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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

Flojobunny Fri 08-Feb-13 22:24:57

Oh no sad not looking good is it.
I'm pretty sure I put a note it. It was a dark blue knit stitch square.

Jacksmania Sat 09-Feb-13 00:15:09

Nothing from me yet?

<frets about plainness of green and blue double-crochet squares compared to some of the beauties described here>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 09-Feb-13 20:32:19

Um, still not here Jacks, sox sad

thanksthanksthanksthanks Lovely woolly treasure has arrived today from <drum roll>

thanks Vajazzler Two lovely very dark green rib type knits, just lovely, many thanks [star]

Just lovely, bless you thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 09-Feb-13 20:33:20

Wow, just noticed we are on 978 posts, think a new thread for lemon is going to be needed smile I will get on with that tomorrow or we shall fall off the end!

BarbaraWoodlouse Sat 09-Feb-13 20:33:44

Jacks fret not. Go take another look at some of the previous blankets on the Woolly Hugs site. You'll really notice how the lovely decorative squares rely on their plain(er) neighbours to show them off to their full potential. Knotty and co are genuine in the plain squares are good, plain squares are essential mantra.

Sending vibes for a green and blue double crochet delivery first thing Monday smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 09-Feb-13 20:40:12

Babs is absolutely right Jacks, you really need simple squares, they really are essential. Beautiful in themselves, and they really help the look of the whole blanket

Have a look

Jacksmania Sat 09-Feb-13 20:47:57

<feels much better>

Thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 09-Feb-13 21:48:44

Jacks, tis true. Simple squares are good, simple squares are essential smile

It's the love and thought that makes the squares special.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Feb-13 13:12:00

Good news!!

Woolly treasure that we thought might have gone AWOL <fret fret> has finally arrived, huzzah, and phew!!!! thanksthanksthanksthanks

thanks Flojobunny One lovely dark blue garter knit square is safely here, and just beautiful it is, and super snuggly too. [star]


BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 13:15:01

<clicks 'like'>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Feb-13 14:13:17

me too BIWI, me too smile

Flojobunny Mon 11-Feb-13 22:29:20

Hurray! U were right Pistey, it clearly fancied the scenic route!

Jacksmania Tue 12-Feb-13 15:19:47

Nothing from me yet? <fret, fret>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Feb-13 16:34:36

Soz no Jacks sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Feb-13 20:24:04

I absolutely love OliviaMN, she has stretched this thread so it can take up to 1100 posts, so no need to start a new one and worry about losing folk.

Int she a star?! thanks

Thank you Olivia!!!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Jacksmania Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:56

I love Olivia too thanks

Crap re no post from me <fret, fret> - posted on the 28th... damn Canada Post, come onnnnnn!!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Tue 12-Feb-13 21:58:14

Quickly marking place before thread fills up...

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Tue 12-Feb-13 22:02:21

Ooh, thanks Olivia. thanks That'll teach me to refresh before posting.

BasketzatDawn Wed 13-Feb-13 16:14:55

I know it's pathetic but I've forgotten how to PM shock, and I need address to send squares. please rescue me, somebody smile. I am bear of little brain at mo but at least I can still knit. Simple stuff anyway .....

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Wed 13-Feb-13 17:53:54

Find a post from Pistey, then click on Message Poster in the blue banner at the top of the post on the right hand side. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Feb-13 19:00:59

She is right, but I shall come to you smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Feb-13 14:19:40

Afternoon all smile brew

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived safely,and it is absolutely lovely thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

thanks hellymelly Beautiful silver and green knits, the most lovely acorn appliqué and gorgeous heart too, and embroidered in silver on cream the words "Cariad Anfarwol" which means "Love Undying" in Welsh. Just perfect [star]


Jacksmania Fri 15-Feb-13 16:21:30

Oh no, still nothing from me? sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Feb-13 19:26:58

I had absolutely nothing today sad Not even a bill.

hellymelly Fri 15-Feb-13 23:36:48

Really glad mine arrived safely, still have not managed a successful crow, despite several attempts. I was so hopeful that felting a square I could have then cut to shape would work, but that artesano yarn only shrunk slightly at 60 degrees and hasn't felted. shows it is truly washable though! Very good for a pure wool yarn.

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