Woolly Hugs. Thinking of Will. A Blanket for minmooch, please can you help us?

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KnottyAndPistey Tue 18-Mar-14 18:23:03

Desperately sad news we’re afraid. After two and a half years, Minmooch’s beautiful son Will lost his fight with cancer at the age of just 18. Life is too cruel, we are so sorry. Bless min, she said, “I am humbled by his strength and humour that he has shown throughout his short life.” Min’s thread is here if you would like to post condolences… we know many of you have.


We are so pleased that minmooch has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, there will be love for them all in every stitch. She says she is very touched. We hope the Woolly Hug may give whatever comfort it can to min and her family.

Once again we are calling on the Blanketeers for help - whether it be donating, knitting or crocheting. Can you help us?


We asked min about Will, and these are her words…..

He loved sailing and walking. He loved his school and the CCF (Combined Cadet Force). He loved loved loved reading, Harry Potter was a favourite, and Terry Pratchet his favourite author. He also loved Electronics and was building a remote controlled chariot at school. He loved his younger brother and our family yellow Labrador Harvey. He loved colour and was known for his wacky taste in ties.



So there are lots of ideas for squares, 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. We do have initials, if this could be you, do PM. Thank you.


Knotty ( KnottyLocks ) will help with any crafting queries. 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.


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. We know there is a lot of wool in circulation at the moment, please do feel free to use any for this project too, but please PM me with your offers of help ( RatherBeOnThePiste) so we know where we are.

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.

Colours, to be bright and bold, no pastels except pale blue please.
* Orange - this one Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK - Pumpkin (373) or this one Debbie Bliss Rialto DK - Tangerine (56)
* Red - only Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby’ please.
* Blues, including royal blue as Will loved his school, pale blue is lovely but no darker than denim blue please.
* Greens - brighter ones please eg apple
* Cream - but please choose one of the following - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 02 ecru, James C. Brett Pure Merino DK no 7 or Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM4 cream

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. Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles. Always feel free to post questions on the thread if unsure. When finished please sew in your ends but don’t block your work. Then PM me (RatherBeOnThePiste) for details for posting.

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.

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Thank you again and for the love and support shown.
Min

As always heartfelt thanks for your support. Thinking of beautiful Will, his family and friends.

Pistey and Knotty

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Thumbwitch Mon 09-Feb-15 06:21:10

What a fabulous blanket, as always.

Many hugs to minmooch and A (I have one of those too) and everyone else who misses Will. xxx

KnottyAndPistey Sun 08-Feb-15 17:28:44

We are so pleased that the very lovely minmooch has her Woolly Hug. Love in every stitch for sure, we are thinking of beautiful Will. thanks

We took lots of photos so that donors and crafters could see the finished Hug, these can be found here......

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way, you are all stars

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Sending huge love to you Min and to A, and your family and friends xxx

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ilove Sat 07-Feb-15 11:50:16

Grr. Am so glad you have it, love to you xxx

ilove Sat 07-Feb-15 11:23:31

am so

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Feb-15 10:23:47

Just to say - have taken lots of photos, it is really beautiful, bright and zingy, every square is gorgeous. Hope to share them later today thanks

AugustRose Sat 07-Feb-15 10:19:50

Hello
I didn't see this thread last year and I'm not a great knitter anyway. I just wanted to add my love and strength for Min - I know you from another forum sadly.

I'm glad the blanket brings you comfort as you remember your beautiful son. xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Feb-15 10:13:34

Oh lovely min, so glad the blanket is with you and A, such an honour to bring it to you on behalf of everyone, but how we all wish it was never needed. Beautiful Will, think about him such a lot.

We say love in every stitch and it is true, wrap yourself in the blanket and we are all there with you.

Sending so much love to you, to all who love and miss Will. xxxxx

rubycon Sat 07-Feb-15 09:49:42

sending you peace, love and strength minmooch. Hopefully it will provide you with comfort when you're in need of a hug and a safe haven.

minniebar Sat 07-Feb-15 09:49:41

As always I'm honoured to be part (a small part) of any blanket. I'm so sorry that it was needed in the first place but I'm glad it gives you comfort.

Can't wait to see the pictures of it!

SallyBear Sat 07-Feb-15 09:36:28

It's a beautiful thing to know that the kindness of strangers are thinking of you and helping in a small way to bring you some love and comfort.

You are so welcome, I hope it brings you comfort under its woolly warmth.

Oh minmooch, I've just seen your post. You are very welcome. If the blanket brings the smallest scrap of comfort to you it has done its job. There really is love in every single stitch.

Thinking of you today x

it sounds wonderful minmooch as does your lovely boy, big unmumsnetty hugs for you

minmooch Fri 06-Feb-15 18:54:19

The wonderful Pistey came to visit me yesterday and brought with her my Wooly Hug. It is so completely stunning and I am truly overwhelmed with the amount of thought, work and love that has gone in to each and every stitch. The colours are just amazing and the ideas that are the embodiment of my wonderful Will are just incredible. I tried not to cry too much yesterday but each time I look at it it brings tears to my eyes - tears that strangers can show such love and thought to another person. My Will would have loved it, he would be smiling at all the things that are/were just 'him'. I keep looking at it and seeing different things each time. And it is so tactile - each square feels different.

It is beyond wonderful and I know that it will comfort me on good and bad days.

Thank you so much to each and everyone of you xxxxxx

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 26-Jun-14 18:16:37

Evening smile wine

More beautiful woolly treasure has been arriving today. Huge thanks to Fizzy Her original work has gone AWOL in the post sad but she was determined to repeat and she has. What a star thanks

thanks Fizzy A beautiful wavy granny stripe design in duck egg and teal and a super grassy green solid granny[star]

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RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 28-May-14 11:08:02

Morning. smile brew

All cards and mini hugs will be on their way to the very lovely minmooch today. Thank you everyone.

Sent with so much love. thanks

Thinking of Will. X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 27-May-14 15:21:49

Afternoon smile brew




thanks Thank you SO much, beautiful woolly treasure has arrived and it is so very lovely. Huge thanks to the crafters. thanks





thanks Soupy Three fabulous crochet squares, bright and bold! One with a Soupy Ted sporting a striped tie, and two fabulous stripes, in orange, green, blues, purples. Fabulous [star]


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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 27-May-14 15:19:43

Thanks lovely Twunk xx

Twunk Thu 22-May-14 13:06:29

Ooooo I'm just checking in as have been really busy recently, thankfully not with crappy hospitals but with builders and an unholy mess of a house! Thank you for being so kind about my amateur efforts, I really wanted to contribute to this blanket.

Keep up the good work ladies xxx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-May-14 16:43:15

Glorious woolly wool has arrived! <happy sigh> It is just lovely. Thank you thanks

thanks MinnieBar I cream, pumpkin and royal blue, beautiful crocheted squares, super designs. Fab [star]

Thank you!!


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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 13-May-14 09:37:22

Morning smile

Thank you so much, beautiful woolly treasure has arrived for the very lovely min and her family, and it is very gorgeous indeed. Huge thanks to the crafters for all they do, just amazing. thanks

thanks DroitwichMummy Perfect, a Terry Pratchett 'feegle' square, and a beautiful blue and silver wheel square. Absolutely super - [star]


Thank you x

Thinking of Will x

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RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 08-May-14 17:15:33

Afternoon smile

Such beautiful work has been arriving - treasure indeed. Thanks to the amazing crafters. Awesome thanks

thanks HairyPotter In red, cream, blue and green, a super granny square and a lovely rib type knit in apple green. Gorgeous [star]

Thank you so much. You are a star

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ilove Thu 08-May-14 11:49:12

Thankyou muchly blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 08-May-14 10:53:56

Tis on its way home grin

ilove Tue 06-May-14 22:17:10

No wonder I couldn't find the damn thing lol. No rush lovely xx

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