Support thread 3 - further blanketeering

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tribpot Sat 16-Jun-12 08:16:45

Oh no! The previous thread has become full and suddenly we need a new one, with no way of linking old to new. I hope people will find this one. smile

This is a continuation of our thread supporting MNers creating blanket squares for Woolly Hugs. All are welcome.

Ophelia, you're on - I've put you above the line where 'here be dragons' as otherwise it's only DAISY and me representing the North of England, with Formerly technically on the right latitude but in another country grin If you live just south of the line, I'm moving the line down!

I'm surprised to hear Chester is short on wool shops, I would have thought it'd have a few naice places.

I'm off today to my 'knitting with colour' workshop so I am insanely excited to learn how I've been doing it wrong all this time.

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 08:20:19

<signing in>

MinnieBar Sat 16-Jun-12 08:21:50

Morning all!

booksandchoc Sat 16-Jun-12 08:24:19

Hi there, how can I help? I'm not the best knitter but I like to try. I'm in Scotland x

marks spot

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 08:34:41

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/1491866-Blanket-for-Matildawormwood-Sign-up-thread-for-crafters-and-donors

Welcome to the support thread for the Mumsnet Woolly Hugs blanket projects, Books. Feel free to lurk, advise our wonderful team of beginners, or if you can spare the time we'd be delighted if you joined us smile

We talk a lot of crap and post lots of patterns for 6" squares, basically wink

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 08:35:10
RedRosie Sat 16-Jun-12 08:46:18

NewThreadNewThreadNewThreadNewThread!

grin

Morning. Shall I do a NewThread poem?

Eskarina Sat 16-Jun-12 08:47:48

Ooh, not been on the blanket support thread before. Can I join? I am knitting, not just a completely random interloper

KnottyLocks Sat 16-Jun-12 09:02:26

Morning all smile

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 09:22:48

Yes please, an inaugural pome from Rosie <tiddly pom>

Come on in and have a brew Eskarina smile

Molehillmountain Sat 16-Jun-12 09:32:18

Haven't started knitting yet but love following this thread (especially the mumsnet bard's contributions!) smile

soremummy Sat 16-Jun-12 09:35:51

Im off to leeds to try get hold of some debbie bliss wish me luck x If im sucessful i'll start trying to do the tree one today

Can I join in please? I'm in the north if that helps grin

Funsponge Sat 16-Jun-12 09:36:34

Morning. I'm new (but old iyswim). And just dusted off my needles. My slightly wonky and rather basic squares are at your disposal.

How big? 6in? Colours? Wool?

Funsponge Sat 16-Jun-12 09:38:02

Oh and i'm south west

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 09:38:09

Details here for those interested in the backstory smile

RedRosie Sat 16-Jun-12 09:40:05

Poem on the occasion of a new blanket support thread ...

Rosie bounds out of her bed
Eager to have all the woolly news read
Oh no! Oh where is the blanket thread?

After a rather wretched week
And feeling rather tired and weak ...
She wonders if they're hiding - curse!
Are they hiding from her verse?

Lo! They're not. A thread anew ...
Has appeared overnight. Thanks Trib. Phew!

Glaikit Sat 16-Jun-12 09:40:26

Morning! Booksandchoc good to see another scot on the thread!

Poorly baby here, so I can't see much knitting being done here. My boats square is done, but i don't think I have enough green wool left for another so I'll pop it in with my parcel.

MaudLebowski Sat 16-Jun-12 09:42:58

Morning,

I'm crocheting away merrily oop north, right next to a very big bridge.
Do you think team hooker will let me in?

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 09:46:38

Course we will, Maud!

Lovely pome, Rosie

What a lovely rainy day,
I can knit some squares - hooray!

Grrr, my son is whinging on
Will I ever get them done?

Never mind, I have a plan
I can do them, yes I can!

I will turn the TV on
Justin Fletcher, you're the one.

Entertain my little child,
Keep him quiet for a while.

Cup of tea, it helps I know,
Needles, wool, and here we go!

grin

SoupDragon Sat 16-Jun-12 09:56:03

I object to the "Here be Dragons" line...

MOSagain Sat 16-Jun-12 10:08:52

can I join please? I was a virgin knitter on the last projects and am going to attempt another non-wonky square for this one. Think I'll stick with plain for now, don't want to over stretch/confuse myself.

RedRosie Sat 16-Jun-12 10:09:36

TodaysAGoodDay!

smile

Here Be Dragons is not the same as Here Be Dragon Dragon ...

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 10:12:53

grin Todaysa

Soupy, i thought you'd be glad to have company?

MOS i shall crochet up a little boat specially smile

purplewithred Sat 16-Jun-12 10:14:56

Hello! knitting right now.

MOSagain Sat 16-Jun-12 10:15:29

ooh Purple, glad you are here. Before I start (hopefully in an hour when DD at ballet) can you tell me which colour would set off your boat best? Pale blue or a darker blue?

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 10:19:07

Either, i'll be doing the boats in beige and the sails in whatever leftovers I've got enough of. So i can match the boat to the background iyswim.

Stripes would be cool if you fancy a challenge?

MOSagain Sat 16-Jun-12 10:20:24

shock ooh I don't think so, not just yet, clearly you over estimate my abilities! I learnt to knit less than a month ago and have so far achieved two plain (and not too wobbly) squares. Stripes really would be pushing it!

RedRosie Sat 16-Jun-12 10:23:44

Simple squares are GOOD.

Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.

this is good as all my squares are simple

I was thinking of a mega-poem incorporating all the regular's names? It will need some planning though ...

HairyPotter Sat 16-Jun-12 10:28:12

Hello, imcompetent knitter here again!

Right!! I'm now on my 3rd that's right! 3rd attempt at knitting a plain square. Plain! Nothing else! And I still manage to make an arse of it.

When I cast on 33 stitches, it only measured 4.5" so I kept going until I had 6" worth of stitches on needle. Then when I knitted until it was 6" long I cast off and the fecker had exploded to 7". angry

So I started again. This time I made sure it didn't cast on to many, but again 10 rows in it was huge.

I'm clearly a lost cause. This time I have just cast 33 on but it looks v small. I'm going to keep going and cross everything it turns out ok.

I'm in sw Scotland btw if you are plotting a countrywide map grin

RedRosie Sat 16-Jun-12 10:33:17

HairyPotter!

Cast on 33. Knit a few rows. Then measure. It grows after the cast on stage.

smile

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 10:33:40

Hairy, would you be up for a meet if we've got someone more experienced in the area? This map could prove extremely useful, Trib. I know Pistey has lots of addresses but that's solely for the purposes of matching and is therefore private. This way is both approximate and voluntary!

Glaikit Sat 16-Jun-12 10:41:05

Where are you hairy? I'm west Lothian pretty bird is in Glasgow if you are central belt one of us or both of us can help!

Btw I cast on 35 it measures just over 4inches to start with but when knitted up is 6inches perfectly.

HairyPotter Sat 16-Jun-12 10:42:46

But how can it grow??? And by so much?? Grrr! Well the 33 stitches I started last night seem to be behaving at the moment so I will optimistically keep going.

I have dd2 teeny tiny 6" ruler next to me at all times and am checking after every couple of rows grin

pidge a meet up could very well be an idea I think I might prove too much of a challenge though grin

HairyPotter Sat 16-Jun-12 10:46:01

I'm in south lanarkshire.

35 you say? Tempted to start again now 4th times the charm right?
grin

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 10:46:48

Love is more important than skill for these projects!

HairyPotter Sat 16-Jun-12 10:48:43

That bodes well for me!

I have to cast on 36, and knit 47 rows. I think everyone's tension is different, so it's just trial and error.

Funsponge Sat 16-Jun-12 11:50:14

Im in the middle of a pink one but will swap back to blue when this one is done.

SoupDragon Sat 16-Jun-12 11:54:13

My family are Southern Dragons.

RedRosie Sat 16-Jun-12 11:58:30

Southern Dragons are special Dragons Soup.

Glaikit Sat 16-Jun-12 12:00:12

35 is just for me though. I'd keep going with what you have, knotty, pidj and pistey can work wonders with undersized square.

You probably are too far from me if you want to meet up somewhere. Although I'm hardly an expert I knitting.

OpheliaBumps Sat 16-Jun-12 12:18:07

Do southern dragons drink shandy soupy?

As in 'a shandy drinking southern tart dragon' grin

Signing in! Back later when I've started my snowdrops

MOSagain Sat 16-Jun-12 12:53:17

Well, I cast on this morning, 33 like last time and did a few rows and the bastard thing was 7 1/2 inches. So I frogged it and ended up on third attempt with 30 which after about 5 rows appears to be 6 inches. Clearly I must be a little loose grin

SoupDragon Sat 16-Jun-12 13:01:37

Shandy? SHANDY?

<<rolls eyes>>

prettybird Sat 16-Jun-12 13:13:37

Booksandchocs and Hairypotter : Welcome to more fellow Scots smile. As well as Glaikit (West Lothian) and me (Glasgow), there is STDG who is Paisley. We'll need to organise a Blanketeers meet-up smile

Pistey - I have posted a square for Greengoose or MrsY's blanket, together with a square for Matilda's one. They may or may not have got today's post from my local post box, but after the incident last time, I wasn't going to risk going on further to the post office as my knee is still badly bruised and scabbed blush

prettybird Sat 16-Jun-12 13:19:02

Tribpot - an continuing ok with my brioche square. 29 stitches was about right for a 6" square. Made a couple of mistakes which if I had been doing it in a single colour you wouldn't have noticed, but show up in the contrast colour. Having said that, the two colours help make the brioche/yarn over stitch very clear. If you do make a more serious mistake though, it's an absolute bugger to tink back! hmm. Better make no more mistakes then! grin

Found y'all smile. Good thinking on the link from the MatildaWormwood thread Trib

Still planning on tree-ing tonight. Rowan "spruce" turned out to be a nice mid green. Was worried it might be a bit dull going on the online pics but it's not at all.

Nice poem Rosie The Woolly Hugs Poet Laureate (TM, patent pending) grin

Glad you made it back from the post box unscathed this time Prettybird smile

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sat 16-Jun-12 14:42:13

Hello!
Look at this nice new shiney thread grin
I did one bull's eye square last night in 3 blues with a cream border, now to start some flowers maybe. I attempted a tiny ripple but it was much too late for that kind of initial concentration so that was frogged. I may re-attempt.

soremummy Sat 16-Jun-12 15:47:29

Help needed please. Got sublime extra fine merino in green/sage? colour I was going to do the tree but cant find link to pattern now and i didnt save it earlier can someone link to patterns please

nickelbarapasaurus Sat 16-Jun-12 15:50:55

nickelbabe in sittingbourne.
smile

i'm hooking.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sat 16-Jun-12 16:08:53

Link to google doc guide for SoreMummy. Is the tree one of those? smile

soremummy Sat 16-Jun-12 16:29:26

Yes it is thanks very much for link

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Jun-12 16:32:38

Just checking in wine

tribpot Sat 16-Jun-12 16:55:15

Back from knitting course with my Knitting Goddess Who Is Alive (Emma King) as opposed to my All-Time Knitting Goddess who is, of course, Her Zimmerness.

Anyway, no great shocks to discover I've been doing fairisle wrong all this time! I have learnt my lesson from doing her magnificent Professional Finishing Techniques workshop though and deliberately not done any colour work since I booked on it. Snowdrop fairisle for me!

Will be catching up with people who need placing upon the map, although I would draw SoupDragon's attention to the disclaimer on the 'here be dragons' line.

soremummy Sat 16-Jun-12 17:02:51

I've got half the tree square one smile Trib where do you do you course

tribpot Sat 16-Jun-12 17:49:45

Oh soremummy, yes I saw you were in Leeds. Did you find Debbie Bliss in town? (Not the woman, the yarn!)

The course was run at the fabuloso Baa Ram Ewe in Headingley. It actually takes place in a room above the equally fabuloso Salvos so you can - for a very reasonable fee - enjoy absolutely scrumptious sarnies and coffee during the day as well. Although as a local you are expected to explain why hordes of drunk students in fancy dress keep wandering by doing the Otley Run.

soremummy Sat 16-Jun-12 18:41:29

*Ive finished my tree square* just under 2 hrs with dd here with me. (Next time choose something easier when she's not at schoolsmile )

Not a chance of finding any Debbie Bliss in town. I managed to get a ball of sublime from the shop on eastgate. Very limited colours eg 2 shades of green and the rest was pink red purple!
Oh dont mention the Otley Run my dd 17yrs did this end of May when they finished college she was ok couldnt get served lol but some of her friends needed help. Must try meet up sometime tribpot.

Anyone got suggestion for the next square for me?

soremummy Sat 16-Jun-12 18:45:49

Ha ha I've just noticed i've done "the tree of valium" it wasnt that bad

Eskarina Sat 16-Jun-12 19:06:08

I've just got my first attempt at a cable knit square up to 6" in length. I'm sure half way up the bugger was 6" wide but now I'm at the top it's shrunk to 4.5" wide. It's very stretchy though....will that be ok? please don't say I have to pull it out and start again

I know the Head Blanketeers always say that i is stretches to 6" it's fine Eskarina smile

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Jun-12 19:16:33

4.5" when flattened is perfect smile

Eskarina (Pratchett reader?) it will balance out my snowdrop square which might be a bit big.

prettybird Sat 16-Jun-12 19:28:16

eskarina - that happened to me the first time I did a cable square. blush. It was ok 'cos it could streeeetch to 6" wide.

What you need to do is a stabilising rib on either side of each cable bit. I've added a picture to my Flickr photo stream but can't link to it at the moment (on my iPod) but if you search my posts on Matilda's blanket thread, you'll be able to see what I mean.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sat 16-Jun-12 19:30:08

My stars measured at 4.5 inches with no stretch so I frogged it, added ten stitches and it's still only 4.5 inches. confused
I'm determined to crack this!

Eskarina Sat 16-Jun-12 19:30:54

droitwitchmummy yup, was reading Equal Rites when I decided to sign up.

Thanks for advice and encouragement. These squares are good for practising my knitting techniques. I have learned to do lace and cables (NOT at the same time!!!) for this project :-)

Esk I am re-reading Going Postal and have an urge to change into Adora Belle Dearheart!
I agree these projects are a great way to practice different stitches. My current square is quite lacy and the star I will do afterwards looks a bit challenging!

I'm a pants knitter ( I mean I'm rubbish at knitting, not that I knit pants) but I think I could probably applique a fabric motif on to a kniited square, if that's ever any help?

prettybird Sat 16-Jun-12 21:25:47

tribpot - I've knitted a number of Icelandic jumpers. Is there anything I should be aware of in the fair-isle technique, as I am totally self taught. (my mum was no longer on a condition to advise me sad when I re-started knitting)?

tribpot Sat 16-Jun-12 21:57:35

bird - the main thing I've learnt, which you probably already know, is that in any given row one colour must be dominant (the other, sadly is not called 'submissive' but rather contrast). The colour with the majority of stitches in the row is the dominant one, and the other colour must be picked up from underneath it to create the beautiful straight lines that I (now) discover are meant to exist on the back of fairisle. So in any given row, one colour must float above the other when they're carried behind stitches, they are never twisted (except at the very end of each row to bring both colours right to the end of the row). So this example looks like this on the back - they're not all perfect because on one of the rows of the hearts you have to float the dominant behind a set of 5 contrast stitches so have to change dominance mid-row.

I also learnt a technique for doing two-handed colourwork that isn't the continental style, I will post some pics in the morning if you would like? (Not quite sure how to photograph my own hands .. hmm ... )

Btw on two colour brioche - yeah. Try get out of that. There is a very limited ability to undo stitches once done.

HouseOfMirth, maybe PM KnottyLocks for a view, thank you for the offer!

prettybird Sat 16-Jun-12 22:26:32

I did already instinctively try to do that: a result of my mum (following on from her MIL) teaching me to try to make the back of our Danish cross-stitch embroidery as neat at the front. smile

Not sure the "dominant" one was always the top one, but did try to keep the order consistent within a row. Most I have ever worked with within the same row is three colours.

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 07:28:25

Fairisle is only meant to have two colours per row, even if a gazillion colours in total, so not sure how you're strictly meant to handle three per row, but of course Icelandic is a different technique again.

Carrying the colours to the end of the row is important as well - I'd starting doing something similar in terms of carrying the stitches beyond where they were being used to prevent them from skewing, but carrying them all the way does mean they are not making the fabric uneven, it's double thickness end-to-end.

MinnieBar Sun 17-Jun-12 07:34:33

Wow Trib you knit so fast - every day you've created something new! On the one hand it's inspiring, and on the other it makes me realise that although I'm improving (and I try to attempt a new technique for each blanket) I've still got soooo far to go!!

Not sure I'll get round to it this time, but next on my list is bobbles…

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 07:48:09

Well Minnie in fairness I was knitting officially from 10 until 4 yesterday smile Let's face it, we don't get that amount of time normally.

I've got a couple of bigger blanket projects to do although I also really want to get on to make a cardigan for myself. Fortunately Carina Spencer has come to the rescue and created this little number. I-cord cast on here we come, that looks like a week's job on its own!

MOSagain Sun 17-Jun-12 09:23:45

morning all, I reckon I'm 3/4 way through my square which I started yesterday and hopefully will finish today. Progress indeed, the first one took a week grin

THOM lovely to see you here. Did you get to do a square for MrsY's blanket? that would have been nice. You could have sewn something nice on one of my very plain wobbly square?

Trib that cardigan is gorgeous. But <faint>, that would take me years. Reckon global warming would have rendered cardigans obsolete before I could finish that envy

Making progress on the tree using the chart (get me grin) but in fairness I'm still on the trunky bit which is relatively Valium free.

Hope all are well.

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 09:41:34

As an aside, what's a good yarn for baby cardigans? Is cheapie acrylic better, due to washing and amount needed, or should i invest in something posh? I have loads of manmade in the stash which needs using...

Snowdrops finished - pic on profile. Star in progress (6 of 7 wedges done so far)

Whoops this star is going to be a bit big! It looks like 8in across (haven't assembled it yet) Will it be ok once attached to a plain square - it will overlap - or shall I have a rethink?

Glaikit Sun 17-Jun-12 12:00:13

Morning, just! I have rethunk my friends blanket so I'm now doing this instead.

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 13:09:02

Back from the atrocious Top Cat movie - but guess what, you can do moss/seed stitch in the dark. Result!

Barbara - best take a precautionary valium, although you're doing a grand job so far. You can do this!

Pidj - I personally think man-made is best for baby stuff, at least for cardigans and blankets and whatnot, not sure about stuff that goes against the skin. I love Cotton Twist (cotton and acrylic mix) and of course my good old faves the Crofters - Baby, Regular and Chunky. I think for early years baby stuff, they grow so quickly it's not worth shelling out tons for posh yarns, and then as they get a bit older the yarns need to be hard-wearing. I'd stick with the stash you have, although I'm insisting on doing another Baby Surprise Jacket in Knitcol for a forthcoming baby at work!

Glaikit, love the log cabin patterns.

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 13:10:11

droitwich - great snowdrops! I have the same pattern (I think) on the needles in green.

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 15:27:45

Fairisle snowdrops - not a great photo, although what's more annoying is I finally cracked the tension for fairisle on the second row of the flowers.

soremummy Sun 17-Jun-12 16:49:37

If I can manage to resize this may you find peace in your heart what do you think of it?

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 17:07:57

That's lovely, soremummy. Looking at the chart it should be too hard to resize - how many stitches are you needing to make 6"? As it's 40 stitches, 8 of which are border, you could reduce that to 1 on each side just to give something for the blanket-makers to grab hold of - so 34 stitches.

TwoJackRussellsandababy Sun 17-Jun-12 17:08:09

Marking my place, can you add me to the knitters map too? I might be the most northerly so far, just next to Perth.

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

Will do, TwoJackRussells - I must go back and look who else needs adding, soremummy is another Leedser for one!

soremummy Sun 17-Jun-12 17:56:02

35 stitches gives me 6 inch. Tribpot so that should work out ok for me. Have the initials been done by any one or do they need doing?

prettybird Sun 17-Jun-12 18:07:49

Tribpot - this is the pattern where I ended up using three colours (Row 6 of Pattern I); as long as you kept them in the same order in your hand it wasn't too difficult. What was "fun" hmm was learning how to knit on three/four needles for the sleeves and do the pattern! grin The end result is here - the white one was my first one and the blue one was my second, made in a larger size for her larger twin brother.

I've just started on a third one, which I'm doing much larger, on the basis that my other nephew can wear it before it gets passed on to the twins. This one is in dark blue with white and the aqua or lighter blue for 2nd contrast colour.

Also on that Flickr feed is my first ever Icelandic jumper, done just over a year ago. I've photo-ed the back - looking back on it now, I'm pretty impressed wink. For that pattern (another free one for the Icelandic wool shops) I only had to cope with two colours within a row.

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 19:55:43

bird, those are amazing. I love the first one particularly - and SOOOOO neat on the back!

Glaikit Sun 17-Jun-12 20:06:25

Ooh lovely pretty! Can I have one!

I'm making your mums tablet tonight! Wish me luck!

Glaikit Sun 17-Jun-12 20:17:59

Argh! PRETTY HELP

DO I TAKE IT OFF THE HEAT TO BEAT?

You have 10 minutes!!!

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 20:23:52

www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-raglan-baby-jacket

Might tackle it now, bored by football...

Glaikit Sun 17-Jun-12 20:27:19

Pidj what do you think, beat off the heat? I think that's sensible, seeing as it molten sugar.

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 20:38:06

Take it off the heat! I don't know if that's right, but it sounds less risky to life and limb.

tribpot Sun 17-Jun-12 20:38:34

And sweet jacket, Pidj!

Glaikit Sun 17-Jun-12 20:41:48

I'm beating it now. Phew, this is one for th bingo wings!

prettybird Sun 17-Jun-12 20:58:15

Sorry - having supper at my dad's. Yes, you are supposed to take it off the heat to beat it. I'll add that bit to the recipe annotations for numpties

Hope it worked ok.

Made a batch this morning for the Minis' rugby as we had a team visiting. 'Twas a vary good batch! smile

prettybird Sun 17-Jun-12 20:59:30

...and yes, it is very good for the bingo wings wink

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 21:12:48

Cheerios just don't seem to be working now you've mentioned tablet sad

I'm making it in poundstretcher Wizz Aran which makes a lovely tiedye effect when crocheted!

Glaikit Sun 17-Jun-12 21:27:09

A Glaikit numpty! Sounds like me! I just panicked, there I was, gently stirring my molten sugar mixture, timer ticking down, when I glanced back at the recipe and realise I did actually know for sure if it should stay on the heat. I am a clever person, but in the heat of the moment, I lost all common sense!

And it did work, cooling nicely in the kitchen! Although I had to boil it a bit longer as it was still really pale at 15 minutes. I'll know for next time I can increase the heat a bit more. Foolproof!

Pidj I'll send you some virtually!

PurplePidjin Sun 17-Jun-12 21:51:47

Omf gromf nyomf

I made the back of a cardi grin

prettybird Sun 17-Jun-12 22:08:31

Glaikit - I do mention in the recipe that you can boil it at a moderate rolling boil. The first many few times I did it, I was too cautious about how fast I boiled it and it took over 20 minutes to get to "soft ball" stage. As you get more confident, you can boil it faster (although you need to be careful about stirring constantly) - I've got it down to 14 minutes smile

Have the wee crystals developed in the cooling tablet? I always breath a sigh of relief when I see them forming in the tin.

Glaikit Sun 17-Jun-12 22:19:49

I'm ashamed to admit I wasn't 100% sure what a moderate boil was. Im beginning to realise the sucess of this may be more a fluke than actual skill on my part. my tin was a bit big but it sort of pooled in one big blob so I managed to chivvy it and popped a palette knife across it like a mini dam!

The test is if I can do it again!

prettybird Sun 17-Jun-12 22:35:42

On my littlest gas ring (6 ring hob) with a Le Creuset cast iron casserole (which means it retains heat), the gas is probably about 3/4 - so it is actually bubbling quite fast (it might start catching, in which case stir faster grin and/or reduce the heat slightly.

If you "get" it consistently in fewer than 13 attempts you are reaping the benefit of my failures doing better than me wink

prettybird Sun 17-Jun-12 22:37:17

I have a nice Swiss roll tin which is just the right size. You can sort of see it in my Flickr stream.

RedRosie Mon 18-Jun-12 08:04:57

Morning all ...

Its raining in this here London.

Trib: I've nearly finished my boat on 3.5mm needles, and I think it may come up - roughly - the right size.

But as Pitsey says, there are many different sizes of 6 inch square ...

smile

PurplePidjin Mon 18-Jun-12 08:31:19

Sunny at the moment down here, and the BBC just said it should be like this all day...

My leg's still dodgy so sofa and crochet it is!

Greetings - life has been getting in the way of MN, and knitting, recently - poor form, I know. But just checking into the thread, and a quick wave (unless anyone wants a windmill bag update grin)

prettybird Mon 18-Jun-12 12:58:02

Have an admission to make: I made that Icelandic jumper just after having re-started knitting following a gap of 20+ years and my tension was still a bit tight and I didn't do a tension rest piece so the jumper ended up being a bit neat on me and I need to lose some weight before I can wear it blushblush

TwoJackRussellsandababy Mon 18-Jun-12 13:59:19

It's loverly though, was very impressed!

Is anyone going to Woolfest? I'm getting indecently over excited about it now - squee!!!

Glaikit Mon 18-Jun-12 13:59:55

Woolfest? Linky please?

MinnieBar Mon 18-Jun-12 14:04:12

Right. It's a new week.
Trib are you ready for this blanket's MinnieBar challenge?! wink

I was wondering if just the tree part of this would work. But I'm not clear how big it'll come up (when you download the pattern I think it's saying it's 40 stitches across for just the tree bit). And, er, I still don't know how to do a bobble. (Do you really knit five stitches from one stitch or am I reading it wrong?)

But how hard can it be, right? Right...?

tribpot Mon 18-Jun-12 14:15:28

Glaikit wink

I'm not going to Woolfest cos it clashes with ds' birthday / the school fair, plus I would have to remortgage the house.

Minnie - groan, another bloody tree. It looks as if it might be a bit wide from the pic, but I'll download the pattern later. You can knit five together, I think the lotus stitch has something similar.

prettybird Mon 18-Jun-12 14:17:23

The bobble one I did in green (think it's on my profile) was knitting three times into one stitch. As they were quite small bobbles, I think it is perfectly feasible that your pattern says five smile.

Uses up a lot of wool!grin

TwoJackRussellsandababy Mon 18-Jun-12 14:21:32

Glakit,

Woolfest linky for you - Woolfest website

I am going to spend A LOT of money on Friday oh yes!!! Anyone have yarn squishing requests, I'm your gal grin

Glaikit Mon 18-Jun-12 14:47:16

Trib [grumpyface] I know I could have done that, but I have a poorly ds asleep on me and my dog ate my homework and my sister has runned away and my cousins aunties sister in laws chicken coup blew over and and and < runs out of excuses>

It would be far to dangerous for me to go to such a fest. I have too much wool already, dh took in another delivery last week and asked when I was intending using it all.

I've just read through my cabin blanket pattern ad there is an intarsia bit in a few panels time. I have googled Trib but I'm still confused.

tribpot Mon 18-Jun-12 15:02:36

Right fortunately Glaikit I am now an expert in intarsia after Saturday! Key thing is it involves creating lots of small balls of yarn. That's basically all you need to know.

Does seem weird that there would be such a thing in a log cabin blanket though - I thought the idea was you just knitted a bit at right angles to the bit you'd done previously, and so on and so on and so on.

MinnieBar Mon 18-Jun-12 15:07:13

But I have green wool Trib and trees are on The List… so it seemed to make sense. I like trees. Have I put you off for life after the last one?!

(Obviously you don't have to take up my challenge… <throws down gauntlet and runs away> grin )

tribpot Mon 18-Jun-12 15:18:19

Ha Minnie you know perfectly well no mere knitted tree shall defeat me. Looking at the pattern now.

VeronicaSpeedwell Mon 18-Jun-12 15:31:54

Hello all,

I'm a long time knitter, but new to the blankets. I'd really like to knit a square for Matilda if you still need them. If so, I'll gladly read back to get the instructions.

Glaikit Mon 18-Jun-12 15:33:50

Block 9 Trib here I could just do that block all one colour I suppose. The you tube videos I've found are all about small bits of colour in a bigger block. This looks like you knit halfway along the row, then change colours.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Jun-12 15:38:57

Hello all smile

Veronica - I'll PM you thanks

tribpot Mon 18-Jun-12 15:42:48

Oh I see Glaikit. It's more like two colours side-by-side (although technically that is all intarsia is I guess!). They just want you to make sure the yarns cross before you pick up the new one, otherwise you've got two completely separate squares that just happen to have been knit on the same needles. The rule is 'old over new', i.e. you place the old yarn over the new one, then pick up the new one and voila - the new yarn goes around the old yarn before it does its first stitch.

grin at Minnie positively goading Trib into action wink

Also, has nobody picked up Prettybird on her gratuitous stealth boasting re the Le Creuset above???

Veronica, welcome to the fold. I jest above, everyone on this thread is lovely and welcoming. You're in good hands. Find Trib's link to her word document. Everything you need is included therein. I'd link to it but I have to get back to pretending to work. smile

prettybird Mon 18-Jun-12 16:04:11

The Le Creuset was a cast-off from MIL who found it too heavy to use. But I've also done it in an ordinary enamel saucepan - but not since I refined the timings, so they might be slightly different without the residual heat of the cast-iron.

You do know I was joking don't you prettybird smile

I'd love Le Creuset but I have dodgy wrists so I think in reality I'd struggle with the weight. Which is lucky as I have most other things MN raves about due to impulse online purchasing. wink

Always makes me think about the policeman in Outnumbered when the neighouring wife hits her philandering husband with a frying pan. "Never used to be a problem but these days everyone's got Le Creuset so it's getting more serious..." Or words to that effect...

Glaikit Mon 18-Jun-12 16:23:36

I used my soup pot form ikea. And my pampered chef wooden spoon!

Thanks Trib, I'll have a wee practice be Fore doing the block. No doubt I'll be back with questions.

prettybird Mon 18-Jun-12 16:53:43

How did it turn out Glaikit?

Glaikit Mon 18-Jun-12 16:55:09

It is lush! A bit on the pale side, but it's set beautifully. I've eaten far too much today.

prettybird Mon 18-Jun-12 17:51:01

Apparently a satsuma will cleanse your palate to allow you to eat more wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Jun-12 21:06:57

Lots of lovely donors thanked on the threads tonight as well as a crafter smile

MinnieBar Mon 18-Jun-12 21:27:29

I have just done a practice row of bobbles! grin

bobkate Mon 18-Jun-12 22:07:08

Both my squares are finished and ready to go in the post tomorrow. Will someone PM me the address they should be posted to? Have thoroughly enjoyed every minute smile. Thanks for everyone's help and encouragement as well thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Jun-12 22:10:36

bobkate have PMd you

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Jun-12 22:12:14

All PMs replied to thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 18-Jun-12 22:37:21

Evening smile

Sorry not been around much, have been beavering away to get the Wubbly and Kwazii blankets done before the next lot hit!

There may have been some wine involved.

RedRosie Tue 19-Jun-12 05:43:10

Morning all ... V early. A meeting in Manchester.

Will the sun shine in The North?

Will There Be Dragons?

You do an amazing job Knotty. thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Jun-12 06:26:43

She really does Rosie.

Even for an early bird, you are up early. Passes espresso brew

RedRosie Tue 19-Jun-12 06:40:00

Pitsey! It feels like ages since I wrote you a poem ...

You all do an amazing job. Getting up early for long meetings in windowless rooms in the North is nothing in comparison.

I hope There Be Dragons ... I think I'm going above Trib's v scientific dragon demarcation zone ...

tribpot Tue 19-Jun-12 07:08:24

Yes, you'll be above the line, Rosie. The sun was shining yesterday in Leeds and I believe may shine again today. The Olympic Torch is visiting Hull and Harrogate, but I think not Manchester til later in the week.

prettybird Tue 19-Jun-12 12:42:30

I've added pictures of the front and back of my brioche stitch square to my Flickr photostream

Doesn't look too bad from the front smile especially as I have "darned" over the couple of "wrong" colour stitches but on the other side you can see the plethora of mistakes, including the row when I got the colours/stitches the wrong way round.

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 19-Jun-12 13:38:20

that is soo weird that it looks perfect from the front! confused

Glaikit Tue 19-Jun-12 18:55:29

Hello! Just in from work and I've not stopped all day! Financial year ends suck!!

Hope to get some knitting done later, but need to feed myself first!

Is it likely I'll get some sublime in hobby craft?

tribpot Tue 19-Jun-12 19:07:35

In a word, Glaikit: no. confused I do wish at least one of these yarns was stocked in Hobbycraft just because it's often the first place many people think of.

bird - good work!

Glaikit Tue 19-Jun-12 19:36:35

Ah well! More t'internet shopping for me then! Is it the extra fine merino?

tribpot Tue 19-Jun-12 19:40:25

Second square finished - little stars from Ravelry. Will put picture on profile in a bit.
Have decided to finish off my big star. Knotty, you can do whatever you feel like with it. It might be good to attach where 4 squares join, or applique it to a plain square. Again, pic later

RedRosie Tue 19-Jun-12 19:54:20

I didn't see a single dragon. sad

Are they shy? Is it not dragon season?

Is there a hotline where I can complain?

On the other hand although I was mostly in a windowless room, it was sunny in The North.

smile

Glaikit Tue 19-Jun-12 20:09:21

It's haggis season here Rosie! We are over run with the little buggers! Will I send some down to you?

PurplePidjin Tue 19-Jun-12 20:43:26

They heard about Prince Harry and his shooting, so they're all hiding!

Ooh, pet haggis would be cool. They sell haggis in my local butchers but dp is so anti offal (religion) i daren't buy one in case he refuses to eat it grin

Glaikit Tue 19-Jun-12 20:49:23

Anti offal?? That's awful! Boom boom! We can get little mini ones here ideal for a dinner for one!

The veggie ones are quite tasty too.

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 19-Jun-12 21:12:10

I'm supposed to be watching the football.
I was really looking forward to it.
I came upstairs at half time to get a drink, and thought "I'll jsut heck my wholesaler for ...." and I appear to have been carried away. blush

I know it's nothing to do with blankets, but the word game has disappeared, you know. I have nowhere to put my random musings....

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 19-Jun-12 21:12:22

just
check

Molehillmountain Tue 19-Jun-12 21:16:49

I know what you mean about hobbycraft, it is a pain especially if it's the only place, but if they started stocking it it would be a shame for the local yarn shops and online sellers.

MinnieBar Tue 19-Jun-12 21:34:07

<tink, tink>
<heavy sigh>
<tink, tink>
<facepalm>

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Jun-12 21:56:18

<passes wine to Minnie>

MinnieBar Tue 19-Jun-12 22:41:46

<grabs bottle, necks it>

Bloody thing has grown to 7" wide so I'm going to frog it anyway.

But I have learnt how to do bobbles! Although they do look a bit like small slightly saggy boobs Here

Nice boobies bobbles Minnie grin

prettybird Tue 19-Jun-12 23:25:23

Minniebar - my "knit three times into a stitch" booble square started off closer to 7" wide but at the other end was 6" wide, as I kept losing stitches blushblush

I've just started learning how to do doing a check slip-stitch pattern square, with my new blue wool, forest green and the pale pink beige/cream.

What I like about doing these squares is that they give you the chance to practice new techniques smile

RedRosie Wed 20-Jun-12 04:36:33

LOOK AT THE TIME!!

Oooh Glaikit.

<Hugs self>

A little haggis all of my own?

smile smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 06:38:28

Rosie - you are up very early today! Or very late to bed. One or the other confused

<yawwwwwwwn> Morning all brew

MinnieBar Wed 20-Jun-12 07:06:30

I did bookmark a pattern with loads of slip stitches in, but it looked rather complicated. But now I can do boobles, maybe I'll give it another look - DS has karate this afternoon, so a good opportunity to get some done, hopefully…

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 07:11:35

The bobbles are luffly Minnie smile

MinnieBar Wed 20-Jun-12 07:30:42

Aww thanks Pistey (btw - in my head I say it 'Pissed-ee' (no offence) - is that correct, or do you favour 'Pee-stee'??!)

<lightbulb>
Original pattern was 45 stitches and I corrected it down to 40. If I just chop off another 5, I think, I think, I'll be there.

Go Team Boobles! No? wink

prettybird Wed 20-Jun-12 08:55:03

I noticed my booble typo after I posted but thought it was strangely appropriate! wink

I've just measured the width of my check slip-stitch square: even though it's 34 stitches, it's going to be a very small 6" square blushblush

It does stretch a bit though! grin

MinnieBar Wed 20-Jun-12 09:07:28

I am nearly always over on size, even going down a needle size or two, but last week I did a daisy-stitch square and it came up a bit small too. It does stretch to 6" in each direction - but unfortunately not at the same time. Don't worry - Knotty or Pidj can whack a border around - they live the extra work, honestly!

MinnieBar Wed 20-Jun-12 09:08:18

<sigh> live = love, obvs. Although I'm sure they live for it too… wink

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Jun-12 09:32:15

Oh yes, we love the extra work grin
confused

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Jun-12 09:33:17

Honestly though, if they stretch to 6" that's great. If they don't , we have ways of making them fit smile

prettybird Wed 20-Jun-12 09:36:23

It does stretch to 6" wide, and I'll make sure it's long enough. smile

That sounds slightly sinister Knotty grin.

<Imagines undersized square quaking under a Blanketeer's steely gaze>

McKayz Wed 20-Jun-12 10:58:23

Just popping in as I promised Piste I would let you know when baby arrived.

Rosalie Jean was born at 1:08am this morning. She weighed 9lb 6.5oz. She gorgeous and her big brothers are amazed by her.

So if there is ever another blanket, fingers crossed I'll be able to actually get some squares done.

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Jun-12 11:01:26

<peers over specs>

"We haf vays off mekking you fit"

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Jun-12 11:02:49

Congratulations, McKayz family thanks and welcome to the world, Rosalie!

HairyPotter Wed 20-Jun-12 11:44:32

Morning woolly people smile

Ok. I have finally finished my very first square after 3 failed attempts I have even managed to cast off. And, with a bit a stretching it is 6"!! Woo hoo.

Next really dumb question is, sew in pesky ends??? What on earth do I do?? I'm very stupid so please speak veerrrrry slowly grin

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Jun-12 11:52:18

Thread pesky end onto big darning/ tapestry type needle.

Wiggle it through 8-10 stitches.

Cut.

tribpot Wed 20-Jun-12 11:56:11

Hairy, some fancy ways of sewing in ends but basically just take a large blunt needle and weave the ends in to the side of the work.

I missed the blanket call for Matilda somehow. I did wonder what you were all knitting... Boo sad

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Jun-12 14:14:55

Last posting for Matilda is 30/6, Dances, you've got 10 whole days!

I don't think they need anymore squares though

FormerlyTitledUntidy Wed 20-Jun-12 14:20:59

thanks CONGRATULATIONS TO MCKAYZ thanks
Wahoo, very well done, Rosalie is a beautiful name, and a great size grin

My squares are packaged and ready to be sent. Pesky ends all done. I seriously regretted that square with 5 colour changes sad but finished now smile

Knotty do you have any thing special you like to munch while hooking? smile

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Jun-12 14:25:24

We're always grateful for people's generosity, and will find a use. Have you seen the Mini Hugs posted on the farcebook page?

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Jun-12 14:26:00

Formerly, she likes rum...

I did Pidj - they intimidated the living daylights out of me grin

Pistey says they can still use my squares for this one, so yay.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 14:37:53

wine <--- slurp

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 14:45:58

McKayz - absolutely smashing news - I have PMd you too, but thank you so much for thinking and coming to tell us, and on this very day, marvellous news X

BarbaraWoodlouse I would quake under Knots' steely gaze, and I'm bigger than her, those poor poor little squares.....

Formerly Knotty likes milk chocolate, but she does like rum tis true. thanks

Still making my way through the PMs, I really really will get there. I think I had a problem sending some this morning, some don't seem to have gone through. Wassat all abaaaaht?!

FormerlyTitledUntidy Wed 20-Jun-12 15:20:58

OK, no promises but I'll see what I can do wink

RedRosie Wed 20-Jun-12 17:43:53

Rosalie?

A lovely name. One of the best.

Welcome Rosalie. smile

Right - bought appropriate wool, and have optimistically begun a star square. wine will probably be needed about 20 rows in...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Jun-12 18:07:14

wine Passes to Dances grin

RedRosie Thu 21-Jun-12 05:46:37

Morning all ...

Not having an easy week - no knitting done at all sad

But the weekend holds out hope that my two not very good squares will get finished ...

Today, in The South, it is raining and there are no dragons. I may write a poem.

Argh - DD3 was playing with my wool at gymnastics and I was pleased that she was entertained so I just left her and I didn't notice and now my 3 shiny, new expensive balls for Mailda's blanket are in a gargantuan knot angry And what I've knitted so far is rubbish and needs redoing.

Boo - poor start Podd Dances

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Jun-12 06:32:23

A poem would be lovely on such a miserable day Rosie.

Morning brew

Uniucky there Dances!

sulky brew

MinnieBar Thu 21-Jun-12 07:25:49

Booble square mark 2 nearly finished, which is good as I'm now a bit bored of boobles…!

<cough> What's next, Trib? <innocent whistle>

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Jun-12 07:29:51

Rosie, i need a pome about fog please!

Dances, you need a jamjar with a hole in the lid for your wool...

Oooooo - what a good idea

<rushes off to kitchen>

Only have empty wine bottles, and wool doesn't fit in. grin Will buy coffee, drink it, and use empty jar.

KnottyLocks Thu 21-Jun-12 07:40:40

Morning all smile

KnottyLocks Thu 21-Jun-12 07:41:44

Awww, welcome to the world Rosalie smile

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Jun-12 07:41:57

I suggest posh naice jam would be easier - croissants for breakfast for a week grin

Isn't that too small?

Serious knitting question from a rank amateur - I assume these squares are meant to look pleasant front and back, so in order to make the two bottom points of a star, do I use two separate bits of wool of the same colour to avoid the bit of yarn going across the background colour between the points? (I hope that makes sense)

prettybird Thu 21-Jun-12 10:34:31

Don't worry about the back - these are not two sided blankets. You can either carry the wool across the back (Fair isle method) or you can start a new (small) ball of wool for each of the colour changes - but you need to be sure to twist/wrap the "new" colour around the old one each time you change it otherwise you'll get holes (my big fat knitting book has guidance about twisting on knit rows for right slanting colour changes and on purl rows for left slanting changes and on both for vertical colour changes but if you twist/wrap as much as possible, then you won't go far wrong). This is called Intarsia. The down-side of it is that you have lots of pesky ends to sew in.

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Jun-12 10:45:53

Right, it's been a while since i worked from a full ball, so I've experimented with my new donor one!

Bonne Maman jar, too small
Dolmio jar, too small
Waitrose French Onion Soup plastic pot, just about
1l ice cream or butter tub, perfect (but you can't see how much is left)
Carte D'Or tub, perfect

Conclusion: eat more Carte D'Or ice cream...

RedRosie Thu 21-Jun-12 10:56:30

Poem on the occasion of grey days in June

Its Thursday not Friday - that's why I'm complaining
Along with the fact that its raining and raining

I spend whole days in meetings, just talking and sitting,
That's talking and sitting - not knitting!

Pidge is fogged up, poor thing, poor her
The world indistinct, the view a blur

Where is the sun? Oh woe is me
The summer days of sand and sea?

The only thing that keeps us snug
In this horrible weather is a woolly hug!

I like your thinking Pidge!

Rosie - can you add a verse about Dances who is about to embark on a 4 day festival experience in this weather? She is especially nervous about the loos.

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Jun-12 11:15:54

Yay! thanks

RedRosie Thu 21-Jun-12 11:18:00

Dances - afraid of loos and mud?
There's always the chance of a biblical flood!

smile

RedRosie Thu 21-Jun-12 11:26:17

Dances - afraid of loos and mud?
There's always the chance of a biblical flood!

smile

grin thanks

but maybe I can float to safety on a portaloo
and have a chance to finish my knitting then too

tribpot Thu 21-Jun-12 12:57:48

Sorry Minnie I've been off conducting the business of the nation (have a big presentation next week that I am frankly pooping my pants over) and preparing for ds' birthday tomorrow.

Now that you are a bobble-mistress, are you wanting a bash at the apple tree? It sounds like it might be a bit wide with all its branches on, so could be trimmed down a bit?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Jun-12 14:05:03

Love the poem Rosie smile
Love eating more Carte D'Or ice cream grin

I have yet to start my square, but today may be the day.

Glaikit Thu 21-Jun-12 14:13:23

Today is my Friday! Whoop.

Although I've just walked home from the childminders in the pouring rain because ds was sleeping. Only to get home for neighbour to toot horn for 10 seconds just as I'm bumping the buggy in th front door, because someone was parked in their space. Even though there are no other cars parked in the parking area. They wake ds, I lose it slightly and tell them to park in our space as its obviously a visitor somewhere who doesn't know who parks where, but if they toot their horn again I may not be responsible for my actions.

Anyway, I've managed to settle ds again, so I should have an hour or so of knitting to calm me down.

Fancy writing a poem about that Rosie?? smile

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Jun-12 14:15:56

I have yet to start mine too, Pistey blush Are they going to Knotty or coming to me?

OhDoAdmitMrsDeVere Thu 21-Jun-12 14:19:46

So sorry I cant join in with the new blanket sad
I am supposed to be doing this stupid OU course and I keep getting behind.
How sad we need another one so soon.

I have been inspired by the beautiful squares and want to try something different next time. Unfortunately I know we will need another one.

I'll give it a bash Glaikit...

Wake Glaikit's DS with your horn
You will face her wrath and scorn
mercifully he's still sleeping a bit
giving Glaikit time to knit

I'm not as good as Rosie, my metre and rhythm are rubbish. Perhaps I should stop horning in wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Jun-12 14:37:15

Please MrsDV, no apologies are needed X

It is desperately sad that another one is needed so soon, and you are right about the ones to come sad But good luck with the course [fourleafedcloveremoticon]

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Jun-12 15:26:21

<drum roll>

I have started! A poem to recognise this occasion would be nice....

<hopeful>

Sorry Pidj - Matilda's squares are going to Knots, in fact some super speedy squares have arrived already <faints>

MinnieBar Thu 21-Jun-12 16:03:17

Trib I was genuinely only joking! The apple tree can wait. For future reference, 35 stitches on 3.5mm needles generally comes out at 6" for me (unless it's something quite close knit like the daisy stitch, where 37 stitches on 4mm needles came out at 5" confused) so it'd 'only' need to lose 5 stitches. I think.

Might have a go at these owls, but without the border so they come out at 6". I like owls. And cabling...

the time limit will soon be gone,
but fear not Pistey's casting on

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Jun-12 16:26:38

No worries, just checking what to expect! Still need to find time for that brew smile

KnottyLocks Thu 21-Jun-12 17:05:16

Afternoon, lovelies smile

Today's woolly arrivals have been posted on Matilda's thread. thanks

Glaikit Thu 21-Jun-12 17:06:45

Thank you dances! Not much knitting done this afternoon if I'm honest, but I have high hope for tomorrow!

RedRosie Thu 21-Jun-12 17:41:26

Are my poems the best poems?

Do say yes ... It has been a rubbish week and it would be nice to hear something positive even if its not true

<needy emoticon>

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Jun-12 17:47:04

Yes

Glaikit Thu 21-Jun-12 20:23:52

Of course Rosie! You are the woolly hugs poet laureate (patent pending).

Although I do appreciate dances efforts, you're my favourite!!

tribpot Thu 21-Jun-12 20:41:02

Glaikit, that's not "you're my favourite" in the style of Brucie on Strictly Come Dancing is it?

Glaikit Thu 21-Jun-12 21:09:55

Well I am a big chinned octogenarian, so you could say that! <does a tap dance shuffle>

prettybird Thu 21-Jun-12 21:17:25

RedRosie - you write the best poems smilesmilethanksthanks

I have just finished my second brioche stitch square. Only one noticeable mistake. I did it in light blue and mid blue, which creates a lovely effect with the deep brioche ribbing. It's double-sided (with the mistake showing more on one side) so knotty will be able to decide if she wants the predominately pale blue or the predominately mid blue effect side.

I'll take picture tomorrow when the light is better.

My poems are weak efforts compared to the mastery of rosie!
I feel a small offering coming on though...

My squares have been sent
Knotty got them today
But DS wants to knit
So hip, hip, hooray!

He is 8 years old
And has learnt the knit stitch
Tomorrow is purl
So he will know which is which

My poems are weak efforts compared to the mastery of rosie!
I feel a small offering coming on though...

My squares have been sent
Knotty got them today
But DS wants to knit
So hip, hip, hooray!

He is 8 years old
And has learnt the knit stitch
Tomorrow is purl
So he will know which is which

My poems are weak efforts compared to the mastery of rosie!
I feel a small offering coming on though...

My squares have been sent
Knotty got them today
But DS wants to knit
So hip, hip, hooray!

He is 8 years old
And has learnt the knit stitch
Tomorrow is purl
So he will know which is which

My poems are weak efforts compared to the mastery of rosie!
I feel a small offering coming on though...

My squares have been sent
Knotty got them today
But DS wants to knit
So hip, hip, hooray!

He is 8 years old
And has learnt the knit stitch
Tomorrow is purl
So he will know which is which

My poems are weak efforts compared to the mastery of rosie!
I feel a small offering coming on though...

My squares have been sent
Knotty got them today
But DS wants to knit
So hip, hip, hooray!

He is 8 years old
And has learnt the knit stitch
Tomorrow is purl
So he will know which is which

My poems are weak efforts compared to the mastery of rosie!
I feel a small offering coming on though...

My squares have been sent
Knotty got them today
But DS wants to knit
So hip, hip, hooray!

He is 8 years old
And has learnt the knit stitch
Tomorrow is purl
So he will know which is which

It wasn't good enough for triple posting! D**m tablet!

TwoJackRussellsandababy Thu 21-Jun-12 21:24:39

Evening all, I've done two squares and started on a third but it's a bit pants so might frog it...

That's probably going to be my lot this time, am off to Woolfest tomorrow and a wee bit of family time at Centreparcs squishing my new wooly purchases grin

Will post my squares off when I get back home next week.

tribpot Thu 21-Jun-12 22:47:19

droitwich - triple, make that a sextuple, but good effort. And well done ds! It is my ds' 7th birthday tomorrow (7!) and I am planning to offer 'learn to knit' as an alternative to 'learn to play Lego Batman on the Wii'. I'm not expecting many takers but ds has invited one of the girls from his class round as well as some boys and I am conscious (a) of having no idea what girls like to play with and (b) not wanting to reinforce gender stereotypes by assuming it isn't pirates/Lego/Batman yet (c) wanting to have something in reserve just in case! Naturally I will make this offer open to all.

So far the top suggestion has been 'get some nail varnish' but this seems fraught with risk to me - what if the parents (as I probably would) object to such things? Ds hates face paint with a passion (always has) so that's out too. I have another girl in the class on standby to come round for emergency girl-support if required!

DS has been watching my knitting with interest for a while and told me that in year 4 they either learn knitting or sewing (he couldn't remember which). He asked me to teach him tonight so I found a big pair of needles (size 10 but short) and some cheap wool I had around, cast on for him and off he went. Only 1 hole so far and he gained an extra stitch from somewhere but he is half wsy through a square [proud mum emoticon]

tribpot Thu 21-Jun-12 23:04:16

Right, so the challenge is on to have ds doing the bloody brioche before year 4! wink

I have been trying to learn continental knitting from YouTube as I have a 'Team Heart' blanket to do and I can see that if I can master it it will be so much quicker to do. Unfortunately my conclusion is that without intervention at my local yarn shop I cannot master it, I just can't tension the yarn with my left hand. So it just flops about all over the place, it is most distressing.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Jun-12 06:49:48

Morning brew

I had to frog nearly two full rounds of a granny square last night as I'd made a mistake in a corner <sigh> But the frogging did make me smile.

That is a good thing about crochet, when I've made a mistake, I can go back and sort it out, had that been knitting I'd have had to bag the whole thing and restart from scratch. [crochetconvertemoticon]

Off to PMs then off to work, back at lunchtime, have a good morning all thanks

GreatestGatsby Fri 22-Jun-12 08:27:19

Right. Got the wool! Wish me luck embarking on a plain stockinette square in Debbie Bliss Apple! (Please correct me if I'm wrong- stockinette is knit one row purl one row, right?). I'm
Not actually starting today, as very unfortunately I have to work.

I'm going to have to speed up my fingers! My current knitting project is the 'five hour baby jumper' for a newborn. The child it was intended for is 10 months old now! Fingers crossed I can manage a simple square without having to undo it 47 times.

MinnieBar Fri 22-Jun-12 09:27:53

Happy Birthday Tribboy! Hope he has a lovely day, a great party, and that Trib still has the will to live knit by the end of it…

SoupDragon Fri 22-Jun-12 09:28:40

Gatsby, simple is good, deadlines are flexible mistakes are fine... it's the effort and love that counts!

Glaikit Fri 22-Jun-12 10:36:13

Party sounds like hell fun Trib! Why only one girl though? Is she special to your ds?? Hope he has a great day.

Back to knitting chat. My bind off is too tight, making my log cabin blanket a bit tricky when picking up from the bind off side. Any suggestions? Even when I try to do it loosely it's still tight.

prettybird Fri 22-Jun-12 11:14:24

Glaikit - I have that problem too. One of the ways I've dealt with it is to use a crochet hook rather than a needle to do the cast-off. It gives you more control over the tension of the cast-off stitches.

Glaikit Fri 22-Jun-12 16:04:05

Prettybird, not only do you have a foolproof tablet recipe, but you also have solved my tightness issue thanks for you, because I think you have just save my blanket.

Do you think Trib is teaching the youth of Leeds an icord bind off?

tribpot Fri 22-Jun-12 16:41:19

You'll like this: the Hoover sucked up that little one-colour brioche sample I did and then started giving off smoke to the point the smoke alarm went off! Fortunately before the children arrived.

So far Lego Batman is winning, although have had to tell DH off for not letting the others take a turn wink

prettybird Fri 22-Jun-12 16:49:02

Glaikit : it's amazing what advice you can find when you google how to do a looser cast-off when you can't get your head through the jumper opening winkblush

Happy to help smile

MinnieBar Fri 22-Jun-12 17:19:38

Trib - stand behind them muttering 'He's not an actual superhero - he doesn't have powers. Just money' grin

Or, knit another brioche square and then shout 'Do you think Batman could do this??! WELL?!'

tribpot Fri 22-Jun-12 17:28:55

Main problem so far has been the neighbours kids banging on the door claiming they want to invite DS to a party hmm four times so far and counting, god knows where their parents are, they're playing outside in the pouring rain ...

Glaikit Fri 22-Jun-12 18:17:16

My brain just smokes at the thought of doing brioche!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Jun-12 19:38:27

Evening wine
Collecting Pretty's squares tomorrow.
<snort>
grin

prettybird Fri 22-Jun-12 20:04:34

blushblush

prettybird Fri 22-Jun-12 20:06:10

I'll bring you some wine and thanks and maybe even a lasagne (knowing how much you love Ito cook not wink)

PurplePidjin Fri 22-Jun-12 20:40:34

envy

Pleiades45 Fri 22-Jun-12 21:08:27

Tribpot, a couple of weeks ago I had a look at a link you put up with hints and patterns. Alas! I can't find it anymore! Please could you put the link up again (I think it was a link)? Ta, Grazie, Go raibh maith agat & Diolch grin (I think that covers the northern, Sicilian, Irish I happened upon earlier + I'm in Wales)

Glaikit Fri 22-Jun-12 22:11:51

Pleiades here you go. I bookmarked it because it's fab!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 23-Jun-12 09:29:53

Morning brew

MinnieBar Sat 23-Jun-12 09:30:33

How are you feeling post-party Trib?

tribpot Sat 23-Jun-12 10:34:48

No knitting rest for the wicked, Minnie! Asleep by 10:15, up at 07:30, in Leeds having breakfast with my brother and family (who are the uni open day today) by 08:30, now back and just waiting the go order to help set up the summer fair at ds' school.

All this in the weekend before the biggest meeting I will have all year, oh joy.

tribpot Sat 23-Jun-12 10:38:01

Btw, I think Glaikit's link is to the mobile version of the document, which is fine (I hadn't seen it that way before so a good link for me too!) but if you're on a laptop, this is the link to the desktop version of the doc.

RedRosie Sat 23-Jun-12 12:02:03

Hello all.

Today I will mostly be knitting my two squares ...

smile

KnottyLocks Sat 23-Jun-12 12:16:12

Wotcha smile

Today I are be mostly charging around getting ready for DS1's birthday and the invasion of family plus excitable children. confused

MinnieBar Sat 23-Jun-12 12:42:35

How old Knotty?

MinnieBar Sat 23-Jun-12 12:44:20

(DS1, not you grin)

Glaikit Sat 23-Jun-12 14:03:41

Ooh, I didn't realise that! I'd just bookmarked it on my iPad, would that convert it to mobile?

Pistey, I missed the post office today, so it will be Monday now! Sorry!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 23-Jun-12 19:55:36

No apologies needed my lovely smile

These are for you Knots

wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine
wine

More safe arrivals from lovely donors and lovely crafters are on the threads thanks

PurplePidjin Sat 23-Jun-12 20:16:35

wine for Knotty and the exhausting weekend!

KnottyLocks Sat 23-Jun-12 20:33:21

<slurp>

<Potters off to decorate cake>

RedRosie Sat 23-Jun-12 22:48:01

My little check stitch square (not bad, small error but might get away with it) square is done.

My boat looks not so good - but I'll send it in and Pitsey/Knotty can decide if they want to use it. I followed Trib's written instructions, but think I made an error somewhere ...

Coming week potentially a bit grim - but will do some sort of stitch pattern for consideration if I can ...

VeronicaSpeedwell Sun 24-Jun-12 10:56:32

Hmm, I think my moss stitch star has come out a bit small. Could it be my new bamboo needles? They are 'clingier' than the metal I swatched on. A schoolgirl error!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 24-Jun-12 13:04:11

Hello there Rosie, sorry to hear you may have a grim week coming, that doesn't sound good, hope it turns out to be not so bad smile

And lovely Veronica, you are in the right place to ask, but I'm afraid I can't help you, I am the most basic knitter and have only ever used those very cheap skiddy metal needles. Someone will come along who can help, I'm sure. When you say a bit small, if it can stretch to 6 inches then it is fine for us. Have a see. Moss star stitch is lovely though, really snuggly.

Rightyho, off to do some gardening whilst the going is good. Sunny at the mo, but black threatening clouds all around.

RedRosie Sun 24-Jun-12 14:25:39

Hey Pitsey ... Nice to see you.

Squares on my profile and I'll post the during the week ... I think they are going to Knotty this time and that I already have the address?

I will leave it closer to the posting date as I may replace the boat (not right) with something else if I can find time.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 24-Jun-12 15:34:20

Yes, tis to Knots, Rosie, I think you have the address, I might PM you anyway, lovely square, and I had a quick look at Pru whilst I was there smile

I have a technical question. wine

When the blankets come together, how much of the edge of a square is lost in the seam? I'm just thinking rounds of a granny and colours.

Pouring at the mo, gardening on hold, so trying to finish my first square for Matilda.

KnottyLocks Sun 24-Jun-12 17:37:17

Helloooogrin

Next to nothing lost from a granny when hooking together. We'll crochet through the top of the stitches on the last round.

Pleiades45 Sun 24-Jun-12 22:34:47

Many thanks for the link, only just logging in, there's been a lot of gardening done this weekend in between the rain.

prettybird Sun 24-Jun-12 23:50:00

Am currently attempting the Apple Tree Blanket pattern that Minniebar linked to earlier. By my calculations, you can do the full pattern because of the way that the cabling pulls in the stitches. Am up to row 30 and so far so good smile - but haven't got to the bobbles apples yet wink

Will let you know how I get on!! grin

Jules146 Mon 25-Jun-12 10:11:54

Does anyone know if there are 'written' instructions for the crochet letters on the Google Doc? I can find the diagram but not written instructions and I am not very good at following the diagrams blush but they look really good and I would love to give them a try!! If anyone could help I would really appreciate it!!

FormerlyTitledUntidy Mon 25-Jun-12 10:57:34

Jules, what letter do you want to do? I can take a look at it for you?
See the for CYCA document for deciphering patterns smile

MinnieBar Mon 25-Jun-12 11:14:45

Oh that's good news that there's no translating/tweaking needed Prettybird - if it's a success I'll give it a go for the next one.

I've now got three colours left and not enough for a full square from any - stripes it is, I think…!

prettybird Mon 25-Jun-12 11:54:23

The main challenge I've got is working from a chart for knitting (don't mind doing it for colours but have never done it before for the actual stitches).

Actually, even printing of the chart was a challenge: the pattern is a PDF which has the chart impossibly small for my ageing eyes so I had to zoom in on the chart and then do a "print screen". hmm

prettybird Tue 26-Jun-12 13:39:13

Finished the apple tree really pleased with how it turned outsmile. My 2nd effort at brioche stitch is also on there.

My advice is to cast on 33 and then work out the middle of the chart and work from there (13 stitches on one side of the trunk and 14 on the other). I did three rows of stocking stitch before starting the tree trunk and then 11 rows of trunk - next time I'd do 2 rows bases and 10 rows of trunk, to allow an extra row at the top. The other thing you need to watch out for is the decreases near the top of the tree - because they're outwith the centre bit of the pattern you're following, you might miss them.

The other thing I'd advise is to use a lighter colour than the dark forest green I was using - as it made it difficult for me to check where in the pattern I was blush

tribpot Tue 26-Jun-12 15:54:55

That's really good, bird!

MinnieBar Tue 26-Jun-12 16:17:20

It's great - bagsie it for the future...!

prettybird Tue 26-Jun-12 16:34:27

Minniebar - you should definitely take the credit - after all, I stole your pattern was only giving your pattern a test run! grin

I'd recommend doing it in a pale green - think it would look really good and it would show off the patterning nicely.

RatherBeABodkinsBobbleHat Tue 26-Jun-12 18:55:12

Evening Woollies wine

My name is a tribute to Trumpton, do see Matilda's thread smile

Just a gentle reminder, last posting for the squares for the Blanket for Matilda is Saturday 30th June Please note that is the last posting date, not the date they have to arrive by :-D

So do PM me when you are ready for the address thanks

Has anyone seen Cakey recently?

AllHailTheBodkin Tue 26-Jun-12 19:10:33

Evening all smile

See ^ re. name change grin although mine is less obviously me than her .

Woolly arrivals posted on Matilda's thread.

Keep up the good work!

thanks

Glaikit Tue 26-Jun-12 19:11:17

I am now fully up to speed on bodkins! Awww with their fluffy tummies!

Can I boast please. Ds walked outside today for the first time! He even had shoes on, which he hates and tried to pull off with his teeth. I'm so proud!

Squares posted pistey. And my log cabin blanket is taking shape! I've kind of gone off piste with the pattern, but will carry on until a reasonable size has been achieved. My pattern says to edge it go to page 75, but I can't see page 75 unless I buy the book < cheapskate > can anyone suggest a nice neat edging? I was thinking the icord bind off from the windmill bag would be nice but I don't know of it would work with picking up stitches??

tribpot Tue 26-Jun-12 19:27:22

Glaikit - icord bind-off tutorial for a blanket, I'm planning to do this for the one I'm knitting now.

RatherBeABodkinsBobbleHat Tue 26-Jun-12 19:39:07

shock at going off piste although I actually do like to be off it as much as on it truth be told grin

and bless Small Glaikit - how cute!! You be proud, tis luvverly smile

GreatestGatsby Wed 27-Jun-12 08:36:10

So exciting that everything's coming together! All your complicated patterns sound lovely! The apple tree's fantastic! smile

If hypothetically one's square had come out a little bit wide (say 6.5") would it be better for the square to be actually square (say 6.5" x 6.5") or rectangular (6" x 6.5")? Also, it's quite curly as I didn't put a border on it- does that matter?

I'm so excited about posting it off! Am going to try to do a second one but I'm not sure it won't go horribly wrong and take longer than three days. I'll try though!

GreatestGatsby Wed 27-Jun-12 08:37:37

So many exclamation marks! Can you tell I'm excited to be involved in such a lovely project?

prettybird Wed 27-Jun-12 08:40:56

Don't worry about the slight variation in size - the hookers have coped with worse will cope smile

The curling is normal - that gets pulled out when the squares get hooked together and the sheer weight of the whole thing takes over.

GreatestGatsby Wed 27-Jun-12 08:50:20

Perfect- I'll add another couple of rows this evening then- maybe it will help to balance out another smaller square. smile

Glaikit Wed 27-Jun-12 14:20:32

Thanks for the vid trib! There will be no stopping me now!

I just paid a visit to Hobbycraft during my lunch and they have our Sublime in stock, so I bought a couple of balls for my stash, oops! They also had some other wool down to 99p, so 4 balls on that went in the basket too! Double oops. I'm going to need a bigger hide all knitting related purchases from DH box wool box!

Jules146 Wed 27-Jun-12 17:04:13

Thanks FormerlyTitledUntidy I was going to try and do a D and N but alas I feel I have run out if time sad but thank you for that link tis very helpful smile

RatherBeABodkinsBobbleHat Wed 27-Jun-12 18:57:39

Evening wine

PurplePidjin Wed 27-Jun-12 19:50:57

Glaikit, I've lost my 6mm hook so popped into my local shop for one... And came out with two balls of wool as well blush

RedRosie Thu 28-Jun-12 07:09:44

Morning all.

GreatestGatsby - Pitsey will tell you that there are many sizes of exactly 6" square squares ... Oh yes.

My 2 approximately precisely 6" squares will be in the post on Saturday.

RatherBeABodkinsBobbleHat Thu 28-Jun-12 07:22:03

Morning Rosie brew
Morning everyone brew brew

Please PM for the address when you are ready [ThumbsUp]

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 29-Jun-12 05:36:11

Morning brew

PurplePidjin Fri 29-Jun-12 06:58:40

Morning brew

Glaikit Fri 29-Jun-12 07:57:09

Morning wine

Jules146 Fri 29-Jun-12 08:45:43

Morning brew

Morning!

KnottyLocks Fri 29-Jun-12 10:34:05

Morning grin

nickelbarapasaurus Fri 29-Jun-12 13:33:19

Morning shock

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 29-Jun-12 15:06:00

Afternoon [Zzzzzzzz]

Glaikit Fri 29-Jun-12 18:07:58

Evening wine <hic>

RedRosie Fri 29-Jun-12 18:31:40

<does policeman impression, clasps lapels>

Evenin' all.

My second square is almost finished and will be posted tomorrow or possibly Monday but no later

Have the Blanket Queens ever thought (when they get squillions of squares for a single project) of doing double-sided blankets? Or is that too horrid a thought ...? smile

KnottyLocks Fri 29-Jun-12 18:45:23

Rosie, if you felt the weight of a Wooly Hug, you really wouldn't think of double-siding them grin

Previous spares have become blankets to raise funds for charity. The Anthony Nolan one helped to raise £1373 . We have one ready for Winston's Wish too.

RedRosie Fri 29-Jun-12 18:59:42

I'm sure ... Also, think of the issues back-to-backing all of those perfectly six inch squares!

grin

PurplePidjin Fri 29-Jun-12 19:00:57

It never occurred to me you could - how??

Iirc they weigh about 18kg already...

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 29-Jun-12 19:02:53

Hello Rosie (Woolly Hugs Poet Laureate TM, Patent Pending) we need a How Happy Are We That It's Friday Poem?

but can it also mention gin?

KnottyLocks Fri 29-Jun-12 19:23:26

And wine and [rum]

KnottyLocks Fri 29-Jun-12 19:24:28

Rosie, if it makes you feel any better, one of the Kwazii minihugs is double-sided. smile

Yes, we need a Friday poem! I'm on the [beer] so if we could squeeze that in too I'd be appreciative grin

TIA Woolly Hugs Poet Laureate TM, Patent Pending smile smile smile

PurplePidjin Fri 29-Jun-12 19:41:59

[squash]sad

RedRosie Fri 29-Jun-12 19:49:06

Poem on the occasion of how happy we are that it's Friday

Friday. Its Friday. Oh joy unconfined!
If we thought it was Thursday we'd be out of our minds ...

For Friday is our day for rum, wine and gin,
For chocolate and cuddles and all sorts of sins ...

There's nothing like Friday for lifting the heart
As folk come together, no longer apart ...

Even in tough times when we're feeling sad
On Fridays we cry, "hey, life's not that bad!"

RedRosie (Woolly Hugs Poet Laureate TM, Patent Pending)

grin

<Applauds Friday poem> smile

<Mourns lack of verse about squash> sad

wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 29-Jun-12 20:50:04

Rosie! That's marvellissimo grin <stands to applaud>

Pours two gins, clinks glass with Rosie - cheers!

KnottyLocks Fri 29-Jun-12 20:53:56

And drinks both of em herself smile

RedRosie Fri 29-Jun-12 21:04:30

Addendum to: Poem on the occasion of how happy we are that it's Friday (for Pidj and Barbara)

(insert after verse two)

AND Friday is our day for beer and squash ...
Along with having a REALLY good wash.

grin

<"Likes" Rosie's addendum> grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 29-Jun-12 21:16:12

<slurp>
<slurp>

PurplePidjin Fri 29-Jun-12 22:08:11

<eek>

<wonders is Rosie has webcam link to my bathroom>

More squash is being consumed, and I have given myself the MN haircut plus fringe shock

prettybird Fri 29-Jun-12 22:57:48

Rosie:

"And tablet arrives to give the hookers a buzz,
But evaporates before they can complete their sugar rush"

Scanning not quite to MN poet laureate standard, but not bad for a first attempt!

MinnieBar Sat 30-Jun-12 17:00:59

Afternoon all… have had a rather stressful week with my tenants and am seriously considering jacking the whole landlord thing in. At the ripe old age of 39 this is as clear a message as there's ever going to be that I really am doing what I should be (youth counsellor) and I'm really not cut out to be a business woman (not that I was considering a change of career, but the rest of my family are rather business-minded, all my school friends are winning entrepreneur awards/getting huge promotions etc so sometimes you just think 'should/could I?').

Anyway (vent nearly over) knitting and cuddles from the DCs really have helped me have perspective this week. I will miss this thread (not that we can't keep it going with our WIPs, but YKWIM).

Talking of big business, how did The Presentation of the Year go Trib?

KnottyLocks Sat 30-Jun-12 19:44:39

Minnie, many of my family are businessy types too. I seem to have missed that gene grin however, I realised that what I do is of value and success shouldn't be measured in financial terms a wee while ago.... At the point it was starting to do my head in, thank goodness. They earn more - so what? They couldn't do what I do and vice versa so no point beating myself or them up about it ( occasionally tempting though grin)

You do something of great value: I suspect the young people you work with think so too. And there lies the success. smile

tribpot Sat 30-Jun-12 20:27:38

Minnie - the Presentation of the Year was successful, thank god, despite the best efforts of some of the admin staff to <bleep> it up for me. It was a presentation to a rather important board and they had specifically asked that the 'must read' papers be kept to a minimum, with any supporting materials clearly signposted within a separate folder. So my support person and I diligently arranged it just so and I got an email from the director literally as the board meeting was starting saying 'why are there hundreds of pages of 'must read' papers when the board asked for this to be kept to a minimum??' I was totally horrified as I realised that whoever had zipped the folders up to email them out had taken it upon themselves to move half a dozen large documents into the 'must read' folder without asking me. angry angry angry angry I was completely wrong-footed and have yet to receive an apology sad sad One board member had actually declined to attend because she couldn't get through the paperwork - not just mine but even so.

The landlord thing is pretty stressful. I use an agency, which helps, but it's not great. I don't particularly mind the business aspects of it but the flat is 200 miles away so it just creates aggro.

It's fantastic that you're doing the kind of job you want to do, not stuck in a job which might superficially look more successful but which doesn't fulfil you. Never confuse money with worth!

MinnieBar Sat 30-Jun-12 20:51:06

Thanks guys. I don't even want loads of money just a new kitchen and maybe a newer car thanks but I suppose there's this Apprentice-style idea that ambition is the bees-knees and be-all and end-all for everyone. I want to be the best counsellor and knitter I can be, and that is enough smile.

And you're right Knotty, my family would be utterly crap at counselling. My mum would just say 'FFS, is that it? Just stop moaning and get on with it' grin

Trib that's shocking. Are you going to make a formal complaint? Glad it went well despite their efforts.

Hello all, this is the New York branch of the Blanketeers reporting for duty. Pistey kindly sent me the instructions last week, and I have some pretty little little squares ready to go (Pistey, can you please PM me your address, or wherever they need to go?)

I'm an ex-knitter just getting back to grips with wool and needles, and really enjoying it after a long 20 plus year break (and the fact that my hands are too busy to pick up my wine glass as often as usual).

I know some of you are on Pistey's FB with me, but I'm not sure who is who grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 02-Jul-12 06:24:07

Hello to the New York Branch of the Blanketeers grin

I shall PM you, but will say for someone who is 'just getting back to grips' with knitting, you are doing incredibly well indeed, absolutely gorgeoise squares.

thanks

trib - that all sounds extraordinary and dreadful. Really sorry, that was shite.
And i couldn't agree more about value and success not being measured in financial terms. Too right.

Right New York, this is London calling.....

Morning my lovelies - I have been horrendously behind on my entire life after spending 96 hours in the mud, and had to ignore MN for a whole week. But I am back now and can report that I managed to sling together two squares last week. A rather impressive dog tooth effort I am quite smug with, which doesn't begin to make up for the terrible heart effort I made for the other one. Knotty I suggest that can be a back up square - its really pants.

Smug NewYorker - I am the red hat!

prettybird Mon 02-Jul-12 08:24:25

Welcome NeitherShredded. I'm the supplier of tablet on Pistey's FB. I also only started knitting again a year and a half ago after a c.20 year break (and without my mum to give me guidance any moresad, although initially she was able confirm a few wee things). I've since progressed from a simple rib scarf for ds to a simple jumper with lots of mistakes to Icelandic knitting in the round, cable knitting and then lacy yarn-over/psso effects. Doing the squares is a great way of practicing techniques. It does come back - and if in doubt, the Internet is a great help!

PurplePidjin Mon 02-Jul-12 08:49:40

Hello, Neither, I have initials PA and recently posted about Olympic rowing in Pistey's wall!

prettybird Mon 02-Jul-12 12:57:52

This is the apple tree pattern Minniebar linked to. You need to subscribe to be able to download it - although there's no cost.

The pattern prints out ridiculously small, so you need to blow up the chart bit to be able to decipher it or maybe that is just my aging eyes blush

Casting on 33 stitiches and then working the central bit of the pattern (the extra stitches you make once the you start knitting the branches are "compenstated" for by the cabling), making the trunk only about 10 rows long works out OK for a 6" square. You need to watch the decreases at the top of the tree - because they are "outwith" the central bit of the pattern that you are following, it's easy to miss doing them.

The other thing I'd recommend is doing it in a lighter coloyur than dark forest green, so that it is easier to see where you are in the row or maybe that's my eyes again - especially as you are not following the pattern exactly.

prettybird Mon 02-Jul-12 13:00:54

Oops - wrong thread blush - that was for mothmagnet on the other thread.

Glaikit Mon 02-Jul-12 13:05:11

grin prettybird!

Pistey, if you see this, have you received my squares? I've not seen my name on the threads yet. <frets over royal mail incompetence>

From the other thread:

KnottyLocks Sat 30-Jun-12 14:59:42
Woolly Arrivals today from:
[...]
without a name:

4 snugglies in cream, blues and minty green from North of the boarder. Anyone claiming them?

Glaikit, was this you?

MinnieBar Mon 02-Jul-12 13:10:08

<sings>

Newwww york, concrete jungle where hugs are knitted, let's hear it for Newwwww York...

<bows to thunderous applause in my head >

Er, I'm not on Pistey's FB [paranoid] but I am a fan of the Wooly Hugs page (of course) - and on PinotMN's FB, initials JGS if anyone wants to be mates.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 02-Jul-12 13:27:33

Hello everyone smile Applauds Minnie. grin

I don't think those are Glaikit's squares, I have sent a message to the lovely Blanketeer I think sent those, but not heard back yet, but I may well be wrong.

But... I have some other unnamed ones that haven't been claimed, they arrived the other day, two green lovelies and a super cream basket weave type knit. Their arrival was announced, if you check back, not sure when. But these are so far unclaimed sad

<dejectedly takes off deerstalker hat and puts down magnifying glass>
sad

grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 02-Jul-12 13:33:44

I might well be wrong Babs! grin

Glaikit Mon 02-Jul-12 13:34:02

Nope they aren't mine. one pale pink on the bias with a darker pink corner (ran out of wool). And an apple green made up by me boat, that looks like n upside down mushroom or onion according to this lot

Glaikit Mon 02-Jul-12 13:34:27

But good work babs!

LackaDAISYcal Mon 02-Jul-12 13:36:55

Finally caught up and found the "new" thread! Life has been hectic, but I have four squares winging their way to Knotty/Pistey for Matilda's blanket.

This time it's all about the texture and I had great fun knitting/crocheting them and tackled bobbles for the first time, to what I hope is great effect. I like them, but used some spare yarn left over from the last two, so am not sure of the colour. If not suitable for this blanket, maybe a future one?

Sorry am a tad late with posting, but it's been a hectioc weekend of ballet shows and working so no chance to get to the PO.

LackaDAISYcal Mon 02-Jul-12 13:42:18

Rosie, two of my squares are "double sided", in that they look the same on each side. I found quite a few on t'interweb like that.

LackaDAISYcal Mon 02-Jul-12 13:45:13

Oh, and am feeling rather blush that I have just posted on the thread when I am namechecked in the OP blushblush

But, yes, loads of dragons here; I practically have to wade through them every time I leave the house wink

tribpot Mon 02-Jul-12 13:46:57

DAISY, I assume you've seen the newsletter from BRE about the Yorkshire Wool Week in October? A number of events planned including a talk by Knitty.com founder Amy Singer.

I should say, I don't think residence in the People's Republic of Yorkshire is mandatory to attend these events smile All are welcome of course!

prettybird Mon 02-Jul-12 14:25:02

I'll "friend" you if you want MinnieBar smile

I'm already friends with SGM (who I've met in RL at Scottish Christmas MN meet ups and MmeLindor (who I've not actually met but to whom I've sent my Mum's tablet recipe) smile

MinnieBar Mon 02-Jul-12 14:31:37

<correction>

I am now friends with Pistey. Am already friends with MmeLindor so I'm also on that list too. Er, honestly I don't spend all my time stalking well-known MNers through FB, it just looks that way...

nickelbarapasaurus Mon 02-Jul-12 14:36:05

am i friends with pistey?
or does she hate me?
confused

LackaDAISYcal Mon 02-Jul-12 14:42:26

I haven't seen it yet trib, but I'll bear it in my mind. I love love love knitty.com!

I am Pistey's friend - but only because I've met her in RL at a MN do. They were watering down the gin, it was a conspiracy. I'm also friends with Knotty. We danced like no-one was looking at the same event even though lots of people were looking Knotty is a mean dancer. I am on the MNWooly hugs list too, and the MNers FB group. I'm a wee bit of a FB addict...

PurplePidjin Mon 02-Jul-12 14:47:22

Minnie, you have FR smile

MinnieBar Mon 02-Jul-12 15:59:21

Thanks Pidj!

Loving all your pics - the knitting ones. I am sooo tempted to take up crochet - don't know how to start though...

Minnie me too. On the advice of the lovely crocheteers here I have Crochet Unravelled and a natty set of coloured crochet hooks hopefully on their way as we speak.

We can get stuck learn together smile

MinnieBar Mon 02-Jul-12 19:47:52

<adds to amazon basket>

FormerlyTitledUntidy Mon 02-Jul-12 20:02:15

Also added to basket blush
I am friends with no one on FB except for WoollyHugs. <lonely> sad

Glaikit Mon 02-Jul-12 20:10:34

that should be SECC and Chris

Glaikit Mon 02-Jul-12 20:11:15

And that shouldn't be on this thread! I can't multi task!

PurplePidjin Mon 02-Jul-12 20:17:22

You have pm, formerly smile

tribpot Mon 02-Jul-12 21:27:01

Oh Formerly - how sad to be you wink

I will graciously befriend you on FB so that you need not die alone in a flat half-eaten by an Alsatian, á la Bridget Jones' worst nightmare.

Glaikit Mon 02-Jul-12 21:34:36

when I was young I never needed anyone making love was just for fun those days are gone
All by myself don't want to be all by myself any more

I'll be your friend too Formerly. Prettybird has already taken me under her wing!

prettybird Mon 02-Jul-12 21:38:56

smile Glaikit

FormerlyTitledUntidy Mon 02-Jul-12 22:14:25

blush you guuuuys! blush

<joins in drunken bridget jones style singing>

FormerlyTitledUntidy Mon 02-Jul-12 22:16:56

I meant friends with anyone from mn
I do have other friends!

tribpot Mon 02-Jul-12 22:18:20

Yeah, yeah - so you say. wink Being friends with a colleague's tortoise doesn't count.

I definitely am not friends with a colleague's tortoise. The tortoise does not have an FB profile in order to be an extra neighbour when we were playing Farmville.

My cat really is on Catbook, though.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Mon 02-Jul-12 22:39:18

I can confirm I have only mammalian friends smile

RedRosie Tue 03-Jul-12 06:04:46

Morning all.

I don't do FB. Maybe I should start so that I can have some friends? Perhaps a bad poetry group ...

Squares in the post to Knotty. Not very good (on profile) ... But they can go in an unregarded corner somewhere.

Sadly, I'm sure that there will be another blanket soon enough sad When there is ... Does anyone have a link to some double-sided stitch patterns?

tribpot Tue 03-Jul-12 06:26:32

Look no further than Hogwarts bookmarks Rosie! Elephant, Heart, prize for best name ever goes to Hönkä!

RedRosie Tue 03-Jul-12 06:43:39

The elephant looks just lovely Trib ...

<sighs>

I don't know if I have any the skills ...

There is endless, soggy, grey drizzle in this here London. It's JULY!

tribpot Tue 03-Jul-12 06:53:16

Does this help, Rosie? Or this video?

It actually is sunny here, but this is only a temporary aberration.

PurplePidjin Tue 03-Jul-12 08:09:33

sad

LackaDAISYcal Tue 03-Jul-12 08:31:55

Wassup Pidj? Or is that just at the state of the british weather?

Squares look great Rosie....and Pru is gorgeous!

I've not taken pics of any of my squares sad I should have really.

PurplePidjin Tue 03-Jul-12 08:47:39

I'm not in the farcebook gang sad

FormerlyTitledUntidy Tue 03-Jul-12 08:52:34

We shall have our own quiche pidj smile
Dd2 is still asleep, it is some small miracle. Am quietly on MN on my phone, it seems too good to last much longer though. Have been awake since 6.30. Stupid circaidian rhythm.

PurplePidjin Tue 03-Jul-12 09:07:13

PidjChick woke me at half five kicking, but i managed to doze till seven. It's all good practice <rolls eyes>

LackaDAISYcal Tue 03-Jul-12 13:10:13

I'm on fb, but not in any MN gang (apart from one long running chat thread between me and four others who I "met" on a support thread here aeons ago, but I can't even remember their MN names any more!). I do have a smattering of MNers on my friends list though and always welcome more grin

I am very sorry for mentioning FB.

It does seem to have killed the conversation smile Does anyone one have any exciting knitting news to report? I finally bought a set of double sided needles and it has imported my I cord technique and time no end grin yes I am STILL knitting windmill bags

tribpot Wed 04-Jul-12 06:48:12

double-sided, Dances? I'm assuming double pointed rather than some brand new knitting invention smile Yes, they will help immeasurably for the icord handles at which you now excel!

Although I haven't started it yet, the cardigan I want to do features an i-cord cast on, which looks lovely, if pretty time-consuming!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 04-Jul-12 07:00:15

smile You know, I am a firm believer that personal Facebook and Mumsnet should be kept separately, at least on the open threads. Not everyone has Facebook, and lots of folk on here need to keep anonymous for a whole raft of reasons, so they may feel left out by any FB conversation. None of us would ever want anyone feeling excluded. There was once a conversation about moving the Mumsnet blankets onto FB, but they just need to be run through Mumsnet so that all can participate, and if you want to follow WH on our community Facebook page or Twitter you can do so and still remain anonymous. I haven't a clue who most people are on there! Woolly Hugs is warm and woolly and inclusive innit.

<warm and fuzzy feeling>

As for knitting news, I don't really have any, but one of my crochet squares started unravelling in the middle. Better to do it now rather than when Knotty had hooked it into Matilda's blanket, but I am having to start again, so have missed the deadline blush There I have confessed grin

In Other News, tis still raining, really hard this morning.

brew

We've not had a Rosie poem recently have we?

yes yes grin

do you do an i-cord cast on that same as an icord cast off, but in reverse? It must be very pretty.

PurplePidjin Wed 04-Jul-12 07:09:46

Can anyone recommend some of them swanky needles with the points you can change and the wiggly string in between? I'd like to get some for my MIL for her birthday but am somewhat ignorant!

tribpot Wed 04-Jul-12 07:23:31

Dances - you basically knit three stitches over and over, adding one extra each time (but only knitting that one once). Zzzzz. But lovely.

Pidj - I have this set, which is fab. But not cheap. Is your MIL a big knitter, or would a starter kit be better? The Symfonie starter set looks good. The Cubics needles are becoming more popular, you can also buy them in a set or they're widely available individually.

They also do an acrylic set (that's the beginner, here's the pro).

PurplePidjin Wed 04-Jul-12 07:57:49

She's a fantastic knitter, very experienced. A nice set is the kind of thing she'd appreciate but never waste money on for herself iyswim - which to my mind is the best kind of present! <scuttles off to investigate links>

tribpot Wed 04-Jul-12 08:07:01

Cool. Well, I think the actual sets are lovely but you could always go with, say, 3 needle sizes and 2 cords to see if she likes them, and then build up in pieces. The only real convenience of the set is that you have all the needle sizes you could want to hand (although I've bought various 3mm size ones to supplement) and in a bag. The cubics are meant to be fab, and with being a bit different it might make them seem more 'gifty' if you know what I mean!

PurplePidjin Wed 04-Jul-12 08:11:06

I think the starter set with 4, 5 and 6mm would be enough, then add to it for christmas and future birthdays if she liked it. Thank you thanks

Jules146 Wed 04-Jul-12 18:40:18

Thanks for your advice/help... I do chain up before a tr and ch 1 before turning... Think Im just very loose blush I am hoping it will all improve as I make more... I will persevere <picks up unfinished bag>

Jules146 Wed 04-Jul-12 18:40:58

And I just posted on wrong thread blush

tribpot Wed 04-Jul-12 19:20:30

Well now we've been treated to your confession that you're very loose, Jules146 wink shock

PurplePidjin Wed 04-Jul-12 19:41:38

Jules, you can join Pistey in the Loose Hooker Club grin

Glaikit Wed 04-Jul-12 19:49:02

Oh no! Now I want one of those sets!! I'm going to be bankrupt soon.

Although its my birthday next month...... ignores the fact that I've just bought tickets to Jesus Christ superstar "for my birthday"

tribpot Wed 04-Jul-12 19:50:07

Glaikit - you can start small and build up over a few months. The bag is not that snazzy, the needles and cords are the thing.

Glaikit Wed 04-Jul-12 20:10:23

Have emailed a link to my mum, you know, just in case, she maybe would like some herself, probably, maybe hmm <whistles innocently>

tribpot Wed 04-Jul-12 20:14:14

Tra-la-la, yes, perhaps - it's only your filial duty to let her know they exist, after all.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 05-Jul-12 05:34:43

Morning brew

Jules, you sound like my kinda Hooker smile

LackaDAISYcal Thu 05-Jul-12 07:36:06

I love my knitpro symphonies, they are a joy to knit with. Although I keep breaking the 3mm ones as unlike Jules wink I tend to be rather tight! They are a joy to knit with.

LackaDAISYcal Thu 05-Jul-12 07:37:36

Did I mention that they are a joy to knit with? grin

tribpot Thu 05-Jul-12 08:03:24

I still fancy some of the Cubics though, DAISY confused. Do not pass BRE on way to work, do not pass BRE on way to work ...

LackaDAISYcal Thu 05-Jul-12 11:13:44

I've not seen them Trib, so I won't click on the links grin

I need to do a present for DD's teacher who she has had for the last two years and thought a crochet pen pot, with flowers etc. Too naff? Or some fingers mittens for those winter days supervising foundation outdoors for hours on end?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 05-Jul-12 13:35:58

DAISY - I think the pen pot sounds absolutely lovely, really thoughtful, so do the mittens actually smile She is very lucky.

LackaDAISYcal Thu 05-Jul-12 14:14:39

She is a great teacher, well TA actually but she has been DD's key worker through nursery and reception, and has more drive and enthusiasm, as well as genuine delight in what the kids are up to than their actual wet blanket of a teacher.

And she's encouraged me to apply for a TA course which I start in September! My whole family (she taught DS1 as well) luffs her.

Jules146 Thu 05-Jul-12 15:30:55

That sounds lovely LackaDAISYcal, I must admit the best pressies are those that have been made (I am a teacher... when not on maternity leave!!) and they are both something that a lot of thought has gone into- I think she would love either of those! And if she doesn't, I will! smile blush!!

LackaDAISYcal Thu 05-Jul-12 16:02:59

grin

I had better get busy though as I only have till next Thursday as we are off to a wedding then holiday for the last week of term!

tribpot Sat 07-Jul-12 12:11:23

What's this? Did some cubics fall into my bag today in Baa Ram Ewe? How did that happen?!

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Sat 07-Jul-12 13:44:27

Don't you just hate it when that happens, Trib wink

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Jul-12 14:26:54

hello ladies.

Thought I'd let you know about a new blanket project for Mumof2Teenboys here

As always, there is no pressure or expectation that you have to sign up. You have all done so much already thanks

prettybird Sat 07-Jul-12 14:28:37

trib - I need some advice. I have a pattern for an Afghan Blanket which uses Patons Diana wool on 6mm needles. It doesn't have a tension guide but says it'll be about 158 x 178cm.

If I use Cashmerino Aran, which advises 5mm needles, will it just end up being a bit smaller?

tribpot Sat 07-Jul-12 16:15:16

Oh Knotty sad sad Will go sign up in a sec.

Barbara - I know! What a cheek! One minute they were on their hook and the next in my bag and I had paid for them. Too late now, no possibility of taking them back at all. wink But what I will say is: THEY ARE A-MAY-ZING! I've been persevering with continental knitting because I'm knitting a blanket and it will speed things up (eventually .. if I ever crack it). Anyway, my tension has been bloody awful despite extensively practising before I started and it's looking much, much better since I put the Cubics on. Obv some of that is due to being a bit less rubbish at continental knitting but even so.

bird - it looks like Paton's Diana is a bulky so it could be a bit hard on 5mm depending on your tension. Obv the size isn't massively important for a blanket but if you knit quite tightly anyway, dropping down two sizes could make it a bit difficult to do. I suspect you'll be fine, though - why not do a tension square and see how it looks? The Rav page has the tension on it so you'll then know if you're going to end up with a hanky instead of an afghan wink The other factor might be if it's got cables or a pattern that needs quite a firm stitch to look good?

prettybird Sat 07-Jul-12 16:38:10

2 panels are what they describe as lace cable, two are trellis cable, two are "cabled" and then there are two border panels worked in moss stitch.

I fancied using the Cashmerino Aran as I liked the feel of the Cashmerino Dk we have been using for WoollyHugs. That's why I thought it might be suitable for this pattern as it's only one (ok, 2) size down from the size recommended if I were using the Diana wool.

My mum knitted it but dad can't remember what wool she used, although he thinks it was a Rowan wool.

prettybird Sat 07-Jul-12 16:45:31

Pattern says 1 900g Patons Diana, so whatever wool I decide on, I want to be sure about it - and then order on-line to reduce costs grin

I will of course look at the wool shops that have supported MNWoollyHugs first! smile

tribpot Sat 07-Jul-12 16:46:07

Oh god, I realise I've just missed the point, haven't I? It's can you knit with the Diana on 5mm but can you knit with the Cashmerino Aran on 5mm. I think this will be absolutely fine. The Diana is 15 = 4 inches and the Cashmerino Aran (which I'm sure will be lovely) is 18 = 4 inches. So you'd expect the blanket to be about a sixth smaller - so you could always add an extra strip of pattern if that was appropriate? The two moss border panels sound like you could wang a few extra stitches in if you wanted to? I think I'd just stick to the pattern, though.

tribpot Sat 07-Jul-12 16:54:10

Right in my last post when I said I'd missed the point, I had actually got the point but still typed it as if I hadn't. confused

It's not can you knit with the Diana on 5mm but can you knit with the Cashmerino Aran.

prettybird Sat 07-Jul-12 17:06:46

I'll have a look at Mum's blanket tomorrow when we're across at Dad's and work out what it would be like a 6th smaller (and double check what size it turned out). That way I can also make a decision about whether to order a 6th more wool although I'm sure that any leftovers of such nice wool will soon find an alternative project

Now all I need to do is to decide what colour to get. Our bed room has pale pink walls , white bed linen, pink bedspread/throw and pink beaded silk cusions and brown leather sofa with two cable knitted cushions (my first project to benefit myself) in cream and pink, so it could take a contrast colour. We're planning on redecorating the living room, so I could make the colour I choose as inspiration.....

I'm thinking of teal blue but also wondering about an apple green. Need to go into John Lewis and have a look at the colours "in the flesh" wink

prettybird Sat 07-Jul-12 17:19:46

's ok trib - I got what you meant! grin

LackaDAISYcal Sat 07-Jul-12 18:43:07

I've signed up for the new blanket sad

I ordered some cashmerino from eBay at only £3.80 a ball...bargainacious!

PurplePidjin Sat 07-Jul-12 18:46:26

Pretty, why not knit the blanket then crochet on a border? There are some gorgeous lacy vintage ones smile

prettybird Sat 07-Jul-12 18:55:11

....that would entail me learning how to crochet! hmmgrin

The pattern already has a moss stitch border (two sides done as panels, the other two done by picking up stitches) plus tassels (for which I will need a thick crochet hook wink)

PurplePidjin Sat 07-Jul-12 19:19:57

Or venturing Dahn Sarf so I can do it wink

Signed up for Mumof2TeenBoys blanket sad. I'm thinking of ways to incorporate the embroidery requested - might have to be on a fabric square attached to a plain knitted one. Any suggestions welcome!

PurplePidjin Sat 07-Jul-12 19:50:25

Yellow sun, embroidered word "screen?

That might work. I'm pretty sure I have some orange fabric somewhere from when I dressed DS up as a carrot so that would make a good base. Must have some yellow embroidery thread somewhere as well

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 20:05:07

I could possibly try embroider it on a square ill test it layer in the week let you know how it goes. I'll try on cheap will square first though

PurplePidjin Sat 07-Jul-12 20:08:20

I wouldn't use fabric, it might not wash right with the wool. I meant embroider with wool onto a plain knitted square smile

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 20:09:05

My dd is coming back from Ireland with some patterns and embroidery for knitting tools that I retrieved from the house a few wks ago when she died (before my evil sis got them and slung or ebayed them) so
I'm hoping it'll help me do it on a square it was a special kit with tutorial and some weird looking hooks and crewl?? Needle in it Roll on Monday night I'll have it them cos couldn't take an flight with me

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 20:10:07

Bloody iPhone. That should have said when my mum died!

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 20:12:08

You can tell when someone uses iPhone soo sooo many typos I'll stick to laptop from now on lol at least I can see what I'm typing

PurplePidjin Sat 07-Jul-12 20:14:13

I use the same darning needle i use for pesky ends. Crewel is embroidery with wool, and is what they did the Bayeux Tapestry in smile

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 20:23:05

And that means nothing to me lol. Althouh does it sound a feasible piece of kit to use on a square? I looked before I stashed it and had good tutorial for letters and flowers motifs etc.

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Jul-12 20:23:09

Embroidered squares: some one has made some for Matilda's blanket. They used embroidery floss on stocking stitch. The squares are gorgeous. smile

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 20:24:02

I can do cross stitch though so it might help me

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Jul-12 20:26:13

Could also split our wool and use that to embroider. If using stocking stitch, the square will probably need to be very lightly blocked before attempting the sewing side.

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 20:32:30

Trial it with cheap wool st st square and some embroidery thread whilst waiting for my wool smile see how it goes

I have some cheap wool that DS has been learning with to have a test run. Thanks for the ideas - I'll be back!

PurplePidjin Sat 07-Jul-12 22:07:04

Soremummy, if it's blunt with a big hole it'll work grin

WoollyWoolfe Sun 08-Jul-12 09:22:47

I did the embroidered squares for Matilda's blanket. Knotty, glad you liked them blush. I just used the needle I use to sew the ends in when knitting and one square I used wool (not split or anything although that's a really good idea Knotty I'm going to try it!) and one square embroidery floss and both worked ok.

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 09:25:13

A stitch that might create a denser fabric for embroidery is linen stitch but I would advise doing a garter border to make it easier to join with the other squares.

WoollyWoolfe Sun 08-Jul-12 09:26:15

oh dear, double blush just looked up stocking stitch in my knitting book (I'm just learning) and realised the embroidery that I did was on garter stitch so don't think it's me who did those ones. Anyway still hope you liked them smile

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 10:05:14

Just worked out how expensive doing the blanket I want to knit would cost sad - may need to think again.

It does however illustrate how valuable our donors are - the monetary cost alone of the wool in the WoollyHugs blankets is substantial, even before the efforts of the crafters.

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Jul-12 10:37:37

Pretty, there's at least £160 of wool in each blanket. That's based on 100 squares per blanket, 3 squares and £5 per ball...

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 10:55:22

bird - I wanted to do a (baby) blanket in the lovely Rowan for a friend but couldn't really justify the cost plus the need for washability / not being worried when the baby poos on it etc. So I went for a a King Cole (which is now out of stock, rather worryingly as I don't think I've got enough) in a similar soft grey as the one I used for Team Heart. It's nice, it feels soft - I doubt it will wear as well as the good stuff but it was reasonably priced.

I actually quite like the Sirdar Bonus Aran in the gigantic ball-bigger-than-your-head size but from the sound of it, the afghan is intended more as a long-term piece that isn't likely to need to account for being pooed on, which is always a bonus. Ideally you'd buy it in stages to spread the cost but that's no good when you want all the yarn from the same dye lot (and for it not to go out of stock!).

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 11:25:16

That's what I calculated pidj sad

MIL has said she wants to get me some wool as a belated birthday present, so that could go towards it....

tribpot - I was think about doing it in stages, but as you say am worried about different dye lots. I was wondering if the fact that it is knitted in panels would mean that the dye lot issue could be "managed". However, that approach would be scuppered if the colour were discontinued.

I don't need to worry about baby poo or vomit, so the washability and wearability of something like the Cashmerino would be fine for my purposes.

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Jul-12 11:43:41

I'm doing a lapghan with wool sent by Pistey for an auction for SANDS in rainbow colours - 7 balls. Might be more manageable?

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 13:13:23

It probably would be pidj but there's a sentimental reason for me wanting to do that particular afghan pattern (it was the last large project that my mum did, which was a feat of concentration for her as it was after her "recovery" from her head injury but before the subsequent accident-induced deterioration set in sad).

MIL has just rung and asked again about wool. She's happy to contribute and has even suggested that she could contribute more by combining with a Christmas present would certainly be better than the velour "day suit" she got me one year wink

....off to do a wee bit more research on possible cheaper alternatives. grin

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 13:26:23

Now bird. I think we need to see this velour day suit.

I think I'd stick with your original plan, it sounds like MIL would be willing to help out with costs, and I think slight variations in shade would be manageable in the panel design as well.

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 13:49:01

It got given away to a charity shop/the school fair/a tombola have expunged from it from my memory grin

Now I need to go into John Lewis to see the colours in person - it's an awful lot of wool to buy and then decide you're not sure about the colour. smile

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Jul-12 15:45:04

What's the pattern? Could we reduce the size somewhat, and therefore the cost, but still keep the integrity?

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 16:27:59

I'm already reducing the size by c. a 6th (according to trib) by using Aran on 5mm needles rather than chunky on 6mm.

But I think I have a plan: if I get 10 balls now, that will get me started and then I can get a few more (once I've worked out hoy much a panel takes) in the months to come so I can hide them in the credit card bills wink don't worry - I always pay the credit cards off in full every month grin

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Jul-12 16:58:12

How about cheap deals on ebay? Facebook special discounts?

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Jul-12 16:59:36

Also, look at the yardage not the weight - you'll get more aran to your 50g than chunky, because aran weighs less...

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 17:44:32

Good point. I've just been looking at the pattern again and I do need to do a couple of panels to work out how much I'll need. While it'll be narrower 'cos of the "finer" wool, it'll still be (or can be) the right length, as you repeat the pattern until it's 168cm long. The moss stitch border is 14stitches/5cm wide.

I was thinking of trying the patterns out for the current blanket using the requisite dk: the cabled panel is a 38 stitch cast on, with a 28 row pattern (must remember to look out my row counter) but with the cabling that should bring it in to 6"; the trellis panel is 22st, so I could add some stuff either side; and the lace cable panel is a 42 st cast-on (only an 8 row repeat) so I'd need to work a bit of it to see if the cabling pulled it in enough (I could probably reduce it by 2 stitches at a minimum or reduce the number of repeats).

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 18:50:11

Sounds good, bird - do you want to post a link to the pattern, or is it an old school one like that velour day suit on paper?

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:09:05

New support thread for new blanket here.

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 20:04:52

Not only is it old-fashioned paper like the velour lounge/track suit , it has been copied multiple times since 1995 which was when the pattern was printed in the South African magazine (My Fair Lady? - don't have it with me) and is now very faint.

I have taken some pictures of the one mum knitted and uploaded to my Flickr account - can't do a link until I get home but one of my earlier links will get to the account.

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 20:40:42

bird's afghan (I figure we might as well finish this discussion off here as confuse the new thread with it).

I think for the lace panel your best bet would be to chop out one of the vertical repeat, so two cables with 3 lace bits rather than 3 cables, 4 lace?

When you do it as an afghan, I wouldn't try and reduce the width because it clearly wants to have its panels done vertically. I think I'd save up for the pukka cashmerino.

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 22:09:17

I agree about the lace cable "square" tribpot (and thanks for linking for me smile) - that's what I'd worked out once I'd had a chance to look at it closely (as opposed to deciphering the written pattern). It'll also be a nice way to practice the patterns before I embark on the full project! wink

Not sure I want to do the tassels, so that'll save a wee bit of wool grin. Will definitely save up and do it in the nice wool. doing the squares with Cashmerino and Cashsoft has spoilt me

Dad had also cleared out mum's embroidery projects that she'd not got round to doing, so I now have a number of tapestries to think about doing some time (which could be framed or made into cushion covers) as well as a lovely Eva Rosenstaad/Clara Waever cross stitch embroidery kit - which, as it happened, I was wanting to get back in to doing. The design is of a circular flower garland though, which would make a nice centre piece to a circular table, if we had one hmm

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 11:06:19

Awww, I have Bodkins! And a poetic epic! Thank you, i have smiled for the first time in several days thanks

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 20:48:09

Btw, I thought i would update this thread with the news that apparently the f**k-up with the paperwork that I mentioned in my post above on 30 June has been deemed to mine shock and that somehow "we could all have done better". I believe tomorrow that I have been invited to a meeting not to receive the apology I was expecting but perhaps to offer one myself.

So I think my career as a professional knitting support worker starts here, because I really am going to resign if this is the case.

MoaningMinnieWhingesAgain Tue 10-Jul-12 20:53:26

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Debbie-Bliss-Cashmerino-DK-23-/250610210873#ht_712wt_1163

tribpot do you think this wool is pink enough, or too peachy, for Expat's blanket please? I have some actual pink Sublime Extrafine Merino but I need that for something else really,

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 20:57:33

shock Trib that sucks! We'll have to go into business, you do knitting and i'll do crochet!

Minnie, some dyelots of that one are quite orange...

That's pants Trib I do hate it when one gets blamed for other people's mistakes. You sound so unprofessional standing there going "but it wasn't meeeeeee" like an 8 year old. angry

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 21:03:06

Pidj, won't I have to put you on maternity leave almost immediately? Bloody women and their pregnancies, I don't know <inserts Daily Mail reader grumble about radfem liberties being taken>

Moaning - it doesn't look like that lot is available for shipping to the UK anyway, or did you just mean the shade in general? I can't actually find it for sale on any of my usual UK websites.

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 21:05:15

Dances - this is a shoddy attempt at 'no blame culture' by this person's manager. Apparently if we all take a share in the blame then it's better all round.

Better for him, as it means he doesn't have to discipline a member of his team. Not better for me, as it means I'm meant to swallow it for the sake of 'harmony'. Bollocks to harmony is what I say. Not least as I report to the manager's boss' boss.

MoaningMinnieWhingesAgain Tue 10-Jul-12 21:09:09

I have it already in my stash, just a single ball. It was just to show you the colour smile

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 21:09:18

Not til November, Trib smile

Fuck no blame. Someone screwed up and should take responsibility!

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 21:17:16

Ah okay Minnie - I like to look at the shade on a couple of different websites to get a feel for where the colour really is on the spectrum, if you know what I mean. I have a feeling peachy might be decidedly UNpeachy because it's hard to blend with the other colours, I'd check with Pistey. I have suggested for the two 'old-timer' yarns (Rowan, Debbie Bliss) we might as well just say which shades are the right ones as there are few definite no-nos, like the one I got not realising it was called banana - DOH.

Pidj - no-one takes responsibility for anything. It's endemic.

MoaningMinnieWhingesAgain Tue 10-Jul-12 21:47:00

Oh bugger. I am waiting on a second opinion wink

I won't cast on until I get a definite yes or no. Have got plan B if needed.

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Tue 10-Jul-12 21:55:55

Trib that is indeed, as you so astutely put it, bollocks.

FWIW I work in what is theoretically a no-blame culture too. But ultimately it's about not punishing people for their mistakes. You still need to identify who fucked up the root cause of the problem etc and ensure necessary retraining etc. You come across as super grounded and articulate and I'm sure you will manage it perfectly. Having the boss' boss' boss' (too many bosses?) ear definitely helps too grin. Go sock it to 'em!

Glaikit Tue 10-Jul-12 22:10:29

No blame culture lies in the same dustbin category as paperless offices < wry laugh>

Don't you dare apologise, unless it's along the lines of "I'm sorry you are a stupid twat who thinks they know my job better than me, perhaps next time the is a a massive presentation that my career hinges on you would like, go on holiday somewhere far far away, with no Internet access so you can't, even remotely, f**k it up" apology and solution to the problem never happening again all in one!

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 22:16:09

I've let my boss and my director (all v confusing, am on secondment) know that I am concerned enough to be thinking about resigning. I can't bounce back from the secondment as I only went on it to avoid resigning from the job I already had smile

Not sure where this leaves me, other than expecting a resounding 'meh' from both. When I first mentioned going on secondment, my then-boss said "why are you telling me? I don't give a shit". Lovely.

I do agree with the no-blame culture up to a point, Barbara. I have no interest in ascertaining who within the admin team is actually responsible for the f**k-up, I want a collective commitment not to do it again. That doesn't seem to be very forthcoming in the light of their manager's comment today that "there's things we all could have done differently". I managed to bite my tongue to avoid saying "no, you could just have done your jobs properly" - admirable restraint, I feel.

I can't think what I might do next, though. (Other than knitting support). The reason why virtually everyone who is still working there is there is because there's no other work of that type locally. Ho hum.

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 22:24:20

Come and live down here, s'lovely smile

prettybird Tue 10-Jul-12 22:31:17

As has been said, all the evidence on here is that you are fully articulate and assertive enough to deal with the numpties the "no-blame" manager. grin

You could go in passive-aggressively totally reasonably suggesting that of course you want to get to the bottom of how very clear instructions were not followed, which makes you wonder if his numpties underlings are capable of being involved in helping future presentations/activities as obviously you he wouldn't want this to happen again.

winkgrin

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 22:31:42

In the nicest possible way, Pidj, I'm not sure that will help! The city is fine and I can't justify moving ds from his school unless absolutely necessary.

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 22:33:27

Oh I should say, no-blame manager has the backing of his own director. This is why I haven't attempted my super-magnanimous "let me just reiterate what my expectations are" approach. Deaf ears.

'Helping' with these presentations is these people's full-time job.

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 22:34:23

Yeah but it'd be fun grin

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Tue 10-Jul-12 22:43:04

Chin up, Trib. It's possibly not very useful or professional to tell your colleagues that all the woolly people on the interweb agree with you and include in their ranks, a bird, a pidjin, a donkey, a woodlouse, glaikit and a Vogon poet laureate (TM., patent pending) plus Knotty and Pitsey Pistey - but hopefully the thought will secretly cheer you up grin

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Tue 10-Jul-12 22:45:34

And if all else fails, you can team up with that feckless breeder Pidge and pass the time attempting ever increasingly difficult challenges from Minniebar*

*I haven't quite worked out how you'll make this bit pay. But it does sound fun!

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 22:51:47

People chuck money in hats for people playing musical instruments. Why should they not do the same for people making woolly graffitti...

grin at knitting busking

not wanting to restart the whole farcebook quiche thing, but after much profound brain things inside of my head, I have created a FB page for my mumsnet friends that is separate from my personal fb page - it will no doubt be more fun and involve my mother less which is always good. I'm very excited. Please friend me - I'm, wait for it, Dances Withwool Enpointe. See what I did there?

KnottyLocks Wed 11-Jul-12 08:09:08

Trib, I have a photo of the beaded heart square. If you, or anyone else who think they can recreate it, email me at admin @ woollyhugs . com , I'll send the pic to you. Thanks

If you have tasked it to trib I am imagining it is beyond by capabilities. I'll smile and wave and do moss stitch grin

tribpot Wed 11-Jul-12 10:42:18

I might use it as an 'audition piece' for a job in my local yarn shop! My director has already responded with the expected 'meh' so just my boss to go ...

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Wed 11-Jul-12 13:50:05

<Throws coin into Trib and Pidge's hat>

MinnieBar Wed 11-Jul-12 13:55:17

No great advice Trib, but just adding my (hopefully supportive) 'FFS, how unprofessional' voice to the pot.

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 17:10:18

Good luck, Trib thanks

tribpot Wed 11-Jul-12 18:07:19

My boss replies to emails very infrequently but took time today ... to reply to one someone sent with a picture of her pet tortoise in.

That's that, then.

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 21:20:49

Oh ffs. Time for Plan B then hmm

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Wed 11-Jul-12 21:35:48

A jeffing TORTOISE?!? angry

Sod em Trib. [hobnob]

tribpot Wed 11-Jul-12 21:38:43

Yeah. I'm just so tired. There's another problem at work that I can't talk about, not an HR type issue, something else. The combination of pressures and frustration is just too much to deal with.

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 22:12:38

Can you grab a week off with stress while you have a think?

brew

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 22:41:39

You must be so frustrated. Hope things resolve themselves soon - in a way that is good for you smile

tribpot Wed 18-Jul-12 17:08:05

Probably shouldn't resurrect this again! But it saves typing stuff out again. Took 4 days off, turned my work phone on again this morning to find a text from the director where I'm working currently "I hear you were being difficult last week".

Glaikit Wed 18-Jul-12 17:23:36

Oh Trib that's cack. I take it you haven't graced him with a reply?

Have you got any evidence that the other person was at fault, emails with instructions that weren't followed? I'd be tempted to pull together your own report into the cock up and explain why you will not be accepting any responsibility. There is no need to blame a person per se, but you can blame the processes that person followed as being the cause of the issue.

Come and work with me, maybe my dream
Last night will come true!

tribpot Wed 18-Jul-12 18:44:48

Yup, I think it must have been a prophecy, Glaikit, backed up by this report that Women in Technology tweeted earlier today.

I did reply to the director, to say "I find your choice of language interesting. Thank you!" He hasn't responded.

Too much done verbally, alas. I also have a situation where I now appear to have misled the board I mentioned because I was basically lied to by another colleague, but there's also nothing in writing because we sit opposite each other.

prettybird Wed 18-Jul-12 20:07:07

Bummer sadangry

tribpot Wed 18-Jul-12 20:12:13

Unfortunately not much to be done in an environment where you can't trust anyone unless it's put in writing - that's just a toxic work setting.

prettybird Wed 18-Jul-12 20:45:28

Been there, done that, got the jersey sad

as it 'appens, the place I didn't experience that was when I was working in NHS Management in North/East Yorkshire

but then, I've just remembered that I'd expunged from my memory my experience when I moved into NHS Management in Scotland sad

tribpot Wed 18-Jul-12 20:54:10

Yes - I should perhaps say, bird, although it is NHS and it is in Yorkshire, it isn't the NHS in Yorkshire. If that makes sense!

prettybird Thu 19-Jul-12 07:08:51

My recent bad experience was in telecoms sad - although to be fair, my colleagues were great and it was my boss and his boss who were bullies sadsad

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