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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

KnottyAndPistey Mon 11-Jan-16 06:55:13

Oh you are lovely, this is a blanket that was made two years ago, it was lovely Oma's anniversary on 6th which is why the thread came up again.

We truly do appreciate your offer, and please do keep your eyes on the Woolly Hugs' topic, as sadly we know there will be new blankets starting soon, and then we will need your lovely offer.


WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Mon 11-Jan-16 01:08:13

New to this...

I can knit. I will happily make a couple of squares, if that is what you need?

Let me know!

KnottyAndPistey Thu 07-Jan-16 11:45:56

and you are, so loved xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 07-Jan-16 11:45:42

Huge hugs xxxx

Dutchoma Wed 06-Jan-16 16:03:07

Thank you so much. I look at a different square each day and feel so loved and privileged.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 06-Jan-16 07:33:14

Lovely Oma, thoughts with you all, love to you and the family. Bob star


Dutchoma Tue 06-Jan-15 18:03:21

Thank you Pistey, that is very sweet of you to rremember. I am staying with my friend in the Wirral for a few days.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 06-Jan-15 10:33:16

Thinking of you lovely Oma and Bob, especially today. Huge hugs. X

Dutchoma Sun 07-Dec-14 11:58:40

Well it will be on show for a very long time. Come and see it.

TheWoollybacksWife Sat 06-Dec-14 20:16:12

Oma, it is such a beautiful blanket and I'm really sad to have missed the handover. flowers

Dutchoma Sat 06-Dec-14 20:09:52

Pistey marked you square, it is beautiful.

Allalonenow Sat 06-Dec-14 17:38:01

Aaahhh, such lovely photos, I'm so pleased to have been part of this.

thanks Oma

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 05-Dec-14 21:39:43

All love to you Oma. So glad the blanket is with you now. It comes from so many. X

Dutchoma Fri 05-Dec-14 17:57:06

See if I can manage a picture on here

Dutchoma Fri 05-Dec-14 15:37:55

And is here.And I'm totally gobsmacked, I don't know what to say. Pistey spent a lot of time putting labels on as many squares as she could remember or find out from the thread.

It is so beautiful, thank you very much. It is inadequate but what else can you say? Thank you each and every one of you. Thank you to the people who learned to knit or crochet just for this blanket. Thank you to the people I know, and the people I had never heard of. Thank you to Pistey, who brought me the blanket after she had crocheted it together.

Thank you.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Mar-14 08:52:13

<waits for next PM asking for address>



WhoremoaneeGrainger Mon 10-Mar-14 16:20:00

Sorry they were a bit late blush. Have now written your address in my book Pistey......(bet it wont make any difference grin)

KnottyAndPistey Mon 10-Mar-14 15:08:37

More beautiful woolly treasure arriving today, really gorgeous thanks

thanks Whore Two lovely granny squares in forest green and cream. Really super [star]

Thank you thanks

Allalonenow Sat 08-Mar-14 13:52:55

Hugs from me too Oma I didn't know we could send cards when I posted off my knitting, so love and hugs to you, I know how hard it is to be alone. thanks thanks

ZingSweetMango Sat 08-Mar-14 13:03:58

more hugs from me. thanks
baby is sending you special kicks as well!wink

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 08-Mar-14 11:38:27

<more hugs>

Dutchoma Sat 08-Mar-14 11:05:37

Just taken possession of three mini hugs and ten cards. Feeling very emotional about it all. Thank you so much

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Mar-14 08:08:38

<hugs Oma>


Dutchoma Sat 08-Mar-14 07:53:16

Thanks Mouse.

And all of you.

Mouseface Fri 07-Mar-14 22:01:48


It may be some very long weeks since your darling Bob left your 'current' life, but he will live on in the hearts and souls of you and your family - for always.

The mini hugs and crocheted angel are truly lovely smile

The world keeps turning and yet you still need people to 'notice', to see that you are in pain, to see that you're hurting, to feel that you are missing 'something' but actually, you are missing someone

You need people to get it. You're missing a HUGE part of YOU, a part that was with you for an amount of time that can not be replaced.

Keep posting and letting the pain out. Letting your memories out, good, bad, ugly, or otherwise.

Talk, when you want to, talk. To who ever you need to..............


And follow your heart on the path to healing. There's no time limit on grief, you can't switch your feelings off - as much as you'd give anything for some nights, some cold and silent nights when you are alone and in so much emotional pain - but you can share them here, with us.

There are lots of hands for you to hold here smile x

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