Woolly Hugs...We are making a blanket for TeamSurvival : Lovely donors and crafters, we need your help.

(212 Posts)
RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 15:59:03

We have heard the dreadfully sad and shocking news that SurvivalOfTheUnfittest's husband died suddenly towards the end of April. We send Survival our love and are so sorry for her loss. She, their boys, family and friends are in our hearts and thoughts.

She calls her family Team Survival, and we have offered to make them a blanket, and hope it may give whatever comfort it can. We are so pleased she has accepted, there will be love for all of them crafted into every stitch. Survival's thread is here sad

So we are now asking for help once again thanks

I will co ordinate and Knotty (KnottyLocks) will help you with any queries you may have. We need crocheters, knitters and donors (of funds or wool) Sincere heartfelt thanks. If you would like to be involved in any way, please post on this thread and PM me with your offers: crafting, donating, need wool, etc, I can help you with all of it.

Thank you so much thanks

The wool we are using
* James C. Brett Pure Merino DK
* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (being discontinued, but still some around)
* Rowan Cashsoft DK
* Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK
* Artesano Superwash Merino DK
* Debbie Bliss Rialto DK (new to us)

Just from these please as they are very similar, have been trialled and we know they can be combined for wash and wear. These are all easily available online, try Deramores, Laughing Hens, JKMWools, AWoollyTail, WiseBadger.

The Colours
Blues, silvers and cream
If choosing cream, please go for either the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK 013 or the James Brett no 7
Green but only for embellishments please
There is support for buying colours on our website, here.

Suggestions for personalisations and motifs
*Her DH loved football and designed Land Rovers for a living.
*They all very much love the great outdoors, so themes from nature.
*Forget-me-not flowers in particular are very significant.
*Their two boys love teddies and Lego.
*They also love Angry Birds - if you think this could be you, please PM
*We have their initials, if you would like to help with this, please also PM.


Squares to be six inches, using 4mm needles or hook.

Simple or complex, made by beginner or expert, we genuinely welcome them all. It really is the love and thought that counts.

Previous blankets can be seen on our website We also have a Facebook page MNWoollyHugs and are on Twitter @MNWoollyHugs. If you 'like' or 'follow' us you'll be updated on progress via your feed. If looking for ideas for a pattern, there are many linked to from our website under Crafting

When ready for posting, please PM me for info. As always, we thank you so much for your support.
Pistey and Knotty thanks

So sad that another blanket is needed. Survival my lovely, we are thinking of you and the boys, your families and friends and sending love X

KnottyLocks Tue 07-May-13 15:59:53

Sending love to Survival. Thinking of them all. x

Will PM now. Love to Team Survival.

HairyPotter Tue 07-May-13 16:05:08

Oh I'm so glad we are doing a blanket for Survival. I have been following her thread sad

I'm in for a few squares. Sending much love to them all xx

johnworf Tue 07-May-13 16:07:21

Awful news. sad Count me in for a square or two. Let me know which colours I can do.xxx

ScienceRocks Tue 07-May-13 16:08:41

Thank for doing this. I never thought someone I know would need one of your beautiful donations, survival's loss is so sad.

While I do knit, I am not very good and don't have any needles at present. But I would love to donate towards wool, so please PM me and let me know how much and how to send it.

Thank you again thanks

MOSagain Tue 07-May-13 16:09:58

So very sad to read this, sending love and (((hugs)))
Will do a square x

AngloSvensk Tue 07-May-13 16:10:44

Oh my goodness! Lots of love for Team Survival.

I'm in, ofcourse.

KnottyLocks Tue 07-May-13 16:14:52

if you are offering help in any way, please PM Pistey. It helps us keep track.

Huge thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 16:15:21

John - you choose the colour, which ever you would like thanks

Thanks all, science, I shall PM you now thanks

PurplePidjin Tue 07-May-13 16:19:12

Jonworf and ScienceRocks please could you pm RatherBeOnThePiste as she's likely to be rather snowed under and wouldn't want your posts missed thanks

I'm in, will see how much woolly wool I've got before asking for more.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 07-May-13 16:19:50

sending much love to team survival xx

pm on it's way

5madthings Tue 07-May-13 16:20:23

I can't knit but will happily pay for some wool an order of to be delivered to whoever needs it xxx

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

johnworf Tue 07-May-13 16:22:17

Will PM her xxxx

johnworf Tue 07-May-13 16:23:21

Oh X post. I'll look what's in the wool shop at work and get back to you.

5madthings Tue 07-May-13 16:23:27

Have pm'd xxx

Will pm you. Much love to all the family.

SoupDragon Tue 07-May-13 16:25:29

I"m in, as ever

landofsoapandglory Tue 07-May-13 16:27:02

Have PM'ed you Pistey. Very sad that we need to do another blanket, but I will knit some squares.

PiggyPlumPie Tue 07-May-13 16:29:36

Count me in again sad

Will PM Pistey now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 16:39:27

Thank you so much everyone thanks

rubycon Tue 07-May-13 16:45:15

I'm here too.

What sad news, I shall pm you pistey, can always make room for a few more squares.

Jacksmania Tue 07-May-13 16:49:04

Count me in.

Marking my place.

We're on holiday and I haven't got stitch one done on Daisy's squares... having too much fun... but will get started on those when I get home.

Sorry have only skimmed thread.

NappyHappy Tue 07-May-13 16:51:59

Ive pm'd on fb, cant do it on my phone for some reason today. X

How sad. Thinking of all in Team survival. PM winging its way to you now pistey

Ingles2 Tue 07-May-13 16:55:57

I can hook you a square ..Sending love to Team Survival

Woolfey Tue 07-May-13 16:58:42

I will do some squares. Pistey - I'll PM you later.

I have been following Survivals thread - much love to her and Team Survival x

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 16:58:47

Huge thanks everyone, internet is being weird, but I will come to everyone, and I will scoot onto FB Xx


I've pm'd. Love to team survival.

blizy Tue 07-May-13 17:00:36

Just pm'd you pistey. Thoughts and love to them survival. X

Another PM in your stack Pistey. Thoughts are with Team Survival.

Me, too. I'll PM you, Pistey.

I'm in. PM'd you Pistey

I'm in. PM'd you Pistey


McKayz Tue 07-May-13 17:22:28

Will PM now. I've got wool so will get knitting once I've finished the square for Daisy.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 07-May-13 17:40:58

My heart goes out to survival and her family sad

Happy to be a wooly donor - pisty shall I send via PayPal - plus can my wool go towards making a teddy square or something like that as you know my love for bears etc xx

bamboobutton Tue 07-May-13 17:41:53

count me in!

ordered some some wool so i'll PM when i'm done.


cheesecheeseplease Tue 07-May-13 17:43:03

Checking in, much love to team survival thanks will pm pistey now

KnottyLocks Tue 07-May-13 17:43:06

Blondes, I'll do a teddy for you.

Jules146 Tue 07-May-13 17:46:02

So sad it's called for again sad count me in. Will message Pistey xx

KnottyLocks Tue 07-May-13 17:49:16

Thanks everyone for your support. We're so grateful, bless you all. thanks

Misknit Tue 07-May-13 17:49:19

So sorry to hear this. Thoughts are with Team Survival.

I will knit/crochet a few squares. I've just got bought some wool. I've PMed Pistey. x x x

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 18:00:21

Huge thanks everyone thanks

Working my way through PMs thanks

What an amazing response already. So touching.

ilovejellybabies Tue 07-May-13 18:01:04

I love that you do this. I can crochet, only been doing it six months now but I'm good at squares. I dont mind buying a ball of wool and making squares till its all used up. Do you know a good online wool seller because I live in the middle of nowhere, lots of sheep just no wool shops

KnottyLocks Tue 07-May-13 18:04:51

Thank you, Ilove. There are some suggestions in the OP. One of the quickest is Deramores.

SoupDragon Tue 07-May-13 18:15:10

The JKM wools mentioned in the OP is actually RKMWools and they were very quick at posting when I ordered for Daisy's blanket.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 07-May-13 18:21:30

Thanks knotty

So sad another wooly hug is needed sad

But from experience they are the most amazing gift to give someone who has lost their cuddles off a loved one xxx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 18:25:20

Big hugs B X

So sad that another blanket is needed. I will PM you Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 18:40:46

Thank you so much X

We already have a lovely donor to thank, we really are very grateful for your generosity, lovely crafters will make something very special for Survivial and her boys from you both thanks

thanks ScienceRocks

You are a star X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 18:45:21

The light is off in my PM box for now, I shall be back later on, but HUGE thanks to all, and please do keep PMing thanks

Primrose123 Tue 07-May-13 19:39:51

Will PM you Pistey.

What a lovely thing to do...Survival has been a thread friend for a long time now. I'll contribute towards wool.... thanks all of you x

NoWayNoHow Tue 07-May-13 20:09:08

Have PM'd you Pistey - count me in.

So, so sad for Survival, have been watching her thread and thinking about her x

maxmissie Tue 07-May-13 20:16:03

Have also PM'd you to offer to donate. So sad that another blanket is needed so soon.

GoingGoingGoth Tue 07-May-13 20:21:53

Have PMed you. So sad that another blanket is needed.
Count me in.

OpheliaBumps Tue 07-May-13 21:11:45

About to pm, can help out but not until after 25th May as we're off on holiday on Saturday.

So, so sad. Have PMd Pistey.

gonerogue Tue 07-May-13 21:52:52

PM sent Pisty.

Xxx to Team Survival.

Trumpton Tue 07-May-13 22:06:52

I have sent a PM. Will order wool tonight . So so sad. I have a candle burning for a friend who is expected to leave this world tonight. Life can be so cruel .

Jacksmania Tue 07-May-13 22:19:38

I'd planned to contribute four green (James C Brett apple green) and four blue (James C Brett pale blue) squares to Daisy's blanket, would it be all right if I sent the four green ones for Daisy's banker and saved the pale blue wool for this one? Deramores did post the yarn very quickly but shipping to Canada costs nearly as much as the yarn, and we've hit a lot going out at the moment blush. I don't want to be cheap but I hope that's ok blush.

Jacksmania Tue 07-May-13 22:20:32

"Daisy's banker" <sigh>

Daisy's BLANKET, obvs.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 07-May-13 22:21:01

Have replied to blondesmail smile

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 07-May-13 22:24:31

Whoops hit send

Can pisty or knots order my wool for me as know I will get the wrong one sad

Survival will love her blanket - wrapped up in a cocoon of wooly love

Having received one of these blankets sad I was so so touched - the amount of love and hard effort that goes into each square is amazing

And well done pisty and knotty for organising all these much needed hugs and everyone else / rather a knitter or gatherer or donator xxx

Very sorry to hear this. PMing now.

Lots of new blanketeers for this one!

Feel free to pop over to Ravelry for inspiration. We have a Woolly Hugs group over there - you will find the thread for this blanket here

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 23:11:12

Evening all. Apologies, have had a busy one. I'm just away to help folk on PMs now. X thanks

No need for apologies. You and Knotty do a fantastic job keeping track of everything flowers flowers

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 23:46:15


We have two more fabulous donors to thank tonight, your donations have arrived safely and we are very grateful to you. We will buy wool on your behalf and send it on to crafters who will make some thing very lovely from you both for Survival. Thank you thanks

thanks Blondeshavemorefun

thanks stealthsquiggle

You really are both stars, thank you thanksthanksthanksthanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-May-13 00:12:32

The light is off in my PM box. Huge thanks to everyone. What an amazing response already. So many lovely folk wanting to show love and support, truly awesome.

Thinking of Survival and her boys tonight, and sending much love Xx

Such a sad time for Survival and her family.
She'll be in my thoughts while I help towards her blanket.

Lots of love to Team Survival, wishing you all the strength. thanks

tribpot Wed 08-May-13 07:28:55

I'll ask MN to amend the title of our existing support thread so we can run one for both blankets.

Thoughts and love to Team Survival.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-May-13 09:05:07

Morning all smile

Thanks trib thanks

BabyGiraffes Wed 08-May-13 15:01:04

Will pm when I get to the computer tonight. Known survival in mn for a few years now and think about team survival constantly. xxx

BabyGiraffes Wed 08-May-13 15:01:38

'on mn'

flootshoot Wed 08-May-13 15:11:43

Will pm now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-May-13 17:13:20

Afternoon brew

Loving the Blanketeers, we ask for Lego, they can do it, ask for Angry Birds, they can do that too, no end to the talents of folk, just awesome. <sniff>

Am busily PMing, huge thanks to everyone thanks

Jacksmania Wed 08-May-13 17:48:24

Pistey, did you see my question about the green and blue wool?
Basically, I ordered the James C Brett apple green and the pale blue, intending to make four squares with each for Daisy's blanket. Do you think you'll need all eight for Daisy's, or would it be ok if I did four green squares for Daisy and saved the pale blue to do four squares for Survival's blanket? It's only that shipping to Canada is quite expensive, it comes to almost as much as the yarn itself, and we have quite a bit outgoing at the moment so I can't really justify paying that much for another two balls of yarn. blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-May-13 17:51:03

Sounds perfect lovely Jacks, thank you X

5madthings Wed 08-May-13 20:51:07

I have ordered my wool so it should shortly be winging its way to the knitter smile

Schooldidi Wed 08-May-13 21:06:59

I'm here again. So very sad that we're needed again. I've got some wool and I've just finished for Daisy, so I'll get started tonight. I'll make one big parcel with everything I'm sending you.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-May-13 22:24:08

Thank you 5 and didi thanks

Have just answered all PMs, huge thanks to all for your support, tis marvellous thanks thanks thanks

And we have another lovely donor to thank, we are so grateful to you for your generosity and thoughtfulness, we couldn't mange without our lovely donors. Thank you. thanks

thanks BabyGiraffes

You are a star thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Bearcrumble Thu 09-May-13 09:03:38

Have PMed you re donating funds. Another friend of Survival from the postnatal group. Thanks so much for doing this. x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-May-13 09:51:15

Thank you Bear - just coming to you now X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-May-13 17:37:46

Afternoon/ Almost evening all smile

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks We have another lovely donor to thank, we really appreciate your generosity, you really are very kind

thanks Bearcrumble

Woolly wool is on the way, hopefully arriving with crafters tomorrow or Saturday, huge thanks to the donors once again, you really are marvellous Xx thanksthanks

I hope this is the right place to ask and that it's not too stupid a question but it's my first contribution and I want to get it right.

I've looked at the blankets on the Woolly Hugs web site. Can the squares be any stitch as long as they are 6 inches?

Sorry. blush

Absolutely TheOne, and there is no such thing as a stupid question! smile

Pop over to the support thread in arts and crafts, that's where we hangout for a blether!!

KnottyLocks Thu 09-May-13 19:16:32

Evening, woolly lovelies smile

LizaRose Thu 09-May-13 19:17:18

Signing in to contribute some squares.

Thank you Glaikit I'll head over now.

tribpot Thu 09-May-13 19:21:14
JulesJules Thu 09-May-13 19:23:13

I would like to knit a square or two.

Lots of love to TeamSurvival.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-May-13 23:06:31

Evening all wine

I have news of more lovely, lovely donors. Huge thanks to you both, we really appreciate your kindness and generosity, just amazing thanks

thanks LizaRose

thanks InmaculadaConcepcion

You really are stars thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-May-13 07:11:47


Keeping Survival, her boys, their families and friends close in my thoughts today, it's her wonderful husband's funeral, sending much love, bless them all X

PurplePidjin Fri 10-May-13 07:14:22


Very much so Pistey

Woolfey Fri 10-May-13 07:50:17

Me too x

KnottyLocks Fri 10-May-13 08:06:00

Thinking of them all and sending love x

MOSagain Fri 10-May-13 08:13:23

In thoughts and prayers xxx

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 10-May-13 10:30:16

keeping survival in my thoughts today x

rubycon Fri 10-May-13 10:43:51

sending peace, love and strength xxx

Thanks to my donor.

AngloSvensk Fri 10-May-13 12:20:00

Thank you to my donor. A ball of lovely baby teal turned up today. smile

Thinking of Team Survival today xxx

Thank you to my doner. Lovely ball of Debbie Bliss turned up today. thanks

WhoremoaneeGrainger Fri 10-May-13 14:12:48

Have pm'd you pistey.

Woolly wool arrived today, thank you. thanks

Just read back. Thinking of teamsurvival today. flowers

Thinking of TeamSurvival today. thanks

Beautiful silver wool arrived today. Thank you so much to the lovely donors. thanks

I'd like to try something a little more intricate this time so will be off looking for something.

NomDeClavier Fri 10-May-13 17:19:00


Much love to TeamSurvival xxx

cheesecheeseplease Fri 10-May-13 17:46:21

team survival in my thoughts today, beautiful dark blue wool arrived from my wonderful donor thank you so much thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-May-13 17:59:32

The wool arriving so far today as been bought from funds generously given by our lovely donors. Huge thanks again. Fabulous team work. X


NappyHappy Fri 10-May-13 20:57:05

Much love to you and yours Team.

Thank you for the lovely wool that arrived this morning, whoever you are donor thank you again.

Good evening everyone!

Jacksmania Fri 10-May-13 21:42:08

<waves at TheOneWithTheHair>
Mwah, lovely!

We are on our way home, where I hope to get started on my squares. Got absolutely nothing done this week - not a Snitch. This has been the most exhausting holiday ever. I think I need another week to recover.

GoingGoingGoth Fri 10-May-13 22:08:37

Evening Piste, have just PMed to confirm arrival of lovely cream woolly treasure. Many thanks to my marvellous donor.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 00:13:38

Thanks everyone, we [heart] the donors X

ChippingInLovesSunshine Sat 11-May-13 00:40:57

Pistey - PM's seem to be playing up again! I'll try to PM you again in the morning... but I'm on board. I read the thread in floods of tears last night - life is so bloody cruel at times sad

KnottyLocks Sat 11-May-13 10:58:56

It really is, Chip sad

If PMs keep playing up, we can be contacted admin@woollyhugs.
com or messaged on Facebook MNWoollyHugs.

LackaDAISYcal Sat 11-May-13 11:01:53

Signing in sad

I have wool already smile

KnottyLocks Sat 11-May-13 11:09:19

Thank you thanks

blizy Sat 11-May-13 12:01:47

My wooly wool has arrived from my lovely donor. I have some gorgeous shades of blue, looking forward to getting started. Thanks! X

johnworf Sat 11-May-13 12:52:28

My wool arrived this morning. <phew> Getting cracking later. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 13:50:33

Thank you all thanks

Just away to PMs

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 13:56:40


Huge thanks to all these lovely, lovely Blanketeers, your wool has arrived safely with your crafter, and we are all enormously grateful to you. Your crafter will make something beautiful for Team Survival from you both. thanks

thanks maxmissie

thanks CakeExpectations

thanks weblette

thanks 5madthings

You are all complete stars, heartfelt thanks again X thanksthanksthanksthanks

5madthings Sat 11-May-13 14:16:09

Oh lovely i had an email yesterday saying it had bedn dispatched so that was very speedy smile

Skoggy Sat 11-May-13 15:20:50

Got my squares done. Going to do 2 for the other blanket we have on the go now. Should be mailed on Wednesday.

Gonna be an expensive day on Wednesday. Got 3 envelopes going out for my square swap group as well. Atleast my PO has gotten used to me sending little parcels now. smile

MNPin2013 Sat 11-May-13 15:42:19

Hi, what is the deadline?

weblette Sat 11-May-13 19:17:54

Pleased it's arrived smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 19:25:25

Evening wine

MNP The deadline is last posting on Saturday 25th May thanks

MNPin2013 Sun 12-May-13 01:03:14

Thanks Piste.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 12-May-13 16:17:58

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Another lovely donor to thank tonight, your donation has arrived safely with us and we are very grateful to you, you are a star thanks

thanks AFingerofFudge

Heartfelt thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Oh, deadline for this blanket is 25th May as well? Better get a move on.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 12-May-13 17:20:56

Yes please Ellen thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-May-13 07:44:57

Morning brew

Morning - I'm posting today (if I can get it all in the box!)

KnottyLocks Thu 16-May-13 07:18:57

Oh good luck! smile

Squeezed it all in! There's stuff for Team Survival, Daisy and a couple of other things you are expecting. Most of it <whispers> is crocheted!

shock droitwich! Have to crossed to the dark side?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 16-May-13 10:37:25


Glaikit I kind of craft both ways. Am you tube taught in the way of the hook and it's SO quick! Am still a 2 pin girl at heart though :-)

Good to know Droit! I just cannot get to grips with crochet, because I can't visualise it. With knitting I sort of knew what's was meant to be going on but crochet <shudders> .......

I had motivation! I have 2 books of flower patterns, half of which are crochet. Guess which ones I wanted to do?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 09:47:19

Morning brew smile

StellaMarie Fri 17-May-13 10:46:30

Donor wool has arrived this morning - lovely duckegg blue and cream. Thank-you to the donor. Pistey, have sent PM.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 14:35:01

Thank you Stella X

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 14:44:35

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Absolutely lovely smile Beautiful woolly treasure has been arriving this morning. Huge thanks to the crafters, you are all amazing. There is love in every stitch X

thanks Tweetinat Beautiful teal and silver crochet designs, absolutely lovely [star]

thanks WhereAreMyShoes Two beautiful silver grey crocheted squares, lovely bobbles and one a cloud design. Really super [star]

thanks DroitwichMummy Beautiful silver and blue squares and gorgeous forget me not embellishments too. Lovely. [star]

thanks Skoggy Beautiful blue and cream crocheted squares, absolutely lovely designs [star]

thanks Ingles2 Just lovely, a teal, silvery blue and cream striped square, perfect [star]

thanks fan Beautiful cream crocheted squares with blue, one a lovely sort of sun design [star]

All just beautiful. Heartfelt thanks X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-May-13 14:19:53

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived, and it is just lovely thanks

thanks gonerogue Absolutely lovely, a royal blue granny square, just perfect [star]

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-May-13 10:27:36

Last posting date!

Monday 10th June - Last posting for squares for Team Survival

We had suggested an earlier date, but we really need longer as we've had folk joining us as recently as yesterday.

Huge thanks to all thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-May-13 14:43:04

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanksthanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived today, heartfelt thanks to the crafters for all that they do, you really are awesome thanks

thanks bluesky Just beautiful, blue crochet, royal blue grannies and a royal and navy striped granny, perfect [star]

Huge thanks X


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 20:45:24

Evening all wine smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure for Team Survival arriving safely today, and there is love crafted into every stitch. Huge thanks to the crafters for all that you do X thanks

thanks NeitherShreddedNorSmug A beautiful cream knitted cable, absolutely beautiful [star]

thanks Rubycon Absolutely lovely, blue and silver knits with forget me not embellishments. Beautiful [star]

thanks BeerTricksPotter Just lovely knits in blues, super snuggly textures and stripes [star]

You are all stars. Thank you X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Hello, I've nearly finished a plain blue square for this. I've just seen in the first post that forget-me-nots are a special flower for TeamSurvival, I have a lovely little pattern to try out, would it be okay to use a very small amount of yellow for the centre of the flowers? If so is there a specific one I should use. Thank you smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 21:26:36

Sounds lovely, thank you. thanks

I have some of the yellow we are using. If you PM me your address, I can pop some in the post tomorrow.

Fabulous. Thank you Pistey have PM'ed you smile

Went to the wool shop earlier to get wool for my forget-me-nots and the lady has managed to fob me off with baby cashmerino despite me telling her that's not what I wanted. Should've checked the bag but I was about to throw up so had to rush out blush I shall have to order the right kind online instead! Any ideas for something I can make with one ball of blue baby cashmerino? smile

Oops this isn't the chat thread sorry! smile

Posted mine today. For the first time ever, there's no chocolate in it sad since the postage prices went up so much. Sorry.

Jacksmania Thu 23-May-13 22:06:41

Posted my squares smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-May-13 23:01:17

Postal charges are bloody mad aren't they? We were shock at how much it all costs. But really no apologies, they should be apologising to us! Actually the lovely man in my PO did apologise.

But thank you all so much thanks thanks thanks thanks

Jacksmania Thu 23-May-13 23:08:38

Wait... we're supposed to send chocolate???

I didn't get that memo blush

Sorry Knotty and Pistey, I shall have to do better in future!

No requests to send chocolate Jacks , I just traditionally sent a bar of chocolate in with my squares because I felt to guilty about the poor suckers attaching all the squares together grin

But it would change it from large letter rate to a parcel so about 3quid extra to send a £2 bar of chocolate confused

JulesJules Fri 24-May-13 16:47:15

I've just sent mine off <waves off galloping sheep>

- Daisy's squares, Team S's squares and my what sort of blanket is it blanket.* I've put it all in one postabag (so one lot of postage) but they are all labelled.

* and some chocolate

GoingGoingGoth Sat 25-May-13 10:47:47

Just about to post mine, didn't think about chocolate <wails>, but loads of love to whichever sucker kindly soul is putting the squares together grin

Poor hookers, I meant, obviously grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 28-May-13 17:39:36

Afternoon all brew

A horrid wet and rainy day has been brightened enormously by the arrival of a small mountain of beautiful woolly treasure. Such pleasure opening it all, just so lovely, what a privilege.

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Huge thanks to all crafters for all your time and care, there is love crafted in to every stitch for sure X thanks

thanks WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Absolutely perfect, cream crochet with blue border and 3 forget me nots, super [star]

thanks StopEatingThatMud Absolutely lovely, two teal crocheted squares, one with a lovely 3D flower, the other with an intricate design, super [star]

thanks GenghisCanDoHisOwnWashing Just beautiful, intricate cream crochet, snowflake like with a blue border, so lovely [star]

thanks StellaMarie Two beautiful crocheted squares on duck egg blue and cream, one a horizontal stripe the other on the diagonal. [star]

thanks Macarooned Beautiful crochet, silver fan design, tis absolutely gorgeous [star]

thanks PiggyPlumPie In silver a gorgeous snuggly textured knit, just so lovely [star]

thanks Woolfey Just brilliant, Woolfey has embroidered the red angry bird onto a cream square for us, tis fabulous, snuggly textured cream square too. [star]

thanks TheWoollybacksWife Silver and blue crocheted square with flower design, tis absolutely gorgeous [star]

thanks PurpleFrog Beautiful crochet, lovely aplle green leaves on navy, the butterfly design in pale blue and a gorgeous granny [star]

thanks schooldidi Just amazing, 3D flowers in blues and green, deeply textured, just lovely [star]

thanks JulesJules Beautiful knits in blue and cream, one a chevron design, the other a snowflake pattern just super [star]

Heartfelt thanks, the blanket for Team Survival will be absolutely beautiful.

Thinking of Team Survival, and sending much love X

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RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 16:41:24

Another miserable rainy afternoon, but, in Good News, beautiful woolly treasure arriving for Team Survival, and it is just lovely. Thank you.

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thanks Ninja Just gorgeous, knits and crochet in silver, I just love the garden design, tis just fabulous, plus lovely 3D flowers with plum centres, a leafy cable design and a teddy. Beautiful [star]

thanks MOSAgain Absolutely lovely, a denim blue garter knit with pale blue flower, tis just lovely [star]

thanks MoaningMingeWhingesAgain A gorgeously snuggly knit on the diagonal in silver, super snuggly and just lovely [star]

Heartfelt thanks to all, you really are stars X

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Jacksmania Thu 30-May-13 00:38:26

I really hope mine doesn't take six bloody weeks this time hmm. It shouldn't, I sent it via Air Mail, it should arrive next week.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 30-May-13 16:16:23

Afternoon wine smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful squares arriving this morning, woolly treasure indeed! Huge thanks, there is love crafted in to every stitch X

thanks LizaRose Just beautiful, crochet in silver, blues, purple, pink including some separate flower embellishments. Absolutely super [star]

thanks GoingGoingGoth Gorgeously snuggly, cream textured crochet, love the bobbles, fabulous [star]

thanks EllenJane Thyese are absolutely lovely, cream, silver and a soft blue, crochteed squares, intricate patterns, wow [star]

thanks Trumpton Just beautiful, a wavy blue rib, super snuggly textures, just lovely [star]

thanks bamboobutton Three beautiful knits in cream, just lovely designs [star]

Heartfelt thanks to all, such a lot of time and care has gone into these. You are all stars X

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RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 31-May-13 12:35:47

Afternoon all smile brew

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My Postie has just been, and sends all her best wishes to everyone, bless her, she is rather fabulous. And she has brought woolly treasure, huge thanks to the crafters once more. There is love crafted in to every stitch. Just awesome X

thanks MinnieBar Absolutely gorgeous crochet in blue and cream, two flowery squares, super [star]

thanks Flootshoot Love knit and crochet, in silver and blue, love the little 3D flowers, just beautiful [star]

thanks Macdog Can't believe you are new to crochet, these are just beautiful, well done you! Three gorgeous silver grannies [super]

thanks NomDeClavier A gorgeous silver basket knit pattern, just beautiful [star]

You really are all stars X

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PastaBeeandCheese Sat 01-Jun-13 09:16:44

Is it the usual address Pistey? I'm off to the post office as the woolly owl plan isn't getting anywhere fast.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 09:49:42

Yes please lovely, thank you thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 14:36:21

Afternoon all lovely Woolly Folk smile wine <-- Pimms

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived, and has had a long journey, so it is resting smile Huge thanks, you really are rather fabulous you know? X

thanks Jacksmania Beautiful crochet in a soft blue, just lovely [star]

Huge thanks to you Jacks, these are just beautiful X

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Jacksmania Sat 01-Jun-13 16:11:14

<cheers wildly for Canada Post>

I'm so glad smilesmilesmile

johnworf Mon 03-Jun-13 17:28:22

My squares are ready to send. Where do I send them to?


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Jun-13 19:10:53

Thanks lovely, I shall PM you the details right now thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Jun-13 19:11:47

and lo, I have smile thanks

johnworf Mon 03-Jun-13 20:50:49

They're on their way smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Jun-13 08:40:29

Thank you thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Jun-13 17:30:52

Afternoon all smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived safely and it really is gorgeous, huge thanks for all your time, love and care X

thanks MrsDeVere Beautiful crocheted granny squares in a soft silvery blue, absolutely lovely, [star]

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RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Jun-13 20:20:00

Evening all wine

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Lovely, lovely woolly treasure has arrived, huge thanks to the crafters for all your love, thought and care X

thanks Johnworf Two super snuggly and absolutely gorgeous silver garter knit squares [star]

thanks Theodora Two gorgeous teal and cream crocheted squares, one with a big 3D flower, just lovely [star]

Just lovely, thank you X

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RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Jun-13 15:58:07

Afternoon smile brew

Beautiful woolly treasure for Team Survival arriving safely, and there is love crafted into every stitch. Huge thanks to the crafters for all that you do thanks

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thanks PastaBeeandCheese Two beautiful crocheted squares in cream and blues, one a traditional granny, the other a granny stripe, really super [star]

thanks TheThickPlottens Beautiful crochet, one with a big 3D teal flower, the other a pink flower, just beautiful [star]

Huge thanks both, these are really lovely thanks

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OpheliaBumps Fri 07-Jun-13 21:05:17

Hi Pistey, I had some donor wool for this blanket, shall I return the leftovers for constructing the blanket, or keep them for the next squares that are needed? My squares will be posted tomorrow/Monday, together with the squares for Trinity.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Jun-13 05:47:08

Thanks lovely - you keep it X

KnottyLocks Sat 08-Jun-13 06:22:05

Checking in smile

MNPin2013 Wed 12-Jun-13 11:09:41

Posted TSurvival and Trinity squares yesterday so they may arrive today smile & I labelled them this time blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Jun-13 15:53:02

Afternoon lovely woolly folk smile brew

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful treasure has just arrived, and it is so lovely. Huge thanks to the crafters for what they do, we are in awe thanks

thanks MNPin2013 Just beautiful, a lovely grey crochet with gorgeous teal flower, and a blue double crochet square, super [star]

thanks RiaOverTheRainbow Beautiful knits in pale blue and silver, teddy, tree and gorgeous little forget me nots, perfect [star]

thanks TurningUpsideDown Just beautiful teddy knit on blue, tis absolutely lovely [star]

thanks blizy Absolutely beautiful crochet in gorgeous blues and silver, colourful grannies and stripes, really smashing [star]

thanks Pidj Completely gorgeous, a blue granny with white and green, absolutely super [star]

thanks Psychomum5 Absolutely gorgeous! Grannies, in silver, super snuggly, just perfect [star]

thanks GoodbyeRubyTuesday Absolutely lovely, a cream cable knit and a navy square with forget me nots, and a beautiful array of forgetmenot embellishments too, so lovely [star]

thanks Birnamwood Beautiful knits in blue, just gorgeous textures, so snuggly [star]

thanks GlaikitFizzog Beautiful wave design, so clever, just lovely [star]

thanks coffeeandchocolateplease Beautiful knits and crochet in a very soft blue and cream, including flowery grannies, absolutely lovely [star]


Heartfelt thanks to all, what an amazing response, beautiful squares with love crafted in, you are all stars. thanks

All cards will be looked after, and will go soon with the mini hugs. We just need to be confident all squares that are coming are here.

Thank you doesn't seem enough, but THANK YOU thanks

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OpheliaBumps Wed 12-Jun-13 17:46:47

Hmm, bit worried mine haven't shown up, I posted them first class on Monday sad

Thinking about it, I may not have put my name on the envelope, but it's the 4 initials in blue so easy to tell it's mine.

MNPin2013 Wed 12-Jun-13 18:20:48

smile I am sure it will arrive soon Ophelia.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Jun-13 18:28:54

I'm sure they will Ophelia, and I will know yours without a name because I know the colour and I know what you are sending. No need to worry X

NoWayNoHow Wed 12-Jun-13 20:09:31

Put my square through your door on Tuesday, Pistey, but just realised that I didn't say it was for TeamSurvival's blanket! it was a blue knit with diamonds. wrapped in lime green paper - did you get it?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Jun-13 20:24:53

My front door was wide open wasn't it? My DD had gone out and left it all, she is such a plonker at times grin You shoulda come in, we could have had a cuppa grin


Aha! On the square, I have posted it in Trinity's thread, I shall shift it over right now. Two ticks X

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Jun-13 20:27:35

and here we are, have moved it physically too

thanks NoWayNoHow No judging here love! Beautiful knit in blue, gorgeoise wavy diamond design [star]

You know there is a Knit and Natter group held in there? I can't go because although I can certainly natter, I can't knit. I do know of one MNetter who goes though. brew

NoWayNoHow Wed 12-Jun-13 20:42:50

Yes, did notice the door but thought better of just wandering in with my square hoping that you didn't think that I was a burglar! wink Glad you got it at any rate - can't believe I forgot information as vital as who it's actually for. Good grief, I can be a bit rubbish...

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Jun-13 17:23:26

Ophelia!! They are here. Just waiting to get on the computer to do thanks properly.


OpheliaBumps Thu 13-Jun-13 19:28:03

Yay! I was slightly panicking about how much I'd delay construction of the blanket by having to redo them grin

the 2 purple ones are for Trin's blanket btw, one of them is supposed to be a crocodile although DH thinks it's more like a duck hmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Jun-13 10:59:48

Morning, morning, morning smile brew

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived, and it is so very lovely. Such a lot of thought has gone in, and there is love crafted in to every stitch for sure. Bless the crafters! thanks

thanks OpheliaBumps Just lovely, Ophelia has knitted the initials for the whole family in a beautiful light blue, perfect [star]

thanks Soupy These are so gorgeous, Soupy has made an Angry Bird piggy - so clever! And a crocheted square with flowers, so beautiful, and separate forget me not embellishment. Perfect [star]

thanks CiderwithBuda Gorgeous and super snuggly, a duck egg blue garter knit square, just lovely [star]

thanks TheOneWithTheHair Two beautiful crochet squares in a silvery blue, with absolutely gorgeous forget me not embellishments on, so thoughtful, just lovely [star]

Huge thanks, you really are all stars X

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RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 16-Jun-13 08:05:19

It is Fathers' Day, and we know it will be a hard and sad day for many folk.

Thinking of Team Survival, but also of all our families for whom we have made, and are making Woolly Hugs, and all our crafters and donors who are missing someone they love too.

We are keeping you close in our hearts and thoughts.
Sending strength and love,

Pistey and Knotty Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Jun-13 14:42:58

Afternoon smile

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Beautiful squares arriving this morning, woolly treasure indeed! Huge thanks, there is love crafted in to every stitch X thanks

thanks UniqueandAmazingKFS Lego bricks! Gorgeous crochet in pale blue and silver, using bobbles to make the bricks, very clever, just lovely [star]

thanks Jules146 Beautiful colourful grannies in blues , silvers and cream. Just super [star]

You really are both stars, thank you X

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Jules146 Mon 17-Jun-13 15:35:38

Glad they arrived smile

I was worried you wouldn't be able to make out the bricks blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 26-Jun-13 13:48:23

smile thanks

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Such beautiful woolly treasure has arrived safely, heartfelt thanks for your time, love and care, these are just perfect. thanks

thanks HairyPotter Just beautiful, a silver knitted heart design, and a lovely teal ribbed knit, super snuggly, just lovely [star]

You are fab my lovely

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HairyPotter Wed 26-Jun-13 13:57:12

I absolutely promise I will be more organised in the future.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Jun-13 10:42:49

Morning smile brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 29-Jun-13 14:46:30

Afternoon all smile brew

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure arriving safely, and it really is lovely, huge thanks to the crafters for what they do thanks

thanks GetOnYourDancingShoes Just beautiful, two forget-me-not designs on silver, one an embroidered knit, the other a crochet design. Really beautiful [star]

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RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 03-Jul-13 19:59:19

Evening wine

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived safely and it really is gorgeous, huge thanks for all your time, love and care thanks

thanks Otherworld Beautiful crochet in blue and silver, lovely granny and stripes, super [star]

Thank you X

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RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 05-Jul-13 15:11:37

Three forget-me-not mini hugs being sent to Team Survival this afternoon, along with all the cards that came for them. Pic of mini hugs on FB.

The mini hugs go with much love from us all. Their big Woolly Hug will follow at a later point.

We are keeping them close in our thoughts. Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 09-Jul-13 18:35:11

Evening wine

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Beautiful woolly treasure today, and it is very lovely indeed. Huge thanks to the crafters for all you do, there is love in every stitch X thanks

thanks RoguePixie Two beautiful knits in cream, super snuggly, just perfect [star]

thanks ThePigofHappiness Two beautiful crochet squares in blue with yellow flowers, just lovely [star]

Thank you both so much thanks

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RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 15-Jul-13 15:05:19

Afternoon wine smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Jul-13 08:22:19

Morning smile brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 22-Aug-13 07:37:10

Morning brew smile

This really made me smile, Survival's boys will love it.

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thanks Crispsarenotoneofyour5aday On pale blue, one of the blue Angry Birds, brilliant and textured is good! [star]

Thank you so much, tis marvellous thanks

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SurvivalOfTheUnfittest Sat 05-Oct-13 23:41:26

The boys and I talked about our mini hugs again today and I realised there might have been a thread about our woolly hug, begun at a time when everything was rather a blur. I've now found it and read all your wonderful messages. I just wanted to say thank you for all your amazing love and support (and sorry it's so late!) The boys and I are doing okay, with ups and downs, as you would expect.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Feb-14 16:55:43

We are really pleased to be able to let you know that 'Team Survival' now have their Woolly Hug. It was made and sent with so much love and strength for her and the boys.

Always thinking of her fabulous DH. X

Photos can be seen here

Heartfelt thanks to all of the many folk who contributed towards this in different ways. You are all stars.


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