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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

Jacksmania Sat 16-Feb-13 15:59:12

I'm going to air mail the next batch so they're traceable. This is nerve wracking sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Feb-13 16:29:15

Sorry Jacks. They didn't come this morning. There was only a letter for my DH. They will come on Monday. X
<got it all crossed>

WeAreSix Sat 16-Feb-13 21:19:29

Oh pfffft I've bought the wrong wool sad

Jacksmania Sun 17-Feb-13 02:59:51

Oh no, what did you buy? And what did you mean to buy instead?

WeAreSix Sun 17-Feb-13 09:18:57

Ha! I've just checked the list again and I have got the right wool <dances a little jig of joy>

I really hope I can get enough done... Needles are clicking!

Jacksmania Tue 19-Feb-13 14:58:25

No parcel from Canada?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Feb-13 16:30:57

Have been out all day Jacks and just home. Red card on the mat saying two parcels are waiting in the sorting office, one has to be signed for, the other is just described as a 'packet' so I am really hoping that one is from you my lovely X

Jacksmania Tue 19-Feb-13 17:29:27


Oh I hope so!!!!!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Feb-13 20:06:16

I will rush there tomorrow with everything crossed Jacks smile

Trazzletoes Wed 20-Feb-13 16:04:13

HivPistey, DM posted mine yesterday (not sure what kind of post she used) so I hope they will be with you soon. Sorry for the horrific lateness.

Trazzletoes Wed 20-Feb-13 16:57:04

That was meant to say Hi Pistey. Obviously. blush sorry.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 21:05:48

Hello Trazzle smile

They arrived safely this very day, DM did well and so have you - gorgeous woolly treasure!thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

And no apologies needed. X

thanks Trazzletoes Two beautiful duck egg blue, gorgeous crocheted squares, really lovely [star]


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Feb-13 17:21:23

Beautiful woolly treasure has arrived safely today, thank you so much thanksthanksthanksthanks

thanks BasketzatDawn A beautiful bobbled flower knitted design, I honestly don't know how you've done that, and a lovely lacy cream knit too. Just gorgeous! [star]


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 25-Feb-13 08:57:05

Morning thread brew smile

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 09:01:11


I was shock this morning grin. I googled something to check a knitting stitch and ended up the Dummies site. At the bottom was a series of links:

Dummies Recommends
How to Knit a Ribbing Stitch
How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch
Knitting in the Round: Circular Knitting Basics Choosing Needles and Yarn for Circular Knitting
Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns How to Knit Garter Rib Socks
How Young Is Too Young to Masturbate?

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 09:01:31


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 25-Feb-13 09:15:33



Jacksmania Mon 25-Feb-13 16:14:56

What??? shock


BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 18:33:48

Blast. I was going to link to the page, but that link has been removed now!

BasketzatDawn Tue 26-Feb-13 21:28:15

Um, did it by following pattern one row at a time, and then pulling it into shape to make it kind of square wink. The other one is supposed to be snowdrops, but you'd not know unless in the know. Glad they arrived anyway. Sorry they were so late blush, but really happy I could still contribute.

MNPin2013 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:45:11

Now drops sound lovely BasketzatDawn

grin Biwi

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 20:08:59

Evening wine


thanks Two beautiful silver knitted squares arrived safely today, but sad I can't see a name. Would anyone like to claim them? They are really very lovely? Thank you anyway, you are a star X


cheesecheeseplease Tue 05-Mar-13 18:11:19

ooh they are mine pistey! I knew I had forgotten something, I am so sorry they are so late but rl has been rather taxing xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Mar-13 21:12:41


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Mar-13 21:13:59

thanks cheesecheeseplease Two beautiful silver knitted squares arrived safely, super snuggly textures, they are very lovely [star]

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

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