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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

pantshavenames Fri 02-May-14 19:07:16

I'd like to do a couple please. I am unsure how to PM but I have your address I think. Let me know if I need more as I haven't done this before

SirBoobAlot Fri 02-May-14 19:46:54

Signing in. x

fanjodisfunction Fri 02-May-14 21:55:47

the kindness of the woolly blanketeers still amazes me.

fanjodisfunction Fri 02-May-14 21:56:14

and gives me a warm fuzzy feeling

Thumbwitch Fri 02-May-14 23:58:40

Here to help - how utterly heartbreaking though. I mean, they all are of course but some hit you worse than others.

Will PM you, Pistey. x

WheresTheCoffee Sat 03-May-14 07:58:34

My goodness, my heart goes out to you cathpip. Pistey please count me in, I have pm'd you xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 03-May-14 09:23:16

Morning everyone smile

Just coming to PMs right now, honestly everyone is so amazing. So heartwarming, fan, you are absolutely right. x

KnottyLocks Sat 03-May-14 10:37:59

Morning , lovely woolly folk smile

OwlCapone Sat 03-May-14 17:23:35

I think I may have Rapunzel sorted...

In my head anyway. I just need to finish this gecko first...

Jacksmania Sat 03-May-14 18:15:26

^ things you never expect to read on a crafting thread grin

<giggling at "have to get this gecko sorted">

OwlCapone Sat 03-May-14 18:48:39


It's possibly not the weirdest thing I've typed...

Jacksmania Sat 03-May-14 19:19:50

The mind boggles grin

MNPinto2014 Sun 04-May-14 14:49:45

Ready to post tomorrow, thinking of the Cathpip family.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 05-May-14 09:13:04

Owl you star x thanks

Morning everyone, wool is arriving with crafters, if it comes in a green plastic envelope via me it has been paid for by our lovely donors of funds, what stars they are. Huge thanks to them x

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KateF Mon 05-May-14 10:45:09

I'm knitting a couple of squares. I have a 9 year old Pip and I've hugged her as lot since reading cathpip's thread . My thoughts are with little Pip's family at this awful time sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 05-May-14 10:50:53

Thank you Kate thanks

Hopefully all PMs replied to.

KnottyLocks Tue 06-May-14 11:06:50

Morning all.

Kveta Tue 06-May-14 12:05:45

yarn arrived here this morning, thanks!

WoolPixie Tue 06-May-14 14:22:25

Thanks Pistey yarn arrived here too. Will get hooking grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 06-May-14 15:40:06

So glad to hear of wool arriving - huge thanks to the lovely donors!!

And we have two more fabulous folk to thank, your funds have arrived safely with us, and we will be sending out wool on your behalf. Your crafter will make something beautiful from you both. x

thanks Northernlurker
thanks Zamboni

You are both stars, bless you.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

CakeyCakeyCakey Tue 06-May-14 17:40:23

Lovely pink wool just arrived, I finished my latest project last night 1:30am so was trying to plan the next thing.

JewelFairies Tue 06-May-14 18:02:40

I'm not very good at knitting etc but have just donated a small amount via paypal for wool. You are doing a fab job. x

Opheliabumps Tue 06-May-14 18:36:09

Gorgeous woolly wool has arrived, I'll match the colours to DD's rapunzel dress and choose the best colour match, then get cracking.

I'm thinking of doing the initials in a darker purple, against the pale lilac background.

SarahAndFuck Tue 06-May-14 19:06:30

Is it too late to offer to donate funds for wool?

So sorry for cathpip and her family.

PiggyPlumPie Tue 06-May-14 20:44:20

I ill sign up for a square thanks

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