A Blanket for WubblyBubbly's family: knitters, crocheters and donors sign up here.

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KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 19:47:10

We have heard the very sad news that our own lovely WubblyBubbly passed away very peacefully this week, after two years living with breast cancer. MrWubbly let us know on this thread, where many have expressed their condolences and shared their memories of Wubbly.

We have offered to make a blanket for MrWubbly and their son, Lawrie. MrWubbly has said that both he and Lawrie would love this and they are very touched by the idea. We hope that it may bring whatever comfort it can to them both.

So, we need knitters, crocheters and donors. If you would like to donate wool, then we can match you up with a crafter.

RatherBeOnThePiste will coordinate and match crafters and donors, and deal with the admin side. I'll try to answer any queries you may have and will put together the blanket.

If you would like to be involved in any way, please post on this thread and PM Pistey with your offers: crafting, donating, need wool, etc, and she will match you up.
If you are offering to donate, we would be grateful if you would let us know if you'd like to donate 1 or 2 balls of wool. They cost roughly £5 per ball.

Crafters, if you need wool please let Pistey know if you'd like 1 or 2 balls of wool.
One ball should make at least 2 x 6" squares.

Thank you all so very much thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 19:48:56

The wool we are using is:

* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (NOT the baby cashmerino)

* or Rowan Cashsoft DK.

They are very similar and can be combined.

* 4mm knitting needles or hooks

* cast on 33 stitches (this is a guide for less experienced knitters)

* 6" squares

The Colours:

Blues, warm purples, greens, silver/ greys and cream

(we’re avoiding yellow or pink this time)

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 19:50:00

Ideas for squares:

Wubbly had a dream/vision, which I hope MrWubbly won’t mind me mentioning here:

“When we die that is what we become, millions of dust particles. And that we go back to earth in a million different places to sit on top of mountains, become snow flakes and grains of sand. We become a part of earth. We really never leave. "

* With that in mind, any motifs of the natural world and from Wubbly’s vision would be very special to the family.

* Also the initials W for Wubbly and Wendy, D for David and L for Lawrie.

*MrWubbly has also said that Lawrie loves Cars and a programme called The Octonatuts (it’s all about sea life and his favourite characters are Kwazii and Peso).

Please don’t feel daunted by these ideas as we really love plain squares and simple textures too. They look as stunning as the more complex squares and actually play a vital role in the overall effect.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-Feb-12 19:52:28

Well done Knotty. Such sad news, but I am very glad we are making this blanket for Wubbly's family - a big woolly hug from us all x

WhoremoaneeGrainger Wed 22-Feb-12 19:54:09

Am happy to knit again, no probs, but could use a donor (or two?) so will PM Pistey.

Thanks ladies for co-ordinating again.

roguepixie Wed 22-Feb-12 19:55:14

Am PM'ing Pistey.

WhoremoaneeGrainger Wed 22-Feb-12 19:58:42

Have PM'd you Pistey grin

PurplePidjin Wed 22-Feb-12 20:06:46

I'm in. Is there support for a Blanket Knit and Natter if I organize one?

I've PM'd you Pistey!

Loganberry Wed 22-Feb-12 20:14:37

Have PM'd you, Pistey

Rudawakening Wed 22-Feb-12 20:16:15

I'm in, PM'ing pistey now.

Jux Wed 22-Feb-12 20:16:17

I'll do one, and dd has said she'd like to, too. Have PMd OnthePiste.

roguepixie Wed 22-Feb-12 20:20:00

PurplePidjin, I'll join a knit and natter thread if there is one.

PurplePidjin Wed 22-Feb-12 20:23:29

I shall start one then smile

Just didn't want it to be me and my crochet hook and a bucket of weak coffee at Watford Services or somesuch wink

Thumbwitch Wed 22-Feb-12 20:24:07

Am quite happy to donate wool again, as even though I will be in the UK, I can just imagine me failing utterly to complete a square in time (looks guiltily at the sleeveless jumper for DS that's been on the needles for the last 2 years awaiting completion).

these are the octonauts - Kwazi is a kitten and Peso a penguin (DS loves it too) and they work out of an octopus shaped lab under the sea.

Are snowflakes an option? I guess easier to crochet than knit? I loved Wubbly's vision, it was so beautiful.

PMing you, Pistey.

Any idea of time scale yet or am I being premature? And are we contacting Lydia re. wool, or shall I go where I've gone before? I was paying full whack there anyway (Café Knit) so am happy to pay Lydia the full cost - just need to be able to pay online by credit card, not Paypal.

SpannerPants Wed 22-Feb-12 20:30:28

I've got a square on the go already! Will PM OnThePiste too.

SoupDragon Wed 22-Feb-12 20:32:38

I can offer my hooker skills [snigger]

Happy to have whatever quantity of wool smile

PurplePidjin Wed 22-Feb-12 20:33:41


Knit and Natter thread thanks

PurplePidjin Wed 22-Feb-12 20:34:13
mumatron Wed 22-Feb-12 20:36:36

I would love to donate again.

pistey can you pm me please? I'm on my phone for a while as dp sorts out the new pc and it doesn't give me the pm option.

I can either send someone two balls or can put a tenner in the post. I don't mind.

I have sent PM

Alambil Wed 22-Feb-12 20:40:45

I can crochet (I have been practicing)

I will pm pistey

hairypotter Wed 22-Feb-12 20:41:22

I'm here. Still can't knit but happy to send money for wool again. Will pm Pistey.

Count me in.
Pistey I'm just about to pm you

angelpantser Wed 22-Feb-12 20:46:42

I have been directed over here from the original thread. I am happy to make some squares.

In addition I have just won an ebay auction for ten balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino shade 029 (Lime Green). When it arrives I can post out 4 or 5 balls for 1/10 of what I paid +P&P. Not sure how much P&P will work out but the cost of the wool works out at £2.40 per ball.

Will PM Pistey too.

Not able to knit - how do you donate for a square?

PurplePidjin Wed 22-Feb-12 20:48:14


PurplePidjin Wed 22-Feb-12 20:49:44

Mumble, pm Pistey. She'll match you to a crafter, send you their address, you buy the wool and have it sent. All anonymously using nicknames smile

Alambil Wed 22-Feb-12 20:50:32

please may I ask how old Lawrie is? Do we think he'll be "in" to Octonauts for long? <has a Grand Master Plan she is developing...>

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 20:56:54


Lawrie is only 5, bless him.

Alambil Wed 22-Feb-12 20:57:48

oh goodness sad

AmberLeaf Wed 22-Feb-12 20:57:49

PM sent to Pistey

PurplePidjin Wed 22-Feb-12 20:58:44

Sea Life is sea life, surely? <not sure of ability to crochet specific characters>

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 21:00:24

I think anything sealifey would be lovely.

It also fits together nicely with the nature ideas.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 21:02:09

I think it would be fairly straightforward to crochet separate jellyfish, octopus and fish and stitch them onto plain squares.

<reaches for the stars>

angelpantser Wed 22-Feb-12 21:02:59

Oh sweet boy. sad My DS is 5 and into the Octonauts too, especially Kwazii. I like Peso.

sodapops Wed 22-Feb-12 21:05:40

Count me in as a knitter.

I will buy my own wool and am happy to knit for others if you have a surplus of donors.

knittertwitter Wed 22-Feb-12 21:15:49

Hi, I remember making squares for blankets when at school (long time ago, lol)
We used to knit them diagonally, they kept there shape better.

So instead of casting on 33 stitches say, you start with one stitch and increase a stich each row till you get to the middle, then decrease a stitch each row till your left with the last one. I never learnt to knit properly but i found this way easier than having to cast on and cast off. And the squares were more hardwearing done this way, whichever way they got streched. Hope this helps.

MilkNoSugarAndAShotofWhisky Wed 22-Feb-12 21:16:04

Count me in, I can send wool to a knitter

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 21:21:02

Knitter, we'll take squares knitted anyway smile

We've had diagonal knits in the past.

The way the blankets are constructed using a double crochet join helps the blankets to keep a reasonable shape we hope

Hello, Milky smile Lovely to see you.

Kayzr Wed 22-Feb-12 21:25:34

I would like to knit a square or 2. I have only just really got into knitting but could easily manage some squares. I will PM Piste now.

mumatron Wed 22-Feb-12 21:27:50

I've just ordered the wool, it should be with my knitter by the weekend.

Big thank you to those organising and the person knitting or crocheting for me.

Piste I have pm-ed you, I can knit a square or two

DickSwivellersTidyWife Wed 22-Feb-12 21:50:28

Hejhog has cashmerino dk at 4.34 a ball in some nice colours, free delivery if you spend over £24 I think - I have used them before, delivery tends to be slow sometimes but they are very good. If anyone else spots any bargains for the wool can we please add them? Have PM'd Pistey too twice sorry

Loganberry Wed 22-Feb-12 21:51:25

With regards to the squares being 33 stitches across, is that knitting in stocking stitch or garter stitch?

TerrysNo2 Wed 22-Feb-12 22:00:10

I'd be happy to knit a square or two but on mat leave so can't really afford to be buying wool at the moment. PM me if anyone wants to donate and I'll get knitting.

Great work on organising again Pistey and Knotty thanks

DickSwivellersTidyWife Wed 22-Feb-12 22:00:44

Can I ask a picky wool question - I know it needs to be DB cashmerino not baby cashmerino.

But the Rowan Cashoft DK and Baby Cashsoft DK are the same fibre blend and same meterage as each other - will either of the rowan ones do? McADirect has some light blue on offer and free delivery over £10

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 22:09:39


we've just used that as a basic guide for less experienced knitters. It all depends on tension really. It's possible that you may need a few more stitches for stocking stitch than garter as it seems a bit tighter when finished.

Kayzr Wed 22-Feb-12 22:11:57

That's a point. Does it have to be stocking stitch or garter? I can do both so it's not a problem either way.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 22:14:44


if you PM Pistey, she'll match you with a donor who'll get wool to you. Thanks.

DSTW, normally the 'baby' wools tend to be thiner even though they say they're DK. I haven't felt the Baby Cashsoft so can't be sure though.
When in doubt, we'd prefer to stick with what we know works. Hope that's ok.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 22:15:59


any stitch you like, any pattern you like, any texture you like...

as long as it's 6" square at the end.

OpheliaBumps Wed 22-Feb-12 22:17:11

I'll do a couple of squares, and can provide my own wool, I'll pm pistey too.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 22:18:23

IHere are some pics of two of the blankets recently made so you can see what I mean:

Blanket Projects

DickSwivellersTidyWife Wed 22-Feb-12 22:20:44

Octopus square pattern Looks ideal, not tested it personally though

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 22:23:01

oooo, that looks lovely. Good find!

DickSwivellersTidyWife Wed 22-Feb-12 22:29:32

I am a master of Google <bows>

DonkeyTeapot Wed 22-Feb-12 22:34:12

Have PM'd Pistey, will get some yarn ordered.

trumpton Wed 22-Feb-12 22:39:19

Have also PM'd Pistey and have ordered 2 balls and will get knitting.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 22:42:44

thanks to everyone.

I know Pistey is PMing like mad between G&Ts. smile

Kayzr Wed 22-Feb-12 22:45:53

This is my first MN blanket. It's a lovely thing you are organising. smile

DillyTante Wed 22-Feb-12 22:48:29

I can crochet but could do with a donor. Will pm.

Kayzr, its my first one too

Well done to the organisers x

i have PMed RatherBeOnThePistesmile

i am going the wool shop on saturday afternoon so i will got some cashsoft (they dont sell non baby cashmerino for some obscure reasonhmm) ahh well i will get the right stuff from somewheregrin my sister and mum will both knit some toosmile

MumToTiny Wed 22-Feb-12 22:53:50

Have PM'd Pistey. So sad sad but what a lovely thing to be part of.

Moodykat Wed 22-Feb-12 23:06:13

Have PM'd. So sad. Poor Lawrie.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-Feb-12 23:06:49

I'm afraid bed is calling as it's work tomorrow.

I will check in before I go and will sneak a peak during the day.

Please post any questions you have and we'll answer them as soon as we can.

The response so far has been amazing.

You little [stars].


Hey - Have PM'ed Pistey...

Have enough wool left over from the last blanket to contribute a few squares - just need reminding of the address and the deadline (and I'll do my best to actually send squares in before the deadline this time!)

VeryLittleGravitas Thu 23-Feb-12 00:00:20

I have 3 squares already(forgot to post them last time)...will order some more wool and look for fishy themed crochet patterns.

I also have an amigurumi Professor Inkling (2 inches tall) that I made last year who needs a loving home.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 00:48:01

<Tiptoes in>

Have returned all PMs. My box is empty grin For the time being at least!

What an amazing response, am totally blown away and humbled by it. Thank you to everyone thanks

I've also been through the original thread and sent PMs to all those who offered help on there too, didn't want anyone to get left behind.

Definitely bedtime. But thank you. Night all.

NannyPlumIsMyMum Thu 23-Feb-12 00:53:57

I would love to donate some wool.
This is very close to my heart.
I will pm Piste ...

AmberLeaf Thu 23-Feb-12 01:07:38

Well done Pistey!

My knitter/crocheters wool is on its way, should be with her by the weekend hopefully.

ripsishere Thu 23-Feb-12 06:22:38

I am going to ask a wolef to do mine, she'll send them on.
Thanks for the PM and the organising.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 06:50:24

brew Morning

I have PM'd you NannyPlum - just waiting for a couple of addresses.

and ripsishere - many thanks, I PMd her too to point her over to this thread, that is brilliant though, many thanks.

and deafworm - just replied to you, many thanks.

Am off to work this morning but back at lunchtime. I will respond to all PMs as soon as I get home, please no one think I'm ignoring you if you don't hear from me straight away!


Deafworm Thu 23-Feb-12 06:51:19

I've pm'd piste and am volunteering to knit, I haven't been involved before but I'd like to, would it be ok if I got dd to do a square, she's been learning recently and I think she'd like the idea of contributing to a bigger project

Deafworm Thu 23-Feb-12 06:52:53

Wow piste that was quick work, it hasn't come through yet but I will keep my eyes peeled, thank you

MinnieBar Thu 23-Feb-12 06:55:51

Thanks for the PM.

Put me down for a square - I might be able to do more, but I'd best see how the first one goes!

My DS is 5 too. I'd give him an extra squeeze right now but he's fast asleep and wouldn't be best pleased. Typing through moist eyes though. sad

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 07:11:17

I know that feeling, Minnie. My not quite 5 year old DS had a very big squeeze from me when I heard about Wubbly and Lawrie.

Deafworm, we'd love your DD to do a square. smile

As a few people have asked, we have no preference with regards to knitting and crochet. We love both. You make what you like to and we'll love them whatever

We welcome all crafters be they experienced or learners.

We've had quite a few people learn to knit because of these projects.
Pistey certainly did and I switched sides and taught myself crochet to speed myself up a bit!
Folks have even sent squares with safety pins in, holding dropped stitches. Normally I can do a salvage if needed. The addition of a quick crochet flower can also work! I know Pidj loves these squares as much as I do.

These blankets are never about perfection. They are about hearts.

Pleiades45 Thu 23-Feb-12 07:33:18

Have pm'd Pistey

PurplePidjin Thu 23-Feb-12 08:54:02

Many many photos can be found at www.facebook.com/mimapants in the photos, Mumsnet Blankets folder.

It's my business page - ignore that I'm not trying to promote it, it's just public access!

It would be fantastic to see contributors of all ages at the knit and natter

PurplePidjin Thu 23-Feb-12 08:54:33
PurplePidjin Thu 23-Feb-12 08:56:49

To me the wonky and squiffy ones are the most important. It takes me about half an hour to crochet a granny square, but the most valuable things are the ones you have to work to achieve.

NannyPlumIsMyMum Thu 23-Feb-12 09:02:54

My wool is ordered and is on it's way to a warm hearted knitter ...x

I have learnt to crochet thanks to these projects, I am happy to join in again, will PM Pistey.

Ladyface Thu 23-Feb-12 09:11:03

I have some wool so will get knitting right away.

moogdroog Thu 23-Feb-12 10:47:00

Signing up for my first ever blanket - would love to be involved if knitters are still needed? Could do with a lovely donor though (still on ML). Will pm now.

Haven't read the whole thread yet, but just wanted to say that I am happy to pick up the knitting needles again and do a square or two. I still have lots of blues and purples from other blankets so I can get on with it.

Do we have a date to be working to? <hopeless procrastinator emoticon>

Bluebell99 Thu 23-Feb-12 11:28:19

Hello, I would like to help and can knit, but I would need to get some wool. I will check local shops.

Count me in. And someone has already asked me to knit some squares for her, so I'm sorted for wool.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Thu 23-Feb-12 12:31:09

Will start tonight.
Happy to knit from donated yarn.

rubycon Thu 23-Feb-12 12:41:36

have pm'd to knit.

suzikettles Thu 23-Feb-12 12:44:14

I'd like to knit. I have yarn.

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 13:35:13

Lovely to pop back in and see more offers. smile

Thank you all so much.

*A gentle reminder that wool should be:

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK

in blues, greens, purples, silvers and cream

(Not yellow or pink this time)*


KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 13:35:43

Bold fail

<slaps head>

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 13:36:55

A gentle reminder that wool should be:

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or Rowan Cashsoft DK

in blues, greens, purples, silvers and cream

(Not yellow or pink this time)


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 13:42:43


Just catching up with PMs brew
Thank you so much to everyone


PurplePidjin Thu 23-Feb-12 13:55:41


prettybird Thu 23-Feb-12 14:23:24

Got some nice muted purple I can use. Might also get some cream and incorporate a flower/snowflake pattern adapted from the piece I am knitting at the moment.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 14:32:39

Have replied to all PMs, and have PMd Duchesse and Codandchops on the old thread too. Welcome to you Pretty smile

Many thanks to everyone, truly such amazing support, tis really heartwarming. This is going to be a beautiful blanket for WubblyBubbly's family. Lots of wool will soon be flying around the country again, I think some crafters may even receive theirs as early as tomorrow smile thanks

Right, I'm going to make a big brew

G0ldenbrown Thu 23-Feb-12 15:21:46

Hi guys

I've never taken part in this as I'm a very new knitter so not entirely sure what I need to do. Do I PM someone?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 15:35:57

We are glad to have you G0ldenbrown - I shall PM you now thanks

PurplePidjin Thu 23-Feb-12 15:50:20


Don't forget we're doing a meet up! Get your preferences in quick while I'm dithering wink

NessaRose Thu 23-Feb-12 16:32:34

NessaRose signing in to knit. Have pm'ed pistey.

MinnieBar Thu 23-Feb-12 16:56:07

Hi, just to say that I put on my FB that I'd happily knit some squares if any MNers wanted to donate wool, and two have said they will - so I should be sending in at least five squares now smile. They are sending me the wool direct (I've given them the strict instructions!) so no need for PMs, but if you want to thank them/acknowledge it, they are SarahStratton and Pigleychez.
[warm fuzzy emoticon]

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 16:59:14

Cheers, Minnie. That's great.

I think this may be a very big blanket smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 19:54:18

My PM box is empty grin
I have replied to everyone. Cheers wine and thank you x

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 20:04:51

Well done, you [star]

TimeForCake Thu 23-Feb-12 21:28:28

Those of you who buy yarn regularly on line, could you recommend who to buy from? I think I used Lydia before and then John Lewis but is there anywhere else worth trying? Google throws up so many and it's a bit of a minefield. I'll need to get going soon as it's going to take a month of Sundays at my pace. Especially by the time I have undone every row several times because it's wonky or gone wrong or a multitude of other issues I seem to be able to create as an inexperienced, self taught beginner grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 21:35:50

Cakey, I would recommend Cucumberpatch They are very good. If you order before noon tomorrow, they post it first class tomorrow. And be proud to be a wonky hooker Cakey, I am!

TimeForCake Thu 23-Feb-12 21:52:17

I am Pistey, I am!! I'll look at that then, thanks.

By the way, are you going to start preparing your postie soon for another influx of parcels addressed to all sorts of amusingly named alter egos? After last time, he may need a warning. Especially if that Soupy's up to no good again wink

SoupDragon Thu 23-Feb-12 21:57:30


KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 22:08:09


KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 22:09:25

Antone up for an interesting crochet challenge? oooo Kwazii Octonaut

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 22:12:10

That obv should be 'anyone'

Sticky keyboard to blame wink

TimeForCake Thu 23-Feb-12 22:15:50

Ohhhh now that is lovely. I bet someone is talented enough. That's a great find Knotty, though very sad too.

SoupDragon Thu 23-Feb-12 22:22:12

I have no orange wool and know from trying to make carrots that there is none to be had locally.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Feb-12 22:26:13


I saw earlier about the crochet sea life things. Think I will go for a crocheted octopus. How difficult can it be?


I tried to send a PM there but it won't let me!!

VeryLittleGravitas Thu 23-Feb-12 22:27:43

I have orange wool and have already made Prof. Inkling and Dr Shellington Amigurumi, so will give it a go...I'll make my own pattern <freestyle hooker>

TimeForCake Thu 23-Feb-12 22:29:29

Piece of the proverbial I'd say. Reckon you could have it done by lunch time tomorrow Pistey. I of course, could have done two by then. grin

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 22:32:14

'Freestyle hooker' just about sums me up too, Very grin

Oh, and if anyone needs orange wool to have a go at Kwazii , I have some pale orange wool I can send your way. Tis proper blanket wool too!

KnottyLocks Thu 23-Feb-12 22:34:38

Oh yes, Pistey. I know how you love octopus and squid. Yum. grin

Thumbwitch Fri 24-Feb-12 01:55:08

Have just ordered 2 balls to go to my crafter - one soft green, one pale blue. Have PMd Pistey to sort out how to let me know if it doesn't arrive by Wednesday - it should - but if you are a crafter after 2 balls and your initials are RK, then I'm just letting you know it should be posted out today. smile

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 24-Feb-12 02:53:47

I have been PMing with Pistey, but just wanted to join the thread & see how things progress smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 07:02:04

brew Morning

Thumb - I have PMd your lovely knitty type, she will let us know.
thanks Have replied to all PMs...
confused Octopus and squid...

Am so glad it is Friday!
Back at lunchtime

SoupDragon Fri 24-Feb-12 07:09:09

Ah good - I can leave Kwakii to VeryLittleGravitas. Looked pretty straightforward TBH - certainly no more difficult that the bunny I made for BabyDragon's birthday.

I would like to help. My knitting is a bit wobbly so I think I'm better doing a crochet square. So are the rules:
6" square
Debbie Bliss cashmerino or roman cashsoft, must be blue/purple/silver/green/cream or grey.

Have I missed something? What do I do when I've finished?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 07:19:54

Hello Daffodils smile I'm just going to send you a quick PM thanks

Wow thanks! Very efficient grin

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 07:48:19

Tis the gin, Daffodils wink

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 09:29:46

Morning all! Glad Gravitas has volunteered, the only orange I've got is neon and give me a headache to work with...

VeryLittleGravitas Fri 24-Feb-12 09:36:22

My amigurumi wool is acrylic...does that matter?

I have that neon orange wool as well Pidgey, I haven't got a clue why I bought it, or what I'm going to make with it.

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 09:51:57

I bought to make dp a hat for when he's running in winter

It may have a white stripes round the middle and points on the brim blush

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 10:09:45

Very, acrylic will be fine as we'll include the little fella as an extra with the blanket rather than actually attach it. I have a ball of orange casmerino if you'd prefer that.

SoupDragon Fri 24-Feb-12 10:48:06

Maybe do a square with a little pocket on it to put him in...?

<<over complicates things>>

messymammy Fri 24-Feb-12 10:55:07

Hi, I've sent piste a pm smile


Thanks to my donor! Wool arrived this morning! Quick work and thank you to HT! thanks
A lovely shade of tweak bunny green. (for all you Octonauts fans!) grin

WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 24-Feb-12 11:42:14

OMG. Have just received my wool. Two balls, one a lovely green, and a bleatiful denimy blue. Thank you so much donor, whoever you are.

and PISTEY - it wasnt adressed to The Whore grin wink

WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 24-Feb-12 11:42:52

bleatiful = beautiful obviously

OpheliaBumps Fri 24-Feb-12 12:00:54

Knotty I found a Captain Barnacles too Barnacles, I'll volunteer to make him as well, would be great if we can find a Peso & a crafty volunteer too as they're the 3 main characters I think.

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 12:04:29

Good work, Ophelia grin

There is a Peso pattern online : not for free though. Am on phone atm, but will link when near puter.

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 12:06:03

I'm happy to attempt Peso <gulp>

What does it look like???

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 12:08:38
OpheliaBumps Fri 24-Feb-12 12:11:50

Peso is a little penguin, very cute.

Amigurumi's a lot easier than I expected, I hadn't crocheted for many years, then I got back into it last year & attempted an amigurumi nativity - I was surprised how well it turned out. (Although anyone who saw it may scoff at that remark - to clarify - the amigurumi was easy, finding safety eyes small enough for baby Jesus wasn't, so yes, he did look slightly like a scary alien).

ok, found this thread. Im in, will PM pistey to find out details.

very sad news.

SoupDragon Fri 24-Feb-12 12:28:25

My wool arrived this morning from EH via Cucumberpatch smile Thankfully my nice postman left it in my recycling box on the porch rather than returning it to the sorting office.

For Peso, could you do this head and adapt the body from one of the others?

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 12:31:35
KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 12:33:03
WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 24-Feb-12 12:43:47

See this when iwish i could crochet - Pidj we need our own knit and knatter at the place you mentioned before or somewhere between us and you can show me and DD......maybe Easter hols?? Work is mad at the moment...and health is crap so....sad

Pastabee Fri 24-Feb-12 13:23:45

ratherbeonthepiste please can you PM me too so i know what to do. I've not taken part before as not been on MN very long but I can crochet and knit and would like to contribute.

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 13:54:27

Ophelia, I know I shouldn't be laughing but your alien baby Jesus has given me the giggles. What will you do to Captain Barnacles? grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 13:55:07

Lunchtime! I'm just going to work through an enormously big pile of PMs - thank you to everyone, and Pastabee, I certainly will grin

And wool has arrived with crafters! Smashing grin Wow we have super speedy donors!
Thank you too to CreepyWeeBrackets, your envelope has arrived, and you are very generous, AND I agree it does go Knives, Forks, Spoons!!

Cup of tea, then am cracking on brew

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 13:56:34

Oi! Keep yer cutlery fetish off this thread!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 14:15:17


I have heard from Lydia ( lydiathetattooedlady ) who is the Mumsnetter who owns the wool shop that people were talking about on the last thread. From our colour palette this time she has some debbie bliss cashmerino dk in blue in stock. She will sell this at £4.50 plus postage. She is very happy to hear from anyone needing wool. Just PM her if you are.

thanks to her x

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 14:20:46

WG, any time you like - just let me know smile

The knit and natter appears to be turning into many knit and matters, so anyone who thought they couldn't make it needs to check wink

I "embroider" my faces on, no need for evil bastard fiddly safety eyes. Pretty sure that if I can manage a Moshi monster I can do a penguin so will have a bash in the next few days.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 14:29:49

Do you see how easily I used the term colour palette there? <so nearly a crafty type>

Now I REALLY want to see a photo of OpheliaBumps amigurumi nativity scene with the alien Jesus... Pleeeeeeeeaaaaaase Ophelia?

mumatron Fri 24-Feb-12 14:35:57

soupy that was me. Hope the colours were ok. I let ds pick them.

mumatron Fri 24-Feb-12 14:35:58

soupy that was me. Hope the colours were ok. I let ds pick them.

OpheliaBumps Fri 24-Feb-12 14:37:42

Knotty I laughed too, especially when DD took him to nursery (she loved him so much she carried him round in her pocket for weeks) and his halo came unravelled so he had these huge eye & one very long strand of gold 'hair' sticking out of his head <weeps at the memory of having to ask nursery if Jesus was in dd's bag at going home time>

The thing is, if Captain Barnacles has big eyes it won't really matter, it was only because he was supposed to be The Baby Jesus that it looked a bit 'odd'.

Pidj my embroidery isn't too hot, so I'm better off with safety eyes to be honest!

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 14:40:18

Mine either, with amigurumi the back doesn't matter because it's hidden thankfully


Come and join the gang!

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 14:40:45
OpheliaBumps Fri 24-Feb-12 14:42:27

Pistey I haven't got a photo, and they're all in a box in the garage now with the rest of the Christmas stuff. I really wish I'd taken a photo now, cos apart from Jesus' eyes they looked ok (Mary, Joseph etc were much bigger than Jesus obviously, so their eyes were in proportion).

I did say to DH that I'd order smaller eyes online this year, and make a new Jesus in December, but he wouldn't be half so memorable as the original grin

AugustMoon Fri 24-Feb-12 14:51:54

Hello Ladies, I've been away and just spotted this thread in active. So sad another blanket is needed, still have a bit of wool left from last time so will get crocheting. Pistey, I'll PM you when I have something to send.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 15:04:31

Hello August smile Lovely to see you and have you with us, just PM me when you are ready X

Mousey84 Fri 24-Feb-12 15:11:18

Just found out about this and would like to have a go at a few squares. I can't work out how to pm from my phone but I'll get onto laptop later and do it. thankfully, squares are something I can do...

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 15:17:05

August and Mousey feel free to join in the knit and battering and cake scoffing link is a few posts up smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 15:28:07

Pidj <stern> There is to be no battering. What have I told you?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 15:37:15

There will be four daughters contributing to this blanket along with their mums. Tis rather nice I think. The next generation of mumsnetters!

SoupDragon Fri 24-Feb-12 15:52:33

Thankfully, DD (6) will not be one of the daughters contributing grin

Mumatron, the colours were perfect. I will get hooking shortly. smile

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 15:58:12

That's really nice, Pistey. We had a mum and daughter team, and a Mil and Dil team on a previous blanket. Slovely <warm fuzzy feeling>

Dingle Fri 24-Feb-12 16:18:21

If you still need knitters I would be more than happy to help, if possible could someone donate the wool please. I have never helped on a MN blanket before. I don't visit that often and always seem to find out when it's being sewn together.

It would be wonderful to contribute.

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 16:33:43

Blinking autocorrect!

Wtf is there a wiggly red line under the word autocorrect, surely it knows how to spell that shock

Dingle Fri 24-Feb-12 16:33:46

Feeling quite saddened by this, not just the need for the blanket but wondering if I will ever be able to contribute with my DD! (DD is 10 with Down Syndrome, I wonder if I will ever be able to teach her...there's a challenge for me! Might be a very holey square....er shape!

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 16:38:39

Dingle, absolutely no reason why not. If she struggles with knitting I'll teach her crochet.

The first four blankets were constructed while I was working in residential care with adults with ld, my chaps found it very relaxing to just sit and chill with me crocheting, sun out, radio on grin

Dingle Fri 24-Feb-12 16:49:25

I can't crochet, to make matters worse, I am left hander & knit "weird" with my RH needle tucked into my tummy. blush

SoupDragon Fri 24-Feb-12 16:54:44

teach yourself to crochet first then smile

SoupDragon Fri 24-Feb-12 16:55:16

BTW, Dingle, I thought of you today when I saw a thread form someone looking for a personalised christening card.

Dingle Fri 24-Feb-12 16:58:18

Hi Soupy, long time no see! (waves)

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 16:58:54

www.facebook.com/Crochetmania has lots of brilliant left and right handed videos smile

Dingle Fri 24-Feb-12 17:08:32

Thank you...I will not be making promises for crocheted squares just yet though!

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 17:21:19

Hi Dingle, not the same thing but in a previous career I did arts and crafts with adults with Down Syndrome. They realty enjoyed silk painting and we even made cloth hats which they loved. Perhaps she could try cross-stitch or simple hand sewing? One of the ladies was amazing at tapestry.

Dingle Fri 24-Feb-12 17:26:27

I will start a thread over on Arts & Crafts rather than here! blushThank you.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 17:50:54

A technical question, does anyone know how many rows I do when I am knitting this six inch square? I did know, but cannot for the life of me remember... Stripes you see, and I need to do the maths...

Knotty can you get my Jack Wills square out and count for me?!
<waits for sound of distant explosion of expletives>

grin Maybe not that option, but does anyone know?!


PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 17:53:56

Wasn't it 45???

<interfering nonknitter>

SoupDragon Fri 24-Feb-12 17:54:43

<<waves back>>

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 17:55:55

Gimme a couple of mins....

<trudged off on a long walk to discovery or disappointment when she finds it bloody 45 all the time>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 17:57:14

Blimey, I didn't think she's actually do it! Result grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 17:58:12

<hoping it's not 45 to make the trip worthwhile>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 17:58:46

<and no swearing, blimey again>

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:02:42

Right. How many colours you using, Pistey?

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:03:38

No swearing < polishes halo>


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 18:06:06

<blinded by halo>

If I did 2 equal stripes how many rows in a stripe?
But if I did three, what would it be then?

<passes cava>

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 24-Feb-12 18:07:17

Someone mentioned sewing in the threads to make it easier and to avoid getting poked in the eye by the sewer upper anyone have a video link to the preferred method if there is one?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 18:08:13

<takes back cava in case it affects counting accuracy>

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:14:30

Honestly, volumes of cava will make not the blindest bit of difference when it comes to my maths skills grin

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:15:31

Chipping, I am the blanket builder. I hook them together rather than sew them. Double crochet ridge.

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:16:38

I am the blanket builder ... Start of a folk song, perhaps?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 18:19:41

Perhaps not

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:19:48

Pistey,looks like 37 not including casting on and off. I am cooking risotto while counting though

JulesJules Fri 24-Feb-12 18:22:31

Just seen this thread. I would like to knit a couple of squares.

( I have wool, Debbie Bliss, in silver and soft purple.)

muddymooncups Fri 24-Feb-12 18:26:11

Count me in.

I would love to be a donor. I can send wool in the post!

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:34:22

ChippingIn, sorry I completely misread your question blush. Must stop
Multitasking. There's no prefered method re sewing in pesky ends, as long as they are sewn in and secure. A large farming needle should do the job.

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:35:41

Oh blush

That should be DARNING needle.

A large farMing needle sounds dangerous.

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:40:05

Thanks Jules and Muddy. Could you both PM Pistey? thanks

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 24-Feb-12 18:46:01

I was wondering what the hell a large farming needle was. I'd have looked a right twat asking for that in the wool shop tomorrow. 'These lovely balls of wool and a farming needle please'. <sigh - good help is so hard to get>


KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 18:51:51


PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 20:08:37


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 21:10:49




I have looked, and I have looked properly but I can't find the link to the blanket photo album, please can you post it again? I need to show someone how very most basic and somewhat wonky squares (mine) fit into the grand scheme of things.smile Thank you!

And 37 rows grin Thank you for counting! I know what I'm doing now. Well as much as can be hoped for...

<very quickly leaves in case attacked by an farming needle>

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 21:36:44

here you go, blanket photos

Alambil Fri 24-Feb-12 21:37:43

ends in or out?

Just done my first square for the blanket... it's quite "open" though, is that ok? (as opposed to a knitted one, I mean)

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 21:41:13

Pesky ends sewn in, if you can please.

Lewis, when you say 'open', do you mean like a granny square? If so, that's lovely.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 24-Feb-12 21:43:32

I presume Lewis means 'holey'?

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 21:44:13

Quite a few crochet squares on this blanket

Like those ones?

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 24-Feb-12 21:45:03

Knotty - why do you choose to 'hook' them together rather than sew them together?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Feb-12 21:56:02

Thanks Knots

I have replied to all messages, and PMd Jules and Muddy.
I have no little red dot!
Lots of wool is on its way now, which is brilliant smile

Bluebell99 Fri 24-Feb-12 21:56:18

Hello, John Lewis' stock seems a bit limited. Is Old White or Charcoal any good in the Debbie Bliss? Thanks.

Alambil Fri 24-Feb-12 22:01:27

ok I've added a pic to my profile

I am hoping the "cream" I got is creamy enough... it looks quite dark, but then I'm in a dim room!

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 22:02:47

Chip, although the squares are all 6", because they are done by different crafters the tension varies quite a lot.
Some stretch more than others, some are smaller/ bigger and crocheting them together rather than sewing pulls them all to nearly the same size. I find it easier to 'condense' a larger square and slightly stretch a smaller square this way.

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 22:05:10

Lewis, that looks great smile Good work!

WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 24-Feb-12 22:05:32

I found the cream quite dark too LewisFan when i used it before, almost a beige i thought? But it knits up luvly...

Alambil Fri 24-Feb-12 22:06:36

thanks smile

There's a tiny mistake on the green bit, but hey - it's made with love and my second attempt at this style, so I'm going to leave it smile

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 22:11:11

Bluebell, the charcoal looks too dark really. The Old White looks fine.

If you want more choice, how about ordering online? John Lewis have more online and we often use Cucumberpatch who deliver really quickly.

Lewis, we don't call those mistakes. Oh no. It's personalising creatively.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 24-Feb-12 22:13:23

Knotty - that makes sense smile

I love whatevertheweather's blanket. How long did it take you to hook it all up?

How many MN blankets have you done now? Has anyone else 'hooked' one up or just you (I lost track!).

Lewis - it's nice smile I'll look out for it on the blanket!

Alambil Fri 24-Feb-12 22:16:29

Cucumberpatch are amazing - I ordered around midnight on Wednesday night - the parcel arrived this morning!

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 22:27:10

Previous blankets:

Pidj hooked together Edgar's, Rinders', Blondes' and one made from spares that we are hoping to 'raffle off' for Winston's Wish.

I did some of the admin for Edgar's quilt, then Blondes, Whatever's ,apart from Magic's and up to Chip's, when Pistey took over the admin as I was up to my neck in wool and blankets to make.

Four of us made three blankets for Magic8ball: IvySedai, Lydia, Pidj and me.

I've done Whatever's and CHeese's. I have Chipmonkey's here to finish and there's also the blanket given to raise funds for Anthony Nolan.

I may have missed something along the way. Sorry if I have. Got wool brain grin

OpheliaBumps Fri 24-Feb-12 22:27:28

Aw Lewis I just saw your square it's luffly!

Feeling very slow, my wool hasn't even arrived yet & you've finished a square grin

I have my wool (thank you to my lovely donor) so will get knitting this weekend.

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Feb-12 22:31:54

There have also been blankets before these too and there is one currently being stitched together for Expat's daughter. That one was organised off the boards.

PurplePidjin Fri 24-Feb-12 22:32:52

Knotty, that's going to make it five each shocksadthanks

Dingle Sat 25-Feb-12 00:03:41

I haven't received any messages yet! sad Pistey, do you get a message from me please?

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 00:38:33

Don't worry, Dingle. She's stuffed full of curry and in that state she struggles to type.

She'll get back to you.

Alambil Sat 25-Feb-12 00:42:00

nearly finished square two... <is in the swing of things now - may need more wool!>

trumpton Sat 25-Feb-12 00:47:02

Waiting for my wool to arrive but have sourced patterns for shooting star and an owl that look good. I have ordered a purple and a grey DB yarn.

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 04:59:35

Trumpton, the patterns sound wonderful smile

Lewis, steady on tiger! grin

Pastabee Sat 25-Feb-12 07:34:09

Well, I've made a start and discovered 3 month old DD thinks wool is great fun. Sadly this manifests by making a grab for it and grinning..... Think this early interest is promising though <proud mum emotion>

Am I to be matched up to a donor or shall I just crack on with what I have here? Doesnt matter, I have the 'bug' (knitting bug, not D&V) and am going to scour my local shops for all this knitting.

Just reading the blankets that 'we' have made, whether donors or knitters and it is very sad. sad

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 08:20:34

Morning all smile

Jax, if you PMed Pistey and asked for wool, she will be matching you up.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 08:53:21

Thanks for that list Knotty - you have all done a lot of 'hooking up' and organising on our behalf - thank you thanks It would be lovely to have one place with all of the photos. I remember most of them, but some of them I missed entirely sad So many... and what's even sadder is that it's only a fraction of the 'losses' that MNers have had over that time.

I am rather wishing I'd ordered my wool on line now - the local stockists (within 20 miles) either don't stock it or are out of it until after the knitting show. Bugger. I have one more to ring at 9, if they don't have it I'm going to have to order it online and be patient <which does not come naturally when I want to crack on!!>.

Lewis - let us know when the new pic is on your profile! Your garden looks good - I'm impressed with the speed of it once you started!

PastaBee - budding little MN Knitter you have there!!

Jax - the way things are going I may end up popping into yours for a brew I'm getting closer and closer looking for wool!!

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 08:59:29

Chip, I'm slowly gathering photos of the other blankets together to add to the Flickr account so they'll be able to be seen all in the same place.

As you say, these blankets only represent a fraction of the sad and tragic events that happen to people on here sad

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 09:01:16

If you decide on ordering online, I'd go with Cucumberpatch. They would most likely have wool to you by Monday, Tuesday at the latest.

ooh chipping anytime, I always have a pot of coffee on the go. grin

I didnt ask for wool, I just bought some online but happy to be matched and knit more squares if needed.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 09:08:34

Jax - I might just come down for the coffee the way I'm feeling this morning!

Right - keep your fingers crossed - I'm just about to call the last 'local' supplier. I want to start tonight!!

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 09:11:41

Yayyy - they have some in!! Now just need to get there before every knitting MNer in the local area beats me to it grin

you can always come for coffee anyway chipping

trumpton Sat 25-Feb-12 09:58:44

Wool arrived in lush colours . Deep purple and soft grey. Will get knitting.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 10:18:33

Morning brew

I have just done a very naughty thing - had to take DD to a school thing earlier and took her wearing my jim jams shock Fortunately I didn't have to get out of the car grin

All PMs replied to, many thanks everyone. x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 10:34:19

If anyone orders with Cucumberpatch before 12 they send it first class that day. They are very efficient.

And LewisFan!! That is amazing!! Lewis taught herself crochet using YouTube. Lewis - that is absolutely fab-u-lous!!

DonkeyTeapot Sat 25-Feb-12 10:38:20

Have ordered my yarn - there's a colour called Donkey! Be rude not to, really... smile

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 10:38:37

Pistey, have you heard from LatteLady? I've directed her here from the other thread smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 10:43:15

i have PMd Lattelady brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 10:43:38

and grin at Donkey!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 10:57:56

Now I want there to be a woolly wool called Piste

GentleOtter Sat 25-Feb-12 11:02:10

To the donor who sent me wool, a picture of the London Eye and very special chocolate bunnies, <you goddess> an enormous thank you and cuddle. thanks

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 11:02:41

Pistey - a nice sort of warm yellow??

Chipping - a soft pink with 'diamond' chips?

Donkey is a nice colour smile I can't get Rowan anywhere around here, nearest stockist is in Reading and I loathe and detest going into Reading.

Jux - definitely will do one day smile It would be a nice drive for the day in the summer!

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 11:03:33

Sorry Pistey grin

Piste should be a lovely, bright white with little diamond bits in it grin the Piste on a sunny day!

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 11:14:35

Ooh yeah the kind of wool you need sunglasses to look at grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 11:18:24

Sort of stunning and sparkling and brilliant and totally gorgeoise you mean?

With diamonds in grin

Lovely that lots of wool is arriving today yaaaaaayyyyyy !!

I have saw a wool that would be piste, white and pale grey with silver sparkles. Off into town in a little while to have a nosy at wool

and to have a nosy at cucumber patch web page...

Might have a slight wool fettish. blush

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 11:55:44

Dread to think what colour Knotty wool would be. The texture is obvious though grin

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 12:34:09

Oak coloured - Knotty Oak is lovely smile

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 13:47:55

Awww, thanks Chip smile

I'll take that over Knotty Ash anyday grin

And, Oak is soooooooooo me, what with me being an 'Autumn'. and a bit solid

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 13:56:22


I feel the need to stress once again that ALL squares are highly valued: plain, patterned, fancy, simple, made by experts, made by novices.

The first square I made for the blankets was a simple garter stitch one. As was Pistey's. They honestly look gorgeous and work brilliantly alongside the fancier ones. They show each other off. The blankets really wouldn't look half as effective if they were all fancy.

AND these project are always about people's efforts and the genuine good and lovely intention to try to bring comfort to others.

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 13:58:22

Hear hear, Knotty! It's the effort that's more valuable than the results.

Peso is under way...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 14:02:37

I've started my square. Tis going to be basic garter stitch. I have done 4 rows <beams>

I tried purl, could not get the hang of that, it was a step too far I think! grin

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 14:08:53

Hay Pistey!!

I think Peso's going to be quite big, I started with 8 and increased to 40...

Nessa says her wool has arrived and thank you thanks

LatteLady Sat 25-Feb-12 14:34:55

Hi Pistey... not received a PM yet but am happy to knit up two balls and to let the donor chose the squares of they would like to... do you need me to PM over my details or has Knotty forwarded them on to you?

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 14:37:52

I have forwarded them on, Latte. smile

We're having a look at the donors at the mo.

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 14:38:42

Pidj, when you say 'quite big', how big is that then?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 14:39:11

sad I did PM you this morning lovely Latte - wonder where that went?!!!
Knotty did indeed, hang on, I shall sort this out......

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 14:50:02

His head has a diameter of 2". Is that big?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 14:52:00

<visions of mahoosive Peso>

Bluebell99 Sat 25-Feb-12 14:58:49

Thanks for replying KNottylocks. That was JohnLewis online, will check again but if not will try cucumberpatch. I have rung three shops locally and none stock it.

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 15:04:44

DP says I've made "an old-skool afro" hmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 15:06:18

Done 6 rows now grin
I'm simply flying hmm

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 15:09:22

Bluebell, Cucumberpatch have loads of choice.Hope you manage to get it sorted soon.

Pidj, I have no idea grin Sounds fine to me.

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 15:15:04

He's turning into a microphone now hmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 15:17:53


GentleOtter Sat 25-Feb-12 15:38:50

<tries to race RatherBeOnThePiste>


KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 15:55:20

GO, she had curry last night so has the wind behind her wink

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 16:34:38


Peso has a face and one flipper...

GentleOtter Sat 25-Feb-12 16:35:19


<shuffles away discretely from RBOTP's waftage>

Bluebell99 Sat 25-Feb-12 16:35:49

Knottylocks, I have ordered two balls from cucumberpatch. I think my dd (10) may have a go at knitting one too. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 16:53:08


arf at 'waftage' GO grin

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 16:56:27

Now you're sounding like a shot-putter - ideal fir the Olympic year.

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 18:13:44

He's finished and a pic posted on farcebook. I'll get it into the public domain later, DP's taking me out for dinner now grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 18:32:01


<Am hoping my speedy progress isn't making GentleOtter too despondent>

and tis cute Pidj, I am in awe of you
and enjoy dinner!

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 18:41:04


PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 18:41:06


GentleOtter Sat 25-Feb-12 18:49:35

An inch and a third. The third is important. <hardcore knitting>
My needles are smokin' <tsst>

I envy those of you who can knit, natter and watch telly without looking at every stitch. envy

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 19:08:52

Smokin indeed GentleOtter!!

Now I'm despondent! I've just measured my 9 rows and they only just make three quarters of an inch <sigh>

and <arf> actually grin I am honestly very happy in my lowly place in the world of knitting.

I once tried watching the telly and knitting, it was Spooks. It didn't go well, for the people in Spooks or for my knitting tbh. I gained about 6 stitches on one row. No idea how. Knotty was very kind about it, but it was a dodgy square. Technically it wasn't even a square!! grin

Sorry if this has been mentioned before but are we blocking them or just sewing in the ends?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 19:20:27

From my lowly place in the world of knitting I can actually answer that one Purple. Knotty always says not blocked, but pesky ends sewn in.

<preens at ability to answer a technical quetsion>

Thanks! I know the first ones I did we were asked to block and then not to!

Our knitting club wanted some 6 inch squares and I asked about blocking and I got a bit of a nippy reply about 'just make them 6 inches square!' But I know when I knit them to the pattern they aren't 6 inches at all!!

Oh and some of the members in our club didn't sew in the ends! shock! Terrible!

Alambil Sat 25-Feb-12 19:25:44

wtf is blocked? I just hid the ends. Woops!

I had to undo all the ones (well, 2) I did last night - they were only 4inches sq! I have done them again though

and I found myself magically in the haberdashers today. They sell LOADS of DB... I am now in possession of a proper cream and a lovely blue. Woops again!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 19:29:59

Um..... From my lowly place in the world of knitting, I think it is something to do with ironing. Just don't iron it Lewis and you'll be fine! I could never iron my square anyway in case I set it on fire by mistake.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 19:32:20

Not sewing in of ends Purple?

When I finally learnt to crochet and do a blanket for my daughter I sewed the ends in as I went along to save me the HUGE job at the end!!

oh oh OH! Is it 33 stitches on 4mm needles 6 inches length = square?

And I have no idea what blocking or sewing in ends is. When I knit I have my long bit from casting on and a long bit when casting off... maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew. sad

Kayzr Sat 25-Feb-12 20:02:27

Jax I can't sew ends in. I might get my mum to do that bit.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 20:07:05

Jax, Jax, Jax!! Take a deep breath, in through the nose, out through the mouth. It will be fine wine

Yes 33stitches. Keep knitting rows until you get to 6" square. I have knitted 10 rows now. <beams>

No blocking needed.

Re sewing in of ends. All you do is get a needle and sort of sew them into the edge so they disappear.


ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 20:12:53

Jax - don't stress my friend smile How many you need to cast on & what size needles you need will depend on how tight or loose you knit.

I would say if you are a tight knitter (struggle to insert the needle/needles 'squeak' about 40, if you are a loose knitter about 35 - but you need to check for yourself.

We can talk about sewing the ends in when you have finished and if it all gets too much you can send them to me and I'll do them and send them on.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 20:19:29

I am really annoyed. After traipsing over the shop they didn't have the wool in!! I had specifically asked for the DB Cashmerino, DK. When I got there and asked where abouts it was she pointed to the DB Rialto DK -

I said 'No, the Cashmerino DK'

She said, 'Oh it wont matter, it's Merino'

I said 'It will matter' (visions of Knotty throttling me or not using my squares)

She said 'Then use the Cashmerino Baby'

I said 'No, I can't, it's not the right one'

She said 'How is it different?'

She runs the fecking wool shop!!!

Gahhhhhhhhhhh so I don't have any wool tonight sad

Alambil Sat 25-Feb-12 20:29:50

Jax - you just use a darning needle (so it's got a big eye) and weave the long cast on/off bit in to the edge, so you can't see it - just for a few stitches, then cut it smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 20:38:11

Squeaking needles?!

Chipping - Ive had exactly the same problem in the past. I have two wools I can buy and they tell me something else is the same.


And arf at the vision I have of Knots throttling you with a woolly square.
<got the giggles now>

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 20:47:26

Oi! I would never throttle anyone shock

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 20:55:06

Lewis, if your crochet squares come up small again, please don't pull them apart. Add an extra round of triple crochet or two. Or send them anyhow. I can easily add it. smile

Alambil Sat 25-Feb-12 21:01:03

ah, I've done them right this time - I went and bought a tape measure! Guessing just didn't work grin

one was only 3 rows anyway, so no bother smile

ok, calm again. I can tuck the ends in with a darning needle...

ooh chipping looks like you are coming to me for coffee after all. smile

have you not found any on tinternet?

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 21:16:49

When are you putting up your new photos Lewis?

Knotty she even suggeted I just used one of the others and didn't say anything... Mwahhhhhhhhhhhh Like that would have got past you!!

MinnieBar Sat 25-Feb-12 21:17:42

We don't have to block them? Result. [lazy cow emoticon]

I've done one of those squares-with-a-diagonal-bit-running-through-the-middle (they have a fancy name but I've forgotten). It's, er, not entirely square. But almost…

Really looking forward to getting more wool from my FB donors so I can crack on with more!

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 21:20:01

Jux - yes, there's plenty on the internet, but I wanted to buy it yesterday and do them over the weekend, but unfortunately RL got in the way, so I tried again today - must have called 15 shops? - This was the only shop that had it (or rather didn't but said they did!!). I am going to check now and see if any shops further out have it & are open tomorrow as I really want to at least make a start this weekend sad If not, I'll order it from Cucumber.

my local wool shop, well its a sewing shop with a wool bit in it, only stocks Sirdar wool, so have bought online. Hope it arrives v soon, Im itching to get going.

Kayzr Sat 25-Feb-12 21:28:59

Is it cheating if I get my mum to sort out the ends? blush She taught me how to sort out the bit from casting on while knitting the first row the other week. But not sure how to sort out the cast off bits.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 21:38:47

MinnieBar - any chance of a photo on your profile??

OK - so as I can't knit tonight, does anyone have any links to nice pattern sites? I can only find ones that look like they were designed in america, by a netmums poster, in 1950 sad <yes I do know netmums wasn't around then and neither were websites>

I'm sulking - indulge me grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 21:54:54

Chipping - you need Knots, she always seems to come up with pattern sites, is there one called revelry /ravelry? Something like that. You'll have to hope she comes back on.

I have replied to all PMs many thanks everyone. It is all going really well. Lots and lots of lovely people are involved in making this a beautiful woolly hug for Wubbly's family.


OpheliaBumps Sat 25-Feb-12 21:58:47

My wool arrived this morning, I went for the Rowan Cashsoft this time instead of the DB, there are some gorgeoise colours. I've got a lovely mid blue & an oceany green (Lake & Kingfisher on the shade charts), they look fab together.

I started on Captain Barnacles tonight, I'm a bit worried about the scale of the characters as Barnacles is absolutely teeny & Pidj said Peso was coming up a bit big. Do 5 years olds care about scale?
Pidj I hope you had a lovely meal (ah, dinner out at a weekend, I remember those days so fondly, when a babysitter didn't almost double the cost of a night out). When you've got a minute, can you measure the height of Peso for me please, then if he's much bigger than Barnacles I can easily make another with DK & a bigger hook (using 4 ply at the moment).

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 21:59:14

Chip, have a look on Ravelry, it's free to join. You'll get lost in there for hours

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 21:59:52

Ha! X-posted grin

OpheliaBumps Sat 25-Feb-12 22:00:04

Chipping yes sign up to ravelry.com, it's full of amazing patterns for all kinds of things. I've lost days of my life to that website grin

DickSwivellersTidyWife Sat 25-Feb-12 22:10:53

how to sew in those pesky loose ends

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 22:16:28

Pistey - I am now a member of Ravelry, but tbh, can't see anything I like sad

It's good to know there are lots of people involved smile Lots of people thinking about Wubbly x

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 22:20:23

x-posts galore grin

I am now a member but can't find much in the way of 6" squares. Any other suggestions?

Ophelia - no, 5 year olds don't care about scale smile They don't even seem to notice, let alone care!

OpheliaBumps Sat 25-Feb-12 22:25:51

Chipping I've got a set of patterns I downloaded (in return for a donation to Refuge) when there was a promotion to make squares for Refuge, it doesn't seem to have any copyright on it so I'm happy to email it on to you if you PM me your email address. It's got some lovely patterns in it.

Alambil Sat 25-Feb-12 22:26:04

Ok, the square mark 2 is on my profile. I didn't take a pic of the second one - I'll take one later when I've finished it smile

I got some more wool today too, so hoping for Much Square Production grin

MinnieBar Sat 25-Feb-12 22:26:47

Just do a search for 'square' on Ravelry, then narrow it down by selecting ones with a picture, knitting, free patterns and even then there will be literally thousands.

Will put a pic on tomorrow smile

Alambil Sat 25-Feb-12 22:27:17

Youtube, chipping, youtube!

It's where I got all my ideas (and skills - I taught myself from the videos)

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 22:28:58

Ophelia - thank you!! You have mail smile

Lewis - just off for a nosey!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 22:32:59

Gorgeoise Lewis, simply gorgeoise. smile

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 22:33:17

Lewis - it looks really good smile

I don't crochet (yet - have decided I'm going to give it a go after the blanket square!), so bare with me... why did you re-do it? Why didn't you just add another white 'frame' (level/layer/row/band???) to the original one?

Youtube - hmm OK. I didn't think it would be great for patterns, but willing to give it a shot!

Minnie - will have another look on Ravelry...

DonkeyTeapot Sat 25-Feb-12 22:35:45

MinnieBar Do you mean a mitred square?

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 22:38:06

Peso is 3.5" tall, 4.5" if you include his hat.

Dinner was fantastic, we went into Bournemouth to see the Rally cars with a plan to grab some food there but it was all booze offers and chains so we headed out to Charminster which is kind of the student bit. Walk down the road and pick a country's restaurant, we tried the Egyptian and O. M. G. <fat piggy>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Feb-12 22:39:11

I think she probably does Donkey - a mitred square.

Alambil Sat 25-Feb-12 22:40:14

Chipping - I wasn't 100% happy with the first one; it was rather loose and I used a smaller hook, so a lot of the crochet detail was lost. I just wanted to do it better for something so important smile

OpheliaBumps Sat 25-Feb-12 22:41:41

Lewis mark 2 is even more fabulous than mark 1, well done you!

Chipping the file is on the way, sorry it'll take a while to download to your mailbox as it's quite big (7Mb). Took about 2-3 minutes to send, so don't panic if it seems to take a few minutes.

MinnieBar Sat 25-Feb-12 22:42:50

Yy to mitred square. With an alternating rib in it. I knew someone would know the name just from my excellent description grin

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 22:49:29

Lewis, that's fab!

To whoever asked, no getting your Mum to help is not cheating, nor is getting her to knit a square wink

Peso is now on my profile

KnottyLocks Sat 25-Feb-12 22:54:56

I'm going to have to look at all this woolly loveliness tomorrow as on phone and laptop's doing it's updating thing.

Thank you all for your marvellous efforts [stars] all around smile

OpheliaBumps Sat 25-Feb-12 22:58:12

Aw Pidj he's gorgeous! I think a DK Barnacles will come up about the same size, so I'll pick up some wool tomorrow (I only went for 4 ply as I already had all of the colours in the cupboard).

Right, off to bed, see you all in the morning <yawn>

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Feb-12 23:07:19

Ophelia, I did

Ch2, 8dc in 2nd choice from hook

2dc in each state around (16)

#dc in next step, 2dc # around (24)

#dc in next 2, 2dc# around (32)

#dc in next 3, 2dc# around (40)

Dc in each state around until you have 12 rows

#dc 2tog, dc in next 3# around (32)

#dc 2 tog, dc in next 2# around (24)


Dc 2 tog until you have 14 system to work in.

10 rows


Dc 2 tog to close

Makes the head and body shape, everything else is decoration wink

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 25-Feb-12 23:13:01

Pidj - he's really really lovely. I'm sure he will be well loved!!

Lewis - fair enough! It looks really good smile

Ophelia - Thanks smile It is now downloading!

Alambil Sun 26-Feb-12 00:50:48

ok so you're all probably in bed, but I've got the bug.... square 2 on my profile now. It's a much more luscious colour than the picture gives it justice, with elongated dc over the white circle bit. I like it grin

Kayzr Sun 26-Feb-12 07:05:56

Oh my Ravelry is amazing!! I really need to learn how to do more than the basics.

Purple it's me that's going to see if my mum can sort out the ends. She's a brilliant knitter and always has something on the go.

Dingle Sun 26-Feb-12 07:35:57

Ooo, you lot have given me really itch fingers, I so want to get going with some squares.

Pidj, he's lovely! Lewis, your square look fab.

Ralvery, hmm, I spend more time looking than I do knitting! blush

Right, I am going to spend some time today looking at squares so that I actually know what I am going to do when I get some wool!

SoupDragon Sun 26-Feb-12 07:36:40

I have finally got started on mine. First off, my "signature" bear square smile I've done the bear (thankfully one of my balls of wool was bear coloured grin) and will do the coloured border part later.

I'm thinking of doing planner textured squares this time - most of the ones I've done before have been bog standard grannies so I'm going to branch out into texture this time. That is one other thing that's great about the blankets - they give me a reason to try a variety of things smile Although part of me feels a little guilty about the enjoyment factor IYSWIM.

Good looking squares so far though - I look forward to seeing the finished blanket!

Dingle Sun 26-Feb-12 07:38:32

"itchy fingers!" look, they are so itchy I cannot even type.

KnottyLocks Sun 26-Feb-12 08:09:26

Morning, my lovelies smile

Lewis, your squares look very lovely indeed smile

Soupy, I love the bears. Really pleased we'll have one on this blanket too.

I'll have the last posting date for squares for you later. Just doing the workings out now.

PurplePidjin Sun 26-Feb-12 09:04:24

Morning all smile

Lewis, they're gorgeous!

Kayzr, definitely not cheating <gavel>

Ophelia that's why I used dk blush Plus it's 85p for 25g in my local shop!

piste has directed me over here, such sad news. I'd like to do some squares if i may?
Is there a deadline/postal address i cansend them too? x

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 26-Feb-12 09:24:40

Soupy - I went to see if you had photos of your other squares on your profile and you don't - but the photos you do have are absolutely georgous grin Will you put your squares on too when you are finished?

PurplePidjin Sun 26-Feb-12 09:28:47

Lydia, just drop a pm to Pistey so she can put you on the spreadsheet smile Knotty's figuring out timescales at the moment so keep an eye out for updates

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 26-Feb-12 09:33:13

Morning brew
Just catching up and returning PMs - Lydia I'll PM you, but lovely to have you with us.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 26-Feb-12 11:05:43

brew brew brew brew brew brew

All PMs replied to, many, many thanks everyone.

Soupy - I love your bears, really glad there will be one on this blanket bear

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 26-Feb-12 12:55:30



G0ldenbrown - you all have mail!! Have sent you all a PM


PurplePidjin Sun 26-Feb-12 13:01:51

Ooh get Pistey all efficient wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 26-Feb-12 13:19:51


Dingle Sun 26-Feb-12 13:21:25

Thank you, thank you. Knitting needles at the ready!

moogdroog Sun 26-Feb-12 14:14:28

Peso is gorgeous! Looks just like him. Well done Pidj!

Deafworm Sun 26-Feb-12 14:34:47

Wow some lovely pictures already, I did like the peso updates! Thank you for the ravelry suggestion I've found a couple of patterns I'd like to try. May have to look at some other bits on there too grin

PurplePidjin Sun 26-Feb-12 14:38:17


Ravelry steals my afternoons angry

PurplePidjin Sun 26-Feb-12 15:57:15


New info! Come and check it out!!

PurplePidjin Sun 26-Feb-12 15:57:50
KnottyLocks Sun 26-Feb-12 16:01:26

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news

We've just heard that MrsKwazii's daughter has passed away today after an accident. She was 4 sad

I've started a new sign up thread for it over here

However because there have been so many of you lovely people offering to make for this blanket, the chances are high that there will be some spare squares that we can also use on this new blanket.
Please do not feel you have to sign up again.

When you do send in your squares, all we ask is that you include a note to let us know whether the squares are
for Wubbly's blanket,
or the new one
or if you're happy for them to be split.

Many thanks. thanks

MinnieBar Sun 26-Feb-12 16:18:38

Oh no. How awful.

Obviously happy to contribute to both. (Well, 'happy' seems the wrong word but you know what I mean.)

KnottyLocks Sun 26-Feb-12 16:44:59

Last Posting Date for Squares for Wubbly Blanket

Monday 19th March

If you are crafting for both blankets, you can send both sets of squares together, just let me know which is which on a note/ or in labelled separate bags inside.

You can also post Wubbly's first, MrsKwazii's later on.
MrsK's blanket posting date will be 10-14 days later. (Once I've sorted it all out)


Kayzr Sun 26-Feb-12 17:01:27

I will put that on the calendar so I don't forget.

Alambil Sun 26-Feb-12 17:03:32

oh no sad that's so awful sad sad

I have pm'd pistey...

oh what awful news. sad

Shall keep knitting squares and hopefully will get more adventurous with my 'pattern' of plain/purl combinations. Have been looking online and I can see all sorts of things to do with a simply K/P stitch!

KnottyLocks Sun 26-Feb-12 18:44:08

Jax, have you done any moss stitch? They always look lovely on the blankets and feel so snuggly in the wool we use.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 26-Feb-12 18:45:42

Oh no sad No no no sad We really do need a crying emoticon, this sad face is just not enough.

I'll post on the other thread sad

now... knotty dont be getting all technical on me, I have a look, think "ooh lovely" and copy pattern.

I dont think I have tried moss stitch will go a googling now to have a nosy - unless you know it back to front.

oh, had a look, K1, P1 to end of row, then P1 K1 to end of row for 2 rows then K1 P1 for row 4 and repeat each 4 rows? I am off to try, will an odd number of stitches.

I am loving this knitting malarkey. grin But obviously not for the reasons that we are doing it. sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 26-Feb-12 18:57:53

Jax - you are a better knitter than me. I love moss stitch, but sadly purl is totally beyond me. <sigh>

My PM box is empty. For now. I'm having one of these wine

Oh no! That is such awful news! sad sad

I am happy for anything I send to go to either blanket. I'll post on the othe thread once dc are asleep.

These blankets don't half make me thankful for my dc- they'll be getting hugged a bit tighter tonight. sad

Kayzr Sun 26-Feb-12 19:18:01

I've always wanted to do moss stitch but it looks complicated. I struggle with rib.

I have had a little shot at moss stitch on some wool I found, hmm, then I tried seed stitch. Think I prefer that.

pistey but I bet you can crochet? I look at a crochet hook and come out in a cold sweat!

KnottyLocks Sun 26-Feb-12 19:53:38

Pistey and crochet?


<zips lips>

Jux Sun 26-Feb-12 20:16:06

My wool hasn't even arrived yet. We'll just keep knitting until we run out of wool, and send when we've got a couple of squares and then send again when we have a couple more....

Where do we send them?

Jux Sun 26-Feb-12 20:18:21

Scratch that, just reread the PM.... blushgrin

Mouseface Sun 26-Feb-12 20:19:14

<hands out Vaseline for sore hands, chocolate cookies for stamina and wine for the hell of it>

You guys are fab. I'm sending £20 in cash, £10 for each cause that has come to light tonight.

So utterly sad. xxxx

KnottyLocks Sun 26-Feb-12 20:27:47

Mousey, as ever, you are a darling smile [star]


Alambil Sun 26-Feb-12 21:01:06

Square 3 on profile.... I'm in the groove tonight!

I am thinking the green/beige/creamy combo is too dark though, so please don't use it if it doesn't "fit"

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 26-Feb-12 21:06:02

Lewis - that square looks fab. It looks like a blue trim and a white heart to me though? Have you posted the right picture?

KnottyLocks Sun 26-Feb-12 21:06:29

Lewis, I'm sure the colours will be fine. Some of the blues and purples are fairly dark: they'll contrast nicely with the brights and pales smile

Alambil Sun 26-Feb-12 21:11:06

Yes, sorry - I meant the green/beige one further down I did the other day - the beige is not very creamy at all...

GentleOtter Sun 26-Feb-12 21:23:32

First square finished! <marathon knitting session>

1/3rd through the next one. It is quite slippy wool. Any tips on how to manage it better without making it sticky?

MinnieBar Sun 26-Feb-12 21:36:15

Pic of my 'square' finally on my profile along with some boasting ones of the DCs

PurplePidjin Sun 26-Feb-12 21:41:44

They're all fab thanks

Alambil Sun 26-Feb-12 21:49:39

that's great minnie

DonkeyTeapot Sun 26-Feb-12 21:56:27

GentleOtter Maybe try using different needles? I sometimes find bamboo needles "grip" the yarn a bit better. Slippery yarn with slippery metal needles can make it really hard to get even tension. If you don't have any bamboo needles get some, they're brilliant maybe try some plastic ones?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 26-Feb-12 21:58:20

I have replied to all PMs, I am absolutely overwhelmed by how lovely everyone is..

thanks for everyone X

Jax - I did try crochet. Not my finest hour. <sigh>

Accepts Mousey's cookies and wine

Well done GentleOtter - I am still on nearly one inch smile

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 26-Feb-12 22:12:57