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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

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 07:40:41

I think the phrase was

full-on GENIUS

Just saying...

Morning brew

Yes, Trazzles, happened to us all, and it is bloody annoying

Thank you Wanting, We very much hope she will too thanks

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 04-Feb-13 08:19:12

Full-on genius is an anagram of sinful lounge

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 04-Feb-13 08:19:49

And elf slug union

BIWI Mon 04-Feb-13 11:20:15


RedRosie Mon 04-Feb-13 11:39:58

According to DH, Ian is in the post as well as on my profile Pitsey ...


Trazzletoes Mon 04-Feb-13 16:52:54

<opens can of worms>

Picture of not rows of crochet on my profile now if anyone wants to point out its rubbish and that therefore Pistey is not a full-on genius grin

I'm not of the opinion it's rubbish, personally grin

Skoggy Mon 04-Feb-13 17:02:20

"Skoggy I genuinely have no idea how you made the dragon. Tiny, tiny stitches. It reminded me of the Elves and the Shoemaker story, not saying that you are an elf obv. Are you an Elf?"

Haha well, I am short :D
I love thread crochet. I have loads of thread and teeny tiny hooks. Just takes practice I suppose. Love doilys. I've made a bigger dragon doily from the same red.

On a slightly different note, but still on squares. Today I finished sewing together and bordering a blanket I've had squares sent to me for. Its for my little DD2. Each square was sent to me from people on Crochetville in our Friendship afghan CAL. I have a bigger one for DD1 to put together but thats 30 8" squares. smile

Izzy and her blanket

Just the blanket

This is why I keep promoting Crochetville on MN and Ravelry. Its so much fun and full of some great people. grin

BIWI Mon 04-Feb-13 17:02:45

Looks fab to me!

Trazzletoes Mon 04-Feb-13 17:11:36

Thanks BIWI. See, if I can do it, ANYONE can :D

BIWI Mon 04-Feb-13 17:30:01

Don't you start!

BasketzatDawn Mon 04-Feb-13 17:49:04

I have a couple of squares to contribute for lemontruffles' blanket. Am I too late? If not, I need address. Ta.

Wow Skoggy that is a lovely blanket (and gorgeous DD as well)! Do you send squares to your crochetville people in return?

Skoggy Mon 04-Feb-13 19:32:59

Yes. Its a lovely CAL. We all exchange squares in friendship. You decide on the colour theme and what size squares you want and people send you them and you do it in return. smile

MNPin2013 Mon 04-Feb-13 20:08:36

Lovely Trazzle.

Come on Biwi grin

Jules146 Mon 04-Feb-13 21:42:24

Skoggy how do I find out about Crochetville sounds like an addiction I need to investigate...

Skoggy Mon 04-Feb-13 21:45:26

They have a blog, a free pattern directory, run classes... and the forum.
My username is the same over there as here. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 21:46:46

Yes, come on BIWI

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 21:47:21

elf slug union grin grin wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 22:05:00

We have lots of lovely crafty folk to thank tonight, for beautiful woolly treasure has arrived safely today, huge thanks to all thanksthanksthanks

thanks ditavonteesed Just beautiful, three denim blue granny squares, absolutely lovely [star]

thanks LandofOoo Beautiful crochet, grannies and snuggly textures in green and a sort of burgundy [star]

thanks Primrose123 Absolutely lovely squares, super snuggly textures in a lovely purple, and a separate crochet heart embellishment [star]

thanks Mikachu This is more than OK my lovely, tis smashing, a very lovely silvery grey granny, super [star]

thanks BarbaraWoodlouse Two beautiful crocheted squares, one in a khaki green the other a 3D flower in blue, lovely [star]

thanks OpheliaBumps Two beautiful knits, one in teal, one in purple, a gorgeous texture, and a lovely rib pattern. [star]

And we have a lovely donor to thank tonight too, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity thanksthanks

thanks sleepingsatellite18

All cards will be looked after until the time comes for the to travel with the blanket, you have our word on that.

You are all stars, huge and heartfelt thanks thanksthanksthanksthanks

Jules146 Tue 05-Feb-13 08:35:41

Thanks Skoggy! Will have a look when RL stops getting in the way!!

GlaikitFizzog Tue 05-Feb-13 13:24:45

I'm spamming the wooly threads with this crochet pattern

This has to be included in a woolly hug somewhere!

NotADragonOfSoup Tue 05-Feb-13 14:52:14

I've made that jammy dodger before.

HaveToWearHeels Tue 05-Feb-13 16:29:55

Skoggy that blanket is beautiful, but I think your DD is more beautiful grin
Must check out Chrochetville, sounds like fun.

Otherworld Tue 05-Feb-13 17:10:27

How are we doing now with squares arriving Pistey? How long does it usually take to hook them all together?

RedRosie Tue 05-Feb-13 19:08:37

<frets, anxiously>

Ian went first class yesterday ...

<frets off again>

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