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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 Wed 06-Mar-13 16:06:40

Afternoon brew

thanks MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Beautiful woolly treasure arriving in plenty of time, no worries smile A gorgeoise green knitted music note pattern, basket weave and snuggly texture in blue. All lovely [star]


MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Fri 08-Mar-13 07:13:50

I'm glad they have arrived safely and glad they're still of some use - sorry for being so spectacularly crap at getting them in the post! YOU and Knotty are the stars!! x thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 08-Mar-13 18:57:41

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Guess what arrived today? smile

RedRosie Fri 08-Mar-13 19:19:17


Could it be that Jack's parcel arrived today?



Jacksmania Fri 08-Mar-13 21:42:20


This is the BEST day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, I'm so glad I could cry.

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Jacksmania Fri 08-Mar-13 21:42:58

Are they ok? Can you use them?

Jacksmania Fri 08-Mar-13 21:43:55

Oh, honestly, I need a Kleenex blush.
I'd really just about given up on them.

<happy sigh>

wine, anyone?

GlaikitFizzog Fri 08-Mar-13 22:12:03

Yay, for Canada post!! not really, did they send them by Mountie??

Glasgow meet up thread if anyone fancies it! Jacks if you post yourself now, you might make it in time!!

Jacksmania Fri 08-Mar-13 23:51:47

They must have done hmm. And I'm pretty sure the poor horse had swim across the entire pond.

Oh, I wish I could come - would be a bit out of place though grin

GlaikitFizzog Sat 09-Mar-13 08:07:15

Arf! Poor horsey would get here and end up in a tesco burger or an ikea meatball!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 09-Mar-13 09:21:52

<snort at the poor horse>

I didn't actually say anything about the woolly treasure! I was so glad they were here, and yes, I think they walked, they seem very tired. I'm just so glad to have them safely in the collection though. Hooray for the Canadian Branch of the International Blanketeers thanks

thanks Jacksmania Beautiful double crochet squares in apple and denim, super snuggly, just lovely, thank you [star]


Jacksmania Sat 09-Mar-13 15:30:14

So happy!!!!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 16-Dec-13 09:50:11

We are really pleased to let you know that the very lovely lemontruffles now has her blanket. So glad to have been able to hand it over in person, and she can't thank folk enough. Made and given with love for her and her family X

Photos are linked here on the website along with a very moving message from lemon. Bless her heart, we shall keep her and the children very close in our thoughts. Thinking of her beloved husband X

Huge thanks to all donors and crafters who made this possible thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 01-Jan-15 22:59:34

Cariad Anfarwol : Love Everlasting

Our thoughts are particularly with very lovely lemontruffles and her family today, two years on from when her beloved DH very sadly died. Sending so much love and huge gentle hugs. xxx

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