The Woolly Hugs Woolly Pack is now open!

(385 Posts)
KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 12:12:07

Our own virual pub and cosy corner to chat about all things woolly and crafty...and other random woolliness. smile

<cuts ribbon>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 12:17:16

Hello to you Knotty!

<gets behind the bar>

We have a full range of alcoholic beverages, happily lotsa gin and lotsa rum <beams> Non alcoholic bevs too. Huzzah! Something for evvverybody All rather lovely. Smashing range of nibbles too.

Now can I help anyone?

<clatter clatter>

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 12:18:17

And a seriously banging coffee machine [thumbs up]

YeGodsDidTheDrWhoThemeTune Tue 26-Nov-13 12:19:16

Great name!

Mine's a skein of bamboo/silk tops, cheers!

tweetytwat Tue 26-Nov-13 12:20:03

Do you think if someone snogs Tech in the right way, we could get this as a topic that allows pics?

I just pm'd for the current Hug.

YeGodsDidTheDrWhoThemeTune Tue 26-Nov-13 12:20:34

Oh go on then, I'll have an americano. Just one shop and lots of room for milk (2 extra jugs of cold, please).

YeGodsDidTheDrWhoThemeTune Tue 26-Nov-13 12:21:50

Tech might allow pics if we promise not to snog him (or at least promise not to show anyone those pics.)

Ooh - are we going to be knitting/crocheting under the affluence of incahol? Goody! grin

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 12:28:49

We may need to do a Risk Assessment grin

I have assessed it. There will be Risk. End of Risk Assessment. grin

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 12:32:20

Considerably more fun!

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 26-Nov-13 12:39:15

oooh too early for gin? grin or possibly a large pot of tea and naice biscuits <tries to be sensible>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 12:39:46

Never too early for gin Ninja!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 12:40:09

<still clattering>

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 12:45:48

I sure we could manage a few leetle pastries.

Opheliabumps Tue 26-Nov-13 12:47:24

Ooh no, never knit and drink, esp if you're doing a complex pattern. i've lost count of the number of carefully crafted items I've had to unravel as I've gone wrong somewhere after a glass or two of wine.

Strangely, I find the same thing happens when I combine complex knitting with Only Connect grin

Plain knitting only when drinking or thinking is my motto grin

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 12:51:18

Oh yes, the Granny is my fallback tipsy pattern smile

Opheliabumps Tue 26-Nov-13 12:51:24

Are we too early for mince pies/mini stollen bites? I happen to have a box or two if the stollen things stashed away, i highly recommend them.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 12:51:52

I'm not snogging Tech for anything it must be said grin wine

I'll snog Tech. <<takes one for the team>>

GoingGoingToGallifrey Tue 26-Nov-13 12:59:01

<spies cosy armchairs in corner by roaring fire>

Oh yes, that will do lovely. I think this weather calls for a mulled cider, but I may end up with a wavy pattern in my next set of squares.

rubycon Tue 26-Nov-13 13:00:07

I'll have a big one <not fussy>

Opheliabumps Tue 26-Nov-13 13:16:56

Mulled cider? Mmm that sounds nice, what spices do you use? Saw a recipe for hot sloe gin the other day, I'll be giving that a try over Xmas <hic>

Woolfey Tue 26-Nov-13 13:26:54

ooh I'll have a hot winter pimms please, and a hot crumbly mince pie to go with it smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 26-Nov-13 13:28:59

hot sloe gin you say, hmm may have to investigate!

hot chocolate with a dash of rum please! (can only drink on here as breast feeding).

(I imagine the bar to be covered in woolly items, all mugs and glasses have a little woolly cozy on them, woolly cushion covers on all the chairs)

GoingGoingToGallifrey Tue 26-Nov-13 13:52:16

Ophelia, I think it's nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves & allspice (always have to look it up) Hot sloe gin sounds great.

fanjo don't think we'll be short of a coaster here!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 14:33:44

SDTG You are a trooper! Tech is in our bad books for the creaking PM system. We blame him personally

Just baking a fresh batch of mince pies here for everyone, and really fancy a sloe gin or mulled wine. Hot sloe gin does sound luffly!

<throws another log on the fire>

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 15:35:03

Hot sloe gin??? Oooooooo

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Tue 26-Nov-13 16:11:08

pre-sent (in Len voice)

Evening batman! A pint of your finest please!

Barman! FFS!

SoupDragon Tue 26-Nov-13 16:56:42

<<wonders which of the two first posters is Kat and which is Alfe>>

Offer a free Red lippy and see who pops up first!

Although, Alfie leaves the Vic soon. Danny dyer is the new LL! <stenders geek>

SoupDragon Tue 26-Nov-13 17:09:17

I'm not an Eastenders geek and even I knew that smile

So, Alfie will be out of a job...

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 17:13:57

I claim that red lippy! grin

SoupDragon Tue 26-Nov-13 17:15:00


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 17:27:59

Oh sad

As always too slow!

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 17:28:33


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 17:28:49

Does that mean I have to be the bloke?

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 17:30:43

Yep, or Babs Windsor.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 17:31:18


It does, doesn't it?!

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Nov-13 17:31:35

I shan't even mention Phil Mitchell.

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

Oooooooo, there's a thought

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 17:33:40

HOWL at x post!


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 17:34:14

<hoiks Babs size norks, cackles and gets behind bar>

GetOnYourDancingShoes Tue 26-Nov-13 17:41:20

Did someone mention winter Pimms? <hopeful>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 17:47:13

Yy!! Winter Pimms! <slurp> Mulled Wine <slurrrrp> and warm sloe gin<slllllllllluuuuuurrrrrrppppp>

Shhhhhmashhhhhimggg <beams>

Don't forget it's all abaht faaaaammmmmmmmillllllaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy Pistey!

BellaVita Tue 26-Nov-13 18:07:59

Never had winter pimms, summer pimms yes, winter pimms no...

Hello grin

Mhw02 Tue 26-Nov-13 18:22:54

Hello, I should like a sangria, please (stubbornly in denial over the fact it's winter and what I really need is a hot chocolate.)

Jacksmania Tue 26-Nov-13 18:25:50

This is lovely! Have you got anything with maple syrup in it, or on it? No? Not to worry, I brought some.

<plunks small vat of Canadian maple syrup on bar>

It might come in handy for those crocheting/knitting all-nighters, because we'll need breakfast in the morning grin

watchingout Tue 26-Nov-13 18:34:53

wine<Crashes through bearing gifts of raspberry vodka> wine

BellaVita Tue 26-Nov-13 18:39:02

I have had a delivery of woolly wool today, DS1 not impressed with the names of the colours... grin why can't they call it deep pink mum instead of pomegranate? <stabshimwiththeneedles> god he has no imagination!

Helloooo! Can I have a bottle of Bud please?

Got a wool delivery today, some chunky is sage for a long cardigan and a ball of sock wool. I am currently working on a pair of socks for my husband. I think it is going to be very slow progress, there are 6 cables on it! And then once I am doing the main leg bit there will be 12

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Nov-13 20:29:41

oooooo proper Canadian maple syrup for the morning. Smashing!

Ah pomegranate, now there is a family favourite! Arf at DS1 Bella He'd better get used to this, now you have embraced the Woolly Side!


Cheers all

KnottyLocks Wed 27-Nov-13 08:14:00

Morning! brew

<lights fire>

<cranks up coffee machine>

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Nov-13 08:47:51

<Sets about making bacon sandwiches with vegetarian option>

<plonks brown sauce on counter> smile
<with ketchup for those inclined> hmm

Morning brew

SoupDragon Wed 27-Nov-13 08:59:00

I haven't had a yarn delivery for days! I'm beginning to get twitchy.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 27-Nov-13 09:12:36

ooh bacon butties with brown sauce on white bread, what could be better! I may be the old crone permanently propping up the bar at this rate grin

I have a long wish list for yarn but it'll be a while till I can order any and I keep seeing ideas for new projects argh

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Nov-13 09:36:06

<stokes Soupy's hair>

Ninja - you and me both love grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Nov-13 09:36:57

arf at stokes, I'll do that and stroke Knotty's fire grin

Feck not woken up yet!

SoupDragon Wed 27-Nov-13 09:45:38

Well, I guess I am a fiery dragon...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Nov-13 12:26:48


<saying nowt>

watchingout Wed 27-Nov-13 16:09:34

Chuck another log on... Is it time for cakebrew?

Soddit.. break out the wine

HorsesDogsNails Wed 27-Nov-13 16:17:46

Are dogs allowed in? Only I could drop in for a swifty while walking him iykwim...... smilesmile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Nov-13 17:33:59

Need. Gin.

There isn't enough wine for me right now.


Argh, how do you do the teeny TM??

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Nov-13 17:56:37

<clatters behind the bar>

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

Tis to start you off lovely X Sorry you had a shocker sad

Let me know when you need a top up X

Same agin please

KnottyLocks Wed 27-Nov-13 18:06:22

I may have drunk too much coffee today. I have been a most hectic colleague grin

KitchenCrochet™ time.

Don't mock me knotty, with your teeny TM
<wails drunkenly>

Playgroup committee meeting is tonight <wails more> I do the minutes.

Upside is, it's in the pub! Minutes may not make much sense!

SoupDragon Wed 27-Nov-13 18:35:07

Today I have got stuck up a tree, climbed another rather more successfully and started my Christmas pudding.

But have done no crochet blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Nov-13 18:51:49



And then falls off bar stool thinking of Soupy stuck up a tree.

I really am having a gin.

watchingout Wed 27-Nov-13 19:10:58

On the last row of my first ever Ripple Blanket grin cheers all wine

watchingout Wed 27-Nov-13 19:32:08

Just had to unpick confusedconfused

atomicyoghurt Wed 27-Nov-13 19:40:24

Evenin' all, first time in the pack.

Gin you say?

any of that syrup left?

Just starting a Chrimble scarf for sil and wouldn't say no to some cockle warming x

Had wine, no longer care about teeny TM <actshully sozzled>

Wolfcub Wed 27-Nov-13 21:10:19

evening all. wine

Jacksmania Wed 27-Nov-13 22:58:07

<passes genuine Canadian maple syrup to atomic>

Glaikit, love, how did those minutes turn out? grin

Am on holiday ATM, somewhere warm and lush and tropical [rubbing it in emoticon], will pop in after dinner probably equally sozzled as the lovely Glaikit grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Nov-13 10:37:41

Think I have one of those silent migraines today - you know flickery flick wobbly lines, I do get occasionally. Not vey helpful must be said.

<walks into wall>

Jacksmania Thu 28-Nov-13 12:51:46

Aww Pistey love sad
<leads Pistey to a quiet room with a soft couch, pillows, appropriately dim light and a drinks cart of requirement>

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 28-Nov-13 20:25:52

it was all those labels Pistey flashing past your eyes smile hope you're feeling better now thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Nov-13 20:38:57

Tis when I do too much on the computer I think, I don't know how folk manage who spend all day on screens, was bad this morn and is creeping back now, so I shall stop! Lovely to meet you Ninja, and huge thanks for all the labels. Hugs are all packed up and ready to go first thing X

Would have a gin, but might go to bed!

Didn't need minutes, was planning the Christmas fair. Bossy mcbosserson took over so I only needed to write names of attendees and drink my wine! Must ask what stall I was put on!!

Jacksmania Fri 29-Nov-13 00:30:45

What, you don't remember? Too much wine, I think grin

KnottyLocks Fri 29-Nov-13 08:25:58

Tis FRIDAY!!!!

<happy little dance>

SoupDragon Fri 29-Nov-13 09:23:57

I have a few finishing touches to put to my Winston's Wish parcel and then it should be on its way smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 30-Nov-13 08:31:38


SoupDragon Sat 30-Nov-13 08:49:23



RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 30-Nov-13 11:05:30

ooooooo, nearly wine

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 11:57:26

Huh... is PM not working? I just tried to PM NinjaGoose to ask if she'd share the pattern for the bobbley blanket and every time I touch "send", nothing happens.
It is NinjaGoose, right? Am I missing part of her posting name? blush

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 12:03:21

Dear Ninja,
Pistey suggested I PM you and ask if you followed a pattern for the bobble blanket you made for Woolly Hugs. It's just lovely, and DS saw it when I was looking at it and asked if I could make him one like it [eeek].
If you have a pattern, could I ask you to PM it to me or post it on the FB page or the Woolly Pack thread? I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to have it thanks.
Thank you in advance thanks

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 12:14:49

Oh for FUCK's sake!!!!!! I meant to c&p this into a new PM.
Too much tequila last night.

Do you have Bloody Marys in the UK or is that a North American thing? If it is, I'll explain - if not, ignore me grin
So a Bloody Mary is tomato juice and vodka, variously spicy. In Canada we also have Bloody Caesars, which is vodka and Clamato (a tomato and clam juice mix). Typing clam juice actually makes me <boak>, I don't know how exactly one juices a clam and I don't want to know.
Clamato isn't as thick as tomato juice and it comes in mild and spicy. Most Canadians I know prefer Bloody Caesars.
Anyway, long story short - DH went to Arizona with his friends for his birthday, and they had this thing on the drinks menu called a Bloody Jesus (it should have the little accent over the E but I can't find it on my phone). So DH asked and it's tomato juice and tequila, which we've turned into Clamato and tequila and we've named it a Dirty Caesar. And we had a few last night.
No headache, thank goodness, just a little fuzzy-headed and slow.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sun 01-Dec-13 13:13:54

Jacksmania pattern is here for the bobble spiral, do watch your tension on the ch4 between bobbles, they need to be quite loose (I found for my tension) or you end up with a fried egg effect blanket like mine and for the border I did a round of treble clusters in the gaps and then worked a round of half trebles and a round of slip stitch with a picot but obviously you can finish it however you like smile

we do have bloody marys in the UK, I think I'll give the clam juice a miss if that's ok though grin

KnottyLocks Sun 01-Dec-13 13:39:20

Poor little clams sad

SuperNappy Sun 01-Dec-13 13:47:53

Basically every bookmark on my phone's browser is a crochet pattern and you lot keep linking more!! Now I just need to convince both my children to sleep at the same time so I have opportunity to crochet. <Yawn>

SoupDragon Sun 01-Dec-13 14:11:48

Clam juice is the strained liquid of shucked clams. Nothing more.

So, basically clam stock. Mmmm. [barf]

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 15:26:35

Oh, lovely Ninja, THANK YOU!! DS will be very happy thanks.
He was never much into blankets or stuffies when he was tiny because I was his stuffie and his blankie, he was attached to my boob for just about ever but now he loves blankets and cuddly stuffies and has been asking me to make him a blanket since I started working on Woolly Hugs. But the bobble blanket really appealed to him!

Just one question, how do you do a picot? When you described how to do the trim?

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 15:27:55

Oh EEEEWWW!!! Clam stock <barf>.

How does something that tastes so good sound so vile???

Tequila <boak> And tommy juice <double boak> is a Bloody Maria here. Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce optional <loses dinner completely>

In better news IT IS CHRISTMAS, tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 19:10:04

Well, it's the month in which Christmas happens, not to split hairs or anything grin

So what's your favourite drink then?

I don't much care for tequila normally. And tomato juice by itself is boak-worthy. But Clamato is a completely different story, it really is. Come visit me some time and I'll prove it you grin

Nope! Nothing on this earth would get me drinking tomato juice! I used to boak just serving it in the bar I worked in!

My favourite is jack Daniels, usually with coke, however recently discovered it's good with apple juice! Toying with warming the juice and chucking a cinnamon stick in seeing as it is the "festive season" tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin tchgrin

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sun 01-Dec-13 19:21:23

Jacksmania the picot on this blanket (as can also be worked with uk dc) was, sl st in each of next 3 st, in the 4th st: sl st, ch3, sl st and repeat all the way round smile Both my boys had blankies or mussies and always looked so sweet hmm dragging them around, the girls were never interested.

it can't be christmas yet, I'm not ready <wails> where did that gin go because I'm not touching clam snot tchgrin

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 19:26:32

Thank you so much, lovely Ninja! I'll look at it properly once I'm sober again tomorrow tropical holiday, it's not my fault, DH keeps feeding me drinks grin

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 19:28:34

Glaikit, far be it from me to force anyone to drink anything they hate! Apple juice and Jack Daniels is known as an Apple Jack here. I drank a few of those in my younger days suspects she is a few years older than the lovely GF

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 19:29:21

but I'm really immature so hopefully we could still hang out grin

Don't be so sure jacks! And if you are I can guarantee you are bendier than me! So we are equal!

Jacksmania Sun 01-Dec-13 20:15:33


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 02-Dec-13 06:53:09

Big coffee please brew brew brew brew brew brew

Oooooooooooo! fgrin

SoupDragon Mon 02-Dec-13 07:15:39

Tough morning already then...?

GoingGoingGoth Mon 02-Dec-13 07:58:21

<grabs big mug on way past> ahhhh

KnottyLocks Mon 02-Dec-13 08:11:31

Hooooooge coffee needed.

SoupDragon Mon 02-Dec-13 09:12:51

Kids in school? Check.
Mug of tea? Check.
Carmel waffle balanced precariously on top of mug to warm? Check.


JollySeriousGiant Mon 02-Dec-13 10:43:22

Huge coffee consumed. Baby off for a nap. I've a very long list of jobs to do and when I'm finished I can crochet! Toast first though I think.

I'm illing. Joys of having a toddler, the sharing of bugs envy <sick face

Jacksmania Mon 02-Dec-13 11:53:40

Ugh @ being ill sad

Neeeeeeed coooooofffeeeee...

GetOnYourDancingShoes Mon 02-Dec-13 13:10:03

<Grabs a large coffee and plonks arse on sofa>

Why did I think it was a good idea to knit socks for DS3's partner? (note to self - his height should have given you a clue that he would have enormous feet!)

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 02-Dec-13 22:02:06

Oh poor thing Fizzy sad

Night-cap anyone?
<Plonks down next to Dancing Shoes>

SoupDragon Tue 03-Dec-13 08:28:14

[beverage of your choice]

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 03-Dec-13 10:24:15

large pot of tea for me please <plonks bum down and refuses to move>

I've had a couple of days off from all things woolly so need to get a move on and actually start getting christmassy stuff finished smile

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Dec-13 11:21:53

Morning! brew

Frizzin here today.

So much to do, so little time. <ignores messy house>

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Dec-13 11:32:22


There's no photo option on this thread.

Jacksmania Tue 03-Dec-13 11:33:38

It's lovely and warm here, but I have no wool with me actually considered taking some but DH looked at me like I was a madwoman and TBH it wouldn't run through my fingers well, it's quite humid here. So I'm living vicariously through you all.

<offers tropical beverage of choice>

SoupDragon Tue 03-Dec-13 11:37:55

Stylecraft performs abominably in humid conditions.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Dec-13 11:43:05

I believe our test proved it squeaked did it not?

Jacksmania Tue 03-Dec-13 11:50:43

So there you go, common sense at workgrin

SoupDragon Tue 03-Dec-13 11:53:21

Yes, it was squeaky and nasty.

Next year's test will be Rico Creative Cotton grin

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Dec-13 14:29:30

New thread to publicise the craft sale is here if anyone would like to help us keep it bumped smile

KnottyAndPistey Tue 03-Dec-13 15:26:33


As long as we don't have to do fish puns like the running thread fgrin

SoupDragon Tue 03-Dec-13 15:30:48

You've cod to be joking

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Dec-13 15:31:56

And so it begins grin

KnottyLocks Tue 03-Dec-13 15:51:29

Webchat with Debbie Bliss tomo!


And where am I? At work. Booooooooooooo

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 04-Dec-13 10:29:25

Lovely Debbie Bliss will be at MNHQ at lunchtime today for a web chat, and to pass on the blankets she is so kindly donating to us. There is a competition on the thread to post pics of knitting and crochet designs before Friday 6th at 10am. Woolly Huggers are THE BEST, be lovely if one of us can win!!

see here!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 04-Dec-13 10:29:40

Big booooooooooo Knots sad

SoupDragon Wed 04-Dec-13 10:58:32

I can't think of anything to put on that thread smile Probably because i finish so little!

watchingout Wed 04-Dec-13 16:49:11

Popping in for a bit for a cuppa, a warm at the fire and a sneaky packet of Jaffa Cakes Shitty day at work. Need a project on my knees and some time for mind-wandering.....

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 04-Dec-13 21:35:37

Teaching DD to crochet. She's making a gift for her friend. Mine's a neat English Gin!

KnitActually Wed 04-Dec-13 21:44:32

Hello smile I've been practising squares so that I'm ready to start helping out on here... but I've just seen this thread:

I don't konw if they would like a wooly hug, but thought I would alert you generous folks

KnitActually Wed 04-Dec-13 21:51:25

Oh could I also ask which of the blankets are still taking donations? thank you

KnottyLocks Fri 06-Dec-13 07:31:44

Welcome aboard, Knit.

As the big Woolly hug blankets go, we're working on one for Superman. I'll post a link when I'm not on the phone.

watchingout Fri 06-Dec-13 13:36:24

Anyone for a swift lunchtime "sesh"? <nips behind bar brandishing the gin bottle for Knotty and Pistey>

Congratulations Ladies! Great effort this morning fgrin

KnottyLocks Fri 06-Dec-13 13:50:35



And thanks. Just the next 2 days of it to go......

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 06-Dec-13 17:49:12

We are absolutely zorsted!!!



RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 06-Dec-13 17:50:06

I'd like a squashy arm chair and some sloe gin next to the fire.

KnottyLocks Fri 06-Dec-13 18:11:08

I am next to the fire having a slurp... for the next 20 minutes!

watchingout Fri 06-Dec-13 18:18:32

Budge up... Room for small one wink Need a bit of "me time" before feeding the masses. Actually its only me and DS1 at home at the mo, which is really unusual. And quite nice. He is normally lurking in his room or away at college but is being sociable creeping cos he thinks he has accidentally bought a car on EBay and needs help shock

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 06-Dec-13 19:05:12

I raise a glass of Glayva to Pistey, knotty, Debbie Bliss and all the bodies involved in the craft sale.



Someone mention Glayva, don't mind if I do!

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 06-Dec-13 19:33:53

Would you like that with ginger, Glaikit, or neat?

Glayva is on my Christmas shopping list. I suspect I will be the only one who wants to drink it oh dear how sad what a pity never mind! fgrin

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 06-Dec-13 20:01:37

However will you manade STD?

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 06-Dec-13 20:02:45

Er...I meant manage...and...SDT. blush

Neat! Great if you've got a sore throat!

BIWI Fri 06-Dec-13 20:11:53

Bloody hell! Here you are, running a bar and everything, and you didn't tell me about it!

<stamps feet petulantly>

I will cope heroically, yegods - be that is the sort of Amazingly Strong Woman that I am. Modest too! fgrin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 06-Dec-13 22:34:15

Oh, she found us fsad

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 06-Dec-13 22:42:10


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 06-Dec-13 22:59:12



BIWI Fri 06-Dec-13 23:20:58

I've drunk all your gin while you were auctioning btw

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Dec-13 00:35:46

Sad times, BIWI.

<restocks bar! doubles trebles gin order>

SuperNappy Sat 07-Dec-13 07:36:32

I'm going out today sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Dec-13 07:53:25

That will possibly see us through this morning Fizzy...

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Dec-13 07:55:01

Oh sad SuperNappy, I'm going to miss it too


KnottyLocks Sat 07-Dec-13 08:24:10

Morning! fgrin

<orders more gin>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Dec-13 09:45:54

considerably more..

Those robins know how to party


<plants juniper trees and builds distillery> do you distill gin??

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 07-Dec-13 12:32:15

<slurps gin from robin mug> or at least I will when I can find a robin mug got to keep those who produce gin in business <helpful>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Dec-13 14:51:00

Knotty and I are incoming - I'm going to have mulled wine I think by the fire, then a snooze in the squashy chair.

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Dec-13 15:23:12

<slumps into woolly stash>

YOu do realise mulling wine drastically reduces the alcohol content, don't you?

SoupDragon Sat 07-Dec-13 16:54:50

Not if you add a shed load bit of brandy after mulling.


KnottyLocks Sat 07-Dec-13 19:12:26

Or rum!

SoupDragon Sat 07-Dec-13 19:17:45

The last of my Antiguan rum went in my Christmas pudding...

watchingout Sun 08-Dec-13 16:34:46

The tree is up! Sherry anyone? Need to sit back and survey and spend the evening adjusting baubles

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Dec-13 12:43:21

Just lighting the fire and putting a brew on. Mince pie, stollen bite anyone?

Am waiting in for UPS to come and collect the Little Hugs for Yorkhill, screamed around this morning to be back for 12, but have this feeling they will come just before 5pm. I have promised myself that I will be purposeful.

So far, that ain't happening!


SuperNappy Tue 17-Dec-13 13:04:13

I have finished all my Christmas projects apart from an infnity scarf that I'm plodding away with. Woolly square for superman will be picked up again shortly and posted within deadline. I don't fancy braving the post office again until after Christmas now. I have a sparkly little hug on the go too, but it's slow going and will take a while to finish.

I think I'm pretty much going to take a break from projects at the moment and concentrate on learning to knit and maybe Tunisian crochet too, while I have DH home splitting the childcare.

KnottyLocks Tue 17-Dec-13 16:47:10

<flops on sofa>

Just the family Christmas woolly stuff to do now!

Good grief. fconfused

Mhw02 Tue 17-Dec-13 18:20:32

Have finished 7 squares of a blanket for a friend's baby, who is due this week(!) I'm working on the presumption that I won't see the baby till after Christmas, and that come this weekend I'll have loads of time to finish the blanket (I have two assignments to hand in before then, so can't do any more this week - am typing whilst composing a speech about islands in my head and worrying that I don't know anything about reflecting on the role of Mary in the Roman Catholic tradition!)

Am a bit unsure about the blanket - it's going to be gorgeous if the baby's a girl, but if it's a boy I'm worried it won't be quite right!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Dec-13 21:39:40

Hope all goes well Mhw smile

<falls asleep on sofa>

KnottyLocks Wed 18-Dec-13 21:13:09

I feel it must be wine time. [thumbs up]

BIWI Wed 18-Dec-13 21:32:13

[double thumbs up]

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 21-Dec-13 15:41:15

Am supposed to be assessing Christmas shopping and starting wrapping. But just lit the fire and am watching the Great Train robbery.

DH is just making mulled wine if anyone would like one?

Hosting inlaw Christmas here tomorrow , so should also be tidying and stuff but have lost my oomph.

Hopefully I shall find it soon wine

Woolfey Sat 21-Dec-13 18:07:32

<Pulls up a chair by the fire next to Pistey and orders herself a large mulled wine from Pistey's DH>
I'm hosting in law Christmas today. It was my DM & DB last weekend and DSD the weekend before that so by the time I get to real Christmas it will be Christmas number 4!
Thankfully I love Christmas so I'm not Christmassed out yet fsmile.
Could I have a snowy icing sugared mince pie with my mulled wine too please?

KnottyLocks Tue 24-Dec-13 08:25:10

Yy to mulled wine <slurp>

<hookity hookity hook>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 24-Dec-13 09:01:16

<slurps on cafetiere with straw>

All done, save direct family wrapping, which all needs doing, and which will be me in the middle of the night as always. Every year, I think I will be more organised the following year, and it never happens.

I suspect it never will fgrin

Oooo and the cake needs icing, but DS does that , he loves to stick every single decoration we have on, and then it ends up looking like a rave. Love it.

And, we are out today, going up Big London, DH has planned a treat (awww) but is now fretting at the lack of trains. Think they start again at 10. There is a definite time frame to his plan, so it must be a theatre/cinema??

Need to shift my arse, that's for sure.

Maybe one more brew

Hellooooooo all Woollyy people - and apologies for my continued absence from t'pub.

Good luck with your trip to That Lunnon, Pistey - sounds intriguing! But please don't get jealous when I tell you about our family outing for Christmas Eve. The EvilWolef family will be going to the dentist, for our annual check-ups. There - I knew you'd envy me!

I am well into my list of things to be done - the stock is bubbling gently away, the milk for the bread sauce is infusing, and the gammon is boiling in its cider and spices. That just leaves eleventy-thousand more things to do. Le sigh.

I hope all the woolly people are safe and warm and no-one has been blown away by the storms.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hello all! Not been in for ages!!

Not done any wrapping of presents at all, but only have about 4 to do anyway so won't take long! Tomorrow's dinner is sorted, got our pizza's and garlic bread yesterday. Need to do a bit of hoovering up and that is it really!

Will get some beers in the fridge to have tonight I think!

Oh and I plan tomorrow to get some new granny squares done to finally make a start on one for MN Woolly Hugs!

Mhw02 Tue 24-Dec-13 10:28:24

Today I need to collect my gran's Christmas present from the florist, buy almonds and icing sugar and eggs, marzipan and ice the cake, wrap mum's Christmas presents (as in the ones she's giving to people, not the ones I've bought for her - I did my present wrapping last night), post the last lot of Christmas cards, lay the table for tomorrow, and then I'm singing the psalm at midnight mass. And there was me planning a nice relaxing Christmas Eve!

We're completely disorganised this year. We've not even got the tree up. My mum's been in hospital for the past three weeks, she's only just home, so things have been rather chaotic and we've just not got round to it. I'm afraid I'm feeling a bit Bah Humbug this year!

HoggyTruffle Tue 24-Dec-13 16:04:59

Merry Christmas to one and all. It's very peaceful here after a wild and windy night and the DC are playing together nicely (it will never last). I have even remembered to defrost the turkey. fgrin

I'm planning to open a nice bottle of fizz later so cheers!

Jacksmania Tue 24-Dec-13 16:32:26

Merry Christmas everyone!!
I'm hoping to have time to sew together the flower for Superman's blanket later if my fingers are working after some lovely bubbly before we go to MIL's for dinner. How lucky am I, she's doing the entire meal, all I had to bring was dessert! I made Key Lime pie cheesecake. Mmmmmm...

KnottyLocks Tue 24-Dec-13 23:54:51

Love and light to all x

May your Christmas be a lovely one.

<still hooking>

BIWI Wed 25-Dec-13 00:02:50

Happy Christmas everyone, whether you're a knitter or a hooker!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 25-Dec-13 00:10:13

Think we've finally finished for tonight. Possibly. Hopefully fsmile DH on the whiskey, spiced rum for moi.

And it's Christmas Day already.

Love to all this Christmas time, big hugs from me too

Pistey. Xx

Merry Christmas all. grin

Off to bed as DS will have us all up at sparrow fart including his big sisters. Why do teenagers sleep the clock round every day except Christmas and birthdays?

Merry Christmas!

I have already done a bit of knitting and my husband said ;are you going to knit all day?' I said 'no, I am going to do some crochet too!'

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I know, I thought what an odd question!! Nothing on TV, none of my presents are the sort that can be used so if I am not knitting then I would be literally doing nothing or going in my room to read!!

Happy Browsing! Never ordered from Black Sheep Wools but I do always look there when I am ready for ordering!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KnottyLocks Thu 26-Dec-13 09:47:35

Espresso, lots of.


SuperNappy Thu 26-Dec-13 11:42:51

Lots of Stylecraft ordered from Sconch Textiles. Much stripey-ness will be created. I'm a happy hooker today!

If we could put pictures on this thread, I would put up a picture of the dinosaur I knitted to go in dh's stocking. If any of you get Knit Now magazine, it is the one from this month's insert - if knot, it is this one. His name is Cedric, and dh says he is his favourite present. fgrin

Oh - and I forgot to say - happy slightly belated christmas to you all!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 26-Dec-13 12:02:41

Happy Boxing Day woollies!! fsmile
Hope everyone had a lovely day yesterday that will be matched by another today.

<sets about making bacon sandwiches>

brew <slurrrrp>

happy erm . . . weekend grin

loving Cedric! Ds2 was not impressed with the fingerless mitts I knitted him hmm so he's still wearing dd2's that he pinched a couple of weeks ago

any bacon left pistey?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 29-Dec-13 00:22:37

Just contemplating whether to join DH in a nightcap or just shuffle off to bed.

Decisions, decisions. smile

MOSagain Wed 01-Jan-14 08:01:49

Happy new year

KnottyLocks Wed 01-Jan-14 13:57:00

Happy New Year, lovely woolly folks- smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 02-Jan-14 03:29:56

Happy New Year lovely Knots smile

Finally time for Sherlock here. wine

WhoremoaneeGrainger Sat 04-Jan-14 12:19:13

Belated Happy New Year to all the Wooly people.

I just need to tell everyone this. Lovely, lovely DH and Dd bought me a fabtabulous book for Christmas. A whole book of Christmas decorations to knit and crochet. They also bought me some wool in some of the required colours. So this week i have knitted: A Christmas tree egg cosy, a snowman, a wreath, and four padded hearts. Am a little way into a Reindeer. Roll on this year's charity auction, shall have some lovely christmassy things to donate!!!


(Can you tell i'm chuffed?)

KnottyLocks Sat 04-Jan-14 18:11:55

Ooooooooooooooo that is indeed fabularse! grin

WhoremoaneeGrainger Sat 04-Jan-14 22:37:05

I know. DH is back to work Monday, DD school on Tuesday, so am going to try and crack something other than granny squares on the crochet this space confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 05-Jan-14 10:37:52

Well I'm chuffed too!!!!!!

Totally fablarse!!!! fgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrinfgrin

Crack on lovely Whore!!

Now that does sound a bit fhmm


WhoremoaneeGrainger Sun 05-Jan-14 21:58:15

grin........Will try Pistey.

Sillybillybob Mon 06-Jan-14 10:07:36

Oof... Right... I finally have "some" time, DS has fewer hospital trips (it's me, Trazzle) and I'm hoping to actually help out this year by contributing the odd square.

I've got yarn on the way and I've also ordered a book with some different granny squares in so fingers crossed...

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 06-Jan-14 10:36:07

You my lovely are a star! thanks

And the most enormous yaaaayyyy to fewer hospital trips Xx

Sillybillybob Mon 06-Jan-14 11:06:54

Not a star yet!!! Maybe if I ever get a square sent in......... grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-Jan-14 07:47:29


Morning brew

<clatters around making bacon sandwiches for all with vegetarian option>

<Checks for BIWI>

<and low carb version>


Sillybillybob Fri 10-Jan-14 08:58:35

Bah I'm trying to lose weight here Pistey!

BIWI Fri 10-Jan-14 13:34:08

You rang ... ?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-Jan-14 14:17:23

No hiding is there?

BIWI Fri 10-Jan-14 17:03:43

Oh no grin

KnottyLocks Fri 10-Jan-14 17:53:06

Oh thank crunchie it's Friday!

<slumps on cosy chaise>

Opheliabumps Fri 10-Jan-14 21:37:59

pistey, knotty I have a question for you.

As part of my new year declutter, I've found 2 pram blankets my mum knitted for my twins. One is 21" square, one is 21x25", they're both cream, and in lovely condition, as I suspect I lost them in the back of the wardrobe before they'd been used much.

Can you use them as little hugs? As they're cream I doubt they're suitable for angel hugs, but if you can make use of them at all I'll send them over. Don't worry if not, they can go into the charity shop instead, they won't be wasted.

Right, duty done, back to my Friday evening ritual of too much wine and slobbing on the sofa grin

KnottyLocks Fri 10-Jan-14 22:22:59

Hello, my lovely.

Thank you for the thought: we'll gratefully accept them if you've happy to send them. Thank you x

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-Jan-14 17:23:31

Yes, thank you lovely Ophelia X

WhoremoaneeGrainger Thu 16-Jan-14 13:49:01

Ladies, I'm sure I saw a new blanket request on FB, but I cant find a thread??? It was for DutchOma?

Woolfey Thu 16-Jan-14 14:19:43
KnottyLocks Fri 17-Jan-14 23:03:11

Very sadly , it's for our own Oma. X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 18-Jan-14 08:48:01

Bless her heart sad

Morning all

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 19-Jan-14 17:36:57

<lights fire>

<Makes tea and crumpets>

Jacksmania Wed 22-Jan-14 23:59:15

I'm being a complete nincompoop... I seem to be unable to find the thread for DutchOma's blanket. Can anyone help?


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Jan-14 06:00:26
KnottyLocks Thu 23-Jan-14 07:09:27

Morning brew

So blumming dark out there.

Jacksmania Thu 23-Jan-14 15:55:50

Thanks Pistey - just wanted to say I posted off my squares on Tuesday.

Ugh, it's chilly and foggy here today. I am so tired this week!! brew, anyone?

On the upside, DS's blanket is coming along. I posted a pic on the MN Yarnaholics FB page.

Woolfey Fri 24-Jan-14 10:57:34

There is a MN Yarnaholics FB page? Why does no-one tell me these things!

<scuttles off to investigate>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 24-Jan-14 14:20:07

I've just tried to add you and failed sad I'm thinking...

Jacksmania Fri 24-Jan-14 18:09:54

I think only the admins can add people?

watchingout Fri 24-Jan-14 18:28:57

Well I got in and nobody knows me wink Is it too early for wine?

KnottyLocks Fri 24-Jan-14 18:42:13

Never wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 27-Jan-14 15:07:45

Ever wine

KnottyLocks Wed 29-Jan-14 20:55:58

Ever wine wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 30-Jan-14 06:22:12



wine Ever

PastaandCheese Tue 04-Feb-14 09:24:39

Is there a space where I can rest my bouncy birth ball for a bit please?

I have started mat leave for real today (as in DD has gone to nursery school so I'm all alone in peace) and I'm sitting, watching period drama and crocheting squares for DutchOma's blanket.

I can only ever manage a couple of squares because a/ I'm a crap crafter and b/ I have an inconvenient job that requires me to work far too hard so I never have very much time. I've always wanted to spend the day sitting and knitting and here I am!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Feb-14 17:59:38

There most definitely is! Happy Days smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Feb-14 18:00:30

Announcing the Woolly Hugs' Valentine's Day Yarn Bomb Challenge 2014

Make something (any size) to celebrate Valentine's Day THIS FRIDAY, leave it in a public place, photograph, send us the photo either on our FB page or email to by the end of Saturday 15th.


There will be prizes!
<by then we'll have thought of prizes>

Give it a go and Good Luck!!


Jacksmania Tue 11-Feb-14 18:32:18

Awww maaaaaaaaaannnnn!!!! You had to come up with a yarn bomb challenge on the busiest week of my entire existence angry.

Work today. All day.
Work tomorrow morning, then rush home, wrap DS's presents, pick him up, and make a GAZILLION heart-shaped cupcakes for...
DS's birthday on Thursday - work most of day, rush to meet him and DH and MIL for dinner...
Friday, volunteer at his school for Valentine's Day.
Saturday - TWO birthday parties. DS's party and one other.
Sunday - another birthday party.

Sunday eve - collapse with bottle of wine.

I don't think I'll have tiiiiiiiiiiiime!!! <wails>

ScienceRocks Tue 11-Feb-14 19:16:39

Just seen a plea for crafters and donors for a blanket on fb, but can't find it on here. Can someone help me please? I have recently taken up knitting and would love to contribute.

PastaandCheese Tue 11-Feb-14 19:18:03

It's in chat at the moment science.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Feb-14 22:41:54

Thank you Science the thread is here

Jacksmania Wed 12-Feb-14 18:24:52

Morning brew.
(Morning here. Possibly wineo'clock for the rest of you.) Could use some of that today.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Feb-14 06:55:47

Morning Jacks brew

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 14-Feb-14 17:36:54

Just attempted to send a couple of pics of my year bomb. Hope it arrives ok. Thanks for the impetus to have a go, I never would have dared to do it if you hadn't laid down the gauntlet! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Feb-14 07:46:58

Loved it yegods!

yegodsandlittlefishes Sat 15-Feb-14 09:57:50

I don't know how it ended up as a bag. It was intended to be a big blanket/hanging but my laptop died so I couldn't use a pattern. A few too many stitches and not enough time to redo meant it curled up around the edges, so I just went with that! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 16-Feb-14 09:12:20

I swear the best things just happen like that grin

You been back? Any sweets left?!

yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 16-Feb-14 12:48:03

Hope to fit in a walk today between making a rainbow birthday cake and b'day girl arriving home! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 16-Feb-14 13:06:28

Yegods - you need to check out our Woolly Hugs Facebook page grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 16-Feb-14 13:51:57

LOL! Congrats to the winner for the fabulous statue adornment - inspired! :D
Thank you for the fun, ladies, and runner-uppership. smile (I don't want to give my MN identity away on facebook too blatantly, so won't comment, hope that will be ok.)

HoggyTruffle Tue 18-Feb-14 19:52:43

Thank you for the runner up yarn bomb prize! The resident chocolate hoovers have helped me eat the prize. grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Tue 18-Feb-14 19:57:11

Thank you! Mine arrived today as well. I've come away to the sea and left it behind though.

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 20-Feb-14 10:26:09

Can anyone share a link to a good croshet pattern for a lily in/on a 6" square? I have a waterlily and lily of the valley and I meant the other kind (not cala lily). Ideally with a yellow stamen centre, then dark pink, light pink, cream edge to each of 6 petals. I am itching to get started on one and I can almost design it in my head but the size of the petals makes it a bit daunting.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 26-Feb-14 06:50:19

Ah sorry yegods

Morning smile brew

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 26-Feb-14 07:59:22

Morning! No worries. I made a lily up and it turned out alright I think.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Feb-14 09:11:26

Fab thanks

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 09:14:40

hi, can I come in?

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Feb-14 12:06:17

Hi trinity. How are you?

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 12:09:18

hey yego
not bad, just looking at buying some wool to keep practising smile

How could I be a part of making the little blankets?

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Feb-14 12:39:31

Could you make a little blanket? Or I think you can also send squares, or donate wool...

Will await Pistey or Knotty to give us the full story.

I think I need a drink.

watchingout Thu 27-Feb-14 13:12:53

Did someone say drink? winewine for all.

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 13:28:50

I want to make a little blanket

I'm hoping a actually can grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Feb-14 14:19:04

Ah a nice glass of hot blackcurrent juice. Cheers! wine

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Feb-14 14:20:01

What's your preffered method, trinity? Knitting, crochet?

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 14:30:18

crochet all the way

I can knit but I just don't particularly like it

I love crochet grin

wine ice cold vimto here grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Feb-14 14:44:46

A woman after my own heart with the crochet. smile

I made one or two a while ago when I was still learning to do basic granny squares. I keep meaning to do more!

Do you have a pattern in mind, or colour scheme?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Feb-14 16:19:26

Hello lovely Trin, hello evvvveryone X

Trin, we'd LOVE you to make a blanket! Your crochet is gorgeous and all you'd need to make a Little Hug for a baby in Yorkhill is to make 9 of those fabulous squares, and then I'd happily hook them together for you and edge, or we can talk you through that part. And let me send you some woolly wool. In purples, maybe? smile

I find knitting very slllllowwwwwwwwwwwwww and when I go wrong I have to restart the whole thing. But I love crochet, tis quite addictive!

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 16:40:18

I would love to make purple blankets.

would that be an ok colour?

are they for babies? or young children?

I know I should know whats going on but I'm sorry I'm completely crap


I would like to try and do the whole thing but maybe i'm not up to it, I don't know.

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 16:44:21

oo also I've lost the ability to remember where to find the address I need to send my squares to for the current blanket blush

I'm sorry

Is Knotty ok, not seen her around

I did three squares and then a wee flower with the left over but not sure if thats ok for the blanket

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Feb-14 17:04:56

smile That Knotty is a very busy bee Trin, but yy she's around, we have so many threads going for different projects, that it is easy to miss folk, we launched a new project on Tuesday and she was helping folk there last night.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Feb-14 17:09:44

I will PM you the address. smile

The Little Hugs go to very poorly babies and sick children in Yorkhill, and a blanket that has 9 squares will go to a little baby. The feedback we have had has been amazing. Parents feel so comforted, as do the children, really is sending them a hug.

Tis an ongoing project -see the thread here and whenever you make, we will be so grateful to receive.

If making 9 squares feels like too many, why not make 4 and I can get together the other 5?

Shall I send you a couple of colours? See how you go?

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 17:44:06

oo yes please.

I can do nine but I'm not sure I'll be able to put it together well enough smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Feb-14 18:19:58

Then I will put it together for you, we can be...

TeamTrinityPiste or TeamRatherBeOnTheRhino


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Feb-14 18:37:26

Have ordered for you Trin - violet and magenta, should hopefully arrive at yours on Saturday thanks

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Feb-14 20:25:58

oh yes, fantastic colours smile

TeamRatherBeOnTheRhino sounds awesome grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Feb-14 09:26:27


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Mar-14 16:13:12

Pancake Day then. Will be stinking out our home shortly confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Mar-14 17:05:00

Think I prefer these smile

watchingout Fri 07-Mar-14 13:26:42

Hey, Its FRIDAY! <shimmies behind the bar to sneak a swift one in>>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Mar-14 15:33:32

One for me please wine

Mhw02 Fri 07-Mar-14 17:13:17

Are any Glasgow woolly people going to hobbycraft at the SECC tomorrow?

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 07-Mar-14 19:22:25

One for me too please. smile

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 07-Mar-14 19:27:22

Mhw, maybe you should wear simething Mumsnetty?

Mhw02 Fri 07-Mar-14 20:18:22

I don't own a mumsnet scarf...

ZingSweetMango Fri 07-Mar-14 20:29:52

Evening all!

I can't knit but I know you love me so I'm here!grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 07-Mar-14 21:24:19

Zing! Hows you? smile

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 07-Mar-14 21:26:18

Mhw, there's time to crochet one in chunky yarn! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 09-Mar-14 07:40:33

We do love you Zing and you are a proper Blanketeer with a heart of GOLD, so you are very welcome.

Morning brew

yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 09-Mar-14 09:25:52


I have bread in the oven. (Yes, real bread, not a euphemism.) I don't think it worked very well. It could be because I missed out the salt. I've just read that the salt reacts with the yeast and it is needed for the whole dough to bread process to work. <sigh>

I think I'll stick to yarn. Can't go wrong with a ball of dk merino in a soft shade. Such a shame we can't eat it for breakfast!

ZingSweetMango Sun 09-Mar-14 09:38:13

thanks Pistey! [chuffed]

I do x-stich and crochet, but my main thing is patchwork.
I'm making a blanket for DD right now out of 1" hexagons and also in the middle of preparing an I spy quilt for kids out of 5.5" hexagons. and have about half a million other projects started or planned in my head!

loving the breakfast photo - I think it is called Amigurumi.


doing ok, thanks. booked a 4D scan for mid April - very excited about it!
(for those who don't know me: I'm pg with #7, baby's due mid-July)

watchingout Sun 09-Mar-14 17:28:50

Oo I'd love to do patchwork. I did some when I was a girl but that was <ahem > a good few years ago. What's an I spy quilt?

ZingSweetMango Sun 09-Mar-14 21:11:23

you know the game "I spy with my little eye.."

so an I spy quilt is when you choose lots of fabrics with novelty/children's patterns (I have literally hundreds of different ones!) so you can play the game looking at the quilt.

the one I'm making will have a patch of each pattern - things like strawberries, bees, flip-flops, puppies, letters, numbers, peas, umbrellas, crocodiles, cupcakes, lions and so on.

I hope to finish it by Christmas!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Mar-14 08:33:53

Morning brew

Waiting for my new washing machine, due here between 8 and 1. What chance it will arrive at 12.55?

yegodsandlittlefishes Tue 11-Mar-14 09:15:44

If you're running a book, my money's on 12.52 just when you think youve got time to nip to the loo.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Mar-14 09:32:33

That will be the time!

9.32 and not here yet sad

ZingSweetMango Tue 11-Mar-14 13:19:11

has it arrived yet?

I'm thinking 18.17 is very likely! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Mar-14 16:02:56

Bloody thing arrived at about 2.45pm, so well within the 8am to 1pm slot hmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Mar-14 16:03:37

However, it is now plumbed in and doing a pre use wash.

Then I will need to tackle Laundry Mountain

<ties on crampons>

ZingSweetMango Wed 12-Mar-14 01:15:07

maybe they meant 8am to 1am? wink

glad it's there though.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Mar-14 14:33:51

Me too. 'Twas getting ridiculous!!

Beautiful day here today after a very foggy start. I was inspired to buy this for my garden. Tis ZINGY!!

ZingSweetMango Thu 13-Mar-14 14:57:08

Can't see photos on phone - will look later on PC

same weather here, so beautiful now - if you live very near your Woolly Hugs address then we are almost neighbours!

I'm working on my mini hexie quilt.

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 13-Mar-14 15:04:41

Oh, lovely colour! What plant is that, Pistey?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Mar-14 09:53:58

Tis a senetti The colours are electric, proper wow stuff. Love it!

yegodsandlittlefishes Sat 15-Mar-14 11:55:38

I like it too - in the garden! I like very muted decor inside, and it's great to see that kind of zingy splash of colour in the garden. We have mainly shrubbery so I am on the look out for flowering plants.

ZingSweetMango Sat 15-Mar-14 23:56:33

nice photo and great colour!

I bought some buckets of "grow your own" strawberries and sunflowers today from Tesco.

I have never done any gardening, but at the prospect of moving to a house with a bigger garden I finally caught the greenfingers bug!
We don't know when we are moving yet, but obviously I don't want to make any effort in our current garden, but I'm getting quite frustrated that I can't do anything.

I just have this urge to plant something - so buckets of stuff is perfect as we can take those with us.

TrinityRhino Sun 23-Mar-14 12:09:17

I'm bursting with excitement
I've decided on my first personal project

I'm going to crochet a Granny stripe blanket for my mum.
She is in a home now.
I've almost completely lost her to Alzheimers now.
When I was a kid she knitted a blanket each for me and my sister.
She has always loved a blanket, always felt the cold.
It just feels right that my first personal project be for her.

ZingSweetCoconut Sun 23-Mar-14 17:57:45


that's lovely, and such a nice idea to "give back" as well

what colours have you chosen?

yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 23-Mar-14 18:31:31

Trinity, how lovely! :D Please post photos.

TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 17:20:18


I cried at the delivery driver as I knew what it was as soon as I felt the package

he looked slightly awkward to say the least

We are going to open it all together later on when we are all settled smile

The package is sitting in the middle of one of our couches ooozing love :D

ZingSweetCoconut Mon 24-Mar-14 17:36:19

how exciting Trin!
I wasn't part of the making of yours, sorry, but I know about your loss(es) and I'd like to send you a belated hug anyway.

TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 17:51:52

Please don't apologise for not making part of mine

Thank you for my hug :D

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 24-Mar-14 18:09:17

Unmumsnetty (((((((TrinityRhino)))))))

How exciting! This is the first time I've read about a woolly hug arriving (I wasn't sure, but I had envisaged it being accompanied by Justine, Pistey and Woolly on horseback with much fanfare and gin.)

Have a wonderful evening Trin. grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 24-Mar-14 18:10:01

And flowers too.
And some wine while we're here.

ZingSweetCoconut Mon 24-Mar-14 18:14:21

Great image yego!

and Trin wearing an ermine cape?grin

TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 18:26:08

Thanks everyone

there was a little fanfare in my head :D

but no justine, just an awkward delivery guy trying to get a signature from a teary rhino smile

no wine thanks, nearly 22 months sober now grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 24-Mar-14 18:50:09

wine It's hot Ribena (sorry, that's probably as crass as telling a vegetarian cook 'it's a quorn burger, don't worry!' blush)

Thanks for letting us in on the arrival. I'm going to out myself a bit now as I'm compiling a woolly hug for someone on another (very small but international) forum and will be posting the finished creation to someone in forn parts and so I am more than a little nervous excited and interested in how it is done the Mumsnetty way.

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 24-Mar-14 18:53:24

And apologies to knottylocks I don't know why I keep thinking shw has woolly in her screen name. blush

TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 18:59:41

eww no not hot ribena

maybe nice cold fizzy vimto grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 24-Mar-14 19:40:24


As if by magic...

Pour Madame:


TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 19:44:02


thank you

I'd have been up for delivery duties grin - not sure about the horse though. To quote Robert Downey Jnr in Sherlock Holmes "Horses are dangerous at both ends and crafty in the middle".

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 24-Mar-14 20:48:35

Maybe you could be tooting a trumpet fanfare or being the bearer of the woolly hug, woolly.

TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 20:53:24


I was wrong

I'm so sorry.

it wasnt our hug

<slinks away>

it was totally hug sized

god I'm a twat

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Mar-14 20:53:39

Yay! Trin's Hug is home smile

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Mar-14 20:53:58


KnottyLocks Mon 24-Mar-14 20:54:12

Cracking timing by me there!

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Mar-14 20:55:47

You are not a twat, Trin!

My timing possibly makes me one though grin

Sorry not been on here much - work is reeeediculous at the mo. <raspberry>

TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 21:02:00

grin Knotty

sorry everyone

KnottyLocks Mon 24-Mar-14 21:03:34

Ah hush, you dafty. x

ZingSweetCoconut Mon 24-Mar-14 21:24:02

excellent x-post Knotty


aaww, sorry it wasn't your Hug Trin

I made you this, until the real one arrives:

[hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug] [hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug] [hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug]
[hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug] [hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug] [hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug] [hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug] [hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug][hug]


TrinityRhino Mon 24-Mar-14 22:13:20

grin grin grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 25-Mar-14 10:40:15


We heart you Trin [hearts] [hearts]

Yegods - we do try to deliver by hand wherever possible, Knotty and I have met many of our lovely and inspiring recipient families, we have visited folk at home, met in London, and lovely lemon truffles came to me just before Christmas. We would have absolutely loved to meet Trin but she is too far at this time, so it must be couriered. We love the couriers as we can track the Hug every point of the journey!

Just waiting for the UPS driver right now, Trin the van will look like this, and if your driver is anything like mine, they will be wearing SHORTS

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 25-Mar-14 11:44:44

And UPS have just collected it, tis on the way Trin xx

TrinityRhino Tue 25-Mar-14 11:50:00

grin grin grin grin YAY grin grin grin grin grin

yegodsandlittlefishes Tue 25-Mar-14 13:18:52

Trin, we are going to need a description of you courier's legs shorts too. :D

Trumpton Wed 26-Mar-14 20:20:47

Oh Trin . I do hope your blanket shows you a little bit of the love we feel for you.

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Mar-14 11:43:46

morning all

I can safely say that my wonderful, gorgeous, love filled Woolly Hug has arrived!

My friend signed for it as I was upstairs and I'm afraid the UPS guy didn't have shorts on. grin

It is nestling on the couch until later on when we can open it all together.

I'm excited as anything, It will be amazing smile

ZingSweetCoconut Thu 27-Mar-14 12:33:32

Yay, how exciting, it will be so beautiful! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Mar-14 14:31:41

So glad it has arrived safely, Trin, you'll be opening it soon, I hope you and the girls love it. We say love in every stitch because it is true. Tis a big hug from us all.

Thinking of Cliff and your DH too.

Peace, love and light to you Trin thanks


yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Mar-14 17:44:24

Much love, Trin. flowers

(Shame about the shorts, but thanks for the update. grin)

watchingout Thu 27-Mar-14 18:39:06

Exciting! Sorry I hadn't heard of Woolly Hugs when the call was out for yours Trinity. Here's hoping it brings you lots of love and warm snuggles with DCs tonight xx

KnottyLocks Thu 27-Mar-14 19:27:38

Is she back yet ???

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 27-Mar-14 21:26:38

She is now, bless her

We are delighted to be able to let you know that lovely TrinityRhino and her beautiful girls now have their Woolly Hug. Love in every stitch for them all, we are keeping them close in our hearts and thoughts. We all hope the blanket may give whatever comfort it can to them. thanks

Thinking of both her DP and her DH x thanks

Photos of their Woolly Hug can be seen here on our website..

Huge and heartfelt thanks to all who contributed in any way - donors and crafters alike, this was a huge team effort. Thank you thanks

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Mar-14 22:45:57

it is AMAZING. grin grin grin grin grin

I love it. The girls love it.

we just cannot thank you enough

its just the best ever bankie in the world grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

any chance you coukf nick tge pics off fb and put them here.

I would love everyone to see how happy the girls are.

I'm on a phone and cant add pics

TrinityRhino Thu 27-Mar-14 22:46:32

nick the pics off....

wow awful typing. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Mar-14 06:34:17


I'll happily nick yer pics! They are absolutely gorgeous, thanks lovely X

Can we put them on our WH Facebook page too?

TrinityRhino Fri 28-Mar-14 07:02:00

Yes you can. grin

KnottyAndPistey Fri 28-Mar-14 08:51:44

Am in this account as it won't let me upload any pictures sad Says 6 images per day and I've not done any today, but certainly did 6 yesterday.

Have possibly broken it sad

KnottyAndPistey Fri 28-Mar-14 08:54:25

Huge thanks to Trinity for sharing these gorgeous photos of her fabulous daughters under their Woolly Hug last night. So glad it is with them, and lovely to see their Hug hard at work. Sending them all so much love X


Have just posted a set of beautiful pics on our Woolly Hugs Facebook page, for all of them, do check out MNWoollyHugs.

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 28-Mar-14 12:02:17

Great to see your kids having so much fun with it, Trin. smile

Trumpton Fri 28-Mar-14 12:06:20

Wonderful wonderful photo.

ZingSweetCoconut Fri 28-Mar-14 14:50:36


I've just read this on Pinterest 10 mins ago and thought of you:

"One day someone is going to hug you so tight that all of your broken pieces will stick back together"

love you

TrinityRhino Sat 29-Mar-14 12:34:36

oh zing thats lovely smile

Mhw02 Sat 29-Mar-14 14:51:52

Have just posted a parcel with things for various projects. Sorry it's a day late. It will arrive on Monday morning. If it doesn't let me know because I'll be onto the Post Office demanding a refund!

PolterGoose Sat 29-Mar-14 20:26:48

I've only just found this, hello smile

Trinity lovely photo, there's a lot of hugging in that blanket.

My parcel of various goodies will be posted on Monday. I have just finished sewing up my nativity and there will be squares and Easter stuff too.

Can I just share my nativity with you?

I have had wine - I don't usually show off blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 29-Mar-14 23:15:30

Wow Woolly, just wow!!

That will have a new home come Christmas. We are so grateful to you. Thank you. Can't waIt to see it in the wool. smile



yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 30-Mar-14 07:31:49

Wonderful crib figures, woolly, that must have taken an age. I love the colours. Thank you for posting the photo, I'm sure it will help raise more for MIND to do that, especially with specialist/larger items like this.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 30-Mar-14 08:36:40

On Mothers’ Day, we send our love to all families within our Woolly Hugs’ community, but particularly those for whom this will be a day touched with sadness.

Thinking of all our recipient families, and all our donors and crafters who are missing someone they love too.

Sending strength, love and huge hugs. Our thoughts are with you.

Pistey and Knotty X

ZingSweetCoconut Sun 30-Mar-14 16:54:56

thanks and big help hugs from me to all who needs it.

ZingSweetCoconut Sun 30-Mar-14 16:55:18

*big help hugs?
ummm, okay!grin

Parcel posted. I had completely forgotten it was the last day of the month and every single motorist from my town was taxing their car this may be a slight exaggeration grin I need a lie down to recover.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 31-Mar-14 22:31:38

When I went to the post office this afternoon there was NO queue.


Mintyy Mon 31-Mar-14 22:54:28

Loving the pictures of Trinity's blanket and also those perfectly lovely amazing crib figures! Am in awe of talented crafty types on Mn [in awe emoticon].

Mhw02 Mon 21-Apr-14 21:48:51

Has anyone tried the Cascade wool that Wool Warehouse and Deramores have just started stocking? Wool Warehouse are selling it at such a good price for pure wool and it comes in SO many colours, but I want to know it isn't horrid and scratchy before trying it!

On a completely unrelated and non-woolly related note, but please excuse me, I'm excited, I've just booked my train tickets for my summer holiday to London at the beginning of July. I haven't been to London in over a year, I was starting to feel deprived.

FrancesNiadova Sat 24-May-14 08:53:21

On the piste, I'm admiring your mother's day daffodil. Would you mind telling me how you did it? Are the crocheted petals sewn on or do you crochet them on top, catching them into the round below? Thanks.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Jun-14 10:28:36

Oooo Frances, I'll admit it wasn't actually my work, but I will find out for you xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Jun-14 10:28:41

We ask for so much, we know, but please just have a look, sharing our FB post from last night.... xx

Great excitement and equal amounts of nervousness here!
Can you help us sustain and develop our projects?

As part of Mumsnet Giving Week, Woolly Hugs been chosen to be one of 5 charitable causes being promoted by MNHQ. They will match fund the money raised.

First though, we need to raise over 1,000 in a week!

Every little could help us achieve this.

We know that times are particularly hard at the moment so if you could help by spreading the word, we would be grateful for that too.

Thank you xxxx

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

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now