Blanket for lemontruffles : lovely crafters, donors, we are calling for your help.

(1038 Posts)
RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 12:22:59

Very sad news I'm afraid. Lemontruffles' husband died this week on New Year's Day after living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Such devastating news. Our hearts go out to her. In her own words, he was the love of her life.

We have offered to make a blanket for her, and are so pleased that she has said she would love one. She is clearly so very moved by our offer and has said she is astonished at the kindness of strangers. We will all be holding her hand and hope that she will feel the love and support from us all, and that the blanket will bring whatever comfort it can.

Lemontruffles writes so movingly on her thread about her beloved husband, and has shared many memories, bless her heart. her thread is HERE. You will not fail to be moved by the love and warmth of her posts about him.

So to the Woolly Hug, we would be very grateful for your help.

We will need crocheters, knitters and donors (of funds or wool) I will co ordinate and do admin, and Knotty (KnottyLocks) is here and will help you with any queries you may have.

So if you are able to join with us, please PM me, and also if you are offering to donate, or need a donor, I can help match you up.

Thank you so much.

The wool we are using:
* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (not the Baby cashmerino)
* Rowan Cashsoft DK
* Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
* Artesano Superwash Merino DK.

Just from these yarns please as they are very similar and we know they can be combined for wash and wear.

4mm crochet hook or knitting needles
6 inch squares

The Colours
Lemontruffles has spoken so movingly about her husband's love for the countryside of North Wales, and to reflect that passion how she sees the blanket as a landscape, so :

Greens, darker purples, blues, silvers, cream.

If going for cream please use Debbie Bliss cashmerino DK 013
(Not bright colours for this please, and no pinks or lilacs, thank you)

Just sharing some of her words about him
He was Welsh and loved the countryside of North Wales especially. He loved walking. He loved going to the pub and having the biggest laugh he could. He had a fantastic sense of humour and he loved having fun. He was warm hearted, he had a spirit of pure generosity - though with a 'sticking point' stubborn streak! - he was no angel. He was very adventurous about life. He was a proper hippy in the 60s and 70s. He had an amazing memory for all sorts of things, and a very wide ranging and strange knowledge of very odd things. Such an interesting man. A man with endless and deep humanity towards all the people he met. He was very well loved. He had a deep maturity and wisdom about other people.

Oh, and music! Not male voice choirs! Rock and blues from the 60s and 70s, and the manic street preachers. He had great taste. Also photographs. He was always photographing things, all sorts of random things, all sorts of bits of nature, and landscapes. He loved his camera.

Suggestions for motifs
* Any motifs of the natural world - trees, leaves, flowers, birds (esp crows )
* Can anyone find a Welsh dragon design or a harp? We'd love to find these for her.
* Anything to reflect he was a Welshman.
* Music, photography related
* We have an initial, could you PM me if this is something you'd like to do.

There are many relevant patterns for knitters and crocheters linked to from our website under Crafting

Reading her words gives us lots of motifs to think about for sure, but please don't feel daunted by these suggestions, we love plain squares and simple textures too. They look as stunning as the more complex squares and actually play a vital role in the overall effect.

Previous blankets can be seen on our website. We also have a Facebook page MNWoollyHugs and are on Twitter @MNWoollyHugs. If you 'like' or 'follow' us you'll be updated on progress via your feed.

As always, we thank you so much for your support.
Thinking of lemontruffles Xx

Pistey and Knotty

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 12:23:12

A message from the lovely lemontruffles

I cannot express my thanks to you, and all the other lovely ladies here, involved in this gesture of love for me and my children. Such generosity and kindness and warmth in this bleak time.

Sending much love and big hugs to you lemon X

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 12:26:17

So pleased we are making this blanket for lemontruffles.

Thinking of her, her children and wonderful husband. x

Skoggy Sun 06-Jan-13 12:33:11

I would love to help with this Hug! smile Although, having had some things happen in my life recently, I would need a donor. smile

Signing in.

Thinking of lemontruffles and her family.

I will do a flower square, Pistey - count me in.

Lemontruffles - my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

Primrose123 Sun 06-Jan-13 12:37:13

Hi Pistey, I would like to help, I'll send you a PM.

Jules146 Sun 06-Jan-13 12:37:22

Here to help will message Pistey x

Lilithmoon Sun 06-Jan-13 12:38:07

I would love to donate, will PM now.
Thank you for organising this.

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 12:38:58

Please PM Pistey with your lovely offers. It helps us keep track of what's what


PurplePidjin Sun 06-Jan-13 12:41:36

Please count me in. I can't manage a whole ball, but will fit in a granny if you send me 20g or so of a remnant (or several for stripes)

Love to Lemon sad

AlistairSim Sun 06-Jan-13 12:44:30

I will donate, will pm.

Could someone possibly send me some wool, please?

I'll PM you Pistey. I stocked up with " huggy wool" in appropriate colours in the JL sale. At the time I remember thinking that it was so sad to know that more blankets would be almost certainly be needed. And so soon into the New Year too [ sad]. Thinking of Lemontruffles and family. A fellow North Wales person.

roguepixie Sun 06-Jan-13 12:52:05

Hi, have been rather AWOL on the blankets threads but am back on track/ the wagon confused and will supply my own wool and knit squares. Will PM you.

foxache Sun 06-Jan-13 12:52:25

My thought are with Lemon and her family.

I'd love to knit/crochet, will PM Pistey, it's lovely that you're organising this thanks

Kittykatzen Sun 06-Jan-13 12:52:53

I'd love to help, have pm'd.

I can only do plain as very new to crocheting, but I would be honoured if I could do a square. will supply my own wool, please let me know where to send. xx

fraktion Sun 06-Jan-13 12:55:10


Here is a Welsh dragon pattern I have used in the past. Unfortunately I don't have the right wool for this but I will contribute a couple of squares.

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 12:56:44

Thanks, Fraktion. Bless you.

pixiestix Sun 06-Jan-13 13:01:51

Please count me in.

I'm so sorry LemonTruffles. Your husband sounds like a wonderful man.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:05:37

Such an amazing response already, heartfelt thanks to all thanks

Love to lemon and her family Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:07:34

What about this as a possible dragon? Happy to buy and send, it's only $2

Possible harps : here... and here...

will need someone very clever to adapt to size, but we are happy to buy these patterns for this Woolly Hug.


PurplePidjin Sun 06-Jan-13 13:09:14

Dita - and others - plain squares are necessary to provide a woolly backdrop to the fancier stuff. I'll be contributing plain grannies this time due to rl issues, but can categorically state that the blankets would not be what they are without plain knitted and crocheted squares made with love thanks

TheEdgesHat Sun 06-Jan-13 13:11:04

Willing to help, have wool, will get hooking smile

Pm'd pistey

Tweetinat Sun 06-Jan-13 13:11:05

Another one signing up for the Crochet team. My thoughts with LemonTruffles and her family. x

Skoggy Sun 06-Jan-13 13:18:19

I can try and come up with a harp design filet crochet square. I'll look into it.

fraktion Sun 06-Jan-13 13:19:02

The second harp looks good.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:19:59

We already have a lovely donor to thank, we will be sending wool out on your behalf first thing tomorrow, heartfelt thanks for your generosity and kindness, you are a star

thanks MsNobodyAgain

Vajazzler Sun 06-Jan-13 13:20:03

This is very sad news for the new year hmm count me in but I don't have the appropriate colours so will need a donor if possible. Will pm pistey now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:20:33

The second harp is definitely better, and very much what we are looking for I think.

rubycon Sun 06-Jan-13 13:21:25

Happy to help x

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 13:24:17

Thanks everyone. We really do appreciate your help thanks

PastaDee Sun 06-Jan-13 13:26:19

I can help by making squares. I'll PM you Pistey.

Poor lemontruffles. I am so sorry for her and her children.

EllieArroway Sun 06-Jan-13 13:27:22

I'm very happy to be a donor - so if a knitter can PM me exactly what they need I shall send something out tomorrow.


KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 13:28:23

Ellie, can you PM Pistey and she'll match you up. Thanks

EllieArroway Sun 06-Jan-13 13:30:20

OK. Wasn't quite sure how it worked.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:34:15

You should have a reply from me now Ellie thanks

I'll do a square or two - I have green, blue and cream on order for another blanket I'm making. Pistey, will PM you my lovely.

Lemontruffles, so sorry to hear of your loss x

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 13:35:21

No worries smile Thanks so much for joining us.

Trumpton Sun 06-Jan-13 13:38:58

So sorry to hear about Mr Lemontruffles. I would be honoured to do 3 squares.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:41:11

Thank you everyone, such an amazing response already, and welcome to all new crafters and donors we are so glad to have you on board thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:42:25

Another lovely donor to thank, but no MN name, but your very kind donation arrived safely at 13.24. Heartfelt thanks to you, you are a star thanks

Much love to lemontruffles. I'll get started today.

namechangerforaday Sun 06-Jan-13 13:44:36

Im up to my eyes in new born, if I could donate for a ball of wool by sending money can someone get it for me please.

A dark purple one.

I have what I think is Debbie Bliss mauve - well, I know it's DB, it's the colour I'm not so sure of. It's medium rather than dark purple, but a subdued, heathery shade, definitely not lilac. Sound okay?

If so I'll do a plain square or two. Can someone remind me how many stitches it usually is for 6"?

Pancakeflipper Sun 06-Jan-13 13:50:12

If the is a donor available I would love to knit a few squares.

Around 33 dont callmebaby on 4mm needles.

JulesJules Sun 06-Jan-13 13:56:09

I'm so glad we are doing a blanket for lemontruffles.

Please count me in.

RedRosie Sun 06-Jan-13 13:57:24

I'm so sorry to hear this.

I'm back.

Can you count me in Pitsey? I can (although not very well, obviously) knit. And am happy to donate also.

namechangerforaday Sun 06-Jan-13 13:57:52

pancake do you have paypal? I could send you £10 if you could source wool.

Oh, caught me in time Glaikit, I'd cast on 44 and it's 6", but looking at a pic of a previous square it looks like garter stitch expands a bit after casting on - that square is 36 stitches and IIRC that was the only one I've ever managed to getto be 6" square. Thanks!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 14:01:56


KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 14:02:48

Awww, Rosie smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 14:04:17

Namechanger Just about to PM you and pancakeflipper, can you just hold on for a mo, thank you.

RedRosie Sun 06-Jan-13 14:10:06

Hey all ... A sad occasion to be back, but back nevertheless.

I shall knit a very simple square and look out for the support thread.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 14:10:06

Please also PM me with your lovely offers. It helps us keep track of what's what, I'm worried I will lose or overlook folk as the thread is so busy


BellaVita Sun 06-Jan-13 14:19:19

Pastry, I have sent something via pay pal.

JustFabulous Sun 06-Jan-13 14:20:43

I am always moved to tears by these threads. I wish I could help but I can't knit and things are tight for a few months.

thanks to you all and condolences to you and your family lemontruffles.

Dutchoma Sun 06-Jan-13 14:27:38

There is also this dragon and it is not only free but done by a friend of mine now living in Canada in difficult circumstances. Can't quite see whether it is do-able, the harp most certainly is. The other dragon seems a bit big to fit into 26 stitches.

Count me in, so very sorry to lemon I have greens and dark purples already, so will try to get some done and send them on with a little hug or two.

MinnieBar Sun 06-Jan-13 14:40:59

Hello to all, good to see you again but sorry it's always under sad circumstances.

Please count me in - may even go back to knitting for this one, and by a pessimistic coincidence I bought some dark purple Debbie Bliss earlier this week, because I thought 'there will probably be a need for it soon'. sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 14:41:49

Smashing fan thanks

Lovely Oma, thank you for looking, all this knitting is beyond me so I have no idea. Will you be able to have a go at the harp?

No apologies JustFabulous Big hugs for you X

Time for more lovely folk to be thanked. More donations have arrived safely and we are so grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness. thanks

thanks BellaVita

thanks namechangerforaday

thanksthanksthanks Plus three who left no MN name, but huge thanks to you too.

You are all stars


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 14:42:44

Bella has just called me 'Pastry' and I'm trying to low carb smile

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Sun 06-Jan-13 14:46:15

So sorry to hear this.

If another wibbly crocheted square would fit the bill, please count me in. I would be grateful for some donor wool though as things still a bit tight at the moment.

rubyrubyruby Sun 06-Jan-13 14:48:07

I have my first crochet lesson next week <<gulp>>

Count me in x
So sad sad

BellaVita Sun 06-Jan-13 14:51:31

Bloody auto correct grin tis what happens when using new gadgets - it doesn't know the names of my friends [grin[

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 14:51:36

Trazzle - Big hugs to you and most definitely we want your lovely crochet. Thank you thanks We will sort you out.

And rubyrubyruby - you're in. Good luck with the lesson, and thank you thanks

BellaVita Sun 06-Jan-13 14:52:49

Oh fgs grin sausage fingers.

JustFabulous Sun 06-Jan-13 14:54:45

Can I ask how much a ball of wool actually costs and if a cheque is an okay way to pay? Unfortunately I know there will be the need for another blanket and maybe I could save up blush.

landofsoapandglory Sun 06-Jan-13 14:58:41

I've PM'ed you Pistey.

I'll knit, and am quite happy to get my own wool.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 15:08:48

JustFabulous You are as your name implies, just fabulous. Any contribution helps towards a blanket, even a penny. It all adds up and all helps. You ask about a ball of wool. I have some here we bought when it was on sale for £4.10. So with postage it would be £6.40. But anything however small really does help, not just saying that X

And thank you


SarahStratton Sun 06-Jan-13 15:10:57

I'd like to donate please, if you could match me up.

Oma, that's the dragon pattern I'm trying to size down but do in knit and purl instead of intarsia. So far not so good. But I'll persevere.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 15:13:54

Stratters You are a star, just coming to you my lovely, thank you thanks

Bless you Fizzy X

If anyone can source a crow design, that would be fabulous


JustFabulous Sun 06-Jan-13 15:16:22

Thank you.

blondietinsellyminx Sun 06-Jan-13 15:16:38

I can't knit/crochet but can donate funds for wool so I've pm'd Pistey.

Huge hugs to lemontruffles if she's reading. My heart goes out to you x

cheesecheeseplease Sun 06-Jan-13 15:19:25

have just pmd I think, so sorry a blanket is needed, I will knit xx

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Sun 06-Jan-13 15:19:44

I'm rather useless when it comes to wool craft, but would like to say i think it's wonderful that you make these blankets for people in their time of need.

Truly inspirational thanks

PiggyPlumPie Sun 06-Jan-13 15:20:59

will PM you Pistey, sad to be joining .....

JustFabulous Sun 06-Jan-13 15:21:01
RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 15:21:53

Thanks puds

cheesecheese, glad to have you on board thank you, you should have a PMd question from me, thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 15:22:09


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 15:22:24

Can you get anymore fabulous?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 15:25:33

Thank you to JustFabulous

Can anyone have a go at this crow pattern? Crows are very significant to lemon and her family. Thank you. Happy to send wool for it.

<fingers crossed>

JustFabulous Sun 06-Jan-13 15:25:33

I will try. Hang on.

JustFabulous Sun 06-Jan-13 15:31:11
GetOnYourDancingShoes Sun 06-Jan-13 16:05:44

Have pm'd Pistey.

I'll have a go at the crow as well <sorts through yarn mountain>

Can donate wool or money x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 16:10:12

DancingShoes - bless you, crows are really significant to lemon, I have copied part of her thread explaining why in case you haven't seen it. You really are a a star thanks

This morning I took a step into our garden, and watched as 3 crows flew over my head. He loved those crows, his favourite birds, and he watched them every day last year - he couldn't go outside but he loved watching those birds.

Thank you for your research JF - you are a star too

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 16:10:43

Lego - I shall PM you now, thank you for your kind offer thanks

He sounded like a man after my own heart, I love the countryside too and especially North Wales, I am going to have a think, but might try to do some kind of landscape. If I find anything of use pattern wise I shall post it for the thread.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 16:12:42

And I have, you have mail from me, thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 16:13:28

fan That would be perfect, lemon will be so touched, bless you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 16:17:44

Both lovely and ravens are like crows aren't they? <hazy>

Love tribs one as there is more than one bird iyswim

But all beyond me

ravens and crows are very similar, ravens are just bigger really (well for artistic crafty stuff they are), remember though crows and ravens have black beaks and legs if you were going to make them in colour, its blackbirds in this country that have yellow or orange beaks. American crows are different.

So sad that another blanket is need.
Sending you a hug Lemontruffles.

Happy to do a crow, but would need wool. We have had a large unexpected expense this month and have nothing in my stash in the right colours. Will PM you now Pistey.

tribpot Sun 06-Jan-13 16:25:55

Happy to adapt this crow or to do the magpies again.

MarcelineVampireQueen Sun 06-Jan-13 16:34:47

I can crochet some squares if you could please match me with a donor, I live in NWales and there is some lovely countryside but my crochet is pretty basic so I will probably just send some grannies if that is alright. Will PM now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 16:35:14

Thank you lovely trib, it is definitely crows we are after, can the magpie one be adapted to be more crow like <reaches for stars> Having said that, because they are so significant to her, lemon will love whatever crows are made.

Back to PMs, thank you thanks

gailforce1 Sun 06-Jan-13 16:36:52

Thanks for the pm Pistey, I will catch the post tomorrow and hope it will be with you Tuesday. x

I would say to make a magpie look more like a crow shorten the tail

tribpot Sun 06-Jan-13 16:40:31
RandallPinkFloyd Sun 06-Jan-13 16:45:13

I'll pop onto the website now and send some PayPal cash.

You knitters really are wonderful thanks

DameFannyGallopsBEHINDyou Sun 06-Jan-13 16:57:05

Put me down for a square - I'll pm the next time I manage to plug in a laptop. If anyone can point me at specific blues greens or purples I can do something complementary - have a john Lewis voucher burning a hole in my wallet :-)

MissPricklePants Sun 06-Jan-13 17:02:02

Sorry to hear that a blanket is needed, I will be willing to crochet a couple of squares if someone would send me some wool? will PM now xx

lubeybooby Sun 06-Jan-13 17:03:32

Have donated flowers agree the knitters are wonderful

MOSagain Sun 06-Jan-13 17:18:07

So very sorry to read Lemon's sad news and will knit a square or two. Normal plain wobbly bottomed ones but knitted with love x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 17:29:09

Time for more lovely folk to be thanked. More donations have arrived safely and we are so grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness. thanks

thanks lubeybooby

thanks RandallPinkFloyd

thanks To an anonymous donor too, it arrived safely at 4.12pm X

And the donors are an amazing bunch too, honestly we couldn't function with their fabulous generosity. Tis proper teamwork. You are all stars


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 17:29:55

DameFanny I am coming to you now, thank you.....

Thank you lovely MOS


DameFannyGallopsBEHINDyou Sun 06-Jan-13 17:40:05

Got your pm - can't reply on the phone for whatever reason, but shall sneak a lunchbreak on Tuesday or Wednesday and do some yarn fondling...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 17:46:52

smile As convenient as it is ordering online, it is lovely to see it 'in the wool' hope that info helped some anyway.

HairyPotter Sun 06-Jan-13 18:00:19

Such sad news. I'll do a couple of squares, will order wool now.

Any codes knocking around from any of our usual haunts? <hopeful>

I'm in & on Pistey's list

Susieloo Sun 06-Jan-13 18:11:28

I would like to donate-I've pm'd

Skoggy Sun 06-Jan-13 18:12:32

The motifs suggestions also mention music - I'll give a go smile

Skoggy Sun 06-Jan-13 18:13:01

Sorry, I failed with linking that. confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 18:15:16


Such a heartwarming and moving response, I feel totally blown away by the outpouring of love, kindness and generosity from everyone. Have linked lemontruffles to the thread, would love her to see this. Bless her heart, big hugs for her X


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 18:15:24

Wise Badger was selling Debbie Bliss at £4.10, we bought some stash from there, have a look maybe. Knotty did mention another one, I will rack my brain and come back.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 18:16:35

Thank you skoggy, that would be excellent, how thoughtful X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 18:25:32

Just need to go and sort out my DC, be back later, but please do keep posting and PMing, we will catch up thanks

tribpot Sun 06-Jan-13 18:28:46

Deramores don't have any relevant offers just now.

Chopchopbusybusy Sun 06-Jan-13 18:29:54

I was really moved by lemontruffles thread. I'll knit some squares. Fairly plain but textured. I'll send a PM

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 06-Jan-13 18:32:42

Count me in but could I use donated wool please?

Fingers and thumbs have the same deal for DB plus shipping.

I'll have a scoot round elsewhere.

Ravelry page set up. No link yet as I'm on my phone (lost pc to DS an Fight my Monster!)

Rosa Sun 06-Jan-13 18:35:09

You guys are all lovely... can't knit or crochet but am with you mentally.....

HairyPotter Sun 06-Jan-13 18:42:09

Oooh Ravelry page? Must try and find that again

I think I used fingers and thumbs once before. Cant remember if they were the ones with snail speed delivery though <ponders>

workhouse Sun 06-Jan-13 18:42:12

I would like to knit a couple of squares, will PM you Pistey.

PurplePidjin Sun 06-Jan-13 18:43:13

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 18:45:44

Evening , lovely Woollies. has DBliss Cash DK at £4.20 at the mo.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 06-Jan-13 18:50:46

Checking in

HairyPotter Sun 06-Jan-13 18:51:00

Aileens looks promising. What colours would look good? I'll get cream and then another two balls.

What's the gunmetal like in person? Lavender and lilac I think I've used before. I really need to start keeping a log of the colours I have used. Would avoid dodgy mistakes. Stylecraft fiesta anyone? grin

Mikachu Sun 06-Jan-13 18:51:23

My sister has only just taught me but I'd love to do a square if that's ok? I'll pm you Pistey.

Best wishes and prayers to lemontruffles and family.

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 18:55:47

Hejhog have offers on the DBliss and Sublime wools.

Back in a min, Hairy smile

The teal is nice and I've seen mallard in Person and its lovely too

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 19:18:58

If you like purple, the DB Cash DK 045 is a gorgeous s

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 19:19:58

That went a bit early! Anyhoo, 045 is lovely smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 19:45:53

Just catching up on PMs thanks

Is anyone thinking about knitting the 'tree of life' pattern? I find a linky later, tis one of my favourites, would be really good.

Link to Ravelry group is here


Woolfey Sun 06-Jan-13 19:46:13

I'll do a square. Have sent you a PM Pistey.
Thinking of you lemontruffles x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 19:46:17

045 IS lovely smile

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 06-Jan-13 19:56:18

Please count me in for a square or 2. I'm new to crochet but I'll see what I can produce.

Have wool, will crochet......

Somersaults Sun 06-Jan-13 19:59:34

I'm in for sure. I'll pm you now Pistey. How sad sad

OpheliaBumps Sun 06-Jan-13 20:01:30

I'm in, have pm'd you pistey.

I'm sorry but I can't keep up with what motifs we are still looking for patterns for, can somebody let me know what we're missing and I'll get searching, or have a go at creating a pattern, as there are some unusual motifs this time.

Count me in.

I have some wool left over from Cup's blanket but I think it may be too pinky/lilac so I'll get something different.

I have no idea what tree of life is but I would like to give it a go - I'll have a nose around and find out.

MrsPennyapple Sun 06-Jan-13 20:06:06

I'm in, will PM Pistey. Lemontruffles' thread was heartbreaking.

Coffeeandchocolate you may need Valium to go with your NN to get through it! It's on the guide grin

Good luck! smile

Is this it?

Thanks Glaikit, I shall give that a go. I like a challenge!

Skoggy Sun 06-Jan-13 20:11:08

Oh... I'm actually making that Tree of Life afghan at the mo. :D

Oh, 045 is what I have and was blethering about earlier! It's very nice.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 20:16:18

Very quickly. Back properly in a bit and on phone. There is a version of the tree of life in our crafting guide.

theodora Sun 06-Jan-13 20:24:04

Have PMd you, Pistey as would like to contribute a couple of wobbly granny squares.

Does anyone know how many rounds they need to be to be the correct size please?
Thanks so much x

theodora Sun 06-Jan-13 20:27:30

Also meant to say my thoughts are with Lemontruffles. Her heart sounds like it is well and truly broken. Much love to her from a stranger in Oxfordshire x

MNPin2013 Sun 06-Jan-13 20:30:34

Count me in for several textured crochet squares.


What about warm browns like Sublime Embers? Artesano Cocoa or Brown?

Are DB Apple and Sublime Gorgeous ok for Green?

Many Thanks

tribpot Sun 06-Jan-13 20:32:35

Tree of Valium/Life.

(Although there are several other variations on Rav, this was the one inflicted on me by MinnieBar, I do believe).

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 20:40:00

Lots of PMs - just going to catch up, thank you trib for the link smile

theodora Looking at a range of granny squares here, it varies between 7 and 8 rounds. thanks

PurplePidjin Sun 06-Jan-13 20:41:18

7-8 iirc, theodora smile i usually do the last one solid so it's easier to attach but don't worry if you don't know how!

Thanks Trib, that's really helpful.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 20:42:59

MNPin2013 Yes please to the DB apple no 11, that is lovely, one of my favourites actually. I need to go and check the sublime. Looking at the overall colour palette for this blanket, we're not using warm browns, so not those thanks thanks

Sending pm now. Sorry for your loss lemon truffles x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 20:45:31

and yes, sublime gorgeous is indeed gorgeous thank you thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 20:46:32

Good luck CoffeeandChocolateplease smile and thank you, I will be here with the gin if you need it smile

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sun 06-Jan-13 20:47:02

I can crochet some squares but will need some donor wool, if any donors are still around? I'll PM you Pistey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 20:49:20

Lovely Ophelia

May I suggest leaves, motifs from the natural world, or going down the music or photography route? All very significant to lemon and her family.

All of that would be beyond me I am floored with admiration by all this you know.

OpheliaBumps Sun 06-Jan-13 21:03:34

I've found some crocheted notes that can be appliqued onto squares here

OpheliaBumps Sun 06-Jan-13 21:06:20

I like this note within a heart too heart

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 21:08:39

Both really lovely Ophelia, thank you thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 21:13:39

thanks We have more lovely donors to thank, honestly the donors are such stars, what a kind and generous thing to do, proper Blanketeers with hearts of gold they are thanks thanks

thanks MrsKwazii

thanks BIWI

thanks Happiestinwellybobs

thanks therugratref

You are all so lovely and real stars, thank you thanks


OpheliaBumps Sun 06-Jan-13 21:15:09

I think with some purples, greys and greens it would be fairly easy to rustle up a mountain scene similar to Snowdonia, I'll try to chart something up.

I've also found a pine tree, a bit basic but a good start tree

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 21:19:07

Oh that is lovely, I have odds and ends of colours if you just need a bit of something? Let me know. I am in awe smile

I'll have a go at the tree of valium (have done it once before without too many grey hairs). I have apple green on the way.

OpheliaBumps Sun 06-Jan-13 21:24:18

Oh I've found a beautiful crocheted fern, but I don't think my crochet skills are up to it, I'm more of a knitter!

It's here if anyone wants to try it.

WhoremoaneeGrainger Sun 06-Jan-13 21:25:39

Have messaged you Pistey .

Skoggy Sun 06-Jan-13 21:30:45

I love that fern Ophelia I'll see if I can manage one. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 21:34:08

Thanks lovely Whore, you have mail.

Love the fern, I shall have a go at that Ophelia, and thanks Shredded, bless you, I shall keep gin on ice for you too smile

The light is off in my PM box for now, will be back first thing in the morning to catch up and help, but please keep posting and PMing. It really has been the most amazing response today, quite literally awesome. Heartfelt thanks to everyone thanks thanksthanksthanksthanks

Thinking of lemon and her family tonight and sending much love xx

Theodora Sun 06-Jan-13 21:41:58

When you're back, Pistey, is there a timescale for when you want the squares?

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 21:44:47

Thank you, lovely Blanketeers. You com

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Sun 06-Jan-13 21:45:47

I have started knitting. I hoped we would do one so I took a punt and started with DB greens for Wales! smile

I've been on Lemon's thread since she posted it - it breaks my heart everytime I read it. It's so unfair.

I have several greens & blues, but I was going to add cream to some of them, I appear to have 02 though - does that sound right and is it OK?

Will PM you now Pistey.

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 21:47:02

Thank you, lovely Blanketeers. You complete [stars] thanks

I'll do one, will check my leftovers from previous blankets and see if I need more wool.

One square completed. Just a simple fairisle heart.

Thinking of lemontruffles flowers

Theodora Sun 06-Jan-13 22:30:07

Thanks Pistey and Pidj for info on number of rounds. I'm happy to do the last round solid - though will probably need to check back for advice about the corners. (Need to go and buy some wool first!)

Somersaults Sun 06-Jan-13 22:59:04

That fern is lovely. I will wait and see what colours I get and might give it a go if they're suitable. I'll have a good browse on Ravelry when I get chance for some good nature/music crochet and share if I find anything.

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Sun 06-Jan-13 23:22:28

When did John Lewis stop stocking Debbie Bliss?

I know I can get it online from other suppliers, but I like to see the colours and have a bit of a faff about I don't think there's anywhere within 20 miles (maybe more as I'm not sure the DB stockist in Henley on Thames sells the Cashmerino DK) that sells Debbie Bliss now confused

tribpot Mon 07-Jan-13 00:45:39

Just been catching up with lemontruffle's posts. I wondered if a celtic knot might be good - there aren't loads of free patterns on Rav but here is a selection.

There's also a nice one in the Refuge e-Book from last year.

MNPin2013 Mon 07-Jan-13 01:05:54

Thanks orphelia will apply fern to square and thank you glaikitfizzog I have just visited her page and purchased a stash.

I'll have a go at a Celtic knot Trib. There is a fairisle one I think I can get my head round.

Oh, and morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 07:14:54

Morning all wonderful people brew smile

Wonderful, except for tech, I wrote a post about an hour ago and lost it when the site went offline.

I try again smile

Thank you everyone, you really are truly wonderful thanks

Theodora - No deadline yet but it will be around 3 0r 4 weeks from now, we'll see how wool deliveries are going before we pinpoint a date, but you have a good while. thanks

WhoKnows Bless you thank you, glad to have you with us again thanks

Chipping My JL stocks Debbie Bliss, not that it helps you I'm afraid, that is a shame. Now the 02 is described as 'white' so we'd rather you avoid that if poss, but I have a part DB013 cream here if it is any help? I could pop it in the post today? I think I'd need your address though, don't think I have yours. PM me if I can help.

Somersaults, Fizzy and trib thanksthanksthanks

MNP Let us know how the fern goes will you? I think I might manage it, have some DB apple here, will give it a whirl.

Catching up with PMs in a bit, I know there are lots there, just need to go and sort my children smile confused

KnottyLocks Mon 07-Jan-13 07:37:48

Morning all smile

Love the fern and a Celtic knot sounds perfect.

Thanks to all for your support. thanks

YoucanringmySleighBells Mon 07-Jan-13 07:48:25

Can I help? I will pm you Pistey x

Vajazzler Mon 07-Jan-13 08:11:26

Morning allbrew

Can anyone tell me please how many rows make up their knitted squares?
I did a couple of squares for cups blanket by measuring and they were about 14.5cm each side (sorry my lame ruler only has cm) but then I started on an angel hug and my measuring wasn't very accurate and i ended up with varying sizes grin
I looked on the WH guide and it says 45ish rows iirc so I made a square that size but it came out 14.5X13cm.
Does anyone else do something different???

I just measure when it looks like it's becoming vaguely square blush grin

Chipping I have the same problem with Debbie Bliss stockists.

Pistey as you have so much time on your hands grin is it possible to compile a list of colours and their DB numbers that work for the Woolly Hugs colour scheme? Every time I've ordered online the wool's been a different colour to the picture. hmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 08:49:57

Hopefully all PMs replied to, huge thanks to all. The Blanketeers are a marvellous bunch thanks

Vajazzler - I am sure mine are different. Last time I counted rows I seemed to do lots and lots more than anyone else. Many more than 45 rows. It must all be to do with tension <hazy>

I think because everyone is so different, the best thing is to knit away and keep measuring. 6 inches is about 15cm I think?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 08:53:17

See Joyful is a professional, that's how to do it grin

I can certainly have a look at colours, we'd certainly know a core palette, but I could only do Rowan and DB, possibly one or two Sublimes, I've not ventured into Artesano territory yet.

I'll have a thinky

Vajazzler Mon 07-Jan-13 09:01:47

I was just measuring and that was going fine when it was just plain square but when i tried to incorporate a bit of a pattern then it went wrong!

AmberLeaf Mon 07-Jan-13 09:02:01

Id like to donate [as my knitting isn't good enough!]

I don't think I 'know' Lemontruffles, but my Dad is a fellow COPD sufferer so her thread struck a chord.

On a previous appeal you gave me a knitters address to have some wool sent to via a website? Happy to do that again or whatevers easiest.

Will PM my offer too.


fraktion Mon 07-Jan-13 09:16:13

Chipping I couldn't find DB cashmerino but I think the large warehouse place full of quilting supplies in Henley does Rowan cashsoft.

Thanks to Knotty and Pistey who always organising these blankets with so much orderliness (is that a word??) and compassion smile

I think it is a word.......hmm

Have pmed pistey but wanted to find the thread.
Thinking of lemon truffles (((())))

MissPricklePants Mon 07-Jan-13 09:55:41

just to clarify the squares are 6 inch by 6 inch? is that approx 15cm? not slept much so mind is a bit fuzzy! Also on my rubbish mobile that is not too good on this site, can't view previous posts!

Yes miss pricklepants.

I know that roughly my handspan is 6 inches. It probs ly why I've never sent 2 squares the same size to pistey!

<wave> how was your Christmas youcsnringmybell wink

MinnieBar Mon 07-Jan-13 10:30:11

Get you Glaikit - seems only yesterday that you were just doing basic plain squares (essential ones of course) and here you are doing a fairisle celtic knot! Amazing!

Because I have been cheating on my long-term 'partner', i.e. knitting, with crochet of late I've really not developed my skills any. If anything I've probably gone backwards. I think I will keep it simple for this one - so no worries Trib, I won't give you a hideous challenge this time... probably...

2.54 cm's to an inch (was taught both at school as I am "of an age") so about 15.24 cm's....sorry that sound really anal lol

Almost a year Minnie! Have you seen my dragon??

MissPricklePants Mon 07-Jan-13 11:15:46

Thanks all, 15.24cm it is! Will prob be plain squares from me, I don't often do squares (usually hats and mittens for dd) but if I can do a patterened one I will.

That dragon's awesome Glaikit!

OpheliaBumps Mon 07-Jan-13 11:48:12

I'll do one of the cable celtic knots, they look lovely. Off to get some graph paper today to try charting up a mountainous landscape, I'll let you know how I get on <may have overestimated my artisitc abilities emoticon>

Mermaidspam Mon 07-Jan-13 12:03:43

Don't know how I've missed this thread, will pm to sign up x

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Mon 07-Jan-13 12:25:30

Pistey - Thanks, but it's OK, no need to spend money on postage. DB02 certainly isn't my idea of white - but then I'm a very 'white whites' kind of person. Interesting that your local JL is still stocking DB, I'll ring mine in a bit and see, I assumed as they didn't have any online they'd stopped stocking it. Could be wrong. I just wish the local knitting shops stocked it.

Fraktion - thanks smile

WheresMyCow Mon 07-Jan-13 12:40:38

Will PM you Pistey.

So sorry for your loss lemontruffles

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 12:47:25

Hello all, lunchtime brew

Thank you everyone

Yy, squares of 15.24cm grin

Just off to check PMs, then off to the Post Office. Tomorrow, if you receive a pink or green plastic envelope from me, the wool is bought with donated funds from our lovely donors, their thanks are on this thread. Huge thanks to them, bless them.


And huge thanks to you pistey! You should teach organisational skills/project management. I'd sign up! <gazes round the chaos of living room and ds still in PJs>

MrsPennyapple Mon 07-Jan-13 14:26:09

The number of rows you need to knit will depend on your own tension, and the stitch pattern you are using. Garter stitch (knit every row) produces stitches that are wide and not very tall. Stocking stitch (alternating knit and purl rows) produces stitches that are tall and narrow. So if you did a square of each, with the same number of rows and stitches, they would probably come out quite different sizes. And if you were to do a pattern like bee stitch, which involves knitting through the stitch below the working stitch, you'd get a different row count again. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but measuring is the only way! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 15:22:01

Was given our own Woolly Hugs collection sack just now in the Post Office, huge thanks to the donors thanks

Fizzy, bless you, you haven't seen the state of chaos and uproar we are currently in here! grin

Birnamwood Mon 07-Jan-13 15:22:33

Oh so sad another blanket is needed sad my thoughts are with you, Lemon thanks

I've just had a dig through my emails and are offering 15% off in January with code JAN13

I've signed up with Pistey. I'll do a couple of squares as I'd like to help.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 16:28:18

Oh Birnamwood, it really is sad

Thank you for the link, don't think I'd heard of them.

Two more lovely donors of funds to thank, what stars, tis such a kind and generous thing to do, thank you thanks

thanks ThePigOfHappiness

thanks WheresMyCow


Thank you to all crafters and dnonors for your support. Tis amazing thanks

MNPin2013 Mon 07-Jan-13 18:09:38

Piste and those interested I have worked a fern from dk cotton mix yarn and posted a profile photo.

Lovely fern MNPin!

I've been to pick my yarn today and getting started on my square soon.

My JL is stocking DB wool - there's a wall full of the stuff. I could lose days of my life looking at and cuddling them all!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 19:55:06

Evening all smile

Lovely fern MNP, I have some apple DB here which would be perfect.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 19:55:20

I shall give it a go smile

Signing in, a PM's on its way to you Pistey.

MNPin love the fern, looks very tactile, I want to pick it up and touch it.

NoWayNoHow Mon 07-Jan-13 21:12:47

Sorry to hear that a blanket is needed. Please count me in for making some squares - Pistey, will PM you when on the laptop tomorrow. X

KnottyLocks Mon 07-Jan-13 21:21:04

Evening, lovely woolly folk.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 07-Jan-13 21:52:55

WednesdayNext - hmm - sounds like it might just be that they have stopped selling it online then? Which seems really odd to me. Anyway, will have a think about what else I need and then call the 'local' one to see what they have in stock <didn't get around to ringing them today>.

Pulled mine out today, decided I didn't like the colours together. Just starting again smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 07-Jan-13 21:53:26

Evening Knotty smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jan-13 22:00:19

Evening all wine

Just away to PMs. Thank you so much for the amazing support. thanks

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 07-Jan-13 22:42:26

Evening Pistey smile

I need help with my crochet!

For the first time I'm trying to do something other than a granny square so I've been playing around with woven stitch and V stitch. But no matter how long I make the foundation chain it always seems to end up at about 7 inches after a few rows. I've tried doing fewer stitches in the chain but it still does it. confused

Roughly how many stitches should I be doing for the foundation chain? I'm using a 4mm hook.

Theodora Mon 07-Jan-13 23:21:17

Evening! Have been looking on-line at colours as my local wool shop was closed today and wondered if anyone knew whether the Debbie Bliss airforce would be an appropriate colour. It looks silvery blue, which fits the brief, but has anyone seen this 'in the flesh' to check whether it is ok?
Thanks so much x.

PurplePidjin Mon 07-Jan-13 23:43:39

Joyful, i get 4 to the inch so ch 26 tc in 3rd from hook smile

Just PM'd you Pistey.

Worrying now I won't be able to get my square the right size, I'm still very new to crochet and I've not done anything "serious" thats had to be a certain size up til now and I'm not sure my tensions quite what it should be. Think I best get practicing to see how many stitches I'm going to need.

Also it is ok to ask for donated wool isn't it? This is the first time I've felt confident to sign up for a WH project so don't really know how it works. I feel like I should be providing my own? Only all my own is cheapy baby pinks and purples from the likes of Wilkinsons and Dunelm as I have no local independent nice wool shops and am totally overwhelmed every time I look online and get scared off from looking for a while.

Theodora I've used airforce. It's a greyish blue, I quite like it (and it goes with the apple, denim blue and cream.

PurplePidjin Tue 08-Jan-13 05:43:19

Welcome along, Mud! Please don't worry about "quality" - love is far more important here. Grannies are great for getting to the right(ish) size if that's something you're confident doing?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 05:57:50

Morning all brew

Theodora Knotty and I are looking at colours, we had a request yesterday for some numbers of colours of the core palette we use, just as recommendations. I've looked at the DB and the Rowan, and she will be able to look at the sublime in the wool in the next few weeks. Airforce 046 is lovely. Thank you. I shall PM you the list but what lovely Shredded says is true about the colours combining well. Hopefully I can get the beginning of the list up today, it really is hard to see online isn't it?

Mud lovely - your square will be lovely, because you will have made it with thought and love for lemon. That's the bit that matters.

And yes it is more than OK to ask for donated wool, I am coming to your PM right now, more than happy to sort you out.

Off to PMs, huge thanks to all smile thanks

Jacksmania Tue 08-Jan-13 05:58:45

I've just found out I can get the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK013 on eBay.(I'm in Canada so getting the right yarn to help with blankets has been daunting me - I'm quite thrilled smile).
Do you still need squares?
If yes I'll order the wool tomorrow.
How many squares do you need?

If you could post or PM exact colours (I haven't read through the entire thread) I can order a few and make several squares.

I've just recently started crocheting again and have rediscovered how much I love it and that I'm actually still reasonably good at it.

Would love to help.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 06:13:46

And we'd love to have you Jacks, and very pleased to be able to add you to our band of International Blanketeers thanks

I shall come and PM you right now smile

BellaVita Tue 08-Jan-13 06:58:45

Leaves further supplies of brew for you all x

Somersaults Tue 08-Jan-13 07:00:39

Morning all brew

Morning wine

Jules146 Tue 08-Jan-13 07:40:50

Morning brew in much need of!! And a biscuit but that will have to remain virtual as the dreaded diet has started (again!!)

KnottyLocks Tue 08-Jan-13 07:51:32

Morning, gorgeous Woollies brew

Skoggy Tue 08-Jan-13 08:18:32

Good morning all!
Everyone refreshed and ready for a new day? Ok... so that was a bit of sarcasm. Asking that on a forum full of Mums. lol I've got my landlord coming over at 0930 (how early?!?!). I'm hoping he is going to end our contract so we can find somewhere else to live. The passage out the kitchen is rife with 3 different types of mould, NOT good. The only way to fix it properly is to redone the shoddy building work.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 08:35:25

No, that isn't good Skoggy, fingers crossed you get the result you want X

Hoping to hear news of lots of woolly arrivals today smile thanks

Oh skoggy that sounds awful sad

Jules146 Tue 08-Jan-13 09:01:58

Skoggy surely if he doesn't then you need to seek legal help (Citezens Advice?) it can't be good for you living there sad hope it gets sorted.

HairyPotter Tue 08-Jan-13 10:27:17

Morning brew wool ordered last night. It took ages because I wanted a few different colours but most of the suppliers only had one or two of the ones I fancied trying. Went with Wise Badger in the end (thanks Pistey) I'm hoping it gets here tomorrow so I can get started.

I wouldn't mind giving the crow pattern a go, would it materr if we ended up with lots?

rubycon Tue 08-Jan-13 10:45:58

thank you to my lovely Irish donor - you wool has arrived this morning. x


I may have, accidentally, been teleported to my local branch of hobbycraft, where 3 balls of sublime in salty grey, dew and Eskimo flew into my hands and frog marched me to the counter to pay, then I was teleported back home a bit bewildered! Does this happen to anyone else ever??

Wish that happened to me Glaikit, you lucky thing!

foxache Tue 08-Jan-13 11:55:35

A ball of wool has just been squeezed through my letterbox smile
Thank you Pistey, it's a lovely colour thanks

I'll get on with it, I don't think I can do a sophisticated pattern so will stick with what I know.

My donor wool has just arrived too, foxache (love that nickname, btw) - and it is a beautiful plum colour that I haven't used before, so I shall enjoy getting to work with it.

foxache Tue 08-Jan-13 13:01:44

thanks SDTG, though I found out the other day that'd I'd inadvertently stolen it blush.

It's nice getting a new colour isn't it? One you wouldn't have chosen yourself.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Tue 08-Jan-13 13:19:19

Donor wool arrived today...cream and green Debbie Bliss that will be perfect for some 'falling leaves' lacework.

Thank you to the lovely donors. I shall try very hard to do it justice.

hellymelly Tue 08-Jan-13 13:22:11

I am Welsh, I live in the countyside and would love to knit a couple of squares.

Knitters, need help! The Celtic knot pattern I'm doing is 41 stitches across in st st. This is ok for my gauge but its only 39 rows. I can't remember what is wider stitches or rows.

I think in need to add a few rows, is that right?

I think rows are taller than stitches are wide - I usually seem to have fewer rows than stitches in my squares.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 13:30:54

So fabulous to hear of wool arrivals, thank yous coming up a bit later.

Very glad to have you on board hellymelly thanks

I shall start with PMs, thank you to everyone for such marvellous support X

Theodora Tue 08-Jan-13 13:48:54

Thanks for the PM re colours - that is very helpful.
I am in awe of you, Pistey, your thoughtfulness, time spent sorting it all out, organisational skills and crafting knowledge smilesmile wow, you are amazing.
Most of my children are back at school now so if I can help more, do let me know x

Skoggy Tue 08-Jan-13 13:51:10

Thank you Pistey. My envelope turned up this afternoon.

And, further on from my landlord coming round, he is moving us into another of his properties - a 3 bedroom victorian terraced house. So thats nice instead of a pokey 2 bedroom upper floor apartment. The 2nd bedroom is only big enough for DD1's cotbed and a wardrobe... its tiny! And its only going to be £25 more. Excellent!!!!

PurplePidjin Tue 08-Jan-13 13:56:02

I have woolly wool from Pistey and have managed 3 1/2 rounds of granny grin

Thank you thanks

Fab news skoggy!

Theodora Tue 08-Jan-13 14:28:08

Could I have some crochet help please. I've made a practice square in acrylic as I've never used the pattern before. It has come out at exactly 5". I already added an extra round of half treble crochet as it was too small. Should I just keep adding rounds of htr until it is 6"?

Thanks so much x

Skoggy Tue 08-Jan-13 14:34:46

Theodora thats what I would do. That or a round of tr.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-Jan-13 14:35:16

Skoggy, excellent news smile

Theodora , that's the idea: keep adding until it's 6 inches. [thumbs up]

Theodora Tue 08-Jan-13 14:37:01

Hmm have been practicing and a round of trebles makes the square 6 and 2/8. Will try some half treble, but imagine it'll be too small...

Theodora Tue 08-Jan-13 14:40:53

Thanks for the advice. Will get back to you after I've tried the half trebles x

Theodora Tue 08-Jan-13 14:47:48

Thanks so much - think htr will do it. But also probably should get on with the real thing as my tension might be different.
Am quite pleased with the finished square as it's the first time I've followed a proper pattern grin

Skoggy Tue 08-Jan-13 15:03:33

Such a feeling of satisfaction isn't it Theodora. smile My first pattern was an amigurumi elephant and I was chuffed to pieces when I finished it.

great news Skoggy nice to hear that there are some more good landlords out there smile
Excited now to get hope and see if my wool has arrived grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 15:25:33

Really good news Skoggy. smile

Fair isle Celtic knot is like another giraffe for me I think! It took 3 tries to get the giraffe right! My eyes are crossing following the grid! I may need some wine

tribpot Tue 08-Jan-13 15:44:39

Glaikit, yes you need some more rows.

Skoggy - very good news.

Pistey - my yarn arrived this morning, thank you! I will now PM you to tell you as per instructions wink

My wool has arrived - two balls!! Thank you for posting Pistey and thank youto the donors. YOU ARE INCREDIBLE and very very generous.

thanks x a million

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Tue 08-Jan-13 16:04:25

Further to my PM, Pistey, I'm back from the hygienist [ouch] and have opened the packet. Wool is indeed safe and sound! And thanks for the, er, additional enclosure. And Joe says thanks for his hug.

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Tue 08-Jan-13 16:05:12

Sorry and of course, thank you extremely incredibly much, lovely donor. You are wonderful. I hope to do your beautiful wool a bit of justice.

Otherworld Tue 08-Jan-13 16:22:00

My donor wool arrived too! Big thanks to the donor! Pressure is on to do it justice...

Doyouthinktheysaurus Tue 08-Jan-13 16:45:48

I ordered from AbitWoolly but they don't have the apple green DB which looks lovely so I may have placed another order with Deramores for that and a few other bits I always have trouble choosing colours so end up getting more wool than I planned.

I now have lots of lovely colours winging their way to me, hopefully won't be too long before I can get started.

I've not long learned to crochet and I feel honoured to be able to finally contribute to such a worthy project.

Keeping you in my thoughts LemonTruffles

Mermaidspam Tue 08-Jan-13 17:23:49

My lovely wool has arrived thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks to my donor


MNPin2013 Tue 08-Jan-13 17:30:18

I have ordered DB colours 11 Grass Green, 13 Cream, 32 Rich Purple, 44 Airforce Blue and 45 Dusky Lavender.

MNPin2013 Tue 08-Jan-13 17:31:10

For me Galikit it is eBay, my fingers just have a mind of their own wink

PurplePidjin Tue 08-Jan-13 17:35:17

Gah! One and a half sides to go and ds woke up! Still, means i can pop my granny-butterfly-thing pattern up here for you...

Row 5 of any square worked centre out in rounds.

Working from the first gap of the edge, away from the corner:

Ch2, tc, *ch2, dc

Ch 5, dc in next-but-one gap

Ch 5, turn, sl st in 1st ch

Ch 5, turn, dc in previous dc, 2 tc

Ch 1, work corner, ch 1

2 tc, repeat from *

Continue around, sl st to join

Tie a short piece of contrast yarn around all 3 lengths of chain, cut the ends off to 1/2" for antennae.

Next row, dc around (dc ch1 dc in corners) with 5 ch across the butterflies

Final row, tc around with 5 tc in each ch 5 gap

Voila, butch butterflies! Well, it is when worked in green (rows 1-3) cream (4-5) and blue (6-7) grin

Theodora Tue 08-Jan-13 17:45:39

Thanks Skoggy smile and glad your landlord has found you somewhere else grin

Was feeling happy to be making some beautiful crochet, then felt desperately sad for Lemon - thinking of her x

Wow Purple that's just a bunch
of letters to me blush
My Granny taught me to crochet and knit and I've never actually followed a pattern before.
I'm going off a video on YouTube and hoping for the best!
Thank you to my donor, some lovely wool arrived today. I hope I can make a valuable contribution to the cause.

Thoughts are with you Lemon
And well done to Pistey for your fabulous organisation. x

PurplePidjin Tue 08-Jan-13 18:16:55

I'm stuck on the sofa breast feeding and surfing from a tablet if you want talking through anything smile

Ooh, yes pidj can you talk me through the inner workings of the hadron collider and the impact on the world of discovering the god particle? Because to me, I think that would be easier to understand than that witchcraft crochet malarkey! grin

I'd love to see a photo of that when it's done Pidj! Haven't you mastered simultaneous BFing and crocheting yet?

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Tue 08-Jan-13 19:24:45

My donor wool arrived today! smile A lovely muted green colour, will look lovely in a mountainous blanket. thanks Pistey. X

PurplePidjin Tue 08-Jan-13 20:01:49

I've just posted one to Pistey's fb for her to post to woolly hugs if she wants but the light is rubbish and there are lots of pesky ends. I'll try for a better one in daylight tomorrow

Only when he's on the left!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 20:07:19

My daughter can talk you through the hadron collider if you like Fizzy grin

So lovely that so much woolly wool is with crafters, that really is smashing. Most of the wool arriving today is thanks to the donors of funds, another big thank you to them. thanks

And we have more lovely donors to thank tonight. Either your donation has arrived safely with us, or your wool has arrived safely with your crafter. Either way we are enormously grateful to you, you are all stars. thanks

thanks GailForce

thanks ThePigOfHappiness

thanks AlistairSim

thanks TeaMakesItAllPossible

Do remember lovely donors that if you would like to send a card to the family, please do, you have all the info. Thank you thanksthanksthanks

My PM box is busy, I am away there now, heartfelt thanks to all for this fabulous support thanksthanks

MissPricklePants Tue 08-Jan-13 20:19:30

I think my donor wool arrived today (2 lovely balls of it) but not my name on it!assuming it is my donors name!thanks if it is!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 20:27:55

Oooooo. It will be. Just ignore that bit smile I shall go and check The Soreadsheet thanks

More wool arriving. Marvellissimo!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 20:28:52

Spreadsheet obv.
On phone.

Seamless. smile

Woo that's great smile
I'm going to root through my stash this evening to find the good stuff and get going on something. I may knit for a change, though it will probably be wobbly. I know that's ok though.

KnottyLocks Tue 08-Jan-13 20:45:08

Wobbly is fine . Squares created with thought and love are treasured smile

KnottyLocks Tue 08-Jan-13 20:46:47

Fabulous to see so much wool arriving. Huge thanks to our donors thanks

Thanks for the measuring help this morning Pidj! I've managed a square of - well actually I'm not sure what stitch it is because it's not the one I was intending to do, but it looks nice. grin A bit wobbly around the edges for the first few rows, but not bad.

Snapespeare Tue 08-Jan-13 22:01:44

Wool arrived here, beautiful dark bluey purple DB cashmerino. I'll get on it at the weekend. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 22:20:21

Even more wool has arrived. Really marvellous.

<High Fives Jacks> Good to see the North American chapter is growing (I'm in the US)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 06:42:11

Morning to all Blanketeers, international and domestic smile brew

Busy, busy day for the woolly hugs crew yesterday, thank you to everyone for such awesome support.

Just off to PMs thanks

Morning! brew <waves to US tag team chum>

Skoggy Wed 09-Jan-13 10:47:37

Mornin' all! I trust everyone is well, or as well as they can be. smile

Made one of my squares yesterday with my lovely donor wool. Came out lovely! I love making squares with flowers on. grin

Now, DD1 is watching, singing and dancing to Mr Bloom, DD2 is sleeping after having her jabs this morning and I have a bucket o'tea and a hook in my hand.

Have a good day!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Wed 09-Jan-13 11:06:55

Hi all, I've completed my first square and it weighs 15g so hoping to complete 3 altogether. My tension is really tight so I've used a 5mm hook as it gives me a 6" square if I use a DK 6" pattern. I always have to use a larger hook or end up with tiny, lumpy squares. blush

rubyrubyruby Wed 09-Jan-13 11:21:45

I'm still awaiting my crochet lesson but may try knitting as I have done this in the past about 40 years ago

There is a fantastic new wool shop opened next door to my office. Unfortunately I am rarely actually in the office and although I am in all day Monday I have just checked website and it's closed on Mondays! <<grrr>>

I may have to make a special trip.
..... I need wool/needles/hook/patience/a miracle.

Vajazzler Wed 09-Jan-13 11:29:12

Pistey and Knotty, you are fantastic. I think you both deserve many many thanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew winethanks brew wine

How on earth you find time for all this i'll never know thanks brew wine

Morning droitwich!

HairyPotter Wed 09-Jan-13 13:20:56

I have woolly wool! Wise Badger are fast. grin I found a ball of db airforce in my stash yesterday so I had a go at the crow. It appears to have been on the gin though, it's leaning a tad to one side blush

Think I'll look for something treey for the ball of apple. The tree of Valium terrifies me so something far more basic is needed.

Theodora Wed 09-Jan-13 14:02:37

Have finished my first square in lovely DB airforce and it is 6" at the corners and a bit less when measured across the middle. Is this ok because I can gently stretch it to make the middle 6"? I don't think I should do another round as it'll be too big then grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 14:09:20

Theodora If it happily stretches to six inches then it is absolutely fine, thank you.


Thanks Vajazz - I'll have the wine smile

MrsPennyapple Wed 09-Jan-13 14:09:39

I'd leave it Theo, it'll stretch out when it's joined to other squares.

Ellen I quite often go down a hook size, as my crochet comes out fairly loose and sometimes I like it a bit tighter.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 14:10:41

Good luck with the knitting lovely RubyRubyRuby Maybe one of these might help? wine But arse for the shop, typical!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 14:12:49

My experience with Wise Badger has always been fabulous I must say, I would really recommend them.

I sympathise with that crow, when I'm on the gin, I also lean to one side smile

Thanks everyone, thanks

I've received some beautiful DB dark purple wool today, thank you ever so much to my donor!! smile

Will crack on with the hooking from Friday night, I'm working the next couple of evenings and non napping 19mo DD isn't conducive to crocheting during the day if I want to do my beautiful wool justice!

Theodora Wed 09-Jan-13 14:25:58

Thanks so much for the advice. Have just discovered I can get these on my phone - so thanksthanksthanksthanks grin

rubyrubyruby Wed 09-Jan-13 14:39:21

Thanks Pistey thanks

I have ordered yarn needles and hook from wise badger.
Can't wait to get started now.

MinnieBar Wed 09-Jan-13 14:41:28

Right, I picked up my knitting needles for the first time in aaaages, and despite having to double-check how to cast on hmm I've already done half a square today [proud].

I have a request though blanketeers. Some time ago I had some left-over wool and thought I'd finish it off on a square. Predictably, I ran out in the final section and even worse, DB have blardy well stopped making it, so I can't even buy a ball to finish it off.

It's here - does anyone have any left over hot pink? I have enough of the coldlilac, but just need a smidge of hot pink to finish it off. I know it's the wrong colours for this blanket, but it could be a spare for the future.

Can anyone help out, to save me having to unpick it all? thanks

MinnieBar Wed 09-Jan-13 14:42:48

Oops, took a pic of the reverse side. Looks much nicer from the front grin

MinnieBar Wed 09-Jan-13 15:08:22

Oh bolleaux. I've just realised, that even if someone had some leftover wool in that shade that there's no point me finishing it off is there, because as it's now discontinued there wouldn't be any other squares in the same colour, and it would stand out like the proverbial sore thumb.
Boo, hiss....

PastaDee Wed 09-Jan-13 15:25:58

Ordered from Cucumber Patch Monday morning, wooly parcel waiting for me after work yesterday, chased DD round a soft play centre this morning to tire her out which gave me time to crochet my first square for this blanket! smile

cheesecheeseplease Wed 09-Jan-13 15:37:18

wool is here! thankyou to my lovely donor, have found a pattern now how do I cast on again?

My wool arrived today, a lovely plum purple, thank you! thanks

My wool has also arrived thank you Pistey (I think, 'tis in a green bag ?) gorgeous, cream and green, which I am really pleased with as I have my eye on a leaf design. Will be starting tonight as I have spent the day washing and packing as off to Estonia on Friday for 4 days (minus DD).

cheesecheese YouTube will help.

Minnie, I think I have a ball and a half of that pink. Let me take a pic, see if you think it's the same one. I'm not particularly keen on it myself, it kind of hurts my eyes when I knit with it.

Found my receipt and its shade 27 rose pink if that helps at all?

NoWayNoHow Wed 09-Jan-13 17:38:13

Thank you to my lovely kind donor - my wool arrived today! thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful evergreen colour DK wool - will get knitting soon!

MinnieBar Wed 09-Jan-13 17:45:33

That could be it Fizzy - I don't have the details anymore, so I don't know the number.

Yy to it being eye-hurtingly bright - it's pretty much a Barbie pink. I think I got it for maybe Expat's blanket?

On second thoughts, if I open both our photos next to each other they maybe look a bit different.... aaarghh, don't know....

tribpot Wed 09-Jan-13 18:13:35

I think given Glaikit's half blind from looking at this pink yarn, she might as well send it to Minnie. If it doesn't match with the rest of the square, Minnie can use it to blind the good people of her town in the future.

Perhaps a candidate for a mini-hug, Minnie? (Minnie-hug?)

Flowersandfaff Wed 09-Jan-13 18:17:13

My lovely green wool arrived today, thanks to my lovely donor!

I'm in awe of the organisation skills that pistey and knotty obviously possess, fabulous work ladies!

Will I send you the little half bit? That should be enough to finish the square of its the right colour. AnDi can't really see me using it maybe with sun glasses on

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 18:35:51

Evening all wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 18:36:18

Obviously if BIWI is knocking about that just says

Evening all

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 18:37:47

Just away to PMs, thank you everyone.

And not wishing to alarm anyone but we will have first thank yous to crafters later, the first squares have arrived smile shock smile

Pistey the dusty donkey has landed!

MNPin2013 Wed 09-Jan-13 18:59:29

Wool arrived today predictably whilst I was out from 10-6, will collect it tomorrow and start on a square ASAP.

I have the red card of doom through my letter box today. So it's either wooly wool or the ink for the new printer!

KnottyLocks Wed 09-Jan-13 21:02:16

Minnie, if you want to send me a teeny bit of that wool, I suspect I have a smidge in my stash that may do the job.

Oh, and don't worry about it not fitting in anywhere...I have ways wink <mysterious>

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 21:06:02

And back in the room smile

Thank yous tonight.

Two lovely donors to thank, you have done so well as your woolly donations have already arrived safely with your crafters, huge thanks for you kindness and generosity thanks

thanks Amberleaf

thanks IHopeYouStepOnALegoBrick

You are both stars thanksthanksthanks

And not wishing to alarm anyone, we have the first of the squares for lemon.


thanks SoupDragon Just so beautiful, one is a landscape, I have been to North Wales and this is it! Soupy you are a star. Two other lovely crocheted squares, a circle to square and beautiful flower. [star]

thanks Woolfey Two beautiful crocheted squares, one a beautiful granny the other a quartered design. Just smashing [star]

Thank you to everyone for your support thanksthanksthanks

AmberLeaf Wed 09-Jan-13 21:38:22

You're welcome flowers

Wow that was quick! Glad it arrived safely x

MNPin2013 Wed 09-Jan-13 22:58:54

Would love to see the squares individually as they arrive...nosey.

Schooldidi Wed 09-Jan-13 22:59:52

I'm here. I'm looking out a suitable pattern right now. I'm so sad for lemontruffles.

Can we use beads on these squares ? I know we can't on the Little Hugs, but I have always fancied having a go and thought some woody type ones would be appropriate for Lemon.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-Jan-13 06:35:55

Morning all brew

Didi - loving how you mix it up with your name smile Thank you for joining with us again thanks

HaveToWearHeels Wooden beads sound lovely, but if you don't mind, could you hold on until I have a chance to talk to Knotty about whether it's Ok to use? Sorry to be a pain.

Off to PMs, huge thanks everyone thanksthanksthanksthanks

No worries, I was just looking through my books and thought it would be nice, don't even have the beads so no hurry.

So I managed to squeeze in some unexpected wooly time last night after work. Thank you for reintroducing me to my favourite Wednesday late night guilty pleasure - crochet and Trevor Nelson on Radio 2 grin

I'm 80% there with my first square and just wanted to say another thank you for my wool. I think it was from Pistey based on another post, as mine also arrived in a green bag. It's the first time I've worked with "nice" wool and it's so so nice! It's beautifully soft and the the colour is just lovely.

Now I just need to decide on what square number two shall be and see if I can squeeze a third out of whats left over smile

blondieminx Thu 10-Jan-13 17:58:15

Sat down with a brew, and just ordered the wool ordered for my crafter today - thanks to Pistey thanks for finding out colour preferences.

I have used the shop GlaikitFizzog mentioned, thanks for the recommendation thanks

I started my first square today and I love the wool. I've only ever done half arsed bits of scarves, with rubbish yarn in the past and never actually followed a pattern.
I hope the extra care I'm taking shows through. I want to make every stitch as perfect as possible so I can do the wool justice.
Now, just need to get this sleeping baby off my boob and that noisy toddler up to bed and I shall continue...

StopEatingThatMud Trevor Nelson is on Radio 2 now?
When did I get old enough to know Radio 2 presenters? he read my sister's letter out on MTV many years ago

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-Jan-13 20:51:25

Busy, busy day smile

Evening all wine

Such a lot of love, care and effort from all, tis so heartwarming. Thank you everyone. Bless lemon, thinking of her tonight. X

Thank you Blondie thanks

HaveToWearHeels - Knotty is coming in a bit to talk beads, thank you smile thanks I shall be off to help folk on PMs. wine

We have some thank yous tonight, more lovely, lovely donors, honestly we couldn't manage without you, you are proper Blanketeers with hearts of gold. Now either your donation of funds has arrived safely with us, or your wool safely with your crafter. Either way we are enormously grateful to you.thanks

thanks Rindrecella

thanks Zhx3

thanks Magimedi

thanks SalaciousCrumb

You are all stars, bless you thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Theodora Thu 10-Jan-13 21:17:35

Hmm, just lost a message I tried to post - try again...

Evening Pistey and Knotty!
I have a question: I've finished two different squares and would be happy to make two more the same. Would this be helpful, is it easier to place them in the finished blanket if they come in pairs?
Does that make sense??? xx

OpheliaBumps Thu 10-Jan-13 21:22:06

Sigh, you know those days where your craft ability leaves you?

My mountain landscape chart looks like some wobbly green and purple triangles, so I won't be knitting that into a square hmm

i've just started a celtic knot and done the first cable row wrong twice. I've pulled it down and I'll start again tomorrow I think.

Going to sit on the ogling George thingy the architect and eating fruit (back on the slimming world wagon so using fruit as a chocolate avoidance tactic).

Theodora Thu 10-Jan-13 21:39:45

Oh Ophelia, it's so frustrating when it feels as if you just can't do it right. Good luck with it tomorrow x

KnottyLocks Thu 10-Jan-13 21:51:57

I have arrived to talk about beads smile

HaveTo, I think a small amount of beads will be lovely on this blanket.
What we need to be wary of is having too many as the blanket will already be very heavy because of the weight of the wool. So too many beads could weigh it down, also make it tricky to wash and can knacker a machine too! A square or two will be fine though, as long as the beads are securely incorporated into the square, so knitted or hooked in as you go.

Hope that helps.

WhereAreMyShoes he does an hour on Wednesday night 11pm til midnight, not sure if he's on any other time.

And I know! Does this mean at the ripe old age of 26 I am prime Radio 2 target audience material?

Ophelia I have just remembered I have chocolate spread in the cupboard and had to check it was ok, therefore ruining the effort of my body pump class this morning so have also moved onto satstumas whilst ogling George. Yum smile

KnottyLocks Thu 10-Jan-13 22:03:29

Okey dokey, Theodora, your turn!

How many squares is entirely up to you. All are greatly apprecaited. Until we get all the squares in, we really only have a vague idea of how many we will get.

If we have quite a few, we ensure that everyone has at least one square on the blanket they have made for. Often there may be two.

Any squares beyond that have been used in the past, and will be used in the future, to create 'fundraiser' blankets. For example, we made a blanket for Anthony Nolan which raised £1,373.43 for the charity and one for SANDS which raised nearly £500. The generosity of our crafters and donors made that happen smile

Theodora Thu 10-Jan-13 22:32:44

Oh ok thanks Knotty. Sounds like you don't need squares in pairs! So will stop there as have nearly run out of wool grin

Out of interest is it just you and Pistey who hook/see it all together?

MissPricklePants Thu 10-Jan-13 22:55:01

1st square nearly done!measuring 4x4 at the moment but I'm off to bed now as I have work tomorrow so hopefully it will be completed tomorrow then I will crack on square number 2.

DameFannyGallopsBEHINDyou Thu 10-Jan-13 23:21:53

First square done - crochet - will do another tomorrow hopefully then post on Monday ish. Might end up doing quite a few - anything to avoid sewing in ends on my current angel hug grin

PurplePidjin Thu 10-Jan-13 23:31:30

It is now, Theodora, I had to drop out due to new baby who arrived in November smile any volunteers to replace me?

I may available for some gentle hooking between April and June smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 11-Jan-13 03:48:33

Skoggy - EXCELLENT!! When do you get to see the new place?

Jacksmania Fri 11-Jan-13 05:46:20

<waves at blondie>
I got your last PM but haven't had a chance to reply. Stupidly busy few days.
I didn't know you're a hooker too smile
Although I've only recently joined. Pistey is posting me some wool, I can't wait to get started smilesmilesmile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 06:29:35

Morning all brew

Hopefully Jacks your woolly wool won't take too long.

Shredded, are you in the UK April - June? <hopeful>

Ophelia hope you have a better day, bless you for trying thanks

Busy, busy stuff. Thank you EVERYONE!

thanks to all, am off to PMs

Morning brew [matchsticks] <yawn>

Finished the Celtic knot yesterday. And if I do say so myself it is rather lovely! Will take a pic when the sun is up maybe Tuesday!

Skoggy Fri 11-Jan-13 08:09:41

Morning all!

ChippingIn, get to see it at the end of the month with a view to move straight away. We are so lucky that we have a decent landlord. This like this don't come up everyday. He manages the new property himself so we don't have to deal with Letting Agents which, in my opinion, is so much easier. No need for references, deposit and no admin fees. He's such a canny bloke. grin

Hows the crafting coming along? I'm on square no.2 and within the week.

I love making squares for these blankets. Makes me all fuzzy inside knowing that my little contribution is going to be part of something bigger which is going to be loved by the recipiants. However, its always sad when the call for them goes out.

Skoggy Fri 11-Jan-13 08:10:35

*should be posting within the week [so tired]

MrsPennyapple Fri 11-Jan-13 10:10:00

Was knackered last night but thought I might manage a few rows on my square. Nope. One row. I just could not concentrate. That was at 9.30, so I MN'd for a bit and went to bed, then couldn't sleep. So my square is not progressing as fast as I'd like, but never mind, it will get there.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 11-Jan-13 12:24:34

Skoggy - he sounds good smile So how come you've been living in the mouldy place?

Crafting not going too well at the moment, pulled the first square out as I wasn't happy with it, haven't had time to day any since.

Trying to 'cure' bout of insomnia, was up all night last night, desperately fighting off sleep today, if I sit still long enough to knit a row I will fall asleep!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 11-Jan-13 12:46:11

First square made! Lots of back and forth trying to get bobbles in the right place to produce a heart, but I've managed to produce a square of the right size and same number of stitches on every row for only the second time blush

Had to finish of ds2's hat for the big freeze which apparently is coming but that's done now so I'll get back to my second square when the house work is done!

Hopefully I'll post late next week after I finish my night shifts.

The colours I bought are beautiful, not colours I would normally use, greens and bluey greys but they really are lovely tones. I do love DB wool!

<drums fingers, waiting for wool to arrive>

Skoggy Fri 11-Jan-13 13:02:54

ChippingIn the back staircase was a new addition to the flat before we moved in. We moved in May so the weather wasn't that damp. As time went on and the weather started to turn, the staircase got damp and formed lots of condensation which caused mould. Initially he had done something to remove the first lot but then it came back with a vengenance. Something has gone wrong with the building work he'd done and he now needs to fix it. smile

Susieloo Fri 11-Jan-13 13:12:26

Just hopping on thread to say wool ordered from deramores (?) I think it was yesterday so it should be landing on someone's front door in the next couple of days-hopefully anyway.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 14:25:57

Hello all smile

Just catching up with PMs thanks

Also to say Last Posting for squares for lemontruffles' blanket to be the last day of January please, which is Thursday 31st


Huge thanks to everyone for this amazing support thanksthanksthanks

roguepixie Fri 11-Jan-13 14:53:58

Last posting day noted. Have three done, just want to do a couple more then will pm you for address.

MNPin2013 Fri 11-Jan-13 15:00:22

Are crocheted appliqué oak leaves ok?

Thinking green leaf on blue or cream square?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 15:02:07

Sounds absolutely lovely thank you MNP X

Snapespeare Fri 11-Jan-13 15:16:43

really looking forwards to sitting down for a good old knit tomorrow. I have to confess I'm not that familiar with Lemon and was only aware of her loss through this thread, but MN has been an absolute comfort for me through less-difficult times and I want to do something positive to pay back the support I've had from MN. I will manage at least two squares during the weekend and will post as soon as possible.

you're all lovely and I'm really proud to be a MNer.

Theodora Fri 11-Jan-13 15:25:25

I might be available for some gentle hooking together if I'm in the right area. Is it evening work or daytime meetings?
Oxfordshire or surrounding counties any good?

Theodora Fri 11-Jan-13 15:26:02

Oh and two squares just posted smile

Theodora Fri 11-Jan-13 18:01:47

Oh and Pidj, huge congratulations on your baby thanksthanks. Are you getting any sleep?grin

cheesecheeseplease Fri 11-Jan-13 18:24:49

One done one half way there, I've never knitted with such beautiful wool before blush

PurplePidjin Fri 11-Jan-13 18:50:02

Theodora, all the squares (120 or so) are sent to you to arrange, join and edge then Pistey organises a way to get it to the recipient. So you can do it in whatever time you have spare smile

Theodora Fri 11-Jan-13 19:24:34

[gulp] Pidj, wow 120 squares to join sounds like a lot - I'm a very slow hooker so don't think I'm up to joining a whole blanket hmm

[bows down in front of others' immense crochet expertise]

Theodora have you seen the woolly hugs website? all the photos on there are of completed blankets.

If you want to try hooking together squares there are the little hugs and angel hugs that individual squares are knitted/crocheted for. Pistey is the one in the know on those.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 19:33:30

Evening all wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 19:39:11

Snapespeare I didn't know lemon before this either, but that doesn't matter. We make the blankets for another to show love and comfort. So much more than just a pile of squares hooked together aren't they? MrsKwazii said hers made her feel 'loved and looked after' that's what it is about. Reaching out to another and hoping to give what comfort we can in very bleak times.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 19:41:56

So honest heartfelt thanks to all, you're rather a smashing bunch, for vipers wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 19:42:50

Theodora, thank you lovely for your squares, you star thanks

Back2Two Fri 11-Jan-13 19:44:08

You guys rock xxx so lovely

Jacksmania Fri 11-Jan-13 20:03:01

So can I just ask, how big are Angel Hugs? Because they look like one complete crocheted or knitted blanket to me, rather than hooked together from squares. They look like they're about a meter square but it's hard to tell from the pictures. When I really get in gear with all this, I'd love to make one.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 20:11:44

The last two Angel Hugs were hooked as one piece, but we also have ones that are squares hooked together. If you look through the album, you will see different stylees.

Minimum size 24" square going up to 30" square, and yes please, we'd love to have you make one Xx Thank you thanks

Angel Hug thread is here for when you are ready smile

RedRosie Fri 11-Jan-13 20:53:27

Wool will be on the way to my crafter tomorrow ... So sorry for the delay. I'm sure their efforts will be better than mine as I've forgotten what to do!

If you are reading Lemontruffles, we are thinking of you.

Jacksmania Fri 11-Jan-13 21:06:30

Thanks for the Angel Hugs link, now what are Little Hugs? Sorry for all the questions, I feel like I should be able to find the answer from the crafting threads but I'm on my phone mostly, so searching can be a bit challenging.

Gah I was so wanting to finish my first square tonight but I'm 1/2 an inch short all round, grr!

I've got a blinding headache coming on and have work in the morning so am going to have to call it a night even though I know another round or so of DC would do it. Very annoying!

Jacksmania Fri 11-Jan-13 23:56:12

I see! Thanks Glaikit!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Jan-13 07:41:16

Morning all brew

Rosie, no sp

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Jan-13 07:41:38


I'm on my phone.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Jan-13 07:44:36

Rosie no apologies needed! Thank you and please give Pru a tickle from me. smile

Jacks. Have you seen our website too? I can do the linky but probably best I wait to go on the computer! God alone knows what mess I'd make of that. smile

PurplePidjin Sat 12-Jan-13 07:48:58
RedRosie Sat 12-Jan-13 09:16:34

Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.


KnottyLocks Sat 12-Jan-13 09:54:07


They still are, Rosie smile

RedRosie Sat 12-Jan-13 10:39:59

That's good - having been away for a while I was worried that everyone's crafting skills have improved very much more than mine. Which remain, errr, basic.

Rosie's not much of a crafter
Her efforts are lumpy and hairy,
But her knitting at least causes laughter,
And her talents are best labelled "lairy"...

rubyrubyruby Sat 12-Jan-13 10:43:24

I'm doing a plain one Rosie and I haven't knitted since I was 10.

I've made a blue daffodil on a square which will be ready to send on Monday, will pm you Pistey

KnottyLocks Sat 12-Jan-13 11:27:59

Good to see our Woolly Hugs poet back on the boards smile

RedRosie Sat 12-Jan-13 13:36:29

I'm sure that I'm more glad to be back than you are to see me! But I'm so pleased to be here and its lovely to be able to take part in this again, and you are all stars.

My skills are tragically limited, but I can knit and purl. I'll do a plain square, but additionally I might like to do a raised musical note/treble clef for this one ... Is Trib about, to point me at a possible pattern?

Also, I have done a sheep before (remember Basil Pitsey - Trib did me a super-simplified pattern?) so that's a possibility. What is the easiest way to do a two-colour (i.e. with the pattern/background being different shades) square, or is that too hard for the likes of me ...?


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Jan-13 17:48:05

I'm so glad our Woolly Hugs Poet Laureate (patent still pending) is back. smile
<happy dance>

Rosie I loved Basil, well I actually still do, and it would be marvellssimo if you'd make one for lemon, I'm sure she'd love it too. thanks Now I think Fizzy might have the musical notes pattern, I shall ask her for you. thanks

I have no idea about two colours, I am sorry, the best I can do with two is stripes

rubyrubyruby - Your square will be very precious however plain or patterned, because it will be knitted with thought, love, care and support for another, bless you for doing it smile thanks

WhoKnows I've seen your daff, and it is lovely, thank you so much, I shall PM you in two ticks. thanks

brew [kitkat] <-- not really if BIWI is looking smile

We are onto this evening's thanks yous, starting with the donors thanks

Huge thanks to you for your kindness and generosity, your donations have arrived safely, you really are Blanketeers with hearts of gold. There is no doubt of that Xx thanks thanks thanks

thanks Fiderer

thanks ChazsBrilliantAttitude

And onto two lovely crafters, thanks to you too for your generosity, care and time, such lovely woolly treasure, heartfelt thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks GoingGoingGoth Two beautiful plummy purple crocheted squares, one has absolutely lovely bobbles, absolutely super [star]

thanks Theodora More gorgeous crochet, in a lovely blue grey (Airforce I think?) One a lovely 3D flower. Just so very lovely. [star]

Huge thanks to all for the amazing support, you are all stars Xx

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Dutchoma Sat 12-Jan-13 17:50:34

I've done a harp. Just copied the pattern, which is cheating a bit, but she didn't answer my email and I wanted to get on with it. It is a fairly small harp, but it is definitely a harp. Now for the dragon.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Jan-13 17:52:28

Oh bless you Oma, the harp is something very significant to lemon so THANK YOU. X

Good luck with the dragon smile


I'm losing the fight with my dragon square, but Celtic knot is done.

musical note pattern for Rosie. Very simple, just knit and purl!

Pistey, can I ask was I in the batch of donor wool you sent at the beginning of the week, or was I matched with someone? It just I've not received anything yet if it was coming from you. smile

RedRosie Sat 12-Jan-13 18:59:58

Glaikit you are - as ever - a gentlewoman, and I thank you. smile

I purchased wool today (for me, and for my hopefully-better-than-me crafter - IT'S IN THE POST MIDLANDS CRAFTER!) from a central London wool emporium. And while there I saw an absolute beginners lesson being taught by a (very patient) chap. Which was lovely to see. And got me to wondering - have we any contributors of the "other" gender? I should have asked him, but didn't want to interrupt ...

I had to undo my square last night as I dropped a stitch and the bugger ran right the way down my square. My talents were not up to retrieving it!!

Sigh. Starting again this eve!!

KnottyLocks Sat 12-Jan-13 19:17:50

Dropped stitches are indeed a bugger <nods >

<passes wine >

KnottyLocks Sat 12-Jan-13 19:19:23

'Other' gender, Rosie?

Interesting <strokes beard thoughtfully>

tribpot Sat 12-Jan-13 19:22:36

Rosie, the easiest way of doing two colours (not counting stripes) is to do one shape in the middle of the square in a different colour, let's say a heart. You would need two balls of the main colour (not two whole balls - just two bits long enough to get the job done) and one of the contrast colour.

You knit along merrily in your main colour til you come to your first contrast stitch, you bring that stitch in as shown as the beginning of this video - go to 0:45 and ignore the mad things she's doing by holding the yarn in her left hand. Bring the new colour in, knit with it, then bring in the second ball of the main colour, same thing, and off you go again.

In the next row, you come back to your first stitch in the contrast colour (which in the case of a heart would normally be one stitch over from the one you did in the row below) and now all you need to do is pick up the contrast colour again, being sure to twist it with the main colour you're dropping, so as not to leave a gap. Best way to do this is to always pick it up from underneath the other colour ('old over new' is how we were taught it on my course) then off you go again.

I can make Basil into a two colour pattern but you'd be better off with a Team Heart I reckon?

tribpot Sat 12-Jan-13 19:25:58

Have a gander at this for this style of two-colour knitting (intarsia).

RedRosie Sat 12-Jan-13 19:42:03

Knotty has a beard?
That seems somewhat weird...
I always see Knotty
As a glamorous hotty!

Thank you Trib. You are amazing. Whether I can learn that by 31st is another thing!

<takes wine and necks gratefully>

I'm trying honeycomb stitch for the first time. Not very exciting, but something a bit different!

Dutchoma Sat 12-Jan-13 21:38:08

15 rows of dragon completed. Looks like nothing on earth, but that doesn't mean it won't work. On the other hand, it might mean it won't work. Oma is going to bed.
Good night.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-Jan-13 10:47:36

Morning brew

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 12:46:05

I think it's crow day today! Although I do have a 28 page document to read on Local Authority codes, which shall I do first ...

StellaMarie Sun 13-Jan-13 12:50:24

Thank-you to my lovely donor - I received 2 balls of wool yesterday (Pale Grey and Airforce Blue). I will get hooking this afternoon after I've done some more revision/cramming for my exams this week!

Morning brew

Sounds like a fun packed morning trib grin. Looking forward to seeing your crow, and Dutchoma's dragon.

I'm still waiting for my wool to turn up (sound familiar?).

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 12:54:16

Shredded, are these yarns difficult to source in the US? I wonder if we ought to be trying to find an equivalent to make it easier for you.

No, not really trib, although it's kind of you to suggest that. Deramores deliver here, and there are plenty of US yarn suppliers which stock them, it's just that I need to order online as there aren't any shops which stock them locally. I tried a new supplier this time, as they had a wider selection (and a discount) but they are taking a long time to arrive.

I only have a couple of months left here, and will be back in the UK for a bit so the problem will disappear grin.

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 13:23:29

I didn't realise you were coming back to these fair shores! How exciting.

Yes, it's all happening too fast for my liking. I'm looking forward to coming home, but not to leaving here if that makes sense.

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 13:55:29

Yes, definitely. Are you likely to be heading back to the US after your time in the UK this time, or on to pastures new?

Pastures new for me, but not until the summer. I won't say where, as it will probably out me even further than I am already <looks over shoulder in paranoid way>

MissPricklePants Sun 13-Jan-13 17:29:18

first square is completed, it is a tiny bit short of 6 inch but another round will make it too big, it will stretch to 6 though if thats ok?onto square number 2 later this eve!

KnottyLocks Sun 13-Jan-13 17:55:23

As long as it stretches to 6" easily, all is fine. smile

|> this is a white flag! I surrender to the dragon square.

MissPricklePants Sun 13-Jan-13 18:10:01

yeah it stretches easily enough, will do a couple more so if I get them bang on six you don't have to use the one thats a tad small.

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 18:43:48

Crow Number 1 (and the legs of crow 2)

Glaikit, wazzup with this dragon square? I'm sure we can sort out.

It's 3 colour intarsia. Immightbtry it again, but in one colour knit and purl. Me and charts don't mix!

this one. But it's all to do with my concentration levels at the moment! I need a no thinking pattern!

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 19:29:10

It's a bit on the big side for one of our squares as well. Just about doable, but ...

In my gauge in stst 38 stitches gets me a six inch width.and I did toy with taking it down a needle size to 3.75. It was spot on 6" when I frogged it.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 13-Jan-13 20:28:18

Evening all smile

Lovely crow there trib!

tribpot Sun 13-Jan-13 20:34:46

Glaikit - sure, but the pattern goes right to the edges. You'd lose a stitch or two when it's put together ...

Fab crow trib!

MNPin2013 Sun 13-Jan-13 23:16:17

Love the crow Trib

Wow, I admire your skill Fizzy

Jacksmania Sun 13-Jan-13 23:27:49

Have been checking my mailbox every day which is ridiculous as I'm sure wool doesn't fly to Canada from the UK First Class and practicing stitches. Can't wait to get started smile

Jacks - would it be faster for you to order from the US? I've used and Yarnmarket before.

Jacksmania Sun 13-Jan-13 23:46:16

Well I did offer to buy it on eBay but lovely Pistey emailed me and said she'd post me some blush


I'm still waiting for mine to arrive as well. I bought it from, which I assumed was US because it was .com rather than, and Debbie Bliss was on sale, and there was another 10% off for a first order...but the confirmation email said it would come by air in 5-7 days, so I guess it might be coming from the UK as well.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 06:43:56

Morning everyone on this fffrrrrizzzzzzzin morning brew smile

Love the crow trib, thank you thanks

Three coloured intarsia makes my head fall off confused

Jacks - it will come today! <hopefully> smile

Off the PMs, thanks all thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 14-Jan-13 07:29:55

Tis frizzzzzzin!

Morning all smile

Top crow, Trib. [thumbs up]

Morning! Snow all gone here! sad

It has made my head fall off pistey! I don't think I'll get the dragon done. I'll have another look for an easier pattern to follow.

House of Fraser Birmingham has Rowan Cashsoft and Patons Fairytale on offer. If you buy a pack of 10 Rowan they cost £30 instead of £57.50. The Patons are £15 instead of £29.50. They don't have all colours so if anyone wants some let me know what you want and I will see if they have it

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 13:03:55


Like the sound of that!

Shall think on DWM. When might you be able to go?

Lunchtime and just catching up with PMs thanks

<fingers in ears> la la la la la la la la la la la la la

I know nothing about cheap wool, la la la

I work in Birmingham city centre so I can pop in most days

Tweetinat Mon 14-Jan-13 13:25:24

Gorgeous green ball of goodness dropped through my door this morning. Thank you to my donor - will try to do you proud smile

I love the Rowan Ballad Blue (which has been discontinued).

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 13:47:12

Same Shredded,

There are so few colours left in the Rowan cashsoft I do wonder if it's on its way out sad

Also discontinued Mist - 505, a lovely soft silvery grey
and Spruce 541 - a sort of bottle green, we had some in our stash of that and there will be quite a bit in lemon's blanket.

Good news Tweet

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 13:48:16

DWM - let me catch up with Knots and I'll come back to you though, thank you. Just need to check our finances smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 13:59:17

Oh arse, PMs now playing silly buggers it seems. Maybe because it is so frrrizzzin.


Sorry, I try again in a min

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 15:36:56

Think we are all OK again. Maybe if anyone is around could they send me a PM to check they are working that way? I always worry when Pms are being flaky that we will miss sommat!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Mon 14-Jan-13 15:54:37

Pistey, shall I send to the same address as for Cupoftea's squares? (To save overloading the PMs.)

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Mon 14-Jan-13 15:55:20

Ah, I'll send you a PM.

One of the balls I have sent back today is Mist Pistey. Out of the 3 wools for hugs Cashsoft has been my favourite to work with, I like the silkiness of it.

I had a PM from you about 2pm BTW.

RedRosie Mon 14-Jan-13 16:16:36

Rosie is working on the musical note square ... She may have to write a poem.


Crotchet or semi quaver
Rosie's resolve, it does not waver
Knit and purl
She's your girl
Let's hope she keeps it squarer?! hmm

I'll get me coat!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 17:01:09

Ooooo, Rosie has competition for Woolly Hugs Poet Laureate (patent pending)


Thank you for PMs, I have replied and they now say they have gone through


lemon will really appreciate the musical note square Rosie, thank you thanks

Any woolly wool today Fizzy? <hopeful>

Nope pistey. sad

RedRosie Mon 14-Jan-13 17:40:35

I'm holding your coat Glaikit.


My musical note may be frumpy...
It will DEFINITELY be lumpy,
But when magically part of a woolly hug...
It becomes something better, warm and snug.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 19:17:40

Rosie - so glad you are back smile

Any more woolly arrivals I wonder? Tonight's thank yous coming up very soon thanks

PiggyPlumPie Mon 14-Jan-13 20:22:51

Lovely cream wool arrived today, thanks to my donor!! thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 20:32:50

Oh good news smile Thank yous coming.....

Jacksmania Mon 14-Jan-13 20:34:51

<checks post box obsessively>
which is pointless because its only 12:34 pm here and our postie comes through around 3 pm

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 20:39:47

thanksthanks Thank you so much to everyone for such amazing support. Starting tonight with our lovely donors. Either your woolly wool has arrived safely with your crafter or your donation with us. Either way, you are a star and we appreciate it so much. Thank you. thanks

thanks Susieloo

thanks Portofino

thanks blondietinsellyminx

thanks EllieArroway

thanksthanks And moving onto a lovely crafter, such beautiful woolly treasure, a huge thank you thanks

thanks givemeaminute Two lovely knits, a gorgeous purple rib and a super snuggly cream basket weave type knit. Absolutely lovely [star]

You are all stars, heartfelt thanks thanks

Thinking of lemon and her family tonight, and sending much love to them all X


Thanks Knotty, will just do one with some very like wooden style beads.

that should have read "light wooden style beads"

KnottyLocks Mon 14-Jan-13 21:05:04

Sounds lovely, HaveTo smile

Thanks everyone. As ever, your support is greatly appreciated and very touching. thanks

Dutchoma Mon 14-Jan-13 22:28:26

Have done a dragon, purl on plain and I don't think it looks like anything. I've posted a picture on my profile, it's pants.

OpheliaBumps Mon 14-Jan-13 22:42:29

I think that looks dragonny oma, tis lovely!

I've got 2 squares done, a plainish one and a cable celtic knot, which has turned out rather well, excecpt it's only 5" <sigh>

i'll try to add a round of crochet to it, as I don't think it'll even stretch to 6. Note to self, cable compresses a square, so the usual number of rows/stitches doesn't knit up to 6".

I have wool!

All the way from the UK, and beautifully presented in a little gauze bag. I shall be using again!

I'm attempting the twin trees from the crafters guide - wish me luck!

BellaVita Tue 15-Jan-13 07:13:24

brew for you all this morning, Bbbbrrrrrr

Vajazzler Tue 15-Jan-13 07:20:57

Morning everyone. Still waiting for donor wool here. Think the postman thinks have a crush on him as I'm at the front door the minute I hear him walk up the drive grin

Jules146 Tue 15-Jan-13 10:49:18

brew morning, hope all is well. Not managed much crocheting yet (1 square) hoping to do more tonight! smile

Skoggy Tue 15-Jan-13 11:33:22

Morning all!

Just wanted to post that Deramores has an offer on all Debbie Bliss yarn. 15% off! Use BLISS as the coupon code. grin

Twin trees Shredded? Does that = double Valium? shock

Oma, picture is too small ony phone to see if it's dragonny or not but either way it looks like a lovely, snuggly square of woolly love smile

<ignores Skoggy the temptress>

Quite possibly Barbara grin. I've only done the trunks so far so am not yet reaching for the bottle smile.

Skoggy Tue 15-Jan-13 12:08:17

Haha Barbara smile Well, it is very tempting.

So the two trees are done, but have come out a bit tall at almost 7 inches. Any good? If not, I'll squeeze them into something else I'm making, which has a number of slightly not-very-square squares grin. I can make another one with slightly shorter trunks if it needs to be 6 inches.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-Jan-13 16:38:22

Afternoon all brew

Another busy day!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-Jan-13 16:40:06

Oma lovely, why not send it, I'm sorry I can't see anything on the picture, and I'm sure it's not pants. X

Hoping more woolly wool has arrived with crafters <fingers crossed>

Dutchoma Tue 15-Jan-13 16:48:31

OK, I'll send the whole kit and caboodle, but won't sewthe ends in on this one so you can undo it easily. I had a look on the Deramores site and the red is out of stock or I might have bought a ball just in case you wanted it as a double knitted Fair Isle square.
Let me know what you think I'm sure there is plenty of time to do another square and it won't cost the earth to send it. Will just go and pack it up and send it off.

Dutchoma Tue 15-Jan-13 17:05:02

Actually, it is later than I thought it was, so although it is packed up it won't make the post office today. You should still have it on Thursday, it will go first thing tomorrow morning.

MinnieBar Tue 15-Jan-13 20:12:32

Just checking in, RL has been getting in the way (nothing important, just that paid work stuff) so I forgot to check the thread.

Awesome dragon Trib!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 15-Jan-13 20:50:54

Evening all wine

Thanks Oma thanks

Time for tonight's thank yous, one lovely donor and one lovely crafter tonight Starting with the donor, huge thanks, you donors really do make these blanket projects function and enable all to participate who wish to, it is a very generous thing you do thanksthanks

thanks bbpants

And to the lovely crafter,such woolly treasure thanksthanks

thanks RoguePixie Five beautiful and very different knits, in blues, silver, cream and purple. Of these one of the patterns is called Marriage Lines, which I agree Rogue is perfect, she really did love him very much. Another design is called Waterfall which is so perfect for Wales, and the cream one has L O V E reading in a square,from top left. So thoughtful. Bless you, these are just so lovely [star]

Huge thanks to all, such amazing support thanks thanks thanks thanks

tribpot Tue 15-Jan-13 21:26:10

Minnie, for the avoidance of doubt, mine is a crow, Oma's is a dragon. Key similarity - er, both have wings. wink

MinnieBar Tue 15-Jan-13 21:38:37

Yes, sorry, I am actually able to tell the difference blush
<gets coat>

You should see the crows on the trees here! Easily mistaken for dragons!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Jan-13 05:54:23

Tis an easy mistake.

Morning all brew

You're up early Pistey! Have some more brew

RedRosie Wed 16-Jan-13 07:03:33

Morning Pitsey! 'Tis chilly in these 'ere London parts.


Wool should have got to my crafter by now ...

KnottyLocks Wed 16-Jan-13 07:48:24

Morning all brew

Tis chilly everywhere!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Jan-13 08:31:35

<puts on another vest>


Was tempted to wear my woolly nork this morning grin

Vajazzler Wed 16-Jan-13 13:57:05

Droitwichmummy i think you're onto a winner there... woolly norks warmers grin its certainly cold enough!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Jan-13 18:05:47

Should have done DWM smile

This evening's thank yous coming up in a bit thanks Hope everyone is managing to keep warm?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Jan-13 19:25:37

And here we are smile

thanks Thank you so much to everyone for everything they are doing for lemon thanks

Once I have done the thank yous, I have a message from her to share with you all. This Woolly Hug really means so much to her as you will see, bless her heart.

Starting tonight then with a very lovely donor, you really are a star my lovely and have a foot in both camps, this is very generous of you, your woolly wool has arrived with your lovely crafter, bless you thanks

thanks RedRosie

thanks We also had some funds donated to us this afternoon at 2.15pm, no MN name and are not outing you, but thank you so much X


And lovely woolly treasure has arrived too, absolutely smashing, thank you so much, you are a star thanksthanks

thanks WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Just perfect! Tis a lovely crocheted square in pale blue and cream, with a 3D pale blue daffodil, how lovely! [star]

Heartfelt thanks to all thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Jan-13 19:33:04

(Our lovely hellymelly is embroidering "Cariad Anfarwol" onto a square which means "love undying" in Welsh.)

From lemontruffles.......

I am moved beyond words by what you are doing for me. My wedding ring has the word Cariad written on the inside of it: that's what my husband said to me all the time. I used to ask him to speak to me in Welsh simply because the language is incredibly beautiful and loved the sounds of the words from his mouth.

I keep thinking about this blanket. To me it represents the benevolence of the human spirit; for strangers to pour out such love in such a way to another stranger shows something extraordinary and magnificent about the human spirit. And this is what this blanket will always represent to me.

I strongly believe that my husband is in a spiritual place now. This place is not constrained by physical bonds, or the absolute ties of the inexorable, linear progress of time: it's a place that humans can't understand now (we will when our souls have to leave our bodies) but which is a place of absolute love and joy and happiness and peace and, in the case of my husband, a man who couldn't even walk a few yards by the end of his life, flying. I've never ever felt anything like this in my life before, and I'm astonished by this strange understanding.

But the reason he's there is because of love. And your blanket is because of love. And this love is the essence of everything that is good in our human natures. And this is why this blanket means so much to me: it's not just about my wonderful husband, and me, and the love we shared (and still share, at least thats what he tells me - he's still around), but it's also about the best in other people. Kindness, love, connection, benevolence, generosity, altruism, faith.

I really am moved beyond words by your gift to me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

lemontruffles x x x

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Jan-13 19:34:18

Much love to you lemon, we are keeping you and your family close in our thoughts X

BellaVita Wed 16-Jan-13 19:45:04

<wipes tears>

BigStickBIWI Wed 16-Jan-13 20:04:36


What beautiful words, lemon. You speak so eloquently of love.

PurplePidjin Wed 16-Jan-13 20:09:11


RedRosie Wed 16-Jan-13 20:16:54

Yes. Much love Lemon.

Anyone with a loved husband or partner (or indeed a loved anybody) will be thinking of you. It is an honour to be doing even a small thing in the face of your loss.

To my crafter: I am banking on you crafting better than me ... no pressure!

MrsPennyapple Wed 16-Jan-13 20:20:58

What a lovely message from Lemon. I'm honoured to be part of this blanket, as I feel like it is a tribute to their love.

AmberLeaf Wed 16-Jan-13 20:30:52

Such meaningful words.

flowers x

MissPricklePants Wed 16-Jan-13 20:50:09

2 squares completed!!and a beautiful message from lemon, love to you and your family xx

SkaffenAmtiskaw Wed 16-Jan-13 21:08:33

I'd like to contribute a couple of squares (crochet) if I may, do I need to PM you Pistey?

Much love Lemon.

MNPin2013 Wed 16-Jan-13 21:42:40

Much love Lemon

MNPin2013 Wed 16-Jan-13 21:44:11

Question oh wise ones....

Would the (unknown) initials of the dear LemonTruffles in a square be acceptable?

Jacksmania Wed 16-Jan-13 22:03:47

Oh for goodness sakes, I'm at work and have just started sobbing at my laptop reading lemon's words.

What a wonderful thing you're all doing.

<checks postbox again>

Somersaults Wed 16-Jan-13 22:16:36

Beautiful words, Lemon. I'm moved and honoured to be a part of this project again.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-Jan-13 06:44:15

Morning all brew

Am away to a very full PM box, huge thanks to all thanks

Jacks - it will come today! <fingers crossed smile >

Birnamwood Thu 17-Jan-13 09:57:36

Woolly wool arrived this morning smile thank you pistey thanks

nimbs Thu 17-Jan-13 12:24:57

Hello - I am very much a beginner knitter - how do you get involved in the Woolly Hugs blankets? I def. can't do patterns at the moment but can (just about) knit a square.

Thoughts are with lemontruffles and her family

PurplePidjin Thu 17-Jan-13 12:44:54

nimbs are you ok to buy your own wool (see the original post for details) or would you prefer to be sent some? Either way, go up to a post by RatherBeOnThePiste and click Message Poster, then message her with your preference and kind offer thanks

Just found this crochet dragon pattern. It's a bit small but perhaps a clever hooker could make it work?

As well as 15% off Debbie Bliss offer posted by Skoggy above, Deramores are also doing 15% off all DK yarn until 24-Jan. Code is DK15. Perfect if you want to add to your Woolly Hug square order with some other yarns to get free postage grin

<Searches for missing children under mountains of bargainous yarn>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-Jan-13 13:17:11

Lunchtime brew

Good news Birnamwood smile

nimbs Lovely to have you with us, you are very welcome on board, I shall come and PM you my lovely, and thank you thanks

Ria that is lovely! Hopefully someone can give it a whirl - Ria's suggested pattern here for a lovely hooker, tis an embellishment, I have green. Any takers?! Thanks Ria, well spotted.thanks

More woolly offers! Fabulous. I'd quite like a bigger woolly mountain to hide in, tiz fffrizzzzin. We are due snow tomorrow, already had an email from my DC's school warning they may shut, and that s before a single flake has fallen.

Stay warm everyone Xx

PurplePidjin Thu 17-Jan-13 14:42:16

The dragon is 2" in thread on a 1.75mm hook. It'll be waaaaay bigger in dk on a 4mm smile