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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


ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Wed 23-Apr-14 13:17:39

got your PM Pistey thanks.
will post cheque on Saturday - but I've realised there's a PayPal account too, so might try that instead.

Minmooch if you are reading this I'm so very sorry for your loss of your darling Will, such a tragedy.sad thanks
sending you and your family massive hugs and buckets of strength.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-Apr-14 17:24:09

Thanks lovely thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-Apr-14 17:48:45

Afternoon, almost evening wine

Beautiful woolly treasure has been arriving and is so gorgeous, folk never fail to amaze, such a lot of love and care. Thank you

thanks Coffeeandchocolateplease Fabulous! In ruby red, a gorgeous square with the sorting hat on, so clever, and a super icord W. [star]

thanks BellaVita Two super crocheted squares in pumpkin, cream and apple, gorgeous textures, beautiful.

thanks NoWayNoHow In the pumpkin, a gorgeous textured rib, absolutely fabulous [star]

thanks RahRahRasputin In bright blue, two fabulous knits, including a brilliant sailing boat design. Super [star]

And we have a lovely donor to thank, funds are safely here and we are very grateful to you.

thanks Mouseface

Heartfelt thanks to everyone thanks

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RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-Apr-14 12:15:03

Afternoon smile

The Posty has been and says well done to everyone, and keep up the good work, bless her! thanks

thanks HoggyTruffle The most beautiful pale blue wavy crochet with red fish, and a superstarry circle to square in red, blue and greek. Gorgeous [star]

thanks Poltergoose Four bright and beautiful grannies - so colourful - in red, orange, green and turquoise. Fabulous [star]

thanks chopchopbusybusy Super snuggly textures, knits in bright blue and apple. Smashing [star]

thanks Twunk These are beautiful! In apple green, a garter knit and a rib, booth just perfect [star]

All full of love and thought, just perfect, thank you everyone thanks

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JulesJules Sat 26-Apr-14 16:06:42

Mine are done but not quite posted...

ZingWatermelon Sun 27-Apr-14 00:52:43

shoot, I forgot to post checkangry
will do Paypal

Kveta Mon 28-Apr-14 07:16:48

Um, I am a bit of a pillock. Just found the card I wrote to go in with the squares. The squares which I posted on Friday... So hopefully you'll guess who they are from, but there should be three squares, two on a potter theme, as well as remnants of two balls of yarn in tangerine and ruby. Many apologies, I am blaming the non sleeping toddler for EVERYTHING.

Trazzletoes Mon 28-Apr-14 07:19:13

Just realised I had better post on here. I'm not late. Oh no. Not at all sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Apr-14 09:06:47

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Apr-14 09:07:00

Thanks everyone thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Apr-14 12:57:53

Afternoon woolly chums smile

More beautiful treasure has been arriving for the very lovely min and her family. Just so gorgeous. Folk really are amazing. Thank you thanks

thanks Soupy Love this design - a tangerine sun on blue, I'm not doing it justice tis stunning! [star]

thanks Kveta All was well, you'd written your name on the envelope! Two utterly fabulous Harry Potter squares, one Gryffindor colours with an owl and a letter on, the other a snitch, then a lovely corner solid granny - not seen that done before! All in ruby and tangerine. Did you mean to send me the Guardian? smile Marvellous [star]

thanks RiaOverTheRainbow Fab knits and crochet - one the HP initial logo, a paw print, colourful stripe and spiral granny, in apple, blue and plummy red. So clever and so beautiful! [star]

Thank you so much everyone. Honestly these are just fabulous!

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Kveta Mon 28-Apr-14 14:13:27

Guardian?! No! Not a Scooby why I would send that. Glad they reached you though, and, um, enjoy the paper?! I'm guessing it's just one section of it? Dh has suggested it might be the TV guide as he couldn't find it blush. He is worried about me...

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Apr-14 14:20:44


ZingWatermelon Mon 28-Apr-14 15:37:56

lucky it wasn't the Daily Mail!grin

Kveta Mon 28-Apr-14 16:07:40


I am SUCH a spanner


still, solves the mystery of where the guide went last week, anyway!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-Apr-14 07:17:23


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 30-Apr-14 07:07:38

Thanks thanks

And beautiful squares have been arriving, heartfelt thanks to the lovely crafters, such starry starriness!

thanks Woolfey On cream, some of Woolfey's beautiful trademark embroidery - the sign of the Deathly Hallows, and his initials in HP stylee. Honestly, just marvellous [star]

thanks MNP Beautiful crochet, including a cloud design, cable heart and corner to corner in red, green and blues, smashing[star]

Thank you so much, everyone, all cards will be looked after and sent in the next week or so with the mini hugs. Just need to make sure we have from everyone who wishes to send.

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Trazzletoes Wed 30-Apr-14 17:38:09

I'm shit Pistey you know that! Will try to get card to you ASAP!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 01-May-14 15:53:33

Oi! I won't have you saying that about yourself! Shuuuurrrrup! smile

All is well x


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 01-May-14 15:59:24

Beautiful woolly treasure arriving, just lovely, thank you to all the fabulous crafters for the work you do. Amazing.

thanks Allalonenow In a lovely bright zingy green, three fabulous knits, gorgeous textures, super snuggly [star]

thanks JulesJules Love it! On a cream square, a zingy multicoloured tie, fabulous! With a fabulous orange square too - pumpkin and tangerine, in a lovely pattern. What is this Jules? Tis gorgeous, love the effect. [star]

thanks Pastaandcheese Fabulous, in pale blue and cream a granny stripe square. Smashing. [star]

thanks Trumpton Absolutely lovely, apple bobbles on a purple knit and a green and purple houndstooth knit. Proper fab. [star]

Thank you so much everyone, these really are marvellous. Thank you. All cards will be looked after safely until we send, which hopefully will be soon. Just need to make sure we have them all.

You are stars

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JulesJules Thu 01-May-14 16:27:44

Oh thanks! The orange square is a slip stitch pattern, easier than it looks, it's just K1 Sl1, or k row or P row, with colour changes every 2 or 3 rows. It's from that 200 Knitted Blocks book by Jan Eaton.

The tie I made up. DH said "Is it a fish?" grin

ZingWatermelon Thu 01-May-14 16:32:52

oh someone slap me, I totally forgot to do PayPal...blush

so sorry, will do asap

[woolly brain]

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 03-May-14 09:44:40

Zing, we love you, no slapping here!

Thanks Jules - arf at fish! Bloody cheek grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 06-May-14 15:49:06

Afternoon all smile brew

Apologies if you have been waiting to hear, some parcels got stuck in the Post office over the Bank Holiday, and was only able to retrieve this morning.

Woolly treasure has been arriving and it is so beautiful, honestly folk never fail to amaze.thanks

thanks ilove Fantastic! In a super bright yet light spring green, beautiful granny squares. Super, and a tape measure!! [star]

thanks KatieMeLuna In a gorgeous soft blue, super snuggly textured crochet, just smashing [star]

Fabulous, heartfelt thanks

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ilove Tue 06-May-14 16:42:01

A tape measure??? Is THAT where it went!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!

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