Woolly Hugs: The Babettes, Billie's Blankets and Little Hugs.

(680 Posts)
KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:06:55

This is a continuation of our Little Hug and Billie's Blanket projects.

Little Hugs will continue to go to babies and children who are seriously ill in Yorkhill hospital and Billie's blankets will be sent in Billie's name, via the wonderful charity World Child Cancer, to children undergoing treatment for cancer in low and middle income countries.

Our aim with the Babettes is to make some bigger blankets for older children, both for Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets.
We will still make blankets of other sizes too.


The idea is to make a 12 x 12 inch panel, either crochet or knit, that can be added to others to create bigger blankets.
The panel can be made as one piece, or as a combination of squares, stripes or patterned. For example, a large granny square, or 4 six inch squares together, or a panel of stripes.
The design is up to you as long as it isn't too holey and will be fine stitched or hooked to others.
If you choose to use separate squares as part of your design, can we ask that they be either stitched together, hooked as you go, or hooked together with the seam on the back.

Yarn for Babettes: Stylecraft Special DK only, so we know that the blankets will wash and wear well and, unless your tension is very tight, use 4mm hooks or needles.

Colours: your choice although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.
Some colour combinations that would work: blues/greens, purples/pinks, spring colours, primary brights, rainbow shades.

If you Google 'Babette blankets', you'll get an idea of what we have in mind once the panels are combined.


FOR WHOLE BLANKETS - Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets:

Minimum size: 18 x 18 inches for Little Hugs; 24 inches by 24 inches for Billie's Blankets.
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children we send Billie's Blankets to are aged 0 to 14 and Yorkhill treat children of a similar age so we will need bigger blankets too hence our Babettes.

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

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

Suggested yarn for Billies Blankets: 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.
For Little Hugs: As above, plus any of our usual Woolly Hugs woolly wool or yarn that is soft and can be machine washed.

We would also love fleece backed quilts, or edged fleece blankets if you prefer sewing.

As always, we also welcome any 6 inch squares made using the Stylecraft Special DK or any of the usual Woolly Hugs blanket wools.

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.

As ever, thanks for your support. thanks thanks

Knotty and Pistey

Website- www.woollyhugs.com
Facebook ? MNWoollyHugs
Twitter - @MNWoollyHugs

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Jun-13 16:09:16

Am really looking forward to making a Babette panel - they are just beautiful.

If I can help anyone, do PM me smile thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:10:50

Oh hello smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Jun-13 16:13:01

And hello to you. Love the idea of an adventure in yarn grin

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:14:09


Woolfey Tue 18-Jun-13 16:21:16

ooh they look lovely!
Exciting smile

psychomum5 Tue 18-Jun-13 16:40:21

they look lovely.

I am busy making my first Billie blanket still, but it is something to aim for, making the babettes too grin

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:41:34

This will be ongoing, Psychomum, so just add it to your list. smile

psychomum5 Tue 18-Jun-13 17:04:47


I have some stylecraft left over from my last billies blanket, so I shall have a go at a babette. I have a bille blanket on the go at the moment its very bright! so be warned Pistey when you open up that one, DH calls it the chilli pepper blanket!

I was going through some stuff today and I have a blanket I would like to donate to Billies or little hugs which ever you think fit, its a larger blanket fit for an older child, we dont use it so better off with someone who will.
I shall crack on with the billie and babette and send them to you Pistey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Jun-13 17:31:01

Lovely, thanks fan, and thank you for the blanket too X

<puts sunglasses on>

Jules146 Tue 18-Jun-13 17:31:15

Hoping to be a part of this but d

Jules146 Tue 18-Jun-13 17:31:59

throws phone across room ... but d

Jules146 Tue 18-Jun-13 17:32:51

And again third time lucky! But don't want to make promises I can't keep!! Will see what u can do! :-)

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Jun-13 17:35:41

I actually do have a Q

Number of colours in a Babette, is three the ideal would you say?

Three is the magic number

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 17:45:02

Three worked nicely with the panels I did. However, it's not a rule because.... This is an adventure in yarn! grin

Is there a pattern somewhere, for the panel you put on FB, pleeeease?

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 17:50:46

Er, not really. I can track down the circle to square easily. The middle sized squares are solid granny squares. The little squares are just 2 rounds of a granny hooked as you go.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Jun-13 17:51:23


Here's to the Adventure wine

OK - I will give that a go - I have a pattern for circle to square - I've done some squares in that pattern to go in my random crochet patchwork blanket (in purple, pink, rust, yellow, lime green, yellow, teal and turquoise - quiet and shy, just like me).

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 17:52:48

Oh very reserved, SDTG grin

MinnieBar Tue 18-Jun-13 18:27:17

<marks place>

<gets a bit overexcited googling images like this and patterns like this and oh look this attic24 one is quite similar>

<reminds self that I have at least three other projects in the queue first>

<logs off and goes to get on with one>

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 18:34:26


Wolfcub Tue 18-Jun-13 18:47:15

Great idea. I'll have a serious think about whether I can commit the time to do this and come back to you. The examples on fb look beautiful

I love these! Will find some time to make some smile

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 19:10:42

Thank you smile

OpheliaBumps Tue 18-Jun-13 19:57:23

Oh I love these, will definitely be having a go! I'm 5 squares in to a new mini/billie blanket, but will definitely add this to my list.

I think I may have another go at crochet for this, I love the 'klimt' style examples that come up in google images.

Mhw02 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:00:53

Oh my goodness, looking at the complete blankets on google they look amazing. Will definitely have a go. See this is why I've got so many projects on the go. I start something, then something else strikes my fancy half way through, and then something else half way through that...

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Jun-13 20:03:11

Stunning aren't they? Thank you thanks

<passes Ophelia a Team Hooker badge>


MOSagain Tue 18-Jun-13 20:08:18

Another project to add to list.
Not mastered hooking/sewing together yet so wondering about doing one big square? Just wondering if it will fit on my little needles?

bebejones Tue 18-Jun-13 20:49:05

When the hat that's on my hook is done I shall see what I can do x

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 19-Jun-13 08:44:55

minnie you really shouldn't post links like that, now I have something else to waste my time on grin

I have wool for a Billie blanket, including a rather radioactive pink <wears shades> but need to finish ds2's blanket first. One of these squares will be next on the list, they're lovely!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Jun-13 09:04:51

I've done four mini squares already <beams>

But less of a <beam> are the peskies!!

Using woolly wool that was here already, think zingy colours, tis certainly an adventure grin

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Jun-13 09:35:00

Oh the peskies are hideous <clenches teef>

Those blankets you've linked to are exactly the sort of thing I am trying to make, minnie. That first link in particular is a feast of colour. I love the things on the Attic24 website too - she has made a crochet Christmas wreath, and I really want to make one for myself!

The babette blankets are gorgeous! I've got three small blankets on the go at the moment, but I'll make a panel when I need something else to distract me from sewing up grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Jun-13 12:07:29

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

As we are rolling together, thanks on this thread...

Beautiful woolly treasure, really gorgeous, folk are so generous hearted, thank you thanks

thanks to HoggyTruffle and Woollfey for the beautiful team blanket. They used Skoggy's special Woolly Hug design It is so beautiful thanks

thanks To Mrs Baker who is a Mumsnetter's Grandma, for A Billie's Blanket and a Little Hug for Yorkhill, two beautiful knits, fab colours, lovely stripes.

thanks A stunning cotton and fleecy LH arriving from MHW02, tis beautiful, but I hope your eyes soon recover, bless her it is all hand sewn smile And also a crocheted LH too, lovely colourful grannies and solid grannies - gorgeous!

All photos up on Facebook, MNWoollyHugs. thanks

Such a lot of work from everyone, heartfelt thanks to all

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

bebejones Thu 20-Jun-13 20:02:27

Have started! grin

Wolfcub Thu 20-Jun-13 21:21:18

after a shite day I needed some hooky therapy so I've started a babette panel grin

Mhw02 Thu 20-Jun-13 22:28:35

RatherBeOnThePiste, I may have been being slightly melodramatic when I wrote that. I always feel terribly sorry for you that you have to contend with my handwriting and random ramblings when I send blankets...

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Jun-13 07:13:39

Mhw02, don't worry my lovely, Pistey and I do random ramblings - tis our language smile

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Jun-13 07:14:44

Lovely to see some Babettes underway smile thanks

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 10:10:07

I have a stack of plain 6" grannies/solid grannies that I was going to make into a Woolly Hug. If I hook them together in fours in a checkered pattern would that work for a Babette? (My joining has improved btw, I found the tutorial on Attic24).

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Jun-13 10:39:36

What is 'hook as you go' apart from crocheting on the train?

I suspect I will be hooking on the back as I've nearly done all the squares. just one or two squillion peskies to sort...

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 10:57:06

Join as you go

Expert now, me grin

I HAVE WIFI grin grin

Ahem. Didn't mean to shout but I've missed you all. <clutches hookers to ample bosom>

Just about to finish an Angel Hug and looking for something new...

My giant swollen hand has now shrunk to something near normal size so I'll get cracking. I have promised a hug made from Felicia squares too, so it will be nice to have a couple of projects on the go.

I was very shocked to see how much craft stuff I have when I packed up for our recent move. We are moving again at the beginning of December and I hope to have used a vast amount of my stash.

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 11:13:30

I've uploaded a pic of my squares to my profile. Would they make a Babette panel?

They are lovely Liza Your work is really neat and they are fab colours.

I have been googling Babette blankets and they look just like the pictures I've seen. I'm planning to use solid grannies.

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 11:23:20

Thanks Woolly smile

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Jun-13 13:24:28

Liza, they'd be perfect smile

MOSagain Fri 21-Jun-13 18:29:46

am hoping to start my babette tonight. Am aiming to try one large square to avoid sewing together

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Jun-13 19:04:55

I've missed the hooking as you go stage sad

But in Good news, just 4 little 2 round squares to go, fingers crossed I don't run out of woolly wool as I'm using left overs wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 23-Jun-13 08:28:24

Have a few longer train commutes this week, so will finish mine, even if it means sewing in peskies on the go. smile brew

bebejones Sun 23-Jun-13 18:46:56

Do we need to do more than one panel in the same colours to balance it out colour wise when all hooked together?

KnottyLocks Sun 23-Jun-13 19:51:55

No, Bebe. But if you'd like to, that would be lovely.

We are well aware these blankets will be a festival of colour - and hopefully put a smile on the face of those who receive them.

bebejones Sun 23-Jun-13 20:18:51

Just doing my final 3" square now before hooking together...might do that tomorrow, the light is a bit rubbish now! Will possibly do a 12" single square to use up the odds I have left smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 24-Jun-13 06:29:42

Babette and I are on the train. Can't see straight yet so maybe start in a mo or it might be even more of a festival of colour than I intended. grin

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Jun-13 06:41:22

Less an adventure in yarn, more of a riot. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 24-Jun-13 12:50:00




I do have a Q.

When the panel is all attached, do you crochet round the edge?
No rush, I'm just thinking...

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 24-Jun-13 14:27:03

Babette is all done, and although I'm itching to go round the edge (no idea why) I shall hold fire, I see you didn't Knots, and I suspect it would spoil the effect. Anyway, I shall do a 12" granny square to finish off the colours.

So pleased with myself. And Babette obv. grin

MOSagain Mon 24-Jun-13 14:35:43


KnottyLocks Mon 24-Jun-13 18:31:54

Hurrah for Babette!

Try to avoid edging. I know it makes it look finished but it'll make the blankets look less 'whole' IYSWIM.

Oh i've cocked up hmm

I must have skim read the OP and started making a whole blanket Babette style. I'm hooking together as I make the squares and it is already bigger than a 12" panel.

Can I keep going and just send you what I have when I run out of these colours? It should be a decent size. I'll make a proper panel for a group blanket when I'm done.

Sorry <flagellates self> hmm

AnyaKnowIt Mon 24-Jun-13 21:31:12

<marks place>

I've completed my first woolly hug (pic should be on profile)

Just about finished a angel hug then will make a start on a billie blanket.

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Jun-13 22:14:48

Anya, that is just gorgeous smile Thank you thanks

<pokes Woolly with a hook for a) not reading the OP and b) for the stealth boast > grin

Jules146 Tue 25-Jun-13 07:48:01

Morning brew biscuit

Anyone else finding the 'fitting together' difficult or is it just me? I can't seem to work out how to put them together properly!! And I fear this brew will turn into this wine before long... and it's only 7.45am!! confused HELP blush

HairyPotter Tue 25-Jun-13 07:56:09

These look gorgeous. All my attempts to crochet have failed sad Can anyone point me in the direction of some knitted patterns? not too tricky if possible

brew thanks

AnyaKnowIt Tue 25-Jun-13 08:58:16

Knotty Thank you smile

Jules What method are you using needle or hook? Would this be any help?

Hairy have you looked at www.ravelry.com/

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 09:00:52

Hairy, there's a Crafting Guide on the Woolly Hugs website that has a variety of patterns and links too.

Jules, what size are your squares?

HairyPotter Tue 25-Jun-13 09:40:46

I've had a look but they don't seem to be as fabulous as the crocheted ones.

I'll have another mooch around the ravelry site later. thanks

Babette and I are on a day-trip to Liverpool. smile I am currently hooking my way through the posh bits of Cheshire.

I have decided to follow instructions properly and do a 12" panel. I'll finish my freestyle version later. smile

Jules146 Tue 25-Jun-13 18:17:44

Anya thank you but it's not so much the attaching together as much as the matching it up so they line up and look half decent suitable. I just can't work out how to put it together blush

Knotty so far I have 2x 5x5's, 2 x 3x3's and 2 2.5x2.5 which I know isn't enough but I was going to try and hook it together so far to see what I needed iyswim! confused

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 18:40:27

Jules, hmmm. What about turning the 5" into 6" for starters.

The 2.5 into 3", then put those together with the other 3" to form a 6".

Leaves you a 6" space to fill.

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 18:41:15

I think... Maybe grin

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 18:43:42


2x 6"
Use the 3" sqs to top and tail these (in pairs) to create a 12 x 6 inch panel.

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 18:44:11

X 2 smile

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 18:46:22

So you could have one 6x 12 like this:

3" + 3"
3" + 3"

Then either same again or

3" + 3"
3" + 3"

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 18:47:05

Possibly [gin] time...

Jules146 Tue 25-Jun-13 20:30:57

Thanks Knotty will have a play... I didn't realise this would be so difficult for my little brain!

KnottyLocks Tue 25-Jun-13 20:55:50

I know how you feel. My language was most vibrant trying to work mine out!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 26-Jun-13 06:57:07

I have several bits of paper with layout scribblings on, and even then, when it came to it, I hadn't made enough of the tiny squares. grin

Morning brew

bebejones Wed 26-Jun-13 22:24:48

I was very anal organised about it, most unusual for me!! I drew a grid of 12 squares by 12 squares and marked out a layout over the top of this. When I was happy with it I counted up how many of each size square I needed. I had 1x6" 2x4" 4x3" and 10x2". I figures my brain would never cope with just having to fit them all together, I'd get far too confused!! wink

KnottyLocks Thu 27-Jun-13 09:34:53

Blimey, that is organised!

HoggyTruffle Thu 27-Jun-13 09:49:51

So to make a babette panel I would need Stylecraft DK, a ruler, graph paper, coffee followed by gin and a long train journey?

I think my solution will be to hand colouring pencils to DD or ask DS to write a babette random design computer program. smile

AnyaKnowIt Thu 27-Jun-13 12:20:59

Are they really hard to do? :O

LizaRose Thu 27-Jun-13 15:07:42

As hard as you want to make them, Anya. I just did four six inch squares and hooked them together!

AnyaKnowIt Thu 27-Jun-13 15:24:04

thanks Liza have finished my angel hug. would take a picture but did has nicked it.

Jules146 Thu 27-Jun-13 18:26:10

grin I have don't it!! Yesssss! Not saying it is perfect but I have managed to hook it all t

Jules146 Thu 27-Jun-13 18:28:18

... Hook it all together! Thanks to the help from Knotty I won't be posting it just yet though.. will get Snortis' squares done first and post together... Providing they are going to the same place?! confused

Wolfcub Thu 27-Jun-13 18:29:43

graph paper?!?! maybe free styling my babette wasn't the way to go shock

AnyaKnowIt Thu 27-Jun-13 18:43:09

Just about to start my first one. Do they have to be closed granny squares?

KnottyLocks Thu 27-Jun-13 20:13:40

Yaaaayyyy Jules grin and yes, squares and Babettes sent to the usual place, please.

KnottyLocks Thu 27-Jun-13 20:15:29

Anya, they can be solid or traditional grannies, or whatever pattern you like as long as they aren't too holey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Jun-13 10:42:27

Morning smile brew

HoggyTruffle Fri 28-Jun-13 14:03:21

I've started too with a 6" square to be on the safe side. I think it is time to draw a picture as my attempts at making it up as I go along aren't usually successful.

<thinks of ringing channel 4 and suggesting new series, when crochet goes bad>

AnyaKnowIt Sun 30-Jun-13 09:25:12

first Babette done smile

KnottyLocks Mon 01-Jul-13 19:41:56

Oh fabulous, Anya smile

AnyaKnowIt Wed 03-Jul-13 09:47:00

have started another but had to slow down as dd has dropped her day time nap sad

KnottyLocks Wed 03-Jul-13 20:37:57

Ah, remember that well!

Testing times indeed!

KnottyLocks Mon 08-Jul-13 21:52:01

Asking for this to be moved to Arts and Crafts now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 09-Jul-13 06:56:23

and lo...

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Tue 09-Jul-13 07:14:58

Morning smile

Thanks MNHQ thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 09-Jul-13 08:29:16

ah there you are, I'd lost this thread shock

I've 2 more rounds to go on ds2's blanket and will then get cracking smile

AnyaKnowIt Tue 09-Jul-13 19:59:03

I can't get it to go 12''


Mhw02 Tue 09-Jul-13 20:50:30

Just finished all the individual squares of my Babette panel, now just need to finish sewing in all the ends there are a lot of them as the squares are multi-coloured - sobs), and then sew all twenty squares together. This could take a while...

KnottyLocks Tue 09-Jul-13 21:19:53

Anya, what size is it? What sort of layout are you going for?

Mhw, 20 squares??? Blimey.

Mhw02 Tue 09-Jul-13 21:29:00

21 actually. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to do 8 single round squares! It's going to make the sides of the block awfully wibbly though.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 09-Jul-13 22:17:07

Its not anything now, I threw a strop and undid it all blush

KnottyLocks Wed 10-Jul-13 07:13:25

Ah! <womanly pat for Anya> For a supposedly relaxing thing, this crafting has a tendency to make me swear like a trooper at times.

Mhw, Don't panic about the wibbly edge, it'll be fine when hooked to another panel.

AnyaKnowIt Wed 10-Jul-13 13:19:40

I know that feeling well. I'm always swearing under my breath and hugging and puffing at it.

my problem is I get ideas beyond my skill level grin

AnyaKnowIt Wed 10-Jul-13 13:20:07


PurpleFrog Wed 10-Jul-13 15:03:09

I started my Babette panel last night and have done two 6" squares. I am thinking of placing them diagonally and doing 8 x 3" squares to fill in the gaps. I have been good and chosen only 3 colours... smile

... but I think I will have to put health warnings on the package to only open wearing sunglasses! wink grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 10-Jul-13 17:42:51

I hardly ever swear over my woolly wool

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 10-Jul-13 17:42:58


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 10-Jul-13 17:43:10


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 10-Jul-13 17:43:43

Ideas beyond skill level? Sounds very familiar!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 10-Jul-13 17:46:06

This Little Hug arrived today with SallyBear's beautiful 13 year old DD, bless her, she's having another round of arduous reconstruction surgery at Great Ormond Street in August. Sally says her DD likes brights and rainbow stripes - we hope it's zingy enough!! It certainly goes with love, strength, positive vibes,sunshine and hugs from us all. Xx

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Huge thanks to those who had sent in separate stylecraft squares to be added to a joint LH project and to those who made some extra for this - Rubycon, HaveToWearHeels, Soupy, bebejones, Woollfey, TheWoollybacksWife, bluesky, TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission, EllenJanesthickerknickers, UniqueandAmazing and Knotty. thanks

As always thanks to the lovely donors too. thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

It's truly lovely! Has an attic24 feel to the colours. I'm going to link it to the SN board. smile

Mhw02 Wed 10-Jul-13 18:26:20

That blanket is stunning! All the best to SallyBear's daughter for her surgery.

AnyaKnowIt Wed 10-Jul-13 21:04:08

Just seen the blanket on facebook, its amazing the colours are lovely.

HoggyTruffle Wed 10-Jul-13 21:27:06

The blanket for SallyBear's daughter is wonderful.

My Babette is in the post. I planned it, measured it, joined it together, measured it again, swore a bit, unpicked it, made the squares bigger and re-joined. I hadn't accounted for the fact the joining makes everything slightly smaller. Doh! It was fun though.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 11-Jul-13 11:56:14

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Just beautiful. A Little Hug for a child at Yorkhill Hospital has arrived from the very lovely MonroetoAngeline.

Tis absolutely gorgeous, a huge thank you to her thanks

and thanks too to the very lovely HoggyTruffle for a gorgeous Babette panel. thanks

Pictures are on our Facebook page MNWoollyHugs, they are lovely!

and........ smile

The next batch of Billie's Blankets will be heading off to children in Ghana in the Autumn. To make sure we have them ready to go, the last posting for whole blankets and Babette panels will be SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST. thanks thanks

Making the same deadline for the next batch of Little Hugs for Yorkhill. thanks thanks

A HUGE thank you Xx

No... bigger than that, a GINORRRRRRRMOUS thank you!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

AnyaKnowIt Thu 11-Jul-13 13:32:33

I'm looking at the pictures on Facebook with a face like envy
they are all beautiful grin

Mhw02 Thu 11-Jul-13 19:26:06

Babette panel in the post. I was going to do a border around it to try and straighten out the edges a bit, but it was already measuring up at exactly 12 inches. Oh, and I had a little fight with the envelope when I was in the Post Office trying to get it to fit a large letter (the postage more than doubled for a small parcel). Now the wee woman at the Post Office counter did say to me that it fitted, but it was a squeeze, so Pistey, if you get charged for underpaid postage, please, please let me know so I can square it with you.

Right, and now I'm instituting a Strict Rule that I am not allowed to start any more new projects until I finish at least three of the ones that I currently have on the go!

KnottyLocks Thu 11-Jul-13 22:58:52

Only three?

I wish grin

Mhw02 Thu 11-Jul-13 23:28:52

Oh I have a lot more than three on the go! But if I waited till everything was finished before starting anything new then pregnant friend's baby would likely not get his/her as yet unstarted blanket before he/she started school.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 12-Jul-13 07:53:08

I have lots of ideas of things I'd like to make on the go, and an actual blanket in chunky stylecraft that I'd promised myself I'd have done by Christmas. Lawks!! <teef>

Morning smile

I tried hooking as you go on the train yesterday. It did not go well. confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 12-Jul-13 13:15:49

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks Beautiful and 21 squares! Check out our Facebook page MNWoollyHugs for the photo.

A gorgeous Babette panel from the very lovely MhW02 has arrived. Huge thanks to her thanks

Made in royal, turquoise and aster. I'm really enjoying seeing the colour combinations folk are using, and this is another beautiful mix!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

AnyaKnowIt Sat 13-Jul-13 10:11:58

MhW02, that Babette is lovely. How did you managed all those squares?

KnottyLocks Sat 13-Jul-13 12:02:04

And all those pesky ends!

Mhw02 Sat 13-Jul-13 12:40:38

Well, the making of the individual squares wasn't the problem, it was actually quite fun because I could see "oh, yet another square completed!" which meant that I felt I was achieving something very quickly! It was the stitching the squares together that was the issue! Four one round squares actually work out slightly bigger than one two round square, and four two round squares work out slightly bigger than one four round square, so it was all a bit squashy.

Also, I didn't find the Stylecraft had great stitch definition which makes the teeny squares harder. I've been making some mini squares in James Brett merino and Rowan pure wool with leftovers from the blankets I've done recently, and those mini squares were much easier to work with than the Stylecraft ones and ended up neater. It evens out with the larger squares, but I thought it was really noticeable with the small ones. Maybe that's just me, though...!

JollyShortGiant Sat 13-Jul-13 13:05:16

Signing in. Will do some squares once I've finished my current big project smile

MOSagain Sun 14-Jul-13 19:29:05

Right, finally finished squares for Angel hug so will start mine tonight x

KnottyLocks Sun 14-Jul-13 19:39:13

Smashing smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 14-Jul-13 20:10:30

Is it possible to have too many stripes in a Babette panel?


KnottyLocks Mon 15-Jul-13 06:58:56

This is an adventure in yarn!

AnyaKnowIt Mon 15-Jul-13 09:25:08

Second Babette nearly done just left myself with a pan shaped corner to do.

MOSagain Mon 15-Jul-13 19:29:49

Blimmey, this is harder than I thought!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 16-Jul-13 08:10:17

Sewn in eleventy squillion peskies, possibly as much pesky as crochet, and certainly an adventure, and actually it goes rather well with MhW02's.

Have no woolly wool left for another adventure sad

Mhw02 Tue 16-Jul-13 10:45:49

What are peskies?

I keep meaning to ask, (though realise the answer is probably "no") I have a ball of Stylecraft Wondersoft Merry-go-round left over from a blanket I did for a friend's baby. As it is also Stylecraft, and also 100% acrylic, would it be suitable for a Babette panel or spare squares?

I'm trying to finish off three knitted blankets at the moment, and I'm finding it hard because I've been doing so much crochet for the past few months that my fingers are getting confused and also I've forgotten all the patterns!

AnyaKnowIt Tue 16-Jul-13 11:29:38

peskies are the ends aren't they?

was about to finish my babette but my hook has gone missing and my 2 year old is telling me its gonehmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 16-Jul-13 15:03:25

Tis a Knottyism smile

Peskies are indeed the pesky ends one is left with when crocheting or knitting as Anya says. There seem to be a lot involved in a Babette panel!

LizaRose Tue 16-Jul-13 15:08:31

I've posted mine but forgot to include a note blush. It's three babette panels and two squares for snorris.

PurpleFrog Tue 16-Jul-13 17:37:58

My babette should be posted tomorrow. That will definitely spoil the colour co-ordination and harmonisation of those already received! grin

And I like the new cover photo on Facebook!

KnottyLocks Wed 17-Jul-13 05:56:16

Mhw02, the wondersoft will be fine for this project or single squares - as long as it's DK smile

AnyaKnowIt Wed 17-Jul-13 12:36:41

2nd babette done grin

have started 3 but I'm stuck. you know I was saying about ideas beyond my skill I've got a 6 inch granny square with some little flowers and leaves. what the best way of joining them?

KnottyLocks Wed 17-Jul-13 15:29:33

Apart from glue? grin

If you are talking about attaching separate flowers, all you need to do is stitch them

KnottyLocks Wed 17-Jul-13 15:31:36

Sent too soon!

Stitch them on using either the same colour as the flower or the square so stitches don't show.

I tend to leave long ends on my leaves and flowers and use those to stitch them on with.

AnyaKnowIt Wed 17-Jul-13 18:14:12

was thinking parcel tape grin

I've done the ends so will try sewing them on.

PurpleFrog Wed 17-Jul-13 19:46:33

My Babette panel is in the post. I forgot to put a warning on the outside to wear sunglasses before opening... so if you receive a purple plastic mailing bag Pistey, take care! grin

I'm seeing how much I can finish in time for last posting for Snorris's squares.

One of my panels stretches to 12" but it's a bit lopsided. I know you don't want squares to be blocked but is it OK for panels? I don't know if being bigger makes a difference.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Jul-13 14:03:05

Ria, my instinct is to say leave unblocked, I think by hooking them together, they will be pulled into shape, then there will be a border round the whole thing, but maybe wait for Knotty to be sure?

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Three beautiful Babette panels arriving today from the very lovely LizaRose thanks One is in shrimp, saffron, spring green, then two in cloud blue and I think clematis. Say think clematis, only my handy colour chart has the same wool for that and wisteria. hmm Photos on Facebook.

They are gorgeous. Thank you.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Jul-13 18:03:11

Ria, wot she said ^ grin Not blocked gives us more wiggleability.

3littlewomen Thu 18-Jul-13 20:26:43

Hi ladies... am interested in helping with this knitting.... but with a twist!!

I am a fairly advanced knitter (sorry do not want to be boastful), but also mix machine embroidery with my knitting. i would happily do a panel and embroider as required (text suggestions welcome). Will upload some examples of work when not breastfeeding fussy baby).

Thanks, I'll send it as is then smile

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Jul-13 07:41:19

Oooo sounds exciting, 3littlewomen smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 19-Jul-13 19:16:37

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A beautiful Babette panel arriving today from the very lovely PurpleFrog. Tis gorgeous, and in turquoise, saffron and pomegranate. Gorgeous. Photo on our FB page. Huge thanks to her thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 19-Jul-13 20:44:50

loving the new web design for the woolly hugs site grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 20-Jul-13 13:30:50

smile thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 20-Jul-13 13:32:07

Two beautiful Babette panels arriving from the very lovely bebejones. Just gorgeous! In magenta, plum, saffron, shrimp, and spring green! Huge thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 20-Jul-13 13:33:46

Three beautiful knitted Billie's Blankets for children in Ghana arriving from the very lovely Rubycon, absolutely gorgeous, huge thanks thanks

JollyHolidayGiant Sat 20-Jul-13 16:05:10

Are granny squares too holey for little hugs or would they be okay?

JollyHolidayGiant Sat 20-Jul-13 17:41:45

I'm using Stylecraft Special so if It's too holey I will stop at 12 inches for a Babette panel smile I've just discovered how to do bobbles. So much fun to be had!

JollyHolidayGiant Sun 21-Jul-13 20:05:08

Looked on the website and I see a lot of grannys so just going to keep going and make this one a little hug.

KnottyLocks Mon 22-Jul-13 07:52:41

Thanks, Jolly smile

Would it be OK to use some Hayfield Bonus dk for the Babettes? It's almost identical to the Stylecraft (and my local Abakhan doesn't stock SS).

Mhw02 Mon 22-Jul-13 20:54:20

I'm not having much success with my current round of blankets.

Billie's blanket - I bought some cotton yarn on holiday specially for a Billie's blanket. I didn't buy enough and it's a Hungarian yarn I've not seen on sale locally or online and I don't know if I can match the colours or feel with a yarn I can buy locally. The Billie's blanket therefore had to be turned into a Yorkhill blanket, as it only reached 19 inches before I ran out of yarn.

Angel Hug - I'd left this one lying for a while, half finished. I now can't remember the pattern. Through meticulous counting I think I've now worked it out, but I had to tear out my square half way through three times because I had it wrong.

Little Hug for Yorkhill - Apparently I am too stupid to sew 24 squares together. I had cut out all the pieces, marked the sewing lines on the back and laid them out in the pattern. Between measuring the sewing lines wrong and also somehow switching squares round when I picked them up to join them together, I am losing count of the number of times I've had to unpick my stitches and start again.

They'll get finished eventually...

JollyHolidayGiant Mon 22-Jul-13 21:17:54

I've frogged this little hug in its entirety 5 times so far. It's now over 12 inches square and I've just realised that 5 rounds ago I made an error. My own fault for not using a pattern. It's cute though and good fun to do smile

AnyaKnowIt Tue 23-Jul-13 08:39:53

mhwO2 what is the name of the yarn. my local shop sells yarn from all over. I could see if I could try and get hold of some

Mhw02 Tue 23-Jul-13 13:44:51

That's very kind, Anya, but I knew I was running out so it's already finished off with a border and sewn in and everything. Plus i've thrown out the wrapping so I couldn't actually tell you the brand name!

I've got another Billie's blanket in the works though made from some lovely, soft Rico baby yarn, so all is not lost!

Jules146 Tue 23-Jul-13 14:06:30

A couple of Babette panels on their way to you smile hope they're ok x

KnottyLocks Tue 23-Jul-13 18:34:08

Apologies - usual end of term chaos hit here!

Ria, give it a whirl and let us know how it goes.

Mhw, need a gin? grin

KnottyLocks Tue 23-Jul-13 18:35:04

Thanks, Jules smile thanks

Mhw02 Tue 23-Jul-13 19:44:21

I don't think I've ever actually tried gin - I think I've only ever tried the tonic part. I may however, need to hit the sangria. wink grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 23-Jul-13 20:00:12

Never had gin?

<faints clean away>

KnottyLocks Tue 23-Jul-13 22:13:52

<revives Pistey with gin wafted under nose >

AnyaKnowIt Wed 24-Jul-13 08:07:08

no problem, they sell all sorts of stuff but they have never heard off stylecraft shock

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Jul-13 16:09:20

Only just coming round now!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks Lots of thank yous coming today, starting with the very lovely Fan

And, just wow!

For an older child in Yorkhill, stunning and so big, approx 170cm by 150cm (67" by 59) A beautiful crocheted Hug in the shape of a pentagon. Absolutely marvellous, huge thanks once again to fan thanks Xx

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

your welcome Pistey its donated, I made it a few years ago and its been sitting in my cupbaord not being used. So it needed to be sent somewhere where it will be cherished and used.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Jul-13 16:34:35

Well, it most certainly will be loved, cherished and used. It has an important job ahead of it, and I am certain it will be more than up to the task, bless you. Tis gorgeous Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Jul-13 13:59:21

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks More huge thanks are needed, we can't thank folk enough. All the Hugs we receive and Babette panels will have new homes and important jobs to do, so thank you, and all are pictured on our Facebook page MNWoollyHugs - well worth a visit thanks

Billie's Blankets for Ghana from MrsBaker, RiaOverTheRainbow, and MNPin2013 thanks

Little Hugs for Yorkhill Hospital from MNPin2013 and Valerie thanks

Babette Panels from RiaOverTheRainbow and Jules146 thanks

Heartfelt thanks to all

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Jul-13 10:39:27

Morning smile brew


Two parcels have gone to the sorting office, got the red card of doom. I had to go and do jobs down the High Street this morning and lovely posty came early for a change. Sorry. I'm away this week coming but DH will be here, he'll go and retrieve them. Am back for one day next weekend then off again, so if anyone has anything to post, maybe best now to wait until after Aug 19th.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

SoupDragon Sat 27-Jul-13 12:01:05

My mum brought over a bag of more squares this week that she has been knitting away at. I have to hook them into a blanket along with the two other blankets worth of squares she gave me last time

<<waves at TheOldDragon in case she's watching>>

KnottyLocks Sat 27-Jul-13 23:15:04

Aww, Soupy. Please give your mum a big woolly [star] from us smile

<waves at OldDragon just in case>

SoupDragon Sun 28-Jul-13 07:57:01

She hasn't knitted since DD was born 7 years ago - she's reached the point where there is nothing left to knit really! I suggested she do squares as a joke really but she likes the smallness of the project and it keeps her fingers moving. Dad is less pleased due to the clicking of needles at TV time!

Mhw02 Sun 28-Jul-13 16:11:15

Oh, just as well I saw this! I just finished a blanket last night and was going to post it tomorrow. Will hold off. This might even give me a chance to get another off my in-progress blankets finished before I post!

KnottyLocks Wed 31-Jul-13 22:07:17

Currently working out how much yarn I can take on holiday without overloading our baggage. I may chuck out a couple of DH's trews grin

MOSagain Thu 01-Aug-13 07:41:21

LOL, me too knotty just bought some spare needles to pack in case the bastards at security try to steal the ones I'm taking hand luggage grin
In a panic over my Bilie's blanket, really want it to go to Bangladesh as have personal connection there but worried won't make deadline <debates cancelling forthcoming holiday>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 03-Aug-13 15:36:31

Have lovely holidays! wine [ThumbsUp] Xx


Just popping in with some thank yous this afternoon, from the very lovely BornToFolk two gorgeous Billie's Blankets, one a knit, one crochet with butterflies and flowers. Just beautiful, and photos already on Facebook. thanks And three lovely Little Hugs for Yorkhill, but not sure who to credit. They are just lovely, a photo is already on Facebook, thank you!


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 04-Aug-13 10:08:35

We have heard from our lovely crafter from yesterday, she is choosing to remain anonymous, but huge thanks to her anyway X thanks

MOSagain Sun 04-Aug-13 11:12:07

oh bless her, she shouldn't be shy with that talent grin
quick question for you pistey. Am frantically trying to finish my billie's blanket that I'd really like to go to Bangladesh. Will try sewing together myself but no way can I edge it. Does that matter?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 04-Aug-13 11:28:35

Lovely MOS, the deadline for Ghana is 31.8, the blankets for Bangladesh will go later, that trip is in December, so we will want them later than for Ghana, no deadline for Bangladesh is set yet, so no frantic rush iyswim.

The bigger blankets Ruby did for Ghana haven't been edged and are lovely see here...

I must crack on, maybe another brew first might help smile

MOSagain Sun 04-Aug-13 12:48:29

Arse! So I've been frantically knitting like a loon when I didn't need to! (Puts down needles and supervises children at soft play)

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 04-Aug-13 13:25:30


KnottyLocks Wed 07-Aug-13 16:45:07

Checking back in from over the sea while internet is available - which ain't often!

JollyHappyGiant Wed 07-Aug-13 20:30:36

This dropped off TIO. Trying to get something finished by the time baby arrives.

MOSagain Sat 10-Aug-13 07:34:17

Almost finished and am hoping to sew together and post before I go on holiday next Friday. As Bangladesh deadline ages this can go to Ghana and will do another for Bangladesh

AnyaKnowIt Sat 10-Aug-13 20:25:29

mine are all wrapped up in lots of bubble wrap waiting for the 19th

Mhw02 Mon 12-Aug-13 10:12:43

I have two completed Little Hugs sitting in my knitting bag waiting for the 19th. It's going to be a bit of a wrench sending them as usually when I finish them they're in the post within a day or two, whereas these ones have been sitting for weeks with me looking at them and stroking them!

Trying to finish an Angel Hug now so I can send them all off at once.

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK is on special offer for £3.50 in my local John Lewis at the moment, so I'm stocking up ready for my next project. Only problem is the selection of colours is vastly reduced. It's a bit annoying because there are such gorgeous colours available in the Aran and Baby ranges which are all mixed in with the DK so one has to be careful when buying on the adjoining shelves!

MOSagain Mon 12-Aug-13 21:55:59

Have almost finished sewing mine together but worried it looks crap as a few seams a bit lumpy. Have done my best but don't think its good enough. Sob

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Aug-13 05:18:59

MOS, we are not having the word crap!

Handmade blankets have character and love stitched in. All good &#57430;

KnottyLocks Tue 13-Aug-13 05:20:18


Blinking phone!

MOSagain Tue 13-Aug-13 07:14:05

Oh yes. Mine has character but you are right. Made with love. Am going to unpick one seam tonight and redo and should be ready to post before I go on holiday later this week. Originally planned for Bangladesh but have time to do another by that deadline so this can hopefully go with the next batch that are going shortly.
(Wonders if pistey could sew Billies blanket tags over dodgy seams?)

Dutchoma Tue 13-Aug-13 09:29:42

I think the dodgy seam probably has the most love in it.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 13-Aug-13 09:30:40

well this babette lark isn't as simple as it looks is it?! Vows to do 4 6in squares next time mine is definitely not one of my finer projects, definitely made with love not skill grin

MOS you may find it lays flatter after a wash if it's stylecraft <glares at babette panel>

MOSagain Tue 13-Aug-13 13:41:40

Oh yes. Mine has character but you are right. Made with love. Am going to unpick one seam tonight and redo and should be ready to post before I go on holiday later this week. Originally planned for Bangladesh but have time to do another by that deadline so this can hopefully go with the next batch that are going shortly.
(Wonders if pistey could sew Billies blanket tags over dodgy seams?)

MOSagain Tue 13-Aug-13 13:43:39

Oops, yes a lot harder, will stick to 6" in future. Spoke to the expert at work and am going to (try to) unpick one seem and redo tonight. Really must find time to pack

JollyHappyGiant Tue 13-Aug-13 15:14:04

I have decided to avoid all seam issues by crocheting in one panel rather than squares. My completed little hug is also all one colour too, so I only needed to sew in ends when I reached the end of the ball grin

I've recently completed a project with over 200 ends so thought I needed a break!

MOSagain Wed 14-Aug-13 22:32:21

Yay! Finally finished and ready to post. pistey although I said I was doing for Bangladesh this can go with next batch which I think is Ghana as I have time to do another for Bangladesh x

SoupDragon Thu 15-Aug-13 07:20:20

I have created a monster - my mother keeps giving me bags of plain squares for me to put together. I have one half completed baby sized blanket and at least 1 other small and 1 larger loose in bags. And she's working on another! Problem is, putting together a blanket is not as much fun as making stuff IYSWIM.

They will get done though.

MOSagain Mon 19-Aug-13 00:27:53

Just marking my spot. <foolishly?> asked teenager to post blanket to Pistey when I left for my holiday. Fingers crossed it turns up!

SuperNappy Mon 19-Aug-13 10:19:34

Right, a wee packet is taped up, addressed and ready for posting today smile

Thank you, lovely ladies for putting in so much time and effort to organise the Woolly Hugs project. You are wonderful thanks

MOSagain Mon 19-Aug-13 11:09:56

Oh dear. Has been posted but not recorded. Watches space anxiously.....

Woolfey Mon 19-Aug-13 11:30:10

Have to agree with you there SuperNappy, they do a wonderful job smile

Woolfey Mon 19-Aug-13 11:32:33

I've been sadly neglecting all my Hugs for a bit as I've got a few other projects that I need to get finished, but I'll be starting them again v.soon.

MOSagain Wed 21-Aug-13 03:23:12

Watches hopefully for updates.
Wonders if pistey was able to get through her front door on her return from holiday

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Aug-13 04:47:11

Morning lovely MOS. Got home to lots of red cards, so am very hopeful yours is amongst those. Am going to go this morning to collect. So fingers crossed smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Aug-13 04:50:12

Just arfing at the vision I have of Soupy swamped by squares smile Bless your mum!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Aug-13 18:03:50

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks All parcels retrieved from the sorting office and lots of thank yous this afternoon. Quite blown away, just amazing! All photos are up on our Facebook page, and will soon be on the website too, do have a look. smile thanks

thanks thanks thanks For Billie's Blankets for Ghana - huge thanks to MOSAgain, Birnamwood and our Blanketeering Grandma, Mrs Baker.

thanks thanks thanks For Little Hugs for Yorkhill - huge thanks to Mhw02, Mrs Baker and SuperNappy

Thank you too for the extra squares Mhw02 - they are marvellous and will be made into a Hug soon thanks

Thank you so much thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

MOSagain Wed 21-Aug-13 20:36:25

grin yay! DS forgiven for not posting recorded!
Am currently working on a littlehug for Yorkhill. DH keeps rolling his eyes when I get my knitting out of the glovebox of car. Am tempted to take into parks with me, queued for 1 hour today for Spiderman ride, could have done a whole square!

AnyaKnowIt Wed 21-Aug-13 21:06:18

just been looking at the pictures on Facebook, they are all lovely!

will have to post mine on Tuesday, as dp is away dd has got slapped cheek so keeping her at home.

Mhw02 Wed 21-Aug-13 22:00:27

Yay! I always have a teeny, tiny panic when I hand my blanket parcels over at the Post Office, which is only eased when I see the pictures up on facebook and therefore have confirmation that they arrived safely.

I'm really enjoying doing the sewn blankets now actually. I'd like to learn how to quilt them though - I'm just a bit worried about doing it because I'm not sure my stitching would be neat enough or straight enough for the stitches to be on display. And I'm also not sure how to hide the thread ends.

I need to go and buy more Stylecraft now. I have run out of blues, pinks, purples and cream and so have two blankets in a state of arrested development. (The blue one was started to occupy me until I could get more pink and purple, and now I've run out of that too!)

MOSagain Thu 22-Aug-13 00:14:19

Mhw02, I'm exactly the same, I don't trust the PO and panic until I know its safely arrived. The blanket I sent was the first I've done all by myself, have previously done team efforts and just sent the squares to the lovely Pistey to turn into something beautiful but it was lovely to be able to do something all by myself. Don't worry about the stitching. I just did it for the first time and it was ok. The first time I tried one seam was a little too lumpy/tight so I just upicked a bit of it and loosened it and it was ok. Not 100% perfect but as Pistey and Knotty said, they are made with love which is so true x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 22-Aug-13 13:53:00

Really is the love and thought MOS, that is the bit that matters. X

This Little Hug is currently with UPS on its way to the Netherlands to Twunk's lovely four year old son Alex. Bless his heart, he was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, and is in the early stages of treatment. Twunk's thread is here

All love and strength to them all for much healthier and happier times, we are thinking of them, and this Hug goes with love from us all. X

KnottyLocks Thu 22-Aug-13 21:31:55

Checking back in!

I posted a day or so ago but for some daft reason it didn't register confused

Anyway, I'm here! You lucky people grin


KnottyLocks Thu 22-Aug-13 21:39:56

Mhw, the quilted Little Hugs on our Facebook page are cotton front and fleece back. Quite a few are quilted using the 'stitch in the ditch' method, which actually disguises stitches on the front and the stitches on the back sort of sink into the fleece. They are minimally quilted so they don't become too flat.

Have a go smile

Mhw02 Thu 22-Aug-13 21:51:01

Okay, so what exactly does stitch in the ditch mean? And is it possible to do without a sewing machine? At the moment with my sewn quilts I just patchwork the cotton and stitch the fleece on round the edge, but don't actually quilt the body, if that makes sense. This is fine for little quilts, but I was wanting to try something a bit bigger and was worried a bigger one might look a bit silly if it wasn't quilted properly, if you see what I mean!

KnottyLocks Thu 22-Aug-13 23:11:19

You can easily stitch in the ditch by hand. If you google, you'll get a better explanation than mine!
Basically you do a running stitch over the seams where the joins are. You don't need to do every join though.

So , for example, if I did an 8 by 8 panel, I could stitch on the 4x4 square seam, then the 6x6 seam.

KnottyLocks Thu 22-Aug-13 23:14:29

You will need to pin your quilt out first to avoid puckering too much.

There are posh quilting pins for this that look a bit like nappy pins but safety pins will do.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Aug-13 07:37:43

Fleece can be determined to pucker, I find. I had some that was stretchy and made me want to direct rude words at it. Obviously I didn't actually swear hmm [angel]

Morning smile


Lovely Little Hug from MOSAgain for a child at Yorkhill, huge thanks to her, tis lovely thanks Pic already on FB. thanks


Mhw02 Fri 23-Aug-13 08:05:37

Thanks knotty. Pistey, you're a better woman than me of you don't actually swear at puckering fleece grin! I also have a tendency to use certain choice words when I realise I've sewn the wrong squares together and have to unpick.

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Aug-13 08:17:51

Oh she swore grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Aug-13 11:03:32


You know I always assumed that "stitch in the ditch" was a Knottyism, had no idea it was a real thing grin

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Aug-13 11:12:09

Me actually using technical terms that actually exist! Obv need more coffee &#57431;

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Aug-13 11:13:01

See? grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Aug-13 11:27:42

%$^%&399258)*%£@ 90&9 03&%$^ * 284682 &(*^&%$

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Aug-13 11:27:56


SoupDragon Fri 23-Aug-13 11:57:10

I am at my parents right now. Guess what I will be taking home with me grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Aug-13 13:11:14


Nope, can't think......

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Aug-13 14:24:22

She's only trying to keep you out of trouble Soupy. Bless her smile wine <- wine is for her!

A gorgeous Hug arriving safely just now from the very lovely Donna on our FB page. It's a big crocheted granny square, lovely colours. thanks

And there is a photo of a cotton and fleece Little Hug going to Nocakeformeplease's four year old son who has been recently diagnosed as having a kidney tumour (Wilms) and is in the early stages of treatment. Bless him, there is love and strength for him and his whole family in every stitch, and it is sent from us all. Xx


PiggyPlumPie Fri 23-Aug-13 14:54:20

My mum has sent two more blankets - she really puts me to shame!

How easy is it really to learn to crochet???? My knitting is sooo slow for blankets and it's a blooming nuisance trying to get sizes right for squares so am tentatively considering teaching myself to hook...

MOSagain Fri 23-Aug-13 20:36:01

Sending love to nocakes and her ds. Mine is the same age and it just doesn't bear thinking about. In my thoughts and prayers x

SoupDragon Fri 23-Aug-13 20:41:09

But I suggested the squares to her in order to keep her out of trouble!

Mhw02 Sat 24-Aug-13 16:37:32

Finally managed to re-stock my Stylecraft stash, so can get on with finishing my blankets now.

Soupy, your mum sounds the exact opposite of mine. Mine asked me to teach her to crochet, so I went out and bought her a nice big crochet hook and some chunky wool, and her response was "oh, maybe another time.". Turned out she hadn't wanted to learn to crochet at all, and had no intention of getting me to teach her, but thought that the act of asking me to teach her was a good way of pretending to show showing an interest in what I was doing. After 28 years she still hasn't quite worked out that I have a tendency to take what people say literally.

AnotherWorld Sat 24-Aug-13 19:12:01

Just checking in - it's been a slow crochet month so I'd dropped off all Woollly threads.

Off to find woolly runners now...

AnotherWorld Sat 24-Aug-13 19:12:32

('tis me - OtherWorld wearing a cunning disguise..)

Does anyone have an end bit of Saffron? I'm 3 treble clusters short and everywhere's out of stock angry

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 26-Aug-13 05:46:13

Morning all brew

Ria - will look for you, if I haven't, I'm sure we will be able to find some. Fret not smile

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Aug-13 07:56:40

Will have a check through my stash here too.

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Aug-13 12:20:59

Ria, I have some Saffron. Will stick some in the post tomorrow.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Mon 26-Aug-13 12:21:16

I have some saffron Ria, if still needed pm me your address as I'm off to the post office tomorrow with my woolly hugs parcel so can post to you at the same time smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 26-Aug-13 13:49:40

Oh good, I didn't have any, but Ria is sorted smile

Thanks very much Knotty and everyone who checked flowers At least not being able to finish this blanket has left me with no excuse not to sew up another grin

Twunk Tue 27-Aug-13 08:33:23

Thank you so much for Alex's blanket!

Lazy UPS man delivered it to my husband's work (he was picking something up from there and knows we are the same). Good job it wasn't his birthday present or a secret supply of sex toys for the affair I'm (not) having!

I digress, Alex was extremely impressed with it and jettisoned his lightning McQueen blanket to sleep under it last night. Praise indeed smile

As for me, well I am utterly touched and just overwhelmed at how kind you lovely bunch are. It's beautifully made and just perfect for Alex. And the little treats inside were just so thoughtful too.

It was a month since his initial diagnosis yesterday, I had PMT and the day had just dragged and dragged, so this was also perfectly timed.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts xxx

AnyaKnowIt Tue 27-Aug-13 13:28:24

my woolly hugs are in the post grin

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 27-Aug-13 13:37:00

I'm off to the post office in a minute, it should have gone saturday but it just didn't stop raining and I didn't fancy getting wet grin

Mhw02 Tue 27-Aug-13 18:21:57

Sending thoughts your way, Twunk. All the best wishes to Alex for his treatment and recovery. x

MOSagain Tue 27-Aug-13 18:38:46

Twunk (((hugs))) xxx

KnottyLocks Tue 27-Aug-13 19:31:52

Sending much love to you, Twunk.

So pleased that Alex's Little Hug arrived safely and that he loves it smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 27-Aug-13 19:52:18

Oh Twunk lovely, so glad the Hug is with Alex and already at work.

Thinking of you all and sending much love and strength. Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 27-Aug-13 19:56:14

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Just put pictures of gorgeous Little Hugs from today on our FB page from Piggy's lovely mum and MOSAgain Huge thanks to you both, you really are stars. And also a lovely thank you from NoCake, which I have copied here....

I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for D's gorgeous Little Hug - it is beautiful, just perfect for him (he is so chuffed that it has his initial on!). He has already snuggled up in it today and his operation is a week Monday so it is lovely that he will be able to take it with him to hospital.

It brought tears to my eyes when I opened it, I really want you to know how much it men's to us both.

Thanks again to everyone involved xxxxxx

We shall keep him close in our thoughts too.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

PurpleFrog Tue 27-Aug-13 20:17:07

I know that the 31st of this month is the deadline for Billie's Blankets for Ghana. Are there any other deadlines yet? (I have finished a Granny Stripe blanket but can't decide whether it is going to be a Little Hug or a Billie Blanket!)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 28-Aug-13 09:51:19

Morning Purple brew smile

The 31st is also the deadline for the next batch of Little Hugs for Yorkhill, so don't know if that helps you at all?!

PurpleFrog Wed 28-Aug-13 14:19:11

Thanks Pistey !

But no - that doesn't help! grin It still means I have to make a DECISION.

AnyaKnowIt Thu 29-Aug-13 09:27:03

Any sign of the postman yet?

gets nervous

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Aug-13 09:50:01

Oh morning Anya - my posty comes about 1/1.30, which is very late really, but it is what it is. Anyway, I will be here. Am trying to regain control of our home at the moment and so far, tis not going ver well. More caffeine required! brew

AnyaKnowIt Thu 29-Aug-13 10:34:32

sends more brew

MOSagain Thu 29-Aug-13 13:05:45

Pistey do we have a date for angelhugs? x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Aug-13 13:16:48

Knotty and I had made a provisional one. Let me just check and come back to you MOS thanks

And Anya, sorry, tis not here today. Post has just been. Your parcel will come tomorrow. X

My wool arrived today, thanks Knotty thanks

MOSagain Thu 29-Aug-13 13:25:10

Thanks Pistey have all squares done so when I return to UK next week will sew together and post to you.

Am a bit pissed I don't seem to have packed enough wool and there is a danger that my needles will be empty in a few days. I thought 8 balls of wool would be enough but seemingly not sad

AnyaKnowIt Thu 29-Aug-13 14:29:14

oh no sad

AnyaKnowIt Fri 30-Aug-13 12:50:57

any sign today?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 30-Aug-13 16:11:47

Lovely Anya - two unnamed parcels have come today, well, one with an address, the other with a proper name on only. Can you PM me and describe what you sent?


AnyaKnowIt Fri 30-Aug-13 16:38:20

I've pm you

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 30-Aug-13 18:25:11

Thank you Anya, glad your parcels arrived, and the contents are just gorgeous, huge thanks X

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 30-Aug-13 18:33:17

Evening lovely woolly chums wine

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure arriving, huge thanks to all, it really is so heart-warming and just marvellous X thanks

thanks For Billie's Blankets - Fan and Ninja

thanks For Little Hugs for Yorkhill AnyaKnowIt and Mrs Baker

thanks For Babette Panels Fan, AnyaKnowIt and Ninja

You really are all STARS

Thank you

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 30-Aug-13 18:36:40

They are fabulous smile thanks

Mhw02 Fri 30-Aug-13 18:41:52

Pistey, I know the posting deadline is tomorrow, but I have a big blanket that hasn't a hope of being ready for then, but if I work very, very hard this weekend I might just get it finished in time to post first class on Monday. Would that still make the deliveries?

(If the answer is "no", I shall put it to one side and actually attempt to finish my long-promised Angel Hug.)

Mhw02 Fri 30-Aug-13 18:44:08

Oh, and I meant to say - Fan, Ninja and Anya's Babette panels are gorgeous! I'm well impressed!

AnyaKnowIt Fri 30-Aug-13 19:31:52

me being a pain again

did you get 2 parcels from me. I sent a angel hug and a blue and yellow babette

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 30-Aug-13 19:38:48

Anya I see 2 babette panels and an angel hug from you on the fb page, they're gorgeous!

AnyaKnowIt Fri 30-Aug-13 19:45:32

ah yeah see them now blush

KnottyLocks Fri 30-Aug-13 21:18:08

Mhw, we can wait until early next week. smile

PurpleFrog Fri 30-Aug-13 23:28:48

That's fine Knotty. I eventually made a DECISION over my blanket. That involved starting a Little Hug a few days ago. I only have 2 more rounds to do, then I have to wash both blankets - I should have them in the post on Monday as well. smile

KnottyLocks Sat 31-Aug-13 08:16:33

Smashing smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 31-Aug-13 10:52:12

I noticed someone asked for the pattern for one of my blankets on fb, don't want to completely out myself smile it's this one but with a different colour pattern and dk yarn with the addition of a V stitch round with the bright pink as it's brighter than I thought. Although what was I expecting from a yarn called bright pink grin V stitch starts chain 5 (counts as 1tr and ch2) and tr into same st, skip 2 st, tr ch2 tr into 3rd st, hope that makes sense, at the corner instead of ch2, ch3 or 4 depending on your tension to make the corner. If you start the V st in the centre st of a 3tr cluster it'll work nicely into the corners and your next 3tr cluster row will line up nicely.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 31-Aug-13 11:04:48

Thanks lovely Ninja - shall go and share that on the FB page. thanks

AnyaKnowIt Sat 31-Aug-13 21:43:57

The woolly hug for red is lovely.

Am having a clear out -- as moving again-- would anyone have any use for 3 balls of style craft wonder soft 2ply in white? Free to a good home.

Dutchoma Sun 01-Sep-13 06:44:17

I would

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 01-Sep-13 06:58:34

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 01-Sep-13 07:00:03

There we are - Anya, a perfect home for the woolly wool. smile Hope the move goes well. X

KnottyLocks Sun 01-Sep-13 07:33:49

Morning all smile

AnyaKnowIt Sun 01-Sep-13 09:29:30

yay grin

do you want to pm me your address grin

Mhw02 Mon 02-Sep-13 07:54:08

50 peskies down, only 100 more to go!

(Bangs head against brick wall and wonders why I didn't sew them in as I was going along.)

KnottyLocks Mon 02-Sep-13 09:37:24

Ouch....on both counts.

Hate sewing in peskies <teef>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 02-Sep-13 14:18:13

<faints at the thought>

I've just finished a babette and nearly finished another, now the nights are drawing in. wink Trouble is, I'm not sure about my colour choices. I get overwhelmed in the shop and can only afford a few at a time and end up choosing colours that look 'meh' together. I can do the crochet, I'm actually quite good at the crochet, but I need someone with 'style' to choose my colours for me...

I've got most of a ball of magenta, violet, aspen, white and half a ball of khaki. What other colours can I get to go with some of these to look lovely?

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 07:12:15

Ellen, let me find my colour chart and I'll be back after the school run smile

Knotty, you're a darling. I need a colour wheel or something. smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 03-Sep-13 08:54:59

I've just found these which might be useful, stylecraft special colour chart and deramores colour wheel

my last blanket was khaki, denim and meadow if that's any use smile

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 09:12:47

I'm back!

Meadow and Plum are both strong colours that seem to go well with the majority of the others. With the colours you have, Ellen, I'd avoid the yellows....if you'd like a yellow then Saffron is a warm bright rather than citric one.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 03-Sep-13 09:33:26

has anyone noticed the woolly hug topic

Dutchoma Tue 03-Sep-13 09:59:06

There is another one?

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 11:28:20


HQ suggested we have our own area so we could keep everything together and can be easily found.

It appears it's happened! smile

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 11:31:09

We'll gradually move things across when we get a min.

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 13:10:20

<drum roll>

For the very first time....

I've asked MNHQ to move this to our Woolly Hugs area smile

AnyaKnowIt Tue 03-Sep-13 14:49:13

yay grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Sep-13 14:51:07


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Sep-13 14:52:18

Our own topic. Fabulous.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Sep-13 14:54:25

Huge thanks to Justine for her suggestion, and to whoever actually created the topic. Just marvellous thanks

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 03-Sep-13 16:40:30

Excited to move this to the new area!

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 16:57:14

Thank you, Kate grin

How lovely! Our own topic. smile

Thank-you Ninja and Knotty. Very helpful. I feel a shopping trip coming on...

Mhw02 Tue 03-Sep-13 18:24:31

How nice for Woolly Hugs to have its own topic! Won't need to go hunting for threads now!

Sorry, Pistey and Knotty, I'm afraid my end sewing in is going to take ages (and I still need to border my blanket after that!) so I won't make this batch. Once again I'll probably be posting about two days after everyone else's blankets have been shipped off... I'm not normally this rubbish at deadlines.

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 19:07:34

Oh don't you worry smile

Send when you can.

PurpleFrog Tue 03-Sep-13 19:26:43

I am also running late - but I got my blankets in the post this afternoon. I would have been OK, but when I spread one out to photograph it I decided that the last round of the border pulled it all out of shape so I frogged that round and re-did it with fewer stitches in each scallop.

If they don't make this delivery it doesn't matter! smile

MNPlovesthesunshine Tue 03-Sep-13 19:35:06

Likes the new home as often takes a wrong turn when things move grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Sep-13 19:35:08

Evening all wine smile Thanks lovely Kate

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Have just uploaded photos of some simply stunning Billie's Blankets and Babette panels from today from the very lovely RiaOverTheRainbow From yesterday there were absolutely gorgeous Billie's Blankets from the ever lovely Rubycon

Honestly what stars they are! THANK YOU Xx

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Glad they arrived in time smile

(Just so you know I'd planned for the blankets to go to Yorkhill, but if you think they'd be more use in Ghana that's fine x)

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 20:29:50

They are all gorgeous smile thanks

Dutchoma Tue 03-Sep-13 20:48:00

Just seen all the blankets on FB. They are just so lovely. When I feel a bit better I will have the granny square out and measure it and see if you would like it. I had a lot of little bits of 4-ply and started a granny square with it and just kept going

JollyHappyGiant Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:43

Have you kept a count of how many have been sent for each project? So many lovely mumsnetters beavering away. There seem to be new hugs arriving regularly smile

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Sep-13 21:11:22

Sorry you aren't well, Oma. Sending speedy healing vibes x

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Sep-13 21:27:46

Oh big hugs Oma, sorry you aren't well. Hope you are much better soon X

Jolly - we haven't kept a count, but if you look at our FB page, there is a photo of all blankets received. Lots!

It is nearly our first anniversary of starting making Little Hugs. Was looking at the old threads earlier and we started this project on September 14th last year. So delighted it is going from strength to strength.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 04-Sep-13 14:32:57

Afternoon smile

What's the best way to attach applique (1-2 inches)? With smaller things I just use the ends of the wool, but I don't know whether that'd be secure enough for something bigger.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 06-Sep-13 07:14:41

Morning brew

I need to find this out too Ria, am just finishing lemon's woolly hug and have the most gorgeous life sized knitted daffodil to go on, made by the very clever droitwich.

Keep meaning to ask Knots, but I shall and will come back to you!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful Woolly treasure arriving yesterday from the very lovely PurpleFrog - all just stunning, a granny striped Billie's Blanket, an over sized granny square Little Hug and a fabulous Babette panel. And such beautiful colours - photos on FB already, do have a look.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Woolfey Fri 06-Sep-13 13:24:13

Don't know if it would work for knitted ones but I found this video helpful for crochet appliques.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 06-Sep-13 15:39:25

Knotty is back in the land of communications now - huzzah! Ria she just said to sew it on, same way, so just about to give it a whirl on the daff. I'm going to use base colour as all ends have been sewn in. See how it goes smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived from our very own MrsDeVere, two gorgeous Billie's Blankets. Photos already on our Facebook page, both glorious mixes of pinks and lavenders, and granny square style. thanks

Huge thanks MrsDeVere, these are just lovely, and will go to children in Ghana from you and your beautiful girl. X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 06-Sep-13 16:04:53

Hellooooooooooooooooo grin

<resists temptation to rant about Virgin Media>

KnottyLocks Fri 06-Sep-13 16:11:46

Ok, folks have been asking about Last Posting dates for the next batch of Billie's blankets, so here they are:

Last Posting date for any Babettes: Friday 1st November

(these are coming straight to me so PM if you need the address)

Last Posting date for Billie's Blankets for Bangladesh: 22nd November


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 06-Sep-13 19:06:15

Evening wine

littlemisswise Sat 07-Sep-13 11:01:05

Pistey, is it possible to join in to knit some Babettes? I have knitted squares before. DH is going away for four months in ten days so I shall be a bit bored!

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Sep-13 11:04:33

Oh yes please, LittleMiss smile

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 07-Sep-13 11:10:44

Morning - I have been on a crafting sabatical, but I am ready to re-engage. I will try and do some babettes in the next few weeks and get them to Knots.

Mhw02 Sat 07-Sep-13 12:57:46

Finally! Blanket finished. I've been working on it since the start of June so it's really exciting to see it all finished, all ends sewn in at last. Off to the post office now.

And then I need to decide what to start on next: another granny stripe, a stylecraft patchwork, a posh wool patchwork or a fabric patchwork. Someone make my mind up for me, please!

Mwh02 if you look at my profile there is a picture of a circles in squares blanket I have just finished as a gift. I made 35 squares and I used join as you go to put the square together. Then a few rows of edging and ta-dah only 532 pesky ends to sew in. I must practice the crochet them in as you go along method!

It finished up at about 5 foot by 4 foot and took about 800g of Stylecraft.

JollyHappyGiant Sat 07-Sep-13 13:32:22


I fancy doing one of those as my next hug smile

Mhw02 Sat 07-Sep-13 14:19:16

Those are both gorgeous (though eeek at 532 ends!) Thank you. But I already have designs in mind, just need to decide which stash to plunder - stylecraft, rowan/debbie bliss, or fat quarter stash. And if the stylecraft whether to make another granny stripe (have just finished one) or squares, and if the fat quarters whether to go for the floral fabric or the burnt orange...

Hello! I've been of the woolly hug radar for a while, but I am back in the swing of things now! I have a billie blanket almost done and a whole pile of plain squares I was going to try to hook together myself, but I think it would better done by the experts grin

I'll give a babette a whirl too. Not sure how it will look just knitted though. Is a 12 inch knitted square better than all the smaller ones sewn together (I Also don't trust my sewing skills tbh)

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Sep-13 17:05:29

Hola, Fizzy. [cava]

Up to you really. Am happy for you to send 4 x 6 inch squares and I'll stitch them together if that helps.

Hello all!

I've decided to post on this thread rather than just lurk, in the hope it will motivate me to actually finish the Billie blanket I started weeks ago.

I've got a bagful of various shades of greens, pinks and purples left over from other projects, so I thought I'd have a go at making a babette blanket. The squares have turned out fine, but when I join them it's going a bit wobbly. Where am I going wrong? I've undone the joins and tried again so many times. Should I just persevere and hope that it straightens out as more squares are added?

MrsDeVere Sun 08-Sep-13 21:41:05

I have been wondering what the jeff Babette Panels are blush

Just bought a pile of wool from Sconch Textiles
Very reasonable £1.69 a ball with 10% off with the code SAVE10
Free p&P over £25.00
I bought 15 balls and colour chart for £25.52 inc the discount.

Just realised that yet AGAIN I have managed to order 2 balls of pomegranate.
Spookily that seems to happen every time I order special dk confused

That covers all the pink/purple/mauve/apricot shades in stock.

Not bad for £25!

Shame they didn't have any magenta left though sad

I really should buy some other colours but I just love the pinks so much. I was going to go for the rainbow brights this time but......blush

KnottyLocks Sun 08-Sep-13 22:34:12

Oh what a surprise grin I'll see if I have some Magenta here to add to your 'rainbow '

KnottyLocks Sun 08-Sep-13 22:36:30

Anathema, how many squares are we talking? Are you stitching or hooking?

MrsDeVere Sun 08-Sep-13 23:06:45

Oooh that would be lovely.
I hate not having a full set. Makes me fidgety.
I have been looking up ways of joining squares. I feel its time.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 09-Sep-13 06:57:52

Morning smile

Morning! brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 10-Sep-13 14:02:26

Lunchtime smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

thanks Mhw02 Woolly treasure indeed arriving safely this morning, photos already on FB. Two beautiful Babette panels and the most lovely Little Hug which is a granny stripe, and will be perfect for an older child or teen as it measures in at a glorious 50 by 78 inches! Huge thanks to her X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Mhw02 Tue 10-Sep-13 16:42:33

Oh, is that how big it is? I measured it several times and never got the same result twice! Mind you, I was using a six inch ruler rather than a measuring tape, which might go some way to explaining how inconsistent my results were!

Hey! Who told you my vital statistics?? grin

Saw the pics on FB, it is lovely!

AnyaKnowIt Tue 10-Sep-13 18:35:00

Mhw02 how fast do you crochet, I can picture you sitting there with smoke coming from your hook grin

Am trying to get my backside in gear to get some wine from the shop then I'll get on with my woolly hug

MrsDeVere Tue 10-Sep-13 18:59:06

Its beautiful Mhw02 and just perfect for a 14 year old girl maybe.
Which is a lovely thought.

Is granny stripe harder than granny squares? I can't help thinking I should be branching out a bit...

Mhw02 Tue 10-Sep-13 19:04:48

Not that fast, honest! I only learnt to crochet in March, and I'm slowly getting more efficient. I started off crocheting One. Stitch. At. A. Time. (ie using my fingers to lift the loops over rather than pulling them through, and taking my hand off the yarn every time I did a yarn over or finished a stitch.) But I can now pull through properly and keep hold of the yarn for several stitches at a time and everything!

I started that blanket at the beginning of June, and finished it on Saturday morning, and I've been unemployed so have had LOADS of time on my hands to crochet. (Just started a university course and very soon I'm going to have no time on my hands whatsoever!) When I started that blanket I was averaging about an hour a row/two hours a stripe, but by the time I got near the end I'd progressed to half an hour a row.

I like the idea of me with manic eyes and smoke coming from my hook through grin!

Mhw02 Tue 10-Sep-13 19:07:02

Thanks, Mrs DeVere, that means a lot coming from you. [Hugs]

The granny stripe - the foundation chain and first row are a bit of a nightmare, but after that it's really easy, and no harder at all than a square.

JollyHappyGiant Tue 10-Sep-13 19:18:53

MrsD if you look up the Attic24 instructions for a granny stripe they are easy to follow smile

MrsDeVere Tue 10-Sep-13 19:30:52


I need to be braver. Granny squares are fab but there is a whole
world of crochet out there!

AnyaKnowIt Tue 10-Sep-13 19:42:04

Oh I remember the one stitch at a time, and picking the loops off the hook and the swearing I started learning in January

I got about ten times faster when I figured out how to use the hook properly. It was a revelation!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 10-Sep-13 22:46:08

Evening smile

Beautiful, beautiful Hug Mhw02. Just gaspworthy glorious. thanks And good luck with the course! X

MrsDV - I'll link you the granny stripe tomorrow. Tis the same stitches just in rows. Fiddly to start but easy once you get going. And so perfect for multi shades of pink smile

Night all. X

JollyHappyGiant Wed 11-Sep-13 17:27:58

What size of blanket would 400g of acrylic DK make? I make blankets a lot but I never keep track of how much I've used.

A 6" square in style craft weighs 15g (plain knitting in my gauge)

You would get 26 6" squares from 400g with a bit left over

A blanket made of square 5x5 would measure 30" square or 2'6" or 75cm in new money!

Phew, that was like a maths question!!

Someone check my workings though, it's been a long day wine

Spot on Fizzy

Glad it was you doing the weighing - my kitchen scales aren't sensitive enough for delicate little jobs like that.

JollyHappyGiant Wed 11-Sep-13 19:30:26

You lot are too clever. I didn't think to weigh a square! Thanks Fizz smile

I've posted a picture of my slightly crooked babette on my profile (hope it worked).
I'm using this tutorial to join, but it looks like the squares are being pulled too tightly and going wobbly.

I'm so disheartened by this that I've started C25K, just so I'm not sitting around the house feeling guilty about not crocheting...

JollyHappyGiant Wed 11-Sep-13 19:52:12

Have you tried going up a hook size to see if that helps?
Just weighed a stylecraft sspecial blanket I've nearly completed for DD. It's 405g and measures 112cm x 77cm. It's a solid one though with no holes so presumably a granny type blanket would work out bigger for the same weight.

I bought 800g of King Cole acrylic today. Got it for £1.99 a ball. It's variegated and when I took it home I checked online and half of it is £3.89 a ball and half is £3.29 a ball. So it was definitely a good buy! I think I'll make this into a hug smile maybe a star shaped one. I prefer working in the round than in rows.

KnottyLocks Thu 12-Sep-13 07:25:31

Anathema, don't get disheartened, my lovely. Some of the panels I'm working with here have a slight wonky character too but they seem to be pulling flat once hooked to others .

The slip stitch style join might be too tight for yours- there's less give in it than a dc join. I'm using a dc join to hook the panels together which allows the panels a bit of give.

If you want to, try the dc join. If you'd rather just send it to me, I'll have a bash at it.

It looks lovely btw smile

KnottyLocks Thu 12-Sep-13 07:27:39

Well done, Jolly! A bargain!

Um, yes yes kitchen scales <hides other drug dealing paraphinalia> wink

MNPlovesthesunshine Thu 12-Sep-13 21:39:31

The corner to corner mentioned earlier is very easy and hooks quickly, also great for stash yarn as you hook thru half the stash increasing then the remainder decreasing so no complicated math needed.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 12-Sep-13 22:25:12

Evening wine

I've managed two more Babette panels (yaaay) and am working on a third which will have 9 circles. Think I will try DC join, did SC on my last one and it made for a ridge. Maybe DC be better.

Night all smile

HoggyTruffle Fri 13-Sep-13 14:21:00

Surely you were too busy with your virtual scrap over Idris last night to do any crochet Pistey wink. I had to back off, the competition was too strong.

KnottyLocks Fri 13-Sep-13 20:06:35


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 14-Sep-13 11:49:40

<Idris.....happy sigh>

OK, my solid grannies don't have the squarest corners, I'm doing three trebles, chain two, three trebles, and the corners are rounded. Which is not so bad until trying to join a Babette. I did one that was just 4 solid grannies, and it really doesn't have the straightest overall edge. How can you make a solid granny square like a trad granny would be?

Tis confused

I'm just about to join 9 small squares with their bloody curved corners and the edge will be positively frilly. Apologies Knots <teef>


KnottyLocks Sat 14-Sep-13 12:02:22

Oh cheers , love grin

For future ref, try 2tr, 2ch,2tr for the corners. Less bulky.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 14-Sep-13 18:33:01

wine [ThumbsUp]

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 14-Sep-13 18:37:05

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A year ago today we launched our Little Hug Project, and what a year it has been, with more than 200 little blankets being made for babies and children at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, more for children of Mumsnetters, and one for the most lovely Mumsnetter too. X

HUGE thanks to all fabulous donors and crafters who have helped make this project such a success. As you know the feedback we have had has just been amazing. Families really do feel the love and support crafted into every stitch.

So THANK YOU! May the project go from strength to strength Xx

I feel we should have cake smile I've never used the cake pic before <beams>

cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake
cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake cake

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Mhw02 Sat 14-Sep-13 19:25:09

I feel a sudden pressing need to actually go and make real sponge cake now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 14-Sep-13 20:48:03

And sadly we know you don't live anywhere near us, or Knotty and I'd be round for tea and cake grin

Mhw02 Sat 14-Sep-13 20:57:24

Well, you know, if you're ever in the area grin.

I could try posting some, but I'm not sure it would survive the journey...

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Sep-13 09:24:09


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Sep-13 09:26:32

Three huge bags of gorgeous woolly treasure all ready to go to Yorkhill, UPS are coming this afternoon. Heartfelt thanks to everyone!


KnottyLocks Tue 17-Sep-13 09:51:48

Go to work , Little Hugs!

Huge thanks, lovely Woolly folk smile thanks

The sun is shining to welcome them north of the border grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Sep-13 19:14:06


I go and check where they are....

It's ffffffffrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiizzzzzzzzzzziiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnn though! Good job they are cosy in themselves!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Sep-13 19:19:26

They are still at the UPS depot at Heathrow.

Tis fffrizzzin. I am back in my boots and vest.

KnottyLocks Tue 17-Sep-13 19:32:42

Tis frizzzin. I have lit the fire to crochet in front of [old bird]

I want a fire! How's the squirrel Pistey?

Pistey can I be a pain and ask you to post the next set of deadlines, please.

I'll definitely have something to send but have loads of yarn since my Deramores spree and would like to make some more if time allows. smile


KnottyLocks Tue 17-Sep-13 22:31:30

Woolly, the deadl

KnottyLocks Tue 17-Sep-13 22:34:17

<glares at phone >

Deadline for Babettes is 1st Nov (to me)

Billie's blankets - 22nd Nov

Will get back to you with a Little Hugs deadline once we've set one.

Thanks Knotty grin

That deadline will mean I can contribute so will be able to do some stash busting before I move house. Less yarn to pack is good isn't it? grin

Portofino Tue 17-Sep-13 22:38:42

Knotty, I should have at least 2 billies blankets by November, possibly 3. How many squares? I was going on at least 5 by 7....

Portofino Tue 17-Sep-13 22:39:49

I am a bit,slow....

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 18-Sep-13 05:49:58

Morning brew

The Little Hugs are continuing their journey, right now they are in transit having not long left Preston. Love being able to track them!

Porto, 5 by 7 is fab. And possibly not as slow as I am, would take me a week to knit one square! You are doing marvellously. smile thanks

Woolfey Wed 18-Sep-13 07:21:44

I too will hopefully have a couple of hugs done for the next deadlines. I'm aware I've been neglecting you lovely woolly lot recently.
<Chucks around lots of cake to make up for being a bit rubbish>

KnottyLocks Wed 18-Sep-13 07:33:48

You are all brilliant smile

Huge thanks thanks

Woolfey, no need to apologise my lovely. We know only too well that RL can be pretty hectic! X

JollySleepyGiant Wed 18-Sep-13 07:36:09

I've decided to give up on hugs for the moment as I just don't have time sad I started what was meant to be a hug the other day, only to discover that the yarn I've bought is not very washable so it's just not suitable.

I shall be back at it after Christmas though, if I don't find time before.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 19-Sep-13 17:40:30

Bless you Jolly we really do understand, big hugs from us, and thank you xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 19-Sep-13 17:47:32

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Some thanks yous this evening smile

thanks To a lovely donor who yesterday sent some funds to help with our general costs. Hugely thoughtful, and we really appreciated it, thank you. We only have a proper name, and have thanked directly by email, but just wanted to thank here too. You are a star X thanks

thanks Macdog for the most lovely red, blue and yellow crocheted Little Hug for a child in Yorkhill, so gorgeous thanks

thanks LizaTarbucksAuntie For a super snuggly garter knit Billie's Blanket for the Ghana collection. Just perfect. Thank you thanks

And as many will have seen, the Little Hugs have arrived safely with Family Support at Yorkhill. Huge thanks now to Frances for thinking about where best they go and distributing them. I can imagine that can't be an easy task.thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

MNPlovesthesunshine Thu 19-Sep-13 21:59:00

Glad they have arrived. Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 19-Sep-13 22:21:22

Me too! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 20-Sep-13 16:22:49

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

And the first and certainly very beautiful Billie's Blanket for a child in Bangladesh is here. Huge thanks to the very lovely Rachel Ives, tis absolutely gorgeous. thanks

And in case you missed our excitement this afternoon, MNHQ are going to match fund what we raise on the Woolly Hugs Just Giving page for World Child Cancer! WOW!!

thanks thanks thanks Huge thanks, Justine xx

The linky is here, just in case you were wondering smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 20-Sep-13 16:38:46

Gorgeous blankets smile

Huge thanks to all, crafters and donors alike thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 20-Sep-13 16:39:22

Match funding <happy dance>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 26-Sep-13 09:05:17

Match funding <beams>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 26-Sep-13 09:09:15

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has been arriving, huge thanks to the crafters and donors, there is much awesomeness around. smile

thanks HilaryM for a gorgeous crocheted Billie's Blanket in sherbet, spring green and parchment. Tis just lovely thanks

thanks To lovely MrsBaker Two gorgeous striped knits, lovely textures too using different stitches, one is a Little Hug for Yorkhill, the other a Billie's Blanket. Gorgeous thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

CatsInCustard Thu 26-Sep-13 14:33:58

I'm hopefully planning to make a 24 by 24 inches Little Hug in bright coloured squares. Getting wool at the weekend and will dig out the knitting needles smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 26-Sep-13 19:16:34

Oooo sounds lovely smile

Thank you so much!! thanks

tribpot Thu 26-Sep-13 22:22:54

Hello huggers!

I'm just popping by, since weirdly a number of my worst work moments have been recounted on Woolly Hugs threads, to announce I resigned today. No job to go to - all a bit WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE 'WTF have I done' at the moment.

Anyway, I do also have three squares to send off, so will DM you Pistey smile

Woolfey Thu 26-Sep-13 22:29:06

Trib, you will be fine. I once did the same thing and the next job I took just because it was a short term contract role and I desperately needed the money ended up being one of the best jobs I've ever had and I even met my husband through it smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 26-Sep-13 22:32:56

All change at a Trib Towers then?! Big hugs lovely. Xx

tribpot Thu 26-Sep-13 22:50:35

Well that's good to know, Woolfey - although I hope I don't pick up another husband, cos there's laws against that sorta thing wink

I've had some positive feedback today to suggest there are options I can try and chase down, although I don't have very sort of 'conventional' experience for my sector that translates easily into a similar job in another organisation. And knitting for a living is not yet an option grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 10:44:40

Really good re the positive feedback trib, fingers crossed for you X

Am Babetting away, but want to add in an oblong solid granny or trad granny in the next one, any ideas anyone on the how? Saw a blanket made like this, just wonder how you start it off... brew

KnottyLocks Sat 28-Sep-13 09:28:20

Sending hugs and positive vibes , Trib x

Pistey, do you mean an oblong that runs the length of the panel?

Good luck Trib. The best thing I ever did was to resign from a job I hated. I didn't go back after ML and was lucky enough to be able to be a SAHM for a while.

I have just this week got a new job - only a few hours a week and at about a third of my old hourly rate, but in a school office with the prospect of it becoming a more substantial role in a month or so.

On the down side - this will eat into my crafting time and my planned Christmas poncing plus I have to move house before Christmas. I have sparks coming off my needles trying to get ahead of my to do list grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 28-Sep-13 09:56:28

Yes, I do, so instead of stripes, try an oblong granny along one edge.

Morning smile brew

JollySleepyGiant Sat 28-Sep-13 12:19:04


Pistey, here's the pattern for a rectangle granny.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 28-Sep-13 17:00:24

Ooooo thank you Jolly, that is exactly the sorta thing, I shall have a look,
thank you thanks

AnyaKnowIt Sat 28-Sep-13 17:36:53

Marking my place as its dropped off threads I'm on.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 30-Sep-13 20:43:32

Okayyy, tried the granny oblong and it is lovely, just like an granny, only um... oblong but it isn't quite what I had in mind. Am trying to work out starting chain to get the length I want. Tis a bit random. Tried with 23.

Anyway, I shall include the piece I have done. So now am on the hunt for a solid granny oblong which might look more like stripes which is what I think I'm after, any ideas anyone?

KnottyLocks Mon 30-Sep-13 20:49:46

Er, I have a looky.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 30-Sep-13 21:01:09

Tis just a granny stripe but going round the corners I suppose. Tis how you get round that corner

KnottyLocks Mon 30-Sep-13 21:11:41

Change colours at the corners...halfway through.

KnottyLocks Mon 30-Sep-13 21:11:54

Maybe grin

KnottyLocks Mon 30-Sep-13 21:12:17

Blimey, I need to give it a go now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 30-Sep-13 21:16:47

Ok. So start a granny stripe as normal. Get to the end. Put in a corner, coupla stitches on side , another corner, scoot along round you go again.

Like that?


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 30-Sep-13 21:17:28

Maybe grin

AnyaKnowIt Mon 30-Sep-13 22:22:39

once you have done your first row don't you need to turn it so you are working on the unused loops on the chain?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 30-Sep-13 22:23:10

And then maybe not sad

I shall try again on the morrow.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 30-Sep-13 22:27:02

Soz Anya poss yes. I just tried going round and round.

AnyaKnowIt Mon 30-Sep-13 22:35:10


AnyaKnowIt Mon 30-Sep-13 22:36:26
AnyaKnowIt Mon 30-Sep-13 22:37:46

careful that its American so just swap dc for a tr smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 02-Oct-13 06:50:06

Oooo thank you, I shall have a look thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 02-Oct-13 17:44:40

Meadow, plum, raspberry and..........?

I'd say citron but I have no taste grin - I love citron and raspberry together.

KnottyLocks Wed 02-Oct-13 18:13:24

Tart au citron and raspberries. Yum.

JollySleepyGiant Wed 02-Oct-13 19:38:07


Pale rose, cloud blue or grape.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 03-Oct-13 07:30:26

Ooooooo pudding!

I have pale rose, and cloud blue already , I shall try the others

cheers brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 03-Oct-13 20:11:15

Another day. Another Q. smile

Cheapest Attic24 stylee pack? Any codes or offers around?

JollySleepyGiant Thu 03-Oct-13 21:25:16

Check out Sconch textiles. I tthought some of their packs looked good smile

JollySleepyGiant Thu 03-Oct-13 21:30:12

ALL their packs are out of stock sad

Mhw02 Sun 06-Oct-13 20:12:07

Anyone able and willing to do a Cashmerino/Cashsoft swap? I'm in the middle of a big blanket and have run out of cream Cashmerino. I tried swapping to Rialto but it's nowhere near as nice to work with (it's very splitty and also slightly thicker and so doesn't go as far as the Cashmerino).

I have six balls of Cashmerino that I don't need (2 airforce (046), two duck egg (041), one denim (044) and one maroon (006). Anyone willing to swap? I need a ball of cream, and will also probably need a ball of mauve, and am also happy to swap for any pinky or purply shades of Cashmerino or Cashsoft. (Equally happy to swap for stylecraft royal, turquoise, cream or aster which I've run out in the middle of another blanket!)


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Oct-13 20:14:55


Let me check what we have, think I have the cream....

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Oct-13 20:18:56

Yes to the DB cashmerino DK cream (013) , will have to get all the woolly wool out tomorrow, not sure about mauve though, certainly have odds and ends of it. Got a ball of Rowan cashsoft vamp I think, but don;t hold me to it, will check.

Mhw02 i am working with Aster at the moment and am likely to have some left. Happy to send it to you when I'm done. smile

Mhw02 Sun 06-Oct-13 22:26:29

Ah, thank you both so much! Just let me know what's going spare and what of mine you can make use of!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Oct-13 08:39:43

Well I can offer you one or two DB cashmerino DK cream 013, and one Rowan cashsoft vamp. Have got some DB cashmerino DK mauve but it is only bits. I also have some stylecraft turquoise left.

Happy to exchange for denim, duck egg or airforce, if you want to PM me?

Morning smile brew

AnyaKnowIt Mon 07-Oct-13 11:17:44

I have some style craft cream if you need it.
I'm trying to make a granny square hug but my some of my squares are ending up a little bit bigger and some are ending up a little bit smaller ( playing with hook sizes) they all have the same number of stitches, will it bite me in the bum when I try and hook them together. was planing on joint them with a dc ?

Mhw02 Mon 07-Oct-13 16:46:20

If it's only a little bit of a difference in size I don't think it should matter, the smaller ones should stretch out! My squares are never all the same size. The one I'm doing at the moment the squares are different patterns too, so not only are they slightly different sizes, they have different numbers of stitches too! I've figured they'll look all right once joined!

PS. If the cream is a full ball or near enough I definitely need it! Please send me a PM. Thanks a lot!

AnyaKnowIt Mon 07-Oct-13 16:52:58

thank you grin

its a whole ball you can have

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 08-Oct-13 09:47:06

probably too late pistey but deramores have 20% of all dk yarn at the moment so colour pack is £23.99, of course you have to order extra to get free delivery grin

AnyaKnowIt Wed 09-Oct-13 22:46:08

right having problems with mumsnet today, can't pm but posted that ball of cream today grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-Oct-13 17:28:46

Evening brew

Thanks Ninja, have used their code smile

And Mhw - thank you, parcel at mine. X

Have got everything ready to start sewing Billie's Blanket tags on tonight. Then am very much hoping to be able to take an outdoor photo of the batch for Ghana, see the colours better, but forecast is a bit rubbish. Fingers crossed though. They are going to World Child Cancer next Wednesday all being well.

Mhw02 Thu 10-Oct-13 18:41:03

Yours arrived yesterday, too Pistey. Thanks!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Oct-13 08:17:19

Morning brew smile

JollyScaryGiant Fri 11-Oct-13 08:18:29

Morning smile

KnottyLocks Fri 11-Oct-13 10:12:44

Morning smile

AnyaKnowIt Fri 11-Oct-13 17:14:09

evening wine

KnottyLocks Fri 11-Oct-13 18:05:42

Yep wine

JollyScaryGiant Fri 11-Oct-13 19:09:13



RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Oct-13 19:40:34

wine <-----sloe gin

Smashing. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Oct-13 08:44:09

Morning brew

TimrousBeastie Sat 12-Oct-13 10:03:26

Been directed here through your Facebook page. Where's the best place to get the wool from? I'm in glasgow so if anyone knows any shops here that would be great but can also order online.

Mhw02 Sat 12-Oct-13 10:21:45

TimrousBeastie, I'm in Glasgow too. There's a shop on Dumbarton Road just by Partick train station, which has loads of the Stylecraft Special, they also have a small stock of the James C Brett Pure Merino. John Lewis sells the Debbie Bliss Rialto, and they also have a good stock of Rowan and Sirdar. The Yarn Cake on Queen Margaret Drive specialises in Drops wool, Drops merino is lovely and very reasonably priced. And Fankled Threads on Glasgow Road have a good stock of the James C Brett pure merino.

Online, I've used Deramores and Wool Warehouse. Both have free postage over £25, and Wool Warehouse sell the Stylecraft Special for £1.69 a ball.

TimrousBeastie Sat 12-Oct-13 10:31:34

Perfect thank you.I've only crochet things for my kids and various amigurumi things so have been using wool I get from watt brothers, never needed softer wool before. I like the look of the colour pack from deramores, will go check bank balance before I go crazy with wool.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 12-Oct-13 12:17:18

did I miss the gin? grin

another vote for deramores and wool warehouse smile do sign up for deramores emails or like them on fb if you're going to use them as they always have discount codes, I think it's all dk at the moment.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Oct-13 12:27:45

Deramores are so quick, ordered some stylecraft for a new project we will soon be launching, say no more, Knotty kill me, and it came the next day. Fab.

MrsDeVere Sat 12-Oct-13 12:31:56

This just popped up in Most Active convos

Its so nice to see her name up there.

I miss her. x

TimrousBeastie Sat 12-Oct-13 13:41:00

Wool ordered. Apart from bits that fall off is there anything else I should avoid?

JollyScaryGiant Sat 12-Oct-13 13:45:56

Nothing with too many big holes and white/cream are out. Granny squares have an okay size of holes.

MrsdeVere thanks

Pistey you enigmatic tease grin

I should have a parcel winging its way to you soon.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Oct-13 16:59:06


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Oct-13 17:01:14

Lovely MrsDV - big hugs for you. Thinking of your beautiful Billie. X

I've just been to the yarn shop. What shall I make next? A join-as-you-go granny square blanket or a ripple blanket?

AnyaKnowIt Tue 15-Oct-13 13:08:19

I vote for ripple.

one angel hug in the post

mw02 did that ball of cream arrive? (gets worried again)

Kewcumber Tue 15-Oct-13 13:18:02

MrsDV - I've just finished my Billies Blanket, its for an older boy and is biggish so has taken me a while and because I'm a rubbish knitter I thought of you and Billie and your family quite a bit while I did it so I like to think you are all knitted into my blanket big girly woo-woo nonsense.


Mhw02 Tue 15-Oct-13 14:13:33

Not yet, Anya. Hopefully it's arrived today.

MrsDeVere Tue 15-Oct-13 16:28:03

It sounds beautiful kew.
Just perfect.

(and I am not ignoring the PM thingy. I have been thinking ouch )

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Oct-13 10:37:10

Morning all smile

The collection of Billie's Blankets for Ghana are going to World Child Cancer this afternoon. Have just posted a photo of them on our Facebook page.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A HUGE THANK YOU to all crafters and donors who have made this possible, what an extraordinary response and thing we are all doing here, tis quite overwhelming. May the children who receive them feel the love and comfort, we are quite certain they will.

Thinking of the beautiful, inspirational Billie, and love to MrsDeVere and her family X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 16-Oct-13 12:46:22

And the first of the finished Babette blankets is here, just wow, tis a work of art, huge thanks to Knots X

Am rushing to sew a tag on so it can go today, but will take some quick pics too.

Just wow!

KnottyLocks Wed 16-Oct-13 16:38:00

Huge thanks to everyone. You are fabulous smile thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Oct-13 09:34:26

Morning brew

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Some rather fabulous folk to thank thanks

thanks TeamDragon Soupy and her mum have jointly made four gorgeous blankets, three for children in Bangladesh and one for Yorkhill, they are adorable. TheOldDragon (Soupy said that was OK!!) delivers bags of knitted squares and Soupy beautifully makes them into blankets with the most lovely edging, check them out on Facebook. Soupy - please thank your mum, she is a star, as indeed are you! X thanks

thanks Onewaysystemblues Absolutely lovely purple and silver granny stripe Billie's Blanket, just lovely! Thank you X thanks

Galena's beautiful DD is having her spinal surgery today, her Little Hug is with them, huge thanks to the folk who have sent in separate squares and to those who made extra, she loves it.

thanks EllenJane, SallyBear, RiaOverTheRainbow, PolterGoose, Ruby, BIWI, Soupy, nickelbabe, Tweetinat, Knotty and TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission, and thanks always to the donors.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 22-Oct-13 11:09:54

Blooming stars smile thanks

Still no news from Galena, but her DD was second on the list and went into surgery at about 1.30pm. Will update you when we hear. Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Oct-13 18:03:35

Yes please Ellen, have been thinking about her all day X

Heard from Galena at 7.30. Her DD was out of theatre a 5.20 and back on the ward at 6.00. She's sleeping now, but whinging (Galena's word) whenever she wakes. I guess any idea about outcome may take a while.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Oct-13 21:52:40

Oh so glad to hear she is through the OP, bless her. Step one is done. Hopefully she will sleep well and be brighter tomorrow. Thanks lovely

We got a card from her today, sooooo cute. Will
Post it on FB in the morning. Just needed to hear from them first. Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Oct-13 22:17:41

Couldn't wait, have just posted all the pics now smile

AnyaKnowIt Tue 22-Oct-13 22:20:03

Has my Angel hug turned up?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Oct-13 08:48:44

Yes my lovely and huge thanks thanks

Posted thanks and the photo ( tis perfect) on our Facebook page on 17th, but only just over on the Angel Hug thread. Apologies for the delay of putting it on the thread too, and THANK YOU XX

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

watchingout Wed 23-Oct-13 16:39:31

Hi huggers - newbie in the room..

After lurking on a few threads, and finding the patterns section on the webpage, I have been inspired to get out looking for wool (knitting only atm as I haven't crocheted for <ahem> 30+ years) BUT the only woolshop in my nearest town only stocks King Cole so I though I'd venture further afield to Hobbycraft tomorrow. But they don't stock Stylcraft either shock

So back onto magic of tinterwebby thing to search out mailorder. So where do you vipers lovely huggers get your wool please?


TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 23-Oct-13 16:55:10

deramores and wool warehouse are the ones I use depending on who has what on offer smile If you're going to use deramores like them on fb or sign up for emails as they always have something on offer, they also usually manage next day delivery.

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Oct-13 18:08:05

Welcome, Watchingout smile

Masons work out cheaper than Deramores for Stylecraft if Deramores don't have an offer on.

JollyScaryGiant Wed 23-Oct-13 18:21:51

Sconch textiles are also cheaper than Deramores if there's no offers.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Oct-13 18:42:40

Evening [gin] smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Gorgeous blankets arriving today from the lovely Valerie, two lovely knits for Yorkhill, and one knitted squares joined together for WCC. They are absolutely lovely and already on Facebook. Huge thanks to her thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Oct-13 18:45:51

I was buying stylecraft for the Winston's Wish fundraiser, and was staggered by the difference.

Deramores are now charging £2.09 a ball and £2.95 postage shock Meanwhile, Masons are £1.60 and £1.50 postage big difference int it?

Deramores are very good at getting wool out quickly, Mason's take about a day longer, but even so!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Oct-13 18:47:23

That would be our Christmas Craft Fundraiser for Winston's Wish, if anyone's not seen smile

Knotty, did my babettes get to you? I posted them rather cheekily as a 'large letter' but had trouble fitting them in the post box. blush

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Oct-13 20:32:08

Aha! That's you, is it? grin

I wasn't in so will collect them Friday.

Knotty, if the post office got fussy and charged for insufficient postage, please let me know!

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Oct-13 21:24:57

Let's say a tenner and I'll never mention it again wink


EllenJaneFucker Wed 23-Oct-13 21:55:37

Argh! blush

KnottyLocks Wed 23-Oct-13 22:28:54

Ah no worries. A tenner? I'm pulling your leg grin

EllenJaneFucker Wed 23-Oct-13 22:39:21

Phew! Though, please do let me know if you are charged. I thought I was so clever squeezing it flat into a large letter, then I had to fold it in half to get it through the post box slot, so all the air I'd squeezed out puffed back in! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-Oct-13 08:30:33

Inflatable Babettes. Intriguing.


Morning brew

watchingout Thu 24-Oct-13 19:11:49

Done it - first ever order placed with Deramores grin All geared up now for a wet and windy weekend. Assuming the postie gets through tomorrow or Saturday. I also found a crochet hook last night so cleared out 30 years of brain cobwebs and impressed DD with "one handed knitting" wink

KnottyLocks Fri 25-Oct-13 16:49:42

Five beautiful Babettes arriving today from DancingShoes. [Woolly Star]

Gorgeous range of colours and stitches. Many thanks thanks

Dodgy pic (because of me and the weather, rather than her grin ) now on our FB page.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Fri 25-Oct-13 17:11:05

Glad they arrived ok.

I've got room for my new Stylecraft order now grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-Oct-13 19:17:16

smile I too had a delivery of woolly treasure from our very lovely DancingShoes, sorry for the delay, have just finished uploading photos to Facebook, and it is all truly marvellous, Billie's Blankets and Little Hugs, with an Angel Hug too. thanks

Honestly DancingShoes, you are a bloomin star. THANK YOU X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-Oct-13 11:04:44

Morning brew smile

Two adorable Little Hugs for Yorkhill Children's Hospital arrived just now from the very lovely Woolfey, and made in cotton and fleece, one is a transport print, the other some very cute owls!

Huge thanks to her, they are absolutely lovely, and the pics are already up on Facebook. X

Had to rush the photos, wanted to take them outside as colours better, but was worried they might blow away, tis beginning to get feisty the weather here confused

Mhw02 Sun 27-Oct-13 13:43:54

I love that blanket by DancingShoes with the jaggedy border. So lovely!

Yesterday I went to the HobbyCraft fair at the SECC and got a pack of 10 balls of Cashsoft in Admiral for £19.99! Bargain!

I also found a tiny scrap of just the right colour of Stylecraft at the bottom of my wool bag which allowed me to finish a blanket which had been in limbo for want of such a tiny scrap. Just need to sew in ends and border it now.

I have also just finished two squares with an owl pattern on them for another blanket - one a pink background with a purple owl and one a purple background with a pink owl. The former looks really cute, but the latter looks slightly evil - how? why? I'm afraid it's going in the blanket regardless as it took me four hours to do that one square. (I can now do a plain crochet square in 35 minutes, but my knitting just will not speed up at all...)

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Oct-13 07:00:46

Morning brew

Hope no one has been blown away, and that everyone is OK. Has been bonkers windy and bucketing down here, was worried about my trees but they are still here! Think it is beginning to ease, huzzah.

Arf at evil Owls Mhw02, I'm sure it doesn't! Can't wait to see it now grin


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-Oct-13 07:37:19

Morning smile brew

If anyone has a Babette to post for this coming collection, please PM me for the address, and if possible wait until the deadline (1st Nov) to post as our Knotty is away for a few days. Thank you so much X


watchingout Tue 29-Oct-13 13:30:47

Back online today (smile) after 24hrs+ with no power. Discovered that trying out a new pattern is NOT a good plan in candlelight so stuck to a good old plain square. Haven't been brave enough to look into the knitting bag yet to discover what kind of a mess I made in the dark... blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-Oct-13 07:02:00

Morning, dread to think what kinda mess I'd make!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-Oct-13 19:09:28

Evening wine

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A beautiful Billie's Blanket for a child in Bangladesh coming from Team Peru, a group who trekked the Inca Trail together - MOS, Carine, Katie and Jennifer thanks

Huge thanks to each of them, it really is very lovely. THANK YOU!!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Oct-13 15:21:00

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Two beautiful knitted Billie's Blankets for children in Bangladesh from the very lovely Mrs Baker. Multi coloured stripes, so zingy, just lovely.

Huge thanks to her, just gorgeous thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks