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Woolly Hugs. A Blanket for DutchOma, crafters and donors we need your help.

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KnottyAndPistey Tue 14-Jan-14 16:11:57

Very sad news I’m afraid. Our lovely DutchOma’s husband Bob died last week on January 6th, after a long illness. We knew he’d been very poorly, but always had hope. Such a sad loss for her, their children, grandchildren, family and friends. Bless them all. They had been married for nearly 43 years. There has been no separate thread, Oma is being supported by friends on the Christian prayer thread here but please do feel free to use this thread to post condolences. She and her family are in our hearts and thoughts, and we send them love.

Oma has supported and encouraged so many Mumsnetters over the years, including us more than she may realise, and has been such a long term staunch supporter of the blanket making projects on Mumsnet, so we were so pleased when she accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug. We will make it with love for her, as a tribute to her beloved Bob, and a celebration of a joint life filled with love.

So we need crocheters, knitters and donors. Can you help us? Please post on this thread, but also PM me ( RatherBeOnThePiste ) with your offers of help so we know where we are. Thank you.

If you would like to donate wool or funds, I can match you up. If you would like to join in but need donated wool, I can help there too.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Knotty ( KnottyLocks ) is here to help with any crafting queries. All crafting abilities genuinely welcome, squares made by beginner or expert are equally welcomed. It really is the love and thought that counts. Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles. Please do PM Knotty if you need help.

The Yarn we are Using….
* Artesano Superwash Merino DK
* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (discontinued but some still around)
* Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
* Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
* James Brett Pure Merino DK (also discontinued, some still to be had)
* Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK
* Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK

Just from the brands listed please because we know they combine for wash and wear.

The colours we are using...
A rich, dark palette of blues, greens, purples, plums.

Suggestions for motifs/designs
* Bob loved Holland so we are thinking tulips to celebrate this, we have a beautiful tulip field design for Team Knit if anyone would like this, please email us on (Thanks to PracticallyPerfectNot)
* We have initials, do PM if you are thinking this might be for you.
* Can anyone find a ball of wool and knitting needle design?
* Religious motifs, for example angels would be perfect.

Do use the crafting guide on the website to help you with lots of practical info such as help with buying colours, recommended online retailers and if interested there are a lot of linked suggestions for patterns.

Previous blankets can be seen on the Woolly Hugs website and we are on Facebook and Twitter at MNWoollyHugs/@MNWoollyHugs which are both good ways to keep in touch.

This means so much to Oma, thank you so much for joining with us


Pistey and Knotty

minniebar Tue 14-Jan-14 17:15:01

Will check my WH stash tmrw Pistey - I know I've got quite a few little bits and bobs in various colours left over from other blankets.

And it won't take me six months to get a contribution in this time either!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 14-Jan-14 17:15:57

Skoggy Thank you, an angel would be lovely thanks

Lovely tulip Mhw - I think I have seen that before, gorgeous X

Huge thanks everyone, just working through PMs


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 14-Jan-14 17:17:08

Thanks Minnie let me know, the joy is I don't believe they would take very much.

smile At 6 months


atomicyoghurt Tue 14-Jan-14 17:19:05

Son sorry for DutchOma.

Would love to contribute if you can match me up with a donor.

Can crochet squares and motifs


PurpleCrazyHorse Tue 14-Jan-14 17:21:52

Is there a deadline for squares? I need to purchase yarn and I'm a slow (beginner) knitter

So sad to see another blanket is required.

HorsesDogsNails Tue 14-Jan-14 17:35:41

So sorry for Oma's loss.

I'm in for a couple of squares, they'll be plain crocheted grannies.

KnottyLocks Tue 14-Jan-14 17:43:43

We normally allow 3-4 weeks for these projects, to give folks time to get wool then craft.

We'll set a deadline once we know that most crafters have their wool.

MOSagain Tue 14-Jan-14 18:00:16

So sorry another blanket needed. Sending love and prayers. Count me in, will pm x

rubycon Tue 14-Jan-14 18:12:50

I'm happy to knit with the aid of a donor. Sending love, peace and strength to DutchOma and her family.

SirBoobAlot Tue 14-Jan-14 18:14:54

So sorry Oma :-( Much live to you. X

WhereAreMyShoes Tue 14-Jan-14 18:22:50

Such sad news. Thinking of DutchOma and her family.
Will pm now x

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Tue 14-Jan-14 18:30:06

Am so sorry to hear this Oma x
As a completely impractical person can I just say how lovely it is to know that you will be wrapped up in the warmth and comfort of a MN WoollyHug.

Woolly Hugs is one of the loveliest things on Mumsnet (IMHO) - the tulips especially look so beautiful thanks

RichTeaAreCrap Tue 14-Jan-14 18:33:13

So sorry to read this x

Just pm'd you Pistey.

niminypiminy Tue 14-Jan-14 18:40:37

I'd love to do a couple of squares. DO is a very, very special person.

KnottyLocks Tue 14-Jan-14 18:45:26

Thank you all for your support thanks

Trumpton Tue 14-Jan-14 18:47:27

So sorry to hear about Bob. Will be honoured to add some squares for the lovely Dutch Oma's blanket .

droitwichmummy Tue 14-Jan-14 18:57:17

Really sad news. I think I have a tulip pattern to do some loose ones if you would like them. I have wool so will get knitting

Merlioness Tue 14-Jan-14 19:12:47

Would love to contribute. I'm a crocheter

Jacksmania Tue 14-Jan-14 19:12:56

I'm in. Would any other flowers do? I've gotten pretty good at leaves, could have a go at a tulip, but could do other flowers more quickly.

Mintyy Tue 14-Jan-14 19:13:42

It will be my privilege to knit a square for DutchOma's blanket. Am truly sorry that it is needed. I have dark blue and dark pink wool, hope that will be ok.

KnottyLocks Tue 14-Jan-14 19:15:19

Jacks, other flowers and leaves would be lovely too. Thanks.

Merlioness Tue 14-Jan-14 19:15:26

I can't pm from the phone! Could you please pm me?

KnottyLocks Tue 14-Jan-14 19:16:39

Mintyy, sounds fine, bless you.

TwoJackRussellsandababy Tue 14-Jan-14 19:38:16

Count me in please, if there any donors willing to pay for the wool I got two out of the last ball donated.

Dutchoma has always seemed so lovely and gives great advice on the craft board, such sad news sad

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