We rely on advertising to keep the lights on.

Please consider adding us to your whitelist.



Advanced search

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

(1039 Posts)
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

Mine will be on its way tomorrow when I land. Any last minute requests for American candy treats?

Skoggy Fri 01-Feb-13 16:24:06

My squares are in the post! smile Shall be eagerly waiting to hear of their arrival.

GlaikitFizzog Fri 01-Feb-13 16:29:49

Reece's pieces! Peanut butter M&MS, white chocolate M&MS ooooooooh Cheetos! And cinnamon gum that I can't remember the name of but a colleague used to keep me stocked in it years ago. It was delish!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 16:38:37


Afternoon all smile

Mercedes - I shall PM you now X


GlaikitFizzog Fri 01-Feb-13 16:49:05

Ye olde paper shoppe here had nerds the last time I was in!

GlaikitFizzog Fri 01-Feb-13 17:10:39

No they didn't it was millions! Nerds are hard and sour aren't they?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 17:12:27

Gritty things, and sour yes, DD loves the watermelon ones, which make my eyeballs feel like they are about to fall out.

Skoggy Fri 01-Feb-13 17:14:42

Fizzy Big Red? Wasn't that the cinnamon chewing gum?

I get American candy sent to me through my crocheting circle. Being that Crochetville is mainly an American forum, most of the swap partners I've had have been American. They have me hooked (no pun) on Flipz, chocolate covered pretzels. I know M&S sell chocolate covered pretzels but Flipz are something else. I like the fudge covered ones too.

GlaikitFizzog Fri 01-Feb-13 17:22:03

Chocolate covered pretzels! They did them for a while here when I was in sixth year at school (staple vending machine breakfast!) but I've not seen them for ages! Milk or white chocolate!

GlaikitFizzog Fri 01-Feb-13 17:24:22

Sorry went off thinking about pretzels forgot to say, yes I think it's big red! One time my colleague got cocky and thought I might like some chocolate and took back the biggest bag of Hershey kisses! <vom> I used that as an example of his failure to follow simple instructions!! grin

Skoggy Fri 01-Feb-13 17:35:41

There is an American candy shop in the Metrocentre in Gateshead and they sell Flipz but the price on them is stupid!

Nerds, aren't they Wonka candy? Nerds, Gobstoppers and Runts. They've all made a come back. I can get them in Fenwicks. LOADS of Wonka candy in there. And Reeses stuff, and the different M&Ms.

ditavonteesed Fri 01-Feb-13 17:40:44

have done 2, seeing if I can get a third out of the wool, I think I can based on the weight of the rest of the ball and the weight of the squares I have done (very scientific), I have to confess having looked at some of the squares on the website mine are very plain and boring. watermelon nerds yum

JulesJules Fri 01-Feb-13 20:48:44

oooooooooooooo reeses pieces


Welsh landscapey squares and a solitary purple nork should be galloping pistey-wards

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 21:06:46

Evening wine

Sorry to have taken so long to get to this, has been a busy old day smile

thanksthanks Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived safely today, hooray!! Thank you so much to all, it all really is so marvellous thanksthanks

thanks StellaMarie Beautiful silver and blue crocheted stripes, two on the diagonal, beautiful [star]

thanks Birnamwood Absolutely lovely, apple and denim stripes, gorgeous bobble-y sheep, bird and sun pattern and snuggly waves, just super [star]

thanks MissPricklePants These are lovely! Purple and blue crochet grannies, beautiful [star]

thanks JulesJules Welsh landscapes! Beautiful purple, green and cream moss type stripes and a bobble-y one! Smashing stuff [star]

thanks NowWayNoHow Through my door, always love them as they look like presents smile Beautiful apple green rib, just lovely [star]

thanks coffeeandchocolateplease Beautiful duck egg blue and cream, fabulous trees, a granny and lovely snuggly textures, really fabulous [star]

All absolutely lovely, heartfelt thanks to all for your care, love and thought.


Thinking of lemontruffles X

ditavonteesed Fri 01-Feb-13 22:04:55

on the wooly hugs site it goes off the writing too quickly, is there any way to pause it, I would love to see what people have said about their blankets?

3 squares finished will be in the post tommorow.

MissPricklePants Fri 01-Feb-13 22:06:40

glad they have been received, was a bit concerned they were not nice enough but ther is love and thoughts for lemontruffles in every stitch x

ditavonteesed Fri 01-Feb-13 22:09:21

ignire my last question, I have seen it.

Trazzletoes Fri 01-Feb-13 22:56:09

Glaikit we must be about the same age - I have similar pretzel-related memories.

sleepingsatellite18 Sat 02-Feb-13 00:07:22

Hello, just read lemontruffles thread.
I'm new to reading this website and I'm so moved by all the support on here already.

Am I too late to offer my help?
I am not creative at all (!) but could happily be a donor.

If its not too late please tell me what to do x x

Skoggy Sat 02-Feb-13 00:38:32

Tab Clear was another thing that tried to make it over here but failed. Mind you, I think it failed on an international basis. lol grin

ditavonteesed Sat 02-Feb-13 08:58:48

Just in case piste is out or something, would anyone else be able to pm me the address to send the squares to so I can get them in the post this morning. ta smile

KnottyLocks Sat 02-Feb-13 09:11:04

Dita, Pistey is getting knitted knockers from the Post office so should be back very soon.

SleepingSatellite, bless you and thank you. You can donate via Paypal on our website : www.woollyhugs.com. Just include a message with your donation with your MN name so we can confirm thanks

GlaikitFizzog Sat 02-Feb-13 09:23:57

trazzle I'm 31 21 and a half plus a wee bit! grin those were the days! Chips every day for lunch, multitude of sweets from the tuck shop! Every morning break a delivery was made from the local baker of Aberdeen rowies (salty lard laden bread roll type things <salivates>) 500 cals a pop and sausage rolls that would give greggs a run for their money! Now my old school is all hummus and birdseed (according to a friend)! Where are the memories for this generation going to come from!

I'm so sorry to have come empty handed - I didn't have time to check the thread before I left. But will bring lots next time!

For whoever was asking about knitting needles - I got my wooden ones through security at JFK no problem, and knitted a square on the flight grin.

RedRosie Sat 02-Feb-13 13:51:28

<Rushes in>

Nearly done Pitsey. Honest! Lost a day yesterday as we went up The Shard ... These are my hands (pic 13) in the Telegraph:


Only the quality papers for me.

<Rushes out>

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now