite blown away by how many people want to be involved and support a blanket, its inspirational stuff for a nest of vipers.

At the mo, for Chipmonkey we have 29 donors and 55 crafters. That is just humbling, with squares being made as far away as New Zealand.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 22:03:37

It is humbling. It is wonderful.

Which is why I don't want it tainted.

LadyW, it's probably fairly similar to what happens when I handle knitting needles...

I don't think we can rate grief on a sliding scale. And I'm not sure it's about that - I think it's more about how much the recipient has contributed to MN before the tragedy has struck. How many posters they've advised, how many people genuinely want to do somethign for someone they feel they "know".

Again though, who am I to judge?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 22:05:08

What a terrible shame it would be if the spirit of the blankets was lost.

That's why you cannot start judging one set of circumstances against another. Who could do that?

CannibalBitsArrrgh Wed 19-Oct-11 22:07:29

Just dropping by to let all of you crafters know what a wonderful job you are doing - I was only able to contribute as I neither knit or crochet ....well tell a lie, my nan taught me to knit when I was little but she cast on for me and never taught me how to cast off so I ended up with a veritable Dr Who scarf of epic proportions blush.....I digress

I am astounded at the generosity shown by posters on this site and I'm sure the recipients are so grateful for all the effort and love that is put into each and every square

Well done all of us - crafters and donors alike smile

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 22:08:17

I know what you mean, Pidj.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Oct-11 22:10:03

That's my concern, Pistey. We lose the spirit. And to lose that would make the blankets just blankets.

Yeah, we don't want them turning into somethign you can just buy from a shop - or turning up on Ebay angry

TerrysNo2 Wed 19-Oct-11 22:17:15

Can someone explain the difference between a "donor" and a "crafter" please?

Wool is in the post so FX its here tomorrow and I can get knitting, luckily the MW said today that birth isn't imminent so I should have time before this one arrives grin

For anyone worried about DS's cold hand I have completed his mittens and if you want to see a pic they are here smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 22:19:29

Their spirit is a powerful thing. They give me goosebumps you know.

Each square is made with love for a person that you may well never know or meet. Take the spirit away and they are nothing.

But how do you sustain them at the pace they seem to be reaching?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Oct-11 22:23:05


Donors are lovely people who contribute to the project by donating wool to another. It means that people who don't have knitting or crochet skills can still support the blanket for a family.

Crafters are lovely people who have the time and/or ability to make the actual square. Crafters may well provide their own wool too.

Donors and crafters are a marvellously successful double act!

TerrysNo2 Wed 19-Oct-11 22:26:56

Aha, thanks Piste that makes sense. I don't get to MN sometimes and I only came across this thread because it was in active convos but I will always be happy to donate or craft so if anything is ever needed for other blankets please PM me. I cannot/won't offer my construction skills as frankly I don't have any and it would not do a blanket justice!

OpheliaBumps Wed 19-Oct-11 22:29:32

I agree the 'criteria' can't be around the loss, no-one should decide whether a loss 'justifies' a blanket. I was thinking of MN contributions and whether they are known to other posters. It's harsh, but i think something needs to happen to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue.

Well I'm glad that i caused the discussion to be opened up but sorry that you felt I had been rude, Pidj. I certainly didn't mean to be - I was merely asking how it worked.

As it turns out, I don't believe I would be able to take on a blanket project because I live in Australia - the logistics and postage costs would be horrendous for all concerned. If I lived in the UK, yes sure! But I don't.

I won't interfere again, sorry - but will continue to offer wool when needed.

SoupDragon Thu 20-Oct-11 07:06:45

You weren't interfering! smile

KnottyLocks Thu 20-Oct-11 07:45:42

Oi Thumb! smile
You did what many have done before: raised a story for us to look at. Unwittingly, you opened a debate that was due to happen and needed to happen. You have not interfered. smile

Thank you ladies - I agree it needed to happen smile

KnottyLocks Thu 20-Oct-11 08:27:09

Righty ho, it's off to work I go.

Arse grin

greenzebra Thu 20-Oct-11 08:59:13

Ive just been reading through the debate on here and I just wanted to send you all some wine and thanks blanket making in a big process, I should know I have made a few, (I make one for evey baby I know) and I have made in total 4 blankets over the summer. Most these are crocheted in rows, so dont take as long as crocheting squares together, though I have done one of these this year too, and my didnt it take a long time! I really commend you ladies who have taken it to task to sew them together either with a crochet hook or not. When I did mine they were all edged the squares so it made it easier to put them together so sewing together different squares must be a real undertaking.

I agree with what some of the girls have said, we are not a production line, if we start to produce the same blankets its not the same. Some people contribute so much to this forum that its the people they have touched that decide to pull together to make something or start a collection. Thats what is so nice about it, its done off the bat by people that person has touched in some way. We can't just start to make blankets for everyone.

This is the first blanket I have contributed to, and I only did this because chipmonkeys story touched my heart, as I lost my daughter to stillbirth earlier this year. I have seen the other threads and thought it was a lovely jesture that people were doing this, but I never for a second thought about joining as I didnt know the poster.

I think it needs to stay the way it is at the moment very organic, in its structure. People want to help so they helped, we cant be a production line.

Sorry this is a huge post blush

pistey I have made the squares. did them last night. So can you pm your address to me. thank you.

TheRealMBJ Thu 20-Oct-11 09:06:05

I do agree about the production line thing, but sometimes I thing it is important to highlight just how much responsibility is falling on a few individuals.

I know we all greatly appreciate knotty, pidj and the organisers's efforts but because they have been so willing and able to take in the huge task, they now feels responsibility.

I agree that the organic, individual nature of the blankets are what makes them special.

Hmmm... I don't know.

Sorry Thumby, only about the first sentence of my post was aimed at you, the rest was general blush That'll teach me to put people's names in my posts blush

Just to reiterate - I have never felt unappreciated by all you lovely people. Overwhelmed with too much appreciation and attention, yes, but I think that's probably a good thing blush

S'ok pidj - in the end it was a discussion that needed to be had so we're all clear on the process and how MUCH work it involves. smile

TimeForCake Thu 20-Oct-11 09:57:46

This is extremely difficult isn't it? I agree with many things that have been said, especially about the huge undertaking it must be to construct the final blanket. And yes, it cannot always fall to the same volunteers. There are no easy answers are there?

I would add though, that having first started to contribute to Edgar's blanket and having carried on doing so for a lot of the others, I don't think people only contribute to MNetters they "know". I don't think I had read posts by Edgar, Blondes, Magic or any of the others but felt so desperately sad for them that I wanted to help. Not really relevant I know! I do agree it is most appropriate for regular MNetters though, for want of a better phrase. So hard to be eloquent and concise when typing!
Glad to hear you will be a crochet begonia too Pistey!
thanks to all, as always.

LadyWellian Thu 20-Oct-11 10:02:55

I spent most of last night dreaming about crocheting blankets together, and there was a big line of MNers (obviously my brain had to make up what they looked like) who were our recipients so far.

So no matter what I say, it seems my subconscious thinks I should learn to crochet.

I've been reading along with the debate and it is so tricky balancing all the different needs of all parties involved. I have no answers. Only much admiration for those who put themselves out for someone else. thanks

Lady w - I too had knitting related dreams! Too many ore-bed wooly thoughts I think. Lord only knows how those stitching them up get and wool free dreams! shock

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Oct-11 14:35:04

smile Lunchtime!

I also had woolly dreams last night, one of those busy, confusing ones where you are looking for, but can't find someone, and it was definitely to do with the blankets. I got up this morning feeling quite exhausted! Zzzzzzzzzzzz....

I feel grateful to everyone that this debate is taking place. Lots of interesting views and ideas. Still not sure how it moves on from here.

thanks greenzebra I have PMd you. You surely must knit with the speed of a thousand gazelles grin

thanks TerrysNo2 - PMd you too

fabbychic - the wool is on its way and will be with you tomorrow morning.

TimeForCake - Yes an Absolute Begonia! Going on a four hour crochet course on Saturday. Really not sure how it will go, but I have High Hopes. <arf>

Is anyone still waiting for wool from a donor? Nelly - did any come for you today my lovely?

This is just for Soupy because she is bound to have forgotten.....
Squares for Chipmonkey to me please by Friday 28th October
<arfetty arf>

So hungry now, I need to find nosh or I'll end up eating the cat....

TheRealMBJ Thu 20-Oct-11 15:17:35

Four hour course? You'll be a pro by the end. Hope you enjoy it.

A butcher friend once told me that the difference between a cat and a rabbit is one rib...

greenzebra Thu 20-Oct-11 15:22:50

its takes me about half an hour per square, Im not fast, Im just using one colour, thought some plain squares would look good in the blanket. And the ball only did two squares. sad but its lovely wool, I shall keep it in mind for future projects.

greenzebra Thu 20-Oct-11 15:23:24

oh and crochet is faster.

Must be something in the air I too had dreams about wool!

I was walking through a forest of knitted trees looking for my dd....when I found her she was a knitted rag doll and was carrying dd2 who had turned into a cat.....what make you of that?!

Has anyone asked mnhq if they have any suggestions on finding more volunteers to make up the blankets? It's brilliant as has already been said, that there are so many crafters and donors but we can't expect the same few people to do the hardest task all the time.

KnottyLocks Thu 20-Oct-11 16:28:54

SongBird, it looks very likely I'll being seeing some MNHQ lovely folks next week. Blankets will be discussed as I stuff my face with their cake.

GhoulishGlendaFestersAgain Thu 20-Oct-11 17:16:15

I don't know if it's too late to help anyone, but Kemps Wool shop, online, has a few balls of Cashsoft, in shade Admiral, very cheap indeed here Thats the only shade though, is it too reddish? looks more deep pink to me

Oooo knotty I hope they provide lots of yummy cake smile

The blankets are so amazing I hope a solution is found.

TerrysNo2 Thu 20-Oct-11 20:46:58

4.5 inches down so only 1.5 to go! I think I must be a slow knitter as this is about 2 hours worth for me so far. Is there anywhere I can pick up tips to learn to knit faster?

I have also completely made up my stitch based on a "modified linen stitch" I am doing on a jumper for DH so I hope you will like it! smile

duchesse Thu 20-Oct-11 21:32:41

Thank you, not so mystery donor! One green, one silver arrived some time while I was away- possibly today.

SoupDragon Thu 20-Oct-11 21:40:35

<<scans thread in vain for deadline>>

You know I'll miss the deadline no matter how often you post it. I'm crap at deadlines. grin

LadyWellian Thu 20-Oct-11 21:50:29

Soupy I think it's 5 November?


SoupDragon Thu 20-Oct-11 21:55:14

Fabulous. 8th Nov it is then.


Duchesse - hurrah! thanks for letting me know. smile

mothmagnet Thu 20-Oct-11 23:34:01

If the blankets could be sewn together, I'd be able to help put a section together - with instructions if possible smile.
I've sewn blankets together before and know it's such a huge task, let alone if you feel the responsibility of everyone's work.

Maybe there could be a central coordinator who could receive and sort the squares into good 'sets' and then send them out in blocks of twenty - thirtyish, then the parts sent back for final assemblage? I know it's still a lot of work but may help. Also, there's the issue of postage (a fund?) and the crocheted edges, which I'm not sure about.

I think the blankets are brilliant and am amazed to read here how many have been made and are under construction by so few people.

The edging is very simple, it just looks complicated written down angry wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Oct-11 07:41:10

Whirls in.... rushing like mad
Wow! No PMs for me to reply to... I don't believe it!
Whirls out again....

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Oct-11 08:19:47

The edging is the easiest bit...if you can crochet grin

For example, last night I undid the two sides of edging I'd done on WTW's blanket then redid them. It's the quickest bit.
Putting the squares together is more time-consuming as often 6" varies quite a bit grin. The squares also have different tensions and stretch differently so a bit more of a challenge.

To be honest, I wouldn't feel great about half done blankets being sent across the country. It makes me twitchy! We had a near disaster with Edgar's blanket when Parcelforce lost it. It did turn up, but without packaging, in a dusty old warehouse. It could have been lost forever or damaged. There have also been incidents of squares going astray. Don't want to risk it too often.
So far, we have delivered the blankets and the quilt by hand, often using a relay if necessary. It's taken some organisation but we didn't want the stress and upset of a missing blanket on our hands.
Pistey has the delivery sorted for this one. I'm delivering WTW's and will organise Cheese's.

Also, people work differently. Which is great on separate blankets, but more complicated if working on the same one. If people want to work together, I really do think the best way would be to actually get together to do it. Like Pidj and I will do for this blanket. Unless one puts it together then one edges.

Still have the additional transportation issue.

I'm of the 'minimise trips, minimise risk' mindset.

NellVarnishedInAPuffOfSmoke Fri 21-Oct-11 09:16:02

Pistey my woollywool has just arrived with the postie this merry morn - one ball of cream and one luscious purply pink so I will get cracking on it now.

thanks to my lovely mystery wool donor whoever you are!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Oct-11 19:31:13


Evening all.

It is a happy thought that it is Friday wine Cheers everyone!
And good news more of the woolly stuff has arrived today. Marvellous. How appropriate Nelly that your squares will be purplicious smile

Beautiful squares arriving today...

thanks to MaudLebowski you say you are a beginner, well your square is just lovely...


thanks to SkinnyMuffin - marvellous, many thanks to you....


thanks to Rubycon (Crafter) and Spiderslegs (donor) - gorgeoise


thanks to Whenisitmysleepytime
Your pesky ends is WELL sorted girl <arf>
And thank you for my chocolate treat <chomp> x


<keels over>

Pancakeflipper Fri 21-Oct-11 19:45:23

My wool arrived yesterday and it is gorgeous. Off to get knitting. If you see me waffling on any threads tonight - kick my arse and tell me to get back to the wool.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Oct-11 19:47:44

Get back to your wool!!!
<kicks Pancakeflipper's arse>

and passes wine to accompany knitting.....

Glad my squares arrived OK!!

Fab! Glad the squares arrived. For once royal mail deliver something quickly!

Bloody knackered here after epic day of teething from dd and over tired silliness from the rest of the family.

wine all round I think. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Oct-11 20:09:38

Knotty I do agree completely that it is better to avoid posting blankets or blanket squares around the country where possible, although obviously squares need sending in initially. But it is very risky, and they are too precious to take additional unnecessary risks. The outcome of Edgar's blanket saga could have easily been so very different.

One square has already gone missing on this project, and wool has failed to arrive from donors.sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Oct-11 20:22:30

I have mastered stripes!

Go me.

Although I think I will always have a tendency to tangle......

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Oct-11 20:29:08

And that's just in your own head.

NellVarnishedInAPuffOfSmoke Fri 21-Oct-11 21:16:11

Oooh well done Pistey. You have more patience than me, I can't be doing with knitting, takes too long.

Wool is indeed purplicious, and so snugglesome. I've done three grannies tonight so far, sans wine as I've got to go and get Mum's Taxi out. Grrr.

skinnymuffin Fri 21-Oct-11 21:45:45

So glad to hear my squares have arrived smile [Thanks] again to my donor.

I was a bit worried at the Post Office because the man insisted I could leave the parcel on my side of the window, not his, to be collected. I was a bit worried it would get nicked!

Anyway, hope they'll do. I'm no expert but hopefully they will provide a plain backdrop so the lovely fancy ones can stand out more <hopeful>...

skinnymuffin Fri 21-Oct-11 21:49:00

Does thanks not work with a capital T??? Chuh!

thanks to my donor. And while I'm back thanks Piste too. I'm really annoyed now I didn't think to pop some chocolate in for you, what a brilliant idea! I had some buttons in my bag too. Unfortunately I've since eaten them myself... <tries to look repentent. Fails>

SoupDragon Fri 21-Oct-11 22:46:22

<<ponders postability of homemade brownies>>
<<decides chances of survival are poor>>
<<scoffs whole tray>>


I'm probably arriving to this far too late to be useful but .... if it's not too late I'd love to do some squares....particularly if there is wool looking for a good home! I contributed to a couple earlier this year but then had some time off MNet so have missed the recent ones.

Alambil Sat 22-Oct-11 00:17:22

knitter the deadline for squares is next friday, I believe ....

am just glad the first class post actually worked... I can't wait to see what magic happens with the wools I sent!

Thanks lewisfan. I think I have some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK lurking in my wool box so I'll get going on that... I should be able to do 2-3 before middle of next week when they'll need posting...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Oct-11 07:02:42

Morning brew Cheers!

I could have had a lie in today, but I've woken up bloomin early <grumble grumble> Why does that happen?!

Thank you so much KnitterNotTwitter - lovely to have you here.

<passes indigestion tablets to a groaning Soupy>

Morning all!

Knitter, I assumed you'd namechanged and were still around blush hope everything's ok?

Skinny, that's exactly the right theory - 100 very fancy cableknit lah-di-dah squares would look like a right old mess. We need plain ones!!

KnottyLocks Sat 22-Oct-11 13:28:47

Hello, lovely wooly folk grin

TimeForCake Sat 22-Oct-11 15:44:00

Pistey how was your crochet course? Are you now able to produce amazing things at the flick of a hook? envy

KnottyLocks Sat 22-Oct-11 15:45:15

She'll be reporting in very soon, no doubt. I'm awaiting a photo at the mo!

TimeForCake Sat 22-Oct-11 16:11:34

I shall look out for a progress report with attached photographic evidence then! smile

KnottyLocks Sat 22-Oct-11 16:13:05

She'll be making undergarments next lesson. Such progress! The woman's a genius.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Oct-11 16:30:35

Knotty, stop it! grin

It was really good and I loved it, even though the lady said I was a loose hooker.......

No one else on the course found that nearly as funny as I did! It will make me titter for long while yet grin

But my brain is so very tired from all that counting and concentration. Zzzzzzzzz Bloomin hard work - respect to all you crocheteers!!

This morning, when I had the lady on call, I could do double and treble crochet and something with holes in, the holes being there by design. Whether I can ever do it again will be the test. And I made a circle thing of which I am inordinately proud.

So Cakey - yes I can certainly flick my hook, not sure how effectively!

KnottyLocks Sat 22-Oct-11 16:37:18

<runs for cover>

TimeForCake Sat 22-Oct-11 16:46:41

Fab. Well done you loose hooker, you!
No way I'd have kept a straight face either! <snigger>
I managed to make a roundy circle thing too and I love it, but it was far more by chance than design and I don't really know how I did it! smile

Must be time for a sit down and brew then after all your efforts.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Oct-11 17:03:45

<Lets Knotty get away. This time> grin

Cakey - I was giggling so much inside that my tummy hurt!

NellVarnishedInAPuffOfSmoke Sat 22-Oct-11 18:33:51

Oh Pistey, you really have to name change now, if only to make me chuckle when I see LooseHooker pop up. grin I was once told I was a ShamefulWoman by an Indian fortune teller in Delhi once. never a truer word was spoken. But I digress.

I am here to tell you that I have had half a bottle of wonky neck wine and cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the forthcoming granny squares that will be coming your way.

I've had a hard day. It was medicinal. Honest.


RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Sun 23-Oct-11 07:01:35

Morning brew

What do you think Nelly? <twirls>

<arf> at Shameful Woman grin

Even though I am a Loose Hooker, I have been given a pattern for a Granny Square although at the moment it is totally beyond me. And to those who say crochet is quicker, well I say, I beg to differ!

But I am going to try and make a square, but quite possibly the first time, I shall just attempt one in double crochet... What I may resort to is photographing one that arrives here and passing it off as my own grin

When you are ready for posting, PM me for the address Squares for Chipmonkey are coming here just until Knotty&Pidj are ready to hook this blanket together and that is a real treat as I get to see how gorgeoise everything is!


KnottyLocks Sun 23-Oct-11 07:49:06

Clarsy name there, Pistey grin

I've finished edging WTW's blanket.

Now all I need to do is find my camera, some batteries, the leads and set up a Flicker account. I believe that may actually take longer than putting the blanket together. [techno thicko]

Love your new name and the story behind it, made me snigger grin I could not have kept a straight face at all if that had been said to me. I've finished one ball of wool and will start the second tonight when dd's are asleep so should be ready to post by Tuesday at the latest.

I want to learn to crochet now

<<goes off in search of YouTube tutorials>>

Pistey - you do realise you'll get parcels addressed to 'loose hooker' now! grin

GhoulsGhouls Sun 23-Oct-11 08:58:59

Pistey to me you will always be a Top Hooker

I have finished one square, and hope to get another one done in the next day or two. Where shall I send it. I am itching to write Loose Hooker on the envelope. Arf.

KnottyLocks Sun 23-Oct-11 09:23:38

Imagine having to collect that from the sorting office grin

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Sun 23-Oct-11 09:39:52


RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Sun 23-Oct-11 09:40:35


NellVarnishedInAPuffOfSmoke Sun 23-Oct-11 09:44:58

It suits you to a T, you loose hooker you. grin

Good luck with your square, you'll be fine, once you get the hang of it, it's easy, honest. It must be if I can do it.

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Sun 23-Oct-11 20:21:30


I've replied to all the PMs from today, many thanks to everyone. Looks like lots more squares will soon be on their way. Marvellous. Im really looking forward to seeing them. smile

Which reminds me I need to actually finish mine blush

purple... nope still here but I had a break from MNet after my termination in March so missed a few blankets!

Have ordered lots of lovely wool (any excuse) and it should arrive today or tomorrow smile

Pancakeflipper Mon 24-Oct-11 10:37:19

When is it the deadline for me to put them in the envelope?

* ta RatherBeonthePiste for the virtual wine, it was virtualluy gorgeous*

greenzebra Mon 24-Oct-11 10:42:49

the package is going to be winging its way to you today loosehooker I addressed it to Ms Pistey, shame I didnt see you name change Ms Loosehooker would look wicked on the package.

I managed to get three squares done out of one ball of wool, you dont have to to use them all. There is also a card in there for chipmonkey.

<Gentle hug for Knitter>

I'm very glad you're able to join us again smile

miniwedge Mon 24-Oct-11 13:48:39

Hi all. Well I have done a few squares now, I'll be able to post on Friday when I can get to the po so will be with you sat.

Um, having a slight crisis, whilst I, aware that size really shouldn't matter, in this case I rather fear it does......
Will you be able to border or use some sort of magic spell if my squares are a bit , um, lacking?

Have been casting on 33 and then knitting 33 ish rows.

Yours hopefully,

Mini wedge x

I thought I'd post in here, too, as all the crafters seem to have gathered here..

Photos of Magic8 blanket No1

I want to help with these blankets, too, but I am so snowed under with stuff at the moment... ahh what the heck, who do I pm?

miniwedge Mon 24-Oct-11 13:56:18

Oh beautiful blanket! Thank you for posting those pictures ivy. smile

BecauseImAWerewolefIt Mon 24-Oct-11 14:16:48

Wow - that is absolutely stunning.

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Oct-11 14:35:31

Mini, we can put a crochet edge on your squares, if we need to.

For future reference, although we suggest casting on 33 to start with, to a get a 6" square most people have to knit 42-46 rows.

GhoulsGhouls Mon 24-Oct-11 15:28:31

Did I see somewhere, or have I imagined it (crosses fingers) that you would rather not have the squares blocked?

Georgimama Mon 24-Oct-11 15:36:38

ooh blanket looks lovely.

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Oct-11 16:08:51

Jules, you did not imagine it grin Generally it is easier to hook the squares together if they aren't blocked. BUT I did have a couple of blocked squares on WTW's blanket that were fine. It really depends on the tension. If you've blocked them, it's not a problem.

ShakeThyGoryKnottyLocks Mon 24-Oct-11 19:17:56

Some pics of Whatevertheweather's blanket here on Flickr

I'm hoping to add another set for Cupoftea's garlands and Cheese's blanket as I go...which is very slowly nowas it's half-term grin

HowlmoaneeChainClanger Mon 24-Oct-11 19:51:14

Can i just ask - do all the squares submitted for each blanket get used for that blanket, or do they get carried over for another one?

Wow! Well done ladies those blankets look amazing!!!!
You are very talented!
Hope they bring some comfort.

BecauseImAWerewolefIt Mon 24-Oct-11 19:58:10

You are all so, so clever. Those blankets are works of art.

NellVarnish Mon 24-Oct-11 19:59:05

Oh those blankies are FABULOUS! You have done a wonderful job hooking them together. I am in awe of everyone's squares, they're fantastic, with initials and angels and allsorts. Marvellisimo!

I'm sure they will be treasured.

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Mon 24-Oct-11 20:07:41

The blanket is just beautiful. Absolutely lovely. A big woolly hug for Whatever.

Well done everyone for totally gorgeoise squares, you are all so bloomin clever! And thanks to you Knotty for hooking it together x

LadyWellian Mon 24-Oct-11 20:08:21

Beautiful work, all, and sublime hooking grin

I sense there may be more than one MNer out there who has the same book of knitted squares as me.

If the person who did the diagonal square with the two hearts on it is watching, I demand you share the pattern with me. Please.

Knotty is that Banquo? English literature is so long ago now.

CuntryManner Mon 24-Oct-11 20:23:18

Knotty & Piste (parcel piste!) have sent you a text message.

Wow, gorgeoise pics indeed!

Howl, we make every attempt to use the squares for the person they were knitted for. Don't forget there are three blankets for Magic on the go - Lydia and I haven't done any pics yet blush

LadyW I very much am might be mistaken but I think it's on

bushymcbush Mon 24-Oct-11 21:48:54

Are you certain you don't want them blocked? My squares have gone all rolled up at the edges blush and I thought blocking would fix it, though I haven't done it yet.

Also please remind me of the deadline, and how do I find out where to send them?

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Mon 24-Oct-11 21:50:27


Evening and cheers! wine wine wine wine

I have responded to all PMs and texts. Many thanks everyone.

Deadline for squares to me is this Friday please grin
Please PM me for the address when you are ready.


Bushy, blocking makes the little holes between yarn smaller (slightly) so it can be harder to get a hook through to attach them together. The squares get pulled into shape because they're surrounded by friends smile

androbbob Mon 24-Oct-11 22:22:39

My precious squares were released into the big wild world today (well packaged up carefully and send to pistey via Royal Mail). I do hope they arrive ok. I did get a bit worried when I read earlier in the thread that pistey was planning on kidnapping some granny squares and passing them off as her own, as two of my three are granny squares, but then I remembered how bad the first one is blush. They are a lovely sade of deep purple / plum colour - so beware!!

androbbob Mon 24-Oct-11 22:23:43

Also I do not have a clue what 'blocking' is, but I did sew in the ends of the squares grin

Don't, whatever you do, google it. It's worse than dragon butter. It involves <shudder> <whisper> ironing <goes off to have scalding hot bath and get clean again>

ShakeThyGoryKnottyLocks Mon 24-Oct-11 22:46:16

Welli, it is indeed Macbeth when he see's Banquo's ghost grin

duchesse Mon 24-Oct-11 22:54:47

Must say I'm intrigued by the new spelling of gorgeous that's evolving on this thread. Is it a term of a appreciation for a particularly beautiful shade of greeny-blue?

<slinks back under stone and resumes knitting>

ShakeThyGoryKnottyLocks Tue 25-Oct-11 07:56:43

Duchesse, it's because of Pistey: she's posh.

GhoulsGhouls Tue 25-Oct-11 08:25:00

Ah, a Posh Hooker well that's a completely different thing grin

We are the Gorgeoisie. Middle class and making beautiful things grin

<orf with their heads>

skinnymuffin Tue 25-Oct-11 18:49:42

Oh I love that! Gorgeoisie! I am shamelessly pinching that word, pidj thanks

It's Pistey Loosey Hooker's word, I just added the definition wink

OpheliaBumps Tue 25-Oct-11 21:06:23

LooseHooker there are 2 squares on the way to you, with a little treat for you inside as well.

I don't know how I went wrong with my tension, both are an official pattern but they came out different sizes - not drastically and I'm sure they can be teased into shape when they're hooked together, but I was rather mortified when I realised.

Lesson for next time - don't mix diagonal increase/decrease style squares with cast on 33 sts & knit style squares grin

Right, back to the moomaids I've promised to make for the DTs!

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Tue 25-Oct-11 22:24:10

I'm loving getting woolly packages grin And the two today were so beautifully and securely packed up for their journey, it took me a while to get in to them!

thanks to androbbob, your Three Musketeers have arrived safely and are totally gorgeoise, in fact too gorgeoise for me to attempt to kidnap and pass off as my own <sigh> There will be a home for the flower too I'm sure, that is really cute.

thanks to GetOnYourDancingShoes - wow you have been so busy shock You must surely knit with the speed of a thousand gazelles! Beautiful colours too. Fab-U-Lously gorgeoise.

The deadline for squares is Friday, PM me when you are ready to post

Cheers wine

TerrysNo2 Tue 25-Oct-11 22:29:40

Was one of them mine? Just want to know its made its way safely to you!


PS - not read back all but assuming you are the artiste formally known as Pistey?? smile

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Tue 25-Oct-11 22:34:17

grin why yes tis me, Pistey!

TerrysNo2 - Not had your parcel yet, I imagine it will come tomorrow x

trumpton Wed 26-Oct-11 07:31:52

2 cabled squares done and ready to post. The third is proving to be a tricksy little swine so may be abandoned and will do a simpler one. Anyhoo will get them in post by tomorrow. I have been away and couldn't take knitting but am back and raring ti knit.

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Wed 26-Oct-11 09:22:10

grin at tricksy little swine!

androbbob Wed 26-Oct-11 10:28:22

pistey surely you could pretend my first one was yours, until you have a proper go and find that actually your own creations are more gorgeoise than mine grin.
Your admin skills need applauding. clap clap

GhoulishGlendaFestersAgain Wed 26-Oct-11 15:50:51

posted mine today, should be with you tomorrow smile

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Wed 26-Oct-11 17:28:58


Evening. smile

A right flurry of woolly parcels arrived today, but I swear our post is getting later and later, DS said it arrived at 2. That's late isn't it?!

Lots of thank yous today

thanks to TarquinGyrfalcon, beautiful pink crochet, totally gorgeoise...

thanks to ToriaPumpkinLantern, gorgeoise and lovely colours, and don't worry about not blocking, I think Knotty said Knot to?

thanks to DontCallMeBaby - they are more than OK, they are gorgeoise!! And don't worry, the squares get pulled into shape because they're surrounded by friends grin

thanks to OpheliaBumps - gorgeoise squares, I love the hearts, and I loved the chocolate treat - many thanks, big yum x

Then I have two anonymous parcels.....
thanks to whoever sent three gorgeoise green crochet squares. I think from what was said earlier in the thread, that these are from greenzebra Am I right? I will make sure the card gets to Chipmonkey for you.

And more thanks to whoever sent gorgeoise green, pink and silver squares from north of the border, just lovely.


Just bumping the pictures of the Blanket for Whatevertheweather here on flikr......

RatherBeKnownAsALooseHooker Wed 26-Oct-11 17:57:40

A stupid question coming up blush

If you want to do a 6" square of double crochet, do you make a chain to start that is 6" ?

There, I said it was stupid!

Only I did, and now by row three it has shrunk to 4" And I thought I was supposed to be a loose hooker grin

<reaches for the gin>

TimeForCake Wed 26-Oct-11 18:12:40

I hope that gin will be passed round! That is exactly what was happening to me Pistey. It's not quite so