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A Blanket for Mumof2TeenBoys: Sign up thread for donors and crafters

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KnottyLocks Sat 07-Jul-12 14:14:24

You may have heard the devastating news that Mumof2teenboys' beloved son, James, passed away this week. He was just 22 years old.
Mumof2teenboys' thread is here
Our thoughts are with James, his family and friends.

We have offered to make a blanket.
The family are very grateful and Mumof2 said that a woolly hug sounded so good right now and that they would appreciate a hug very much.
We hope that the blanket may give whatever comfort it can to them all.

So, we need knitters, crocheters and donors.

If you would like to donate wool, then we will try match you with a crafter.
We think that there may be wool still in circulation because of the current blanket project. Where possible, we hope to 'recycle' as much as we possibly can.

RatherBeOnThePiste will coordinate and match crafters and donors, and deal with the admin side. I'll try to answer any queries you may have.

If you would like to be involved in any way, please post on this thread and PM Pistey with your offers: crafting, donating, need wool, etc, and she will match you up.
If you are offering to donate, we would be grateful if you would let us know if you'd like to donate 1 or 2 balls of wool. One ball should make at least 2 x 6? squares, in some cases more.
Whatever way you'd like to be involved, please PM Pistey: it really helps us to know how many people are involved. Thanks

If you are a crocheter and/or an experienced knitter needing donor wool, could you let us know when you PM us as we can hopefully send part balls from the 'recycled' wool stash. Thanks.

The wool we are using:

* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (NOT the baby cashmerino)

* or Rowan Cashsoft DK.

They are very similar and can be combined.

* 4mm knitting needles or hooks

* knitters cast on 33 stitches (this is a guide for less experienced knitters)

* 6" squares

The two new yarns we introduced recently:

*Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
It's another 'silky' wool that fits in nicely alongside the DB and Rowan wools and can be combined with both.

*Artesano Superwash Merino DK.
Although it isn't as silky as our normal wools, it is soft yet hardy and washes in the same way. It has the added appeal of being a good ethical option and is very reasonably priced.

The Colours:

Blues, greens, warm purples, silvers and cream (preferably Debbie Bliss 013 cream, if possible)

Ideas for squares:

The initials J, S and M

Motifs: Suns, Moons

James' favourite song was Sunscreen, which I've linked here. Listening to it as I typed this, I felt I should include this as the words are just so poignant.
If any of you can embroider, the family have asked if the word 'sunscreen' can be incorporated.

Please don't feel daunted by any of the ideas as we really love plain squares and simple textures too. They look as stunning as the more complex squares and actually play a vital role in the overall effect.

Previous blankets can be seen on the WoollyHugs website. We also have a Facebook page: MNWoollyHugs.

As always, thank you so much for your support.

thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Jul-12 14:17:28

So very sad, my thoughts are with you and your family, James was clearly loved by many. I am so sorry. Xx

Yes, please do PM me as Knotty says, I am here thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 07-Jul-12 14:18:34

I too have listened to the song, it is beautiful and so poignant. X
Thinking of James Xx

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte Sat 07-Jul-12 14:22:24

Have PMed

Poor family...

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sat 07-Jul-12 14:25:01

Will pm pistey, sadly signing up for another blanket sad

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 14:25:09

Sending pm now. Did my squares arrive??

landofsoapandglory Sat 07-Jul-12 14:26:24

So very sad, I shall PM now.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sat 07-Jul-12 14:27:06

Gah, I can't figure out how to pm on my phone, Will go on FB x

MittzbethSalanderLovesBouncing Sat 07-Jul-12 14:27:35

sad this is so sad and had seen Mumof's thread.
I am signing up to get involved please x

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Sat 07-Jul-12 14:30:04

Count me in. So sad sad

bobkate Sat 07-Jul-12 14:30:31

sad sent PM x

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Jul-12 14:34:23

*We have some Debbie Bliss wool that we bought from Fingers and Thumbs at a reduced rate. To make it as fair as we can, we are putting a limit on it - a maximum of two balls each.
One ball is £5 incl P&P; two balls sent together £7.50 incl P&P.

Will be back with more details about choice, etc very shortly.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Sat 07-Jul-12 14:38:35

As a mum of young men myself, sign me up for a few squares.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Sat 07-Jul-12 14:39:17

The shade 016 is coming up as pink, not cream, but I can find 013 cream - is that right?

(sorry, this probably isn't the place to query that, but I thought others might be confused)

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Jul-12 14:39:17

It's Debbie Bliss 013 cream

That could be a very expensive typo. Sorry.

AllYouNeedIsAClickyBallpoint Sat 07-Jul-12 14:40:00

X-post smile

KnottyLocks Sat 07-Jul-12 14:43:49

I've just reported myself.

MNHQ are getting used to me having to do that. <waves> Sorry!

Glaikit Sat 07-Jul-12 14:45:19

sad so many blankets needed recently, really breaks my heart

PeggyCarter Sat 07-Jul-12 14:45:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I'm in too, will PM. I've been in tears reading her thread.

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 14:53:05

Heres a nice sun motif on ravelry should be easy enough to resize sun motif

MilkNoSugarAndAShotofWhisky Sat 07-Jul-12 14:54:05

Shitting hell sad

Can donate 2+ balls, just let me know addresses

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 07-Jul-12 14:55:43

Oh no not another one sad

Pistey I will PM you about donating wool.

Really must learn to knit.

soremummy Sat 07-Jul-12 15:12:18

I'll do the initials x And this time I promise to post early and sew in ends I have problems with my eyes for a few weeks and couldnt properly see to sew in ends or go to the post office with the package, but all sorted now

LinzerTorte Sat 07-Jul-12 15:14:40

So sad, I saw the thread a few days ago. Will PM.

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