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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 Thu 03-Jul-14 09:32:02

Thinking especially today of the very lovely mumof2teenboys, her family and all of James' friends, two years on. Sending much love to them all. His favourite song is linked here, have just listened to it again. It is absolutely beautiful. xx

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 25-Feb-13 12:07:49

I'm so sorry for everything you are having to endure mumof2teenboys. Pleased you like your blanket.

mumof2teenboys Mon 25-Feb-13 06:50:20

Thank you ladies, I am humbled that strangers felt so inspired by my words and ramblings. You have made me cry with your love and support, but they are 'good' tears for once. You are all so amazing and wonderful, not to mention talented.
Thank you seems inadequate but I honestly can't think of a bigger word to use.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 24-Feb-13 20:36:41

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, everytime we look at this, we will be reminded of the love and kindness of strangers, your warmth and time will always be remembered. Thank you from the 3 of us.

The very lovely mumof2teenboys now has her Woolly Hug, it went to her today with much love from us all.

The photos are here, please do have a look

Thinking of James Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 14-Nov-12 15:29:46

Hello once again smile

A beautiful square has arrived safely thanksthanksthanksthanks

thanks LadyWellian A gorgeous diagonal knit in shades of blue and silver, so clever and just beautiful. [star]

As you say, much starry starriness

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Sep-12 12:48:41

Hello brew

PurplePidjin Mon 10-Sep-12 15:33:56


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Sep-12 14:49:48

Afternoon smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Sep-12 18:07:25

Evening wine

Lovely woolly treasure has arrived safely, hooray! Many thanks thanks

thanks GlaikitFizzog Wow - lovely! In blue and cream, knitted musical notes, a very impressive star and a garter with 3D flower, absolutely lovely [star]

Heartfelt thanks X

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Aug-12 12:25:46


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Aug-12 10:21:38

Morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 23-Aug-12 11:54:35

Lovely woolly treasure arriving safely today, heartfelt thanks thanks

thanks LandofSoapandGlory Gorgeously snuggly textured knits in silver and pale blue, just lovely [star]


PurplePidjin Tue 21-Aug-12 14:43:40


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-Aug-12 13:55:53

Woolly treasure has arrived! Tis absolutely lovely, enormous thanks thanks

thanks Soupy Beautiful stars on navy, gorgeously snuggly textured squares and a fabulous sun design thank you [star]

Thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Aug-12 08:13:04

Morning brew

PurplePidjin Sat 18-Aug-12 14:46:41


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 18-Aug-12 14:08:59

More woolly treasure arriving safely today, huge thanks thanks

thanks Lackadaisycal Beautiful crochet, a deep blue square with cream star, and the same with a moon, plus a fabulous knitted cabled heart, just stunning [star]

We'll look after your card until the time comes and it travels with the blanket

Thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 16-Aug-12 15:11:00

Lovely woolly treasure arriving safely this morning thanks

thanks BarbaraWoodlouse Gorgeous snuggly textured blue knit, really lovely [star]

Thank you so much X

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-Aug-12 15:27:54

More lovely lovely woolly treasure to coo over smile All just lovely! thanks

thanks PrettyBird Three different cable designs in cream and two blues, absolutely lovely [star]

thanks GetOnYourDancingShoes Beautiful knits and crochet, a moon and stars design, grannies and all sorts of lovely snuggly textures [star]

Once again I say it, but honest, heartfelt thanks to all thanks We will keep all cards safely until they travel with the blankets.

You are all stars X

PurplePidjin Wed 15-Aug-12 08:23:01


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 14-Aug-12 17:19:26

More woolly treasure arriving safely today, tis all gorgeous!

thanks PracticallyPerfectNot Lovely knitted moon and singing stickman, really super and haven't found any sand yet!! [star]

thanks WhenIsItMySleepyTime Lovely bluey grey, purple and green grannies, gorgeous. [star]

All lovely, heartfelt thanks X

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 13-Aug-12 12:52:36

Hello there smile

Lovely woolly treasure has arrived safely, heartfelt thanks to all thanks

thanks MyNewCatIsfab Absolutely lovely, snuggly knits in teal, green and cream, just lovely [star]

thanks Whore Just lovely, a green granny, snuggly blue knit and purple and grey granny [star]

thanks MinnieBar Totally gorgeoise knits - a bottle green daisy stitch and tribal sun, just lovely [star]

thanks Umami Beautiful green and cream crochet with quotes from 'Sunscreen' embroidered on, absolutely lovely. <wipes tears away> [star]

Apologies, I missed the post arriving this morning so a registered packet has gone to the sorting office, I have a red card smile Sadly they are only open until 12, so I will go first thing tomorrow. thanks

Enormous thanks to all thanks

AllMuddledUp Sat 11-Aug-12 16:11:15

Hooray they arrived!

I really enjoyed trying out some new patterns, thanks to the fabulous knitting guide on the woolly hugs website.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-Aug-12 12:59:52

Lovely woolly treasure arriving safely this lunchtime thanks

thanks Eskarina Lovely green and purple knits, basket weave and a ribbed one [star]

thanks LookAtHerGo Lovely granny in green, cream and blue, super [star]

thanks Faverolles Super snuggly squares in cream garter [star]

thanks AllMuddledUp Gorgeous textured knits in a sea blue and mid blue [star]

thanks OpheliaBumps absolutely lovely, an initial J and a moon pattern in a lovely green [star]

thanks JulesJules Lovely green textured knits, so very snuggly [star]

thanks WhoKnowsWheretheTimeGoes Simply lovely, a wavy crochet pattern in blues and cream [star]

Heartfelt thanks to all, as always thank you for cards for the families, we will look after those until the time comes thanks

Much starry starriness all around X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-Aug-12 15:58:55

Afternoon all smile

More woolly treasure has arrived safely, all absolutely lovely thanks

thanks DillyTante Absolutely lovely crochet stripes and flower squares, in green and pale blue [star]

thanks TodaysAGoodDay A beautifully knitted purl square in green [star]

thanks RedRosie Absolutely lovely snuggly green knit, super, absolutely no apologies needed X [star]

thanks DancesWithWoolsEnPointe Lovely greens and blue, a diagonal and initials S and J, super [star]

thanks KnitternotTwitter Totally gorgeoise pale blue textured knit, smashing, so snuggly [star]

Heartfelt thanks to all thanks


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