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Blanket for lemontruffles : lovely crafters, donors, we are calling for your help.

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RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 12:22:59

Very sad news I'm afraid. Lemontruffles' husband died this week on New Year's Day after living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Such devastating news. Our hearts go out to her. In her own words, he was the love of her life.

We have offered to make a blanket for her, and are so pleased that she has said she would love one. She is clearly so very moved by our offer and has said she is astonished at the kindness of strangers. We will all be holding her hand and hope that she will feel the love and support from us all, and that the blanket will bring whatever comfort it can.

Lemontruffles writes so movingly on her thread about her beloved husband, and has shared many memories, bless her heart. her thread is HERE. You will not fail to be moved by the love and warmth of her posts about him.

So to the Woolly Hug, we would be very grateful for your help.

We will need crocheters, knitters and donors (of funds or wool) I will co ordinate and do admin, and Knotty (KnottyLocks) is here and will help you with any queries you may have.

So if you are able to join with us, please PM me, and also if you are offering to donate, or need a donor, I can help match you up.

Thank you so much.

The wool we are using:
* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (not the Baby cashmerino)
* Rowan Cashsoft DK
* Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
* Artesano Superwash Merino DK.

Just from these yarns please as they are very similar and we know they can be combined for wash and wear.

4mm crochet hook or knitting needles
6 inch squares

The Colours
Lemontruffles has spoken so movingly about her husband's love for the countryside of North Wales, and to reflect that passion how she sees the blanket as a landscape, so :

Greens, darker purples, blues, silvers, cream.

If going for cream please use Debbie Bliss cashmerino DK 013
(Not bright colours for this please, and no pinks or lilacs, thank you)

Just sharing some of her words about him
He was Welsh and loved the countryside of North Wales especially. He loved walking. He loved going to the pub and having the biggest laugh he could. He had a fantastic sense of humour and he loved having fun. He was warm hearted, he had a spirit of pure generosity - though with a 'sticking point' stubborn streak! - he was no angel. He was very adventurous about life. He was a proper hippy in the 60s and 70s. He had an amazing memory for all sorts of things, and a very wide ranging and strange knowledge of very odd things. Such an interesting man. A man with endless and deep humanity towards all the people he met. He was very well loved. He had a deep maturity and wisdom about other people.

Oh, and music! Not male voice choirs! Rock and blues from the 60s and 70s, and the manic street preachers. He had great taste. Also photographs. He was always photographing things, all sorts of random things, all sorts of bits of nature, and landscapes. He loved his camera.

Suggestions for motifs
* Any motifs of the natural world - trees, leaves, flowers, birds (esp crows )
* Can anyone find a Welsh dragon design or a harp? We'd love to find these for her.
* Anything to reflect he was a Welshman.
* Music, photography related
* We have an initial, could you PM me if this is something you'd like to do.

There are many relevant patterns for knitters and crocheters linked to from our website under Crafting

Reading her words gives us lots of motifs to think about for sure, but please don't feel daunted by these suggestions, we 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 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.

As always, we thank you so much for your support.
Thinking of lemontruffles Xx

Pistey and Knotty

DameFanny Sun 20-Jan-13 16:57:32

Oh bugger, forgot to add on the mammoth post that rows 2-5 are the ones to repeat till you've got to desired size.

Jacksmania Mon 21-Jan-13 06:33:11

Got 4 squares done today!!
Hooray for DS playing Lego and letting Mummy crochet thanks[love]

I'm all finished my green wool. Not working tomorrow so hope to repeat today's feat with the blue wool. Then post office Tues or Weds.

smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 07:28:42

Helly, panic not. Post when you can. Stay safe and warm. smile

KnottyLocks Mon 21-Jan-13 07:30:10

Go, Jacks!

<waves woolly pompoms>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 08:51:08

Morning all smile brew [snowballs] [snowangel]

helly love, please don't worry about the squares, just keep warm!
<passes hot chocolate>

Thank you so much DameFanny for the pattern, I can add it to our crafting guide now with a photo of your square to illustrate. Tis always lovely adding something new, and this really is lovely thanks

Oma Do you have a link for the harp we could add? thanks

Well done Jacks thanks

Keep warm everyone, tis another ffffrizzzzzzin snowy day here brew


Somersaults Mon 21-Jan-13 09:43:37


I've got my first square finished and I'm very pleased with it. Trying a new pattern for the second one which to me looks like fallen leaves in the ground. It looks kind of complicated but it's all one colour so if it goes wrong I can just frog the whole thing and still have a full ball of wool!

MOSagain Mon 21-Jan-13 11:12:03

morning, hopefully my square will turn up soon, was posted friday x

MrsPennyapple Mon 21-Jan-13 12:57:35

Hi everyone, two squares parcelled up, off to the post office in a minute to send them off - with ends sewn in, after suddenly realising I hadn't done it. Note to self: Sew in ends as you go along, don't leave it to the end!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Mon 21-Jan-13 14:47:03

Got to the post office at last! Only a week after I finished the squares. I've been stuck in so raided my stash to start a little hug. I'll go find the right thread now. smile

Jacksmania Mon 21-Jan-13 15:24:21

Morning all (morning here) - ^ that reminds me - how do I sew in ends? blush Sorry, I feel a bit stupid asking but it's been so long since I've done this. Love how quickly it's coming back though smile

Would be grateful for an explanation for dummies!

Morning Jacks.

You just take a darning needle and draw the ends through the back of the work/along the sides for a couple of inches and then fasten off.

yy to Mrs Pennyapple, far les sof a chore to do the as you go along <eyes DS2's blanket - 80 squares, some multi coloured = a lot of pesky ends>

SkaffenAmtiskaw Mon 21-Jan-13 16:08:30

I've just received my wool, it's a lovely purple. Will get on with the squares then!

nimbs Mon 21-Jan-13 17:09:56

I've just received my wool too - lovely blue - will get on with the squares smile

Jacksmania Mon 21-Jan-13 20:50:03

Ok, another question - one of my squares is a row short, but I'm all out of green wool. Should I leave it, or should I give it a lovely border with the blue wool to bring it up to 15 cm by 15 cm?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 20:54:11

Evening all wine

Jacks If it stretches comfortably to 6 inches, then it is fine, thank you

Good news of the woolly wool arriving. Hooray!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 20:55:26

Thanks Shredded for the Pesky End Sewing In Tutorial grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 21-Jan-13 21:02:26

Absolutely lovely woolly treasure has made it through the ice and snow and has arrived safely, huge thanks to all, you really are marvellous thanks

thanks MOSAgain Beautiful denim blue knit with gorgeous woolly flower appliqué - really, really lovely! [star]

thanks YouCanRingMyBell Apple green and denim blue knits, lovely textures and patterns, really super [star]

thanks ElizabethMN Gorgeous knits, stripes, garter, moss and cables - all absolutely lovely [star]

Heartfelt thanks to all, really marvellous thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Jacksmania Mon 21-Jan-13 21:02:49

Excellent, on to the lovely blue wool!

Youcanringmybell Mon 21-Jan-13 21:58:56

So pleased they have arrived. Thank you pistey thanks

Jacksmania Mon 21-Jan-13 22:11:48

2 more blue squares done.

Post office tonight, I think!

Then I need to order more wool smile smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Jan-13 07:06:49

Morning brew

Frozen, snowy and foggy here today. Keep safe and warm everyone!

Off to PMs, thank you thanks

RedRosie Tue 22-Jan-13 07:18:36

Morning. brew

Central London v v v v cold and foggy. Pah.

Am making an interim green sheep. I may call him Ian the Interim Green Sheep...


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Jan-13 07:39:47

Please do Rosie. I love Ian the interim green sheep already! We will need a poem though. smile

Jules146 Tue 22-Jan-13 08:10:00

It is indeed cold today!! Lots of brew needed in order to keep warm and maybe a few biscuit to help out too!! Squares near completion!! Yay smile

KnottyLocks Tue 22-Jan-13 11:53:14

Top banana, Jules!

Ian grin

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