Woolly Hugs, Little Hugs 2: Billie's Blankets for World Child Cancer org.

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KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 14:25:46

This is Phase 2 of the Little Hugs project.
Since the beginning, the aim of the Little Hugs has been to provide little blankets that give comfort to babies and small children who are seriously ill in hospital. Hopefully, Phase 2 will continue to do this and more.

We are launching this phase as a tribute to beautiful Billie, our lovely MrsDeVere's daughter, who devastatingly died at 14 from leukaemia. This is the time of her 21st birthday and we are calling the project Billie's Blankets in her memory. In her name, we will send little blankets to children who really need a woolly hug and to feel loved and looked after.

We have been talking to this wonderful organisation World Child Cancer and are arranging for Little Hugs to be sent to children suffering from cancer in low and middle income countries. In these countries their overall chance of survival can be under 10% compared to around 80% in high income countries such as ours.
The first batch of Billie's Blankets will be taken to children in Malawi and Bangladesh.

World Child Cancer's response to our initial idea is below:

'Thank you for your email and your kind offer of support. Your blankets are beautiful and I'm sure they provide great comfort to the children who you make them for.
I'm sure the children would love them. Unfortunately most of the children we see at our projects are not able to survive their cancer due to the poor conditions, lack of knowledge and the high cost of medicine in the worlds poorest countries. In these cases we encourage palliative care for the children through our twinning partners who provide training for local project staff on the importance of this care, especially in pain relief. Psychosocial care is also very important and an area we focus on through supporting parent groups and play therapists. I think your blankets would fit in well with this area.'

How you can help:

By crafting:
You can help by either making a whole Little Hug (see yarn spec)
Or
By making 6" squares, either knitted or crocheted, using Stylecraft Special DK yarn

Or by donating for crafting materials:
If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website or if you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste.

Or by donating to World Child Cancer (see below)

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For all Little Hugs:

Minimum size: 24 inches by 24 inches
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children are aged 0 to 14 so we will need bigger blankets too.

Colours: Your choice.
Although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.

Things to avoid:
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.

Materials:
Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn.
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight and make of acrylic yarn. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be washed and dried quickly and easily.

If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM Pistey and we'll try to help with materials.

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Alongside Billie's Blankets, we are very keen to send a donation.
Money is scarce, they really have so little. In May a Woolly Hugs' team will be running the BUPA London 10k, and we have ideas for a craft fundraiser later in the year.
We have set up a Just giving Page here
Your donation is welcome at anytime.

These children need all the love and comfort possible. So please, in memory of a sparkling young girl who always thought of others, we'd love you to help us help them.

As ever, thank you so much for your support thanks

Thinking of Billie and her family. x

Knotty and Pistey

Facebook - MNWoollyHugs
Twitter - @MNWoollyHugs

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 14:27:29

Thinking of the sparkling and inspirational Bille and Mrs DeVere. Xx

These babies and children really have so very little, with not much hope either. World Child Cancer works tirelessly to develop palliative care, and they and we are sure that our little blankets, Billie's Blankets, will be able to play a strong part in that.

The blankets we send in Billie's name will give a hug to babies and children in great need of one, bringing love, care and support. Yes, it is heartbreaking, but this is such a positive thing that we can all do together. It was Helen Keller I believe who said "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Yes, we really can X

So bless you MrsDeVere and beautiful, Billie for inspiring this project.

Thinking of your family and sending much love and big hugs to you all Xx

I am here to help, please do PM me if I can help you thanks

And yes, we are looking for runners for the Bupa London 10K Run on May 27th. Team so far MrsDeVere, NeitherShreddednorSmug, Me <lawks> and three as yet unnamed lovelies from MNHQ. PM me if you'd like to join us. Dust off your trainers!

Thank you as ever thanks

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 14:30:23

<sobs>
<rummages down back of sofa>

Marking my place and lacing up my trainers smile.

Such a great cause. I'm honoured to be a very small part of it.

Portofino Fri 18-Jan-13 14:38:46

<<rummages for tissues>> Aha!

Very worthy cause, will be supporting as much as I can.

Oh what a wonderful wonderful idea! I can't commit atm as I'm still crocheting my Angel Hug painfully slowly , but once that's finished I'm definitely on board!

What a lovely way to remember Billie.

HoggyTruffle Fri 18-Jan-13 14:43:06

Fantastic idea.

My knitting needles will be joining in. Good luck to the brave volunteers for the 10K.

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 14:46:44

<clears throat> ...I would like to say a few words to explain why this is so important to me.
Billie was poorly for such a long time and sadly she could not be saved. BUT as much as she suffered we always had access to the best care available. Her treatment started the moment she was diagnosed and we never had to worry about the cost of the drugs or therapies. Some single injections cost more than 1k

The thing that distresses me most about the children served by World Child Cancer is the thought of children dying in pain and without the support needed for a kind and dignified death.

Losing Billie shattered me. I will never recover, but I have the memory of her passing to comfort me.
She was not in pain, she was at home with me and her dad and she was safe and warm.
Without decent palliative care the alternative is unthinkable. But I will tell you, upsetting as it is.

The pain from luekiema is excruciating as the bone marrow expands in the bone, pushing outwards. Morphine and other strong painkillers are the only things that can relieve this.
As the disease progresses the body is unable to produce platelets. This means that without support Billie would have bleed to death in the most horrendous way.
No child should die in pain if we have the means to prevent it. No parent should fear their child bleeding to death in terror if we can stop that happening.

I am sorry if this is graphic but we are talking about children with next to no resources and if we cannot cure them at least we can give them a kind death. At least we can prevent their parents from experiencing the horror of watching their child die unsupported.

I strongly believe that any progress made towards defeating cancer wherever it is made, helps everyone.

Our help and our money can make such a difference to children all over the world.

Billie would be 21 on Sunday. All grown up.
I cant hug my baby again but I can contribute to our own woolly hugs and I am honoured that my Billie's name will be on these beautiful blankets.

Ta x

bebejones Fri 18-Jan-13 14:48:09

Wow! Such a worthwhile cause. Would totally love to be a part of this. Projects here are mounting up now though, is there a deadline?

Portofino Fri 18-Jan-13 14:51:17

Oh Mrs D! sad flowers ((((hugs))))

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 14:52:16

Bebe, we'll be setting the first posting date as early to mid March. With later ones at various intervals.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 14:53:57

Big hugs for you lovely MrsDV Xx

BornToFolk Fri 18-Jan-13 14:56:50

<sniff>

I'll make a start on a Billie Blanket once I get my Angel Hug finished. And I'll be donating some cash too - I don't see how I couldn't after reading MrsD's post.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 14:59:18

We already have a lovely donor to thank, honestly you are marvellous, and your donation will help bring comfort to many children, bless you. thanks

thanks BIWI

You really are a star Xx

Such a moving post MrsDV thanks.

MrsDeVere I think being graphic is sometimes needed. I have a few members of my family die of cancer and the end has always been peaceful, the alternative is unthinkable and we are all probably guilty of not fully understanding that in less fortunate countries the end is far from what we experience.
I will be proud to contribute in Billies name.

landofsoapandglory Fri 18-Jan-13 15:03:31

I'll knit a blanket, or two. I have no hope of running, or walking, with you in the 10k but well done to you all who are doing it, and we as a family will sponsor you.

Hugs to you MrsDVxxxthanks

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 15:07:24

I have just rearranged my profile so you can see some photos of Billie if you want to.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 15:09:53

Haven't got any words but marking my place to come back and donate.

As an aside how much/how long would it take to train for the 10km run?

Just thinking if I have long enough to prepare... Oh how do will laugh if I say i am thinking of it. He ran the London Marathon last year.

Much love to mrsdevere and family xxx tomorrow is my bday and over the weekend I will raise a toast to Billie. Xxx

WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 18-Jan-13 15:11:30

I will do the same as BornToFolk. Almost finished for Lemon, will then focus solely on my Angel Hug, then will start for Billie.

My love and thoughts go out to you Mrs DV. My best friend died of Leukaemia when we were both 14. 31 years on, i often wonder what she would have been, if she had got this far. ((((((XXXX))))) <sod the rules>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 15:13:45

5madthings - I am much more of a 5K runner, so this is a challenge for me, but I will do it. Do you run at all? It is still a long way off which is good for getting in training.

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 15:14:34

You have got time 5mad I did one last year but am back to square one and will have to retrain!

I manage to do it without going outdoors. I do all mine on the treadmill. I am not what could be described a 'outdoorsy' and I did it last year in the rain and everything!

Thank you everyone x

WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 18-Jan-13 15:14:40

Oh Mrs DV. Had a look at your photos. What a beautiful grown up she would have been. You must be so proud of such a beautiful angel.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 15:21:20

Do I run? Ermm after the mad things yes and today I have been running after sledging toddlers! I swim but I do walk everywhere as I don't drive and am reasonably fit. I would have to actually go out and run but that's not a problem....goes to fig out sports bra..

I shall check do can book the 27th may off work, I can stay with my mil who lives in billericay and its an easy train ride into London then.

..goes off to look at the couch to 5km threads...

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 18-Jan-13 15:23:38

Oh MrsDV, that's a very powerful postthanks

I will donate and see if I can get some squares started. I am waiting for wool to do an angel hug too so I can see my own blanket project being sidelined for a while.

You and Billie will be in my thoughts on Sunday MrsDV.....

landofsoapandglory Fri 18-Jan-13 15:25:08

Is anyone from MNHQ running?

RandallPinkFloyd Fri 18-Jan-13 15:26:19

MrsDV every time you write about Billie it makes me hug my DS so tightly. Life can be so unfair.

I can't knit I'm afraid, keep meaning to try but I just don't have a talented bone in my body. I will support in whatever way I can though.

My donations will be small I know but they are sent with much love.

Billie has inspired so many people. She should be here x

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 15:26:56

<watches MNHQ run for the hills>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 15:31:21

landofsoapandglory Yes, three lovely MNHQ folk are indeed running in our team.. They are very keen, and there may even be more of them....

landofsoapandglory Fri 18-Jan-13 15:32:13

Running for the hills would be good training BIWI!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 15:32:54

No names as yet, lovely RebeccaMN is confirming, but yes, they are definitely taking part [ThumbsUp]

landofsoapandglory Fri 18-Jan-13 15:34:17

That's nice to hear Pistey, a real team effort then.

Woolfey Fri 18-Jan-13 15:34:17

I will also join in when I can as quite a lot on the go at the moment. Many thanks for posting MrsDevere x

EarnestDullard Fri 18-Jan-13 15:34:18

What a lovely idea, and a wonderful cause.

I'm not a knitter but I'd love to join you for the 10k run.

Jacksmania Fri 18-Jan-13 15:37:27

Oh I can't wait to help!!!!!

(Sobs) what a wonderful project, I will of course be happy to crochet (it helps me stop snacking) Billie's blankets, Woollyhugs are really amazing, and I am happy to crochet squares together for you pistey and knotty you two are wonder women!

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 15:46:53

Might be worth posting in the running section? I believe there is such a thing on MN?

Jacksmania Fri 18-Jan-13 15:47:04

Oops, pressed post too soon.
Mrs DV, I remember your post from a few years ago when you were devastated that certain family members didn't remember Billie's birthday. sad
How lovely of Knotty and Pistey to time it this way. Absolutely brilliant. You are stars.

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 15:47:45

Are we going to enter all together or register separately? Places can go quite quickly. I know the org has some reserved places.

Jacksmania Fri 18-Jan-13 15:47:53

Pistey, I've PMd you re donating.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 15:53:16

Lovely MrsDV - have just PMd you X

Anyone who wishes to enter the running now will need to enter as an individual (although we will still be a team iyswim), I'm going to be sending out PMs to anyone interested, linking them to the entry form on BUPA's site. I would recommend getting on with it as places go quickly, but they are still there at the mo.

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 15:54:13

You lot are so bleedin' organised!

Birnamwood Fri 18-Jan-13 15:54:47

MrsDV thanks (((())))

I'll do a blanket and I'll do the 10k confused (if I can sort my holiday out,we're supposed to be going away on that date but its not booked yet)

MOSagain Fri 18-Jan-13 16:00:09

(((hugs))) MrsDevere
I would be proud to be involved in this project. when I lived in the Middle East I had several friends who were from Bangladesh and were sending money home for their families. Will order some wool now.

Also keen to help fundraise and possibly do the 10k run. As some of you know, I'm (stupidly) trekking Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail in May to raise money for NDCS and SANDS in memory of MrsY's darling son Benedict who was born sleeping last April. I think I get back the 26th so (assuming not in a body bag) may be able to do it. Will PM you pistey If I can't run, will come and wave flags and shout abuse/words of support x

Skoggy Fri 18-Jan-13 16:08:39

I will gladly donate my hooks and my time to such a causes. I will also try and rally some support from my other hooky friends. (whether it be yarn or blankets).

I don't know what I would do if either of my little princesses became so ill. Big hugs and kindest regards to you MrsDevere.

I'd be interested in doing some fundraising as well but it wouldn't be running (far too unfit for that) but I will find a way. My Sister is doing the Great North Run this year so I will see if she has selected a charity to support through that.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:09:18

Is it worth starting a separate thread for those wanting to do the run and we can use it to support each other through training?

Skoggy Fri 18-Jan-13 16:12:34

PM'd you Pistey smile

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:13:22

I have roped in another mnetter willing to run with me... Or it may be stagger round. smile

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:13:47

We'll set up a runners' thread [thumbs up]

MOSagain Fri 18-Jan-13 16:16:52

Is there a maximum number that can run?

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:16:59

Great smile my friend and I will be coming from Norwich, I have just found the bupa registration page, going to get out my debit card to sign up!

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:17:58

Do we need to get in touch with the charity to say we are running for them? If so how would we do that?

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 16:18:20

I can't join you on the run thank goodness for that as I'm away that weekend with DH, but I will knit another square. I'm not sure I have the right wool though - can't remember what Pistey and Knotty foisted upon sent me!

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:19:36

BIWI, you need different wool for this.

I'll find a link, hang about ...............................

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 16:19:51

For anyone wishing to run, Here is the website, We would strongly recommend you sign up soon as we're certain places will go. Let us know when you have signed up though, so we know who is on the team!

This will mean I have to leave 'woolly threads' <nervous>

MegBusset Fri 18-Jan-13 16:20:45

I'll stagger round with 5mad smile I completed C25k last year and now run 2/3x a week so looking for a new challenge!

Will PM for details about registering.

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:20:46

Pistey is setting up a Woolly Hugger Runners thread. Will link it here in a short while.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:22:16

Waves to meg smile

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:23:10

BIWI!

You'll be needing some of this Stylecraft Special DK here

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 16:24:43

5madthings - Sign up for the run on the link above, we have already got a Just Giving page linked directly to World Child Cancer, so would suggest you use that to link to when trying to raise money. Woolly Hugs Just Giving is here

MegBusset Fri 18-Jan-13 16:24:59

So do I just sign up with BUPA as a non charity runner but direct people to the Woolly Hugs Justgiving site?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 16:31:15

I would say yes Meg thanks

MNPin2013 Fri 18-Jan-13 16:32:58

Have a hug ready to go and will crack on with several more for Billie's Blankets.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:33:24

Have signed up and registered, payment gone through... Ha ha ha!

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:34:57

I signed up as a non charity runner and then will use that link for sponsership, thanks piste smile

TigerFeet Fri 18-Jan-13 16:35:33

Do they have to be knitted/crocheted? I can't really do either of those things but could make a fleecy blanket with applique. Is there a deadline?

xx for Mrs De Vere. Thank you for sharing Billie's story and for explaining the difference between what happens in the First World and elsewhere.

MegBusset Fri 18-Jan-13 16:43:31

I've signed up too. I was actually considering it anyway. Now I have a cause to do it for and people to stagger round with!

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:45:15

Tiger, that would be lovely. Thank you. smile

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:46:34

Ha ha dp is going to phsl when I tell him what I have signed up for, but its just what I need and its for a very good cause. The bipa site has a training tips page so I shall go read up, I can was it for the 6inches if snow to go away before running outside tho..,

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:47:20

Bupa site and can wait for dam auto correct.

Thank you for doing this. I can neither run nor knit, but I do know how to use paypal!

MrsDV I often think about your beautiful Billie and even though I never knew her, she touched my heart. This is a wonderful, wonderful tribute.

Nest of vipers, PAH!

I can shake Pom poms, but no running for me. Maybe next year smile

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:55:49

And you can knit, Fizzy smile

<shakes pompoms >

Of course, I thought that was a given! I am also told I do a good foot massage, so I could be waiting on the finish line with my lemon foot cream smile

MrsDV your posts about Billie always have me in tears, you are such an inspiration. It is an honour to knit in you daughters memory. flowers

Hassled Fri 18-Jan-13 17:05:16

Like Norks I can't run and I can't knit, but am very happy to have the oppportunity to do something to contribute to such a fantastic cause - the best of luck with this.

Count me in for knitting a square - I've got some acrylic dk knocking about.

Hassled Fri 18-Jan-13 18:19:09

smile

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 18:22:52

I was just coming to bump this. Am signed up for the run and gave shared the just giving page on Fb. Anyone who wants to find me on fb can pm me and I will give my name smile

HairyPotter Fri 18-Jan-13 18:31:59

Glaikit, a wee weekend in London shaking pompoms a west end show and cocktails? sounds like a plan grin

I'm in hairy!!

HairyPotter Fri 18-Jan-13 18:59:49

We could knit on the train on the way down as well. That would really be in the spirit of the cause. And take a wee picnic and wine

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 19:05:27

Can you save some wine for us all at the end? grin

Water first! Then I might share my wine!

You do realise you will have to wear something knitted while you run!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 19:07:35

sad It would seem to run has filled up, we are just seeing if World Child Cancer can get us any more charity places, but I imagine it will be Monday before we hear.
We need more!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 19:29:27

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Lovely folk to thank tonight, two donors who will enable us to send more Billie's Blankets to children who really need a hug, than otherwise would have been the case, bless you for that thanksthanks

thanks NorksAreMessy

thanks Woolfey

You are both stars, thank you thanksthanksthanks

Wolfcub Fri 18-Jan-13 19:57:10

Happy to craft for Billie, no running for me though x

Birnamwood Fri 18-Jan-13 20:01:48

Just a thought....the London British 10k is about 4weeks later, virtually the same course etc, perhaps we could have a two pronged attack if there are no spaces left for the bupa one?

Running? <shudders> Will start once my Angel Hug is finished

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 20:08:07

<girds loins>

I would be up for running in the second one, if anyone else will?

<wonders how you gird your loins>

Do you use girders?

blush

I do think you should run wearing some of the totally fab knitted knorks smile

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 20:24:52

Just a warning. The entry fee for the British 10k is astronomical this year £50!
I think it was around half that last year.

Birnamwood Fri 18-Jan-13 20:40:17

MrsDV shock shock

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 20:45:43

I know!

But there are lots of 5ks around. Perhaps some MNers would like to give them a go? 10k does seem very daunting (although I swear it was not that bad).

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 18-Jan-13 20:47:38

Deramores has 15% off stylecraft special Dk and all over Dk wool with DC15.

I do run but I won't be joining you in London I'm afraid, every time I enter an event I get injured, ill or lose my nerve so I've sworn off entering any runsblush

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 20:55:00

Wow it has filled up already, glad I signed up asap then! Doing other runs is a great idea and more people may feel up to doing a 5k run?

Do we know how many mnetters are signed up for the bupa run?

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 21:12:17

5K sounds much more manageable <relief>

Can't help with knitting or running am equally useless at both but have donated on the justgiving site and am happy to send wool or donate via woolly hugs for some to be sent to a crafty person. What's better for you ladies?

A wonderful cause - inspired by a wonderful girl xx

Portofino Fri 18-Jan-13 21:42:26

I have ordered wool!

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 21:47:17

Porto! grin

BIWI, you realise that there are witnesses now!

We'll also investigate other runs.

Thank you all so much for your support thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 21:49:27

Whatever, if you can donate via WH, we'll get wool to a crafter for you. thanks

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 21:54:27

There are plenty here

Assuming that MrsDeVere would be happy for some of us to do a Race for Life?

OpheliaBumps Fri 18-Jan-13 21:56:41

My knitted nork is done, my squares for lemontruffle are done, just my angel hug to finish then I'll do at least some squares for this, if not a whole blanket (i'm finding my angel hug a bit daunting, so will try the next blanket as individual squares).

So lovely that it's being done in Billie's memory, I too remember Mrs DV's desperate sadness when her family didn't acknowledge Billie's birthday, just heartbreaking. I'm honoured to do anything I can to keep this beautiful girl's memory alive.

Schooldidi Fri 18-Jan-13 22:04:07

I'll do one. I'm finishing off my squares for lemontruffles, then have a baby blanket to finish for my friend (baby is due next week, I hope it's late cos blanket is only half finished), then I'll get on and do a Little Hug.

Ophelia I'm finding a blanket in one piece a bit daunting as well, I'm much happier working in smallish squares.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 22:05:25

I have my confirmation email through from bupa run...oh what have I done?! grin

Portofino Fri 18-Jan-13 22:10:51

Shamelessly bumping for the evening crowd.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 22:12:28

whatever I have pm'd you, just a thought I had xxx

QuickLookBusy Fri 18-Jan-13 22:33:52

Thank you for this lovely thread, such a great idea.

I can't run or knit but have donated on the Just Giving site.

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 22:42:21

I am off to bed now.
Just wanted to say thanks.

Thanks

thanks smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 07:47:15

Morning all brewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrewbrew

BIWI - you've said that out loud now, and we have witnesses smile - I'll run a 5K with you.

Yes we will investigate other runs today, I think 5K is a good idea though.

What an immense response. Awesome. We are already onto £200 on Just Giving shock Huge thanks to all X

I'm just off to PMs now, I think I may be a while, but that is marvellous, lots of lovely folk ready to help.

Thinking of Billie who inspires us, much love to you all MrsDV Xx

thanks

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 09:32:09

I had a delivery today.
I don't have the words, sorry.

But DC4 has chosen which one he particularly wants to send to heaven tomorrow.

Thank you.

Speak properly later..

Portofino Sat 19-Jan-13 09:33:28

<<sobs more>>

Portofino Sat 19-Jan-13 09:34:28

I have ordered wool - be afraid, be very afraid!

Somersaults Sat 19-Jan-13 10:40:15

I'll definitely do some squares for this. Not sure I can commit to a whole blanket with work the way it is at the moment but I really, really want to help. I've got plenty of Stylecraft (thank you Lucy pack) so I can send some when I've got a couple. I'll be doing Lemons squares for a little while now but will move onto these after that.

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 10:40:33

Hoooge hugs, MrsDV.

This thread is amazing, can't believe how many people are signing up to run, you crazy amazing women.
pistey check out the running magazine they have lists of runs in the back for all over the country. There must be some other things we can do, a sponsersed walk? Or bike ride? I would be up for both these options, running is not my thing. I could look into this today if you want?

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 11:17:21

Fan, that would be great. Thank you thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 11:28:57

Just Walk have a walk across the South Downs in May, for a charity of the walkers' choice. Worth looking at maybe.

knotty will have a look but sounds good already, I see there is a walk from london to brighton but its a £85 entry fee. Will keep looking and report back later.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 11:41:45

Thanks fan X

TigerFeet Sat 19-Jan-13 12:06:07

Can anyone recommend a source of decent quality fleece? Thanks smile

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 12:12:08

Hmm. Walking ....

grin

World Child Cancer has its own sponsered walk in London its called the Orange Autumn Challenge, [[ http://www.worldchildcancer.org/get-involved/events/walking/orange-autumn-challenge/ the walk]] theres not alot of information on the page to say how many miles the walk is, but it might be an option.

Just walk do a south downs challenge the walk info but as you can see there is an entry charge.

Or I could look at organising our own route, World Child Cancer can help and give us t'shirts to wear.

I will continue to look today.

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 12:18:17

Tiger, I've used Calico Lane for fleece. Lovely quality and quick delivery.

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 12:46:01

I don't want to make things complicated but...(proceeds to...)

I make very rude cross stitch samplers. They are simple but fairly erm blunt and to the point.

I made one for our lovely Expat that says 'FUCK CANCER' but can do pretty much anything. The wording is the star so the rest of the stitching is kept simple and pretty.

I am just wondering if there is a market?

The original charts are from Subversive Cross Stitch so I would have to ask her if we could sell for charity but its quite simple for me to run up my own versions...
We could keep it to MN so we didn't offend the charity who might not want to be associated with a national auction of sweary craft.

Sorry to lower the tone but ....well...thats me really.

5madthings Sat 19-Jan-13 12:50:04

Its always good to lower the tone mrsdevere grin

I need to pm you, feel free to ignore our say no OK xx

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 12:50:38

Bunch of Cunts? wink

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 13:00:06

I don't think we will be short of inspiration BIWI grin

5madthings Sat 19-Jan-13 13:04:06

Can we buy the kits? Cross stitch is something I can actually do, my attempts art knitting have been disastrous!

Wolfcub Sat 19-Jan-13 13:12:39

Nest of Vipers ought to be quite popular

and

twunt

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 13:17:44

I have not bought anything for a while but google Subversive Cross Stitch and have a look.
The pound was very strong against the dollar when I last bought them and they were a real bargain. You can get the book and buy the bits (although I have TONS of cross stitch stuff so more than happy to donate).

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 13:37:12

I just emailed them asking about copyright etc. Its just an idea. I don't want to impose or nuffin.

An obscene sampler auction might be fun though grin

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 13:54:01

grin

Perhaps you could also do a range for the more coy Mumsnetters, you know, the ones who insist on writing 'f*ck' or 'c*unt'

Give us a chance to embroider lovely stars in the middle of words

TigerFeet Sat 19-Jan-13 14:05:47

I can do norty words on cushions, door hangers, tshirts etc etc. Stars fucking optional.

We could perhaps auction stuff like that off?

hey ok been looking for over an hour and its been pretty hard going, the national trail website is down, so I cant look at routes I could organise. I was thinking about a route along the thames path, as its kind of central and rail and road links should be ok if anyone else wanted to join in. Ive asked World Child Cancer for some information if they have some.

Would anyone be interested in a sponsered walk if it was just mumsnetters?

TigerFeet Sat 19-Jan-13 14:09:25

Knotty you are bad. Bad bad bad.

I have about £50 worth of lovely things in my basket at Calico Laine grin

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 14:12:03

May have been said before grin

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 14:12:30

buy buy buy

I got the attic24 stylecraft pack for Christmas, I'll start making a Billie blanket from that once I finish the Woolly Hug that I started at the beginning of December. In my defence, I've aalso been trying to make a blanket for DC3 before s/he arrives, I'm not just a slow crocheter.

There's no way I'd be up for running, but I might be interested in a sponsored walk. Though I don't want to commit to anything just yet- as I said, DC3 is imminent (due date in 9 days, eek!), so I don't know what I'll be up to doing later on in the year.

I love the idea of subversive cross stitch, I'd definitely bid on one.

Thinking of you and your family this weekend, MrsDV

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 14:25:17

I think there could be a market for Subversive MN crossstitch.

YANBU

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 14:27:10

Blimey, Anathema. You got a whole 9 days to do us a blanket! wink

Best wishes, my lovely. Put your feet up and help us out when you can, bless you.

TigerFeet Sat 19-Jan-13 14:28:33

Just give the nod and I'll do a subversive fleecy blanket for auction, with the winner's choice of expletive applique'd onto it. Personally I think "FUCK IT" is very apt for snuggling up on the sofa on cold days when really you should be interacting with other people. Shame dd1 can read sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 14:31:45

grin grin

My first thought is that BIWI is very excited by this idea
and the second....an obscene sampler auction? Fabulous!

anathema dont worry if there is going to be a sponsored walk it will be in warmer times.

I love the way this thread has moved overnight grin grin grin

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 14:48:25

fanjodisfunction I think the sponsored walk is a fine idea. Maybe in the autumn or end of summer to give people a while to recover forget about the runs? (arf)

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 14:51:17

Ok, Pistey and I are just talking through an auction.

Got to be done, hasn't it? grin

of course MrsDeVere, its more enjoyable walking in the sun (thats if we get any)

At the minute Im looking into walking along a stretch of the thames path, and maybe ending up in a pub for dinner.

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 14:53:21

Breakfast, lunch and dinner ?

are you thinking about a sponsored pub-a-thon, knotty?

might be an idea though, pub lunch, walk pub dinner. Sounds very civilised for a sponsoered walk, maybe some hard walking then a celebration in the pub is best dont want people thinking we are doing this just for the pub grub and booze!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 14:56:58

It has got to be done!!

That is in reference to the auction but the pub crawl sounds good!

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 14:57:37

I'll start training today.

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 14:58:00

Jeez you lot are so bloody keen and efficient. Maybe this is the year I finally cure my procrastination problem.
After I have sorted out a few other things obviously....

right I shall continue to have a think about this walk while I crochet my little hug.

Right, well I think I am too unfit far away to join in any physical challenges, but I am willing to put my neck out here and set my own challenge. I will knit and hook together my own Billie Blanket. I will need some assistance with the hooking part, but I think it's something I need to learn.

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 15:21:09

Fizzy, good challenge! plenty of us here to talk you through the hooky bit smile

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 16:19:08

I'm loving the way this has gone from 10K to 5K to a walk to a pub crawl!
grin

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 16:19:23

How about a sponsored sit down and a nice cup of tea?

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 16:19:37

grin

KnottyLocks Sat 19-Jan-13 16:25:19

Maybe a Cakeathon? grin

Now I'm sure I could commit to a cakeathon!

Oooh, did someone say cake?
I can make a cake look like knitting, if anyone needs me to smile

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 16:49:17

Oh no. Too many carbs in cake [virtuous]

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 17:00:07

GinAthon?

<hopeful>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 17:11:35

We have more lovely donors to thank. thanks

Honestly you are marvellous, and your donations will help bring comfort to many children, bless you. thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

thanks MrWubbly - our own lovely Wubbly's husband X

And three lovely donors who remain anonymous, two from last night at 8.05pm and 8.40pm, and one this lunch time at 1.38pm. You will know who you are, we have emailed our thanks, but THANK YOU if you are reading this.

Also huge thanks to those who have been donating on our Just Giving Page
Rather astonishingly, we are already up to £220. shock

Such an amazing response for Billie's Blankets, we are quite blown away.

Sometimes just saying "Thank You' doesn't seem enough, but thank you to everyone Xx

I really wanted to sign up for the run but I've only just found this thread and it's full sad

I'm marking my place in case there are any others. I can't do any crafty stuff but I can sort of run. I would love to join in whatever is happening.

Hugs to MrsD. And all the lovely people on this thread.
You are all bloody amazing.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 17:22:02

We are looking to find another run Tantrums, maybe a 5K. There were quite a few who would have liked to join in. Leave it with us for a bit. Are you on our Facebook page or Twitter, MNWoollyHugs or @MNWoollyHugs? We will link from there when we are organised.

And thank you X

Thanks pistey I will look out for the 5k.
probably better than 10k

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 17:31:56

A ginathon you say ...
<puts drinking boots on>

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 17:32:17

I'll tell my trainer that's what I'm training for grin

I've just checked and my nearest town has a 10k and 5k in June. 300 places, 289 and 297 still available. How realistic is it that I could train in 5 months to not die to run 5k?? I am seriously unfit.

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 18:31:27

If you train regularly I would have thought you would be ok. Have a look at the Couch to 5K threads. That involves running every other day, but starting really slowly and working your way up. Day one you run for a minute and then walk for 90 seconds, and do that 8 times.

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 18:44:21

I used to do the nike women's challenge. Its a 5k in hyde park.
I will go and cheer you one if anyone does it.

MrsDeVere Sat 19-Jan-13 18:45:00

5k in 5mths is easypeasy!

Somersaults Sat 19-Jan-13 18:45:01

I did a few Race for Life 5ks with no training but I didn't run the whole way. But actually when I think about it I was probably quite fit as I was training competitive trampolining 10-14 hours a week. But running and trampolining are very different. You need far far more stamina for running I think and I've never had that!

I walked the race for life a few years ago, before I had DS. I'm not just unfit but fat too! Starting the 5:2 diet next week. But I need a regime! Couch to 5k looks doable! Wll eat into my knitting time though! shock

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 19:07:08

I wrote you a long post with bloody links and everything before I went for a slidey run, and MN went offline. Short answer Fizzy is yes!

MrsDV - when is the nike womens' challenge? I need to find a London 5K for BIWI

and anyone else!

Then we can set up a thread for us woolly runners

Oh yes I need a London 5k as well.

I may collapse at the end, well I will collapse at the end but I'd love to do it.
It would be even better to do it surrounded by lovely mumsnetters grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 19:59:13

Looks like we have found the very one in October, timing is perfect, and it is an independent.

Back with more details tomorrow smile

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 20:02:27

Glaikit - you should come and join us on Bootcamp!

BIWI, I think I need to join the boot camp as well, I am going to do the run in October and I'd like to not pass out at the end blush

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 20:28:13

It's very good! And I only shout at the most badly behaved ...

I think you might shout at me a lot BIWI! <hides mini muffins>

I am very good, I promise lies

BigStickBIWI Sat 19-Jan-13 23:58:05

grin

5madthings Sun 20-Jan-13 02:30:33

((mrsdevere)))

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 20-Jan-13 08:47:23

Thinking of Billie today, on her 21st birthday.

Much love to you and your family MrsDeVere Xx

BigStickBIWI Sun 20-Jan-13 09:03:39

Happy birthday Billie
xxx

KnottyLocks Sun 20-Jan-13 09:41:27

Sending much love, MrsDV.

Thinking of beautiful Billie xxx

QuickLookBusy Sun 20-Jan-13 09:52:25

Sending my love to you and your family today MrsDV.

And thinking of beautiful Billie.x

Happy Birthday Billie
Hope you have a lovely , peaceful day with your boys.
Have a cake and a wine for your beloved daughter.

Happy Birthday Billie. (((MrsDV MrDV and all the wee DVs)))

RandallPinkFloyd Sun 20-Jan-13 10:05:19

Happy birthday Billie xx

Woolfey Sun 20-Jan-13 10:34:37

Happy 21st Billie xxx

Thinking of Billie, what a wonderful legacy you have left here on earth.

Hugs to MrsDeVere. I hope the day is gentle for you.

Wolfcub Sun 20-Jan-13 11:06:19

Hapy birtgday Billie x

Wolfcub Sun 20-Jan-13 11:06:53

or rather Happy Birthday Billie x (sorry fat fingers small keyboard)

Skoggy Sun 20-Jan-13 11:22:56

Happy Birthday Billie!

Happy birthday Billie.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sun 20-Jan-13 11:38:07

happy birthday Billie smile

I'm happy to knit/crochet a blanket

I will not be doing any running, although gin/cakeathon and I'll be there like a shot grin

CommunistLegoBloc Sun 20-Jan-13 12:36:56

Happy birthday Billie x

Birnamwood Sun 20-Jan-13 13:52:49

Happy birthday Billie smile

((((MrsDV))))

Jacksmania Sun 20-Jan-13 16:14:29

(((((MrsDV))))))

Hugs to MrsDV and all your family.
Happy birthday Billie

Thinking of you all today xx

Mollyfish Sun 20-Jan-13 17:17:09

Happy Birthday Billie x x

bebejones Sun 20-Jan-13 17:40:30

Happy Birthday to Billie, hugs to MrsDeV and family x

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Sun 20-Jan-13 17:59:25

Bug hugs to you and your family today MrsDV, hope you're all warm and snuggled up.

pistey would love to knit a blanket in Billie's honour, but can't start for a few weeks, will that be OK?

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Sun 20-Jan-13 18:00:15

tsk! Big hugs.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 20-Jan-13 18:48:26

Hello lovely BBB - thank you so much, that would be marvellous, this is very much an ongoing project, bless you thanks

MrsDeVere Sun 20-Jan-13 20:46:41

Hello everyone.
I had a lovely day.
Lots of friends and balloons and fireworks and stuff.

I have to say
This project and knowing that people care so much was a major factor in me deciding to do something 'proper' for Billie's birthday.
I generally keep my head down and get very upset.
Today was different. I felt confident enough to ask for help and for people to come to us.
And they did.

I miss her and my heart is broken but we had a good day.

Thank you.

KnottyLocks Sun 20-Jan-13 20:52:14

Oh MrsDV, I'm a mixture of smiles and tears reading that. x

mrsdv I have been thinking about you in quiet moments all day.

I love that 20th January should be a day to celebrate a remarkable young woman, that most of us never met, and that she should represent a virtual community held together by kindness.

Thank you for sharing Billie with us

Count me in have just spent a fortune in Deramore's

Happy birthday Billie and love to all the DeVeres.

OpheliaBumps Sun 20-Jan-13 21:05:06

Oh Mrs DV, how lovely. Happy Birthday to Billie, sending you and all your family much love x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 20-Jan-13 21:13:57

Oh Mrs DV, reading your words through tears, but with a smile too, bless you and bless Billie who inspires us, love to all.

Xx

blizy Sun 20-Jan-13 21:14:14

I would be honoured to contribute to Billie's blankets, however I can not crochet (yet) but I would like to learn. I received a SS Christmas gift and I want to give something back. Does anyone have any tips on how to learn to crochet, decent websites for help and info? In the mean time I shall donate on the just giving page. Hopefully I will be part of the wooly hug brigade soon.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 20-Jan-13 21:20:14

We'd be so delighted to have you with us blizy. thanks

I recommend Catherine Hirst she is American but uses UK terminology and has tutorials for both left handers and right handers. I thought she was excellent.

Have a look, and good luck. If you get stuck do shout out, we'd love to help you.

And bless you for your donation thanks You are a star

blizy Sun 20-Jan-13 22:42:56

Thanks ratherbeonthepiste, I shall have a proper look tomorrow and also donate then.
I know how much theses blankets mean to people, my dd was stillborn in 2011 at 41 weeks, so I know first hand how it feels to loose a child. I would just love to help someone smile,(even for a second) and bring some comfort.

I've been thinking of you and Billie all day MrsDV. ((((Hugs))))

FreudiansSlipper Sun 20-Jan-13 23:17:22

How amazing MrsDV that through your heartbreak you can make something positive to others. Happy Birthday Billie and love to all your family x

wigglesrock Sun 20-Jan-13 23:25:37

I have some unused/new blankets and some ones that were crocheted for my daughters by blind nuns (and I'm not taking the piss). They are absolutely lovely, they weren't used and they are really brightly coloured and very soft. Would they be any good? I don't mind posting them.

MrsDeVere I thought of you and your family today and Billie of course.

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 07:23:07

Blizy, big hugs for you, my lovely. Thanks so much for helping us. thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 07:24:54

Wiggles, that's very lovely of you. Many thanks. We'll PM you. thanks

blizy Mon 21-Jan-13 07:38:56

Me again, I am looking at crochet hooks. What is the difference with regards to the size of them and what size should I buy?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 07:50:27

Blizy my lovely, I am so sorry, big hugs from me too X
Thank you so much for joining with us thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 07:51:30

Blizy, you'll need a 4mm hook for DK wool. smile

Woolfey Mon 21-Jan-13 07:53:36

Hi Blizy a 4mm hook is the standard one for use with DK (double knitting) wool so I would get that one to start. The hook size corresponds to the type/thickness of wool you use but you can basically use any hook on any wool and you'll get different looks.
Also take a look at Attic24's website as she has lots of photos and I found that useful when learning to crochet. attic24.typepad.com/weblog/
Although don't blame me if you get addicted to making her stuff, it's lovely smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 07:53:37

wiggles - That is so very kind of you, and yes please, I shall PM you thanks

Blizy Go for a 4 smile

Morning all brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 07:53:49

<arf>

Woolfey Mon 21-Jan-13 07:54:39

Morning all brew

<waves at Pistey>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 07:56:59

Woolfey! I think I need you! I need to pick your brains about a shade of navy. Am just sorting DC and will then PM you X

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 08:10:28

At least we all said the same thing! grin

Morning! Let me know when & where you daft lot are running/walking and I will sit in the nearest pub/cafe/cake shop with my knitting in support!

Woolfey Mon 21-Jan-13 08:42:58

Morning Knotty too smile (didn't see you there)

Wolfcub Mon 21-Jan-13 08:53:24

morning all brew I am snowed in so will be spending the day hooking and cooking.

Blizy welcome

Mrs DV I'm glad you were able to mark Billie's birthday, thank you for sharing her with us

Snowing here, so no Glasgow meet up for me sad

But that means I can crack on with my Billie Blanket. I got one square done last night. Looking forward to hooking them together!

Woolfey Mon 21-Jan-13 09:16:27

Just making a start on my Billie's Blanket and wondered if we had to use 100% Acrylic or can we use a mix? I've got some 50%Merino/50%Acrylic in my stash that I was thinking of using. (No problem if not as I'll use it for a little hug instead.)

Birnamwood Mon 21-Jan-13 09:21:45

Pistey, can you let me know as soon as you can if the charity have any places for the bupa 10k please? I need to let the holiday place know our dates etc.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 09:26:52

Woolfey - can I just check that with Knots? I have stylecraft here that I can post to you if you like?

Birnamwood I emailed them on Friday and am going to call them in a bit, so hopefully have a answer for you soon. We are also looking into 5Ks and there is a London 5K in October. Hopefully news on all things for you today X

blizy Mon 21-Jan-13 09:33:34

A 4 it is then! I will try and get started today or tomorrow. grin

Woolfey Mon 21-Jan-13 09:34:17

Pistey don't worry, I have some Stylecraft here that I'll use for Billie's Blanket and I'll use the mixed yarn for the little hug instead.

Waves furiously at blizy so glad you've joined the hooking crew! If you need some advice plz pm me. Bet Z will be so proud of you for doing this.

blizy Mon 21-Jan-13 12:39:36

Hi fan I forgot you crochet! I am now tooled up, I will start practicing this evening. Thanks for the comment about Z it made me smile.x

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 14:56:33

Blizy - you are cleared for take off smile Good luck!

Two lovely donors to thank today, thank you so much for your generosity, because of you we will be able to send more hugs to more children desperately in need of one. Thank you doesn't seem enough sometimes. thanks

thanks Bluesky

thanks To an anonymous donor from last night, 10.54pm.

You are both real stars thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Did everyone see the special Billie's Blanket label on Facebook or Twitter? I'll pop it on my profile in a mo for anyone not on either of those.

BIWI Mon 21-Jan-13 15:02:10

Those labels are so lovely!

5madthings Mon 21-Jan-13 15:31:10

I have seen the labels on fb and they are lovely smile

Mrsdevere I am glad you had a special day xx

I still can't get out to run as we have loads of snow so am starting my davuna dvd'sto at least do some exercise in preparation for the run.

Wise crocheters - if I were to make a little ripple blanket (as practice for the big one DS2 wants), approximately how many chain will I need to start with? I plan to use the attic 24 neat ripple, which is needs multiples of 14 + 3. I have stylecraft on order, and a 4mm hook.

MOSagain Mon 21-Jan-13 18:10:46

have ordered my wool. Chose pretty pink and lilac colours for my first one as felt it shoudl be a girls blanket in honour of Billie. Hopefully I'll get my angel hug squares finished by the time it arrives.

Anyone know what the rules are with regards to knitting needles on flights now? I know they got a bit 'anal' a few years back but just wondered what the current situation is. A quick google has given mixed results. I have 10 flights coming up in the next 4 months and thats an awful lot of knitting time!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 18:16:09

MOS I can tell you about crochet hooks - when I went away at Christmas, with Lufthansa, couldn't have anything longer than 6cm that was metal, so I had a wooden crochet hook, and tiny nail clippers that once came out of a cracker.

I had a metal crochet hook taken away once, twas my 4.5 sad

Someone mentioned squirrelling away their needles in an umbrella, then the don't get picked up apparently. I have knit pro symfonie rose wood circulars now though so I would just take those and leave my metal ones at home.

MOS I successfully went through US airport security twice this weekend with wooden knitting needles and small round ended nail scissors (and knitted throughout my flights - the seats were quite small so I was a bit hunched up trying not to poke the person next to me). I had checked the TSA website beforehand, which said knitting needles and crochet hooks were allowed, so I was ready for a fight if I needed one grin. Good luck!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 19:38:25

Shredded - DancingShoes might be your woman, she has made quite a few ripple Little Hugs, bless her.

MOS - if you are doing squares, what about fairly short wooden needles?
It is tricky though because they would get taken at security irrespective of who you were travelling with.

<sobs at memory of 4.5mm at Heathrow>

Thank you Pistey, I have PM'd in case she doesn't see this.

kateecass Mon 21-Jan-13 20:58:32

Seen my pic of my beautifully stuffed boobies on FB. Thanks smile

Noticed the info about Billies Blankets. What would you know I have a whole storage basket of Stylecraft DK that I have to use up before I'm allowed to buy any more wool. I would love to do one.

Afraid I don't have time to read back through all this thread. Could someone point me in the direction of where to find any further info (oh I have just noticed you have put a minimum size and no white/cream) Possibly any crochet patterns people have used?

Thanks smile

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 21:12:28

Soupy is another ripple expert to ask.

Katee, the details are in my original post at the top of the thread.

If you look on our Woollyhugs.com site, there is a crafting guide with patterns for crochet squares on there.

I think quite a few people have done adapted versions of the Attic 24 patterns which have been stunning.

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 21:13:45

Also if you have a look at the Little Hugs photo album on our Facebook page, sometimes people have posted links to the patterns.

kateecass Mon 21-Jan-13 21:19:41

Thanks Knotty I'll have a look on the woollyhugs site and look through the FB pics.

I've had a quick peek at the pictures, and there seem to be 6 repeats of the ripple on the Little Hugs, which will be 8 repeats for a Billie's Blanket. I will try that and see how I get on (I don't even have my wool yet but am raring to go grin).

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 22-Jan-13 07:36:37

me too neither grin wool ordered yesterday!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Jan-13 07:40:59

Morning all brew smile

blizy Tue 22-Jan-13 07:56:49

Morning. I need help, think im being a bit thick! I started learning a foundation stitch and a double stitch last night, but when I'm pulling it through the loop on the hook seems to be too tight iykwim? I can do a few stitches but then it gets almost impossible to loop it through, can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?

KnottyLocks Tue 22-Jan-13 08:01:32

Sounds like you're pulling it rather than easing it, Blizy. Your tension is too tight. Relax. Don't pull the yarn so tIghtly.

KnottyLocks Tue 22-Jan-13 08:03:36

Also the first row of DC into the chaIn is often the trixyiest bit. It might help you to go up to a 5mm hook for these rows.

KnottyLocks Tue 22-Jan-13 08:04:16

Or a 4.5 mm.

MOSagain Tue 22-Jan-13 10:07:39

thanks for info ref needles and flights. I did buy some wooden needles when I first started but found I got on better with my metal pony ones but will try again. I think if a <jumped up little jobsworth> security person tried to take my knitting from me they'd get skewered! wink Its just so annoying not knowing for definite, it seems it really depends on the airport/arseholes at security

HoggyTruffle Tue 22-Jan-13 10:13:23

Is is possible to do a knitted ripple blanket rather than crochet and can anyone suggest a pattern they have tried?

I've had a look at the crochet versions on the facebook page which look fantastic but I'm not sure my crochet skills are up to it.

Birnamwood Tue 22-Jan-13 10:13:39

Pistey, sorry to hassle you, have you heard back from world child cancer yet?

Hoggy a feather and fan stitch would have the same up and down waves as a ripple blanket. Here. It has a 4 row pattern repeat and if you wanted to change colour then I would do it on row 1.

HoggyTruffle Tue 22-Jan-13 11:32:25

Woolly that looks just the ticket, thank you. I need to crack on with my Little Hug so I can try out the ripple stitch for Billie's Blankets.

So much wool, so little time wink

KnottyLocks Tue 22-Jan-13 11:50:29

Oh I hear you, Hoggy!

Would wooden needles show up on the xray machine ? I have a few flights coming up and could take my bamboo needles tucked away at the bottom of my bag.

HaveToWearHeels my wooden needles went through OK at the weekend. We'd been warned in advance that security was going to be extra tight because of the inauguration (I was flying through Washington DC on Friday) but nobody said anything. I had knitted a few rows to show that the needles were in use and not a random sharp item, but needn't have bothered in the end.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Jan-13 14:40:35

We have another lovely donor to thank. thanks

Honestly you are marvellous, and your donation will help bring comfort to many more children, bless you. thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks marriedinwhite

You are a star thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Thanks Shredded, really helpful. I usually take my Kindle but want something to do during take off and landing, as you have to turn it off and I feel like that time is wasted.

Thanks Shredded, really helpful. I usually take my Kindle but want something to do during take off and landing, as you have to turn it off and I feel like that time is wasted.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Tue 22-Jan-13 20:31:45

MrsDV, thank you for your explanation on the first page. thanks

Good luck runners and knitters. I have sponsored you cos I'm neither grin

A bit of help, please...

The postman staggered up the drive with my Deramore's parcel this morning. (As an aside he was wearing shorts! It was -4 with 6" of snow on the ground)

I have started this pattern but I am worried that it won't turn out as neat as the ones on Ravelry. My other option is a ripple. Should I frog the log? grin

I love the log cabin blankets, I've done a few already, simple but effective. They turn out surprisingly neat. I gave up on the pattern I was following and just kept turning and knitting! I'm Glaikit on ravelry and there are pics on my profile if you want to take a squizz.

KnottyLocks Tue 22-Jan-13 21:44:25

Woollyback, there are some lovely pics of log cabin blankets in the Little Hugs album on the Facebook page. They are gorgeous.

No need to frog that log!

Your blankets are lovely Glaikit.

I have just joined the Woolly hugs group under my Ravelry name of Angelpantser (Stoopid name but don't know if I can change it)

I will persevere with the log.

Ohhhh log cabins. Next on my list, after:

Finishing DS2's blanket (10 x 8 squares - trib was right when she warned me I'd get bored of knitting them. I have 5 more to do, about 10 gazillion pesky ends and a lot of making up to do);

Starting DS1's blanket (ripple in his football team's colours);

An Angel Hug; and,

A Billie's blanket.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Jan-13 10:02:13

Morning all smile brew

Add 'running' to that list Shredded smile

TheDoctrineOfSnatch - thank you for you donation, you are a star thanks

I love the log cabin blankets, Fizzy's ones are with babies and families now via Yorkhill, hope they are enjoying the snuggles.

Catching up with PMs thanks

grin of course. I have even looked up my nearest Parkrun for when I'm back in the UK smile

MOSagain Wed 23-Jan-13 12:59:21

postman has just paddled up the pathway of slush to bring woolly treasure <mos wonders how the hell the little postie can manage on his bike when the bastard binmen can't manage in their big lorries?> I was hoping to have finished my angel hug first, must learn to knit faster.

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 18:03:25

Woot!!! I've just found the best deal on Stylecraft Special DK on eBay. There's a mixed sampler of 17 colours, no white, 100 gm balls of yarn, for GBP 25.50.
At least that seems like a good deal to me? It works out to around CDN$40 , which makes it about CDN$2.50 per 100 gm ball of yarn. I find a 50 gm ball makes four 6" squares so 100 gm would make 8, and it takes 16 squares to make a 24" square blanket, so two balls of yarn - that could make up to eight 24" square blankets! If I've done the maths right.

Does that sound good? If yes, I'm ordering it greedy to get started smile

Hang fire Jacks, that sounds like the attic 24 pack we've all Been encouraged by Pistey been buying. Check out deramores, masons and somewhere else I can't think of right now. How much will shipping be? That's 1.7kg of wool.

BornToFolk Wed 23-Jan-13 18:22:04

Ooh, that is a good deal! I may get a pack myself. I've cracked crochet! Well Granny Squares at least, so I want to do a Granny Square blanket for Billies blanket, and this pack would be perfect!

Deramores have the same pack with 15% using code dk15 for $45.49 Canadian including shipping.

It's £23.37 in the uk born. Add something to bring it over £25 and its free shipping.

I am jot a deramores rep btw! Just a bargain searcher outer!

Countrycrafts was the other on but I can't see them doing international shipping.

Masons are charging £23 for shipping on their website and are based in Abingdon as is the eBay seller I can find.

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Jan-13 18:50:09

Evening all smile

Masons are another Stylecraft stockist.

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Jan-13 18:51:31

Sorry! Huge time delay on that being sent and arriving hmm

grin

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 19:02:11

It looks like shipping wouldn't be too much - but will look into it.

Could someone link to the 24-pack for me? I'm a bit useless today. I'm full of cold. Full. [ugh]

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stylecraft-Special-DK-17-assorted-colours-selection-pack-/181063716535?pt=UK_Crafts_Knitting_Crochet_EH&hash=item2a283d0eb7 I did a fake checkout to see what they were charging for shipping and selected Prince Edward Island because it sounds nice. smile

Attic24 is a blog for crafty types attic24.typepad.com/

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Jan-13 19:15:51

Evening all wine

Prince Edward Island for you Fizzy Woolly Huggers Holiday maybe?

I've just been pushing Masons on Facebook smile

Ah crap I've posted the wrong link ^up there. ca.deramores.com/stylecraft-special-dk-colour-pack

BIWI Wed 23-Jan-13 19:21:09

Prince Edward Island is, indeed, very nice!

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Jan-13 19:33:10

Jacks, I dot a cowd too.

<sniffs>

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 20:13:16

<blows nose>

<watches as Canada Geese flying overhead honk in sympathy>

PEI is indeed gorgeous, my parents drove there on one of their summer holidays and didn't want to come home.

Thanks for linkies, am so useless today.

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 20:15:04

Glaikit, I've just looked at your link and that's exactly the one I found smile

Good deal then? I can hit "Buy It Now"?

<posts extra ((((((*HUGS*)))))) to Knotty>

The deramores might work out cheaper depending on the shipping on the eBay one as that appears to be Masons and they are charging £23 to ship to Canada.

So I would buy ca.deramores.com/stylecraft-special-dk-colour-pack this one if I were you and on Prince Edward Island.

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 20:45:33

Hm. In near Vancouver, British Columbia. Exact other side of the country.

Will take a look.

I have family in Vancouver! Never met them! Are they you?? Imagine if you were! Random!

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 20:51:00

Oh Glaikit, I love you. Just placed the order with Deramores. The 15% off coupon code covered all but CDN$ 1.00 of the shipping cost!!

Can't wait, can't wait. can't wait.

Now I have to master the granny square. Got the double crochet and shell stitch nailed.

DH will tear his hair out well, he would if he weren't shaved bald. Instead of being addicted to reading, I'll be addicted to crocheting.

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 20:52:28

I have no family here - sadly. Well, I have DH, DS and MIL now smile

But my family emigrated from Germany to Toronto, and then I moved across the country to BC. I'm in Langley, about 45 mins east of Vancouver.

Tiny world, hey? smile

I've frogged the log. sad

It was getting a bit droopy and tatty round the edges like me grin I am now rippling away.

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Jan-13 21:01:11

blimey, wish I was rippling instead of droopy and tatty too.

Cheers for the hugs, Jacks.

My folks are Scottish Canadian, my dads auntie emigrated back in the 50's and was dumped by her twat of a husband, pregnant and penniless. She was rescued by her late husband and lived with him her sona and 2 daughters in Vancouver. She or her son calls my mum and dad every week. Goodness know what they have to talk about. My dad has never met his cousin and has only met auntie a handful of times. I still have a collection on Canadian coins she gave me when she last visited the uk over 15 years ago. Word is there might be a family reunion soon I hope my parents are paying of they want us to go

So not german here. I hear Vancouver is very cold!

OpheliaBumps Wed 23-Jan-13 21:37:49

Hi ladies I need a bit of inspiration. For a Billie's blanket I fancy doing 16+ individual squares rather than in one piece, so I need inspiration for quick square patterns.

I can do simple crochet ie. granny squares/stripes, or anything up to fairly complex knitting. I'm thinking of 2 alternating types of squares, so can anyone suggest some patterns to hold my interest, but not overwhelm me with having to concentrate too much (as i knit/crochet while watching tv)?

I've got tons of attic24 stylecraft, so I can easily build in different colours.

I'm looking on ravelry but there's just too much choice at the moment - help!

Jacksmania Wed 23-Jan-13 21:45:34

Oh no, Vancouver isn't cold at all! Toronto is bloody freezing, my poor mum, she texted to say she had a cold too and it's -20 C with the windchill shock.
It's mild and raining here. Most expat Brits I've talked to say it's a lot like parts of the UK.

BIWI Wed 23-Jan-13 22:45:22

My folks are also Scottish Canadian, emigrated there after the war, and now live in St Andrews, in New Brunswick, on the other side of the country. It's a beautiful part of the world.

Ophelia - have you looked at the woolly hugs crafting guide?

I've made quite a few of the squares from here and here. I quite like the look of this too for a blanket, as the patterns seem to get progressively harder smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-Jan-13 09:35:17

Morning all smile brew

BornToFolk Thu 24-Jan-13 09:45:17

Glaikit thanks for the Deramores link! I had looked at the Stylecraft on there before but missed the sampler pack. Think I'll be placing an order on payday...

*Jacksmania" I used this book to help me with Granny Squares. I'd looked at YouTube videos and other books but it didn't really click until I looked at this book and then it all made sense! Simple and addictive once you get the hang of them. I'm looking forward to doing a whole blanket of them, I think it'll be really pretty in lots of different colours and I should be able to work in some odds and ends of acrylic DK that I've got hanging around.

Just need to finish my Angel Hug. I was making good progress and then got sidetracked making a hat for my sister's lovely partner!

BornToFolk Thu 24-Jan-13 09:47:35

Argh, sorry, forgot to put the link to the book in! blush

It's this - Simple Crochet

BIWI Thu 24-Jan-13 11:20:47

I have a 10% discount code for deramores, if anyone wants it? Has to be used by 5 March.

TigerFeet Thu 24-Jan-13 13:32:45

Afternoon all, MY FLEECE STASH IS HERE grin

are we doing the expletive auction?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-Jan-13 13:44:12

Knotty and I think it has to be done Tiger grin

Huzzah for the fleece! What was the link again? I need some for a quilt I'm making for my daughter and I'm trying to find pink spotty but also very wide.

BIWI smile [heart]

The post has just come, prepare for lovely lovely things on Facebook. BIWI love, prepare by getting tissues...

OpheliaBumps Thu 24-Jan-13 14:37:25

Ooh neither thanks for the links there are some lovely ones on there, think i might have to pick a few different ones!

BIWI Thu 24-Jan-13 14:38:17

Oh no ....

<mans up>

TigerFeet Thu 24-Jan-13 14:40:34

Good good I shall get started on a Fuck It Blanket asap grin

Calico Laine, dd2 has set sail across the Living Room Rug ocean in the mahoosive box it came in.

Jacksmania Thu 24-Jan-13 15:46:18

A Fuck It Blanket? grin

The mind boggles. I've clearly missed something.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-Jan-13 18:36:51

thanksthanksthanks

thanks Thank you to a lovely donor tonight. You really are marvellous and your kind donation means we will be able to send more Billie's Blankets to children who could really do with a Hug. thanksthanksthanks

thanks MsNobodyAgain

You are a star, thank you thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

bebejones Thu 24-Jan-13 22:55:01

Ordered a mixed colour bundle of stylecraft this morning so as soon as it arrives (and I've finished DDs blanket and another Angel hug) I shall be using some of it for a Billie Blanket smile

I'm getting quicker so hopefully I should have something to send within a month!!! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-Jan-13 08:45:20

Thank you lovely, you are a star X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-Jan-13 16:17:47

Just MARVELLOUS, the first of Billie's Blankets are here. Thank you so much to wigglesrock for donating them, they are perfect. These are the ones made by blind nuns I believe smile

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

We have set up an album for Billie's Blankets on facebook and will be doing the same on the website.

Good news thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

KnottyLocks Sat 26-Jan-13 17:07:15

Lovely to see a plan starting to come together smile

Thanks everyone for your support thanks

The Ravelry page for Billie's blankets is finally up and waiting (for BIWI grin)

Portofino Sat 26-Jan-13 19:56:13

I have started knitting today. It has been problematic wink. Plans lovely thing worthy of photographing on FB....

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-Jan-13 20:47:55

We look forward to it lovely Porto! wine wine Cheers!

KnottyLocks Sun 27-Jan-13 09:21:52

Thanks, Droitwich thanks

Gooooo, Porto! wine

Birnamwood Mon 28-Jan-13 07:54:49

Morning all,

Pistey, I've finished my Angel Hug and the squares for Lemon so I can now get cracking with my Billie Blanket smile am I to send them to the normal address? I know it's the wrong thread but its Monday and I can't find the other threads

brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Jan-13 16:20:41

Afternoon all brew

Birnamwood I think you are sorted now? smile

Birnamwood Mon 28-Jan-13 18:21:47

Yes, thanks smile

Haven't posted it today, the queue in the post office was a mile long and I hadn't the time, patience or steely resolve to hang around. I could hear all the tutting and huffing from outside the door!

BIWI Mon 28-Jan-13 19:02:51

Did you say something, droitwichmummy?

Gotcha! grin

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Tue 29-Jan-13 10:32:03

Morning all. I'm about halfway through my blanket, but I hate joining it and sewing in the ends etc, so may be a while yet. It's turquoise, aqua, purple and grey crochet squares, very loud and cheerful. smile

My first blanket is finished and is in the parcel I'll be posting tomorrow. Pic is on my profile. I have more yarn and will crack on with another. grin

MrsDeVere Tue 29-Jan-13 16:59:55

It is so beautiful it bought tears to my eyes.
Thank you.

That means a lot coming from you Mrs DV, thank you. Your bottom-kicking threads got me to the blood donor sessions where they give you free biscuits

MrsDeVere Tue 29-Jan-13 17:42:49

smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-Jan-13 17:55:56

Woolly - that is absolutely beautiful, I got goosebumps seeing that. You really are a star X

Loud and cheerful is GOOD Ellen

Thank you everyone X

wigglesrock Tue 29-Jan-13 18:46:40

RatherBeOnThePiste great news, delighted they arrived. Will pass on your thanks to the blind nuns (off to bribe them with some more fizzy wine and cigs)

KnottyLocks Tue 29-Jan-13 20:58:04

Woolly, gorgeous blanket smile Thank you so much thanks

BIWI Tue 29-Jan-13 21:18:48

Wow! That's beautiful!

WoollyBack - that's a lovely blanket!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 16:26:21

It most certainly is, and now it is here safe and sound. It is just so very beautiful, thank you so much to TheWoollybacksWife. This will really make a difference to a child in great need, so bless you

Thank you doesn't seem enough, wish I could express how deeply grateful we are.

thanks

Glad it's arrived.

I'm playing around with squares for another Billie blanket, but I'm not sure that the colours that I've chosen go together. Would welcome any opinions on mixing Stylecraft shades Raspberry and Candyfloss (these look good together) with Fondant, which looks a bit "In your face".

On the subject of yarn colours I did mean to say that if the squares for Lemon's blanket (that were in the same parcel) are a bit bright for the rest of the colour palette then feel free to put them towards another project. They are in Rowan Cashsoft.

BornToFolk Fri 01-Feb-13 21:05:32

The Deramore 15% off code posted upthread doesn't seem to be working anymore. Anyone know of any good deals on that mixed pack?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 21:16:12

BornToFolk Have a look at Masons for that pack, they often seem to be cheaper.

Woolly - Knotty's very good with colours, maybe PM her if you still need help?

thanks thanks

thanks thanks Beautiful Billie's Blankets arriving safely today, huge thanks to StellaMarie.thanks thanks

Photos on Facebook already thanks thanks

There is a 10% discount on deramores just now DRLTEN and free deliver over £25. Sometimes that's enough to take it cheaper that masons or country crafts.

BornToFolk Fri 01-Feb-13 21:30:51

Thanks Pistey, order placed!

thanks

Pistey you temptress!

I had managed to give up Facebook not mentioning the fact that I never had anything interesting to post

I have now re-registered to look at all the photos. DD1 has still blocked me though sad. Don't blame her though - I remember my Uni days and would be mortified if I thought my mother knew what I was up to blush

Now I'm middle aged and a wild night means two glasses of Shiraz and MN and Ravelry open at the same time while watching Midsomer Murders.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 03-Feb-13 19:51:44

Dragged my arse on signing up for this - but I have the time now and definitely do a Billy blanket

MrsDeVere Sun 03-Feb-13 21:34:29

I MADE A SQUARE.

Schooldidi Sun 03-Feb-13 21:39:12

I started one of these blankets yesterday and I'm about half way through already shock. I'm using this pattern and have mostly completed 8 squares. I made the decision to use a bigger hook though so at 5mm the squares are growing much faster than at 4mm.

I'll wait to post it til I have my next angel hug too, and maybe a little hug as well, I may as well get as much as I can into one parcel.

KnottyLocks Mon 04-Feb-13 06:59:29

Morning, lovely people smile

MrsDv, <applauds > you star! Keep going and you'll have enough for a blanket in no time.

Woolly, rock n roll innit grin

Didi, good going. You must be a very fast hooker! Thank you so much. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 07:46:32

Morning everyone smile

Tis all going so well, smashing thanks

Fact for the Day : I have never seen Midsomer Murders. However, it must be said I have 'seen' shiraz wine grin

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Mon 04-Feb-13 19:36:27

I have decided what I'm doing - lots of hooked circle squares - if that makes sense, in a variety of colours, ultimately giving either a lovely patchwork polka dot effect or a migraine inducing bollix-up effect.

First square is pale blue dot in dark warm purple square. I'm excited about this.

BornToFolk Mon 04-Feb-13 20:02:12

Dances, that sounds lovely. Are you using a pattern?

I'm just doing the edging on my Angel Hug now. And I had an email from Masons to say that my pack on Stylecraft is on the way! I plan a Granny square blanket first, then if I have enough, I want to do a Mitred Square blanket, like the Mason Dixon one Rav link. I think that would look really good in lots of colours.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 20:51:41

Like the one I'm doing Dances? Sounds lovely, love circles to squares tis my new thing smile

BorntoFolk - just wow, I am in awe!

MrsDeVere Mon 04-Feb-13 22:11:18

I'VE DONE THREE SQUARES

Schooldidi Mon 04-Feb-13 22:26:52

Well done MrsDV. You'll have done a whole blanket in no time at this rate.

kateecass Mon 04-Feb-13 22:42:46

I have almost finished a blanket. Just got to sew in a couple of ends. I just learnt how to crochet hearts so am thinking I'll sew a couple on.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Mon 04-Feb-13 23:38:25

I was inspired by yours Pistey - are they for a Billy blanket?I'm also blattently stealing the colour scheme of yours for a blanket for my as yet unborn niece.

BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 08:46:01

Square 1 finished. Square 2 started. Not sure how many I'm going to do, but I have two balls of wool and they are massive!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 08:53:10

Morning all smile

Well done indeed MrsDV and BIWI - just keep going!! Knit BIWI, knit!

Sounds lovely kate and dances thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 05-Feb-13 09:47:42

morning, half way through my Billie blanket! Deramores currently has 15% off stylecraft so trying hard to resist ordering more wool, I have plenty already <tries to convince self>

I'm spamming the wooly threads with this crochet pattern

This has to be included in a woolly hug somewhere!

Fizzy - that's fabulous!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 20:41:02

Evening wine

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Feb-13 21:16:14

Evening wine

I should be working ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Shhhhhhhh wink

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Feb-13 21:41:09

<slurp>

Shhhhhhhhhh

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 07:05:54

<slurrp>

wine

sssshhhhhhhh

BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 08:17:51

You on the wine already!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 12:09:01

grin

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Last posting date for the first batch of Billie's Blankets to be Friday 16th March.

Huuuuge thanks to everyone thanks

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 12:10:23

Does that mean you want squares to be sent individually/asap then?

I have one that is finished but was going to send it when the second one is done - but can send this one now if you like? (it's pink, if that makes any difference?)

MrsDeVere Wed 06-Feb-13 12:11:53

How hard is it to join crochet squares?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 12:35:11

BIWI - just send all that you make on 16th, thank you thanks

and MrsDV - tis easy, just double crochet, I'll find you a linky when I'm not on MN on the phone, or we will be doomed to failure grin

Kewcumber Wed 06-Feb-13 12:39:22

How did I miss this thread shock Was planning an entrelac blanket project for a friends baby but am feeling the urge to ditch her for Billy. I'd also be game for a London 5k [fool emoticon]

Woolfey Wed 06-Feb-13 12:52:58

I better get cracking then! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 13:04:22

Crack on Woolfey!

Lovely to have you on board Kewcumber, for both the run and the blanket. smile

This is an ongoing project, so we have the spring last posting deadline (16:3) and there will be a second one later in the year, so no huge rush, and we will warmly receive your lovely Billie's Blanket whenever it arrives. thanks

I would urge you to sign up for the London 5K soon. Although it isn't until October, it is one they are confident will sell out. Let us know when you have smile Our running thread is here, do join us! There is also the link on there for signing up with The Big Run.

Have you seen us on Facebook MNWoollyHugs or Twitter @MNWoollyHugs?

thanks

Kewcumber Wed 06-Feb-13 13:15:06

I think I have liked you on facebook

bluesky Wed 06-Feb-13 13:20:08

Am cracking on with mine, so will ensure with you by 16th!

curryeater Wed 06-Feb-13 13:23:18

ok here is a very fick question. If you are knitting with the recommended DK whatnot, what size needles do you use?
thank you

Schooldidi Wed 06-Feb-13 15:28:29

4mm curryeater I think. It's definitely a 4mm crochet hook. I'm using a 5mm hook at the minute though because I want it to grow quicker.

BornToFolk Wed 06-Feb-13 15:34:37

I'm using a 4mm. The good thing about blankets is that the size is not critcial though so you can pretty much use whatever works for you!

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 06-Feb-13 15:38:01

I'm using 8s which I think are 4mm too smile

curryeater Wed 06-Feb-13 16:50:19

thanks!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 19:40:40

4mm!!

Oh, too late grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 08-Feb-13 07:08:12

Morning all brew

thanks Snapespeare Three lovely knitted squares to go towards a Billie's Blanket have arrived, pinks and yellow, really lovely [star]

Please do remember we are very happy to collect in squares as well as whole blankets.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

curryeater Fri 08-Feb-13 11:10:07

Thanks!
sorry more questions: so to make the right size square with this wool and 4" needles, how many stitches should I cast on? (sorry if stupidly expressed, I have not knitted for a long time)
If my squares come out a bit weird do you think they can be squashed into a blanket with other good squares, or do you think they will be useless?

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 11:35:36

The recommendation is to cast on 33 stitches, curryeater.

I cast on 34, because I knit very tightly, and also blush because I prefer even numbers.

<no OCD tendencies here, oh no>

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 11:35:55

Woo hoo - get me, giving knitting advice!!!

BornToFolk Fri 08-Feb-13 12:19:53

curryeater, it's going to depend on your tension (i.e. how tightly you knit). Best thing to do would be to cast on 33 (or 34!) stitches, knit a bit and measure.

I made two Granny Squares last night! So quick and fun to do and they look very colourful. I never thought I would love crochet but my fingers are itching to do more!

KnottyLocks Fri 08-Feb-13 14:15:54

Crochet is the future grin

Am grin at BIWI here.

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 14:42:19

<slopes off>

Schooldidi Mon 11-Feb-13 12:22:00

I'm finished my first one. The picture should be on my profile now. I think it looks great.

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 13:12:06

Cant see your profile!

Schooldidi Mon 11-Feb-13 13:15:35

Can you see it now? I keep forgetting that I need to make it public after each name change.

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 13:21:09

Wow! That's fab!

BornToFolk Mon 11-Feb-13 13:47:08

I think that looks great too! Is is knit or crochet? I can't tell from the photo.

I've done 12 Granny Squares and still loving it! I can't believe how quickly they are going!

MrsDeVere Mon 11-Feb-13 13:56:43

That is amazing Schooldidi. Thank you

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Feb-13 20:00:36

wow Didi - tis beautiful!

KnottyLocks Mon 11-Feb-13 20:52:42

Corrrrr, Didi. That is fabulous smile Looks like it should be hung on a wall.

Schooldidi Tue 12-Feb-13 17:52:12

I'm glad you all like it. I could go much quicker if I did basic granny suares but I get bored (and I'd run out of wool quicker too), so I try to find a different pattern for each blanket if I can.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Tue 12-Feb-13 22:29:26

That's really lovely, didi. smile Great colours. Looks African, somehow?

I've just finished my blanket, will take a photo later. Can I post it a bit later with my angel hug that I've just started?

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Tue 12-Feb-13 22:47:29

Put my photo on my profile page. I might retake the photo in daylight, tomorrow, the colours don't look right.

I have finished my second blanket and will post it later in the week. There is a picture on my profile page in anyone wants to take a peek.

I don't know if there is something wrong with my settings or it is just something to do with my iPad but every time I upload a photo it puts the new photo at the top of the page and then overwrites the second photo with a copy of the new photo. I have used my extensive technical knowledge and removed all photos except the most recent one.

BIWI Wed 13-Feb-13 09:44:14

That's really beautiful, TheWoollybacksWife.

Schooldidi Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:54

That looks lovely Ellen. I've adjusted the colours in my head to what I think they are.

Yours is gorgeous too Woolly. I really do like the butterfly garden pattern.

BornToFolk Wed 13-Feb-13 10:09:57

Beautiful blankets, Ellen and Wooly!

Well, I've done 16 Granny Squares so I should technically be done but they are all just a smidge under 6" square so I think I'm going to do one more round on each, then seam and do the edging. They do look nice all laid out though!

Woolfey Wed 13-Feb-13 11:27:33

Wow! they all look so beautiful.
I am nearly a third of the way through mine. It's a VERY brightly coloured plain granny stripe. I seem to be addicted to very bright colours in my blankies at the moment - must be the miserable weather or something. Think maybe I should try something a bit more 'normal' for the next one smile

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Wed 13-Feb-13 12:46:50

Woolfey, mine has migraine inducing colours. grin Purple, turquoise, aqua and grey. I'd preferred to use a light neutral colour instead of the grey but remembered the instructions to avoid white or cream for these blankets.

Woolly, I'm having the same problem with the photos, I've uploaded a daylight picture and lost last night's.

Your blanket is beautiful, love both patterns. smile

Looking forward to your pictures, BornToFolk.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 13-Feb-13 13:15:49

these all look fab! I'm on the last square of mine so will hopefully have it finished in the next couple of days smile

MrsDeVere Wed 13-Feb-13 16:30:20

How many squares does it take?

I have a few. Mine are all pinks.

I am changing the colours on each round. I try to make some in on solid colour but I always go wrong when I do that. I end up with a very dodgy looking square confused

Another thing....what would happen if you just kept going on a granny square? Can you make a whole blanket from one massive granny square? <dim>

MrsDeVere Wed 13-Feb-13 16:31:35

These blankets are just SO beautiful. Thank you x

BornToFolk Wed 13-Feb-13 16:52:23

How big are your squares MrsD? Mine are just shy of 6" so I need 16 for a 24" blanket.

You can keep going and make a massive Granny square. My mum made a blanket for my niece like that, it's really lovely!

MrsDeVere Wed 13-Feb-13 17:03:07

Mine are a little bit over 6". Only a teeny bit.
I had better get a shift on then grin

I am going to try the massive square next.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Wed 13-Feb-13 17:51:14

Waves at Ninja, MrsDV, and doesn't want to leave BornToFolk out. <waves>

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Feb-13 18:14:28

Eeeeeevvvvnin smile

Will check out lovely blankets in a min.

MrsDV, another option is to make the squares you have already 8", then you'll only need 9 for a blanket. That's similar to the one I did that was posted on our FB page yesterday. Mine were a bit bigger with a wide boarder but principle is the same.

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Feb-13 18:22:03

Ellen and Woolly, your blankets are just gorgeous smile huge thanks to you both thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Feb-13 18:27:31

We're up to £315 on our Just Giving page smile

How fabulous. Thanks everyone thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Feb-13 19:07:02

£315 is truly awesome, how brilliant folk are!

thanks

MrsDV Not dim at all and yes, Have a look here, this was Woolfey's

Love that Owl smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Feb-13 08:40:33

finished Billie blanket on profile smile I have enough wool for another so will hold off posting until it's done if that's ok?

<waves> back at ellen, fancy seeing you here grin

Sweetpeafamily Fri 15-Feb-13 11:34:00

Please can you give me the address to post my billieblanket to - thankyou

LittleMissFantabulous Fri 15-Feb-13 11:38:31

I'm currently mid-blanket, when I'm done I'm shopping for woolyhuggability. Hats off guys. You're amazing x

BIWI Fri 15-Feb-13 11:39:03

TheNinja - that blanket is lovely!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Feb-13 11:50:59

Ninja, it is a beautiful blanket, loving the hearts. It's funny seeing people I 'know' elsewhere on MN. All the best people are either here on on SN. wink

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Feb-13 11:51:38

or on SN

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Feb-13 14:03:49

Catching up with everyone brew

thanksthanksthanks Three beautiful crocheted Billie's Blankets arrived yesterday, all from the very lovely bluesky. A HUGE thank you to her, they are all just lovely X thanksthanksthanks

Ninja Of course that's OK, makes sense, thank you thanks

and Ninja <happy sigh> beautiful thanks Smiling at the striped knockers, I've just delivered them all to our friends at the Brompton smile thanks

Sweetpea Coming to you now thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 16-Feb-13 09:27:01

thanks smile I'm hooking my second blanket, it's coming along much quicker!

so pleased the knockers went down well grin

ellen, very true grin

BornToFolk Sun 17-Feb-13 20:10:45

Evening all!
If anyone is in the Reading area and fancies a meet up, Woolfey and I are meeting up for a bit of crafting and cake on 3rd March, in the morning. Venue to be decided but probably a coffee shop in town. PM me or Woolfey if you fancy it.

My squares are done and I've seamed it. I've just adding a border. It looks VERY bright but in a good way, I hope.

MrsDeVere Sun 17-Feb-13 20:26:31

Had a day in bed today with a bit of a cold <wimp>
I have been making my 6 inch squares into 9 inch ones.

A few more to go.

I would like to add a little butterfly to my blankets < optimistic >

Do you just sew embellishments on with wool or is there another way?

Whenever I get a bit poorly it makes me feel very sad. Just thinking how terribly ill my Billie felt for so long. How much she had to put up with. Anyway rambling but its so moving to see how you are all making such beautiful things in my darling girl's name.
I really don't have the words actually.

BornToFolk Sun 17-Feb-13 20:52:40

MrsD <hugs> sad I hope you feel better soon. It's an honour to able to do something for a child that's so very ill. It's not much, in the scheme of things, but it's something.

I quite fancied making a few butterflies to attach to my blanket. I found a few patterns on Ravelry. This one [http://www.myfavouritethingsblog.com/2012/03/butterfly-fly-away.html here]] looks quite simple but I've not tried it yet...

BornToFolk Sun 17-Feb-13 20:59:26

Sorry, link fail - here

Herecomesbod Sun 17-Feb-13 21:38:46

Have only just seen this and haven't read the whole thread but have just donated via Paypal for crafting materials.

Mrs DV I've read many of your postings about your darling Billie and you write so eloquently and movingly about her. As you so rightly pointed out, at least she was at home and warm at the end, whereas so many children aren't even afforded that comfort.

Knotty and Pistey, you are legends.

I'll go on the just giving page in a minute and sponsor you for the run. Will you be wearing crocheted running gear? I do hope so smile

Woolfey Mon 18-Feb-13 07:15:55

I finished my also VERY bright blankie last night and it will be on it's merry way today.

Yay for the Bright Blankie Reading branch grin

MrsD hope you are feeling a bit better today thanks

BIWI Mon 18-Feb-13 09:20:15

Hope you're feeling better Mrs DV

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 13:18:20

Flying in... will be back once I've caught my breath.

MrsDeVere Tue 19-Feb-13 21:45:47

One of my squares has fallen apart sad

Now I am worried they all will. I copied the video. But have I not finished the ends off properly?
What do you all do when you switch colours?

I tie off and then weave the end in a bit and then trim. Should I be doing something else?

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Feb-13 08:05:43

Oh bum, MrsDV.

This happened to a couple of my very early granny squares. Since then I've taken the better be safe approach- not exactly orthodox but works.

At the end of the row before I change colour, after slip stitching the last stitch I wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull it through to make a tiny knot.
When attaching the new colour, I'll knot that too rather than just pull it through the loop. The knots are covered as you crochet.

MrsDeVere Wed 20-Feb-13 08:30:44

Thanks knotty that makes sense to me.
I have checked the others. They look ok but I would hate them to fall apart once they had been sent off sad
Just when I thought I had got close to finishing a blanket too sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 08:32:46

Oh MrsDV, you have my sympathies as it happened here too, I sent photos of it unravelling to Knots, but there was nothing to be done. So I now double knot wool on and off and have never had another problem, but it is an arse sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Feb-13 13:46:54

Afternoon all brew smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks Beautiful treasure - two very lovely Billie's Blankets arriving safely today, huge thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks EllenJaneIsStillNotMyName and HoggyTruffle thanks thanks

Do check out the photos on Facebook, so beautiful. thanks thanks

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 22-Feb-13 16:17:48

Thank you. blush I really enjoyed making this one and being adventurous with the colours. Your photos are also so much better than mine.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 23-Feb-13 19:14:34

Tis such a beautiful colour mix Ellen. thanks

thanksthanks Another beautiful crocheted Billie's Blanket arriving safely this morning, from the very lovely bluesky in purple and blues. thanksthanks

Huge thanks thanks

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

MOSagain Sun 24-Feb-13 18:35:18

hello, just marking place as I'd lost you all!
Hoping to post some squares in a few days, one day I'm hoping to do a whole blanket grin
When is last posting date for this batch?

BIWI Sun 24-Feb-13 20:42:48

I think you and I were supposed to be doing 8 squares each, to make a blanket together, MOS blush

I've managed 4 so far, but don't think I can do 8 in time (I think the posting date is 16 March?)