Blanket for Matildawormwood: Sign up thread for crafters and donors.

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KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 16:15:31

We recently heard the devastating news that Matildawormwood's beautiful baby son, Daniel, was born sleeping.
Matilda's thread is here. Our thoughts are with Daniel and Matilda?s family.

We have offered to make a blanket and Matilda is very touched that people would do this for their family. We hope that the blanket may give whatever comfort it can to them all.

So, we need knitters and crocheters. If you would like to donate wool, then we can match you up with a crafter.
At the moment there is quite a lot of wool still in circulation because of the current blanket projects. Where possible, we hope to 'recycle' as much as we possibly can.

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

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

One ball should make at least 2 x 6' squares.
If you are a crocheter and/or an experienced knitter needing donor wool, could you let us know when you PM us as we can send part balls from the 'recycled' wool stash. Thanks.

The wool we are using:

* 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

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

* 6" squares

We are also introducing two new yarns:

*Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
It's another 'silky' wool that fits in nicely alongside the DB and Rowan wools and can be combined with both.

*Artesano Superwash Merino DK.
Although it isn't as silky as our normal wools, it is soft yet hardy and washes in the same way. It has the added appeal of being a good ethical option and is very reasonably priced.

The Colours:

Blues, greens and cream.

Ideas for squares:

The initials D and N

Motifs: Stars, trees, birds, hearts, snowdrops, sailing boats.

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

Previous blankets can be seen on the WoollyHugs website. We also have a Facebook page: MNWoollyHugs.

As always, thank you so much for your support. thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 16:18:12

Very sad that another blanket is needed.

Please do PM me thanks

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 16:21:04

I am so sorry about the ???? littered everywhere.
When I previewed the post, they weren't there.

So sorry that another woolly hug needs to be created. Im in. will pm you pistey.

I will do at least one square for this blanket, Knotty. If you had another donor who wanted to give some wool, I would do more.

Alambil Sun 10-Jun-12 16:29:16

Oh sad

Mum and I will be receivers again, pistey - will pm when I'm not on my phone

TwoJackRussellsandababy Sun 10-Jun-12 16:29:18

Add me to the list, I have cream already from the last two blankets and will make sure I post them early this time blush

So sad that another blanket is needed so soon sad

catinboots Sun 10-Jun-12 16:30:53

How can I donate wool???

I will do another square. Still have lots of wool.

RedRosie Sun 10-Jun-12 16:34:42

I will Pitsey. And will pm.

I have some blue. Basil The Blue Sheep blue ... Is that ok?

Otherwise, donor me up.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 16:35:47

Thank you SDTG and TeamLewis thanks

Catinboots, I will PM you, many thanks

Thank you Cider and TwoJackRussells, I will add you to the new list X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 16:37:55

Lovely Rosie - Basil The Blue Sheep blue is perfect X

I'd like to crochet a couple of squares. PMing you now. I'm so sorry for Matilda's loss.

rubycon Sun 10-Jun-12 16:38:19

add me - do you need initials doing? will pm you too

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 16:38:48

Rosie, that blue is fine. Thanks. smile

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 16:39:12

Ruby! Yes please.

I have a ball of blue and extra left over so will knit a couple of plain squares again.

It's very sad that another blanket is needed sad

tribpot Sun 10-Jun-12 16:39:39

Hope it's okay to link to the text that's the basis of the upcoming Crafter's Guide in its current guise as a Google doc in case this is helpful for anyone.

I'll get on the case of some of the less common pattern elements. We have one tree but it's not for beginners (or anyone not currently under psychiatric care).

So very, very sorry to hear that another blanket is needed so soon.

So sorry to hear this news, my thoughts go to Matilda and her family.

Sign me up please.

I've still got some blue and cream from the last projects and am happy to contribute again

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 16:48:30

catinboots you have mail thanks

catinboots Sun 10-Jun-12 16:49:14

On phone but will check later x thank you x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 16:52:40

Thank you X thanks

PurplePidjin Sun 10-Jun-12 16:53:21

I'm in, and will do my best to answer questions too.

(((hugs))) for Matilda

Jules146 Sun 10-Jun-12 16:54:01

So sad sad please sign me up too.

Will PM Pistey

PurplePidjin Sun 10-Jun-12 16:55:19

Oh, and I have a bit of a stash so will see what I can do with that in the colour scheme before taking donor wool.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Sun 10-Jun-12 17:00:02

I'd like to do a square or two. So sad that another blanket is needed so soon.

MOSagain Sun 10-Jun-12 17:09:59

so very very sad that another blanket is required so soon sad My thoughts are with Matilda and her family who will be in my prayers.

I will knit two squares for this blanket. Can someone please remind me, who was the most generous company that donated to the last project? I'd like to give them my custom.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 17:11:42

Black Sheep Wools were very kind indeed MOS and they stock the Sublime. Debbie Bliss were also very generous

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sun 10-Jun-12 17:12:12

Another blanket already? Oh no. My thoughts are with Matilda sad
I'll PM you later Pistey x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 17:12:35

Thanks my lovely X

MinnieBar Sun 10-Jun-12 17:14:15

Oh no sad. Please count me in - will try and PM later as am on phone.

SoupDragon Sun 10-Jun-12 17:15:16

Oh bugger sad

Count me in.

I have a ball of cream but one of colour from a donor would be good.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 17:15:16

Will do, thank you Minnie thanks

hoops997 Sun 10-Jun-12 17:16:06

Have pm'ed pistey sad

Primrose123 Sun 10-Jun-12 17:16:43

This is so sad.

I will knit a few squares. Will pm you Pistey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 17:23:50

TeamLewis you have mail thanks

tribpot Sun 10-Jun-12 17:25:27

Knotty - the Sublime is the Extra Fine, not the Lustrous Extra Fine, I assume ...

prettybird Sun 10-Jun-12 17:27:22

This time round I'll ask for some donor wool. I'll probably get that quicker than me getting round to going in to John Lewis grin

.... and it means I would have to be creative with whatever colours I get smile

In the mean time, I can make a start with the left-over blue, cream and green that I have.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 17:30:15

Yes please pretty and pidj too - use the wool you have first X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 17:32:18

trib - it is Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK so not lustrous no thanks

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 17:37:50
Pastabee Sun 10-Jun-12 17:45:33

I would like to take part. I will PM.

prettybird Sun 10-Jun-12 17:47:36

My green, cream and blue leftovers only come to 25g, so that is only one square sad

Ironically, the colour I have the most left-over in is purple hmm

Eskarina Sun 10-Jun-12 17:50:25

Signing in, happy to knit again but so so sorry it is needed. Will pm pistey xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 17:50:40

Pretty - am PMing you....

BIWItheBold Sun 10-Jun-12 17:51:15

Such awful news sad

I would love to donate again, but am in a flurry of last minute activity before I go off to Athens tomorrow (work) and I won't be back until Thursday evening.

I may have time to go online when I'm away, but can't promise anything - Pistey, I'll PM you if I have the opportunity.

DontCallMeYourMajesty Sun 10-Jun-12 17:59:20

I would like to do a square, but most of my stash from previous projects is pink and purple from previous projects. Is there any chance I can get a square (knitted) out of exactly 25g blue and green Debbie Bliss?

MittzbethSalander Sun 10-Jun-12 18:01:03

Also deeply saddened that another blanket is needed and would like to get involved again.

I have wool and will boost with another ball to be a bit more 'interesting'.


PurplePidjin Sun 10-Jun-12 18:03:50

DontCall, if necessary do 5.75" and i'll pop a crochet border round smile

I think i have mostly a very dark navy left in the correct colours, so will try and mix it up a bit with the other shades!

TomblibooTrousers Sun 10-Jun-12 18:06:35

Have inboxed you Pistey x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 18:11:14

DontCallMeYourMajesty I don't really know sorry, hopefully someone will come along who does.

PurplePidjin Sun 10-Jun-12 18:13:11

I already did, Pistey. Here if needed <salutes>

MinnieBar Sun 10-Jun-12 18:14:29

Pistey I think I have PMd you, but I didn't put the caps in your name so I hope it still works.

prettybird Sun 10-Jun-12 18:14:46

25g should be fine for a simple square: I did a stocking stitch striped one in 3 colours weighing 25g last time.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 18:19:22

Minnie - you did and I have replied thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 18:19:50

Thanks Pretty X

tribpot Sun 10-Jun-12 18:19:52

I've started adding pattern ideas into the document - snowdrop lace looks lovely for anyone who fancies that.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 18:22:17

Lovely BIWI You have already done so much, please don't worry, you are very busy. Have a safe trip to Athens X

Reporting for duty.

PM to Pistey to follow

SarahStrattonIsBack Sun 10-Jun-12 18:26:26

So very sorry to hear this, my thoughts are with the Matildawormwood family. sad

I would very much like to donate some wool, if someone could PM me with an address to send it to.

Also, my DMum has offered to knit squares for any future blankets, so I could rope her in too.

landofsoapandglory Sun 10-Jun-12 18:34:34

So very sad that another blanket is needed so soon. sad
I'll knit some squares again. I can buy my own wool and am happy to be matched with a donor if you have too many.
Have PMed you Pistey!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 18:42:09

Thank you Sarah - will do, much appreciated thanks

Think I am up to date with PMs

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 18:45:01

SarahStratton - you have mail thanks

Pleiades45 Sun 10-Jun-12 18:51:19

Pistey, will pm you

mejon Sun 10-Jun-12 19:01:31

So sorry to hear that another is needed. Thinking of Matilda and her family.

Sign me up for some more squares. I managed to squeeze 3 out of the last ball so I'v e nothing left so will need some donated woll please. I'll PM you now Pistey.

Oh such sad news! sad
I'd be happy to craft again but literally ran out of wool last time so I'll need a donor.

Pistey - I'm pm-ing you now

LookAtHerGo Sun 10-Jun-12 19:12:37

I'm in again, although I've name changed now, I'll pm you pistey. I saw this her thread when it came up the first time and I hoped we could do something for her. So sad sad

Molehillmountain Sun 10-Jun-12 19:13:07

Very happy to help. So sorry to matilda for the loss of your beautiful son, Daniel.

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 19:21:30

Many thanks to all who have offered to help in any way. thanks

mothmagnet Sun 10-Jun-12 19:22:38

How sad, what a terrible thing to happen.

I'd love to help and will PM Pistey.

Best wishes to Matilda and her family.

Oh no, another one so soon! Count me in again, I feel more on-train knitting coming on.

AllMuddledUp Sun 10-Jun-12 19:44:45

Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. Thinking of Matilda and family at this sad time.

I would love to do a couple of squares if I could have some donated wool? I have got some blue left but not sure there will be enough for a square.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 19:44:53

Another heartwarming response many thanks to everyone thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 19:52:23

Hopefully I have replied to all PMs, I am going to sort out my children now, back later. Please do keep PMing thanks

Thinking of Matilda and her family X

Cwoolf Sun 10-Jun-12 20:42:35

Hello, I would like to knit a square for this blanket. I'm new to this and also just learning to knit so would like to do a plain square if that's ok?

tribpot Sun 10-Jun-12 20:46:52

Cwoolf - the mantra is: plain squares are good, plain squares are essential!

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 20:56:30

Cwoolf, many of us got involved in these projects exactly in that way: simple squares. The value of the squares isn't decided by their fancy quality, it's all about the heart and good intention that they are made with.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 20:59:44

cwoolf - it would be more than OK, it would be smashing thanks I shall PM you now.

Whilst I am here..

If there is anyone waiting for donor wool who is a crocheter, can they PM me please thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 21:00:05

'ello Knotty grin

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 21:13:10

Ello Pistey grin

MilkNoSugarAndAShotofWhisky Sun 10-Jun-12 21:15:32

Oh shit sad

Can donate 2+ balls (am on phone and can't PM)

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 21:17:26

Milky, thank you, as always x

McKayz Sun 10-Jun-12 21:20:43

Can I donate this time? I'm due in 10 days and so don't want to risk not finishing again.

I'll PM Piste now.

MilkNoSugarAndAShotofWhisky Sun 10-Jun-12 21:21:09

Never a problem x

If money for postage etc is needed please PLEASE pm me xxx

You're all wonderf

MilkNoSugarAndAShotofWhisky Sun 10-Jun-12 21:21:45

*you're all wonderful x

RedRosie Sun 10-Jun-12 21:22:55

Cwoolf - you are me as of earlier this year. I could only cast on/off knit and purl for the February blankets and haven't progressed much since as I have no talent ...

But as Knotty says: plain squares are good, plain squares are essential! Check out Trib's resource page for simple squares ...

purplewithred Sun 10-Jun-12 21:25:34

Include me in. Will be thinking of Matilda and her family while I knit tonight.

trumpton Sun 10-Jun-12 21:27:05

I will do 3 squares. So sorry to hear about Daniel. Pistey I will PM you.

I just read her thread and I'm crying sad. Of course I will knit some squares, I have wool and have already started one. Deepest, deepest sympathy with Matilda and her family xxx

McKayz Sun 10-Jun-12 21:36:24

I might actually have a ball of green somewhere. I'll have a hunt and send that as well as buying some more if I can find it.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 21:42:50

Milky my lovely, I am coming to you now......


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 10-Jun-12 22:36:29

Thank you everyone, such an amazing response this evening thanks

See you in the morning. Night all X

SarahStrattonIsBack Sun 10-Jun-12 22:37:18

Got my PM, thank you - will be buying the wool first thing tomorrow.

peggyblackett Sun 10-Jun-12 22:41:06

I'm happy to donate, will PM you Pistey

KnottyLocks Sun 10-Jun-12 22:46:09

Thanks to all thanks

bobkate Sun 10-Jun-12 22:55:22

I'd like to do a square. So very sad to read about Daniel and my thoughts are with Matilda and her family. I'm like cwoolf and very new to knitting and new to how the wooly hug process works...if you'd like me to knit a simple square I'd be very honoured to be a little part of this lovely process.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 06:09:58

Morning brew

bobkate We'd be proud to have you with us thanks Will PM you.

Thumbwitch Mon 11-Jun-12 06:18:58

Am I too late to donate wool? let me know if anyone needs any and I'll sort it out. So sad that it's needed but really want to help.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 06:23:57

Not too late at all Thumb my lovely.Many thanks. Two ticks and I shall come your way thanks

WhoremoaneeGrainger Mon 11-Jun-12 08:08:35

I am happy to knit or crochet.

I'll do my best to do some squares for this - such a sad thing to have happened <wipes away tears; kisses 3wo baby; does not take blessings for granted>

Have PM'ed

JulesJules Mon 11-Jun-12 09:16:13

Signing in.

How terribly sad.

hairypotter Mon 11-Jun-12 09:17:12

I'm going to try and knit a square this time. Will pop into town for wool and knitting needles and give it a bash. I haven't knitted since I was about 10 so it will be v v basic. grin

I know what wool to try and get but what about needles? Do they need to be a particular size?

If I cant get the stuff today, then I can donate wool again to someone more competent and maybe start practicing in case we need another one in the future sad

Will let you know later today how I got on.

So so sad we need another one so soon.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 09:22:20

hairypotter - I will PM you, but you want 4mm needles.

It really will come back to you, tis like riding a bike smile and we'd love to have you as a crafter thanks

There is no great rush, even if you can't get the stuff this week, you have plenty of time.

Thanks Jules, KNT and Whore, lovely to have you on board again X

tribpot Mon 11-Jun-12 09:24:27

hairy - 4mm needles are what you want. You shouldn't have any difficulty finding them as they are the default needle size for a lot of knitting. In fact the needles will be easier to find than the yarn, I would think.

I will start a support thread specifically for this blanket but feel free to jump on to the existing one, although we are mostly talking bollocks nonsense we are very friendly! If you want any tips on getting started, have a read of the guide that should be going on to Woolly Hugs soon. If you want to just have a practice for next time, bobkate was in the same situation and I posted some ideas on her thread.

NessaRose Mon 11-Jun-12 09:44:12

Signing in. Pistey I have PM'ed you.
So sad that another blanket is needed so soon.

PurplePidjin Mon 11-Jun-12 09:57:52

Carrying on from Trib's knitting support, we also have one for the crocheters - feel free to jump on board


KnottyLocks Mon 11-Jun-12 10:14:53

morning all smile

nickelbarapasaurus Mon 11-Jun-12 10:47:29

count me in - can I have donor please?

I'll PM you Knotty

PurplePidjin Mon 11-Jun-12 10:52:07

Boat pic on profile, is it suitable?

KnottyLocks Mon 11-Jun-12 11:13:43

It most certainly is smile Very cute, Pidj.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 11:45:45

That boat is so cuuuute Pidj grin

hairypotter Mon 11-Jun-12 12:13:28

No wool to be had in town, have ordered a couple of balls from Black Sheep and mentioned mumsnets woolly hugs. I would rather give them this business this time because of their generosity. No more cumberpatch for me!

Bought needles and dd2 has a scabby ball of wool someone so I'm going to find it and start practicing.

Wish me luck grin

KnottyLocks Mon 11-Jun-12 12:18:59

Go, Hairy! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 12:20:22

Proud of you Hairy. Good luck grin

GetOnYourDancingShoes Mon 11-Jun-12 12:33:55

Sign me up for some squares.
So sad that another blanket is needed so soon but it would be an honour to take part.

tribpot Mon 11-Jun-12 12:45:42

Good work hairy! Go you!

KnottyLocks Mon 11-Jun-12 12:55:57

For those who have been asking about how many squares you can make from a 50g ball of yarn, I have been weighing a variety of knitted squares.

They have varied in weight from 12g to 18g for the simpler squares, with the majority of these weighing 14/15 g.
It really will depend on your tension and the density of your chosen stitch though.

Once you've made one, weigh it and the wool left and you should have some idea if you can get 2 or 3 squares from a ball.

MapofTassie Mon 11-Jun-12 13:09:33

I'll start knitting too.
Have PM'd Pistey.

midoriway Mon 11-Jun-12 13:21:49

I would be honoured to add a couple of crocheted squares. Will pm pistey. Can anyone recommend a nice yarn shop in Birmingham? I am absolutely done with House of Fraser, and would rather see a little local indie shop have my money.

prettybird Mon 11-Jun-12 13:37:04

I have managed to squeeze out a square from my left over blue and cream here, with a wee anchor motif (thinking it would tie in with the sailing boats request). Had to cast-off in the Debbie Bliss off white, but that should be covered up by the linking crochet. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 13:46:25

That is perfect Pretty thanks

midoriway - I don't know Birmingham at all, I'm trying to think which of the Blanketeers are there. I'll see if I can find out for you, if I do, I'll PM you again.

Hopefully am up to date with PMs smile

LinzerTorte Mon 11-Jun-12 15:34:48

So sad that another blanket is needed, but thanks for alerting me to this thread Pistey.

Have just ordered my wool so will start knitting as soon as it arrives.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 17:59:08

Glad to have you back lovely Linzer thanks

Evening wine

If it is Rowan yarn you are after, the WoollyCu for all their faults has our colours in their yarn bargain section here Cucumberpatch £3.45

If you haven't seen on FB, our friends Black Sheep Wools have a discount until midnight tonight on their sublime, look on our FB page for the link to get the code.

Busy, busy day in the World of Woolly PMs but it's all going really well thanks

So sad that another blanket is needed so soon. sad

I'm working in the the US this week and am needle-less (going to be working hard plus didn't fancy trying to get two sharp pointy things past US immigration grin) but will get cracking on my return. I have some nice blues left but fancy a crack at the Tree (of Doom) in a nice green. Might also give Cucumberpatch a swerve this time in preference to some of our generous donor merchants.

Pitsey wink will PM you shortly but please count me in.

PippiL Mon 11-Jun-12 18:30:26

I'm in. Can do 3 or 4 simple squares as needed. Will pm pistey.

Jules146 Mon 11-Jun-12 19:11:31

Do we have a 'post by' date?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 19:13:56

Not yet Jules - assume 3 ish weeks approx.
Thank you Babs X


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 19:18:11

Thank you tonight to a lovely donor. Heartfelt thanks for your generosity my lovely thanks

thanks LinzerTorte

LinzerTorte Mon 11-Jun-12 19:20:58

Thanks, Pistey. I looked at Black Sheep but ordered from Cucumberpatch in the end as their postage rates to the continent are far cheaper. Took me ages to decide which shade of blue to go for, though. <indecisive> I've also ordered what I hope will be a cream coloured wool, although I'm a bit worried it might be too white.

My challenge this time round is to remember how to purl. grin

tribpot Mon 11-Jun-12 19:48:48

All, a sailing boat pattern but proceed with caution, I haven't tested it yet!

OpheliaBumps Mon 11-Jun-12 20:07:45

So sad that another blanket is needed, but always happy to help - although happy is the wrong word really.

I've pm'd Pistey and will get cracking.

TimeForCake Mon 11-Jun-12 21:21:16

Oh no. sad
Pistey I will pm you when I can (on phone at mo). But just to say I'd like to do a square and have ordered my wool just now. I promise it will be 6" and on time!
Hope you don't think 'not her again with her wobbly crochet!' grin I did think about donating this time but would really like to persevere. I know there are lots of other beginners too, but I'm sure they don't make as many cock ups as I do!

Ps my other woolly parcel should be on its way.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Jun-12 21:34:59

When I see you coming Cakey, I think here comes a Blanketeer with a heart of gold X

KnottyLocks Mon 11-Jun-12 21:53:33

Cakey, my lovely, squares with character made with heart are lovely smile

TimeForCake Mon 11-Jun-12 22:22:25

Thanks, both of you. thanks
A great team to be part of in the saddest of circumstances.

midori if you find a good yarn shop in Birmingham please let me know. I can't find one there or in Worcester. I usually end up in Hobbycraft and therein lies financial ruin!

(Sneaks in wave to Linzer)

LookAtHerGo Tue 12-Jun-12 01:29:50

I can assist re wool shop in brum, but I'll have to do so in the morning as the name if shop I've been given is on a message that's not showing on my phone. Stupid iMessage only sending to one device!

Would anyone in or around brum want to meet for cake and crochet/knitting somewhere? We could make our squares together.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Jun-12 06:36:37

Morning everyone brew

Off to answer PMs, and then off to work this morning. Back at lunchtime, so will catch up then. thanks

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 07:16:50

Kemps has the Sublime Merino in dark "hunter" green for £2.49.

It has other colours too but not ones in the right shades for this blanket.

KnottyLocks Tue 12-Jun-12 07:25:33

Morning, lovely woolly folk. smile

Thanks for that, Soupy. I may stock up a bit for the personal stash as well as a ball or 3 of the Frappe for any future blankets.

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 07:40:55

I was looking for a sea green/blue as I had inspiration for waves onto which a sailing boat could be added.

KnottyLocks Tue 12-Jun-12 07:52:57

Soupy, if you can hang on until after the school run, I think I may have some in my stash. Certainly enough for a square.

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 08:10:37

It doesn't even need to be a full square. I was thinking something like 2 inches of waves and then I could use cream for the "sky". I need to rummage in my drawers [snigger] but I don't think I have any sea colours - all pink.

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 08:36:55

Cucumber Patch has sale balls of RowanCashsoft in the right shades.

Not that I am wasting my morning yarn shopping, oh no...

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 08:47:10

I may have accidentally purchased some supplies for my stash blush

KnottyLocks Tue 12-Jun-12 09:14:20

Soupy, I have some yarn similar to this cardigan shade if that's any good.

MOSagain Tue 12-Jun-12 09:14:57

Ordered my wool last night. Think I'm going to be a coward and stick with the boring plain blush I seem to recall when watching my mum knit many many years ago, is purl just the opposite to the 'normal' stitch? If I master that, do you do a row of each or is it knit one purl one?

tribpot Tue 12-Jun-12 09:16:23

You do a row of each, MOS - but you can do something different from plain without venturing into purl if you don't want to - have a look for Chinese waves in here.

blondieminx Tue 12-Jun-12 09:23:01

I have offered wool via PM. These blankets are a lovely symbol of the support of MN x

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 09:25:28

It's OK, Knotty, I accidentally added some yarn to my virtual basket, accidentally clicked "checkout" and then accidentally typed in my paypal password and clicked a few more times. Easily done, easily done... blush

On the plus side, I either won't need a donor next time or can add extra colours for variety...

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 09:27:27

Ballard Blue, Mirage, sweet and one of the greys in the Cucumber Patch bargain section.

PurplePidjin Tue 12-Jun-12 09:32:50

MOS, please do plain ones so I've got something to sew little boats to! It works much better sewing motifs to knit (garter or stocking) squares than trying to find the right space on a granny imo smile

MOSagain Tue 12-Jun-12 09:40:57

grin <mos wonders if Purple would be her new best friend?> happy to stick with my plain, don't want to confuse myself just yet. I've ordered debbie bliss pale blue (number 8) and a darker blue (think number 44) hope they will work well with your boats? <feels very useful> grin

PS whats a granny?

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 09:43:32

I am planning something like this with blue at the bottom for the sea and then... well something for the sky. And maybe a sun.

LinzerTorte Tue 12-Jun-12 09:45:16

I can do plain ones, Pidj. smile (In the sense that they're all I'm capable of doing.)

<waves back to DWM>

KnottyLocks Tue 12-Jun-12 09:46:13

That sounds lovely, Soupy.

Mos, crochet granny squares!

prettybird Tue 12-Jun-12 09:47:13

MOS - stocking stitch (when one side is "smooth" and the other looks like dense garter/knitting stitches) is when you alternate a row of knitting with a row of purl (the back-to-front stitch you saw your mum doing).

One you've mastered that, come back and we'll get you on to moss stitch or rib!

PurplePidjin Tue 12-Jun-12 09:54:14

Quite happy! I can make a whole flotilla of little boats, they take about 15 minutes each, i just need lots of plain squares to attach them to grin

Plain squares are good plain squares are essential

MOSagain Tue 12-Jun-12 10:22:21


SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 10:24:45

Its really weird how the mention of knitting makes my skin crawl. My gran tried to teach me to knit when I was, I donut know, 7 or so but I hated the feeling of the scratchy wool over my fingers. Every time I think of knitting I get that teeth-itching skin crawly feeling - crochet doesn't have the same effect confused

MilkNoSugarAndAShotofWhisky Tue 12-Jun-12 11:03:38

Am having problems ordering wool using my phone so will order this evening when I can get onto a computer

Really sorry for the delay

KnottyLocks Tue 12-Jun-12 11:10:46

Milky, it's not a problem. smile

SoupDragon Tue 12-Jun-12 11:30:08

Pistey, the postman has just shoved my wool through the letterbox smile Thanks.

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 12-Jun-12 13:24:22
nickelbarapasaurus Tue 12-Jun-12 13:26:35

like this idea
(not for us, but it was in my google search)

midoriway Tue 12-Jun-12 13:55:16

lookathergo I'll be up for that. I'm in the Jewellery Quarter.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Jun-12 14:39:31

Lunchtime smile I'm away to my PMs. I may be a while!

Milky - no apology needed, honestly not a problem.

Soupy - that's really good news [thumbsupemoticon]

DontCallMeYourMajesty Tue 12-Jun-12 15:47:26

I've done a diagonal square - sixth square here, second actual picture:

Quite good for the dimensionally challenged (ie me) as you can measure the actual knitting, rather than stitches on a needle and hoping for the best. But I would recommend starting to decrease a little before the width hits 6", as it continues to grow a bit.

I was going to do half blue and half green, but I realised my 25g of yarn was 16g green and 9g blue, so it's half green, the stripes, then a little blue corner to finish off. I even managed to mend a dropped stitch!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Jun-12 16:35:43

Lovely! That's to the square, not the dropping of stitches grin

Not to alarm anyone, because she does tend to be super quick, the first squares for Matilda have arrived. smile thanks

thanks DutchOma : Beautiful knits, different shades of blue, initials D & N. [star]

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Jun-12 19:16:50

A very busy day for PMs smile Do bear with me, I shall get there wine I am hoping to hear of wool arriving from donors very soon.

We are really pleased with how it's going so far thanks

LookAtHerGo Tue 12-Jun-12 20:51:53

Sorry for the delay, 9 month old takes a lot of time away from posting smile

Re the wool shop in Birmingham, my friend recommended city knits, it's in Bourneville, they do have a website, I did look at it a week or two ago but could only see cashmerino baby on their website, but that was before I knew of the other wools we can use. I've not been to the shop myself, I haven't time this week, but I might go for a gander next week smile

Cool midori do you work in the week? I have a small person who would need to come with me, but she's fine in her pushchair for an hour usually with toys. Even if she wanted to come out a bit I could do that. There is the coffee shop at the MAC, or the cafe in Cannon Hill park. Unless you wanted to meet in town at Starbucks/costa. Likewise for anyone else who wanted to join in in the area. smile droitwich would you like to join us?

I have my woolly ends, lovely colours. I'm going to attempt this As one of my squares.

tribpot Tue 12-Jun-12 21:05:33

LookAtHerGo - I think this is the website of the shop in question. They don't sell any of the yarns I'm afraid. It is fairly unusual to find them in the shops.

Hope you have a good meet-up though!

LookAtHerGo Tue 12-Jun-12 21:11:48

Yep that's the site smile I must admit I should have linked to it myself. My brain is fried smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Jun-12 21:59:06

Lots more wool is on the way thanks

MittzbethSalander Tue 12-Jun-12 22:20:13

I will be wonderfully versatile at creating beautiful plain squares with only plain and purl smile

I'm up for a Birmingham blanketeers meet. I work city centre.
Just racing to finish a cat square for DS who requested one after seeing the mouse I did before my donor wool arrives.

Oh I also now know that the Birmingham House of Fraser stock Rowan. Will check if they stock the right one for us and report back tomorrow

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Jun-12 06:22:02

Morning all brew
Just replying to PMs, then off to work until lunchtime, will catch up then thanks

BIWItheBold Wed 13-Jun-12 06:27:08

Morning brew

Still sunny here ... grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Jun-12 06:29:06

Morning lovely BIWI brew

Rather worryingly, the sun is out here, but I can't imagine it will last for long grin

SoupDragon Wed 13-Jun-12 06:57:29

Sun. Sun! It's a miracle!

DaisySteiner Wed 13-Jun-12 07:01:42

Am I too late to offer to knit some squares?

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Jun-12 07:47:55

Hi Daisy smile

PM Pistey to let her know. You're not too late, many thanks.

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Jun-12 07:48:40

No sun here <sigh>

Off to work, will pop in when I can.

PurplePidjin Wed 13-Jun-12 09:59:46

No sun here,but no sign of any precipitation yet either...

HairyPotter Wed 13-Jun-12 10:51:36

Well I found the scabby ball of wool and have been having a go. I can remember how to cast on, knit and purl. Can't cast off but will worry about that later.

What should I do for my square? It needs to be foolproof btw grin

I'm hoping my wool comes tomorrow, are Black Sheep pretty fast for delivery? I ordered on Monday.

PurplePidjin Wed 13-Jun-12 11:20:55

Tribpot et al have put together a myriad of patterns and suggestions, Hairy, come along and join in!

PurplePidjin Wed 13-Jun-12 11:21:24
tribpot Wed 13-Jun-12 12:03:58

Hairy, do jump in on our support thread, and there's consolidated info to get you started as well.

MOSagain Wed 13-Jun-12 15:49:25

Yay, my wool arrived today. Hope I can remember how to cast on grin

prettybird Wed 13-Jun-12 16:32:30

The wool that I accidentally bought from Black Sheep Wool arrived today. I managed to get a ball of Forest Green Debbie Bliss Cashmerino dk half price smile plus the Facebook discount smile

The Sublime dk looks nice - got Julep (a sort of pale blue/green) and Powder Puff.

However the Powder Puff, that looked creamy on the computer looks more like a pale pink/beige (have just asked ds what colour it was he and he wasn't sure if it was pink or brown confused). Would it be ok for Matilda's blanket or should I keep it for another blanket?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Jun-12 16:43:58

pretty Maybe keep the powder puff for another time if both of you think it is pinky? You have two there which should keep you out of mischief for a little while? grin Is that OK?

Be interesting to see what you think of the Sublime.

MOS - like riding a bike it is!

prettybird Wed 13-Jun-12 16:49:55

Will do Pistey I had been planning on trying a three colour weave knit. I'll just have to try Tribpot's two colour brioche then grin

The nice thing about my accidental order when I just looked out of interest and found myself at the checkout blush was that I was able to give Mumsnet the credit for how I found out about Black Sheep Wool smile

prettybird Wed 13-Jun-12 16:51:26

There should have been a full stop after Pistey to make that paragraph make more sense blush

SoupDragon Wed 13-Jun-12 17:14:50

It is so easy to accidentally buy wool isn't it?

Birmingham blanketeers Have whizzed into House of Fraser in Birmingham and it does stock the Rowan Cashsoft dk grin £5.75 a ball and lots of colours - just don't blame me if you accidentally buy them all!

prettybird Wed 13-Jun-12 17:59:09

'tis so true Soupdragon. grin

I've hidden the wool from dh and will present it later as "you mean this old wool.... I've had it aaaaages " winkgrin

PurplePidjin Wed 13-Jun-12 18:35:25

John Lewis carry both the Cashsoft and Cashmerino, although it's much cheaper online. I like to squish my wool first, though blush

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Jun-12 19:40:44

Pretty, I still manage that with clothes but have had to give up the woolly charade to a point. Apart from the stuff that gets delivered when he's not here grin

prettybird Wed 13-Jun-12 19:43:43

.... the wool did arrive while he was at work..... wink

Clothes I'm usually up-front with. He's just getting a wee bit worried that I'm spending too much time knitting when I should be looking for a job blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Jun-12 20:08:22

DH is beginning to notice the wool grin

Lovely donors to thank tonight, we honestly couldn't do this without you, you are complete stars thanks

thanks Rindercella

thanks RedRosie

thanks Kayz

thanks LinzerTorte

You are fabulous Blanketeers!


McKayz Wed 13-Jun-12 20:10:34

Yay I am glad it has arrived!

I am attempting to knit some bootees so I am with you knitters in spirit! smile

RedRosie Wed 13-Jun-12 20:57:12

I'm glad wool has arrived too. Don't worry - I won't do a poem!

Good luck to all the crafters ... Some of the efforts unlike mine are just beautiful.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 14-Jun-12 06:37:09

Morning brew

Some PMs for me, then off to work, back at lunchtime thanks

KnottyLocks Thu 14-Jun-12 06:42:09

morning smile

BIWItheBold Thu 14-Jun-12 07:40:18

Today's weather

MittzbethSalander Thu 14-Jun-12 07:53:41

Our weather ---> biscuit

I told my Mum about these projects and she paid for my wool for my squares for Matilda's Blankey.

My Mum is luffly smile

KnottyLocks Thu 14-Jun-12 09:33:18

Awww, bless your mum, Mittz.

Please pass on thanks and a [star] smile

FormerlyTitledUntidy Thu 14-Jun-12 09:37:50

todays weather is sad
No woolly love yet, but met my postie this morning and told him I was waiting on something to arrive and he said he would look out for it smile

MittzbethSalander Thu 14-Jun-12 12:27:44

My wool was delivered and there was a Lolly in it, do you think they know something about the woolly hugs projects?

<sucks happily>

PurplePidjin Thu 14-Jun-12 12:33:41

Did your Mum tell them it was for her daughter but omit the Adult part maybe, Mittz?


MittzbethSalander Thu 14-Jun-12 12:37:12

grin Pidgin... It's a Vimto one!

<twirls pig tails>

TimeForCake Thu 14-Jun-12 13:03:55

A lolly?? <turns woolly parcel inside out in the hope of a treat>
Sigh. No lolly here either. envy
But I have got my new wool! Hurrah.

NessaRose Thu 14-Jun-12 13:54:54

Yeyy my wool has arrived. grin Thanks to my donor.

<<Considers going to the shop for a lolly.>>

Primrose123 Thu 14-Jun-12 14:16:49

My wool has arrived too. Thank you to my donor! thanks

AllMuddledUp Thu 14-Jun-12 18:48:25

My wool came today so big thanks to my wooly donor thanks

My wool arrived today, thanks Knotty

I'm going to spend the evening going through this blog to get some ideas for my squares.

KnottyLocks Thu 14-Jun-12 21:34:25

Lovely to see more woolly packages arriving smile

Craft like the wind, my lovelies!

JulesJules Thu 14-Jun-12 21:49:58

Lolly? envy

greengoose Thu 14-Jun-12 22:02:54

(shyly) I'd really like to try to crochet a square or too. Can someone let me know where to send to?

Since you all started the blanket for my family I've been learning to crochet.... I'm not great, but it should be passable, so it will be on behalf of my little Merryn with love to Daniels family. I will be thinking about him as I make it. It's an amazing thing to have so many people showing such kindness.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Thu 14-Jun-12 22:09:22

Oh Greengoose, that's so lovely <3

SoupDragon Thu 14-Jun-12 22:14:42

How lovely that you've been learning to crochet, Greengoose smile

This is my first square for this blanket. It's a bit dodgy round the edges I must admit. I also think it is wider at the top than it is at the bottom hmm. It needs a bit of finishing off and something boaty... if only someone was crocheting yachts... wink

KnottyLocks Thu 14-Jun-12 22:50:44

Greengoose, we would be very honoured to have you on board our Blanketeering team smile thanks

I'll send you the details via PM.

Soupy, I know the very person grin

PurplePidjin Thu 14-Jun-12 23:02:19

Welcome to the team, GreenGoose smile

Soupy, i shall add you to the flotilla

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 14-Jun-12 23:34:10

Greengoose - we're so glad to have you with us, you are very welcome smile thanks

Saying thank you tonight to more lovely donors, we really appreciate your generosity thanks

thanks Hoops997

thanks MittzsMum!!

ISeeShapes Fri 15-Jun-12 03:28:00

I am late to the thread but I would like to contribute a square.

Pistey I will PM you

RedRosie Fri 15-Jun-12 06:25:56

Hello greengoose ... Lovely to see you here. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 06:41:46

Morning brew

Thank you IseeShapes - you have mail thanks

Eskarina Fri 15-Jun-12 07:36:44

Just finished my first square for this blanket - and my first attempt at lace knitting. It comes out at just under 6" I hope that's ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 07:40:42

If it can stretch to 6" the it is absolutely fine. Sounds lovely Eskarina thanks

BIWItheBold Fri 15-Jun-12 08:07:21

I'm back. Do you need more donors?

TwoJackRussellsandababy Fri 15-Jun-12 08:20:41

Morning all,

One basketweave square completed, onto the the second one, I'll make a plain stockinette this time I think.

Soup fab square, Greengoose what a generous thing to do, am sure it'll be a lovely square smile

KnottyLocks Fri 15-Jun-12 15:47:54

Sounds lovely, Jack.

Hello, BIWI smile

BIWItheBold Fri 15-Jun-12 16:16:26


What's the deadline ladies for this blanket? I've read the first post twice just incase I've missed it , but I can't see it. I've made a boo boo on the square and need to restart.

MittzbethSalander Fri 15-Jun-12 16:27:36

That's brilliant Soup and I live your crochet hook smile
I work on needles and hooks inherited from an elderly aunt.

DS thinks Basket Weave is super complicated and talented Jacks smile I keep quiet about it and let him admire me grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 16:41:37

Last posting for squares for Matilda will be Saturday 30th June
thanks thanks
When you are ready PM me for the address.

A fabulous donor to thank this afternoon, we appreciate your generosity so much, heartfelt thanks thanks

thanks BIWI

PurplePidjin Fri 15-Jun-12 16:43:18

Last posting is usually 3-4 weeks after the call goes out, but can't really be properly decided until all the donated wool is accounted for.

So, no huge rush just yet, fanjo thanks

PurplePidjin Fri 15-Jun-12 16:45:38

Ha, x post! Sorry, Pistey!

MittzbethSalander Fri 15-Jun-12 17:12:39

Can I ask how many co-ordinators there are? Please.., is it Purple, Pistey and Knotty?

< a bit nosy>

I started on my donor wool today - took the dc to the zoo and they both fell asleep before 10! They did get up at 5.30 tho! Luckily I was prepare and had wool and hook and scissors on standby! grin half an hour of peace in the zoo carpark and I'm on my way!

PurplePidjin Fri 15-Jun-12 17:21:42

That's us, Mittz. MNHQ pitch in with stuff when they can, and Mr Pistey has had a hand in the website, i think?

Oh good I've got plently of time to get it right then! Phew!

Mittz - I believe pistey is the one with the spreadsheet or scribbled list on the back an envelope grin I think knotty and pidj hook it together? Maybe?
Either way my head ends up in a spin just thinking about organising something of this size, never mind the epic task of joining all our squares! smile

soremummy Fri 15-Jun-12 17:27:15

Hi I can do a teddy square or baby feet? If you can give me the link for the tricky tree one i'll have a look at it. I know first page has colours on but have you any preference eg do you have to many o one colour and not another and want to balance it out? I will go online and order some wool tonight unless you have someone who is willing to post some to me x

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 17:27:43

<ahem> Mr Piste hasn't done the website.... Just sayin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 17:29:32

soremummy No spare donors at the mo, so if you can please do go ahead and order I shall PM you the details.

PurplePidjin Fri 15-Jun-12 17:34:38

Soremummy, the rules are: 6" square-ish and pick something that represents you. You'll get 2-3 squares from a ball of wool smile

PurplePidjin Fri 15-Jun-12 17:35:49

I said helped not did!

soremummy Fri 15-Jun-12 17:43:48

Ok no problem I've found the tree chart and will have a go at that if i cant get to town tomorrow ill order online, and i'll just knit what i can from a ball hopefully 3

soremummy Fri 15-Jun-12 17:50:57

Thanks for pm Pistey

FormerlyTitledUntidy Fri 15-Jun-12 18:42:41

My woolly love arrived today smile thanks Pistey wink
i told my lovely postie I was waiting on a package yesterday but was out all day today so he came up to my apartment door and hid it under the mat smile lovely man
I will get hooking tonight now, dp is going out and dd1 is with my mum so just me and dd2

rubycon Fri 15-Jun-12 18:44:40

I must have posted on the wrong thread ..... my wool came this morning - thank you donor! 3 squares down, 3 to go, so I'll post them off on Monday!

matildawormwood Fri 15-Jun-12 19:13:33

Hello all. It feels a bit wrong to be looking at this thread - a bit like peeking at your pressies before Christmas - but I just really wanted to say how very touched I am at the thought of you all knitting this blanket for us. I have so little to remember my darling boy by, this really will be something for us to cherish and I look forward to snuggling up under it with my DD and when she's older, telling her the story behind it. The fact that I recognise a few names on here who I know have had similar losses makes it even more special. I can't knit for toffee but you've inspired me to learn and I intend to do the same for someone else a bit further down the line (bear with me as it could take some time - I'm useless at anything crafty). Thank you ladies. It means a lot XX

PurplePidjin Fri 15-Jun-12 19:23:48

Matilda, this is your thread as much as ours and it's an honour to have you join us thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 15-Jun-12 19:28:13

Matilda, thank you so much for popping in to see us. I know it will mean so much to the wonderful folks who are involved with your blanket.
We truly hope that knowing so many people are thinking of you, and wanting to give you and your family some comfort, helps in some small way.
Your darling boy will live long in our memories. x

If you ever need any help with the knitting, we have many here who would be only to happy to offer advice smile

Good to see you Matilda. My wool arrived today (thank you Knotty) so I will be starting tonight.
Best wishes

tribpot Fri 15-Jun-12 19:33:00

Welcome, Matilda, thanks for popping by. Please do shout if we can help get you started at all.

rubycon, sorry your post got missed in the rush of utter nonsense Friday afternoon fun on our support thread. Do come back if you need anything!

PurplePidjin Fri 15-Jun-12 19:35:39

Knotty, Trib's got a map going over on the support thread (long story) of blanketeers who have volunteered an approximate location - I'm sure we can find a coach/buddy without too much hassle smile

giraffesCantFitInThePalace Fri 15-Jun-12 19:37:06

Hello, just wanted to say well done to all you lovely knitters and donors. Have spent the afternoon with expats dd and she is all sniggled up in her special blanket. smile She was upset and she asked for her magic blanket.

KnottyLocks Fri 15-Jun-12 19:41:44

Aww, that's lovely Giraffes. Thanks smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 19:52:39

Matilda I am so touched by you popping in to see us and your words mean so much to me, I'm sure to us all. Your darling son is in our hearts and memories too. We are all thinking of you and your family, and send you our love. X

If there is anything you need, I am here. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 19:53:46

Giraffe Lovely to see you too, that also means so much . There are pink striped squares on there. I made them with love x

ITryToBeZenBut Fri 15-Jun-12 20:12:56

Found this thread and really touched me as I sit here with my little boy realising could happen to anyone. Thinking of Matilda and Daniel.

i have no crafting talent but would like to donate wool if needed still to the lovely crafters. Will pm.

[gentle squeeze] for Matilda, thanks so much for dropping by.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Fri 15-Jun-12 20:33:46

How lovely of you Matilda for posting smile All of us are thinking of you and Daniel.
Lovely too to hear how woolly hugs help from Giraffes

KnottyLocks Fri 15-Jun-12 20:46:09

We can't take the credit for the organisation and putting together of Expat's DD's blanket. We made squares, along with many others.
It is a wonderful thing how a blanket can symbolise such humanity, isn't it?

matildawormwood Fri 15-Jun-12 20:58:37

Thank you ladies. I shall pop in from time to time and will be reading even if I don't post. It will cheer me up. XX

midoriway Fri 15-Jun-12 21:31:06

Bewitching Brummy Botherers of yarn.
So far it is Droitwichmummy, Lookathergo and me.
I propose 2 possible venues- City Centre, at the Urban Coffee Shop, opposite Hotel de Vin. Very central, nice people run it, they are forever having random community groups filling the place, a stroll past the cathedral to House of Fraser and its wool shop, but no parking. Or the MAC coffee shop.
When? I am pretty flexible, but would like to avoid weekends.

City Knits website is based at a yarn shop in Bourneville called Christine’s. I went there for the first time this week. Terrific range of stuff, including the full colour range of lace weight Rowan, but most of it is behind the counter, so the opportunities for browsing, groping, touching, licking etc feel a little limited, but that might just be me.

I work FT City Centre but might manage a quick lunchtime or after work meet up at the Urban Coffee Shop. MAC would have to be a weekend for me

OpheliaBumps Fri 15-Jun-12 21:58:19

Matilda how lovely of you to drop in, I only hope all of our contributions offer you some comfort, I know they are all made with so much love.

Well, my squares are ready, in green, one with hearts and one with a star. I've had to crack on as we go away next week, and I've got a couple of other projects on that I need to complete soon! I've pm'd Pistey to check the address, and I should get them posted on Monday.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 22:40:51

Just replying to all PMs thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Jun-12 23:19:11

All done, many thanks X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Jun-12 07:27:23

Morning brew

MOSagain Sat 16-Jun-12 08:14:02

Morning brew Really must make a start today blush I'll be fine when I've cast on but need a bit of piece and quiet to do that. Not a lot of that in this house at the moment

tribpot Sat 16-Jun-12 08:17:44
MaudLebowski Sat 16-Jun-12 08:25:27


Haven't been on the thread yet but my square is ready to send, please could I have a pm as I can read but not write them on my phone.
Thanks lovely organisers smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Jun-12 08:41:40

Maud. Will PM you. Thanks.

KnottyLocks Sat 16-Jun-12 09:00:15

Morning, lovely woolly folk smile

TimeForCake Sat 16-Jun-12 09:03:42

Morning brew.
MOS I'm exactly the same as you - need some peace & quiet to get started which isn't always easy to get but it's the only way! I'm crocheting not knitting but it takes all my concentration - little kid pokey tongue out and everything when I'm trying hard grin.

PippiL Sat 16-Jun-12 11:04:03

Some lovely champagne coloured wool arrived today. Thank you donor.

Knitting simple bee stitch.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Jun-12 12:40:51

Good news that more wool is arriving smile

my hook is flying through my wool supplies! smile
one square done and another 3/4 of the way through. although that has meant i haven't done any housework today. blush

a big thanks to dd who had a mega nap this morning and to dh this afternoon for taking the dc out and about. peace and quiet is essential for me too - mostly because the dc like to tangle the wool hmm

TimeForCake Sat 16-Jun-12 19:01:45

Swear words and more swear words! My square was coming on far too well. I got over confident, stopped measuring every row & failed to notice my rows were getting a smidge shorter as I went along. I've missed an end stitch on an early row. Bugger.
Nothing like a bit of frogging on a Saturday evening! grin

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 19:20:24

Whenis, get a jamjar and drill a hole in the lid, 5mm should do and you might need to smoothe the edges with a file. Poke your wool through the hole and screw the lid on tight. Gaffa tape shut if necessary. Voila, childproof wool grin

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 19:21:13

Time for, one less stitch per row will hardly notice!

After lots of frogging I've got into the swing of my snowdrops. I'm doing a star as well which will need a plain square to attach to.
Father's day and our anniversary tomorrow so I ought to pay DH some attention!

MinnieBar Sat 16-Jun-12 20:11:05

Back from our washed-out hols to find a small mountain of Boden catalogues, usual bank statements and… a lovely ball of the Sublime wool in a gorgeous mossy green from a kind and generous donor Lincs way. And addressed to 'The Mumsnetter of the House' which made me grin

Thank you, I will do my utmost to make some lovely squares with it and will try to do you proud smile

RedRosie Sat 16-Jun-12 20:23:13

Welcome home Minnie.

How's DS's little arm?

MinnieBar Sat 16-Jun-12 20:26:19

Much better thanks Rosie - he still doesn't have full range of movement, and last night he kept waking up and crying when he rolled over onto it, but I think that's all to be expected.

So glad to be home!

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 20:36:47

Welcome back, Minnie! Can you wedge a pillow somewhere so he's restricted in his rolling?

Pidj the jam jar is genius! smile

I have finished my squares! grin
I've done an attic24 pattern for this one here and an attic24 ripple here it's meant to be like the land and the sea so pidj if you have any spare boats.... smile
I have a bit of green left over so I might try making some leaves confused
I luff attic24 as she has pictures. smile

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 21:25:17

Ooh, yes, i can do boats. I posted my boat pattern upthread if anyone fancies making boats - can be sent unattached to be added to the flotilla if you like (and avoid blending in with the background too much wink)

Pidj that'd be fab!
The odds and ends donor wool I got was all lovely blues and greens. smile there is very very little left. I'll have a look at the boat pattern pidj but all I have left is green so maybe not a very boat-y colour confused

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 21:40:38

That pattern uses very little yarn, but definitely needs two colours to work. I have a load of Mouse colour left over, so am using that for the hulls and bright colours for sails and pennants iyswim

Pidj I'll haves crack at the pieces for a boat but maybe won't join them up iyswim and then they could be mixed with other boat bits from other crafters? Green would make nice hulls and pennants. smile

trumpton Sat 16-Jun-12 21:52:04

My wool arrived today will start knitting tomorrow . Lovely cream Debbie Bliss. Last posting date noted in my diary but will try to post earlier .

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Jun-12 21:54:40

Evening all wine

just replying to all pms many thanks everyone X

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 22:01:14

They don't take long, just sling the wool in if you like smile

Pidj - it may be that I should be in bed by now but I can't find your boat pattern. confused

Actually I am going to bed. Will postpone hooking till tomorrow

Night all!

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 22:11:59

Oops, sorry it's on Team Hooker and Support Thread 2! I'll attempt to c+p tomorrow (also in bed) smile

tribpot Sat 16-Jun-12 22:30:28

Thanks trib! smile
Might have a look later if my poor sleep deprived brain ever wakes up hmm

SoupDragon Sun 17-Jun-12 07:02:46

I have one complete Bear Square for Daniel, one complete bear for a square for his sister and I've frogged the sun and sky of my seascape and redone them.

Todays chore: clean the kitchen finish the second bear square and decide what to do for the next smile

Cwoolf Sun 17-Jun-12 07:32:22

I'm just learning to knit & crochet and this is the first time I've been involved in one of these projects. Bit confused as to why frogging is called frogging?!? Also excellent jam jar idea as I have the same problem and spent ages on Friday trying to unknot the wool my dd had got her hands on smile Finished 2 knitted squares and may attempt a very simple crochet granny square if I have time. Takes me ages as really have to concentrate! Such lovely pictures of things you've made and previous blankets everyone has done with such love for people going through a terrible time. You're all so wonderful, it's really touching x

Cwoolf Sun 17-Jun-12 07:37:00

Hello Matilda, bit late with reading your post but just wanted to say am thinking of you and your family, it's really lovely to read your post. I'm just learning to knit and crochet so it's all a bit wobbly but it's all done with love x

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 07:47:23

Cwoolf, frogging is when you have to undo loads of work - rip it rip it

Tinking is undoing a little bit so you knit backwards (tink)

KnottyLocks Sun 17-Jun-12 08:28:50

It's Fathers' Day and for many this day will be a difficult one.

Thinking of all the families for whom the blankets are made.

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

MOSagain Sun 17-Jun-12 09:10:29

Absolutely Knotty, thinking of everyone for whom this will be a difficult day x

PippiL Sun 17-Jun-12 09:18:09

I've frogged and tinked my square already!

Managed to complete the square with a new stitch, and am really pleased with the effect (diagonal bee stitch)

Knitting my second square with extra love on fathers' day.

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 09:37:46

Dp will be sharing my Dad today, his own having passed away 15 years ago. I feel very flattered that he feels that way smile

Diagonal bee stitch sounds fab, Pippi, any chance of a piccy?

Cwoolf Sun 17-Jun-12 11:04:33

Purplepidjin, thanks for the frog/tink explanation, I never would have guessed those!
Hugs to everyone who is finding today difficult x

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 11:11:27

No probs, Cwoolf, I'm not sure you'd find out from google even, tbh!

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sun 17-Jun-12 11:35:59

Meh, father's day is a real non event here. Mine isn't around and my grandad who helped raise me, died on father's day. Dp is on nights so still asleep so nothing special family related there either.
It must be so hard for people though I know.
OTOH kids are at the table making cards and we are just having a lazy day smile so nice day

TimeForCake Sun 17-Jun-12 17:09:41

The Rowan 'spruce' is a gorgeous green, I'm really really liking it - first time I've used green. It seems to be great at making my simple square look a bit less wobbly which can't be bad. Maybe I am also improving a bit...finally!
I'm even tempted to dig out the link from Pidj on one of the other threads and attempt a granny! Will make sure my plain square is finished first though, in case when it all goes wrong!

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 17:17:35

Cakey, go for it. They look far more complicated than they really are grin

LookAtHerGo Sun 17-Jun-12 21:03:45

I have an idea, I'm thinking of making 4 small squares then crocheting them together to make the 6" and having a little star in the middle of them. I'm not sure exactly how it will work, but is it ok to try? If it doesn't work I'll be able to use the wool for a granny, so the wool won't be wasted, just my time taken up.

LookAtHerGo Sun 17-Jun-12 21:05:38

I've finished my first square, it's like this in the middle, but I've had to a couple of extra rounds on it to make it 6"

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 21:09:55

Lookather, that sounds marvellous thanks

LookAtHerGo Sun 17-Jun-12 21:24:04

Cool. I shall crack on with it now smile

LookAtHerGo Sun 17-Jun-12 21:47:50

One teeny tiny square crocheted. 7stiches across! And 8 rows including the foundation chain row. Looks tiny.

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 21:50:50

Aw, that'd be about 2x2" at my tension?!

LookAtHerGo Sun 17-Jun-12 22:15:19

I've made a HUGE Maths error. Let's just say my teeny squares are just under 1 1/2" that would be fine if I was putting 4 in a row! I was planning on making it as a 2x2 so really the squares should have been just under 3"! Oops.

Well I will make a decision in the morning whether I'm going to do it as a 4x4 square and use the ones I've made to make the stars, or make the square out of 16 teeny tiny squares!

[dumb blonde emoticon]

KnottyLocks Sun 17-Jun-12 22:20:01

LookAtHerGo, I've just finished a square that is 4 small squares hooked together. I did it in the round, so 4 small granny squares. Was easier to gauge the size that way. Might be an idea for you if the maths gets in the way smile

LookAtHerGo Sun 17-Jun-12 22:26:26

Maths is usually a good point of mine. I have a cunning plan now, and at the end I'll turn around and say it was meant to be like that all along wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Jun-12 06:22:06

Morning all brew

I haven't quite started my square yet blush Hopefully today smile

PurplePidjin Mon 18-Jun-12 07:01:16

Do 4 the same, sew together, add a border?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Jun-12 07:15:22

A crochet square arrived last week that looked like it was 9 mini grannies hooked together. Twas lovely.

MOSagain Mon 18-Jun-12 07:52:08

<adds the word 'granny' to her knitting dictionary spreadsheet>
very pleased to have finished my first square in less than two days compared to 6 days last time blush and have already started my second, on a roll grin

Piste - I know I pm'd you but wanted to let you know I picked up a ball of wool while out this weekend so will start crochet some squares with it.

MittzbethSalander Mon 18-Jun-12 09:52:21

Morning smile

brewbrewbiscuitbiscuitthanks x

I've just been out and posted my square.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Mon 18-Jun-12 12:34:09

Afternoon smile
dd2 napping so brew and biscuit for me with my hook smile

OpheliaBumps Mon 18-Jun-12 12:53:39

My squares are on the way too, the DCs helped to pack and post them grin

Cwoolf Mon 18-Jun-12 12:57:17

Yep, just posted mine this morning too smile

JulesJules Mon 18-Jun-12 18:51:11

Posted my squares!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Jun-12 18:59:10

Evening wine

Lots of squares are on their way, that is marvellous news. smile

More lovely Blanketeers to thank tonight, our fabulous, generous donors, bless them thanks

thanks catinboots

thanks yumyum

thanks SarahStratton

thanks peggyblacket

We really appreciate the part you play, we couldn't do this without you X thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 18-Jun-12 22:25:50

We certainly couldn't.

A huge thanks to all our donors. You really do play a vital part. smile

And my pillowcase is ready for the new arrivals!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Jun-12 06:28:32

Get your pillowcase ready Knots, I think you will need it today grin

Morning brew
A few PMs, then off to work until lunchtime thanks

PurplePidjin Tue 19-Jun-12 10:49:06

Ooh, some lovely pale blue woolly loveliness just came through my letterbox. Thank you, donor thanks

Molehillmountain Tue 19-Jun-12 12:46:02

Hi there, I should know this, but when's last posting date? Busy time coming up and want to make sure they're done smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Jun-12 13:25:10

Last posting date is Saturday 30th June lovely Mole thanks

SoupDragon Tue 19-Jun-12 14:08:07

Yeah, right... of course it is... wink


prettybird Tue 19-Jun-12 15:06:43

thanks to the kind donor of the lovely mid blue wool that I've been sent. smile

Now I need to think of what to knit with it to do it justice.

TimeForCake Tue 19-Jun-12 16:19:00

Shock horror, I'm ahead of the deadline for a change! shock Square is now done but I want to find some time to try something else too. Perhaps wishful thinking but we'll see.

Molehillmountain Tue 19-Jun-12 16:20:45

Phew! I posted in fear because I had the 20th in my head!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Jun-12 16:36:26

Cakey! Steady on love grin I haven't actually started yet!!

Arf at posting in fear grin

More lovely donors, smashing. thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Jun-12 16:50:02

The Woolly treasure begins to arrive:

OpheliaBumps [star] Gorgeous seagreen hearts and a star smile thanks

Cwoolf [star] No idea what you were worried about. smile Your squares are beautiful: hearts, crochet and the most lovely embroidered bird. smile thanks

They have pride of place at the bottom of my special pillowcase grin


TimeForCake Tue 19-Jun-12 17:07:46

grin <twirls proudly>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Jun-12 17:23:02

And I have another lovely donor to thank, but I don't know who it is smile

Someone is a total [star] and has sent money for the Blanket for Matilda, twas disguised in a national express coach map. A huge thank you to you, and if you'd like to let me know who you are, please do so, so we can thank you in person thanks

OpheliaBumps Tue 19-Jun-12 21:23:53

Yay, glad my squares have arrived safely!

What is this special pillowcase? Sounds like a handy (and cost effective) knitting bag, wish I'd thought of that before splashing out on my gorgeoise but v overpriced new knitting bag!

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Jun-12 21:52:41

Tis is exactly that, Ophelia. grin

V practical as both my wool WIP bags are stuffed full, there is wool blooming everywhere, blankets just being finished off, and somewhere in all that are 2 kids and DH. Oh, and my proper work stuff.

Pillowcases seemed the best option!

They are special because of what is inside smile

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Jun-12 22:04:04

I've asked for this thread to be moved to Arts and Crafts to preserve it

Just in case you can't find us in Chat smile

KatMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Jun-12 22:12:04


*I've asked for this thread to be moved to Arts and Crafts to preserve it*

Just in case you can't find us in Chat smile

All done smile

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Jun-12 22:21:16

Bless you, Kat. smile

Have a big, fat, woolly [star]


Cwoolf Tue 19-Jun-12 22:31:52

Glad my squares arrived and that they're ok. It's very hard when you're a beginner to know if you're doing it right or not! smile

Squares and star ready for posting - pics on profile. Will pm you Pistey

GreatestGatsby Tue 19-Jun-12 23:29:49

My first post! I discovered MN accidentally and have lurked for a little bit but can't think of a better place to get started!

I think this project is absolutely wonderful, though the reasons behind it are heart-breaking- my thoughts are with Matildawormwood and all the other recipients of blankets. I'd love to be involved- have PMed RatherBeOnThePiste with what must be some irritating questions but if anyone can help with a slightly broader issue...

Does anybody know of somewhere in Manchester where I can get the right wool more quickly than ordering it online? I'm concerned that I'm going to run out of time if it's slow getting here.

prettybird Wed 20-Jun-12 00:06:23

I can't remember if there's a John Lewis in Manchester but if there is, then you'll be able to get the right wool there. House of Fraser will also stock at least one of the wools.

GreatestGatsby Wed 20-Jun-12 00:25:51

Thank you! JL is in the Trafford Centre, House of Fraser is in town but I don't believe I've ever seen any wool there... I'll explore tomorrow. Have just found the Support Thread which is probably a much better place to post from now on!

SoupDragon Wed 20-Jun-12 06:40:14

WElcome, Gatsby smile What better place to start posting?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 06:43:50

Morning all brew

Lots of PMs this morning thanks

GreatestGatsby - just about to PM you, but yes JL is your best bet, and also you might like seeing the colours in person for the first time, sometimes it's less clear online.

Off to work as usual, back at lunchtime thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Jun-12 07:01:35

Gatsby, lovely to have you join us. smile

MittzbethSalander Wed 20-Jun-12 08:05:15

Hello GreatestGatsby, welcome to MN and to what is indeed a lovely project.
I am a regular MNer but newish to the Wooly Hugs threads. smile

greengoose Wed 20-Jun-12 08:12:01

Well, I've finished some squares, such as they are! Thoughts of Matilda and her little Daniel bound up in the making of them though, so I think that's the important bit!

I'll pm pisty, that's hopefully the right thing to do? I need to know where to post to....?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 08:23:06

Bless you lovely Greengoose.

Shall PM you now, on my phone so will take a mo or two smile

Cwoolf Wed 20-Jun-12 11:35:02

Just learning to crochet and couldn't work out why my hearts weren't looking right, but needed to get my squares done and posted so just went with what I had. And anyway as Greengoose has just said it's the thoughts you're sending Matilda and her family when you're making them that really count. But still rather annoying to discover the UK/US language difference. Expect everyone apart from me knows that a double is in fact a treble. Why don't they tell you these things in the learn to crochet workshops..grrrr! smile

NessaRose Wed 20-Jun-12 11:35:23

Pistey PM'ed you. smile

I have packaged up my squares and they will be in the post later today. smile

Is it just me that feels a bit relieved once they're in the post blush

FormerlyTitledUntidy Wed 20-Jun-12 13:15:23

Are squares going to Pistey again this time? Am just sewing in my pesky pesky ends so will post them later on today smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 13:44:56

Hello. smile


Just checking in and will reply to all PMs. Lots today so please bear with me!


I missed this sad Pistey Knotty how did you let me miss this??? Clearly I will knit, or is it too late?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 14:31:46

Hello there DancesWith smile

Talking to you in lots of different places! Hopefully we are sorted grin

Yes - Sorry. I'm rather tenacious persistent annoying wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 14:34:06


<sheepishly. Don't got to the other thread - I might have mentioned it there as well...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 14:36:54


I'll probably open the front door and find you there too grin

Yes, but don't worry I'd never arrive without gin grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 15:35:22

Another lovely donor to thank today, many thanks for your support and generosity, you are marvellous thanks

thanks ITryToBeZenBut

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 15:35:34

Cheers Dances!

MittzbethSalander Wed 20-Jun-12 17:33:17

I have 3 squares to post smile
May I have an address Please thanks

FormerlyTitledUntidy Wed 20-Jun-12 17:34:09

I might have missed the post office... blush
Will go tomorrow!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 17:41:27

Mittz - will send you PM in a mo. thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Jun-12 20:05:59

Woolly treasure arriving today from:

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes [star] Beautiful blue crochet smile thanks

JulesJules [star] Fabulous snuggly green knits and an edible treat, Yum! smile thanks

I will pass on both of your cards. smile

Also there are 3 packages that need collecting: won't be until Friday, many apologies.
I need to train a new postman. This one doesn't know the special hiding place for packages that won't fit through the letterbox.

thanks to all.

prettybird Wed 20-Jun-12 20:38:29

Getting a wee bit worried: my envelope, posted on Saturday, doesn't appear to have arrived yet. sad

bobkate Wed 20-Jun-12 20:39:33

I've posted my squares today smile. Must be so exciting to get all the squares coming through the letterbox smile

prettybird Wed 20-Jun-12 20:44:53

....'twas sent to Pistey as as well as the Matilda "anchor" square, there was one for Greengoose or MrsY.

Glad it arrived safely.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Jun-12 06:35:06

Hopefully Pretty it will come today, I'll let you know as soon as it does X

Morning all brew

We go from glorious sunshine yesterday, to driving rain today. Can't seem to make its mind up smile

All PMs relied to thanks Off to work, back at lunchtime as usual, catch up then.