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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

magicOC Thu 06-Sep-12 19:58:20

Sorry Pistey I took so long, but, thats the square on its way this morning.

No excuses for being delayed.


YouveCatToBeKittenMe Thu 06-Sep-12 20:13:19

Glad to hear they got there safely, sorry that one is slightly more oblong than square! grin

KnottyLocks Thu 06-Sep-12 23:06:18

A big thanks to everyone.

We really do appreciate all your efforts. You [stars]. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 07-Sep-12 16:27:46

Starry starriness all around for sure thanks

thanks Osmiornica Two gorgeous knits, one in pink, the other purple, with daisy patterns embroidered on, super [star]

thanks magiOC A lovely intricate pink knit with 3D flower, just beautiful [star]

Heartfelt and huge thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Sep-12 10:48:17

Morning, woolly treasure has arrived early today thanks

thanks LiviaAugusta two lovely pale green knits, one with a heart pattern [star]


magicOC Sun 09-Sep-12 11:36:13

Glad it finally got there. Sorry again, but, got caught up with things.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Sep-12 14:48:22

Honestly magic, no apologies needed thanks

More woolly treasure arriving safely this morning, heartfelt thanks thanks

thanks MinnieBar A gorgeous green knit - a candle pattern , absolutely lovely [star]

PurplePidjin Mon 10-Sep-12 15:34:31


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Sep-12 16:55:01

Me again smile brew and don't tell BIWI biscuit grin

Lovely woolly treasure has arrived safely! Huge thanks to all thanks

thanks Bluebell99 Two lovely, super snuggly knits in shades of blue, gorgeous [star]

thanks Naoko No apologies needed my lovely smile Two absolutely smashing knits in a purpley pink [star]

thanks MoogDroog You too! No apologies needed, honestly, and I have a needle!! smile A snuggly moss and garter knit square, in pink, just lovely

And a lovely donor to thank too, we are so grateful, these projects couldn't run successfully without the kindness and generosity of these lovely folk thanks

thanks Skateboarder You are a star

Heartfelt thanks to all X

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 13-Sep-12 17:05:53

Just checking in to see how the blanket is coming along.


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Sep-12 17:15:06

Hello lovely Exit smile

Well we are still collecting in squares and donations, as you can see above, making sure everyone has enough time as it gets very difficult for folk over the summer holidays. But I am in such a privileged position, having seen all the squares so far, and what I do know for certain is the blankets for expat and Giraffes are going to be absolutely glorious, so much love and thought, just amazing.

Am having another one of these now brew Tis smashing smile


Naoko Thu 13-Sep-12 17:42:20

Oh I'm so glad it's there! smile Hope the textured one will stretch to size, it all went a bit weird with that one....

PurplePidjin Thu 13-Sep-12 23:16:14


ExitPursuedByABear Fri 14-Sep-12 12:48:03

Thanks for the update. Look forwward to seeing the finished product.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 16:04:19

A lovely super snuggly textured square in purple came with a complete ball of rowan vamp, but no name, would anyone like to claim it - tis loverly! At the mo am unsure which blanket it is for. thanks

Thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 25-Sep-12 15:14:11

That square still hasn't been claimed!

But some very well travelled squares arrived today, long distance thanks

thanks MapofTassie Two gorgeous garter squares arrived safely this morning - one in a soft green, the other is pale pink, both are just lovely [star]

Huge thanks X

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-Nov-12 15:21:35

Lovely woolly treasure has arrived for expat, huge thanks to the lovely crafter

thanks PacificDogwood A beautiful green textured pattern, just stunning and the most lovely pink basket weave, thank you so much [star]

PacificDogwood Fri 09-Nov-12 19:02:20

I am delighted to not have been too late for this blanket. Or blankets - I wasn't aware that one for giraffes was being done as well. Feel free to 'split' my squares. Whatever suits.


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 12-Nov-12 06:48:08

Thanks Pacific thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 07-Jul-14 18:50:33

Precious Aillidh.xx

Thinking of Aillidh's family and friends, especially today, two years on. thanks

Aillidh touched the hearts and lives of so many, she inspires us and will live long in our memories. Sending much love and huge hugs to all who love and miss her. xxxx

For Aillidh

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 08-Sep-14 23:08:46

Really pleased to be able to let everyone know that expat and giraffes have their Woolly Hugs. Love in every stitch for them.

The link to the photos is here....

Thanks so much again to everyone thanks

Always remembering Aillidh xxx

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