Support thread for Woolly Hugs - summer (sort of) 2013

(429 Posts)
tribpot Thu 25-Apr-13 07:36:21

Our sympathies and thoughts are with daisydotandgertie, who lost her husband this month.

Woolly Hugs is now in action and this is the support and chat thread at which all are welcome - knitters, crocheters and donors. If you are a first time crafter please do have a go. There is bags of support and plain squares are just as important to our endeavour as fancy ones.

As flowers was one of the requested motifs, I'll just note there's a flowers section in the crafting guide. I might try the posies pattern on this sock pattern. For Welsh (or at least Celtic) patterns, I did this for a previous blanket.

KnottyLocks Thu 25-Apr-13 07:48:45

Signing in.

Thanks for setting this up, Trib thanks

Signing in. Am awaiting my wool delivery and will do my best and neatest work! grin

I think I may get at least four squares out of the wool and may attempt a stripey one of both colours.

McKayz Thu 25-Apr-13 07:53:50

Signing in. My wool has been dispatched so hoping it'll come today.

HairyPotter Thu 25-Apr-13 07:54:10

Hello, I'm here. thanks Trib.

Any free delivery codes knocking about? I'm ordering the attic 24 pack as well as yarn for this, so it would come in handy.

I went to my first crochet class last night which was not a success grin but I think I'll knit for this blanket.

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Apr-13 08:17:51

Hi. I can do some granny squares. I have some wool.

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Apr-13 08:18:14

(I also want that Attic 24 pack a very lot)

HairyPotter Thu 25-Apr-13 08:22:36

It looks amazing doesn't it? I am determined to make her gorgeous ripple blanket for my next Billie's Hug. The first one is almost finished, hence the need for crochet classes to learn to hook it together.

I can see me ending up sending the squares and pleading for Pistey to do it for me again It was really hard <wails>

Knitting on the train trib! I have offered to do loose flowers for this one - think sweet peas, roses, daffodils and daisies.

Oh and Hairy I have started crocheting recently too. Have a look at YouTube it really helped. I found that it suddenly 'clicked'. Good luck

HairyPotter Thu 25-Apr-13 08:45:20

I have been you tubing it clearly a word but it hasn't gone too well. I think the problem was it was an American site and they use different terms. I think last night did help, I sort of know what I'm aiming for and can recognise the stitches.

I'm torn between all the 3 projects I'm working on. Would never have imagined that when I started a year ago. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 09:09:19

Morning, checking in brew

Thanks trib thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 09:10:48

I'm wondering if anyone can find or do a spotty square?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 09:12:42
crispsarenotoneofyour5aday Thu 25-Apr-13 09:23:43

Tribpot, I have found a pattern for a Welsh Dragon so though I might give that a go but would it be OK for the dragon to be red on a cream and pale green background? Doesn't fit with the colour scheme but Welsh Dragons are always red...

HoggyTruffle Thu 25-Apr-13 09:42:07

I thought a bobble pattern could be used for a spotty square. I have Jan Eaton's books (200 crochet and knitting blocks) and there are a few examples in there. I might do a plain square to be decorated with the loose flowers being donated.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 09:49:20

crispsarenotoneofyour5aday Lovely square for Daisy, with regards to the red, Knotty and I are just finding a good shade to use as a highlight for this blanket for roses etc. So can you just hold on for a little bit and we will send some of it to you? If you PM me your address then I'll do it as soon as poss.

droitwich - can we add a request? You did a lovely rose for Giraffes, would you do a red rose square for Daisy? Same again, I'll send you the red, then we will know it all ties in. Red can be so tricky.

Hoggy - bobbles will be brill smile thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 25-Apr-13 10:38:31

signing in

spots and stripes can be done by texture as well as colour. Bobbles sound great!

Yes, I thought a bobble for the spotted square.

there's a lovely one in the 100 bright and colourful crochet squares book that makes bobbles into a heart.
It's also got a fab mitred corner that has stripes

Woolfey Thu 25-Apr-13 12:41:07

I was also thinking about bobbles. Great minds think alike smile
There is a striped bobbled square in Jan Eaton's crochet blocks book which I think I might do instead of a flower one.

Woolfey Thu 25-Apr-13 12:44:23

Unique - that lovely bobble heart pattern has just been issued free on the Deramores website. I was thinking of using it for a Little hug or Billies blanket.

Of course Pistey. If you are sending me the red can I change my mind and have some yellow as well please? I looked at my stash again and it might not stretch after all.
Ta x

LizaRose Thu 25-Apr-13 13:12:20

I would like to contribute. My skills are not great, so fairly plain squares only.

<plonks bum down>

LackaDAISYcal Thu 25-Apr-13 14:22:09

Budges up next to Glaikit smile

Nice to see y'all again after a knitting break (poor swollen joints) but sad that it's needed. My thoughts are with daisy's family xx

Ordered some squooshy smooshy Debbie Bliss this morning. There are some lovely new shades out there!

that's my exact pattern!
and my book!

they're doing me out of sales there! shock


PurplePidjin Thu 25-Apr-13 14:47:43

Signing in to answer crochet questions at sparrow fart brew

McKayz Thu 25-Apr-13 16:39:54

Is there a link to explain how to do stripes? It'd be nice to do some stripes instead of my normal plain square.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 16:51:22

You knitting again Kayz?

Just plain knitting?mckayz? Just change your yarn at the beginning of the next row. Depending on how big y want yr stripes (bigger than 2rows of knitting) break off or carry up the side on the square. I would personally do 2 colours and 2 rows of each colour And carry up the side.

McKayz Thu 25-Apr-13 17:09:50

I am trying Pistey. grin DS2 wants me to knit him a fireman he found in a book. HA HA.

Squares I can do, probably a scarf. Anything beyond that and increasing stuff I can not do.

RedRosie Thu 25-Apr-13 17:22:38


I think it best if Rosie does something very simple.


Simple squares are GOOD. Simple squares are ESSENTIAL.


Simple squares are as ambitious as Rosie should be.


EasilyBored Thu 25-Apr-13 18:07:50

I shall order my wool this evening. Meant to do it last night but kinda just zonked on the sofa after my run. While I wait for delivery I'll get on with my little hug. Will check out the ravelry page too as haven't been on there for ages and ages!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 18:15:58

Rosie - there are lots of sheep in Wales. Just sayin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 18:16:41

knitted fireman grin Oh good luck wine

McKayz Thu 25-Apr-13 18:24:47

MIL is making him a Lifeboatman. Damn that Jean Greenhowe grin

RedRosie Thu 25-Apr-13 18:26:10

We've had Basil The Blue Sheep, and Ian The Interim Green Sheep.

Strokes chin...


tribpot Thu 25-Apr-13 18:39:43

Video on changing colours - note Liat says you cut off the yarn for the first colour but that's only if you're not going to switch back to it in a few rows (i.e. doesn't apply if you're doing stripes).

This explains how to carry the unused colour up the side of the work.

McKayz Thu 25-Apr-13 18:58:23

Thanks Tribpot, I'll give it a try.

RedRosie Fri 26-Apr-13 07:12:24

Peter the Purple Sheep.

I'm becoming typecast smile.

Your sheep pattern lovely Trib, has been well exploited.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Apr-13 07:38:58

I love Peter already.

Trazzletoes Fri 26-Apr-13 08:33:15

Hi! Just signing in.

HoggyTruffle Fri 26-Apr-13 12:54:13

I used the link on the other thread and ordered some James Brett yesterday afternoon from here. It was delivered this morning so speedy delivery and it is on offer at the moment.

I will decide on a couple of patterns when I have finished stroking the balls wink. Unfortunately I can't hide them behind the sofa and pretend to be using my existing stash as DH was in when the parcel arrived.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Apr-13 17:40:39

Afternoon all brew

Just replying to PMs, huge thanks to all. I've just ordered from the same people Hoggy - tis really good value, so good to know they are quick too.

<waves to trazzle>

LackaDAISYcal Fri 26-Apr-13 21:25:32

My yarn arrived today! I only ordered it yesterday shock

Well done Aileen's Wool Shop

My (mainly) lovely SM appeared today with my late mum's sewing table and - wait for it - a book of knitted meerkats! grin

LizaRose Sat 27-Apr-13 16:35:38

My James Brett arrived this morning!

Signing in, I've made half a daffodil so far.

HoggyTruffle Sat 27-Apr-13 21:39:36

The James Brett knits up nicely, lovely colours too.

Knitted meerkats droitwichmummy! I don't think I should go looking for that book or it might end up on the bookshelf.

I'm actually findingbthe jamesbrett stuff quite hard to crochet with - it's loads of strands and I keep mispicking them.

Hoggy I have no idea when I'll get round to trying one out but if it goes badly it may need a new home!

SoupDragon Sun 28-Apr-13 07:46:09

Hoggy, I ordered from RKM too and mine also arrived in under 24 hours. I was very impressed!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Apr-13 13:41:13

Afternoon all wine

Jacksmania Sun 28-Apr-13 17:55:30

Found you all - and I do need support today, partly because of the wine last night, have to take DS to a birthday party at a local play centre and I know exactly one person there. Possibly two - if the other one shows up. I am not good in crowds where I know no one.

Would it be rude if I took my crocheting with me? grin blush

tribpot Sun 28-Apr-13 17:58:41

Soft play and hangover, Jacks? <winces> I would take your crochet, you don't have to whip it out!

LackaDAISYcal Sun 28-Apr-13 21:11:45

first square just off the hook and it's reaaally interesting grin. I hope the colours are ok though <worried>

LackaDAISYcal Sun 28-Apr-13 21:40:36

I always take some crochet or knitting to these events...never get any done though for people asking questions about what I'm doing grin

Schooldidi Sun 28-Apr-13 23:11:35

I took my crochet to soft play today. I did a couple of flowers for Daisy's blanket. I got lots of strange looks grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Apr-13 06:54:43

Morning all brew

Lovely daisy posted on the thread,yesterday bless her heart.

Have just cast off my first square. One of my stripy magic stars in silver grey a nd heathery purple. Looks lovely, even if I do say so myself!

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Apr-13 20:24:08

Sounds lovely too, Fizzy smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 30-Apr-13 06:49:41

Really does thanks

SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 07:09:56

I will be taking my wool along to the fracture clinic (along with DS1!). By past experience, I should have plenty of time to crochet an entire blanket!

KnottyLocks Tue 30-Apr-13 07:24:01

Oh bum, Soupy.

Maybe a crochet cast cover?

Oh no soupy! What has he broken?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 30-Apr-13 08:45:11

Oh arse Soupy sad

15% off all rowan yarn at deramores use code rw15 at checkout grin

Trazzletoes Tue 30-Apr-13 10:18:39

Fizzy DH's cousin designs knitwear with Rowan wool. I saw her books on Deramores and was very amused to see her described as a "veteran designer". Not sure she would enjoy that description!!! grin


SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 12:51:22

He's broken both bones in his left wrist. That's what happens if you let a large rugby player tackle you and land on your arm!

6 weeks in a heavy plaster cast - poor boy. I offered to crochet him a protective cuff for the top of the cast to stop it rubbing but he refused sad

SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 12:52:55

We were in and out of the clinic so quickly I had to take him to a cafe for hot chocolate and cake in order for him to miss physics grin

KnottyLocks Tue 30-Apr-13 13:05:21

Physics v hot chocolate and cake. Tricky.

going by you previous comment about big rugby players perhaps the physics would have been better before the rugby match! e=mc2 grin

cake and hot chocolate sounds good though!

or to be correct f=ma grin

SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 13:38:53

I asked him what he had learned and apparently he has learned it's better to be tackled and sat on by a winger than by a fat forward grin

The cake was really to cheer him up as he was disappointed they hadn't replaced the plaster cast with a light weight one. We've had to cancel scout camp, scuba diving and rock climbing. He is unimpressed.

KnottyLocks Tue 30-Apr-13 14:01:21

Oh poor little dragon.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 30-Apr-13 14:35:06

Oh poor thing Soupy, that is miserable, not surprised he's unimpressed X

SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 14:36:23

Thankfully it is stoical DS1 and not drama-llama DS2 grin

Jacksmania Tue 30-Apr-13 23:46:22

<glares at mailbox>

I don't seem to have wool yet.

We are leaving on holiday Thursday night.

Deramores had better speed it up a little. Or I might have to spend a holiday doing nothing productive.

<taps fingers impatiently>

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 01-May-13 06:45:17

oh fingers crossed Jacks

I left my crochet at home sad

and i nearly finished my base square last night (something's gone a bit weird with my corners - as in i've totally lost the end of the row!)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 01-May-13 15:50:09


last posting for squares and cards for daisy to be Saturday 25th May

Heartfelt thanks to all


McKayz Wed 01-May-13 18:23:32

I was just coming to ask if there was a date yet.

Jacksmania Fri 03-May-13 15:15:07

My wool arrived!!!! Beautiful apple green and softest palest blue! I packed my crochet hook, DH was like hmmgrin

Talk about good timing. The postie brought it just a few hours before we left for the airport

However, talk about poor timing angry - my mum ordered me an iPad mini blushgrinblush and they tried to deliver it yesterday but DH was out (damn him) and they left an "attempted delivery" notice. And we're now at the airport and I'll have to wait until we get back to pick it up. I was so hooing it would arrive in time for our holiday angry

[spoiled rotten emoticon]

KnottyLocks Fri 03-May-13 17:54:45

Most importantly though , you have wool! grin

tribpot Fri 03-May-13 18:03:34

Yes but an iPad mini would have ensured that MNing and crafting could both continue full pelt whilst on hols smile

iPad is great for making notes on and following patterns. I use the penultimate app. Take screenshots of patterns and insert.

tribpot Fri 03-May-13 18:51:59

Let's not rub it in, Glaikit wink Jacks can discover the joys of tablet owning and crafting when she returns.

Of course, sorry!

LackaDAISYcal Sat 04-May-13 00:39:24

Can any hookers help over here?

BlueyDragon Sat 04-May-13 10:04:50

Where do you all find your patterns? I'm a knitting novice but looking to improve so any suggestions for pattern books v welcome.

I have 5 hours in hospital on Tuesday to occupy myself so I've earmarked that as knitting time.

LizaRose Sat 04-May-13 10:18:11

Hi Bluey! There is a crafting guide on the woolly hugs website

If you haven't already joined Ravelry, there is a treasure trove of patterns waiting for you there for free!

2 squares in the post to pistey! stealth boasting photos here

Each one has mistakes in it, but as wise old SDTG once told me, once you reach perfection there is nowhere else to go! grin

Oh and bluey ravelry dishcloths is what you need to search through. If you aren't to confident about resizing patterns stick to ones with between 33 and 38 stitches as that should bring you in around the 6" mark.

But be warned, once you enter raverly you can never leave, even if you want to <maniacal laugh> grin

BIWI Sat 04-May-13 13:24:06

I have to finish the square I started for a Billie's Blanket before I can start this one, as I only have one pair of knitting needles! Better get a shift on ...

Well BIWI you know there is an answer to the predicament you find yourself in. More needles!

Or slip a spare length of yarn through all the stitches of your current project and slide off the needles! If y don't want to buy more needles can't think why you wouldn't

BIWI Sat 04-May-13 13:55:46

More needles?! That way madness lies ...

Really? <twitches> <opens stash cupboard and is buried under avalanche of yarn>

BIWI Sat 04-May-13 14:46:35


LizaRose Sat 04-May-13 14:48:56

I am trying this pattern

I have figured out most of the American terminology, but can anyone tell me what "3trbb" means in round 5?

HoggyTruffle Sat 04-May-13 15:39:03

LisaRose there is a description at the top of the pattern for 3trbb but it might not be easy to follow. Basically, you do 3 double trebles (UK) but for each one, don't do the last "yarn over hook and pull through 2 stitches". You end up with 4 stitches and then do yarn over hook and pull through all 4. Sounds complicated written down but hope it helps!

LizaRose Sat 04-May-13 17:01:37

Thanks, Hoggy!

Trazzletoes Sun 05-May-13 07:53:00

Yikes, when do you all get time for crafting?! I've had my wool for a couple of days now and haven't even started sad.

During the day, DD is surgically attached to my hip and once the DCs are in bed, I eat and then fall asleep blush.

Trazzles, sleep when you need it. Do not feel obliged to do a square. You don't need any more pressure. smile brew

Trazzletoes Sun 05-May-13 08:39:43

But I WANT to do one, Fizzy <pouty face>

I know you do chum smile just don't worry about it. You have plenty of time. (Plus pistey is a soft touch and will sometimes accept late entries if you get a note from your mum!)

RatherBeOnThePisteIsASoftTouch Sun 05-May-13 08:55:00

Morning Trazz, morning Fizz, morning evvvvvvveryone brew smile

Trazzletoes Sun 05-May-13 08:58:03

Good MORNing Miss Pistey grin

KnottyLocks Sun 05-May-13 10:51:20

Morning all smile

MOSagain Mon 06-May-13 18:16:06

hello, finished my first square last week and hopefully will finish my second tonight and all being well will post tomorrow grin

KnottyLocks Mon 06-May-13 19:17:47

Top banana, MOS smile [star]

Schooldidi Mon 06-May-13 19:35:56

I've done two squares with flowers. do you want a load more flowers to attach wherever you want or would you prefer another full square?

KnottyLocks Mon 06-May-13 20:24:41

Flowers please , Didi smile thanks

Schooldidi Mon 06-May-13 21:01:21

Ok then. I'll do a few blue and a few light purple ones. I don't have any pink as the shade that looked pink in the shop looks red at home and I know you're funny about which red is allowed.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 07:57:59

Morning all brew smile

Just being asked in PMs, so as a reminder - last posting for squares and cards for Daisy to be Saturday 25th May, thank you thanks

BIWI Tue 07-May-13 08:06:11

<knits faster>

BlueyDragon Tue 07-May-13 08:52:06

Thanks for the tips - when I am feeling brave I shall look at Ravelry. For now I think it will be granny squares for me though.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 13:28:02

Granny squares are absolutely lovely thanks

MOSagain Tue 07-May-13 14:07:51

yay! managed to finish the second one but then realised I'd run out of brown paper so have instructed/ordered DH to buy some today and I will post tomorrow.
Am wondering if I take my knitting on my charity trek next week? Will have hours to kill at airports and on flights but not sure how much I'd get done whilst there. <umms and ahhs>

I'm in, sadly. Have pmed pistey. Love to team survival x

Theodora Tue 07-May-13 19:43:20

Hello Pistey and Knotty
I've done a 3D flower square and am 3/4 of way through a friendship knot square and suddenly got worried in case it wasn't the sort of thing that is wanted. Shall I finish and send it anyway and you can use it in another project if it's not the right thing?!?

KnottyLocks Tue 07-May-13 21:38:43

Theodora, it sounds lovely. Send it, I'm sure it's gorgeous smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-May-13 09:22:52

Morning smile brew

MOSagain Wed 08-May-13 17:40:29

Squares posted first class today (by me, not DH!)

KnottyLocks Thu 09-May-13 19:18:25

Wotcha , Woollies smile

tribpot Thu 09-May-13 19:20:24

I've posted some squares today. Err, that I made months ago.

However, I am nearly finished with a square based on the awesome saxifrage socks and will then do one for Survival too.

Hi. I've been directed over here. I'm usually full of stupid questions but I like to know things. Hope it's ok to sign in. smile

KnottyLocks Thu 09-May-13 19:23:26

All welcome here smile

KnottyLocks Thu 09-May-13 19:24:22

Cheers , Trib.
Loving the sound of the new square smile

I posted my squares for Daisy's blanket yesterday. Hope they arrive safely. When the PO lady asked me if the parcel was worth more than £20 I hope my Look conveyed that I would be very displeased should they go astray grin

Thanks in advance to my donor for Survival's woolly wool. x


johnworf Thu 09-May-13 22:12:04

Oh bum! I've only just ordered my wool and people are already sending off!! EEEk. Don't panic...don't panic...

Tis ok johnworf there's plenty of time and the wool purveyors are usually very prompt in sending wool

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-May-13 23:04:21

No panic needed, tis all good, you have plenty of time john


Eeek, didn't mean to panic anyone, johnworf blush. Sorry.

I'm a bit of a dreadful procrastinator so made sure the squares were done asap, that's all.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-May-13 07:13:18


Keeping Survival, her boys, their families and friends close in my thoughts today, it's her wonderful husband's funeral, sending much love, bless them all X

johnworf Fri 10-May-13 07:52:52

My thoughts are with them all today. sad

KnottyLocks Fri 10-May-13 08:08:06

Thinking of them all x

Yes. Thinking of them too. X

May I ask a possibly strange question please?

Do you accept squares knitted on the diagonal or do they need to be straight? I ask that for all of the projects where you can send squares instead of the whole thing. Sorry of that's been covered already. blush

My thoughts are with Daisy and Survival and their families.

KnottyLocks Fri 10-May-13 16:17:49

GoodJam, we do indeed. As long as they are 6", all is good smile

Thanks Knotty. I prefer to do squares on the diagonal. I don't think I'll be able to do one in time for this project, so have donated wool instead. Hopefully the lovely crafter will recieve it soon. smile

Well done to all those who have been able to contribute. People pulling together when they're needed. This is why I love Mumsnet.


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-May-13 17:05:41

Afternoon smile

Beautiful woolly treasure arriving safely for Daisy, do check the thread, heartfelt thanks to all thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

cheesecheeseplease Fri 10-May-13 17:50:07

signing in for daisy dot and team survival have finished my first square for daisy today blush

tribpot Fri 10-May-13 19:16:11

That is gorgeous tribpot.

tribpot Fri 10-May-13 20:11:31

Forget-me-nots have been requested for Survival's blanket - a few suggestions here.

I've just finished the Saxifrage square here.

I found this football design square that may be useful

I have a question about intarsia in the round. I'm getting big holey gaps. I can go back and put a little stitch in the gaps once finished, but I want to know what I'm doing wrong. Anyone want to hazard a guess??

tribpot Fri 10-May-13 22:56:35

Are you going back and forth despite working in the round, Glaikit?

This video has a good tip to avoid the gapey hole when you turn and go back around.

No just going the same way as that is how the pattern is written. I'll just stitch the gaps, maybe!

tribpot Fri 10-May-13 23:07:54

Surely your bobbins are all at the wrong end of the colour block on the second row? How are you getting them back to the start?

This suggests it should be knit back and forth and so does this. Is the pattern just charted? If so I think the designer expected you to figure out how to read it.

this is what I'm doing I might just be cutting the yarn at each colour change blush which might be a nightmare, but I couldn't figure out how else to do it.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 00:21:13

I have no idea what you are talking about grin

Night X

tribpot Sat 11-May-13 08:55:25

Yeah you definitely shouldn't cut the yarn with every colour change, you might as well strand it in that case.

LackaDAISYcal Sat 11-May-13 10:53:11

I must have missed the shout out for Survival's blanket, but I did see her thread sad

What colours are we using? I'll see what I've got in my WoollyHugs box smile

LackaDAISYcal Sat 11-May-13 11:08:38

I've found the thread now! I'm sorted for colours.

What does strand it mean? Sorry, I'm being very thick.

tribpot Sat 11-May-13 13:32:24

Stranding = carrying the unused yarn behind the work, i.e. fairisle stylee.

I tried that but because it was in the round it was pulling too tight so I had to cut it.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 14:04:01

thanks Daisy, you are a star X

BIWI Sat 11-May-13 14:05:50

Blimey. How on earth do you knit a square on the diagonal?

<no clue as per>

BIWI Sat 11-May-13 14:09:51

Nope. Still no clue grin

I don't think my brain works like that.

BIWI I start with one stitch and increase by one on the first stitch of each row, knit the rest. When one side is as big as I need, I start decreasing on the first stitch of each row and knit the rest until I have one stitch left, then loosen it, take it off the needle and pull the thread through to tighten. I only have to cast on one stitch! I like seeing it grow, and the edges look very nice (if I do say so myself!)

I like knitting on the diagonal. No cast on or cast off!

oops, x-post Moaning!

BIWI Sat 11-May-13 14:17:23

That makes more sense!

tribpot Sat 11-May-13 15:28:02

Glaikit - if you're stranding you need to catch the yarn every two or three stitches, so that it doesn't pull too tight. Have a look here at about 4 mins in. It'd be a pain to do all the way round for a single block of colour, but it would be better than starting a new piece of yarn on every row.

One thing people do to make sure their tension doesn't get too tight when doing fairisle in the round is to knit inside out.

Thanks trib, no more knitting for me today! And I can't see me being in a fit state to tomorrow!

Primrose123 Sat 11-May-13 16:03:14

This is a question for Pistey, or whoever is sewing the blankets together. I have done a flowered square (this one) for Daisy's blanket, but it didn't turn out as square as I'd hoped. Is the shape ok? I don't mind undoing the edging and changing it if necessary.

KnottyLocks Sat 11-May-13 16:07:48

Looks square enough to me smile

that's really pretty

tribpot Sat 11-May-13 16:28:01

That's lovely, Primrose!

BIWI Sat 11-May-13 16:38:28

That's really pretty, Primrose!

Primrose123 Sat 11-May-13 16:58:30

Thanks everyone. It's really not very square at all, that's what was worrying me!

I would share the pattern, but it's one that you pay for on ravelry, so I think might be illegal! It's here.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 19:47:13

Primrose - that is absolutely beautiful!

KnottyLocks Sat 11-May-13 20:56:04

Primrose, it is so pretty. Worry not, we'll make it fit. {smile]

KnottyLocks Sat 11-May-13 20:56:22

Blinking []

knotts - : then ) is easier for smile wink

KnottyLocks Sat 11-May-13 22:28:21


KnottyLocks Sat 11-May-13 22:29:07

sorted [thumbs up]

cheesecheeseplease Sat 11-May-13 22:47:45

Hello woolly folk I'm trying the Catherine wheel pattern on the hugs website I've done my first cluster have 8 loops on my hook. Now what do I do? Yo and pull through the lot then ch 3 or ch 3 the first one pulling through the 8 loops? blush

tribpot Sun 12-May-13 10:57:08

cheese, hopefully one of the crocheteers will be along shortly, I have no idea!

My second square.

Trib, that's lovely! Well done.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 12-May-13 15:23:48

Cheese - ill find you a hooker, Dame Fanny's pattern I think? Tis worth sticking with it, the square is gorgeous

Schooldidi Sun 12-May-13 16:04:15

cheese yo pull through and then ch 3. It looks like a lovely square to do.

Jacksmania Sun 12-May-13 19:33:06

Goodness gracious angry

Have I lost my skills in a week of not crocheting, or is anyone else finding the James C. Brett yarn extraordinarily difficult to work with?

I've just started with the pale blue, and the crocheted work feels gorgeous, but the yarn is a right PITA! It doesn't stay twisted very well as I'm catching it with my hook, I can actually see it untwist and separate into individual strands, and at least twice per row I have to undo a stitch and re-do it, as my hook has become caught in the untwisted yarn. I wonder if I got a defective ball of yarn? If the apple green is like this to work with, that'll be the last time I order this kind. It's a shame, my first square is half-finished and feels gorgeous but I can't be arsed to work with yarn that does this, it's too frustrating.

Why, oh why, have they discontinued Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK????? sad

Jacksmania Sun 12-May-13 19:34:11

I meant to add, I wanted to try the granny square for this blanket, but I'm going to stick with double crochet, I can't imagine trying something new with this yarn.

Schooldidi Mon 13-May-13 00:25:05

I've done 2 squares and a load of flowers for Daisy's blanket this pattern and this one, obviously resized to be 6 inches more or less. And I've done a load of flowers.

And 2 squares for Survival, this pattern and this one. None of them are exactly 6 inches, but they're all close to it. You can cope with that though can't you? I'm doing some leaves too, and hopefully they'll be ready to post next weekend.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 13-May-13 06:27:37

Jacks - I found the JB wool rather splitty too, just been using it to hook a blanket, and I wondered if it was something I was doing blush

Huge thanks Didi those are just perfect, you really are so clever! I shall link those patterns to the crafting guide, they really are gorgeous, and the size will be fine, if they can stretch to 6 inches tis all good.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Primrose123 Mon 13-May-13 09:12:47

Lovely square Tribpot!

I've found a lovely pattern for a blanket, and a going to try my next square as a 6 inch version of this.

Trib, just done the next few rounds carrying the yarn. I think that's the way to go. Whenever I've done fairisle before there never been the need to carry as its usually only a few stitches between colours. I'll make this bird for ds as a practice and see how it goes! Thank you for your patience grin

tribpot Mon 13-May-13 15:07:20

Good good, Glaikit - a bit of a waste of yarn given you've only got two patches of white but at least you can practice your floats, as you say. As the other side of the fabric isn't going to be visible it won't matter that some of it is double thickness and other bits not.

Jacksmania Mon 13-May-13 18:18:17

Thanks Pistey - I'm glad I'm not the only one! I also find it doesn't go as far as the Cashmerino - I got four squares per ball of yarn out of that, and the JCB is only going to make three squares per ball.

Oh well, good to know for the future!

Spent today on the hunt for the required wool in the only two shops locally I thougt might stock it. Nothing other than Sirdar, Rico or Stylecraft in either of them sad

So I am resorting to online and hoping it turns up sharpish. Does anyone know of any discount codes which are still going? I've seen a couple at the start of this thread but nothing in the last weeks post or so.

I'm gathing the consensus seems to be to avoid the James Brett where possible as its rather splitty?

Ooh just found the Cashmerino on Aileens Wools Store linked to upthread. I loved the Cashmerino I was kindly donated last time so think I may go with that one.

I'm not fully up to speed with the colours, would a darker blue - i.e. Navy 18 be best? Peacock Blue 19 and Pool 48 both look nice?

Peacock Blue ordered, I'm too impatient grin

Aileens is good and fast. I have used her shop before.

PurpleFrog Tue 14-May-13 09:34:37

Yes - I ordered my DB Cashmerino from Aileen's last week. You can't just order one ball though - you have to order a number to take advantage of the free postage with subsequent balls! grin

I did my order before finding out about Survival's blanket, so don't have many suitable colours for that.

So far I have finished a silver labrador and a 3D rose square for Daisy in navy, apple green and pink. I have done a navy square for Survival with 2 applique green leaves on it, and am trying to decide what else to do with the colour selection I have.

I got an email at something like 5.42 this morning to say my order had been dispatched! shock That's efficient!

Wish I'd been a little more patient now though as could of ordered some more for Trinity's blanket too sad

<flashes international symbol for knitting help> Trib.............

I'm on the beak now I only have 4 DPN the same size. Am I stuffed? Or could I just knit it in the round the stitch it on? I wasn't terribly keen about picking up the stitches from the actually body for the feathers.


You are fine Glaikit. Make sure you use a stitch marker where you are starting (middle of bottom of beak) and off you go. Stick with the DPs as you will be decreasing and running out of space on a circular needle

To knit then stitch it on? Or to do it like the photo?

Do it like the photo - it will make a nearer join & trying to stitch it on afterwards could be a nightmare.

But how do I knit if all 4 dpns are arranged as per photo? I have no right hand needle to pass the stitches on to. Am I being thick, but I've only ever has 3 needles holding stitches and the fourth free to "knit with" iykwim?

Can I just ask a question please? My first square is a smidgen over 6". Is that ok?

KnottyLocks Tue 14-May-13 17:38:37

That is fine smile

As long as a smidge isn't 2" Obv!

grin It's about an eight of an inch. <perfectionist>

I'm a bit nervous as its the first one I've contributed to and I want it to be my best because it really matters. I hope that makes sense.

Glaikit either split between 3 needles instead of 3 or split between 4 and knit between ones with stitches on so put the marker on 1, then knit stitches from 1 to 2, then 2 to 3. Does that make sense?

I'm going to do the tail first <cop out>

I have faith in you! You made a dragon so I know you can do this wine

I'm doing it droit! I'm only bloody doing it! grin

tribpot Tue 14-May-13 19:49:48

Glaikit, I'd just do it on 3 dpns. The pattern is meant to be taken quite so literally! Alternatively you can do it on a circular and use magic loop.

Don't try and sew it on, it will end up looking droopy and Angry Bird doesn't like droopy wink

tribpot Tue 14-May-13 20:37:56

Fab workbrew brew

Fantastic! I knew you could do it - looks great wine

ali11 Wed 15-May-13 00:38:54

please can you count me in your blanket and squares are in the post for billies blankets.


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-May-13 02:51:38

Oh proud of you Fizzy! No droopy beak in sight. smile
That bird has an important job to do and he will be perfect. Bless you. X

Thanks Ali. Ill PM in the morning thanks when on computer

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 08:00:06

I've asked for this thread to be renamed again now that we are blanketeeting for Trinity, too sad

BIWI Wed 15-May-13 09:24:49

I've just cast on using the JB Merino wool and even in the casting on have noticed that it's splitting confused. Any tips to make knitting with it as easy as possible? I haven't got much time on this one so can't afford to make a mess of it!

Trazzletoes Wed 15-May-13 09:41:14

BIWI I just started crocheting with mine last night. I nearly cried at the start as it was so solitary but I found that it has got easier as my square has grown. Not sure whether that will be the same with knitting...

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 09:50:35

One idea for splitty yarn here is to try with blunter needles.

i hate being such a goddam perfectionist. Two blankets now i've tried to contribute too.. Cups and this one, i never managed to send a square to cups and i'm having the same issue with Trins.

I keep making mistakes, i've started and unravelled this square 4 times now in the last 12hrs.

I want it to be perfect, i want it to be good enough.. and its not. sad

I know i've donated to Trins blanket, but i want to make something for it.. i organised the huge e-card we all did for her last time, i want to do something practical this time too and i'm just getting frustrated.

i can knit, but i knit scarves, and i use massive chunky wool and huge wooden needles, i'm not used to this fine wool and 4mm needles.. cant get the tension right, the wool is splitting, i keep getting lost. grrr.

Keep trying, Kansas. My first square was started soooo many times and I nearly packed up the wool and sent it as a donation with a pathetic little note saying "Please can someone who can knit proper do this for me?"

Kansas, please don't stress about tiny mistakes or uneven tension. I think every square I have ever done has had a slight oops in it. And where would be the joy in perfection? You would then have nothing to aim for in the future. smile These blankets aren't about perfection, they are about the love that is in every stitch, dropped or not. Please don't beat yourself up flowers

I also found 33 stitches came out at 8 inches, so revised it to 27 in the end. i must be a 'loose' knitter, although the end result doesn't look baggy.

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 10:42:47

Kansas - the squares don't have to be competition-standard. It's much more important that you contribute because the point of the blankets is for us to send love and good vibes to a Mumsnetter in need.

Why not start completely simple and just for a knit square? The tension doesn't have to be 'right', there is no automatic rejection for anyone who can't knit to 33 stitches on 4mm = 6 inches. At least I HOPE there isn't wink I don't knit on 4mms, I normally use 3.25. My gauge is very loose and this is the best way I can get most simple patterns to fit in.

If the yarn is splitting (are you another victim of the James Brett split-fest?) you could try a different one, although I accept they're not cheap. Otherwise go slowly on each stitch to make sure you get it all.

Simple squares are needed by Knotty and Pistey as they are easier to place on the blankets and can be used to hold motifs made by other people, so there is no need to do something more complex as your first one than a garter stitch square - with the right number of stitches for your gauge. As long as it's about 6" that's fine. Cast on the number you think is about right for you, do maybe 5 or 10 rows and then measure the width.

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 10:43:33

BeerTricks - 27 works for me as well unless I go down a few needle sizes.

Thanks, tribpot, I might try that for Trin's blanket squares, see if I get it more close-knit. smile

im going to do a test square with the pink i think and save my purple for Trins square afterwards.

i seem to keep ending with more stitches than i started somehow!

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 10:56:22

That's probably the splittiness of the yarn, Kansas. Go v-e-r-y slowly for a bit to make sure you don't make two stitches out of one, and/or do a count at the end of each row, and if you've accidentally made a new one, just do a knit two together near the edge of the next row - voila.

MinnieBar Wed 15-May-13 10:58:32

Hello all... can't believe it's three blankets, all so close together.

Hookers, or indeed German speakers: can anyone help me with this flower pattern? It's in German, but with pics, and I can sort of follow it thanks to Google translate but I can't work out what the 16x cluster stitch is. Is it some kind of quadruple treble??

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 11:03:32

Minnie - you realise the notes say this is a German translation of a pattern in English? This one I think.

It says it's treble crochet - American treble.

Hello blanketeers. Like Minnie, I can't believe we're making three blankets so close together.

I'm cabling for daisydot and gertie and teamsurvival, and will make a lighthouse for Trinity to go with the seashore theme.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-May-13 11:22:26

We are looking for someone to help with initials, if anyone can do that for Trinity, could they PM me? thanks

MinnieBar Wed 15-May-13 11:22:39

Ooops. blush

Sorry Trib, I just skipped to the pattern bit, and then floundered... although I'm assuming the person who linked to the pattern from Ravelry did the same as me!

I like that lighthouse. smile

Minnie, I made the lighthouse for DS2's blanket last year. I'm going to have to remember how I adapted the pattern - it needs a few rows taking out in the middle otherwise it comes out too long.

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 12:05:38

Thread has been renamed since we are now knitting for daisy, Survival and Trinity all at the same time. sad

BIWI Wed 15-May-13 13:23:45

Actually, now I've got going, this yarn is really nice to work with. It slides off the needles really easily. It's much easier than the Stylecraft, which is kind of scratchy and sticky, IYKWIM.

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 13:29:07

Is it like this BIWI? I'm in the office so don't want to open a YouTube link smile

MinnieBar Wed 15-May-13 13:39:42

Ooh that's nice Trib.

And thank you for yet again solving my blanket isshooos even though you don't crochet. grin

BIWI Wed 15-May-13 14:04:06

Oh my goodness, Trib - I wouldn't be posting/considering anything so complicated!!!


I think i would be kniiting until this time next year if i tried that at the moment grin

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 16:31:09

Looks like that Trinity Stitch is done as follows:

Row 1: Purl all stitches
Row 2: (P1,K1,P1 all in same stitch), K3tog – repeat across the round
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: K3tog, (P1,K1,P1 all in same stitch) – repeat across the round

Rows 1 and 3 look okay grin

We'll get Glaikit on that next Trib grin

Yes, trib - that's the one.
you confused me by calling me BIWI wink

tribpot Wed 15-May-13 19:25:39

Yes, sorry UniqueAndAmazing, was trying to answer questions about IT systems security at the same time - this was far more interesting wink

Although the video has you do k1, p1, k1 all in the same stitch, followed by p3 together so I guess it will end up looking a little bit different (both patterns have a purl row in between).


IME, trinity stitch knits up pretty tight.

HairyPotter Wed 15-May-13 23:40:38

I've done a square or two for Billlie's blankets in Trinity stitch so I'm more than happy to do more for Trinity's blanket.

Just finished a square for daisy and one for trinity and realised there is actually 3 blankets on the go at the moment sad

So, I now have approx 14g of cashmerino left to use for a square for team survival, can anyone help me find a (simple) crochet pattern I might be able to squeeze out of 14g of wool considering my other two squares have eaten up the other 36g of my ball between them?

Or am I fighting a losing battle? Nowhere local to me stocks any of the wool we're using and I don't have the pennies to pay for delivery for another ball online this month sadly.

KnottyLocks Thu 16-May-13 07:13:02

Maud, what colour do you need? I may have some bits here that will match up or tone in that I can send you.

thanks pistey has just pm'd me too, knotty, you are both fabulous.

Anything, anything at all. I don't have a pattern in mind so can fit what I do round whatever either of you have. What I have left is peacock blue, shade 19, of the cashmerino, so anything that tones in / contrasts with that!

thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 14:45:16

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Lots of woolly arrivals today, heartfelt thanks, do check the threads

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

EarnestDullard Fri 17-May-13 15:36:25

Is anyone around? I'm about to try crocheting my first ever square. How many chains (stitches? I'm very new to this) roughly do I need for a 6" square?

MinnieBar Fri 17-May-13 16:04:55

If it's your first ever square Ernest, you're probably best off starting with a granny square, which starts in the centre and works out, so you just stop when it measures 6". I've never tried to crochet a plain back and forth square to be honest, but I haven't been doing it long.

Try Ravelry for patterns smile

KnottyLocks Fri 17-May-13 16:20:43

Earnest, if you want to work horizontally, I normally ch 25ish, then the 2 or 3 before a HTr or Tr .

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 16:21:25

Personally I find it easier to work vertically. That way I don't spill my gin.

KnottyLocks Fri 17-May-13 16:23:52


Find it hard to believe you'd spill your gin horizontal either!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 16:37:47

Spill gin?


No understand.

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 16:47:12

Too much of a risk, Knotty.

Can't remember if I have said this before, but I really can't stand gin! <ducks>

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 18:23:26

You're just not trying hard enough, Glaikit

Nah, too perfumey and I don't like tonic, I'm a whisky girl, or bourbon!

Hello. I decided to be brave and have attempted to crochet a fish square for Trinity. I've done it but it's a bit wavy. I hope it'll sew up OK. I'm going to put a picture on my profile.

tribpot Fri 17-May-13 21:07:44

I love the fish square, EllenJanes! That is fab.

KnottyLocks Fri 17-May-13 21:26:22

Ellen, that is fabulous smile

Don't worry about the waviness, we'll sort that out.

Thanks! Inspired now and I'm trying a crocheted crocodile to appliqué on to a plain square that I found on Ravelry. Not sure if I'm allowed to link to it but it's a free pattern by Nana Sue.

I've got a ripple pattern I could try.
don't know how to square it top and bottom byt I can work it out
(to make sea waves, see?)

I think there's a pattern on attic24 for the edge of a ripple?

You sort of fill it in with a reverse ripple made of different height stitches, so a treble in the middle of the dip, half treble either side of it and doubles across the peak bits. You really need a pattern the first time.

tribpot Sat 18-May-13 00:06:57

No prob with linking to a pattern page on Rav, Ellen. Or if a free pattern, straight to the author's site.

Here goes then. smile

Free pattern for crocodile

I've made it and put it on my profile, just a few mistakes!

MinnieBar Sat 18-May-13 11:31:30

Love the crocodile and the fish - awesome. As addicted as I am to crochet, sometimes I miss the versatility of images of knitted squares - but no more!

Likewise, MinnieBar. I can knit but it takes me ages. I find it tricky with 3 boys to crochet anything that they'd like, as crochet is ideal for pretty, lacy, flowery things. Nothing more boyish than a crocodile, though!

I need your help ladies! If you were a brand new ball of teal coloured sublime yarn where would you be? You aren't in my stash drawers or overspill cupboard. You aren't down the side of the sofa. You aren't behind the sofa (oh my god, I have just found a whole basket of DSs toys, cars, ball pit balls, in my defence, the sofa is a pain in the arse to move so we don't do it that often). You aren't in my knitting basket or little travel bag. Where are you?? If everyone could just think about my little ball of wool, maybe she'll make an appearance!

In better news, my living room looks like a bomb has hit it. I only came downstairs for black bags as I'm clearing out my wardrobe too. Chaos has descended on my house and it isn't DSs fault for a change!

Do you have a cat? Our kitten runs off with balls of wool and hides them

I have a ds, but he doesn't show much interest in my wool and his toys were purged last weekend! It's really bothering me. It must be somewhere...........

shock I've just found it, sitting on its own in the corner of the living room. I swear it wasn't there before! So so spooky! shock

Thank goodness - what are you going to knit with it?

I thought I'd used it for a square for trinitys blanket, but I'm worrying that its too green. Have PMd pistey for final decision!

BIWI Sat 18-May-13 17:13:48


I had reached almost two inches of my square yesterday and was obviously getting a bit complacent drunk and suddenly realised that I was knitting purl half way through a row that should have been knit.

I tried just pulling that row out, but then couldn't get the yarn back on the needle, so had to pull the whole bloody lot out. angry

tribpot Sat 18-May-13 17:21:28

BIWI, when you've only got a bit to pull back it's better to tink than just pull the yarn out and then try and retrieve the stitches.

Tinking knitting

Tinking purl

BIWI Sat 18-May-13 17:40:01

Oh! thank you! I should have posted last night. Never thought you could do that! blush

tribpot Sat 18-May-13 17:58:33

Drunk tinking I fear may not be a good idea smile But at least you'll know for next time! (And there is a next time for all of us when it comes to buggering a stitch up and not realising).

KnottyLocks Sat 18-May-13 18:24:13

Drunk tinking = Tunking

I paint a needle from each pair with nail varnish, just a little bit, so I know if I'm on an odd or even row. There is a tip BIWI for free!!!

KnottyLocks Sat 18-May-13 18:41:38

Ooo good tip, Fizzy!

Bit stuffed if only using one hook mind.

Tinking Tips very handy!

I have branched out into Moss Stitch.

tribpot Sun 19-May-13 12:22:18

BeerTricks, moss looks great but it can be a bit of a pain if you're starting out. Moving the yarn back and forth takes time and you can lose track of where you are. See how you get on but maybe moss stripes with garter or stocking in between?

PurpleFrog Sun 19-May-13 12:37:31

Quick question - does Debbie Bliss cashmerino DK Mauve 45 count as a warm purple?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 19-May-13 13:06:44

Yes it does thanks

BIWI Sun 19-May-13 13:20:16

Oh I know what I should be doing - the side that's on your left needle, if it's the knit side facing you then you should be doing a purl. If it's the purl side facing you then you should be doing a knit.

But I just wasn't watching what I was doing blush

Macdog Sun 19-May-13 14:31:04

Hi there.
I've just signed up as a woolly hug crafter, as a crocheter.

Just wanted to pop in and say hello smile

PurpleFrog Sun 19-May-13 15:40:50

Thanks Pistey! This morning I was convincing myself it was more of a bluey-purple than a pinky-purple.

Otherworld Sun 19-May-13 19:43:30

Hello and welcome Macdog grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-May-13 08:58:39

Oh welcome indeed Macdog, very glad to have you on board.

<passes Team Hooker badge>



Macdog Mon 20-May-13 09:35:44

Thanks smile

Found a local wool shop selling Debbie Bliss cashmerino and Rialto wools, so well underway now.

Have you ever thought about knitting macdog? <waves Team Knitter badge seductivly> grin

BigStickBIWI Mon 20-May-13 09:40:13


<hides from BIWIs big stick> hat better not be a crochet hook?

I was wondering if someone could look the square on my profile and tell me if it's ok for Survival's blanket please?

I've done two and the flowers are forget-me-nots.

<fingers crossed>

That is beautiful TheOne grin

Thank you. I'm glad it's ok. smile

That looks lovely, TheOne. smile

LackaDAISYcal Mon 20-May-13 10:27:54

I undo my knitting like that all the time! I just call it unpicking and never knew it had an actual, proper name grin

Your square is just gorgeous TheOne smile

I am tied in knots with a cardigan I'm trying to finish, so have been neglecting squares this last week. Back on with it this week though smile

It's backwards knitting Daisy, tink knit geddit??

MinnieBar Mon 20-May-13 15:16:34

The forget-me-nots are lovely, and so apt. smile

grin Glaikit I never knew that grin. I just thought it was a nice little word grin.

I will be grin ing for the rest of the day whenever I think about this grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-May-13 10:25:52

Last posting dates!

Saturday 26th May - Last posting for squares for Daisy, plus next batches of Little Hugs and Angel Hugs. Just lining up a delivery of Little Hugs for mid week next week, then will call the Brompton.

Monday 10th June - Last posting for squares for Team Survival and Trinity.

We needed longer for TS as we've had folk joining us as recently as yesterday.

Huge thanks to all thanks

Can someone point me in the right direction to get the details for Trinity's blanket please? I thought I could do a couple for hers and send them all together. Is that ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-May-13 10:54:38

Here you are Details for Trinity, thank you, and yes, more than OK, bless you, that will be marvellous. thanks

Thanks. smile

KnottyLocks Tue 21-May-13 12:30:57

Checking back in smile

I'm in on the 26th batch smile

I hope.
If DD will let me have half an hour to crochet!

Jacksmania Tue 21-May-13 19:07:30

Ugh. Rotten cold. Filthy, stinking, rotten cold.

I'm in work. And I want to be at home, in my bed, undisturbed, crocheting. Or on the couch.

Blue squares done. Starting on the apple green wool tonight.

I promise to not sneeze or cough on it and to disinfect it if I do.

<waves back to Jacks>

I wasn't ignoring you I promise. smile Hope you feel better soon. How are things in Canada? Seems a long time since the Plurkers. grin

Jacksmania Tue 21-May-13 19:14:03

I've been too busy to feel ignored good thing I'm not sensitive or anything grin

Whatever has happened to the Plurkers? Is that still going? I've hardly been posting except for the Woolly threads - they're safe and friendly and everyone's nice. Not so much in the remainder of MN these days...

It fizzled out. I guess that's the problem with lurkers though. We read more than we posted. grin

<passes jacks tissues, Vicks and hand sanitiser> poor you jacks. I'm just getting over the most awful cold. It really is rubbish.

And you are right it is safe and friendly here, without here and my AN thread I think I may have run away a while ago smile

KnottyLocks Tue 21-May-13 20:50:39

Poorly Jacks, cold snasty.

Hope you feel better soon.

Agree, tis very rarely I venture far from woolly threads. Mind you, there's sod all time to do that at the mo anyhow!

tribpot Tue 21-May-13 20:58:02

Surreal day. Sorry, not really a subject for this thread but I've had bad experiences before starting threads on MN when you're only on the edge of the bad thing as people seem to think you're trying to make it 'all about you'.

We had a supplier team on site at the moment so I've been working with these guys for a couple of months. One of them didn't come in to work yesterday and today we found out he committed suicide at the weekend sad sad

I am devastated for his family (he did not have kids) and his poor colleagues, some of whom had worked with him for 10 years and had to find out this morning in our offices and then for some of them, mill about for most of the day trying to find out whether the team was going to go off site for the rest of the week and thus worth travelling back down south. (They have now left the site for the week).

And of course in an open plan office environment people keep wandering by and making horrendously tactless remarks like 'this is meant to be the happy team, why does everyone look sad?' (fortunately said when only we were there, no-one from the supplier team).

Just so, so dreadful. I will never forget seeing the faces of his long time colleagues, some of whom were too distraught to speak. Even we, who barely knew him, are thinking 'oh god was there something I could have done or said?' so god only knows what they are feeling right now.

KnottyLocks Tue 21-May-13 21:00:30

Oh Trib sad How tragic.

Big hugs to you xxx

I lurk on the woolly threads but don't post very often.

Trib - so sorry to hear about the sad death of this man, what a terrible thing to happen. I know exactly what you mean about not wanting to appear to be trying to make it about you, I got very upset a few months ago over the death of someone I didn't really know (knew his wfie and son) but didn't feel it appropriate to post about it. A sudden death affects so many people, even those not apparently close to the person in question.

tribpot Tue 21-May-13 22:21:44

Thanks both - and again, not trying to make it all about me but it's been a difficult evening because I don't want ds to know anything about it (not that I would tell him the circumstances, obviously) because he lost a class-mate only a few weeks ago - she had underlying health problems but it was still completely unexpected - and we are at the funeral of a family member at the weekend, although he was in his late nineties so rather different.

Just wish I could be of some help to his colleagues who I've also been working with. What an awful day.

MinnieBar Tue 21-May-13 23:16:56

Oh Trib <squeeze> and brew - with extra sugar.

An awful day indeed. Not that any death is easy, but I think suicide can bring up so many other feelings - guilt for not noticing something was 'wrong', discomfort about mental illness, existential angst or whatever you want to call it around ending your own life, not to mention the shock.

I'm sure you did help his colleagues - by being a friendly, sympathetic face; by not coming out with crass comments or jokes; by being professional; and by showing that this has affected you too. By showing that this guy mattered.

Hope your DS is ok too, in the circs.

BigStickBIWI Tue 21-May-13 23:28:31

Oh Trib sad How awful. flowers

Jacksmania Wed 22-May-13 01:54:36



Woolfey Wed 22-May-13 06:22:50

Morning brew
Just read this Trib. What a terrible thing to happen. I for one do not think you are making this all about you. How could you not be affected by something like this happening?
Thinking of you flowers

Trazzletoes Wed 22-May-13 06:29:12

trib you aren't making this all about you. We all need an outlet at times like these. You can still be very much affected by someone's death, even if you don't know them well and it may well bring some comfort to this man's family to think that is even a possibility.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 08:47:59

sad Oh trib, that is tragic, how devastating, and no apologies needed, we're friends on this thread, we look after each other, big hugs lovely X

Not making it all about you at all, trib. You shouldn't feel guilty about being affected by such a shocking event close to you.


trib, sorry to hear you've had a tough time. What a terrible shock for all concerned. <squeeze>

Hope you are ok today trib. It's never easy.

I'd like to thank my doner. Yarn arrived today for Trinity's blanket. It's a beautiful purple. I'll start today as I have 45 minutes during dd's music lesson which I always use as prime crochet time. smile

{{{{{ trib }}}}}


MinnieBar Wed 22-May-13 15:09:54

Hope today is going ok Trib.

Quick (hopefully) crochet query: if a pattern says '1st in ring and last 2st', what stitch does it mean? It's an american pattern. Does it just mean a slip stitch?? (although it does have slip stitch elsewhere in the pattern).

it means crochet into the ring and the last 2 stitches, i think.

MinnieBar Wed 22-May-13 15:57:09

But with what stitch? confused

what's the whole sentence?
there should be something else

it says 1 st, doesn't it? blush i read it as first!

yes, one slip stitch blush

MinnieBar Wed 22-May-13 16:15:41

Thank you!
<runs off to unpick>

I'm attempting this starfish btw - no idea how it's going to turn out, as once I've (hopefully) managed the star shape, I've then got to turn it into a square...

that's gorgeous

PurpleFrog Wed 22-May-13 16:50:24

I've had a quick look at the pattern. You have only given us part of the sentence. The 2nd round is made up of UK trebles - it tells you where to put the stitches with decreases between the arms and increases at the points. Look at the picture and it will become more obvious.

ah, that makes sense - i had a quick look at the pattern, too, but got confused and couldn't see where the quote was

MinnieBar Wed 22-May-13 17:50:37

I got that it was trebles and not dcs, and I got the increases, but I didn't really get that it was a decrease in the middle. If anything I seemed to be making a bulge confused. I couldn't work it out from the pic either [thicko]

As Trib will testify, I usually pick something new for a blanket square, then get stuck and come running for help... blush

any chance someone can explain round 2 more simply for me??!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 21:28:18

Beautiful woolly treasure arrived today for all three blankets. Do check out the threads for news of safe arrivals thanks

i think i sent some square for the little hugs, Pistey - the ones that say they're in DK stylecraft (am i right in thinking they're acrylic?)

oh, now i'm cunfused confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-May-13 14:41:57

Yes you did lovely, a gorgeous pinky one, tis beautiful, thank you. It will go into a joint Little Hug.

I'm going to take my crochet book on holiday this summer, my family will be like this....

hmm hmm hmm and I don't care grin wine

Me too! There will be space in the boot for my knitting bag, DH, oh yes there will grin

Jacksmania Thu 23-May-13 15:59:14

Squares done smile

Today's to-do list:

- sew in ends
- mail squares


Went to the wool shop earlier to get wool for my forget-me-nots for TeamSurvival blanket and the lady has managed to fob me off with baby cashmerino despite me telling her that's not what I wanted. Should've checked the bag but I was about to throw up so had to rush out blush I shall have to order the right kind online instead! Any ideas for something I can make with one ball of blue baby cashmerino? smile

EarnestDullard Thu 23-May-13 16:10:04

I'm going to try and finish a square for Trinity's blanket in time to bring it along on Monday Pistey. I started one but it's very wonky at both sides so I think I'll call that a practise run and start again. Is double crochet ok? That's all I've learned how to do so far blush

Ruby - you can make a Little Hug with it smile

Thanks Unique I've just had a look at the Little Hugs thread, what a lovely idea. Shall add that to my list of projects! smile

KnottyLocks Thu 23-May-13 20:08:48

Earnest, double crochet is more than

KnottyLocks Thu 23-May-13 20:10:14

Ok !

More than OK!

Sorry, been a hectic day blush

Turningupsidedown Thu 23-May-13 23:28:52

I posted off my squares for Daisy today. I hope they are ok, they are not all the squarest of squares blush It has been a while since I knitted and there was quite a lot more unravelling than knitting to begin with as I was having trouble getting the right size grin I have got a bit faster now and still have wool left so is it ok for me to sign up to do a square for Survival and Trinity’s blankets as I think there is time? Do James C. Brett 3 or 14 count as warm purple? I will pm you Pistey

Just checking in (I'm normally a lurker) to say that, all being well, I'll get my squares for Trinity's blanket posted tomorrow. My Little Hug for Yorkhill will be posted too.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-May-13 16:35:27

Turning. Hopefully you have a PM from me. smile.

Thanks Anathema thanks

Is it better for squares to be slightly over 15 cm or slightly under? My granny square is 14ish cm atm, but another round of trebles will take it to about 15.5. A round of dc might work, would that look odd?

I think a last round of DC looks great, sort of gives it a finished border. smile

I always finish squares with a round of DC (2DC, 2Ch, 2DC in the corners) gives it a more solid, neater looking edge.

Thanks smile

Turningupsidedown Fri 24-May-13 20:14:00

Thanks Pistey got the PM, well thats my evening sorted out then, will get started on the next squares! smile

I think I've just sent you multiple PMs Pistey, sorry blush

Turns out I didn't need to PM you anyway, as I did have the address. blush Sorry again.

TheThickPlottens Sun 26-May-13 11:12:20

I've been lurking here as I'm still waiting for my wool to arrive in the post. I ordered it a week and a half ago and I've been watching my postbox like a hawk. (But hawks wouldn't watch postboxes, would they?) that's the bummer of living abroad.

But wanted to butt in here and say Hair's square looks fabulous. And I'm sorry to hear about your colleague Trib. Very sad.

KnottyLocks Mon 27-May-13 07:37:49

Morning all smile

Thank you TheThickPlottens. smile

TheThickPlottens Mon 27-May-13 10:47:03

Woo hoo. The wool arrived and the dcs are napping. Here's hoping they have a 2 hour nap! Wishful thinking...

managed to do my square for syrvival last night.

I spent ages trying to do lego blocks on a square, it looked crap, I frogged it and googled and found this pattern so incorporated it into my square.

it's a blue base with silver lego. it's very subtle as the colours are so similar grin

I'm twiddling my thumbs. Initials for trinity's blanket done. The angry birds are on hold until my new needles arrive bloody rosewood fragile as glass

I might do a few squares for my Billie blanket. Although I still need to learn to hook together!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 28-May-13 14:43:49

Stand by later for a huuuuuuuuge list of thank yous. Wow is all I can say! thanks

MinnieBar Tue 28-May-13 15:30:22

Six squares all finally done - but DD2 appears to have come down with a stomach upset, so venturing more than 2 minutes from a toilet seems a dangerous idea at the moment. I'll post tmrw, promise also once I dig out the address

PurpleFrog Tue 28-May-13 16:03:04

Pistey - I guess that means I wasn't the only one who made just the deadline by the skin of my teeth! grin

PurpleFrog Tue 28-May-13 16:04:33

Ahhh - "just made" not "made just". Why can't I spot these before pressing POST. blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 28-May-13 17:43:49

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Thank yous are up now on all three blanket threads.

Huge thanks to all and thinking of Trinity, Daisy and Team Survival X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

TheThickPlottens Tue 28-May-13 20:08:31

I did a Gecko on a square for Trinity's blanket. I think it's on my profile. Computer was saying no a few times so im not sure if it stuck.

I've another two squares left to do for Survival and hope to get them in the post this weekend.

Thanks for extending the posting date as I had thought I was too late to contribute.

I like it, great feet! Check out my crocodile, they'll go well together. smile

schooldidi Tue 28-May-13 21:48:20

That gecko is lovely.

When do I need to post Trinity's squares by? You got my squares for Daisy and Survival today (I was just in time too Purple), hope you like them.

Jules146 Wed 29-May-13 05:45:07

Hello :-) I was wondering

Jules146 Wed 29-May-13 05:46:47

... (Grr to phone!) if anyone could put the thread to survivals blanket and Trinity as I seem to have lost them and can't find them... sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:36:14

Hang on a mo

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:37:02

Deadline for Trinity and Team Survival is June 10th thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:40:09
RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:40:57

The gecko is lovely. smile

TheThickPlottens Wed 29-May-13 11:12:01

Loving your Croc, Ellen
Thanks School and Hair smile

I love seeing everybody's square. <insert nosy emoticon here>

Me too. grin

Eventually got to the post office! Squares for Trinity and Survival and some for a little hug finally on their way.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 14:47:46

Lots of woolly arrivals on the thread, huge thanks to everyone thanks

Just beginning to think on International Yarn Bombing Day which is on June 8, so not long!

Hello! I've been on hols for a week - did I miss anything?

Does anyone need a set of 4mm knitting needles? They were a free gift with a wool craft magazine and I have enough needles already. I think they are made from bamboo, but I might be wrong.

PM me if you want them - I'm moving house next Monday and will be without tinternet next week <sob> so I will try to reply when I can.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Jun-13 07:52:55

no internet? shock

Would be very happy to take them Woolly, we do sometimes send needles and hooks to crafters with woolly wool if they are struggling on funds. But only if, sounds like you will be very busy X

Even worse than no Internet - I will have no TV on the first night. I may be forced to interact with my family shock wink

I have woolly stuff to be going on with. This may rescue me from Monopoly.

I'm working my way through my stash of Stylecraft so when I have a woolly hug finished I'll send the needles with it.

Now... Back to the boxes and the packing tape. is it too early for wine?

Theodora Tue 04-Jun-13 18:17:33

Hello Pistey
I posted my squares today - hooray! Am still a bit worried about my friendship circle one as there are huge gaps in the middle of the circles (they are intentional!) so am not sure they'll be suitable for a blanket. Have a look when they arrive and scrap that square if you think it's no good. It was a tricky pattern and am pleased to have done it but won't mind if you can't use it.

Hi Pistey. I pm'd you for the address but with the red dot being absent I thought I'd put it on here too.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 06:55:08

Morning brew

So no red dot anymore? That's helpful confused

Thanks all, just off to PMs thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 07:01:13

Look how clever our Skoggy is.....


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 07:15:17

Could someone send me a PM? Just want to see something

tribpot Wed 05-Jun-13 07:16:19

Done, Pistey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 07:29:23

Thanks trib X

So no indication at all that there is one there, until you hover over the box with the cursor?


tribpot Wed 05-Jun-13 07:44:15

Good god. I didn't think there was any way MN could make the PM system worse, but that is truly, truly dreadful. All the recent site changes appear to have been designed by someone who's read about modern web styling but not really understood it at all.

Off to add this to the litany of complaints on Site Stuff.

You still get one on the mobile site and I think they are trying to put it back on the main site but it is very annoying.

tribpot Wed 05-Jun-13 07:55:53

Not been mentioned on Site Stuff, TheOne. At least the Inbox indicator problem hasn't been mentioned specifically. They should back all of the recent changes out until they can address some of the user experience concerns (sorry, I am doing this stuff at work at the moment so it is really grating on me to see it here). That button doesn't look like it could support a 'you've got mail' icon like the old one could; very poor work.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 08:26:37

I do have email notifications for PMs because there are so many and that's the best way to be able to search iyswim? Will have to rely on those.

I do try to reply to PMs on the computer, tis easier, less headachey, but also for sending out PMs. Knotty and I get loads of messages for Woolly Hugs so I suppose we are used to checking but someone may get a PM and never see it.

What they've done doesn't add anything does it? Just bloody bonkers sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 10:12:22

Ah have just read a comment from Rowan that says

the red blob will be making a triumphant return in the near future.

<rolls eyes and swigs gin>

TheThickPlottens Wed 05-Jun-13 10:53:39

I posted my lot last Saturday. So hopefully it'll be arriving in the next few days.

I feel a little bad for not adding anything sweet with it but there was nothing in the house and couldn't get to the shops before the post office. next time I'll be more prepared.

Posted Trin's squares this afternoon smile

I have lots of baby washable acrylic wool in white from MIL and I am eyeing it for a simple Woolly Hug, perhaps. Will investigate if it's suitable.

Also have some crocheted squares from DM but they are just a bit short of 18" so won't be suitable even when ,ade up, I don't think.

Beer I have some Stylecraft DK in teal and claret (I think - it's a deep blackcurranty red) that I can send you if you want to edge those squares from your DM in a contrast yarn to bring them up to a usable size. I have finished the project I bought it for and there is loads left. It is yours if you can use it. PM me and I'll stick it in the post.

Oh that's lovely of you, Woolly, thank you so much for offering. The squares are mushroom/cream/light green/light purple though, so not sure teal and deep red would go as an edging.
I'll see if I can persuade her to do four more squares to bulk it up, I think. I'm going Wool Shopping with her later this week so will shove a couple of balls her way in a hinty manner grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 20:14:07

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

lots of lovely woolly arrivals on the threads, do check!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Jun-13 08:52:09

and in Good News the little red dot is back on PMs. Huzzah!

ok, i have my square for trinity finished.. where are we posting it too?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Jun-13 12:57:56

To me please, I shall PM you now thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Jun-13 12:59:08


Just tried to send myself a PM grin

Jacksmania Thu 06-Jun-13 22:29:06

Arf grin

More wine, darling? grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Jun-13 06:54:45


KnottyLocks Mon 10-Jun-13 06:48:37

MornIng smile

BIWI Mon 10-Jun-13 08:51:00

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Jun-13 10:58:47

Morning wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Jun-13 17:30:33


There is a rare opportunity to bid for a Woolly Hug, we are fundraising for Kate-Lynne's Wish, a charity set up by a fellow Mumsnetter when her daughter tragically died at just twelve years old. sad

The link is here

Do join is smile

I posted my squares for Survival and Trinity's blankets yesterday so they should arrive shortly. Apologies in advance for the note that I wrote as I don't think it made much sense, I was having a massive case of chemo brain but knew I needed to send them off ASAP so went ahead and wrote it anyway grin

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 18:41:36

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