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Woolly Hugs : We are making a blanket for the very lovely cathpip. Donors and crafters, can anyone help us?

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KnottyAndPistey Thu 01-May-14 20:58:15

Heartbreaking news we’re afraid, cathpip’s beautiful daughter Pippa passed away on April 10th, after an infection led to septic shock. She was just 3 years old. There are no words, we are just so very sorry. Our thoughts are with all who love and miss her. Only ten days before, the family were celebrating the safe arrival of their second son. Lovely cathpip’s thread is here if you would like to post condolences.There is the most beautiful smiley photo of Pippa posted near the beginning.

We are so pleased the family have accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug. Thank you to our lovely Mouseface who is a great friend of the family in RL for first introducing the idea to cathpip. Together we shall make this Woolly Hug with love in every stitch for them all. We hope it gives them some comfort. So, can you help us? We shall need help from donors and crafters alike. Thank you in advance, we know folk have hearts of gold.

If you are able to join us, please PM me with your offers of help ( RatherBeOnThePiste) so we know where we are. If you would like to donate funds, send wool to a crafter or would like to join in but will need donated wool, I can help you, or if you would just like to join, let us know you are on board. 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 or post questions on this thread if you need any help.

We asked cath about Pippa, she says she loved pink, princesses, ballet, swimming, dog walking and nursery, and her two favourite films were Disney’s Tangled and The Little Mermaid. Bless her heart.

This may well give you some ideas for squares but please don't feel daunted, 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.

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 about))
* 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
* Pinks
* Purples
* Lighter greens
* Duck egg blue
* 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

Help with buying yarn
Our crafters recommend the following online retailers - Woolwarehouse, RKM Wools, Deramores, Wise Badger, Black Sheep Woolsand Cucumberpatch Deramores are good if you are out of the UK as they have flat rate shipping. Wool is also sold on Ebay, and at John Lewis

Our crafting guide can give you help with buying colours, and practical info 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.

Thinking of beautiful Pippa and all who love and miss her.

Thank you thanks

Pistey and Knotty x

KnottyLocks Thu 01-May-14 21:27:23

Huge thanks to a lovely donor

Cakebaby thanks

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 01-May-14 21:27:38

I'm interested. I wish mine would learn to use the cat flap!

KnottyLocks Thu 01-May-14 21:28:40

Maybe the wrong thread, yegods? smile

Somersaults Thu 01-May-14 21:28:47

I'm in, I will pm Pistey in a minute. I will also hug my little pink princess loving little one extra hard before I go to bed tonight. My heart goes out to Cathpip and her family xxxx

Grockle Thu 01-May-14 21:29:40

I'm in... have sorted on FB page.


Titsalinabumsquash Thu 01-May-14 21:30:51

I'd be more than happy to do a few squares for the blanket, I have honed my skills into a few new stitches and stripes now! (Plus I have a lot of Drops wool.)

My thoughts are with Cathpip and her family, may Pippa remain in their memories and hearts forever. thanks

KnitterInTheNW Thu 01-May-14 21:31:20

I'd love to crochet some squares, if you can help me with wool grin)

KnitterInTheNW Thu 01-May-14 21:32:18

Ugh, that wasn't meant to be a grinning face, sorry.

KnottyLocks Thu 01-May-14 21:33:52

Tis the mobile site and its mixed up emoticons, Knitter. No worries. PM us x

KnottyAndPistey Thu 01-May-14 21:35:47

Amazing response already, the most enormous thank you thanks

TheWoollybacksWife Thu 01-May-14 21:36:32

My heart goes out to Cathpip and her family. I'd like to knit a square and will PM Pistey.

Do you have any recommendations for a shade of pink?

just a quick note, Drops Merino Extra Fine DK is currently on special here if the colours are suitable smile

HorsesDogsNails Thu 01-May-14 21:38:58

I'm in. So sad, I can't imagine how cathpip and her family are feeling right now, I hope the woolly hug will bring some comfort......

KnottyLocks Thu 01-May-14 21:41:30

From the drops list I would go for:

the pinks, the darker warm purple

the north sea

as starters.

NearTheWindymill Thu 01-May-14 21:42:34

pm me your address again please Pistey and I'll bung something in the post.

So sad - brings back Alfie's smell and MNet wasn't around then, let alone Woolly Hugs. sad thanks

NoWayNoHow Thu 01-May-14 21:43:45

I saw her thread earlier - utterly heartbreaking. Count me in for some squares.

I won't need work - I have purple and quite a dark pink (almost cerise I guess). Is the latter too dark?

I'm in, such a lovely photo of Pippa on the other thread. My heart goes out to the family.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 01-May-14 21:49:28

Thank you everyone thanks

fanjodisfunction Thu 01-May-14 21:49:28

such shocking news, I am in

Spacefrog35 Thu 01-May-14 21:54:10

I'm in. Will PM now.

Thoughts with family & friends, so sad.

Iamaslummymummy Thu 01-May-14 22:01:07

I'll do a square

MNPinto2014 Thu 01-May-14 22:02:56

I am in sad

PastaandCheese Thu 01-May-14 22:20:22

Sometimes it just isn't enough to sat how sorry you are is it? thanks

I will make some squares.

RahRahRasputin Thu 01-May-14 22:32:09

Such terribly sad news. I think I will need to order some wool as not sure I've got any appropriate colours. I would like to make a square or two, but I have my finals over the next few weeks so may not be able to finish and post until 20th May or so. Would that be too late?

Needasilverlining Thu 01-May-14 22:37:51

My 3yo DS adores Tangled. The thought of losing him makes my throat close.

I have a bit of purple and cream from the last blanket and need to order some wool so I'll get some pink. I'm in.

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