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Woolly Hugs. Thinking of Will. A Blanket for minmooch, please can you help us?

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KnottyAndPistey Tue 18-Mar-14 18:23:03

Desperately sad news we’re afraid. After two and a half years, Minmooch’s beautiful son Will lost his fight with cancer at the age of just 18. Life is too cruel, we are so sorry. Bless min, she said, “I am humbled by his strength and humour that he has shown throughout his short life.” Min’s thread is here if you would like to post condolences… we know many of you have.

We are so pleased that minmooch has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, there will be love for them all in every stitch. She says she is very touched. We hope the Woolly Hug may give whatever comfort it can to min and her family.

Once again we are calling on the Blanketeers for help - whether it be donating, knitting or crocheting. Can you help us?

We asked min about Will, and these are her words…..

He loved sailing and walking. He loved his school and the CCF (Combined Cadet Force). He loved loved loved reading, Harry Potter was a favourite, and Terry Pratchet his favourite author. He also loved Electronics and was building a remote controlled chariot at school. He loved his younger brother and our family yellow Labrador Harvey. He loved colour and was known for his wacky taste in ties.

So there are lots of ideas for squares, 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 play a vital role in the overall effect. We do have initials, if this could be you, do PM. Thank you.

Knotty ( KnottyLocks ) will 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. Please do PM Knotty if you need help.

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. We know there is a lot of wool in circulation at the moment, please do feel free to use any for this project too, but please PM me with your offers of help ( RatherBeOnThePiste) so we know where we are.

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 C. 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.

Colours, to be bright and bold, no pastels except pale blue please.
* Orange - this one Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK - Pumpkin (373) or this one Debbie Bliss Rialto DK - Tangerine (56)
* Red - only Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby’ please.
* Blues, including royal blue as Will loved his school, pale blue is lovely but no darker than denim blue please.
* Greens - brighter ones please eg apple
* Cream - but please choose one of the following - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 02 ecru, James C. Brett Pure Merino DK no 7 or Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM4 cream

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. Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles. Always feel free to post questions on the thread if unsure. When finished please sew in your ends but don’t block your work. Then PM me (RatherBeOnThePiste) for details for posting.

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.


Thank you again and for the love and support shown.

As always heartfelt thanks for your support. Thinking of beautiful Will, his family and friends.

Pistey and Knotty


Somersaults Tue 18-Mar-14 20:10:51

I'm in. Will pm you in a mo Pistey.

NoWayNoHow Tue 18-Mar-14 20:16:57

Gosh, so so so sad... Please count me in, *pistey - I'll need some wool so will PM tomorrow when at a PC xx

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Mar-14 20:31:23

MN, perfect. Thank you.

maxmissie Tue 18-Mar-14 20:39:24

So sorry that this blanket is needed. Have PM'd to offer to donate wool.

fanjodisfunction Tue 18-Mar-14 22:20:36

Im signing in. Will pm u pistey.

Sending love and light to min.

Opheliabumps Tue 18-Mar-14 22:24:24

I'm in, I've just pm'd you Pistey.

So awful to have this many hugs on the go at once, so terribly sad, but as always, I feel honoured to be a part of them all.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Mar-14 22:27:52

Thank you everybody. Am just away to PMs thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Mar-14 22:31:57

What a lot of stars you are thanks

droitwichmummy Tue 18-Mar-14 22:45:55

I saw her thread - so sad.
I will see what I can do with a Pratchett theme

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Mar-14 22:50:31

Bless you, thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Mar-14 23:15:50

My DS loved the Johnny Maxwell books - Johnny and the Bomb, that's Terry P isn't it?

I go and look.

Have replied to all PMs, it has been a very busy evening, such an awesome response. Folk are amazing. Thank you. thanks

Thinking of lovely min tonight and both of her fabulous boys X

I'll crochet again, so sad that another blanket is needed, will pm you.

Allalonenow Tue 18-Mar-14 23:39:58

Just noticed this now, to quickly say I'd be glad to join in, I will get my own wool, probably green.
So very sad thanks
All x

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Mar-14 00:04:40

Thank you. X

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Mar-14 07:34:13

We already have a lovely donor to thank, your funds have arrived safely and we are so grateful. thanks

Our lovely donors mean that everyone who wants to join in a Woolly Hug project can, and won't be excluded for not being able to afford to. Excellent. Helps make the projects something very precious and special indeed. So THANK YOU thanks

thanks MrsKwazii

You star thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Mar-14 10:21:06


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Mar-14 16:45:07


Wool from donated funds will be on the way soon, we ordered some which will arrive here hopefully tomorrow, and then it can be sent out to all the lovely crafters. Looking forward to seeing these oranges that are zinging up our palette.

Thank you thanks

HairyPotter Wed 19-Mar-14 18:54:43

I would be honoured to do a couple of squares.

Sending love to Min xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Mar-14 19:17:30

Thanks Hairy x

WhoremoaneeGrainger Wed 19-Mar-14 20:27:10

Count me in Pistey.

HoggyTruffle Wed 19-Mar-14 21:14:06

What dreadful news. I will make a couple of squares.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Mar-14 06:50:04

Thanks both, much appreciated thanks

Morning all, just to PMs, amazing support, fabulous.

Here I go brew

ilove Thu 20-Mar-14 06:52:04

I will help if someone can donate wool please

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Mar-14 06:58:47

Thanks lovely thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Mar-14 10:42:13

Morning all lovely Woolly folk smile

Just popping in to say, last posting for squares for the blankets for gnittinggnome, inaminutenow and minmooch all to be Saturday 26th April. Do PM when ready to post.

Huge and heartfelt thanks.

Pistey and Knotty X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

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