Blanket for MrsY and her family. Donors, crocheters and knitters, can you help us?

(668 Posts)
RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 13:52:29

We have heard the desperately sad news that MrsY has lost her precious baby son Benedict and have offered to make a blanket for her and her family. She is very touched by everyone's kindness, and would love to receive one. Here is the original thread

So once again we are calling on the Blanketeers for help - whether it be donating, knitting or crocheting. Will you join us?

PM me and let me know how you can help, if you need matching up and I will be able to help you

For pictures from previous blankets, see here

As in the past, the wool we are using is:

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

They are very similar and can be combined
* 4mm knitting needles or hooks
* Cast on 33 stitches
* 6" squares

The colours for this project
Blues, warm purples, greens, silver and cream

So sad that another blanket is needed sad Sending love to MrsY and her family.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 13:55:38

Many, many thanks for all your support thanks

You will see very sadly there is another call for a blanket starting today see the thread here

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 14:00:43

Please feel free to ask any questions you have about the project on this thread and we will try to answer them. thanks

MinnieBar Tue 08-May-12 14:13:34

Have PMd you.


MOSagain Tue 08-May-12 14:19:33

I will donate 2 balls of wool. Will PM you Pistey. Any suggestions as to where to buy the wool?

I am also going to learn to knit, something I should have done years ago when my lovely mother was still alive to teach me. Not sure if I'll be up to speed/scratch in time for this blanket but would love to be so I could contribute for my lovely friend MrsY. So very sad that you are in a position to receive a blanket but so very glad you are going to get one in memory of your darling Benedict who will never be forgotten. xxx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 14:21:08

MOS - I will Pm you some links

NessaRose Tue 08-May-12 14:25:28

A pm coming your way Pistey.

Faverolles Tue 08-May-12 14:25:57

I'll pm you.

Primrose123 Tue 08-May-12 14:26:25

Have PMd you, Pistey.

Will gladly donate again - have pm'd you Pistey Am glad that MrsY has found us on the bereaved mummies thread

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 14:43:59

Such awful news. Have PMed you, Pistey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 14:53:41

Many thanks everyone, so touching to have so much support already. I am working my way through all these lovely PMs

Please PM me to let me know how you can help - and whether you need matching up Many, many heartfelt thanks X


Methe Tue 08-May-12 15:05:29

I've pm'ed you smile

LynnCSchreiber Tue 08-May-12 15:08:44

Will donate again, Pistey. Thanks, as ever for organising this.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 15:15:14

Thanks to everyone who has offered their help. As always, it's very heartwarming. thanks

SoupDragon Tue 08-May-12 15:23:07

Have PMed about both blankets sad

GetOnYourDancingShoes Tue 08-May-12 15:25:09

Put me down to knit some squares.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 15:31:15

Could I just ask you lovely people to PM Pistey as well as post on the thread, to let us know how you would like to help

Helps us keep track, especially with two projects running simultaneously.

Many thanks.

I will knit squares for both, but would appreciate it of someone could donate a ball of wool. I usually do squares with a flower appliqued on.

roguepixie Tue 08-May-12 15:37:44

Pistey - have pm'd you.

Made the suggestion of a blanket for greengoose (hadn't seen your other thread).

Will do squares for both. So, so sad that two more are needed.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 15:39:48

Cheers, SDTG. Got your PM and will get back to you when we can. The Inboxes are very busy at the moment.

And we're getting stuff coming at us from MNWoollyHugs on Facebook too.

People are just lovely.

Thanks Knotty.

hoops997 Tue 08-May-12 15:42:29

Have pm'ed you, happily donate wool, I'll need matching up to a knitter

It's sad we need another blanket sad my thoughts are with MrsY and her family

MadameMessy Tue 08-May-12 15:57:25

I've PMed Pistey. Heartbreaking stuff, my thoughts are with the famillies.

MrsPear Tue 08-May-12 16:01:58

Hi such sad news. I am also quite happy to donate wool - have sent message

Have PM'd about both blankets. So sad that 2 are needed at the same time.

I'm new to this but not a bad knitter although I am glad someone else does the joining together!

duchesse Tue 08-May-12 16:19:17

As the mother of a now 18yo Benedict, please sign me up to knit squares. As always, money is very tight at the moment so I would appreciate a donor.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 16:35:58

Still working my way through PMs, pls bear with me, we are having a truly amazing response X

Oh such sad news. sad
I can offer my craft skills for both blankets, piste could you match me to a donor please.

Signing in as a knitter for this project - so sad. I'm due in two weeks time so this is very poignant for me. I have some wool from previous projects but if there is any available that would be lovely.
Hugs and Kisses

MOSagain Tue 08-May-12 16:47:31

Pistey have some thanks and wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 18:05:42

For MrsY I have some suggestions of motifs and patterns that are significant to them, if you can incorporate them, then that would be lovely. But please don't worry if not, there's no way I could do anything like this, my squares are always very simple. You need simple and complex to make a blanket work well!

Ideas for Squares for MrsY and her family

Peanut - Benedict's nickname x
Mouse - for her daughter x

Also initials B, M, L and J.

Can anyone help?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 18:05:57

Thank you MOS wine

PMing now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 18:31:15

Taking the opportunity of my PM box being empty to go and chivvy on the homework front. Back later.

But thank you to everyone for such an amazing response. Brilliant thanks

Osmiornica Tue 08-May-12 18:36:29

You should have mail from me.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 18:37:19

thanks Pistey.

And thanks to everyone who has offered to help in any way. thanks

PurplePidjin Tue 08-May-12 18:54:17

Signing in sad

LynnCSchreiber Tue 08-May-12 19:01:10

We talked about this before, I think, but I would be keen to write an article about the Wooly Hugs for Jump! Mag - particularly if there is a MNetter and daughter who are knitting together.

If anyone would be willing to speak to me, and let me interview their DD (or DS for that matter), would they PM me.

There are not enough thanks in the world to express my admiration to what you and the other organisers are doing.

Pastabee Tue 08-May-12 19:02:40

I have pm'd you.

100years Tue 08-May-12 19:06:35

I'll send a PM in a bit. On the MN app so it's a bit tricky off here. But I'll do some squares but would appreciate a donor this time.

PMd you postey. sad

Pistey Sorry.

Umami Tue 08-May-12 19:15:08

Happy to crochet, and have PMd you Pistey.

hoops997 Tue 08-May-12 19:17:58

I've emailed the eBay shop where I have bought my wool asking whether she would like to donate some, I've linked her the website, hopefully she'll donate a few balls smile

MadameMessy Tue 08-May-12 19:32:30

Mme Lindor I was going to teach dd to knit, but I think the wool will be too lovely for practicing on. Great idea for Jump! though, am sure someone will be along though.
Although, on FB we were talking about a mini hug, just one square that could be portable. Like if someone needed a woollyhug while out and about (Think it was for Wubbly's little boy for school? Totally open to correction here) an that wouldn't have to be the Debbie Bliss or the Cashsoft would it Pistey? Dd would like to learn and I think she would love a project as it were. Just throwing out ideas...

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 19:40:53

Messy, we have a developing plan involving the mini-hugs. smile

Can't say any more until we've worked it all through though.

In the meantime, I'll be making a mini-hug for Lawrie to go in with the Wubbly blanket.

have pm'd pistey. and thanks for organising us all.

MadameMessy Tue 08-May-12 19:45:49

Yes I knew there was some lovely plan smile Trust you to have something splendiferous up your sleeve smile

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Tue 08-May-12 19:54:09

Will be knitting some squares for Benedict Piste, do you need me to PM you now or when I've finished them. I think I have blue and purple in my stash x

Pistey count me for this blanket too, I ordered three balls of wool from cucumber patch so should be able to produce a good number of squares.

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Tue 08-May-12 20:03:00

Have PM'd you, am happy to knit again.

Ladyface Tue 08-May-12 20:05:21

Have pm'd you, Pistey.

DonkeyTeapot Tue 08-May-12 20:07:15

I would like to donate squares, I've PM-ed Pistey.

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Tue 08-May-12 20:17:02

I can knit squares with a heart on as someone kindly gave me the pattern last time - does anyone have the pattern/s for squares with different letters on too?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 20:24:09

The brilliant response continues, heartfelt thanks to everyone.


tribpot Tue 08-May-12 20:28:54

Pirate - I'm hoping to start a thread soon to collect up some of the patterns we've done over previous blankets; we had an entire thread dedicated to a particular heart square that caused a few teething problems!

If you're not already a member of Ravelry it's well worth registering (it's free) as there are gazillions of patterns there, including charts for all the letters.

TimeForCake Tue 08-May-12 20:29:50

sad sad

I shall be PMing you shortly Pistey about crocheting a square.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 20:33:26

Trib, if you are doing a support thread again, could you source a simple bird pattern square if possible? We're looking for birds for Greengoose's blanket/ thanks. x

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Tue 08-May-12 20:39:28

I have found this but I can't find anywhere that says what size the squares will come out - any ideas?

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 20:46:38

Pirate, that looks about right if you consider the number of stitches cast on. we need a knitting expert to have a check through re length though.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 20:47:37

Can I help?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 20:48:24

Lots of lovely PMs - please do bear with me thanks

lisad123 Tue 08-May-12 20:48:27

I can't do knitting, but can PayPal someone money for wool, is that possible?

100years Tue 08-May-12 20:48:35

I've PMd now. I'll crochet some squares but I'd like a donor please this time. Just read Mrs Y's thread and it's so very sad, I hope she gets some small comfort from everyone's thoughts and wishes.

I'd like to know of the mini hugs too, when the idea is finalised.

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Tue 08-May-12 20:52:27

It's just annoying that I can find dimensions on there - don't think it will take me long to do but if Piste can tell me if it will be 6" to start with it will save me some time!

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 20:54:09

Knotty - yip, Pistey has given me my instructions.

Pirate - 35 stitches sounds about right although you'll need to knit a test bit (or a plain square) to see how your gauge is. 56 rows sounds a bit much to me, though. It might need scaling down a bit. Will link to a support thread in a mo.

SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Tue 08-May-12 20:58:27

Yikes, I'm not good at changing patterns blush.

I knitted my last squares with 4.5mm needles as my knitting is quite tight.

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:04:44

That's okay, Pirate. Why not have a bash at it? I will chart it at the weekend when I have a chance but you should have a feel within 10 or so rows for how big it's going to end up.

I have to knit mine on 3.25mm, such is the utter slackness of my knitting smile I don't think we should ever knit a scarf with you starting at one end and me at the other!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 21:05:22

Ideas for Squares for MrsY and her family

Peanut - Benedict's nickname x
Mouse - for her daughter x

Also initials B, M, L and J.


SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Tue 08-May-12 21:09:01

grin trib, I'll remember that - it could be an interesting project!

KisMittzAteALLThePies Tue 08-May-12 21:17:57

Is there call for plain knitters and crocheters? I am not great at fancy and it would be helpful just at the moment if could be linked to someone who can donate wool as things are very tough at home blush

But I would be honoured to be apart of a blanket, but am deeply saddened at the need for them sad

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:18:59

KisMittz - the mantra of MN blankets is always that plain squares are good, plain squares are essential.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:20:07

Simple squares are good. Simple squares are essential smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 21:20:22

There is always a call for knitters of simple squares! I am a knitter of simple things grin We are needed!!

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:22:12

KisMittz, if you have a look at some of the previous blankets on our site, you'll see how even the most simple of squares have an important part to play.

With these blankets, it is always about the thoughts and efforts involved first.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:23:01

Pistey is indeed a great simple expert smile

KisMittzAteALLThePies Tue 08-May-12 21:24:15

smile I do love doing Moss Stitch which is quite pretty, but will PM in the morning.

PurplePidjin Tue 08-May-12 21:25:10

Plain squares are the best. The stars wouldn't shine half as brightly without a night sky backdrop.

For those blush about asking for wool to be donated, please don't. There are many people who couldn't be a part of these projects if it weren't for offers of time and skill from crafters!

tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:26:17

Support thread for help and ideas.

I think Knotty has just accused Pistey of being a simpleton shock wink

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 21:26:46

I love Moss stitch. Made up in this wool, it looks and feels so snuggly.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 22:26:47

My PM box is empty. For now smile

Many, many thanks to everyone for all the offers of help, whatever they are, they are much appreciated. Very touching indeed, the response has been overwhelming.


KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 22:35:43

Thanks everyone. You are all [stars] smile

BIWItheBold Tue 08-May-12 22:38:31

Not empty any more ... grin

KnottyLocks Tue 08-May-12 22:45:22

BIWI, you little treasure grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 22:58:15


Alambil Tue 08-May-12 23:01:48

we like to keep you busy, pistey...

JustGettingByMum Tue 08-May-12 23:03:34

PM'd you

NannyPlumIsMyMum Tue 08-May-12 23:06:46

Pistey I have pm'd you .
Bless you all .

lemonlymon Tue 08-May-12 23:28:10


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-May-12 23:28:57

My PM box is empty, again <looks round for BIWI> and I am thinking that is me done for the night Zzzzzzzzz

I will reply to PMs that come in now in the morning, but thank you everyone, it is such a heartwarming response, I feel quite blown away by it thanks
Night X

lemonlymon Tue 08-May-12 23:30:24

Ooops, posted too soon! Meant to say:

thanks and wine to all you lovely ladies. I will see if I have any of the necessary wool in my stash. And have a nose for some suitable charts/patterns...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 06:25:55

brew Morning

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 06:45:03

Morning smile

MakeHayAndSneeze Wed 09-May-12 06:51:01

I've posted on the other thread but I'd love to be part of this one too - I can knit some squares. I'm so sorry though, I'll have to ask for donated wool blush and don't know how to pm on my phone so will try later on my computer.

MOSagain Wed 09-May-12 06:52:14

Morning grin Just had an email from Amazon saying my idiots guide to knitting book will be here Friday grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 06:53:12

Smashing MOS grin

MakeHay - I'll PM you, hang on.......

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 06:54:07

Top banana, MOS grin Don't forget YouTube too: some good tutorials on there.

MOSagain Wed 09-May-12 06:55:01

A few have recommended Youtube but I'm worried that will confuse me. Nice and slowly for me I think blush

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 07:01:09

Have a look, MOS. It's amazing how slowly some of those woolly women can talk on YouTube.

tribpot Wed 09-May-12 07:01:36

MOS - if you do need any help please pop in to the support thread.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 07:03:12

I found one lady on youtube who talked so s-----l-----o-----w-----l------y I thought she's gone to sleep at one point. Actually, having said that, she was perfect for me grin

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 07:12:13

I have a picture of Pistey having an afternoon snooze over her wool. She is gorgeous smile

TheRealMBJ Wed 09-May-12 07:38:15

Have PMd Pistey. Would like to contribute a square

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 07:49:33


All PMs replied to, many thanks everyone for such amazing support
Off to work now, back at lunchtime and I will catch up then, so please....

Keep PMing and I will be able to help you!

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 07:50:48

I'm off to work too. Will check in when I can. Thanks for everyone's support thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 07:50:56

That's almost like Strictly isn't it....

Keep PMing

am I on my own on that?! grin

Best be off. Laters....

NessaRose Wed 09-May-12 10:37:43

Pistey, grin.

While I wish these blankets weren't needed, I know they are very much appreciated, so will gladly donate wool for an able knitter. Will send a PM to Pistey...

MapofTassie Wed 09-May-12 12:34:22

I've PMed Pistey and have the address to send my squares to.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 13:14:11

Hello smile Lunchtime brew

Just going to pop into my PM box. I may be a while!!


I've posted on the other thread already but am knitting for both blankets so wanted to acknowledge Mrs Y's loss here too.

Both stories have really touched my heart and I am proud to be even a small part of something that might bring a bit of comfort at such a sad time.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 14:30:50

Have replied to all PMs, many thanks everyone, it's going really well X

Have ordered wool for my lovely knitter - coming from cucumber patch - they are normally very quick so should arrive tomorrow/Friday smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 14:51:04

Thank you thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 09-May-12 16:28:23

Back from work and it's lovely to see more woolly offers. Thank you all so much thanks

hoops997 Wed 09-May-12 16:36:30

Have ordered 2 balls for my knitter, should be here soon smile

MOSagain Wed 09-May-12 17:17:44

Talking to DD this afternoon and she happened to mention that two of her friends at her boarding school are going to teach her to knit so I suggested maybe she try a square or too. Will let them have some of my wool when it arrives and we can help each other

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 17:33:17

Team MOS will be fabulous!

My daughter did parts of a square for Wubbly's family, not much, but she wanted to try and contribute, it was really nice.

Thanks hoops thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 19:36:14

a reminder...

The colours for this project
Blues, warm purples, greens, silver and cream

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-May-12 22:00:57

Lots of lovely PMs - all replied to


I think donor wool will be arriving tomorrow

<fingers crossed>

maxmissie Wed 09-May-12 22:04:02

Have already pm'd Pistey but have sent a ball of wool to my knitter today via ebay so hopefully they should get it soon.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 06:16:54

Morning brew

PurplePidjin Thu 10-May-12 06:53:40

Morning brew

Today is my last day of evilly long temp shifts, at least for this week, so I should be around a bit more from tomorrow thanks

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 07:02:51

Morning smile

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 07:35:37

Last posting date for squares is Saturday 2nd June

You can post your squares before this though. When you are ready, PM Pistey or me and we'll give you the details.


MOSagain Thu 10-May-12 07:46:29

I think we need to ask MNHQ very nicely for a new smiley. A panic one! Haven't even got my needles, wool or idiots guide yet.

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 07:52:11

MOS, you'll have to make do with shock until then smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 07:56:58

MOS, I find this one is very good confused

MOSagain Thu 10-May-12 08:00:42

any idea how long it normally takes to get things delivered by that place you recommended? (cumberpatch?) Ordered Tuesday

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 08:02:34

If the wool is in stock, should be today. Normally they are very quick. Have you had a confirmation via email?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 08:02:40

With Cucumberpatch - if you order before Midday they will post the same day, so it should well arrive with you today! <squeal>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 08:10:50

Off to work this morning, and running late!
Will be back at lunchtime

<rushes off>

MOSagain Thu 10-May-12 08:11:11

yes, had a confirmation email but don't think it said when it would be delivered, just said if in stock would be processed shortly or something like that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for my woolly donor (initials HM in Newcastle!) The wool from Cucumberpatch arrived this morning - lovely purple and pale yellow. Will do my best to do your generosity justice smile

duchesse Thu 10-May-12 11:52:08

Thank you to my lovely donor, whose initials are CM!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 13:16:21

Lunchtime and fabulous news of woolly wool arriving with crafters. Smashing!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 13:22:10

Lots of lovely PMs, please bear with me X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 13:29:20

In the mean time, maybe have a look at this

BIWItheBold Thu 10-May-12 13:32:26

What a beautiful piece

MOSagain Thu 10-May-12 13:37:46

truly lovely. Wool and needles not arrived yet so went to hobbycraft and bought some needles and wool to practice with. Hope it arrives soon so I can send balls on to my 'professional knitter'.

Umami Thu 10-May-12 14:00:03

Yarn is here! thanks LW!

Umami Thu 10-May-12 14:00:51

In fact, if I find a ball of pink, my yarn is the colour of these flowers here ---> thanks grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 14:08:16

MOS - you will be a professional knitter before you know it! Here's a photo of me learning with Youtube smile

See here...

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 14:10:10

All PMs replied to, many thanks everyone, lots of lovely donors to thank later. Speedy bunch our lovely donors!!

Idratherbeknitting Thu 10-May-12 14:21:41

I've only just found this thread. Can I volunteer? I hope I'm not too late to join. Shall pm you now...

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 16:05:31

Another lovely pile of PMs replied to! thanks

hoops997 Thu 10-May-12 17:02:04

Have pm'ed you pistey smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 17:55:15

Lovely hoops, you have mail thanks

KnottyLocks Thu 10-May-12 18:43:09

Evening, lovely woolly folk smile

Great that wool is starting to arrive so quickly.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 19:41:09

The relay has begun! Thank you tonight to these lovely donors who have already got woolly wool to their crafters, we really appreciate the part you play thanks

thanks smallwonder

thanks MmeLindor

thanks BreastMilkDoesAFabLatte

thanks Mumsfret

thanks 5madthings

thanks TheFlyingFishfinger

I'm thanking everyone on both threads as I know there are a lot of overlaps.

Count me in - have PM'd

Jules146 Thu 10-May-12 21:19:32

I saw MNWooleyHugs on Facebook and that's how I have gotten involved! Just hope I can help.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-May-12 21:25:31

So glad the Facebook page is bringing people together, just as we hoped, marvellous.

PurplePidjin Thu 10-May-12 22:34:11

OMG, I'm in print shock well, quoted!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 06:37:18

Morning <yawwwwn>

brew brew brew brew]

Nope, that's not enough...

brew brew brew brew]

Away to my Inbox.

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 06:49:06

Morning smile brew

PurplePidjin Fri 11-May-12 07:01:09


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 07:35:03

My PM inbox is empty. For now smile

I am away to work this morning, back at lunchtime.

Hoping to have news of more woolly wool arriving with crafters today.
<fingers crossed>

lemonlymon Fri 11-May-12 09:55:13


Pleiades45 Fri 11-May-12 11:50:05

Signing in so I can easily find the thread for updates.

My wool has arrived! smile
A lovely Debbie bliss cream.

Thank you very much to my donor - initials JD- who used an eBay store called Carly's crafts. I will do my best! smile

chipmonkey Fri 11-May-12 12:26:26

Count me in! I still have some wool left from before so will get cracking!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 13:17:22

Just as well my inbox has elasticated sides grin

Pastabee Fri 11-May-12 13:22:05

Ooo. Cucumber patch delivery that lovely postie put through cat flap so I can start this weekend. Cream and duck egg blue.

At work today so won't see the post till I get home sad

How spooky - DH has just rung to tell me my wool has arrived grin. I asked him what colour it was and he said bluey/aqua Debbie Bliss. Thank you to my sender!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 13:48:43

A) Spooky!

B) And yaaaaaaay for cat flaps grin

MOSagain Fri 11-May-12 13:51:47

yay, my wool has just arrived. Have 2 balls to go to my 'pro' knitter which I'm going to go and post now, hopefully if PO are behaving themselves it will arrive with my knitter tomorrow, Monday at the latest, sorry its taken a bit longer than I hoped sad Just waiting for my idiots guide to arrive from Amazon and I'll be underway.

KnottyLocks Fri 11-May-12 14:05:25

Crafters are GOOOOOOOOOO!

I've PM'd you Pistey, hope I'm not too late.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 14:32:10

Not too late at all my lovely, hang on a mo...

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Fri 11-May-12 14:35:49

Thankyou to my donors - I just received 2 wool packages - 3 balls from one of you and another ball from a RL MN friend - fabulous stuff. That's my weekend sorted.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 14:51:47

That will keep you out of mischief Minnie grin

I have replied (I hope) to all PMs, but with this creaking old system, one can never be sure wine

Lots of woolly wool has arrived today, well done the donors! Will do a full thank you later when more are home from work.
Release the crafters!

Primrose123 Fri 11-May-12 15:26:02

My wool has arrived, from a donor with the initials LS who ordered from cucmberpatch.

Thank you LS smile

AddictedtoCrunchies Fri 11-May-12 15:36:08

I've just sent you a pm - hope I'm not too late.

100years Fri 11-May-12 17:34:03

My wool has arrived, thank you to whoever donated to me. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 17:39:58

so excited by all the wool arriving - these donors are amazing!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 18:49:20

Thank you tonight to these lovely donors who have got woolly wool to their crafters, we really appreciate the part you play thanks

thanks MiaAlexandrasMummy

thanks maxmissie

thanks Whatevertheweather

thanks Rindercella

thanks jmf294

thanks BIWI

thanks MrsPear

thanks lookingforchocolate

I'm thanking everyone on both threads again as there are overlaps X

MadameMessy Fri 11-May-12 18:54:28

Nothing here yet, but am also waiting on package from my sis in Oz so am doubly excited smile
Am also busy with skirt I am crocheting and got some lovely cotton from my mum today so my itchy fingers will be fine for now, but fingers crossed some lovely wool will be here on Monday morning

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 18:57:42

Messy - I know it's on the way to you smile

MadameMessy Fri 11-May-12 19:43:18

I know. But it take soooooooo long to get here
<stamps foot impatiently> grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-May-12 20:04:49

Sadly I'm not coming your way for a while or I would have brought it to you!

PurplePidjin Sat 12-May-12 09:10:18


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 09:42:39

Morning all. Tis PM time smile

Here I go.......

BIWItheBold Sat 12-May-12 09:43:40


hairypotter Sat 12-May-12 09:58:23

I'm late as always, have pm'd Pistey

I am so going to learn to knit eventually

Such sad news that another blanket is needed. sad

KnottyLocks Sat 12-May-12 10:18:16

Morning, Woolly Wonders smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 10:44:43

All PMs replied to thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-May-12 18:43:06

Thank you tonight to these lovely donors, you are brilliant and we really appreciate the part you play thanks

thanks NannyPlumIsMyMum

thanks Conflugenglugen

And the first thank you tonight for squares received

[star] DutchOma: Beautiful teal blue knitting - a B for Benedict . thanks

ToriaPumpkin Sat 12-May-12 18:50:38

Thank you to my donor, whoever you are, my wool arrived yesterday and I'm one and a half squares down x

MakeHayAndSneeze Sat 12-May-12 20:27:23

My wool arrived today - beautiful pink and green cashmerino. Getting going tonight, thank you donor!

Alambil Sat 12-May-12 21:43:20

I have done the first square from my donated wool... I'm not sure if the donor was from this thread or the other one, but I'll have the picture of it on my profile in a few minutes...

Primrose123 Sun 13-May-12 00:49:08

Lovely crocheted squares Lewisfan! Do you have any links for the patterns? I'd love to try one! the easiest one

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 06:43:56

Morning all smile

I have asked for this thread to be moved to Arts and Crafts now so that it won't disappear into the mist

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 08:54:55

Morning Blanketeers brew

Internet is playing up <sigh> so on my phone, will reply to PMs, please bear with me.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 08:55:18

Morning Blanketeers brew

Internet is playing up <sigh> so on my phone, will reply to PMs, please bear with me.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 08:55:47


KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 09:02:51


BIWItheBold Sun 13-May-12 09:19:49


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 09:24:20


BIWItheBold Sun 13-May-12 09:26:02


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 09:27:01


Please may you send an address to send a few squares?
Many thanks

Shops I'm meant to send this as a pm. Here goes!

Shops?! Whoops instead!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 09:47:19

Hang on a mo my lovely. Will do.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 10:07:58

lovely Lewis - your donated wool is for either blanket, and your crochet is gorgeoise thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 10:10:25

To my PMs, sorry for the delay... thanks

thanks. thanks.

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Sun 13-May-12 10:59:39

3 squares/1 ball knitted. Just another 3 balls left grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 11:17:37

It will keep you out of mischief Minnie!

alibubbles Sun 13-May-12 11:53:12

Gosh, how sad, two blankets to knit for, I'll get my needles out.

Donated wool would be very welcome please.

My thoughts are with both families

NessaRose Sun 13-May-12 17:48:19

No wool as of yet. Hopefully it will come tomorrow.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 17:49:46

It will come tomorrow!

<fingers crossed>

Three sqaures down, one more to go, so that's two for each blanket.

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 18:21:45

Just a little reminder that we are on Facebook as MNWoollyhugs. We are starting a 'Behind the Scenes' view of what happens to your squares when they arrive

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 19:05:24

Lots and lots of lovely PMs today, I shall make a gin and answer the pile I have in there now thanks

Alambil Sun 13-May-12 19:08:50

most of the patterns come from here, here, or youtube (search crochet circle in square for the styles near the bottom of my profile)

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 19:15:14

Ooo lots of lovely patterns in there Lewis! I shall enjoy looking at what other people can make grin

I thought these threads were being moved to Arts and Crafts today...?

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 19:22:05

One has, one hasn'tconfused

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 19:22:32

I'll try again

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 13-May-12 19:46:37

Hello there

Moved for you now - apologies for the delay.


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 19:59:02

Thank you Rowan X

KnottyLocks Sun 13-May-12 20:14:01

Cheers, Rowan wine

JulesJules Sun 13-May-12 21:13:45

I would like to do a square or two, sorry I have only just seen these threads, computer has been poorly.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-May-12 21:16:31

PM'd you Jules thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 06:28:51

Morning everyone brew
justs off to my PM box..

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 06:42:09

All sorted brew

Got my fingers crossed that we hear of more woolly arrivals today.. Off to work this morning, back at lunchtime.



MapofTassie Mon 14-May-12 06:52:30

2 squares knitted and posted off. They are coming from Australia so will take a few days.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 07:07:35

Looking forward to receiving the much travelled squares Tassie! I'll post their safe arrival on here. thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 07:41:46

Morning, lovely blanketeers smile

MOSagain Mon 14-May-12 07:58:45

morning all. Hope my wool arrives with my knitter today. The PO said it should be there Saturday but we know they always lie sad

JustGettingByMum Mon 14-May-12 09:40:41

The company I ordered wool from for my lovely knitter contacted me on Friday to say there would be a delay,so on saturday I trekked to the big city and bought some. I have posted it off this morning

Got home and logged on, checked my emails and the wool I originally ordered has also been posted direct to my knitter this morning as well

If your name starts with K and you live in the east of the uk then you may get 4 balls of wool tomorrow blush

MadameMessy Mon 14-May-12 09:55:44

My wool is here! 3 lovely balls, in green, pink and a lovely neutal beigey brown. Thanks so much to my lovely donor, I shall (hopefully) knit up something lovely for you and our Greengoose and MrsY. thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 10:25:10

Go, Messy, Go!

JustGettingBy, that kind of thing happens to us all! I'm sure we can do a spot of wool redistribution, so don't worry. smile

MOSagain Mon 14-May-12 10:40:44

<waves at JGBmum - long time no see> grin

JustGettingByMum Mon 14-May-12 11:13:02

Mos - hi! Waves back smile how's your ds getting on at uni? Mine has exams next week and is feeling a bit sad that he has so many compared to his flat mates
Large supplies of chocolate and treats have just been posted off in an attempt to cheer him up grin

MOSagain Mon 14-May-12 12:14:25

Hi JGB, he is getting on well. Thank god exams out the way, he had them last Monday to Thursday but all done now until next year. He has decided to stay at Uni for a few more weeks (he wants to get his moneys worth for the board and lodgings he has paid) then home for a long summer. Good luck to your DS for his exams. <sorry for hijack> blush

JustGettingByMum Mon 14-May-12 12:31:23

Oops yes sorry for hijack x

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 12:36:44

Awwww, isn't it lovely how wool can bring folks together smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 13:28:01

Hello woolly chums, just catching up smile

NessaRose Mon 14-May-12 13:49:26

Yeyy my wool has arrived. Thanks MOS the coulors are fab.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 13:52:10

Good news Nessa! Thank you to lovely MOS. thanks

Several woolly packets have arrived today, good news all round thanks

JustGettingBy - that has happened to me before now!

MOSagain Mon 14-May-12 14:00:41

yay! was just wondering/worrying about whether it had arrived. I keep looking at my ball of wool and my needles and new idiots guide book and panicking!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 14:02:49

No panicking. Deep breaths, you can do this MOS, you really can. smile

Hi everyone-

Happy knitting!

Pistey I have just this moment addressed an envelope to you with my donation inside - sorry for the delay and thanks once again for organising. Hopefully you'll receive it tomorrow.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 14:08:31

No apology needed my lovely, very many thanks indeed, it shall be gratefully received. X

My wool has turned up, Pistey - I shall get knitting!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 14:47:30

Hooray! Good news SDTG!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 15:08:58

And good news that even more wool is on its way to crafters thanks

MadameMessy Mon 14-May-12 15:30:51

One square done smile
you can do it MOS!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 15:46:14

Messy - you are speedy - you only got your wool today!

MadameMessy Mon 14-May-12 15:52:20

I know smile but while I was waiting I was planning what to do, and then dd2 had a big nap so I got hooking smile

Thing3 Mon 14-May-12 16:07:22

I would really like to knit a square for each blanket but I dont know how to message Piste. Can anybody explain please?

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Mon 14-May-12 16:13:30

Thing where it says Message Poster on the blue line across from Pisteys name, click on that to send her a message.

Thing3 Mon 14-May-12 16:24:29

Thank you. I am using the mobile site on my phone and the message link isn't there. I have sent a message through my inbox.

My thoughts are with both families at this very sad time.

KnottyLocks Mon 14-May-12 16:27:00

Thing, there should be an arrow on the right by someone's posts. If you touch that it gives you the option of reporting the post or sending a private message.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 16:59:29

Thing has found me grin

There should be 4 balls of wool arriving today or tomorrow for someone. Hoping it turns up ok, it was despatched yesterday.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 17:34:10

Lovely Cheese, thank you. thanks Hopefully we will hear the wool has arrived sooooooon X

NessaRose Mon 14-May-12 17:34:35

MOS you can do this. I have pm'ed you.

MOS I'm a novice knitter too. I taught myself garter stitch in November using Knitting for Dummies (never was a book's title more appropriate!) and YouTube. Then DS was born and I've barely done anything since. We'll muddle through, don't worry!

MOSagain Mon 14-May-12 18:06:19

Thanks Nessa, have replied grin
I think I'm just nervous about the casting on and getting the first row done. I vaguely remember my mum trying to teach me and seem to think I can do the plain stitch/knit and that pearl was doing it back to front if that makes sense?

I'm a relatively new knitter too! Can do garter & moss stitch, have done ribs as well but nothing more complicated than that. Pearl is back to front, yes smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 18:27:40

I can do garter stitch <beams> That is all.

Purl is weird, and upside down and back to front and inside out and wrong!

Pistey I have the same problem with purl! I kind of know how to do it in theory but just can't make my hands do it. confused

What's moss stitch?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 18:32:38

When I tried, I had to stand up too - no idea why!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 18:33:24

Now moss stitch is also beyond me, I think it is a knit one purl one sort thing <technical>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 18:34:25

Oh that's pretty!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 18:44:54

I actually didn't make that blush

I think perhaps this time around I had better stick to what I know though. It's going tricky enough knitting with a baby clamped to my bosom (DS is high needs anyway but is both poorly and teething this week). I'll have to make sure he's not wearing anything woolly or I might accidentally knit him into the patches and you really will get a surprise in the post! grin

Shhh, don't admit that!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 18:51:25


I wonder how Cakey is getting on? She's awful quiet......

TimeForCake Mon 14-May-12 19:46:40

Oh I'm here Pistey! <waves> Keeping up with the threads don't worry - been meaning to post all day. Some of the blanketeers are so amazingly quick with their squares! It normally takes me about 3 weeks to crochet one square so I shall have to speed up this time. However, making a start would be good... blush I did buy the jiffy envelope today though, in readiness for parceling up!
Glad to see there are other blanketeers with L plates too!

Standing up knitting Pistey?! Brilliant! grin
Are you knitting or crocheting yours this time?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 20:19:23

Thank you tonight to these fabulous donors who have got woolly wool to their crafters, you are lovely and we really value the part you play... thanks

thanks SarahStratton

thanks streaky bacon

thanks MOSagain

thanks hoops997

thanks also to the owner of this ebay shop for donating wool to the Blanket projects, and thank you to hoops for asking thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 20:21:02


Crocheting two, possibly knitting one. Time will tell grin
And I genuinely had to stand up when trying to purl. It wasn't good. <arf>
But good you have your jiffy bag, tis a start. grin

hoops997 Mon 14-May-12 20:23:56

Glad the wool made it, happy knitting smile

Wool has arrived! I treated myself to a new hook this weekend, so I am ready and raring to go!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 21:02:01

There is no stopping you now Ice - go, go, go!!

NessaRose Mon 14-May-12 21:46:34

Pistey,have PM'ed you.

Pistey PM on the way

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-May-12 23:04:03

T'was a busy night in my PM box, I have replied to all, for now the light is off and all is quiet in the World of Wool.

Alambil Tue 15-May-12 01:20:53

I'm an idiot and can't figure out which number DB is "cream" - is it 02 or 43 on cucumber patch?

I neeeeeeeeed it to finish my squares so that I can add more photos!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 05:42:32

Morning brew

On my phone Lewis but I'll go and fire up the computer and have a look. I may need to have more caffeine first smile

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 09:13:17

Hi all smile

Pistey apologies for not getting back to people but MN wasn't back online before she left for work.

Lewis, the 43 isn't a cream as such. The cream I have is 013. I think the 02 may be white. I'll have a check in a minute for you.

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 09:27:19

Lewis, I'm back grin

02 is white, 43 is beige. 013 is cream but not on Cuc's stock list. However, Fingers and Thumbs have it here

Or from the seller who donated some wool to us here on Ebay

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 09:45:14

Alternative ways of contacting us if MN keeps going offline and you need us

We're on Facebook and Twitter : MNWoollyHugs

We have an email address, which you may want to make a note of: admin @ woollyhugs dot com

lemonlymon Tue 15-May-12 10:33:01

We've ordered wool from Fingers and Thumbs but have been contacted to say it's not actually in stock - so maybe try checking with them if they have it in stock first?

Marking my place.

My mum & dad arrived this morning for a visit so (inspired by all of you) I am thinking I just might get over my all-thumbsiness and get DMum to teach me (again!!) how to crochet.

Then I can actually contribute to the blankets and not just fire off wool through the post.

<wonders if i will actually stick with it this time>

alibubbles Tue 15-May-12 13:20:25

Lovely silvery blue wool arrived from a kind donor and some from my mother too! Thank you

My wool's here! grin Unfortunately the nice soft blue I ordered turns out to actually be a kind of mid grey - is that any good? I do have a ball of green as well.

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 13:55:13

HTD, great idea smile

Mid grey sounds ok, Joyful.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 14:01:14

Hooray smile Mumsnet works again! Tech is out of the pub! I shall away to my PMs

Knots can you check your phone when you have a mo smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 15:10:47

All PMs replied to thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 19:17:40

Looking for Cheese....

KisMittzAteALLThePies Tue 15-May-12 19:30:53

Your squares are lovely Lewis smile
My wool came and I am half way through my first one.

It feels good to be involved in the project.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 19:39:36

Thank you tonight to these lovely donors who have got woolly wool to their crafters... You are fabulous of that there is no doubt thanks

thanks MrsHerculePoirot

thanks CheeseAndGherkins

thanks Knotty

thanks JustGettingByMum

Posting on both threads as usual as there are lots of overlaps X


Ah crossed posts. So glad the wool arrived smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 19:40:36

<waves> There you are grin

JustGettingByMum Tue 15-May-12 20:11:38

Yay! So pleased to know the wool has arrived.

Thank you to the wonderful crafters who are turning wool into hugs x

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 22:09:39

It's proper teamwork. Fabulous. thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 23:06:19

All PMs replied to, thank you everyone you are marvellous thanks

MrsY Tue 15-May-12 23:20:42

I posted this on the wrong thread, sorry. But I also forgot a bit, so I thought I'd post here, too.

I just wanted to drop by and thank you all for your kind thoughts and this amazing, amazing thing you are doing. I'm really humbled that you give up your time and money to help someone that you've never met. I knit and I never knew about this group blush.

Thank you all for your kind words on Benedict's thread, as well. The more people who know about Benedict, the more I feel he is validated as a person. It means a lot to us.

My mum has ordered some wool for her and some friends to knit/crochet (although it's taking forever to get here), so if it's ok, I wil forward them on to the right person once they are done to be included in the blanket?

KnottyLocks Tue 15-May-12 23:33:16

MrsY, I spotted you on the other thread first and replied before I found you here too smile

Lovely idea about including your mum's squares. We'll get the address details to you. x

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-May-12 23:39:27

Hello MrsY, lovely to see you, your message really means a lot to me, I know it will to the others too. . Benedict lives on in our hearts and minds, I 'm so glad we are making this Woolly Hug for you, I hope you will feel the love with which it is being made x

Lovely to have your mum contribute, when she's ready just drop me a PM and I'll give you the address for posting.


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 06:32:45

Morning brew

Well either everyone is happy in the World of Wool or the PMs are broken - I don't seem to have any!

Off to work as normal this morning, catch up at lunchtime

KnottyLocks Wed 16-May-12 07:06:56

Morning smile

Work for me too. I'll pop in when I can.

Thing3 Wed 16-May-12 08:23:10

Can I just ask what we have to do with the ends of the wool. Do we need to sew them into the square or leave them for joinig together? Also my edges, to me, look quite messy. Does this matter?


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 08:29:07

Yes please, sew in the ends!
And the edges seem to be magically covered up by the process of crocheting the squares together. thanks

Thing3 Wed 16-May-12 08:47:14

Thank you. My wool hasn't arrived yet so I'm starting to get itchy fingers! I'm not sure what colour I have ordered but hopefully it will be suitable.

nickelbabe Wed 16-May-12 11:41:36

Piste - I haven't asked for wool!

Can I please join in this blanket too?
I read MrsY's post when she first posted it sad

MadameMessy Wed 16-May-12 12:34:12

Does the crochet seem very "holey" beside the knit squares? I am doing some of both but just wondering whether I should be " denser" squares iykwim?

nickelbabe Wed 16-May-12 12:34:47

no, it's fine - lots of squares of all different types smile

My wool arrived today, thank you whoever sent it thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 13:12:53

Good news Tilly!

Messy, have a look at some of the previous blankets on our website and you will see how beautifully the crochet and knitting sit together, totally gorgeoise. This was the blanket delivered to our friend Chipmonkey X

I'm just off to my PMs - tis a big pile this lunchtime thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 17:41:34

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Just a reminder that the last posting date for the squares for the Blanket for Greengoose and MrsY is Saturday 2nd June

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:32:32

Thank you tonight to another fabulous donor, we really appreciate your generosity thanks

thanks HeartsTrumpDiamonds

lemonlymon Wed 16-May-12 18:35:15

Pistey - I got your PM, but can't work out how to reply on my stupid replacement phone. Please can you please PM me your address?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:38:15

I will hang on a mo...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:39:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Erm pistey did you mean to do that??

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:40:28


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:40:34


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:40:45

I have reported it 48 times

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:40:57

at least

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:44:26

If you are around Knotty - ^ that's the address PM that's going out grin

<passes Pistey brew black coffee >

Can I help with anything admin wise, seeing as I am still woolless sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:46:50

Now I have reported it 173 times and GlaikitFizzog has too wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:48:16

wine still there then <gloomy>

You a knitter or a crocheter GlaikitFizzog?


And you may call me Glaikit! On;ly my mother calls me GlaikitFizzog grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:50:58

Tomorrow I shall shuffle some part balls your way tomorrow, then for definite you will have wool on Friday, and then your donor wool will turn up and you will have masses grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:53:49


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 18:54:40

I think they must be down the pub again...

Aw thanks Pistey! My delete key has just fallen off, so I hoep I donet make too mayn mistakes

Too late!

Do you think we are missing a bunfight somewhere?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 19:06:29

Knotty will despair of me

<reaches for the gin>

I shall go and see if there is a bunfight...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 19:12:05

I love RowanMumsnet thanks

It's gone! Yay!!

KnottyLocks Wed 16-May-12 19:23:53

Pistey, you daft mare grin

Thing3 Wed 16-May-12 19:31:43

My wool has arrived yay! Hurry up DC I think it is bedtime already grin I think it could be a late night!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-May-12 22:06:50

I am indeed a daft mare grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-May-12 06:16:14

Morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-May-12 07:47:33

thanks PMs replied to, back at lunchtime and am really hoping to hear of some more woolly packets arriving across the land later. Actually, I am really hoping to hear of woolly packets arriving internationally as well smile

Fingers crossed!

KnottyLocks Thu 17-May-12 07:48:32

Morning smile

Am also off to work. Reporting in when I can.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-May-12 14:13:08

Lunchtime and I'm just checking in smile

Lots of PMs today and I'm going to endeavour not to post my address on the thread again blush

Osmiornica Thu 17-May-12 16:34:04

Hi, second lot of wool arrived today with the SAEs so I'll pop them into the post tomorrow. Thanks Piste.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-May-12 17:32:40

That is brilliant, many thanks for doing that X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-May-12 18:19:11

More lovely, generous donors to thank tonight. Thank you so much for the part you play, we really appreciate it thanks

thanks hairypotter

thanks AddictedtoCrunchies

and absolutely gorgeoise squares arriving today

[star] Rubycon for beautiful squares and initials for the blankets thanks

Posting on both threads as usual X

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-May-12 06:32:31

Morning all brewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrew

KnottyLocks Fri 18-May-12 06:38:23

Morrrrrninggggg smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-May-12 07:55:30

Off to work now, catch up at lunchtime, hoping to hear of more wool arrivals, looks very hopefully towards Glaikit and Methe thanks


Thank you! Woolly wool received! thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-May-12 14:20:28

Glaikit You are cleared for take off!!!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-May-12 16:38:25

Beautiful squares arriving safely today thanks

[star] Pleiades Gorgeoise pink and blue knitting and crochet thanks

[star] KnitterNotTwitter Beautiful knitted squares, so snuggly thanks

Posting on both threads as usual.... Thank you thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-May-12 16:53:23

Knitter - one of your squares, the brighter pink one, feels extra snuggly, like it is almost double, I've never seen one like it, what is that stitch? Tis glorious.

Pleiades - I'm admiring your grannies, they are beautiful. Do you do a chain between the edges? Two chains in the middle of the corner,yes, but do you do other chains between too?

Pleiades45 Fri 18-May-12 17:31:40

Pistey, er confused I don't know. They are my first attempts at going round in circles/squares. I'm going to have a go at doing with more than one colour next and crocheting in the ends as suggested by pidjin.

I'll try to explain.. when I got to the end of a round, I did a slip stitch into the first set of stitches, then I did a slip stitch in between those trebles and into the space at the corner so that I could start the next round.

I'm now reaching for the wine technical questions on crochet.... whatever next???

PurplePidjin Fri 18-May-12 18:17:15


Pleiades, after you've done the three stitches called Trebles that make a shell/cluster What Do You Do?

A) yarn over and pull it through the hook, ignoring the square you're making

B) make three more trebles in the next gap.


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-May-12 18:43:04

Pleiades - if those were your first attempts then I am really impressed!! So neat and even envy

And what Pidj said. A) or B) ???!!

PurplePidjin Fri 18-May-12 18:58:36

PS I apologise if that came across as patronising blush

Pleiades45 Fri 18-May-12 19:15:29

Patronising not at all.

I just followed the instructions which were 3ch(1tr) 2 tr ch3 3tr into same space, 1ch 3tr in the 1ch between clusters on previous row. So just 1ch between clusters except for the corners where there are 3ch. And because I used the one colour I slip stitched into 3rd chain of 1tr and then slipped stitch between the tr in the cluster to get to the corner.

Does that make sense? Sorry, I'm really just getting used to the terminology in crochet and DH bought me a beautiful book of crochet all with American terminology to confuse me even more!

thanks Pistey, I was actually amazed they turned out square!

KisMittzAteALLThePies Fri 18-May-12 19:30:39

<puts hand up tentatively>

Ermm... is there an average as to how many squares people send?
I have done 4....

I've done one very boring plain knit and am trying to teach myself purl so the next one isn't so boring plain. I'm such a slow knitter though, does it get easier the longer you've done it?

PurplePidjin Fri 18-May-12 19:52:31

Kis, if you send one we will be thrilled. If you send four, we will be thrilled. Most people stop when the wool runs out...

Joyful, we need lots of plain ones, please keep going!!

KisMittzAteALLThePies Fri 18-May-12 20:15:16

Yes it does get easier joyful and I mostly do Plain and Purl and they serve me very well for some lovely projects smile

Thanks Purple smile.

I am finishing a few of these, for a project of my own smile

PurplePidjin Fri 18-May-12 21:46:12

Ooh, pretty, Kis. What's in a Bag of Love?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-May-12 06:00:45

Morning <yawwwwwwn>

KisMittzAteALLThePies Sat 19-May-12 06:45:35

smile Tis early for a saturday Pistey!

Pidgin, I have made them in the past as 'gift bags' when I have been giving jewellery as a present, smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-May-12 06:48:43

Bloomin early innit?!

Those bags are absolutely beautiful KisMittz

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-May-12 07:00:58

PMs done, Methe You have mail thanks

You know you are up early KisMittz when even the coffee is shocked!

KisMittzAteALLThePies Sat 19-May-12 07:38:03

grin at shocked coffee!

Thank you, I love making them and they are are nice way of using up odds and ends smile

PurplePidjin Sat 19-May-12 08:19:12

<ponders how big a Bag of Love would be needed to contain a woolly hug>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-May-12 08:39:18

Hoping my little donkeys will arrive safely with Peanut and Meece makers.

BIWItheBold Sat 19-May-12 10:11:29

I love this thread. I have no clue what you're talking about half the time, but I can't stop coming here to read it.

And KisMittz - those Bags of Love are absolutely stunning.

PurplePidjin Sat 19-May-12 10:23:03

Nor do I with the knitting stuff, BIWI, but it's done in such a friendly way I don't mind!

KnottyLocks Sat 19-May-12 11:25:37

Wotcha grin

Lovely to see you here, BIWI smile

The bags of love are very cute!

Aw, blessed are the Meece makers. grin

My donkey arrived today Pistey. Fitted through my letterbox a treat. Meece in progress!

(BIWI will have NO idea what that means grin)

nickelbabe Sat 19-May-12 15:14:05

I got my wool, thank you thanks to my donor.

lovely creamy colour.
i will make very stylish squares with that. smile

nickelbabe Sat 19-May-12 15:14:39

will start once DD decides she's eaten enough.

<swear it's a growth spurt>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-May-12 19:18:31

Evening all wine

I [heart] BIWI, I really do, and when I look at my comment about donkeys arriving with peanut and meece makers, and then talk of them fitting through letterboxes, it is possibly not surprising she gets a bit confused from time to time grin

And a donkey has arrived, look after him Droitwich, I look forward to seeing your Mouse for MrsY. smile

More beautiful squares arrived today, I am in awe of how clever people are

thanks ItsJustAFleshWound : Lovely snuggly ribbing and purl, gorgeous.[star]

thanks Lattelady: You may have seen her cute owl and diagonal stripes on her blog, they are gorgeoise.[star]

thanks MoaningMinnieRisesAgain : Such beautiful pink and purple knits, so clever.[star]

Glad they arrived !

Pic of mouse on profile! Pattern shows up better in rl but you get the idea, it is one of the Ravelry patterns trib posted.
Just need to weave all of my ends in then they will be in the post

Waaaaa! I've lost my mojo! confused
I've spent all week trying to start my squares and it was all going wrong. I have frogged too many times.

I have gone for basic granny squares now. And repeating the plain is good mantra (can't actually remember). Hoping they will help show off the more eye catching ones. smile

Plain is good, Plain is essential...

That's what I was trying to remember! grin

Stands me in good stead grin

KnottyLocks Sat 19-May-12 21:21:59

We heart a simple square smile

Thing3 Sat 19-May-12 22:39:14

I was half way through my first square when DD3 pulled the needle out of the knitting and it has now gone all wrong and I think I'm going to have to start again sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 20-May-12 21:32:48

Droitwich - you are some super speedy meecemaker! I can't wait to see it in the wool smile thanks

Whenisitmysleepytime - we definitely heart a simple square, Knots is right. Stands me in good stead too Babs

Thing3 - did you manage to save the square? <nervously crosses fingers>

Posted this bit on the other thread....Replying to PMs, well trying to, am not sure it is behaving this evening....

Osmiornica - did it go through I wonder? I don't think yours did hmm You probably got it 10 times, or not at all! In case it didn't, I was saying thank you and both parcels you forwarded have arrived safely, many thanks for doing that for us thanks

Pidj too - I think yours was one that didn't go through either, your woolly wool will hopefully arrive with you on Tuesday.

wine wine


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 06:23:12

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Mon 21-May-12 07:54:35

Morning smile

PurplePidjin Mon 21-May-12 08:08:44

Morning brew

KisMittzAteALLThePies Mon 21-May-12 08:16:35

smile Morning lovely ladies x

BIWItheBold Mon 21-May-12 08:23:49

Morning, stoners!

KnottyLocks Mon 21-May-12 12:52:43


Erm BIWI we're birders (and meecers), not stoners. I believe you get 2 birds to the stone...

KnottyLocks Mon 21-May-12 13:09:45

BIWI's been on the wine grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 13:18:23


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 13:20:15

I don't think I'm a stoner

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 13:31:41

Maybe I am? confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 13:36:41

Lunchtime - hooray!

KnottyLocks Mon 21-May-12 14:02:12

BIWI obv meant to say We rock.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 14:52:51

... and we do.

BIWItheBold Mon 21-May-12 16:40:55

Well of course you rock. But you all talk gibberish all the time - it's like listening to stoners talk! grin

KnottyLocks Mon 21-May-12 16:53:11

Gibberish? Us?

A slurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr on our character!

<pokes BIWI with a crochet hook>

BIWItheBold Mon 21-May-12 16:54:34


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 18:20:27


Umami Mon 21-May-12 19:45:19

I'm a 14-stoner



Jules146 Mon 21-May-12 20:24:41

Knitting one of my squares today and my 2 and a half yr old son comes up to me and says "Pretty mummy, what you doing?"
"I'm knitting squares for some special mummies..."
"Special mummies, oh ok.... I do it too..." picks up a ruler and remnant of wool!
It was so sweet! I am pleased to know he approves too! One more square to go before posting...

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-May-12 20:27:03

Awww Jules... that is so sweet smile

Jules that's so cute!
Ds likes to play with my scraps but has been known to name squares and play one of his odd games with them. Apparently Peter rabbit and floppy were stuck but mopsy rescued them. hmm this was done with a granny square and some scraps of wool.

I have finished a square - my mojo is returning! grin
It's just a granny square with a tr border but it looks v square and is exactly 6 inches! <preens>

KnottyLocks Mon 21-May-12 22:20:00

Jules, very cute smile

And woohoo to the returning mojo grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-May-12 06:14:29

Preen away Whenisit, preen away smile

Morning everyone brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-May-12 06:37:22

Replied to PMs, off to work as usual, back at lunchtime thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 22-May-12 07:07:18

Morning smile

nickelbabe Tue 22-May-12 11:37:01

I can finally start crocheting today!

I have somewhere got about 5 3.4mm hooks, but after turning the shop and the house upside down this weekend, all I could find were 2mm and 5mm hooks!
I decided I would use the 5mm one (thinking it was a 4.5mm - which apparently has also disappeared confused), but I finally found a 3.5mm this morning.
the knitting shop won't be happy, though! wink

So, I've started.

nickelbabe Tue 22-May-12 11:37:14

3.5mm not 3.4mm

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-May-12 14:30:37

Some very well travelled squares arrived safely this morning. Coming all the way from Australia, for our truly international woolly hug. thanks

thanks MapofTassie for beautiful blue and purple snuggly knits [star]

PurplePidjin Tue 22-May-12 18:24:23

Woolly loveliness arrived today, Pistey. Beautiful purple "Vamp" smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-May-12 18:29:03

Really glad, I shall inform the donor thanks smile Tomorrow your meece wool should come, I posted it first class this afternoon X

PurplePidjin Tue 22-May-12 18:32:40

Marvellous thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-May-12 19:03:17

Evening - a busy day for PMs!
Thank you everyone, hopefully I have replied to all


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-May-12 06:39:40

Morning brew

Just off to answer PMs thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 23-May-12 07:01:08

Morning smile

Checking in then off to work.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-May-12 13:50:58

Lunchtime, sooooooo hungry smile

nickelbarapasaurus Wed 23-May-12 13:57:03
BarbaraWoodlousaraptor Wed 23-May-12 14:14:45

I'm in nickel smile

nickelbarapasaurus Wed 23-May-12 14:39:00


MOSagain Wed 23-May-12 15:48:55

I have finally started grin
I feel very special in that I met the lovely MrsY this morning and she gave me a private lesson. It will only be a rather wonky plain square but I'm so pleased I have finally started. I feel so very proud to be part of this special thing.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-May-12 16:17:16

I really wish I could have joined you this morning smile Bloody work! I am so glad you have had your lesson with the lovely MrsY and your needles are now busy!

And MOS - do know a 'wonky plain square' made with thought and love is a very precious square indeed. smile thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-May-12 16:27:06

More totally gorgeoise squares arriving safely today, very many thanks indeed thanks

thanks notpodd - wear your Team Knit T shirt with pride, these are lovely [star]

thanks PurpleKittyKnitting - beautiful knitted bird patterns and others, wow [star]

I will post on both threads as usual, but thank you so much X

Glad they got there OK, OH posted them yesterday morning!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-May-12 06:12:02

Morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-May-12 07:01:04

Have replied to PMs thanks

Off to work as usual, back at lunchtime, hope it is still sunny then smile

PurplePidjin Thu 24-May-12 07:07:16


KnottyLocks Thu 24-May-12 07:33:09

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-May-12 20:22:41

Evening wine

A busy day for PMs, which of course is the day they start messing me around <rolls eyes>

All seems to be fine now and hopefully I have replied to everyone thanks

Pistey did you get my pm? No woolly wool delivered here today sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-May-12 21:00:05

Fizzog - it will come tomorrow smile


If only you had something to do until then, a new toy or sommat......


KnottyLocks Thu 24-May-12 21:14:58

Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, woooooolllllllllllllllllllll

<little woolly delivery dance>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-May-12 21:24:12

^ on the gin ^


KnottyLocks Thu 24-May-12 21:41:06


tis wine

tribpot Thu 24-May-12 22:36:00

Did I see on Facebook that MrsY has basically got Debbie Bliss (Ltd, not DB herself) to send all the yarn they could find to you today?! OMG, stash-tastic!

KnottyLocks Thu 24-May-12 22:50:50

Yup, we got a nice box of woolly treasure grin

mummylin Thu 24-May-12 23:01:28

Just thought i would pop in here to speak to the knitters.My mum recently died and i have in my possesion a knitting machine > Ihave no idea how it works ,and have no need for it anyway.If there is anyone local to me they can have it.There are some patterns or something in a bag to go with it. Has to be local as its far too heavy and big to post.Free to a good home or craft group.

KnottyLocks Thu 24-May-12 23:24:09

hello, Mummylin. Thanks for thinking of us.

So sorry to hear about you dear mum. x

I remember your thread at the time and asking how big the machine was to see if I could smuggle it into the house without Dh noticing smile

If you're happy to let me have a little think, I'll get back to you as soon as I've thunk smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-May-12 06:17:13

Hello Mummylin. so sorry about your mum, and thank you for thinking about us, that is very kind, hopefully soon it will be with a new owner, and being busy again.

Yes trib, it is a woolly treasure box. It came in a van, and I just assumed it would be for DH, because boxes on vans always are, but it was for all of us - to the Blanket Projects. It was so exciting! Thank you to MrsY for contacting them thanks

Time for another brew An early start here. Off to PMs.

KnottyLocks Fri 25-May-12 06:29:32

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-May-12 07:49:33

Have replied to PMs,back at lunchtime, catch up then thanks

MOSagain Fri 25-May-12 07:55:14

morning <whispers> my square seems to be going well, not wonky yet wink

BIWItheBold Fri 25-May-12 08:15:27

Gah. Reading about that box made me all teary again.

KnottyLocks Fri 25-May-12 09:05:39

That's the spirit, MOS smile

<passes tissues to BIWI....again>

SoupDragon Fri 25-May-12 10:53:44

What is the deadline for squares?

I have to make a baby blanket by Thursday so have put the squares to one side (I'm in the middle if my 7th one I think).

MOSagain Fri 25-May-12 12:05:35

Think its last posting by 2nd June.
7 squares! shock If I'm lucky, I'll have finished one <knits faster>

SoupDragon Fri 25-May-12 12:23:28

Thanks smile I try to get the squares done as quickly as possible otherwise I procrastinate and miss the deadline. I did get my yarn right at the start though so I've had it a good while.

MOSagain Fri 25-May-12 12:30:55

I'm trying to get my one square done as quickly as possible. I only learnt to knit on Wednesday and I'm rather slow blush Just realised I have absolutely no idea what the hell I'm supposed to do when I've got to 6" confused

<wonders if knotty or pistey would mind if I sent the square with ball of wool still attached!> wink

bind off video Really simple to follow. Don't panic grin

KnottyLocks Fri 25-May-12 12:47:55

MOS, have a look at You Tube for casting off tutorials. Pistey had to do the same when she did her first square; she did the same as you, got to 6" and realised she didn't know how to cast off.It is actually pretty simple and there are some easy to follow tutorials where the ladies speak very very very slooooowwwwwwly. smile

But if all else fails, send the square attached to the ball grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-May-12 13:28:47

I did exactly the same as you MOS grin It didn't occur to me to try it any earlier....

try this one

She is quite good, Catherine Hirst, she is the one I was recommended for crochet tutorials. I did find one lady who demonstrated so s-----l-----o-----w-----l-----y that I thought at one point she had gone to sleep. I will have a search for her if this doesn't help.

Just do be very very careful that when you pull the stitches off over the one on the needle, the one on the needle doesn't skid off too, because that happened to me and I had to send it with a safety pin holding it blush

I am more than happy though if you want to send it on the needle, I really would understand having been in your shoes!


tribpot Fri 25-May-12 13:42:39

As well as the good vids, here's the Dummies' guide with good pictures!

SoupDragon Fri 25-May-12 14:13:45

The squares should be posted in time. grin Or at least by the Monday... Provided I finish my baby blanket (for which I've given myself the personal deadline of Tuesday, even though the teacher doesn't leave til Friday)

Given the huge box of wool from DB, shall I hang onto my extra ball of cream for the next time?

TimeForCake Fri 25-May-12 14:29:36

She's a lucky teacher Soupy!

About to do a bit of crochet if I can keep Ds occupied. I don't quite know where the first two weeks of the project have disappeared to! predictable
Mixture of procrastination and real life taking over I guess. Must get my squares finished!

Great news about DB donation! How lovely.

MOSagain Fri 25-May-12 14:32:01

You lot clearly think I'm daft! Clearly you know me well grin
Luckily I've got a spare set of needles and old wool so (assuming I can learn to cast on as the lovely MrsY cast on for me) I will do a few rows and practice casting off on that. Would be a shame to muck it up now, its going soooooo well.

What was lovely for me was that MrsY taught me to knit on the anniversary of my mum's death. Mum had been trying to teach me for years and I had visions of her looking down and saying 'finally'! I have bought DD aged 5 a learn to knit your own woolly scarf set from ELC and she is really keen to learn. It is lovely to carry on what my mum used to do. She loved to knit and I still have happy memories/nightmares about the year she learned fairisle (sp?) and we all got matching jumpers for christmas grin

KnottyLocks Fri 25-May-12 14:40:42

Ahhh, lovely memories, MOS smile

Soupy, hang on to the cream, my lovely smile

SoupDragon Fri 25-May-12 15:37:38

My grandmother tried to teach me to knit when I was little. i was a huge disappointment to her. I often think that all these years later she can look down (or up grin) from her spot and think at last now I've learnt to crochet (which she could also do).

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-May-12 18:50:45

MOS - your vision of your mum saying finally made me smile. I have a vision of my mum saying exactly the same thing. smile

Two thank yous tonight, one to a fabulous donor and one to a fabulous crafter, you are both marvellous. thanks

thanks MrsKwazii for donating wool, it has arrived safely, and this was so very thoughtful of you. X [star]

thanks Fanjodisfunction Oh wow! Beautiful crochet, beautiful colours, totally fabulous. I will make sure your cards arrive safely too. [star]

Posting on both threads as usual, many thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 26-May-12 07:34:58

Morning smile

PurplePidjin Sat 26-May-12 07:55:42


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-May-12 08:02:34

Morning brew

Hopefully just answered PMs, I say hopefully as it was very s------------l-----------o-----------w to send, so who knows! Hey ho.

Mittzopachycephalosaurus Sat 26-May-12 15:49:00

Hello smile could I please have the address for sending my squares too please?

Thanks thanks x

KnottyLocks Sat 26-May-12 15:52:38

Mittz, Pm Pistey and she'll sort you out smile

Mittzopachycephalosaurus Sat 26-May-12 15:57:26

Thanks Knotty x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-May-12 19:09:49

Sorry to have be AWOL all day, am off to PMs right now and there are woolly parcels here too, lovely. thanks

PurplePidjin Sat 26-May-12 19:13:38

Pic of first square now on my profile grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-May-12 21:07:00

Thank yous tonight to three lovelies, another fabulous donor and two more fabulous crafters, we really appreciate all that you have done. thanks

thanks YoHoAhoy for your generous donation, thank you very much. [star]

thanks Lemony gorgeoise knits and gorgeoise daisies [star]

thanks GinPig Your green and pink knitted squares are absolutely lovely [star]

wine Posting thanks as usual on both threads thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 27-May-12 07:31:37

Morning brew

Hi all!

I've finished my yarn! grin

BUT I am 2 granny square cluster thingies away from finishing the last square!!! confused
Should I frog it? It is just a plain granny square. But it's SO close to being finished.

Can I have some woolly hugs words of wisdom please!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 27-May-12 21:18:17

Woolly Words of Wisdom...





But I've PM'd you!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 27-May-12 21:29:00

Have returned PMs thanks

More woolly squares are about to be launched on their way. Smashing smile

Piste I've just found your pm.

Thank you! wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-May-12 06:08:13

Morning brew

MOSagain Mon 28-May-12 07:53:35

morning. Am confused
*BUT I am 2 granny square cluster thingies away from finishing the last square!!!
Should I frog it? It is just a plain granny square. But it's SO close to being finished* - is this techno knitters speak? What does 'frog it' mean?

tribpot Mon 28-May-12 07:59:32

'frog' means pull it all back, MOS. 'rip it, rip it, rip it'.

MOSagain Mon 28-May-12 10:45:50


MOS - after a v shitty day you have made me smile at the thought of being a techno knitter! grin thank you!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-May-12 19:52:54

Evening Woolly Chums wine

Three thank yous tonight. smile More gorgeous squares have arrived safely thanks

thanks WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes : Beautiful pink and blue crochet with white flowers, absolutely lovely .. [star]

thanks Jules146 : Your first blanket project and we are glad to have you on board. Gorgeoise knitting, your flowers are so cuuute, and I love the stripes, [star]

thanks Umami : Fabulous, just fabulous, that mouse square is adorable, they all are, so thoughtful [star]

When the time comes we will make sure all cards go with the finished blankets. thanks

I have replied to all PMs. Thank you everyone smile
Posting on both threads as usual.....

PurplePidjin Mon 28-May-12 19:55:34

There is a pic of Princess Mouse on my profile. She will be acquiring a wardrobe over the next few days smile

Pidj she's gorgeous!

I was just putting my 2 plain squares together for posting and noticed that one is bigger than the other. blush There's less than half an inch difference but I've obviously knitted one tighter than the other. Is that a common novice error? Hopefully one of them is the right size! confused

PurplePidjin Mon 28-May-12 22:24:39

They all stretch to accommodate once they're fixed in place, half an inch doesn't notice too much so don't worry! thanks

Jules146 Mon 28-May-12 22:33:34

Wow Pidj I am very impressed with all your creations! They're superb!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-May-12 06:22:04

Morning brew
I [heart] that mouse!
PMing it right now <shuffles off>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-May-12 15:27:25

No woolly deliveries today. <downcast>

MOSagain Tue 29-May-12 15:33:37

Pistey, I have just returned from the post office. My very sad offering should be with you tomorrow grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-May-12 16:18:19


You mean your beautifully, gorgeoise, snuggly, perfect blue square?

I'll let you know when it arrives safely..

<watches letterbox, excitedly>

MOSagain Tue 29-May-12 16:45:48

Pistey I think you'll be ok until at least tomorrow morning, no need to camp behind your front door wink

<whispers - it is actually square even though I'd put my name down for one of the wonky ones> Got in a complete muddle last night trying on my practice needles to cast off so went into wool shop in town and a lovely lady showed me how to do it. So easy when shown, step by step pictures in book where getting me all confused

Am thinking I might have a go at a second one, I might just have time if you think you might need more?

TimeForCake Tue 29-May-12 17:05:11

One square completed! <twirls>

It's only taken me since the start of these threads grin.
I hope the second one will come on a leeeetle bit quicker.
Am just going to repeat Knotty's mantra for the benefit of myself anyone else who may be a bit wibbly wobbly with their hook/needles like me..."simple squares are good, simple squares are essential."

As for that little mouse Pidj...totally gorgeous!

KnottyLocks Tue 29-May-12 18:10:36

Ah yes, the mantra smile. Tis very true.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-May-12 19:30:22


Will you be running on Saturday?

And for what it's worth, I'm wibbly wobbly with or without a crochet hook grin

No woolly wool arrivals to report but lots of PMs, I am away there now thanks

TimeForCake Tue 29-May-12 19:46:44

grin Pistey! I feel like that some days too.
It remains to be seen whether I shall be running on Saturday but I'm in with a chance! Famous last words...

How are your woolly efforts coming on? You mentioned little flowers - am v impressed by that!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-May-12 19:58:09

erm..... well I have finished the two grannies. One is purple with a green border and the other is green with a purple border, and now they need something in the middle. But the one flower I can sorta make is too small. So I need to try something new, and that is what I haven't quite got to yet...

TimeForCake Tue 29-May-12 20:28:05

Pistey, you're coming on in leaps and bounds from your early loose hooker days wink. Good for you! Colours sound lovely together. I have gone for cream this time so hope it will blend in nicely with the other woolly lovelies.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-May-12 06:27:41

Cakey, it will be gorgeoise, I know it smile

Tis a busy time in my PM box, I am off there now thanks


KnottyLocks Wed 30-May-12 07:26:48

Morning smile

MOSagain Wed 30-May-12 07:52:29

pistey was a loose hooker? shock

KnottyLocks Wed 30-May-12 07:59:19

She was indeed, MOS grin

TimeForCake Wed 30-May-12 08:29:51

She even changed her name for a little while to reflect it! grin

Morning brew

JulesJules Wed 30-May-12 14:41:50

I just got the DK book of knitting this one - has anyone else got this? It's great.

I got it from WH Smiths where it is on special offer at £15, and I had a voucher for £5 off if you spend £15 - so £10.

Lots of big how to photos and stitch patterns.

Anyway, I am on my 3rd square, so the sheep will shortly be galloping...

Mittzopachycephalosaurus Wed 30-May-12 17:02:31

I sent some squares on Monday morning, I am glum that they haven't arrived sad

Mittzopachycephalosaurus Wed 30-May-12 17:03:32

Oh that is good Jules! smile

I sent a parcel too by first class on Monday am - maybe the parcels are arriving soon.

PurplePidjinghamPalace Wed 30-May-12 18:14:56

Pistey hasn't been on since before work this morning so don't despair!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-May-12 19:11:46


So many thank yous tonight thanks Lots more squares have arrived safely, and what a lot of thought and care, has gone into them. I can't really explain how humbling and heartwarming it is to be able to open everyone's parcels, certainly a real treat, but more precious than that. blush I can't really explain. I shall stop, and do the thank yous!

thanks MOSAgain : A fabulous, snuggly, square as square can be, blue knit. Gorgeous, and cast off to perfection. [star]

thanks SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate : Beautiful star knit and stripes, absolutely lovely, I'm sure the sizes will be fine! They really are lovely. smile [star]

thanks Eskarina : Your first ever blanket squares and we are so glad to have you as a Blanketeer! Beautiful knits, I love your stripes and the butterfly is amazing [star]

thanks Practicallyperfectnot : Such thought has gone into all your squares, beautiful designs, and I love the poem.I will certainly pass your presents on too, you are very kind. smile [star]

thanks Be glum no more Mittzy smile I was so excited unwrapping your squares! Beautiful knits and crochet. Another first timer, and we are glad to have you as a Blanketeer too [star]

thanks mejon Totally gorgeoise creamy snuggly moss stitch. All are more than good enough! They are perfect [star]

thanks MakeHayAndSneeze Beautiful, pink and green knits, such thoughtful sqs, I have never seen that wavy pattern before. Absolutely fab-u-lous [star]

Many thanks to everyone X

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-May-12 19:29:15

and all PMs replied to thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 30-May-12 19:36:25

<spinkles stars over our woolly wonders>


A huge thanks to all. x

PurplePidjinghamPalace Wed 30-May-12 19:48:15

Spinkle Spinkle golden [star]s

prettybird Wed 30-May-12 19:49:26

Julesjules - my dad got me that book for my birthday. It's really good for describing techniques, however some of the patterns at the back are wrong so you can go through a lot of pain before you realise it! All of my squares for these two blankets have been from the book, practicing different techniques. smile

Mittzopachycephalosaurus Wed 30-May-12 19:51:42

Not much makes me tearful these days but your thanks has Pistey, also humbling to be a part of something so priceless. xx

The time and care of the co-ordinators also deserves massive thanks, smilethanks and [star] x

KnottyLocks Wed 30-May-12 20:04:14

And rum, Mittz? grin

These projects for me show the true humanity of people. It a very heartwarming and special thing. <sniff>

BIWItheBold Wed 30-May-12 20:46:24

Oh no! Don't give them alcohol! The consequences will be dreadful

trumpton Wed 30-May-12 20:50:27

Posted !! Jumps up and down chanting" I posted my squ-ares, I posted my squ-ares !!"

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-May-12 20:54:16

BIWI grin wine Cheers wine

Go Trumpton!!

MOSAgain and Practicallyperfectnot More first timers, we are glad to have you as a Blanketeers too [star]

KnottyLocks Wed 30-May-12 21:42:49

Oi! BIWI! I seem to vaguely remember that you are partial to a tipple or 7, love grin

BIWItheBold Wed 30-May-12 21:45:30

I don't know what gave you that idea, Knotty.


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-May-12 21:48:48

Prim hmm

BIWItheBold Wed 30-May-12 21:54:28

<Eyes up glass of water>

Prim, yes!


KnottyLocks Wed 30-May-12 22:06:45



SurprisinglyCurvaceousPirate Wed 30-May-12 23:25:05

Thank you smile.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-May-12 06:37:03

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Thu 31-May-12 07:24:32

Morning smile

MOSagain Thu 31-May-12 07:38:55

Morning grin

PurplePidjinghamPalace Thu 31-May-12 08:09:13

Morning brew

BIWItheBold Thu 31-May-12 08:22:43

Morning biscuit

TimeForCake Thu 31-May-12 08:47:33

Morning grin

Mittzopachycephalosaurus Thu 31-May-12 12:25:33

Afternoon thanks!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-May-12 18:56:01

Evening! wine

Just had a lovely time looking through today's woolly arrivals. Five thank yous tonight thanks

thanks Trumpton : Your pink and cream knitted squares are so thoughtful bless you and absolutely lovely, that bird is adorable. [star]

thanks PastaBee : Beautiful pale blue and cream snuggly knits, these are more than OK, they are gorgeoise! [star]

thanks Ophelia : Just beautiful, purple and blue knits, lovely star and initial, and I really promise to pass on the treats to Knotty and Pidj. By writing this here, they know now I've got them grin [star]

thanks Ali11 : Just gorgeous, blue knits, lovely basket weave, and cuuuuuute bird. [star]

thanks Messy : Absolutely lovely crochet, crocheted flowery squares and knitted initial, so beautiful. [star]

Plus a parcel has gone to the sorting office so will try to collect that tomorrow on my way to work.

Thank you all, am posting on both threads as usual. X
And then to answer PMs thanks

trumpton Thu 31-May-12 19:30:04

Gosh that was quick ! Gald to be of service ma'am.

trumpton Thu 31-May-12 19:30:15


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Jun-12 06:51:56

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Jun-12 07:25:18

Morning smile

BIWItheBold Fri 01-Jun-12 08:08:24


Off to Rome today - yee ha!

MOSagain Fri 01-Jun-12 08:40:11

morning, have a fabulous time BIWI

trumpton Fri 01-Jun-12 08:47:16

I am going away for a week where there is no internet and no mobile phone signal. Seeconfused you when I get back. Remember Happy Hookers are Busy Hookers.

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Jun-12 09:25:12

Have a very lovely time, you two smile

PurplePidjinghamPalace Fri 01-Jun-12 10:34:28


MOSagain Fri 01-Jun-12 13:30:28

yay! am just about to start what is the last row on my second square
<mos hopes she can remember how to cast off without the lovely little old lady from the sewing shop!>

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Jun-12 14:02:34

I can see it now, MOS: you in your PJs and crown.

SoupDragon Fri 01-Jun-12 14:14:32

Ooh - can you M me the address please?

Not that I've finished the squares... I've been sidetracked by red white and blue bunting blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Jun-12 14:38:53

I have a funny vision of that Soupy grin

Have PMd you x

GlaikitFizzogKnitterOfTheRealm Fri 01-Jun-12 15:01:08

I have my jubilee name on <twirls> d'ya like it!!

Almost finished my Chinese wave square. Had to frog it a couple of times because I kept slipping when I should have been knitting!!

GlaikitFizzogKnitterOfTheRealm Fri 01-Jun-12 15:04:34

Sorry meant to post that on the support thread blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Jun-12 20:10:37

Dave has come home!!!!!!!

One woolly thank you tonight, but four parcels have gone to the delivery office, I will pop and collect those tomorrow. thanks

There is no name on this packet but I am quite confident where it has come from as I saw the square on her profile.

thanks Droitwichmummy : Gorgeous pale blue snuggly knits, and Dave the Mouse is too adorable. Awwwww... Thank you for doing him, much appreciated. smile thanks

Will post on both threads as usual X

Am glad Dave got to you safely. I did tell him not to eat the other squares en route!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Jun-12 20:40:13

He's just so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! I [heart] Dave grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Jun-12 09:03:43

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Sat 02-Jun-12 09:40:53

Morning all smile

GlaikitFizzogKnitterOfTheRealm Sat 02-Jun-12 10:22:07

Morning! Pistey wine o'clock!! Postie now thinks I'm a drooth!!

WhoremoaneeMajesty Sat 02-Jun-12 11:43:02

Woolly squares on the way. In the same parcel as t'others. Posted this morning.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Jun-12 14:06:44


Having a bonkersly busy day. Tis DS's birthday and it is a bit full on. I am replying to PMs but on my phone so apologies for errors due to my enormous sausage fingers. smile

nickelbarapasaurus Sat 02-Jun-12 15:02:14

I missed the sodding post!
DH wasn't here before 12:30!

Can I send them on Wednesday (the next time the post office is open?

Also, I have only enough wool for 2 x 6" and 1 x 4" - shall I send the 4" one (unfinished with thread)? or shall I keep it for the next blanket?

KnottyLocks Sat 02-Jun-12 23:09:59

Send them Wednesday. smile

KnottyLocks Sat 02-Jun-12 23:10:35

And hang onto the spare wool.