Woolly Hugs. A Blanket for gnittinggnome. Donors and crafters, we are asking for your help.

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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Mar-14 17:48:51

Devastating news we’re afraid. The folk on the February antenatal thread received this message from the DH of the very lovely gnittinggnome.

Our son, W, arrived last Tuesday at 7lbs 8oz. Sadly, however, G suffered complications and was rushed into intensive care following delivery. After a hard fight she passed away peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by family. Throughout her pregnancy she spoke fondly of many of you on this thread, buoyed by your wisdom and strength and humour. If I have the strength I will join myself so that W and I can benefit too.

Words really do fail, we are just so very sorry life has been so cruel. Our thoughts are with gnittinggnome’s DH, son, family and friends at this time. We are so pleased to say that her DH has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, and we hope that he and their son will feel our love and support and that the blanket may give whatever comfort it can to them.

Please, can you help us in any way?

We shall need crocheters, knitters and donors. If you would like to donate wool or funds, I can match you up. If you would like to join in but need donated wool, I can help there too.
Please PM me with your offers of help ( RatherBeOnThePiste) THANK YOU SO MUCH.

The Yarn we are Using….
* Artesano Superwash Merino DK
* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (discontinued but some still around)
* Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
* Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
* James C. Brett Pure Merino DK (also discontinued, some still to be had)
* Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK
* Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK
Just from the brands listed please because we know they combine for wash and wear.

Our palette for gnittinggnome is quite specific, so please do read carefully
* Warm purples
* Mushroom/taupe but only from this list please to make sure they go together…
- Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM7 Taupe
- Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM9 Beige
- Debbie Bliss Rialto 06 Stone
- James C. Brett Pure Merino DK 17 Beige

Ideas and suggestions for squares.
* She loved cats, they have two.
* Geckos from their time living in Singapore, when they used to hang about the house.
* Bats since gnittinggnome was a member of a Gothic Women's Institute’s group.
* Rockets for all the science fiction gnittinggnome read and her favourite shows like Firefly.
* Octopi and parasols for her love of the steampunk sub-genre, especially the series, The Parasol Protectorate.
* We also have initials if that would be something for you, PM us.

Reading her DH’s words give us lots of motifs to think about for sure, but please don't feel daunted by these suggestions, we love plain squares and simple textures too. They look as stunning as the more complex squares and play a vital role in the overall effect. Knotty (KnottyLocks ) will help with any crafting queries. Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles. All crafting abilities genuinely welcome, squares made by beginner or expert are equally welcomed. It really is the love and thought that counts. Please do PM Knotty if you need help.

Do use the crafting guide on the website to help you with lots of practical info such as help with buying colours, recommended online retailers and if interested there are a lot of linked suggestions for patterns.

Previous blankets can be seen on the Woolly Hugs website and we are on Facebook and Twitter at MNWoollyHugs/@MNWoollyHugs which are both good ways to keep in touch.

When finished please sew in those ends but don’t block your work. Then PM me (RatherBeOnThePiste) for details for posting.

As always heartfelt thanks for your support

Thinking of gnittinggnome and all those who love and miss her.

Pistey and Knotty thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 04-Mar-14 17:49:51

Here to help with any questions.

Thinking of them all x

ScienceRocks Tue 04-Mar-14 17:58:22

I'm in, will sort out my own wool. What a tragedy, my thoughts are with her family and friends sad

Oh my how sad, my thoughts are with W and DH and they're family.
Pm on the way Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Mar-14 17:59:19

Thank you so much thanks

MOSagain Tue 04-Mar-14 18:01:26

so very very sad to read this, awful. Sending love and prayers to baby W and her poor DH sad I will of course do a square. Have not yet used the new yarn but still have a stash of DB and there are a few shades of purples in it. Any preferences? x

Opheliabumps Tue 04-Mar-14 18:03:12

Just so so sad, words fail me.

I've pm'd you pistey

Oh no, so sorry to read this, please count me in, will pm you Pistey.

I am here, so sorry sad
I will pm pistey xx

Kveta Tue 04-Mar-14 18:11:11

How tragic sad I can make some squares but only have cream yarn, so will pm later.

nickelbabe Tue 04-Mar-14 18:14:19

I would like to help
will the purple I had for Oma's blanket be the right shade?

Mckayz Tue 04-Mar-14 18:16:39

I am, can sort my own wool.

So very sad.

rubycon Tue 04-Mar-14 18:17:14

I'm here. Sending peace, love and strength x

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Mar-14 18:19:35

Nickel That is perfect thank you. thanks

MOS There's a lovely DB 'mauve' do you have that one?

Thank you everyone X

I will do a square - I have the red from the last blanket, and a more purely red too.

Is there any chance of adding cream, as I have that too, and could use it for the flower, and wouldn't need any extra yarn?

KnottyLocks Tue 04-Mar-14 18:54:40

SDTG, we're not using red or cream on this blanket. I'll send you enough for square x

Thank you, lovely Knotty. xx

MasterFlea Tue 04-Mar-14 18:58:47

So sorry to hear this. Terribly sad for them.

I'll send on some squares too.

What an awful thing to happen, I am so sorry.

I have purple/mauve.

MrsKwazii Tue 04-Mar-14 19:01:17

So very sad, thinking of Gnitting's beautiful boy, DH and the rest of her family. Life can be so cruel.

PastaandCheese Tue 04-Mar-14 19:05:13

I am so shocked and sorry to read this. It is awful, awful news.

I will make squares and can sort my own wool.

KatieMeLuna Tue 04-Mar-14 19:08:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Too sad for words.

Have PMed you, Pistey.

Hoping the blanket brings some loving comfort to G's lovely family. x

Desperately sad. I've pm'd pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Mar-14 19:24:02

Apologies, am back. Thank you everyone, am away to my PM box

thanks

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