A Blanket for MrsKwazii (continued)

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KnottyLocks Thu 08-Mar-12 17:17:36

Previous thread is here

We had reached 1000 posts.

PurplePidjin Thu 08-Mar-12 17:20:11

Signing in smile

KnottyLocks Thu 08-Mar-12 17:20:32

Hello lovely smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 08-Mar-12 17:30:47

That crept up on us!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 08-Mar-12 17:55:51

landofsoapandglory - it has let me PM you! Hope you got it alright smile

Marking place!

SoupDragon Thu 08-Mar-12 18:56:22

<<inserts stitch marker>>

KnottyLocks Thu 08-Mar-12 18:58:37

Pistey, she got it! And mine grin


hello! All my squares are done, just need to sew in ends on the last 2! Who are we posting them to and I will try and get them off next week!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 08-Mar-12 19:06:06

PurpleKK - sent you a PM. I may well have sent it a few times actually. The screen sort of got stuck grin
Bloody archaic PM system, grumble, grumble

I only got it once!! grin

LinzerTorte Thu 08-Mar-12 19:32:25

Signing in. My darning needles are on their way, apparently. Now I just need to start knitting. grin Fingers crossed that the post is über-efficient and that my purplicious wool arrives tomorrow so that I can make a start over the weekend.

MadameMessy Thu 08-Mar-12 19:37:09

hi, signing in. something happened with the last thread, it was too long and kept closing when I tried to open it or post on it. mnhq didn't sort it, so couldn't post.

anyway, have 2 squares done, a diagonal square and a double cable. Will possibly get 2 more from the wool. the cash soft has ruined all others for me, its so lovely!

TheRealMBJ Thu 08-Mar-12 19:37:35

Thanks for directing me here

<slinks on>

I didn't manage to get my squares in the post after all. They are all parcelled up though - I will go to the post office in the morningblush smile

RedRosie Thu 08-Mar-12 19:48:50

Thinking of Mrs K.

Hello. Just checking in. Starting on my beginning-knitter-possibly-wibbly-wobbly square tomorrow.

As I can now both knit and purl, I'm sure something suitably amateur will emerge. You can hide it in a unregarded corner somewhere. The deadline is still 26th?

KnottyLocks Thu 08-Mar-12 20:03:24

Last posting date for squares is 26th March

KnottyLocks Thu 08-Mar-12 20:04:03

Thanks, Rosie. you reminded me to add that smile

Found you all!

Well knitting for such an important project as this isn't helping my perfectionist tendencies. Square 1 has been re-done numerous times, in fact so many that I had to switch wool in the end as I was so sick of the dusky pink grin. I have a criminally large stash of cashsoft now, it's all so soft pretty!

Heart pattern with seed stitch border (decided original border was part of the problem as it just didn't look right to me) will hopefully be finished tonight or tomorrow.

I'm going to listen to the mantra and do a plainer square for Square 2.

popping in to mark my place. smile

squares done but now the tricky part of getting my arse in gear to parcel them up! blush

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Thu 08-Mar-12 21:53:57

Has anyone asked MN to link the old thread to this one?

All the squares that are on profiles look great.

We are having another Knit & Natter this time in Didcot the thread is HERE

TheRealMBJ Thu 08-Mar-12 21:54:03

Have finally completed my first square for the blanket. grin

KnottyLocks Thu 08-Mar-12 22:28:17

Chip, I asked them so hopefully they'll be able to do a link for us.

MBJ <shakes pompoms> grin

<boots WhenIsIt up the backside>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 08-Mar-12 22:50:38

Evening wine

Just popping into my PM box.....

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 08-Mar-12 23:06:55

Have replied to all PMs thanks

Linzer - I also hope your purplicious woolly wool arrives tomorrow!
<Fingers crossed>

Everyone is doing so well smile

Thank you to more lovely donors for their generosity we really appreciate it

thanks browneyesblue

thanks MarieFromStMoritz

MadameMessy Fri 09-Mar-12 00:30:16

hi, have finished my squares smile
Will someone pm me the address for posting?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 06:42:08

Morning grin <-- Happy it is Friday!

MadameMessy have sent it to you thanks and replied to PMs. thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 09-Mar-12 06:43:53

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 06:44:23

<arf> Just tried to send myself a PM! Tis going well grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 06:44:43

Morning Knots

KnottyLocks Fri 09-Mar-12 06:49:53

Oh I've done that many.a time but am quite to to chatting to myself grin

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 06:55:37

Morning all!

Morning! Work free day for me! Might get another square done if ds is cooperative!! brew

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 07:25:28

Lucky you Glaikit! As a non-square aside, I showed these two little items to a friend at work who had been rather scornful about knitting yesterday (hat and tunic) and she started crying and admitted she was 10 weeks pregnant! I like that crafting can bring us together, both for the desperately sad times in life and also the happy ones. The baby the hat and tunic is for was born two days after the loss of a colleague, and was the middle of three baby girls born on three successive days in February to friends/colleagues of mine.

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 07:41:27

Morning all! Finished a four-way mitred square last night but it's so loose on one diagonal I think I'm going to have to undo it all. It was an extra so I don't mind from that POV but I thought I'd be getting better at this, not worse…

Calling all mother-daughter knitting teams - I don't know if you've heard about MmeLindor's idea to launch a new, online magazine for the per-teen market that isn't just about glittery pink stuff and boys? here

She's asked for article suggestions and I thought something on these blankets would be a lovely idea, particularly from a mother-daughter angle, and/or MNers whose own mothers have helped them.

It would be anonymous, of course, so please PM me if you and your daughter have done squares and you'd like to be part of the article smile

KnottyLocks Fri 09-Mar-12 09:04:08

Trib, the hat and dress are so very cute. I totally agree about crafting bringing people together. The sense of community that emanates from the blanket threads is remarkable.

Minnie, that is a great idea. I've seen MmeL's thread and have been thinking about ideas. Yours is a corker. smile

DonkeyTeapot Fri 09-Mar-12 09:18:56

Hello gang, just signing in. I wondered what was going on with MN last night, I gave up and went to bed early. My squares are already posted (Only did four and then wrecked one of those!) but I'm enjoying keeping up with everyone's progress smile

puddleofpiddle Fri 09-Mar-12 10:21:35

I've been out of action with a bug for a couple of days but my squares are ready to post! Knotty I can't seem to pm you to ask for the address!

puddle I think you need to PM Pistey not Knotty. HTH!

DutchOma Fri 09-Mar-12 10:26:15

I tried to post on the old thread and it was awfully slow.
Anyway, I also ordered from Fingers and Thumbs on the 1st March and nothing has arrived. I emailed them yesterday and didn't get and answer. They are by far the cheapest for Debbie Bliss and had more than the pastel colours, but if they are this slow I couldn't really recommend them. It's a shame as they seem to be a team of young mothers with small children.

Thank goodnes - I have found you.. having book marked the original and forgotten that we had already moved from Chat to Arts and Crafts!

Two completed and I have put the pictures on my profile in the hope that my donor has worked out who the wool went to and might want to see the results... I think I've made my profile public - it's even emptier than Pistey's! I think I've got enough left for one more square - so will get to that this afternoon

upsydaisysexstylist Fri 09-Mar-12 10:40:00

marking place, have nearly three squares done and possibly enough wool fore three more' Bit slow as have ill chioldren and decided to make my first square intarsia, rembered why I don't do picture knits, furiously resisting urge to block it as it is a bit wibbly, but more or less 6 inches.

Am finishing one which is a stocking stich diamond in a double moss stictch border, am unsure whether to embroider something or leave plain for an embelishment to be attached

I too am ruined for other wool and have huge granny stripe and flower stylecraft blanket on my hook.

Molehillmountain Fri 09-Mar-12 11:56:31

Love the hat and tunic trib. Are they done in crafter? Looks like a ball I have in stash. If so...magic woolwink.

Molehillmountain Fri 09-Mar-12 11:57:03

Squares done! Off to post in a bit! smile

PurplePidjin Fri 09-Mar-12 13:00:11

I'm 2/3 through my second knitted square, took it on the train with me, went wrong, ripped out, dropped a load of stitches angry

Didcot on Monday might be essential to get me straightened out! <pines for hook>

Faverolles Fri 09-Mar-12 13:11:40

I've finished one very plain, slightly uneven square blush, and have started on another.
I really don't mind if it's rejected as it's a bit rubbish, but I'll keep practicing!
Piste - I'll pm you for an address when I've finished the second square.

Can I ask how you do different patterns on the squares? I've (mostly) mastered the knit and purl stitch, is there loads more to it?

PurplePidjin Fri 09-Mar-12 13:23:02

Faverolles, I think it's just stocking stitch (knit a row purl a row) but in the middle you do a certain number of knit stitches and it builds up into a pattern? I'm still struggling to remember which row is knit and which purl though so not the best person to say blush

Faverolles you can make loads of patterns just using knit and purl stitches - so long as you can recognise which is which as PurpleP says - first of all recognising the row, then the individual stitches when knits and purls are mixed up on a row... saves lots of counting or repeating knit..purl...knit..purl to yourself - here's a pattern for moss stitch which is just made of knits and purls - if you Google or look on Ravelry you'll find lots of designs that other people have created.

Bet your squares will look fab as part of the whole MumsNet effort

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 13:47:38

Mole, yes, it's Crofter. I adore it. Working on this blanket right now for another baby, also Crofter. Magic stuff!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 13:49:34


Faverolles - am so glad to hear of your progress, am so glad you took up my challenge grin Fabulous!

Pidj - when I go wrong I have to just start again, I can't go back and sort it out. This is why I perhaps tend to only get one square out of a ball of wool, or send in a square held together by a safety pin grin

upsydaisysexstylist - now the last time I saw intarsia mentioned I had to look it up. I'm going to have to look it up again blush I know it is complicated smile

GleamingHeels - lovely squares! My profile maybe fairly empty but it does have Idris Elba with a crochet hook. Quality not quantity you see.

Oma - that is such a shame to hear about Fingers and Thumbs, they are a very new company I think and perhaps are still finding their way. Hope it comes soon for you.

MinnieBar I too saw MmeLindor's thread, really liked her idea, like yours too, I wonder if my DD would like to contribute, I shall ask her later. .

puddleofpiddle - I've PMd you the posting address, sorry you couldn't get through to Knotty. This bloomin PM system is so frustrating and unreliable at times.

Cuppa now brew Smashing grin

You can't hide from me I found you grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 13:53:55

Check these out my woolly friends Aren't they fabulous?!

That link to the Olympic people is brilliant Pistey! I'd vaguely heard of people doing random or guerilla kniiting things - but that one is excellent

PurplePidjin Fri 09-Mar-12 14:25:15

There's a few yarnbombers on mumsnet, maybe it was them grin

yarnbombers PurplePidjin is that what they're called? That's a great name

DonkeyTeapot Fri 09-Mar-12 14:46:44

How about THESE bad boys then?

DonkeyTeapot Fri 09-Mar-12 14:48:57

Although THIS is the picture I was actually looking for. Finding the other one was just a happy accident!

DonkeyTeapot [speechless emoticon]

Phew... was just having a small panic in case you were showing us all your beautiful handiwork...

DonkeyTeapot Fri 09-Mar-12 14:54:14

Ha ha, no, although DP's birthday is coming up...

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 14:56:40

Donkey - that's what Knotty made for Mr Knotty for his last birthday.S'true..

duchesse Fri 09-Mar-12 15:13:02

Yarn bombing? I love it! Never heard of it before. Around here people do guerilla gardening.

duchesse Fri 09-Mar-12 15:24:39

After a little research I've found this lady on Twitter who appears to know more about the Saltburn Yarnbomber.

How do I add in a new ball of wool? Do I just start knitting with it?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 16:28:57

I do stripes, and when I first introduce a new colour, that's exactly what I do, just start knitting with the new wool.

You will have extra pesky ends to sew in, but that is easy.

PrettyPirate Fri 09-Mar-12 16:32:04

Have finished all my squares, have put the photos up. They do look bit wonky but I'm quite proud of them. Only started crocheting about a month ago and absolutely loving it! Although not sure I ever progress from blankets hmm

Thank you pistey!!

DutchOma Fri 09-Mar-12 16:56:32

They're really lovely, Pirate.

chipmonkey Fri 09-Mar-12 17:04:23

They are super, Pirate!

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Fri 09-Mar-12 17:19:36

Pirate, they are lovely.

Pirate - they're beautiful and look very intricate

duchesse Fri 09-Mar-12 17:30:14

Wow, pirate they are lovely! I wish I could crochet... Can't seem to get the hang of it.

Blatherskite Fri 09-Mar-12 17:46:48

I bought myself a crochet hook and some wool to practice on today.

I am bloody awful at it though so hoping we hear back from Glitterknickers soon!!

Kayzr Fri 09-Mar-12 17:52:50


Sorry been AWOL. The boys aren't very well so I am behind with my knitting but hopefully I should be finished in time.

I'm tempted to buy a hook and pick a YouTube tutorial and see if I can make anything other than the mess I made when my Mum tried to teach me a hundred years ago does being able to knit help learning to crochet in any way?

alibubbles Fri 09-Mar-12 18:05:59

I haven't received any wool yet, is anyone posting to me please?

mumatron Fri 09-Mar-12 18:09:41

I'm guessing my wool hasn't reached it's knitter yet sad

i'll get an email sent to cucumber patch asap. let me just do the bath/bed stuff and i'll get on to it.

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 18:12:44

Pirate you've only been crocheting for a month? That's really impressive. I did my eighth or so square yesterday and it was just awful, really loose and sloppy - I'm getting worse, not better!

Right. I have a pattern that I don't understand. It says:

yo [Sl1. K2tog. psso. (yo) twice] 6 times.

It's the 6 times bit I'm confused on really. Does that mean:

sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, yo,
sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, yo,
sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, yo,
sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, yo,
sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, yo,
sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, yo,

I really hope not, as then I run out of stitches, but I just don't understand what the alternative is.


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 18:14:00

Give me two ticks mumatron and allibubbles and I shall be PMing you

Alibubbles you have my sympathy and I got mine only a couple of days after the first people were showing 'works in progress' - even then I was geting all jealous that I couldn't get started and couldn't even plan what I was going to do properly because I didn't know whether I'd be getting one colour or more. Hope yours turns up soon.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 09-Mar-12 18:17:42

Pirate - they're great, the top one is my fav smile

KnottyLocks Fri 09-Mar-12 18:36:03

Evening smile

Bit hectic here. Be back when I can hear myself think.

PrettyPirate Fri 09-Mar-12 18:40:08

Thanks everyone! I did say I might stick to blankets and granny squares for the rest of my life as I just can't understand the patterns! yo,sl,tog,sc, whatever - it's impossible to read! So sorry MinnieBar I have no idea what are you asking grin
So far youtube and photo-by-photo tutorials have been only way to understand.

MinnieBar I'm trying to get my head round this
yo [Sl1. K2tog. psso. (yo) twice] 6 times

yo – creates a stitch

then you repeat the bit between the square brackets

sl1 – will lose a stitch when you psso
K2tog – loses a stitch
yo x 2 – creates 2 stitches

so that would even things out and create your pattern without reducing stitches – two created, two lost however many times you need to do it. However you have also created an extra stitch with the initial yo

So you have an extra stitch on this row – could be yarn over twice for the pattern to be dealt with in subsequent rows - what does the next row say?

However none of that explains why you're running out of stitches - tell us about what's happening and no doubt someone else will alo be able to help or, if you give me the next row, I'll get my needles out and see if I can work it out

KnottyLocks Fri 09-Mar-12 18:56:35

Minnie, have you got a link to the pattern?

link to pattern would help

also my So you have an extra stitch on this row – could be yarn over twice for the pattern to be dealt with in subsequent rows
makes no sense - should be initial yarn over not yarn over twice

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 19:11:51

This is the link; unfortunately you have to join the website that it links to in order to see the full pattern (tis at least free!).

It's a 37 stitch line, the full line is:

(K1. P1) twice. K4. yo. [Sl1. K2tog. psso. (yo) twice] 6 times. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yo. K4. (P1. K1) twice.

By my inept reckoning, once you take off the stuff at the beginning and the end, that only leaves 16 stitches for the bit in the brackets, and with all the will in the world that doesn't divide into 16.

But the picture has six holes in it... aarghhh.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 19:13:11

I am hoping I have managed to help everyone. thanks

I am so sorry about all the delays for some people, tis frustrating all round, we def need to explore more suppliers.


woollyideas Fri 09-Mar-12 19:13:51

Hi Piste, I PMd you on 2nd March, but haven't heard back. I'd really like to knit for this, but need some wool please!

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 19:14:04

<bangs head on desk>

By 'doesn't divide into 16' I obviously meant 'isn't divisible by 6'.


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 19:18:27

We've had all sorts of problems with our PMs sad

I'm sorry I wasn't ignoring you, PMing you now

PrettyPirate Fri 09-Mar-12 19:20:18

See MinneBar I can't even tell that your pattern question was knitting one, not crochet blush. It looks lovely though, wish I could do something like that!

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 19:21:49

Well so do I Pirate wink... back to the drawing board perhaps!

Minnie - I just knit row eleven (the one I think you quoted part of) on your pattern and it worked perfectly and I ended it with 37 stitches... I'm not sure my way above of explaining things is helping, I have to go do dinner etc, but if you'd like me to have another go at explaining, I'll try

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 20:02:03

So which bit do you do six times Gleaming?

Sorry to be a pain and a thicko but I've read your explanation twice and I still don't understand blush.

It's really very kind of you to physically have a go to try and work it out for me! I do appreciate it. smile

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 20:05:26

Minnie - I was going to have a crack at that one tomorrow. So keep the faith, I will have a go!

By my reckoning you go:

37 stitches

(K1. P1) twice. K4. yo. [Sl1. K2tog. psso. (yo) twice] 6 times. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yo. K4. (P1. K1) twice.

K1 P1 K1 P1 = 4 stitches
K4 = 8 stitches
YO = 9
[Sl1, K2 together, pass the slipped stitch over (so you ignore the Sl1 for counting), YO * 2] = 3 more stitches in total
Do that bit 6 times in total = 18 stitches, in addition to the 9 we'd already done, so 27

Sl 1, K2 together, psso = 1 stitch, 28 in total
YO = 29
K4 = 33
P1 K1 P1 K1 = 37


tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 20:07:21

Btw I don't really like the idea of two yarn overs in a row though. Bit odd.

Minnie no problem - it's a nice little logic challenge

the bit I did six times was *[Sl1. K2tog. psso. (yo) twice]

so I slipped a stitch onto the right needle (still a total of 37 stitches)
knit two together (now down to 36 stitches in total)
passed the slipped stitch over (now down to 35 stitches in total)
yo twice - created two new stitches (back up to 37 stitches)

then did it another five times

so I didn't lose the overall number of stitches and only 'used up' three stitches at a time from left needle to right

Is this helping at all? You don't happen to live near Cheltenham do you - it'd be so much easier to do this together than trying to explain in words - I had to knit it before I could explain it to myself!

Oh, sorry, tribot, you've already explained.

two yarns over - I wasn't too surprised by that - it's an easy way of creating the 'top' of an eyelet or hole - I'm no purist though, no doubt there's a 'proper way to add the stitches back in.

by the way Minnie - Ravelry is fantastic, I was already a member

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 20:39:06

My head hurts.

I think, I think, I've just had a lightbulb moment. When I looked up PSSO the description compared it to binding off, so I assumed you slip it on the right-hand needle. But - BUT! - you're meant to be putting it back onto the LEFT needle, yes?? That would explain why I'm running out of stitches…

<grabs wine>

LinzerTorte Fri 09-Mar-12 20:43:12

Nothing purple in my postbox today. sad

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 20:50:25

So close. I got to the almost end, where I should have 8 stitches left, and I had 7.
It's an improvement…

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 20:50:50

More lovely donors from today - many many thanks to you

thanks travellingwilbury

thanks Flapjack77

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 20:52:52

Minnie - no, you're slipping it off the needle completely. The slipped stitch has gone for good, making a hole.

Have a look at this diagram - they are only doing sl1, k1, psso, but it's the same idea. You slip one stitch from the left needle to the right. You knit two stitches together so you end up with one more stitch on the right needle. Then you pull the first stitch, the slipped one, up and over the second stitch and OFF the needle completely. Bosh. One stitch left.

Minnie - maybe we should continue this tomorrow, but psso K2tog means...

slip a stich from the left needle to the right without knitting it - just move it over to the right needle
then knit two stitches together on the left needle - leaving only one stitch on the right needle
then use your left needle to 'cast off (bind off) the slip stitch over the stitch you've just made by knitting two together - it doesn't go back onto the left needle at all.

I'm trying hard to think why you're running out of stitches on your left needle -

could you be repeating the bit before the square brackets start?

I do really want to help, but suspect I am being a bit thick and missing an obvious problem

Minnie 7 stitches instead of eight, you must have sussed the pattern! grin
One little glitch, but it can't be the same problem as running out of stitches

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 20:59:54

Btw the other thing you need to avoid Minnie is thinking about all 37 stitches at once if that makes sense. You have a block of 8 at the beginning and the end, so you are patterning on the middle 21. You've then got what appears to be 6 repeats of the pattern but it's actually 7, just on the final one you only do 1 YO instead of 2 (because you also did an extra, rogue YO right at the start of the pattern part of the row.


[first 8 stitches]
Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, YO
Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, YO
Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, YO
Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, YO
Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, YO
Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, YO
Sl1, K2tog, psso, YO
[last 8 stitches]

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 21:09:42


<brain implodes>

Maybe I'm doing the double YO bit wrong. I've had too much wine for tonight (cheers!) but I'll look again in the morning.

Really, really appreciate all your help. I'm about an hour from Cheltenham and the Didcot meet is def do-able except for the fact I'd have all three DCs with me so chances of actually knitting are close to zero…

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Mar-12 21:17:36


Trying to send some PMs and now it won't let me sad I'm getting lots of PMs though, so incoming is OK, just not outgoing. <rolls eyes>

Woollyideas - you got my first PM, I'm not sure you got the other, I don't think it went though, but I need your address

Could someone PM flapjack77 to say her donation has arrived, I've put it on the thread but want her to know it is here. And also could someone PM travellingwilbury her wool has arrived and she has been worried about it. Thank you kind person who does PM for me x

I shall leave other replies until tomorrow, sorry

Knotty - we have to keep up pushing for changes to the PM system, the whole thing needs an overhaul, tis bloody bonkerzzzzz!


Minnie, if you haven't tried it already, You Tube is brilliant for getting your head around new stitches. I usually learn better by reading than seeing IYKWIM but knitting is definitely the exception I find.

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 21:32:27

Pistey I've PMed wilbury and flapjack, what a shame the PM system is letting us down! It sounds like there's no 'super user' option that MN use for their own people, even. Let me know if you need me to send any more.

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 22:04:53

And travellingwilbury has been in touch to confirm she's got the message. Phew!

LynnCSchreiber Fri 09-Mar-12 22:07:04

ooooh, I have such a guilty conscience. I agreed to send wool to a knitter but it was around the time that we moved house and I totally forgot about it.

Shall I still send it to the person I was told to send it to, or have you re-matched them?

I am really sorry.

<offers Swiss choc>

woollyideas Fri 09-Mar-12 22:19:47

Hi Pistey, Hope you have my PMs now. Have got yours!

KnottyLocks Fri 09-Mar-12 22:19:50

<grabs Swiss choc>

I did wonder why my Inbox was rather quiet.

MmeL , I'll just check for you.

KnottyLocks Fri 09-Mar-12 22:24:45

If you are having trouble PMing Pistey, please feel free to PM me and we'll try to get any questions answered.


MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 23:04:02

Well I've sort of discovered my mistake - I was treating 'yo' as 'yo and k1', so that's why I was using up my extra stitches.

But the next row says to mostly purl, and to purl into the double yos by purling into the back leg.

Fine, I thought, that's rather like M1P, except I've lost four stitches along the way somehow! And I thought trying to read a graph pattern with cabling in it was hard…

I'm torn between just giving up and admitting defeat and doggedly carrying on until I can beat this sucker. Hmm.

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 23:10:28

Oh lord. Purling into the back leg sounds painful grin That sounds a bit like they expect the double YOs to resolve to a single purled stitch in this row, but that can't be right given you'll end up with too few stitches as a result.

But wait - the pattern says working into double yo as follows: P1. P1tbl

So purl the first YO just like always, and then purl the second one through the back of the loop like this - that works, same number of stitches after as before.

Would I be right in thinking you probably won't be tackling the full size blanket version of this pattern afterwards?!

tribpot Fri 09-Mar-12 23:17:51

And btw Minnie I'm going to do this square this weekend purely as a show of solidarity now! Keep the faith!

MinnieBar Fri 09-Mar-12 23:22:48

Damn straight! I think my trouble is that when I try to slip the first loop of the yo off, the second bit wants to come too and then I'm getting confused about where one ends and the other starts.

You guys are so lovely though, spending all this time trying to sort my dunderhead brain out. And that's not just the wine talking, honest.

Off to bed now. Insomnia and a restless night's sleep beckons, probably punctuated with dreams of knitting…

chipmonkey Sat 10-Mar-12 01:47:00

I have now done a dragonfly square as well but it is a bit hourglassy, tighter in the middle than at the edges. Pic on my profile. Is it usable?

chipmonkey lovely squares, and an especially lovely dragonfly

tribpot and Minnie - I'll have a go at doing that square too, I'm sure that you're right about the difficulties of purling into the first of the a double yo and the second trying to escape

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 06:44:57

Love the dragonfly chipmonkey!

Gleaming, Minnie - it's heart-against-heart: game on! wink

KnottyLocks Sat 10-Mar-12 07:16:06

Morning smile

Chip, the squares are gorgeous [star] Yes, to the Dragonfly. Looks very lovely smile

MinnieBar Sat 10-Mar-12 07:34:14

I think I have a teeny disadvantage of not being able to read a pattern properly…

<repeats the 'plain squares are good, plain squares are essential' mantra to self>

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 07:40:24

Minnie - yes, for the sake of compressing the instructions they can become very difficult to understand. Particularly on row 12 where they have nested one instruction repeat inside another, so

[do the stuff in here (and this) twice] 6 times

Not obvious that means:

Do the stuff. Do the bit in brackets twice.
Repeat the above line 6 times.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 10-Mar-12 07:48:51

Morning brewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrew

Just catching up - My PMs are all fine again.... <rolls eyes. Again>
Going to sort inbox now, just replied to one and it all seems to be working again.. <phew>

Chip - those are so professional! Lovely squares x

and purling into the back leg confused and shock !!!

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 08:01:07

Btw, the pattern is for an 8" square, not a 6". I've gone down to 3.25mm needles but as usual, my tension is so loose it's coming out at the right measurement not a smaller one. I think I might chop out the stitches that form the bit between the outer border and the inner one that surrounds the heart.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 10-Mar-12 08:01:47

tribpot - Thank you for helping me last night! I really appreciate it. Both of those lovely donors aren't on this thread a great deal and I just wanted them to get the message of safe arrivals. So thank you thanks

MmeL - I am coming to sort you out now grin

MinnieBar Sat 10-Mar-12 08:19:57

Yes I saw it was 8" but I'm knitting on 3.5 needles (which seems to come out at 6" for me with 37 stitches - or at least it did on another pattern). I was planning on cutting out a couple of moss stitch rows top and bottom but maybe I should cut out those pesky holes instead grin

I am also rubbish at undoing, particularly where trickier stitches are involved. I've undone my 'purl into the back leg' row to find I now have 36 stitches instead of 37… aaarghhh!!

LynnCSchreiber Sat 10-Mar-12 08:30:44

Have PMed you back, OnThePiste

Did you find a mother-daughter team to feature in the magazine? I would also be interested in a step-by-step first tutorial for young knitters, if any of you would be able to do that. We need pics and explanations. If there were a mum-daughter team, perhaps they could do a short video - you needn't be identifiable. I would really like to feature the work that you guys do, it is incredibly touching. I was talking to my parents last night and told them about the blankets. My dad had tears in his eyes.

All the [flowers] in the land to OnThePiste and Knotty for organizing this.

Minnie it's official - just finished row 12 and purling those double yo,s is horrible, butTrib's description of purling the front of the first one and the back of the second is spot on. Let us know how you're getting on - you can do this

Unfortunately I am not knitting my heart for this blanket because I don't have enough of the right wool - but I am doing it as moral support for a square (and knitter) that will be for the blanket

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 09:06:52

Undoing a k2tog psso is bloody awful, and I must say I am not looking forward to these purl-in-the-back-of-the-loop things on a double YO. However, first I will need to whack out some stitches in the pattern, fire up the spreadsheet!

It is Tribpot, it is - had to undo a whole row of them the first time because I realised I had skipped the K4 after the seed stitch border [idiot]. Time for some more coffee...

Do you think we should have a new thread for the 'heart-off' with Minnie? We might be getting a bit intrusive here where Pistey and Knotty are trying to sort out all their PM problems and reassure crafters and donors about missing wool etc? Happy to start one if you think this is a good idea and also once we have ensured Minnie knows!

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 09:49:07

Yes - I was thinking the same, Gleaming. There's a lot of info about the heart-off which might be better in a chat thread, I shall start one and then we can direct Minnie over to it. We can maybe use it for any other patterns which are giving particular grief too.

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 09:57:57

Heart square thread - step this way Gleaming, Minnie and anyone else who fancies a challenge! I should say, it does say the pattern is 'Intermediate'.

MinnieBar Sat 10-Mar-12 10:09:30

Oh god I've taken over the thread with my ineptitude blush

<scarpers sharpish to heart thread>

I've fully embraced the plain squares mantra. Though I have to say that my (plain) slip stitch square is shaping up nicely. The cashmerino is so lovely and soft that this rather dense pattern is making a super snuggly square. smile

Had been planning to try to same one as Minnie next but given that is has its own thread, maybe not shock

KnottyLocks Sat 10-Mar-12 10:39:15

Aaaa, gowon Barbara grin

Right, I am sorting through the 9 parcels that arrived and will be back shortly smile

Methe Sat 10-Mar-12 10:45:57

My squares will be escorted to the post office this morning so should be with you soon. I have to confess i haven't sewn in my ends, I can't find a needle big enough sad so i am sorry for that.

I am looking forward to seeing the finished article grin

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 10:47:21

Barbara, we will all be experts in that square by the end of the weekend - embrace the pattern! grin

Knotty - 9 parcels, wowser!

I've a confession. I've just noticed my blue wool is baby cashsoft. I didn't realise until I started my second ball. are my squares useless??

KnottyLocks Sat 10-Mar-12 11:20:24

Bundles of woolly gorgeousness arriving today from:

Daffs [star] Thanks for the spare wool too thanks

Pleaides [star] And yes, as you say I am up to my neck in wool grin thanks

Primrose123 [star] The narrower square is fine - I can use it. smile thanks

Rubycon [star] Blimey, Ruby. You have been busy thanks

Fizzog [star] And a huge thanks for my treats thanks

NessaRose [star] Lovely as usual, Nessa thanks

Molehillmountain [star] V lovely, Mole thanks

SamJones [star] Not too late at all, Sam. In fact you are early smile thanks

Am posting this on both blanket threads as I know some of you are crafting for both.


KnottyLocks Sat 10-Mar-12 11:23:09

Fizzog, as you sent me some treats, I shall not berate you grin

Compare it to the other wool. How does is feel/look? Normally is different.

There's always one grin

It looks and feels the same in the ball but the baby is springier when knitted. probably hides my tension issues better if I'm honest.

KnottyLocks Sat 10-Mar-12 11:50:10

I find alcohol hides my tension better.

KnottyLocks Sat 10-Mar-12 11:51:39

Anyhoooo, carry on. When you post them can you just remind me of the baby cash bit. I may do a wash comparison before using them. If that's ok with you.

Come on Barbara, it's not so bad - well four rows of it are quite hard...

You already have them knotty!!

Molehillmountain Sat 10-Mar-12 12:13:10

grin glad they arrived safely. Am just having a quiet moment after mad morning and have a smile on my face. If you knew me you'd know how exciting it is to have completed a project before a deadline wink

If it makes any difference the "ingredients" are the same. 57% Extra fine merino 33% acrylic microfibre and 10% cashmere.

puddleofpiddle Sat 10-Mar-12 12:36:48

I've just got back from the post office, camera is charging and I'm hoping to upload pics before I go to work smile

KnottyLocks Sat 10-Mar-12 12:40:38

Okey doke, Fizzog grin I haven't looked that closely, just had a quick furk through the packets so I could tell folks their squares had arrived. I'll be sorting them properly later.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 10-Mar-12 13:14:29

A quick furk??? confused grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 10-Mar-12 13:21:38

Nine parcels of woolly squares - marvellissimo!!
thanks to all, that is brilliant!

Really need to do more of my first one....blush Where's Cakey when I need her!

Got a few PMs to send and reply to so fingers crossed! Here goes.......

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 10-Mar-12 14:24:54

thanks Thank you too to another lovely donor, we really appreciate your support.

thanks SarahStratton

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 10-Mar-12 16:00:34

thanks And another thank you to a lovely donor, very many thanks indeed :

thanks MmeLindor

Pancakeflipper Sat 10-Mar-12 16:03:01

I have done 1. Doing the other this weekend.

My wool is yummy yum. Lovely to knit with. I love my donor.

DutchOma Sat 10-Mar-12 16:45:11

Has anybody received wool from Fingers and Thumbs? I ordered on the 1st March, sent an e.mail on Tuesday or Wednesday, rang them today on their mobile number and left a message as they were not picking up. No money has been taken from my PayPal account, so I am just wondering if they were having problems.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 10-Mar-12 16:52:59

Yes Oma, Knots and I did an experiment to see how we got on with them as we are looking for more suppliers to recommend. I sent wool to her, ordered on Thursday and it arrived at hers today.

I got an email to say it had been dispatched too.

Really sorry you are having problems.

TimeForCake Sat 10-Mar-12 18:19:07

I'm here! smile Panic not Pistey. I still haven't got any further blush.
I am going to sit down tomorrow to do some though. Starting to feel twitchy with all these woolly parcels being sent left, right & centre!

Almost did some at 5am but thought better of it, I don't need any other factors to make me go wrong and not being fully alert would have been disasterous. As a complete aside, a very bizarre thing happened this morning - hence me being awake faaaaaar too early. Phone rang (heart pounds, panic takes over as fearing awful news from someone), however, the voice started saying hello, how are you etc At which point I ask who on earth it is, to which he says Micheal someone who plays football for Barnsley, ringing to ask if I wanted a drink tonight?! What the...? I have no idea what it was all about. He didn't sound drunk, quite pleasant really, but I assume it was a prank after a partying session. I was less than polite!
Anyhoo, enough of my tangent. You've probably nearly finished by now Pistey!
Must be wine time.

Hi all!

Just a thought on the supplier issue... What about deramores? Things I've ordered from them have come quickly and they seem quite good at staying in touch.

I have a jiffy bag now (thanks to dh's birthday presents arriving today) so will parcel up to tonight. Promise! blush

tribpot Sat 10-Mar-12 19:02:14

I wonder if people who are having problems getting the Debbie Bliss want to try the Rowan Cashsoft? It may be more readily available, I don't know - I got mine no problem from McA Direct, who I use a lot. Hulucrafts, who I use as well, have it in stock too.

Not much help for people waiting on orders, though confused

Pleiades45 Sat 10-Mar-12 19:34:11

I've ordered from Modernknitting and had no issues with them. They stock Debbie Bliss but not Rowan.

If you've been worried about knitting the heart square but been a bit worried about the yo/double yo and ssk and all the rest, here's a simpler heart square. If you need a hand then come and join us on this support thread... also this chat thread is for anyone who needs a hand with their chosen blanket square pattern, not just people trying out the heart pattern - come one, come all!

Ok my 'square' isn't really looking very square and I don't think it's about tension help.

It seems to go like this:


Damn spacing, it looks like tge right hand side on both sides

tribpot Sun 11-Mar-12 06:41:22

I think it'll be fine once it's been put in place, SkinnyJeans. Does it have a pattern on?

KnottyLocks Sun 11-Mar-12 07:39:49

Morning smile

LovesBeing, if your casting on row is quite tight the rows after can look a bit wider. Could that be it?

Smugfearnleyshittingstool Sun 11-Mar-12 07:48:36

My lovely yarn arrived yesterday, thankyou doner! The first square is well underway.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 11-Mar-12 08:06:47

Morning brew


grin Cakey, particularly like the part not being fully alert would have been disasterous grin I'm never fully alert - my square is doomed!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 11-Mar-12 08:35:12

Good news Smugfearnley. Really glad it has arrived smile

No pattern just the first thing I have e we crocheted

funchum8am Sun 11-Mar-12 10:49:19

First square done! Very boring, just a square all in one colour but it's relatively neat at least. Doing as many as I can with the ball of wool I received from my lovely donor and will send as soon as I can. Will be before 26th of course - and it's wonderful practice for my knitting. I'm getting faster! Thanks for letting me join in.

tribpot Sun 11-Mar-12 10:51:42

funchum - not boring! The mantra is plain squares are good, plain squares are essential.

bluebump Sun 11-Mar-12 11:53:01

Right i've finished my squares now. I hope they are ok, will pm you Piste and see where to post them too.

Marking place, so I can follow progress.

Any news on my knitters squares? smile

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 11-Mar-12 14:19:26

Just popping in to catch up on the latest squares and say 'Hi' smile

I have loved the 'heart' chat - haven't had time to attempt it yet - but it's one of the ones I was considering doing. I might save it for when I have time to really concentrate!! (I have noted the link to the continued chat!! smile )

It sounds like you are getting lots in already Knotty - brilliant smile

Chipping no worries about not having tried the heart yet, Trib will have it sussed if you hang on a little bit and you might escape the double yo!

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sun 11-Mar-12 15:27:02

That would make it a Yo-Yo wouldn't it grin <keen not to see another one actually after spending half of this week trying to teach a 3 year old how to work one properly!>

Chip ^yoyo grin

tribpot Sun 11-Mar-12 16:40:56

Yes, the yo-yo is now a thing of the past! No more wine-defying double yarn overs on the Heart chat, I will wang a few rows of a pattern down there so people can see what I've done. It's not very clever. But then neither are double yarn overs followed by a purl through the back leg <wince>.

Ok do I'm still worried about the size of my soon to be square, i did tge right number of stitches to begin with but that only measures 5 in, is that ok or shall I start again?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 12-Mar-12 06:08:04

Morning brew

Just catching up with PMs thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 12-Mar-12 06:23:15

Quincy Your lovely crafter has asked for the address for posting, your joint squares are finished. Fabulous! thanks

LovesBeing How far have you got into the square? The true size doesn't show until you have done several rows, but I'm not sure if this is the same square you were talking about ^^ up there?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 12-Mar-12 06:26:46

brew <slurp>

Have replied to all PMs

Many thanks everyone, I will be back at lunchtime thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 12-Mar-12 07:10:34

Morning all smile

LovesBeing, if it's a crochet square you could always stick a crochet edge around it. Or I'm happy to do that for you, if you like.

oh wonderful news! That's lovely. Please pass on my thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 12-Mar-12 11:48:25

Fabulous woolly squares arriving today from:

Soupy [star] A surprisingly normal label! <phew> grin thanks

PuddleofPiddle [star] thanks

All gorgeous thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 12-Mar-12 14:07:34

Quincy - certainly will, in fact it would be my pleasure to. thanks

A huge thank you to another lovely donor for supporting this blanket thanks

thanks MiaAlexandrasmummy

Molehillmountain Mon 12-Mar-12 14:07:44

Knotty-wish I'd thought of this before posting squares, but just in case I make any more squares in cashmerino, if you get a moment, do you think you'd be able to tell me how many rows I did, please? Might help me plan my patterns better next time to stop at a sensible point blush. Sorry to be a nuisance.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 12-Mar-12 14:09:18

You got off lightly there Knotty, DH has only just come back to the country! grin

I've just finished another square. This time I knitted on a diagonal, started with one stitch and added a stich on each row, then dropped a stitch each row until all done!! I had to use pythagoras and everything!!! grin It's a bit wobbly round the edges, but I think it should be ok once in place. I'll bow to Knottys superior knowledge on that though!

Knotty do you think my blue square will be ok? I have a whole ball of it left and was going to a stripy square next.

Yes it is tge same one.

Knotty that's a fab idea, I shall stop worrying grin. I shall try myself but thank you for tge offer I'll let you know how I get on.

KnottyLocks Mon 12-Mar-12 15:31:08

Mole, are your squares the ones tied with a white satin bow? I'll have a look.

Molehillmountain Mon 12-Mar-12 17:48:34

Yep-those are the ones! No hurry, but thanks in advance

KnottyLocks Mon 12-Mar-12 17:58:27

I'll dig them out later and let you know. smile

OnceHomeless Mon 12-Mar-12 18:57:01

Hey Pistey - Just to let you know, yarn arrived safely today.

Alambil Mon 12-Mar-12 19:42:48

Donation received - production line activated grin

They'll be with you asap x

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 12-Mar-12 20:21:20

Really good news...All systems go!!


KnottyLocks Mon 12-Mar-12 20:25:37

WoollyWonderBirds are GO!

Alambil Mon 12-Mar-12 20:31:58

are there any particular motifs the family would like?

KnottyLocks Mon 12-Mar-12 20:35:25

Your choice, Lewis smile

Yay for my wool finally arriving safely! I'm sure my knitter will create something beautiful.

In memory of Mia, my red-headed Little Squeak. xx

Alambil Mon 12-Mar-12 22:48:42

square 1 down... deciding what to do next

Picture's on profile (in 5 mins!)

Alambil Mon 12-Mar-12 22:59:15

the square is the pink one at the top, by the way

Alambil Tue 13-Mar-12 00:24:54

second square done - puff stitch granny square in a glorious icy / pale blue colour

<realises she's talking to herself at this time of night ... grin>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 05:49:22

Morning brew

Lewis - your squares are absolutely gorgeoise! You really are very clever!
MiaAlexandrasmummy - yes she will, have no doubt of that x

Just checking PMs thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 05:57:09

That was easy! Many thanks.

A huge thank you to another fabulous donor for supporting this blanket - we really appreciate your donation thanks

thanks PlasticFlamingo

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 06:11:40

Now there is a weird thing going on with my PM box <sighs>

I have received messages and it has let me send this morning, and I have opened all, but the bloomin red light is still on! I can't see any I've missed! confused

This is a new one!

Unless someone is sending me invisible PMs, I have no idea what is going on.

Knotty - I have reported myself this time, because I need to check that all PMs are showing up properly although I imagine this is just a randomly weird thing. Reporting this post..

MNHQ - my last PM was Bluebell99 Mon 12-Mar-12 23:10:32
Please can you to check if there are any unread PMs before that time. Sorry to be a pain again sad

Off to work this morning, but back at lunchtime

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:18:03

This is happening here too. Also reporting.

MNHQ, I can open my Inbox via this site but it says there are no unread messages BUT the red light is still on.

When I go to my email, it shows I have a new message. I can open and read it via my email BUT once I've read it, I still can't see it in my Inbox on the latest 20 PM page. HOWEVER the red light has gone off confused



DutchOma Tue 13-Mar-12 07:21:17

I'm not sure what to do. I ordered four balls from Fingers and Thumbs on 1st March, sent an e.mail Tuesday or Wednesday last week and put a message on their (mobile) phone on Saturday. I have heard absolutely nothing. I have seven squares and a bit of wool left over.
What shall I do?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:21:56


OK so a PM from the lovely PlasticFlamingo arrived just now that was sent at 2.12am. It has literally just got here. I thought that was it, but I've opened it and the light is still on!

So my last PM was PlasticFlamingo Tue 13-Mar-12 02:12:38

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:23:08

Have we broken it again MNHQ?

Sorry Knots - didn't see you your post

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:26:12

Oma, will get back to you in a min, if you can hange on. smile

PIstey, read messages via your email, Open them directly not the whole inbox.

MNHQ, I've also got a delay. Pistey has just sent me a message that I can see via email but not see when I open my inbox via here.

Her previous message has just turned up. confused

DutchOma Tue 13-Mar-12 07:27:35

Am hanging on grin

tribpot Tue 13-Mar-12 07:28:03

Knotty, I'll be around for the next hour if you need me to send any PMs but it sounds like the problem is more you not having received them.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:28:55

They will boot us off MN Knots confused

I've just sent you another PM, don't know why, you'll probably get it this evening grin

My red light is on, and I don't have any emails. Yet. One PM has just turned up that was sent at 2am, so maybe they will just arrive in the fullness of time?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:30:34

Oma - I would keep ringing. I am happy to phone for you too when I get home at lunchtime? I have your name and address so could do that maybe?

So sorry you are having this problem x

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:30:55

Pistey, I got it but can't see it via MN. I can read it via email though confused

I've reported and asked MNHQ to look at this thread for info about the problems.

<waves to MNHQ>

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:31:18

Pistey, check your phone smile

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:32:06

Oma, did you get a confirmation email from F&T?

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:35:30

Trib, I've sent you a PM.

Can you tell me if you have any problems getting it? I'm checking to see if it's just us or not.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:39:50

I bet it's just us Knotty

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:40:51

<weary arf>

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:43:12

Oma, have sent you a 'testing' PM. Can you tell me if you get it ok?


KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:43:45

In control!


tribpot Tue 13-Mar-12 07:43:48

Nope, not just you! The right light is on but no PM in my inbox. I don't think I have email notifications of PMs switched on so I haven't received an email.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:46:22

In control! wine

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:47:02

Oh botheration.

MNHQ - it could be the whole system!

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:48:37

Ok, I've reported that.

Good morning, MNHQ. And sorry.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 07:49:01

Botheration is too mild!

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:52:06

Oma's got the same problem so I'm assuming it's everyone now.

Thanks for checking for us, Oma.

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 07:52:47

Ok, school run to sort then I'll be back.

DutchOma Tue 13-Mar-12 09:34:00

Yes, I did get confirmation. The order number was 603. However at the last count money had not gone from my PayPal account.
I've got to go now, let's see what happens this morning, you never know it might turn up.

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 10:07:25

Oma, I've emailed F&T. Explained the MN blankets and how we need the wool!

Hopefully we'll get an answer.

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 10:50:01

if you go into your Inbox area and click on 'Settings' (next to the 'New Message' button) you can switch on your email notifications, if you haven't done so already

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 11:45:45

Pm system should be up and running again.

<touch wool>

tribpot Tue 13-Mar-12 12:10:21

I can see your one now Knotty, and have sent a reply to make sure all is running smoothly once again.

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 12:12:51


Business as usual.

alibubbles Tue 13-Mar-12 13:30:49

Oooh, lovely ball of Rowan Cashsoft in the post this morning, I love to knit with this, thank you kind donor!

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 13:40:33

Lovely woolly arrivals today from:

WhenIsItMySleepyTime [star] plus treat - marvellous grin thanks

Whitetrash [star] gorgeous thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 14:21:46

Lunchtime... I want cake but I have no cake....
Glad the PMs are all fixed and working hmm

TimeForCake Tue 13-Mar-12 15:13:54

A thought that is never far from my mind Pistey. grin

In crochet news, I still haven't managed a whole row without having to undo some because of a cock up wonky bit, but I think I am getting closer to that time. <hopeful>
Tons of practise = tiny improvements perfect ain't ever going to happen

PurplePidjin Tue 13-Mar-12 15:18:48

Cakey, are you crocheting rows (which is boring as hell) or a granny square (which is quick and easy)??

TimeForCake Tue 13-Mar-12 15:23:26

Rows Pidj. Wouldn't know where to start with a Granny square. I really am at the most basic level, having only used books and YouTube to help me, after being inspired by these projects. Need to do a course to fill in all my gaps really.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 15:34:10

Pidjy - a granny square is not quick and easy! Not if you don't know how!
Cakey - your last square was lovely, this square will be lovely. I know it, and this is for you Sorry, I seem to have eaten some blush

TimeForCake Tue 13-Mar-12 15:40:19

Mmmmm, scoff scoff. Just what I needed. thanks

PurplePidjin Tue 13-Mar-12 16:29:11


I'm not surprised you're frustrated tbh. Rows and rows of crochet is dull to make and you don't seem to get anywhere very fast.

Try my link, she's very very good - same lady I got the Pontypines cats pattern from grin

TimeForCake Tue 13-Mar-12 17:36:49

Thanks Pidj. Will check that out. Always useful to be pointed in the right direction - YouTube is full of help but I never really know where to start.

PurplePidjin Tue 13-Mar-12 17:43:02

Look for Crochet Geek or The Art Of Crochet By There's (same thing) - she can be found on YouTube, Facebook and her blog that I'm aware of smile

PurplePidjin Tue 13-Mar-12 17:43:34

Ffs Theresa NOT there's!!!

TimeForCake Tue 13-Mar-12 17:50:18

thanks Should have asked who to look for in the first place. Will have a look for Theresa! wink

Alambil Tue 13-Mar-12 20:03:12

this video taught me how to crochet and also Bobwilson123 on youtube/fb/twitter/the world... They're slow, clear and really easy to copy - AND they do left handed versions which I can copy!

Alambil Tue 13-Mar-12 20:05:07

I lied - bobwilson taught me how to read a pattern (her one piece wonder baby bootie video, to be precise!) and then I found simple patterns online and practised

RedRosie Tue 13-Mar-12 20:07:11

Hello KnottyLocks and Pistey.

Nervous beginner knitter reporting progress.

<Snaps to attention and salutes>

Am halfway through moss stitch square feeling a bit intimidated blush by some of the lovely squares on proper knitters profiles.

There will be some unregarded corner for the likes of mine?

TimeForCake Tue 13-Mar-12 20:12:12

LewisFan - patterns are totally befuddling so thank you, will look at that. thanks

<whispers to RedRosie, come and take shelter here in beginner's corner!>

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 20:14:38

Oi! Rosie!

We'll be having of that negative warbling about unregarded corners on this thread. We will not have it, I tell you.


Repeat after me:

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 20:16:02

The first square I made for a blanket was moss stitch. Tis a loverly stitch, all snuggly like.

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 20:17:42

And loads of people have learnt to knit and crochet to be a part of the blanket posse. It's the thought and heart that counts here. smile

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 20:19:24

<stpes away from the lectern and heads to the fridge>

tribpot Tue 13-Mar-12 20:26:21

Quite agree - and if you want something a little different to try, how about Chinese Waves? One of our crew on the support thread is doing that one right now. Come on over if you need a hand!

RedRosie Tue 13-Mar-12 20:26:22

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

<Joins TimeForCake in the shelter>

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Mar-12 20:27:47

my work here is done...

for all of about 5 minutes.

RedRosie Tue 13-Mar-12 21:22:30

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

Although they are not necessarily very competent ...


TimeForCake Tue 13-Mar-12 21:44:47

Or at all competent! grin

<sits backs down to crochet, muttering Knotty's mantra>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-Mar-12 21:57:50

Rosie - my square is just plain knitting stitch, that's all I can do, it has slightly dodgy casting on and one edge looks rather dubious. But, I made it with love for MrsK and her family. That's the important bit.

Just off to check PMs


KnottyLocks Wed 14-Mar-12 06:59:26

Morning smile

Off to work shortly but will check in at lunchtime.

RedRosie Wed 14-Mar-12 07:00:02

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

<Channels Boxer in Animal Farm>

So here's to lumpy squares with dubious edges. And here's to MrsK. sad

KnottyLocks Wed 14-Mar-12 07:05:30

Rosie, dodgy edges are fine as they'll be covered by the crochet seam.

I can always stick a Twitterbird, flower or similar on the squares.

Stop worrying smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 07:28:59

Morning brew

Just checking PMs , fingers crossed for a PM problem free day!
Back at lunchtime...

alibubbles Wed 14-Mar-12 08:22:09

simple square Jolly good as I have lost my heart pattern and need to get knitting!

tribpot Wed 14-Mar-12 08:28:54

alibubbles, Gleaming has published a very straightforward, pretty heart pattern on our support thread - the details of it are here. She also has a picture of it on her profile - it's the fourth one down.

Go on Ali, I need a tester!

MadameMessy Wed 14-Mar-12 12:05:11

hi, I posted off four squares this morning, got another one out of the remaining wool last night surprising smile don't freak out when you get them knotty, they definitely stretch to 6 inches! I wanted to block them so much, to make them all match!

LinzerTorte Wed 14-Mar-12 13:15:35

My lovely ball of purple arrived this morning - thanks, Pistey. thanks

Have just knitted five rows but they only came to 5.5" so I've unravelled it and am on my second attempt. I've cast on an extra three stitches, but am now worried it might be a bit much...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 13:34:01

So happy it has made it to you Linzer smile See how you go experimenting with it, but so glad you can crack on with your square.

MadameMessy - well done on finishing thanks
<passes wine to Knotty, just in case> grin

Just off to look in my PMs thanks

Alambil Wed 14-Mar-12 13:36:37

Pistey, if I make some flowers with spare thread (that doesn't appear to be enough to hook a square together), would that be helpful? Or are shorter amounts of yarn ok for hooking together?

In other words - do ya want the spare yarn, or flowers instead? grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 13:57:08

Knotty says could she have the spare yarn Lewis please thanks

Alambil Wed 14-Mar-12 13:58:59

sure smile will send it on

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 14:03:28

You are amazingly speedy Lewis, you've only just had that wool!

alibubbles Wed 14-Mar-12 14:08:08

tripot ! That's where I got my pattern from, thank you, needles at the ready!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 14:10:37

I absolutely love that heart!

alibubbles Wed 14-Mar-12 14:17:30

sp. tribpot

Here is the pattern for the one on my profile

Textured heart (all one colour)

Knits to 6in/15cm square in DK with 4mm/size UK8 needles

&#8232;K = knit, P = purl&#8232;&#8232;

Cast on 33 sts&#8232;&#8232;Work 9 rows garter st (K every row)&#8232;
Row 10: K7, P19, K7&#8232;
Row 11: K&#8232;
Row 12: As row 10&#8232;
Row 13: K&#8232;
Row 14: as row 10&#8232;
Row 15: K16, P1, K16&#8232;
Row 16: K7, P8, K3, P8, K7&#8232;
Row 17: K14, P5, K14&#8232;
Row 18: K7, P6, K7, P6, K7&#8232;
Row 19: K12, P9, K12&#8232;
Row 20: K7, P5, K9, P5, K7&#8232;
Row 21: K11, P11, K11&#8232;
Row 22: K7, P4, K11, P4, K7&#8232;
Row 23: K10, P13, K10&#8232;
Row 24: K7, P3, K13, P3, K7&#8232;
Row 25: As row 23&#8232;
Row 26: As row 24&#8232;
Row 27: As row 23&#8232;
Row 28: K7, P3, K6, P1, K6, P3, K7&#8232;
Row 29: K10, P6, K1, P6, K10&#8232;
Row 30: K7, P4, K4, P3, K4, P4, K7&#8232;
Row 31: K12, P2, K5, P2, K12&#8232;
Row 32: As row 10&#8232;
Row 33: K&#8232;
Row 34: As row 10&#8232;
Row 35: K&#8232;
Row 36: As row 10&#8232;&#8232;
Work 9 rows garter st (K every row) - 45 rows in all

tribpot Wed 14-Mar-12 14:17:48

Well then ali you are already a member of Team Heart - there are three different patterns available on our support thread smile

alibubbles Wed 14-Mar-12 14:18:16

OOh err.. cut and paste didn't come out very well. Will post again shortly!

alibubbles Wed 14-Mar-12 14:33:59

I think it will be okay if you ignore the 8232 & and hash sign,- how can a hash tag appear when I don't have one on my keyboard??

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 14:36:10

If I could master purl then I could do this couldn't I?

Cut and paste is weird on MN ali - I find it always inserts ?? which makes it look like I am asking random questions randomly grin

alibubbles Wed 14-Mar-12 14:39:34

This book is fab, the book people had it for a while, I only paid £10


alibubbles Wed 14-Mar-12 14:41:59

Oh, c**p, I have a cracking headache, ( children resting, printing stuff off for them) let's try again

knitting book

LittleBoxes Wed 14-Mar-12 15:07:18

I'm so impressed with you lot and your fancy knitting. My rather dull, workaday squares are nearly finished and I should be able to post them at the weekend. Will pm when they're finished as instructed - just thought I'd say hello so no one thought I'd stopped knitting or anything!

tribpot Wed 14-Mar-12 15:15:44

alibubbles - it's an HTML thing, don't ask smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 15:18:09

Oi! At your "dull, workaday squares" there is no such thing! They will be glorious and gorgeoise thanks

Remember Knotty's mantra.....

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL....

Lovely to see you LittleBoxes btw grin

KnottyLocks Wed 14-Mar-12 16:35:28

Most glorious woolly treasure arriving today from:

PastaBee [star] very lovely essential ones grin thanks

LatteLady [star] You did wonders with the odds and ends I sent you thanks

GleamingHeals [star] Is that an infamous heart, I see? thanks

OpheliaBumps [star] Captain Barnacles is just fabulous smile thanks

Androbbob [star] Loving the little chap drawn on the package smile thanks

Whore [star] Both packages here safe and sound. All lovely smile thanks

Methe [star] Beautiful snuggly ones smile thanks

Thanks to all who included little notes and cards. You are very lovely.

And a big thanks for my choccy treat too. grin

Glad they've made it Knotty and yes it is the infamous heart, complete with double yarn-overs!

Methe Wed 14-Mar-12 16:53:54

Yay, glad they arrived knotty smile I am sorry about my pesky ends and the fact that one is much better than the other. I wont be too offended if you unravel the small one blush

RedRosie Wed 14-Mar-12 18:38:50

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL....

Starting to believe it ...

RedRosie Wed 14-Mar-12 18:40:27

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL....

Almost starting to believe it ...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 18:41:35

Believe it because it is true Rosie smile

What a lot of woolly parcels - fab-u-lous!!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 18:44:01

Simple squares are good squares when they arrive the right side of the deadline....

note to self


My package has been posted today!

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Wed 14-Mar-12 22:01:10

Just popping in to say 'Hi' smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Mar-12 23:51:24

Just popping in to say thanks for PMs!!
Have returned all now

Nighty night x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 06:40:58

And now popping in to say...

Morning brew

Off to work this morning, back at lunchtime smile

PurplePidjin Thu 15-Mar-12 09:04:29

Morning all thanks

Mine are ready to post, just waiting to hear from Knotty - with two blankets to do, assistance and homemade cake has been offered grin

KnottyLocks Thu 15-Mar-12 09:27:21

morning smile

Sorry, was all a bit hectic at home last night.

Pidj, go ahead and post them then I can sort all the squares together.

I need cake today!

KnottyLocks Thu 15-Mar-12 12:47:34

Woolly treasure arriving today from:

UpsyDaisy [star] The whale is just beautiful smile thanks

LandOfSoapAndGlory [star] Loads! Such gorgeous colours thanks

PrettyPirate [star] Lovely bit of crochet work there. thanks

Trumpton [star] The owl and the sparkling star are particularly stunning smile And a big thanks for my dolly mixtures grin thanks

Many thanks.


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 13:56:39

Wow these squares all sound totally gorgeoise!

Knotty my lovely this is for you, although I seem to have made a start blush

Another big thank you to another lovely donor, we really appreciate your support thanks

thanks justalittleinsane

The red light is on in my PMs, I shall away there now grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 14:10:37

All PMs replied to - lots more squares ready to be posted! Excellent! thanks

DutchOma Thu 15-Mar-12 14:11:09

Still no parcel from Fingers and Thumbs in spite of the fact that they promised on Monday to send it asap. In fairness that was after the post had gone and also it was probably because I had made a mistake with my PayPal payment. But a parcel sent on Tuesday surely should be there by Thursday?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 14:38:01

Oma - how frustrating sad I'm so sorry, and yes it should have arrived. Have you received a dispatch email from them?

2andout Thu 15-Mar-12 16:20:20

Hi all, just marking my place. Sounds like everyone's been knitting up a storm! I don't know the MN name of the crafter I sent wool to, but I trust I would have heard if it hadn't arrived? I ordered from Cucumber Patch & gather there've been a couple of issues....

KnottyLocks Thu 15-Mar-12 17:01:37

2andout, if Pistey matched you, PM her and she should be able to tell you if your wool arrived. Thanks.

PurplePidjin Thu 15-Mar-12 17:07:31

If my donor has read this far - one ball of navy and one of silver from Cucumber Patch - there are some pictures on my profile. I'm happy for them the know who I am and to say thank you properly thanks

I posted on the previous thread, but it probably got lost in the cake grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 18:15:59

Pidj - I have PMd your lovely donor to let her know that the pics of your joint squares are on your profile.

and 2andout - - I have sent a message to your crafter as I realise I haven't heard. I'll let you know as soon as I hear back, but like you I trust we would have heard if it hadn't arrived yet.


RedRosie Thu 15-Mar-12 19:07:20

Dear proper-knitters,

I am not very good at this but I am trying.

I am doing one square in moss stitch and it is half done ... When I come to cast off, do I have to cast off IN moss stitch? So k1, p1, first stitch over second and off needle, k1 first stitch over second and off needle, p1 first stitch over second and off needle etc?

Or can I cast off in knit stitch ...?

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL....

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 19:16:01

Learning today that wool has arrived from the lovely donors

thanks Faverolles, in fact your squares have arrived at Knotty's too. smile

thanks 2andout, yes, all safely received.

But still waiting on some Cucumberpatch orders unfortunately...

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 19:17:24

Rosie - I would imagine you can cast off in knit stitch, but then I'm not a proper-knitter grin

tribpot Thu 15-Mar-12 19:18:21

RedRosie - yes, you should cast off in moss stitch, although as the edge will be crocheted it won't matter very much if you just knit the cast off smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Mar-12 19:20:11

2andout You have mail thanks

RedRosie Thu 15-Mar-12 19:23:21

Thank you both. I think its safest if I cast off in knit stitch.

If I get this one done I might have a go at the one-colour heart upthread - I think it was just combinations of knit and perl? I can do those ... Well, after a fashion.

KnottyLocks Thu 15-Mar-12 19:32:16

Rosie, a knit stitch cast off is fine smile

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Thu 15-Mar-12 19:40:08

Evening all smile

Those squares all sound lovely - I'm going to go and do a search and see if Trumpton has hers on her profile smile

tribpot Thu 15-Mar-12 20:03:23

Rosie, yup, Gleaming's simplified heart is just knit and purl, not a pesky yarn over to be seen anywhere. smile

RedRosie Thu 15-Mar-12 20:56:11

<Studiously avoids the pictures on the proper-knitters profiles>

Will try the heart if I ever finish the moss stitch one... A lot of bringing yarn forward and backward in moss stitch - it grows very slowly. I hope I don't need an extension.

Rosie there sure is A lot of bringing yarn forward and backward in moss stitch, but it makes a lovely snuggly square, we're over here if you get stuck with anything and want to join us

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 06:42:05

Morning brew

Just returning PMs thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 16-Mar-12 06:48:07

And morning from me too smile

DutchOma Fri 16-Mar-12 08:45:02

Had a message from Kate at F&T this morning (posted 11 hours ago) that my wool had shipped. That's a fortnight after ordering and two days after finally sorting things out with her

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Fri 16-Mar-12 09:07:15

Well, that has put me off of ordering from F&T!

PurplePidjin Fri 16-Mar-12 09:16:51

Morning all brew

RedRosie, I'm not a knitter either so my profile should be safe grin

Good job you're speedy, Oma! That's appalling service, though sad

tribpot Fri 16-Mar-12 09:44:57

Ouch, Oma - what a shame. Glad it's finally on the way.

Oooh - my extra ball of wool has arrived - thanks Knotty.... Might try and do just one more square before posting them off....

[knitting-addict emoticon]

DutchOma Fri 16-Mar-12 13:46:47

But still has not arrived...

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 13:52:01

It will come tomorrow Oma, I just know it
<fingers crossed and ever hopeful>

Very frustrating. We are still waiting on some Cucumberpatch orders too sad

Just checking PMs thanks

Let me know if you need the address for posting!

DutchOma Fri 16-Mar-12 14:07:09

Is it still going to Knotty? If so I have her address, if anywhere else I will need it, please.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 14:10:09

Yes Oma - to Knotty, and can you indicate on the envelope which blanket the squares are for? Although actually I know some of yours will be obvious smile

But thank you


mumatron Fri 16-Mar-12 15:12:08

pistey I've got a prob. my wool has been returned to cucumber patch. It was returned to them as unknown at that address. can you PM another address asap, or confirm the one I should have been sending too.


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 15:15:50

Hang on my lovely - just going to check for you, am glad though it has reappeared. Will PM in just a mo....

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 15:24:46

mumatron You have mail thanks

mumatron Fri 16-Mar-12 15:28:09

Thanks Pistey.

Must say I have had some fab customer service form cucumber patch. well done to them.

I just hope the wool finally arrives with a knitter soon.

upsydaisysexstylist Fri 16-Mar-12 15:45:05

glad my squares got there, my wool was from cucumber patch and I'm not sure if I had my donor's full name ,twas just giving, but thank you very much it was a pleasure to knit with . It came to my address with I assume your real name on, which I will have forgotton soon as have two boys under 4 and am permamently sleep deprived

KnottyLocks Fri 16-Mar-12 15:58:17

Beautiful woolly parcels arrived today from:

Jax [star] and thanks for including the big cards to go with the blankets- lovely idea smile thanks

HumpDeBump [star] The 'not quite square squares' are totally fine smile thanks

CakeMixture [star] all lovely. Worry not about the slight size variation - they are all fine. thanks

Nickelbabe [star] gorgeous crochet and love the fancy card smile thanks

many thanks


DutchOma Fri 16-Mar-12 15:58:19

All of mine will be fairly obvious. If not, you can use them for either. I'm hoping to stick them all in the same parcel, but won't have that much time for knitting in the weekend.

KnottyLocks Fri 16-Mar-12 16:09:27

Oma, post them all in one. A few days late will be fine. Even a week. It's going to take me a while to sort through them all.

DutchOma Fri 16-Mar-12 16:28:53

In that case how many do you want. I have seven ready and four more balls coming. I was going to do four more, one in blue for a twitter bird and three in pink for Mrs Kwazii's blanket. I was then going to keep the rest for the next time. Because I have no doubt that, sadly, there will be a next time.

nickelhasababy Fri 16-Mar-12 16:36:05

i just realised i forgot to take photos of them!

nickelhasababy Fri 16-Mar-12 16:36:35

wow oma that's impressive knitting! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 16:49:17

That seriously is impressive Oma!
I have managed one grin
And it's still here blush

KnottyLocks Fri 16-Mar-12 16:50:53

Oma, 1 blue and 1 pink would be fine, unless you want to do 2 pink. You little treasure smile

MadameMessy Fri 16-Mar-12 17:31:42

wahoo! 2more balls of lovely woollyness came today smile one pink and one blue, can't wait to knit it up now. hope my squares are winging their way to knotty x

Oh dear I am worried, my OH posted it first class on Wednesday, hope it gets there

KnottyLocks Fri 16-Mar-12 21:00:16

Kitty, it may just be that because some Post Offices close early on Wednesday, your package didn't get underway until Thursday.

I'm sure it will arrive soon.

RedRosie Fri 16-Mar-12 21:13:21

The painfully slow-growing moss stitch square is almost at 5 inches ...

Progress has not been helped by the fact that there is a MOUSE in my HOUSE. I keep thinking I can see it out of the corner of my eye, however hard I am concentrating on the k1 yarn forwrd p1 yarn back k1 etc ...

DH is working nights and there is no-one to rescue me from the mouse. Although he is a bit scaredy when he is here TBH. Eeek.

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL....

Alambil Fri 16-Mar-12 21:58:57

I shall finish my squares tonight - there's four already and I'll fashion a fifth out of the bits left and then send the leftovers too...

I am hoping to get to the post office in the morning, so they should be with you before the deadlines smile

KnottyLocks Fri 16-Mar-12 21:59:52

Nearly there, Rosie smile

As for the mouse, you need to find out where it's getting in and block the holes with wire wool. Buy plug-ins that frit the mouse with nasty sounds only their delicate and pestilent little ears can hear and some traps, with poison tucked securely inside them, hidden away where little fingers can't reach them.

Humane traps sound nicer but don't work. In my experience, unfortunately.

I used to think they were cute until I found one rolling in my porridge oats one morning. Cheeky little blighter.

Alambil Fri 16-Mar-12 22:06:21

I used to have pet mice... they like chocolate more than cheese, by the way, if you want to catch it

RedRosie Fri 16-Mar-12 22:08:16

Very helpful Knotty. Its the knitting that is keeping me sane ...

We have had mice before so have the best plug-ins that money can buy. I think they are immune.

We aso have kill-traps but nary a mouse has ever been caught in them. We tried humane traps but they laugh in the face of such naivety. For these are streetwise South London mice, and nothing puny humans can do seems to make much difference ...

RedRosie Fri 16-Mar-12 22:12:23

Hi Lewis - they ignore both chocolate and peanut butter. We have no food spoiling or nibbling in our kitchen at all ... The only thing they can be getting out of this activity is terrorising human beings. What are they eating?


Alambil Fri 16-Mar-12 22:13:18

hmmm they truly are super-mice!

PurplePidjin Fri 16-Mar-12 22:54:47

Apparently they don't like lavender? Douse cotton wool in strong smell, use to block all visible holes...

Or borrow a cat from someone ^ -.- ^

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 23:14:49

Evening wine

My only experience of mice are the ones my cats bring in, sometimes they are alive, and sometimes they are in pieces. confused

But what I like least are the frogs, bloomin things scream....
Tis Frog Season coming soon

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 23:19:12

<still weeping>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 16-Mar-12 23:20:36

thanks Thanks for PMs - have replied, more woolly wool is on its way Knots!

MadameMessy Fri 16-Mar-12 23:55:35

redrosieare the mice eating paper do you think? they can do, and survive for quite a while on it. vom.
have been finishing a hot water bottle cover for my Mammy and I've fecking run out of wool three quarters of the way through...st Patricks day tomorrow so not going into town with the buggy, Will have to think of another present for her now. shall just get on with squares I think smile

KnottyLocks Sat 17-Mar-12 07:24:49

Morning all smile

DutchOma Sat 17-Mar-12 07:51:35

Is this going to be the day of the arrival of the F&T parcel? If not, I shall scream all the way to Hobbycraft.

tribpot Sat 17-Mar-12 07:57:17

Oma - hope so! Although in our Hobbycraft you can't buy either of the yarns for this project, but I'm sure you can appeal to Knotty and Pistey for mercy!

SoupDragon Sat 17-Mar-12 08:03:29

Just checking in to see how it's going.... the thread had dropped off my thread list because I got my squares in so early grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 17-Mar-12 09:20:38

Morning brew
and Happy St Patrick's Day to our Irish Blanketeering and woolly friends!

Fingers crossed for you Oma! No screaming though, you will frighten people grin Just hope it comes....

<paces up and down>

PurplePidjin Sat 17-Mar-12 09:39:21


MadameMessy Sat 17-Mar-12 09:41:16

when did we get shamrock?
I love it!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 17-Mar-12 09:54:21

I think we have good news for you mumatron

You have mail!

BIWI Sat 17-Mar-12 09:56:38


Oooh pretty! <easily pleased>

Just nosing around to see how everyone is getting on.

DutchOma Sat 17-Mar-12 10:14:31

shamrock This is the day, this is the day that the wool arrived, that the wool arrived. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Pistey was right and it did arrive today. Now I just have to get some milk and the paper and then I will have time to knit until ds,ddil and baby Rose arrive to play cards.
I am doing a steak and ale pie for dinner, so will need a little bit of time finishing that off for the oven, but othersise it will be knit, knit, knit.

KnottyLocks Sat 17-Mar-12 10:19:36

Hooooooraaaaaaahhhhhhh grin

tribpot Sat 17-Mar-12 10:44:03

Yay! Go DutchOma, go!

KnottyLocks Sat 17-Mar-12 10:53:39

What time are we having dinner, Oma? Should I bring pud?

Pleiades45 Sat 17-Mar-12 11:35:01

A ball of wool from Fingers & Thumb has arrived. Many thanks to my generous donor especially given the situation with the supplier.

Having an Irish DH and DSs means I'll be knitting tomorrow as soon as we've finished celebrating!

Flubba Sat 17-Mar-12 11:52:08

Okay, sorry if this should be obvious, but I've bought my wool and am sitting here at the ready to crochet a square. Does it matter what kind of design not that I have many to choose from - I only learnt to crochet last week hmm? I have a 4.mm hook and some of the lovely Rowan Cashsoft DK. What size does it need to be?

Sorry again. I know this will be somewhere but my search results came up with a million and one threads. blush

SoupDragon Sat 17-Mar-12 11:55:45

6 inches square. Thats it.

Any design you like, plain is good too.

Flubba Sat 17-Mar-12 12:03:33

Thank you Soup~ it's a huge relief nice to hear that 'plain is good' as that may well be it. I'll try a new pattern but likely fall back on the one square I've been able to do so far smile

Oh, and this wool is just lurrrrrrvely - so much nicer than the cheap crap I'm using for myself!

Alambil Sat 17-Mar-12 12:17:20

flubba, would you like a really easy video to copy? can you do granny squares yet? They were my nemesis!

If so, this is nice and easy - pause is your friend! you can just add rounds to the outer edge to reach 6in, but it worked when I crocheted loosely with my 4mm hook

DutchOma Sat 17-Mar-12 12:29:58

Dinner will be after we have finished game of cards at around 6.30. Yes please to pudding, but nothing with cream as ds doesn't like cream.
One square finished.

PurplePidjin Sat 17-Mar-12 12:59:02

Each square represents that person's condolences to the receiving family. A plain square made with huge effort by a novice is as appreciated as a complicated one made by experts.

Repeat the mantra: plain squares are good plain squares are essential

KnottyLocks Sat 17-Mar-12 13:29:50

I just spent ages cooing over today's lovely woolly offerings from:

SwivellingDicksTidyWife [star] beautiful squares. Thanks fro my choc and shopping list grin thanks

LadyWellian [star] Lovely, lovely hearts. Like the gin plan too! thanks

Loganberry [star] Gorgeous. Especially love the knotted one - well I would, wouldn't I? thanks

PrettyBird [star] Just fabulous Icelandic style knits. thanks

PurpleKittyKnitting [star] stunning as always. Ta for choccie treat - yum! thanks

MrsDanverclone [star] Don't you dare run down your crafting skills <stern>: your squares are beautiful smile thanks

MrsTiredAndConfused [star] lovely squares. Your note made me <sniff>, bless you. Of course I will pass the other note on to David and Lawrie smile thanks

BlueBump [star] Gorgeous colour combinations and very snuggly. thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 17-Mar-12 13:37:03

Oma, I'll arrive after the cards then as I have a feeling you could be a bit of a card shark.

<heads off to make pud>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 17-Mar-12 15:04:58

Wow! Brilliant! Well done everyone thanks

I am posting on Monday grin

Three more fabulous donors have got wool to their crafters, sometimes despite Cucumberpatch's/ F&T's best efforts to make it difficult for them! thanks

thanks mumatron

thanks muddymooncups

thanks Stratters

TheRealMBJ Sat 17-Mar-12 15:31:39

Squares and twitter birds done. Am
Posting on Monday. Took ages for orange to arrive for the bird's beaks.

RedRosie Sat 17-Mar-12 16:09:17

You know that thing where they say that the mouse is more afraid of you than you are of the mouse?

Its not true.

But simlple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL ...

Even if you have to knit them in the bath because your DH is working nights and you feel safest from the mouse in there ...


ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 17-Mar-12 17:13:42

Rosie - Woman Up! It's a tiny little mouse, it will not eat you whole - or in fact At All. It's not going to bother you - you are a big, scary human!!

TheRealMBJ - any photos??

Glad it arrived! blush at my squares being described as stunning! Hope the choccy bar goes down well!

TheRealMBJ Sat 17-Mar-12 17:52:50

Umm.... I'm on my phone. But here is a bird and first square and second square

bluebump Sat 17-Mar-12 21:02:12

Glad mine arrived ok, loving seeing all the pictures of all the others people are doing - all are brilliant.

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 17-Mar-12 21:14:44

MBJ - thanks for the photos smile They are great squares and wee tweet is so cute!

RedRosie Sat 17-Mar-12 21:26:58

Dear Pitsey and Knotty,

The wibbly-wobbly moss stitch square is done. Please can you PM me the instructions for sending? I may try to do another one before the deadline - but will send you this amateur effort anyway ...

Flubba Sat 17-Mar-12 21:32:11

Hey, (preens a little bit) I've done my square and it ain't half bad (having said that, it ain't half good either, but I'm repeating the mantra 'simple is good, simple is essential' to myself!)

Where do I send it?

RedRosie Sat 17-Mar-12 21:52:52

Hi Flubba - I bet yours is better than mine!

KnottyLocks Sat 17-Mar-12 22:35:02

Rosie and Flubba, I've PMed you smile

Alambil Sun 18-Mar-12 01:54:59

ok just finished the squares - will photo them and post them asap smile

There's a small amount of yarn left too, so I'll send that as well...

KnottyLocks Sun 18-Mar-12 07:09:40

It's Mothers' Day and for many this day will be a difficult one.

Thinking of Wendy Wubbly, David & Lawrie.

Thinking of MrsKwazii & the Kwazii family.

Thinking of our many crafters and donors for whom this day will also be very hard.

Sending much love to you all and the strength to get you through this day and beyond.

Knotty xxx

Thank you Knotty. It is the caring support of people like you who make hard days like this bearable.

To Mrs Kwazii and Wubbly's family, and to everyone else here who has lost a mother or a child, I send you wishes of peace. I hope you can remember the absolute highs of your love, alongside the inevitable depths of loss. They know how much we love them.

MadameMessy Sun 18-Mar-12 08:21:09

thinking of anyone today who offer or has received a woolly hug. my lot ran in to me before six, and I was fairly annoyed, but recovered when I thought of Mrs k and wubbly.
am having dinner with my mum, but have to organise to see mil. bil was killed 5 years ago at 18 and she feels it very badly today I know.
2 more squares done last night, pink diagonal and pink rib. the texture is lovely at the back of the rib actually, nearly nicer than the front.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 18-Mar-12 08:38:04

For those on here who have lost a child, or their own mum, sending love, strength and a big hug. I am thinking of you all X

PurplePidjin Sun 18-Mar-12 08:41:57

Also: EdgarAleNPie, Rindercella, BlondesHaveMoreFun, Magic8BallHasTheAnswers, CheeseAndGherkins and all the Mummies who's angels aren't here to bring them lukewarm tea in bed.

Thinking of everyone who has lost a child or a Mother and also of those who find Mothers' Day sad for other reasons

RedRosie Sun 18-Mar-12 15:21:11

Yes. Thinking of everyone who finds this day difficult and counting my blessings - something most people should do more. I said elsewhere that I've had a card (not a Mother's Day card - I'm not their mother - but a lovely card nevertheless) and some flowers from my quite grown-up DSCs.

This means a lot to me as I'm not able to have children of my own.

Dear proper knitters and Pitsey/Knotty,

Am trying to do another square. The moss stitch one took a long time.

What would be a good plain stitch for the blankets? Something that would help set off the beautiful squares from the competent knitters? I can knit and perl - so garter, stocking, rib are all a possibility ... Any guidance appreciated ...

tribpot Sun 18-Mar-12 15:36:21

RedRosie, here's a few rib ideas - I like the wavy rib on this page or the reverse rib on this one. Any of them should be a delight after slogging through all that moss stitch!

Lovely that you got a card and flowers smile

KnottyLocks Sun 18-Mar-12 15:49:49

Rosie, a simple gayer stitch square always looks lovely snuggled in with the others, if you don't fancy trying rib.

Bless your DSC smile

KnottyLocks Sun 18-Mar-12 15:50:35

Blimey, that should obviously be garter stitch blush

MinnieBar Sun 18-Mar-12 16:45:57

grin at gayer stitch

RedRosie Sun 18-Mar-12 16:51:48

Gayer stitch sounds great ... I shall always call it that now. I might try that and one of the great patterns Tribpot offered. All of which are easier for a beginner than moss stitch which looks lovely but is quite tricky for the likes of me.

What was I thinking? It took a week.

tribpot Sun 18-Mar-12 17:58:50

Red - I think moss is good for borders or for learning what each stitch looks like when you're frantically trying to remember whether it's time to knit or purl. But it's not the most intuitive stitch to follow - hopefully some of those ribs will be easier to get along with. There's a lovely red rose chart on Ravelry if or when you are feeling like doing some colourwork - I'm putting it in my list for the next blanket.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 18-Mar-12 18:40:11

Evening all wine

Can I just remind everyone that the last posting day for squares for MrsKwazii's blanket is Monday 26th March PM for the address when you are ready for posting...

I have replied to all PMs, many thanks everyone.


I just need to crack on with my simple square of gayer stitch now <arf>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 18-Mar-12 19:03:46

Just got in a pickle in my PM box, and tried to send myself a message and not for the first time

In control.....

We have news of more woolly stuff arriving courtesy of our fantastic donors thanks

thanks Kirst16

RedRosie Sun 18-Mar-12 19:22:35

As I have two days off, I have decided to have a go at the single colour knitted heart as its just knit and perl and not too scary. It starts with nine rows of gayer stitch which even I can do ... I shall follow this with one of tribpots lovely rib patterns if there is time before last posting ...

Pitsey - if thets the posting rather than the receipt date, we have a little time?

RedRosie Sun 18-Mar-12 19:24:29

Pitsey? Who is Pitsey ...? Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 18-Mar-12 19:28:04

Yes my lovely, last posting on Monday 26th, you have aaaaaaaages!

PurplePidjin Sun 18-Mar-12 19:44:15

Pitsey and her gayer stitch <arf> you lot have been at the Mother's Day vino grin

Rosie, I'm not a parent either. I organized cards and daffs for MIL and SIL on behalf of the Dn's (6 and 4) and they've decided they want an Aunty's day...

tribpot Sun 18-Mar-12 19:52:45

Yay Rosie - well you know where Team Heart are to be found, providing support services through any one of the heart versions, to wit:

- the original one with the Borders of Doom
- Gleaming's lovely one with no borders of any kind of doom
- my one with Borders of Slightly Less Doom

We recently had a particularly doomy encounter with a tree as well but we don't speak of that.

RedRosie Sun 18-Mar-12 20:05:58

I may join you there ... But if I spend too much time on MN I can't spend enough time knitting (and hiding from the MOUSE in the HOUSE).

I'm doing the one with no borders of of doom, and following it exactly row by row. Its already easier than moss stitch.

<shakes head at the stupidity of doing a moss stitch square when I've only been knitting for a few weeks>

KnottyLocks Sun 18-Mar-12 20:25:27



Go Rosie!

RedRosie Sun 18-Mar-12 20:41:28

Pitsey does gayer stitch.

Whereas Pistey does garter stitch.


tribpot Sun 18-Mar-12 20:47:13

Rosie, ds and I have been telling bedtime stories to the cat tonight, along the lines of 'once there was a cat. She found a mouse and they became the best of friends, the end'. Even though a more accurate story would be 'once there was a cat. She killed mice and left them around the living room as 'good morning' presents for the household. Apart from one that escaped and died inside the stair attachment for the hoover, whence it shot out at great speed when the hoover was next turned on, the end'.

The moral of the story: Mickey. Must. Die.

RedRosie Sun 18-Mar-12 21:03:25

Oh how I wish for a cat Tribpot. Only a pipe dream in a first floor flat ... These South London Mouses are afraid of nothing I tell you.

They laugh in the face of kill traps, scorn with ill-disguised mirth the secondary humane traps, have no fear in the presence of ultrasonic devices.

Although to be completely truthful, I haven't seen one since last Thursday ... On that occasion it ran out from under the sofa while I was doing moss stitch. Now I can't put my feet on the floor.

PurplePidjin Sun 18-Mar-12 21:18:39

Once upon a time there were two cats, one brave and one nervous. The brave cat was called Mango and he had long orange fur and a big fluffy tail. The nervous cat was called Millis and she was black and white with enormous ears.

One day while Mango was out playing with his human smoker friends from the corner shop downstairs, he met a whole family of rats. Daddy rat was a worthless loser who had run out on his wife when she told him she was pregnant. Mummy rat was more interested in where her next nibble of fag end was coming from to fret over the nest. Luckily there were lots of bins full of yummy wasted human food nearby, and the ratings were rapidly turning themselves into obesity statistics.

Mango immediately realised how much fun he could have with a nest full of plump ratlets. He played tennis, football, rounders and golf with them. Then he realised how much fun his best friend Millie was missing, so he gently picked up the last little round ratty and trotted upstairs to his home.

But Mango was in for a shock. Nasty Mummy didn't think a plump ratbaby was a good toy at all! Mean mummy pinned Mango to the floor and called for Daddy to force Mango's jaws open. But ha! The rat had a better idea and skittered off behind the fridge. The useless humans couldn't reach, so Mango took his chance - and pounced.

This time, though, Mummy and Daddy were ready. Gripped firmly by the scruff of the neck, poor Mango was forced to relinquish the last plump rating so that Mummy and Daddy could drown it.

"Where's the fun in that?" sulked Mango from his favorite sunny windowsill.

"That's one efficient cat" said the pest control man when he found the decimated nest

True Story <RIP Mango>

MadameMessy Sun 18-Mar-12 21:22:04

great simple square ideas here

have been at mothers day wine smile had dinner with my mum and aunt and her husband and my uncle and my Nan so took loads of pics of the 4 generations, was lovely. think I am too wined up for knitting smile hope everyone had a lovely day.

now I must clean as in laws are coming to dinner tomorrow for the first time!(have only lived here 2 years and had 2 children with dp and been with him for nearly ten years)

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Sun 18-Mar-12 23:40:44

^^ Does this suit me?!


Have replied to all PMs thanks All I can say to you Knotty-Knoo, is there are lots of crafty types posting tomorrow grin

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 00:06:30


Just going back through my inbox and I am nearly at 900 PMs! for the two current projects. I wonder who will be my 900th?!

I'm not going to say what number I'm on now, but it's close grin

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 00:07:01

And now I really am going to bed!

Night x

DutchOma Mon 19-Mar-12 07:07:47

Good morning, good moaning, hope you all slept well. Who knows the story about the Patchwork Cat? I have sent you a message Pitsey, am I number 900?

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 07:23:38

grin Nice try Oma, sadly it isn't you. Thanks for PM! Getting closer though.....

(And yes, I know the story of the Patchwork Quilt.)

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 07:24:40

Patchwork Cat About a patchwork quilt!!

DutchOma Mon 19-Mar-12 08:32:04

And the milkman.

NessaRose Mon 19-Mar-12 09:01:56

Squares finished, Pesky ends sewen in.

DH will be posting them later.

NessaRose Mon 19-Mar-12 09:05:00

Pitsey you have mail.

KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 09:38:49

Morning all smile

trumpton Mon 19-Mar-12 10:38:07

3 pale pink squares done and will post tomorrow. Let me know if you are in need of more and I will get more wool. I am in awe of your "Hooking Prowess".

My candle burns at both ends,
It will not last the night,
But oh my friends and oh my foes,
It casts a lovely light.

To the Hard Working Hookers. thanks

TheRealMBJ Mon 19-Mar-12 10:48:03

Squares and birds in the post Knotty

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 13:53:30

NessaRose - you have mail too now thanks

Flubba Mon 19-Mar-12 14:01:29

Oooh, sewing in loose ends. Didn't do that blush. Sorry. Not even sure how I would do that confused ~ I did try to incorporate the loose ends but it just made everything vey, vey chunky hmm

Two squares in a gorgeous dusty dark pink with straggly not-sewn-in bits winging their way to you.

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 15:56:11

On Mon 19-Mar-12 at 15:51:35 our very own PurplePidjin became the sender of the 900th PM for these two Blanket Projects

Congratulations to her!!

I shall have to think of a suitable prize.......

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 15:59:54

I needed 17 this morning to get to 900 - and it was Pidj!!

PurplePidjin Mon 19-Mar-12 16:04:27


I finally did something right today grin

RatherBeKnownAsPitsey Mon 19-Mar-12 16:09:31
PurplePidjin Mon 19-Mar-12 16:24:25

<pours for the Crew>


DutchOma Mon 19-Mar-12 16:43:49

Squares went in the post to Knotty at 13.15 today.

TimeForCake Mon 19-Mar-12 17:09:15

Whoop whoop Pidj!
<clink - don't mind if I do!>
Best get one ready for Pitsey - she's on a sprint to the post office. Reckon she'll need a slurp or two especially given the looming deadline for MrsK grin

PurplePidjin Mon 19-Mar-12 18:56:24

<hopes Pitsey's credit card is going to hold up behind the bar>


chipmonkey Mon 19-Mar-12 19:11:29

Finally finished a Care Bear after a few attempts. Pic on my profile. It's supposed to be LoveALot Bear. Ds4 thought she was like a frog.hmm

PurplePidjin Mon 19-Mar-12 19:26:42

I see two photos of a beautiful pink heart and one of a fabulous lilac bear paw. Am I being thick?

<wonders if search party is needed for Pitstey>

chipmonkey Mon 19-Mar-12 19:38:28

Feck it, it hasn't uploaded! Will try again.....

MadameMessy Mon 19-Mar-12 19:43:30

knotty did you get my squares yet? am a bit worried now.

Will be knitting again tonight, ils just gone poo have to do the clean up now sad

KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 19:44:57

Panic not, Messy! Got it waiting for my turn on the laptop hmm grin

KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 19:46:10

Too detailed for silly not-so-smart-are-ya phone

PurplePidjin Mon 19-Mar-12 20:09:35

Chip,still the same, I'm afraid. Not that I mind your pics of your gorgeous dd, but that's kind of not the point of visiting...

MadameMessy Mon 19-Mar-12 20:10:52

oh my god, why has my stupid phone changed something to poo!?! Ils didn't poo in house I don't think grin

chipmonkey Mon 19-Mar-12 20:21:27

grin at IL's pooing!

Right, Care Bear is there now, about four pics down. Please tell me it's there!

KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 20:26:57

I'm giggling at your pooing Ils, Messy grin

KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 20:28:10

Today's snuggly parcels:

LittleBoxes [star] Lovely squares and I will pass the card on, no problem. thanks

BigBoobedBertha [star] the colour is gorgeous, worry not smile thanks

SmartiesRule [star] fabulous pink squares thanks

Messy [star] beautiful crafting and a very lovely note thanks

Pidj [star] Peso is seriously cute! Smashing squares too from you and Chipping thanks

Many thanks


KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 20:30:04

Awww, Chip, the care bear is loverly bear

Bluebell99 Mon 19-Mar-12 20:35:04

Hello, not too late to send my squares is it?! Just didn't manage to get to the post today. Will post tomorrow if that's ok.

PurplePidjin Mon 19-Mar-12 20:36:57

Carebear is fantabulous thanks

Knotty, any chance we can have a pic of the United Octonauts? And did you have I'D in the right name? wink

KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 20:38:39

Bluebell, the last posting date for Wubbly's blanket was today. The Kwazii blanket is next Monday. I don't know if we mentioned that on this thread.

Last posting date for squares for the Kwazii blanket is Monday 26th March


RedRosie Mon 19-Mar-12 20:44:27


One slightly lumpy purple heart.


KnottyLocks Mon 19-Mar-12 20:45:16

Rosie, top banana grin

RedRosie Mon 19-Mar-12 20:47:24

Not that I'm excited or anything.

Bibble blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 19-Mar-12 20:49:03

Rosie - you must knit with the speed of a thousand gazelles grin

and Chipmonkey - that is very clever indeed!!

PurplePidjin Mon 19-Mar-12 20:56:29

Pics please, Rosie wine

RedRosie Mon 19-Mar-12 21:02:56

When I can work out how to get a picture up - I shall do so.

Not so much quick Pitsey. More like dogged. And I was at home today and didn't do anything else. Poor hungry DH.

Looking at it, it could be squarer. And better in every way. But blimey, I am enjoying this knitting lark.

tribpot Mon 19-Mar-12 21:38:59

Red - you'll need to edit your profile to make it public (although you don't actually need to put anything on it!) or if you have a Flickr account or summat like that, you can put the pic up there and then just link to it.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Mar-12 07:08:31

Morning all brew

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Mar-12 07:14:11

Morning smile

tribpot Tue 20-Mar-12 08:14:13

Morning everyone. Today is the day I really will send my squares!

Knotty and Pistey - I wondered if it might be nice after these blankets are done to collect together some instructions, shop recommendations for yarn and some of the patterns that people have done into a blog post or ebooklet or similar?

RedRosie Tue 20-Mar-12 08:32:45

Pitsey n Knotty n Purple n Tribpot,


I think a picture is uploaded.

I've time and wool to make one more lumpy (but sincere) square ...

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Mar-12 09:07:06

Trib, we're already working on something. smile

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Mar-12 09:08:17

Woohoo, Rosie! That's lovely smile

DutchOma Tue 20-Mar-12 09:22:09

Rosie, wow, that's lovely.

Knotty, trib that's good news about collecting together some patterns for future sad events and just to share with everyone - let me know if I can help

I've really enjoyed seeing the pics of everyone's lovely squares

MadameMessy Tue 20-Mar-12 11:08:53

Will try to upload pics now but am on my phone confused

trib I posted a link somewhere up there of a great sight with loads of patterns for blanket squares, can post it again?

trumpton Tue 20-Mar-12 11:12:40
trumpton Tue 20-Mar-12 11:13:33

Ah you will need to go to the last page, I forgot to check where the link took me to.

MadameMessy Tue 20-Mar-12 11:20:36

ok think my profile is public and pics up. fingers crossed! smile

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 11:53:20

MadameM and Rosie, they're fabulous!

I love the idea of a Woolly Hug pattern book, happy to try and remember write down some of the stuff I've done.

I can't believe it's a year since we started sad

chipmonkey Tue 20-Mar-12 12:01:43

I just tore the jiffy bag I was supposed to post the squares in. So now have to buy another. What am I like?

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 12:10:32

Gaffa tape it back together? I have a large tub of packaging from previous blankets that I reuse. Lots of tape grin

puddleofpiddle Tue 20-Mar-12 12:51:01

I've managed to upload my squares to flikr, I can't get them on my profile as everytime I try it reverts to my old username!
They were finished and posted a while ago but we've all had bugs and ds2 has had a couple of trips to hospital in between!
my squares

LittleBoxes Tue 20-Mar-12 13:30:03

Glad they got there! Looking forward to seeing what the finished thing looks like.

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 13:51:30

Fantastic, puddleofpiddle thanks

I got my lovely pink wool last week and I have completed two squares. They are plain I'm afraid as I am very much a novice at this knitting lark although I am quite proud of them. I am knitting a third one as I don't want to leave any of this beautiful wool unused although I don't know if there will be enough. Is there enough wool to do three squares? Oh and who do I PM for the posting address?

Lastly, thank you Knotty for posting me the wool and sending me the little chocolate. It brought a lump to my throat.

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 14:47:13

Plain squares are good plain squares are essential

Weigh one square then weigh the remaining wool to find out if there's enough. If not, send the spare wool and it'll be used to make embellishments.

PM RatherBeOnThePiste for further instructions smile

RedRosie Tue 20-Mar-12 15:03:41

Aw shucks. You lot are just being nice to a beginner-knitter.

<chants> Plain squares are GOOD. Plain squares are ESSENTIAL.

Puddles' are amazing on the other hand ... And lovely stitches MadameMessy, v tidy and nice.

RedRosie Tue 20-Mar-12 15:09:43

Trumpton - I just looked at the link. Sad and hopeful all mixed up together. Bless them.

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 15:11:05

Beginner knitted squares on my profile too, a couple down now I think (lost my bunny about half an hour ago so he's at the top)

It's the love in the Square that's important, not the skill thanks

smartiesrule Tue 20-Mar-12 15:16:46

Hi Pistey, Knotty and everyone else working on the blankets,
Will we be able to see a pic of the blankets when they're done?

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Mar-12 15:26:53

Smarties, once the blankets are done we usually start a thread with links to pictures. In the past I've basically gone down the old thread and PMed everyone with a link.

Ghost, the very least I could do. smile

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 15:28:16


The quilt and the ones I made are here. I'm sure Knotty will be along with a link to her pics shortly smile

Yes, we make sure we take lots of pictures thanks

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 15:28:44


Try again blush

PurplePidjin Tue 20-Mar-12 15:29:13
chipmonkey Tue 20-Mar-12 15:30:28

puddleofpiddle, they look great! Beautiful designs. And nice and square too!envy

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Mar-12 16:15:09

Ooo, look what the postie brought today:

MinnieBar [star] gorgeous motifs. Team Heart did the business smile thanks

Cakey [star] a beautiful warm blue and lovely note thanks

Flubba [star] Top hooking, gal! thanks

AngelPantser [star] The penguin is just fabulous! thanks

PrettyBird [star] more expert knitting thanks

DutchOma [star] Simply stunning thanks

AmyGarumi [star] super squares and thanks for the choccy treat thanks

SuziKettles [star] How cute is that octopus?! grin thanks

WhoKnows [star] snuggly squares, love the colour. thanks

Pistey [star] FAntabulous choc and RUM! Oh, nice square too grin thanks


*a lovely Chinese jade square for Wubbly with no MN name.

*beautiful squares and a scrummy baby pic from someone whose donor is Pinot

*a package that I need to collect as a bit under postage wise (waiting to see who owns up to that one grin )

Many thanks. You little treasures.

DutchOma Tue 20-Mar-12 16:51:50

Glad you got them. Say if you want more help, now or later.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Mar-12 16:52:59

This is the link to Knotty's blanket photos

Fantastic lot of squares arriving today grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Mar-12 21:19:01

Evening wine

Just replying to PMs, many thanks thanks

Minnie you not only have the Team Heart seal of approval but also the Knotty [Star]... no disrespect intended to anyone else's beautiful squares, but Minnie has done the business grin

KnottyLocks Wed 21-Mar-12 06:30:06

Morning smile

Off to work soon but will check in later.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 06:41:55

Morning everyone brew

MinnieBar Wed 21-Mar-12 13:10:59

Ah Gleaming, that's very kind but there's no way I could have done either my heart square or the tree square without the combined might of Team Heart behind me (or, literally telling me what to do in trib's case) - so they were very much team efforts, and thus very appropriate for the blankets!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 14:09:27

All is quiet and peaceful in the woolly World of Wool...
A few PMs answered and now I'm going to have a cuppa tea. thanks

LadyWellian Wed 21-Mar-12 14:33:46

Pidj I'm really sorry about your bunny. sad

Knotty glad my squares made it.

KnottyLocks Wed 21-Mar-12 16:35:53

Woolly offerings arriving today from:

Trumpton [star] beautiful squares and thanks so much for my little gift. smile thanks

MotherOfSnortPigs [star] gorgeous crochet thanks

MBJ [star] lovely crochet and the cutest little Twitter birds smile thanks

MaudLeBowski [star] Honestly, you'd never know you'd just learnt to crochet. Lovely smile [thanks

Bluebell [star] lovely shades of blue. thanks

And a white envelope with a typed label containing two beautiful greeny/jadey squares, one garter stitch, one basket weave. No MN name.

Many thanks.


chipmonkey Wed 21-Mar-12 17:13:56

Mine are posted. Hope they are blanket-able.

FruitShootsAndHeaves Wed 21-Mar-12 17:25:58

I got cross with my squares so I started again, with a more simple pattern.
I will be finished in time to post them all on Monday though, I might even post them on Saturday.

I wished I'd not tried to do something so complicated at first as the pattern I am dong now is much easier. grin

I have been worrying all week that I wouldn't get them posted in time, but I only have 4 inches to go now!

Where do i post them too?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 17:30:09

FruitShoots, am pMing you now thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 17:30:53

and Chipmonkey - yours are lovverly, what are you like??!! grin

chipmonkey Wed 21-Mar-12 17:42:48

Well, you see, Pistey, they are not as square as I would have liked. And I had visions of something a lot better before I did the Care Bear, that was my third and much-simplified attempt.

TimeForCake Wed 21-Mar-12 17:54:18

Good lord, the care bear is a-maz-ing! envy

Personally, I am still muttering Knotty's mantra.
You'd think my squares would improve with practise wouldn't you? not so far grin

FruitShootsAndHeaves Wed 21-Mar-12 18:02:23

I tried a care bear. But there were too many colour changes in my pattern and I was ending up with lots of thread ends and it was just taking too long so I gave up sad
I thought mine might have been too messy at the back with all the loose ends.
Yours is fab Chipmonkey

Thanks for the PM Piste I shall post them asap!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 18:07:53

I didn't try to make a Care Bear.......


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 18:09:42

and FruitShoots, you are welcome!

Pleiades45 Wed 21-Mar-12 18:11:13

Knotty, I've posted more squares to you, they should arrive tomorrow.

Out of interest - how many squares do you use? and how long does it take to join them? You crochet them together with a double crochet, is that right??

I usually quilt, and now I'm in a knitting phase I'm thinking of a new project of my own - hence the questions.

TimeForCake Wed 21-Mar-12 18:24:31

Pistey I would love to see your care bear! <snigger>

Mind you, I'll be laughing on the other side of my face if I don't get a move on with my next square. Knows damn well her eyes would glaze over at the first line of a pattern, care bear or otherwise.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 18:46:10

Cakey, have you actually started it yet?!

TimeForCake Wed 21-Mar-12 18:50:56

Errr...I have done about an inch so far. At best! shock blush
You? <hopes for an equally slow start>

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 18:54:20


<goes to find a ruler>

PurplePidjin Wed 21-Mar-12 18:57:23

Pleiades, there are 4 squares per square foot. 12x8 gives a Blanket 6'x4' which is plenty for a family snuggle, that's 96 squares.

I (and I think knotty does too) work lengthwise first. So, take two squares, place right sides together, dc through edges. That puts the ridge on the back, wrong sides together puts it on the front. The only important thing is to do them all the same. Keep adding squares in pairs until you reach the desired length. Then carry on the same adding a row of squares to one ofvthe rows you've already done. When you've done all the rows you want, dc along the columns - this bits loads easier ime because the tension is already set. Dc or HTC around the edge with 3 sts in each corner, or one of my little hearty hobbies (let me know if you want the pattern)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:00:32

OK, well I have done one and a quarter inch. Go me..


The problem I have is that I'm not sure of the colour combi I've chosen and think I will have to start again.

So a very slow start, somewhat exacerbated by a re start blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:01:44

So Cakey - you are doing well grin

chipmonkey Wed 21-Mar-12 19:06:19

Oh, God, do they have to be neat at the back?, My care bear is NOT neat at the back!

TimeForCake Wed 21-Mar-12 19:07:09

That sounds a bit tricky. But if you will show off with more than one colour! wink Either way, I think we probably need to apply ourselves a little more. grin

TimeForCake Wed 21-Mar-12 19:08:35

Some of us struggle to get it neat at the front Chipmonkey, never mind the back grin.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:09:26


FruitShootsAndHeaves Wed 21-Mar-12 19:10:00

Maybe I should have carried on with my Care Bear then grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:10:10

I'm going to start again.

This evening.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:10:47

I actually really am.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:11:27

I just want it to be nice.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:12:45

Thank you for PMs, all replied to thanks

More woolly squares are on their way........

TimeForCake Wed 21-Mar-12 19:14:16

Good luck Pistey! Go forth and undo. Hope you're happier with your results. What were the colours? I'm sure they look lovely really.

PurplePidjin Wed 21-Mar-12 19:30:46

You know as well as anyone that it's effort that counts angry

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 19:50:45

Cakey - it was green, pink and purple, tis going to be just pink and purple!

DutchOma Wed 21-Mar-12 19:51:37

You do all know, don't you what the official word for 'undon' is? It is called to 'frog'.

KnottyLocks Wed 21-Mar-12 19:56:25

Yep, frogging


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 20:05:57

grin Well I didn't know that. And now I do! thanks

TimeForCake Wed 21-Mar-12 20:12:16

Two colours sounds plenty to me Pistey and pink and purple are a winning combo. I'm doing pink too - was going to try stripes by adding some cream, but then realised cream isn't in the colour scheme for Mrs K's blanket.

Happy frogging!

PurplePidjin Wed 21-Mar-12 20:16:25
RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 20:16:52

Why 'frogging' though?

Aww.. thanks Cakey

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Mar-12 20:19:32

Pidjy That's me right now grin