Thank you ever so much for the information!I don't quite know what 8ply means,as I live in Germany.I used two strands of yarn and cast on 35stitches with 4mm knitting needles.It seems to be working for a regular square.Will also try your diagonal square:-)
You were concerned about the arrival of your parcel and I have just noticed this photo amongst the last batch I received. I haven't been able to match it to a particular blanket at present but at least something has arrived safely. I'll let you know if I find anything else,
Hi Susanne. I see you have already caught up with the news that Ronda wants those of us in the forum to join the squares as they are overwhelmed with squares to join. I have been crocheting them together as it suits me. I put a demo photo on the forum. I lay out 10 and then hold them back to back and crochet a continuous join across the five meeting sides. I have also decided to knit five in one go i.e. knitting a strip. The tails are good for sewing together. I took my off 35 squares worth of tails and knitted 18 fish to add on. Maudie
Hi Susan :) I hope you enjoyed your short stay in Holland, unfortunately the weather was grey and cold. Also I heard that there was a dance festival and a marathon in Amsterdam this weekend, so I hope it was not too overcrowded :))
Next time you visit Holland we hopefully can meet, eat and chat and there is a lot more to see in my tiny country :)
Wish you a good flight to Milan, speak soon, take care.
Hi Susan, I hope you receive this message. It should be great to meet! A lovely surprise that you are in Amsterdam! I live at about 24 miles from Amsterdam. Till when are you here? Where, when can we meet? Anneke :)
I finally got my 1st square for June finished today.....lol. I sent a parcel a couple of days ago, but have quite a few more squares to de-tail and butterfly, then send. Went to our local yarn/fabric/haberdashery store today to find a replacement for my favourite yarn sewing needle (my old favourite has gone missing) and treated myself to a 50gm ball of silvery 'fun fur' yarn ($4) in readiness for July....lol.
I hope you had a GREAT holiday/visit with your family. :))
Sorry Susanne, no idea, but it is substantial - will try to find out. Some large packs go to outreach teams, the Chiawelo ladies bravely use a supermarket trolley to collect and deliver their squares & blankets trundling through the streets for over a mile each way! We also have two correction centres involved, whereby inmates are required to provide restitution as part of their rehabilitation programme. Wandi and Lindi now use a taxi each from Soweto - they sit squished in the corner with the completed blankets on the inward journey, and, blanket packs on the homeward one!
Glad to hear that you can make grannies now - I can remember the first time it made sense to me. I used to keep forgetting to do the chain stitch between trebles and eventually decided that they weren't needed. I asked Linda Maltby about this and she agreed that they are optional and without them you do get a closer textured square. Now I only do a chain stitch at corners and I get on faster. The solid granny also confused me for ages. That got easier once I realized that the amount of stitches should increase by three on every row and not two as I had worked out (wrongly.)
The Russian join is a bit fiddly but it is secure and somehow it's less irritating to join at the beginning than weave in all the ends afterwards. I like the Magic Knot which looks like the ones you come across sometimes in new yarns but it seems to be a bit unpredictable.
I don't think that crochet is ever really going to be my thing but I'm not able to knit at present so I am having to do it. If I could only master what in this country is called the Continental Method (holding the yarn in the left hand) I would be okay but I can't even get started at present; after several tries I haven't managed to make one stitch. And I thought crochet was hard!
Hope you get on all right with your crochet/Magic Ball
I was trying to find a spot to put this info and this seemed as good a place as any! I came across a really interesting way to join leftover yarns... it's called the Russian Join. The instructions for the "magic ball" can be found here, and the Russian Join info is here. It took a couple of reads for it to sink in but I think it's ingenious! :o)
The other one, the Magic Knot (also from Andrea on her blog) is even easier but appears to be less reliable I suppose it's possible to get it wrong - it ought to work but I must admit that I have had a few joins loosen.
I've just uploaded the pattern for the 'sloping shells' square into the members patterns discussion category. I had forgotten that I typed it out for Pam Johnson some time ago. The pattern is crochet of course (I can't knit!) but really quite simple. To achieve the multi colours, I make a 'magic ball' using a 'magic knot' (demonstrated on YouTube) and just keep crocheting. I hope this helps. I think the pattern is okay but let me know if you run into any problems. Elaine
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