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A Blanket for Expat: Sign up thread for donors, knitters and crocheters.

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KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 14:25:15

It is with deep sadness that I'm starting this thread asking for your support.

Aillidh passed away on Saturday evening, in peace and surrounded by love.
Many of us have followed Aillidh's journey, our hearts touched by this brave and beautiful little girl. She will live long in our memories.

Our hearts and thoughts are with Aillidh, Expat and their family.

As part of this project, we will also be making a blanket for Giraffescantdance. Since Aillidh's diagnosis, Giraffe's has been a constant support and the most remarkable friend to Expat. She has walked this journey beside her and continues to do so, sadly understanding it only too well as she, like Expat, has experienced the devastating loss of a beloved daughter. Our thoughts are with her, as well as our thanks.

We hope that the blankets may give whatever comfort they 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. We now have a Paypal facility to make this easier for all.
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:

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

Ideas for squares:

The initials A, L, S , R and E

Aillidh loved all things girly, so any motifs that reflect this would be wonderful.
Plus roses and bears

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 here on the Woolly Hugs website. We also have a Facebook page: MNWoollyHugs and are on Twitter @MNWoollyHugs. If you 'like' our Facebook page, you'll be updated on progress via your News Feed.

As always, we thank you so much for your support.

thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 14:42:42

If you could PM Pistey, it will save her having to check the whole thread. Many thanks

Itsjustafleshwound Tue 10-Jul-12 14:42:55

Please count me in .... So wish that these requests didn't come up with such frequency ...

Thoughts and prayers with all.

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 14:44:06

"Not a great knitter" is no reason not to create for this project. Squares are valued for the love and effort put in, not the complicatedness of the pattern.

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 14:44:40

Thumb, let Pistey know. Extra balls to your previous crafter may overwhelm her. I have a feeling we will have many crafters offering their help.

Scrambled, PM Pistey, we have ways for those without Paypal. Thanks.

MikeLitoris Tue 10-Jul-12 14:44:49

Can you pm me please pistey.

On my phone so it will only let me reply to pms.

I would love to donate again.

Dont have paypal but could send wool or money directly to a knitter if needed.

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 10-Jul-12 14:45:45

are we PMing for everything, or just for donating?

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 14:46:20

Everything, please Nickel thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 14:46:28

Simple squares are good. Simple squares are essential

Is our mantra. The thought behind the square is the greatest value.

mejon Tue 10-Jul-12 14:47:08

Another one who lurked on the threads but couldn't find the words. I'd be honoured to knit some squares for the blankets. I'll PM you Pistey.

TheRealMBJ Tue 10-Jul-12 14:48:17

I will make a square and one on Blatherskite's behalf. Will PM presently.

MittzbethSalanderLovesBouncing Tue 10-Jul-12 14:51:27

sad signing up xx

SalagadooLamagicaboo Tue 10-Jul-12 14:52:16

I would like to knit (plain squares) but I would need some wool,

Thinking of Aillidh, expat, and giraffe a lot these days sad, she is an amazing little girl!

SixtyFootDoll Tue 10-Jul-12 14:53:26

I would love to donate, wish I could knit or crochet.

I'm in, of course. I love that we are doing a blankie for Giraffe too.

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks As always you guys are amazing with your thoughtfulness and generousity. Mumsnet is very lucky to have!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 10-Jul-12 14:55:12

Am replying to everyone, please bear with me, the response is absolutely amazing. I am blown away. thanks

Idratherbeknitting Tue 10-Jul-12 14:56:07

Absolutley signing up for these blankets. I followed Aillidh's threads with hope, and now much sadness. My heart goes out to Expat and her family, and Giraffes as well.

If we can help in any small way, show love and support, then I'm in.

AddictedtoCrunchies Tue 10-Jul-12 14:57:56

Have pm-ed

appleblossoms Tue 10-Jul-12 14:58:02

Have PM'd you pistey. I'd like to knit some squares if I can be matched with a donor. Such sad news.

I have pm'd, just marking a place on the thread.

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 10-Jul-12 14:59:24

okay. smile

fledtoscotland Tue 10-Jul-12 14:59:29

Have pm'd you piste.

MooncupGoddess Tue 10-Jul-12 15:00:44

I'd like to donate, will pm piste now.

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 15:01:19


prettybird Tue 10-Jul-12 15:02:24

Absolutely signing up for this.

Already have very pale pink wool which was got by accident for Matilda's blanket.

Pistey - if I combine the wool I got today with the left overs from the previous blankets (still have some dark green and two shades of blue) - then I could produce squares for both blankets? Would that be OK?

soremummy Tue 10-Jul-12 15:03:02

Will pm when I'm back from school. Count me in for these blankets x

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