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Woolly Hugs for Jo Cox. Donors and crafters, we need your help.

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KnottyAndPistey Tue 21-Jun-16 19:23:48

There cannot be a single soul who has not been shocked and horrified by the devastating attack and murder of MP Jo Cox. Truly awful, at times like this one struggles to find the words to make any sense, there just aren’t any. We feel desperately sorry for Jo’s children, DH, parents, family and friends, and are thinking of all who love and miss her.

In one of the most beautiful and courageous pieces written her husband Brendan has said she would have wished now for their children to be bathed in love, this really resonates with what we hope Woolly Hugs is all about.

Jo represented the good things in the world, all that is the opposite of bitterness and hatred. Let us do something now for her, for her husband and their children, by sending love, compassion, strength and support. We hope it will bring them a little comfort. We are thinking of them. thanks

We are very fortunate to have one of her good friends on board, we asked if she could help us, and she will, and will be able to pass on the blankets to the children when the time comes, we can’t thank her enough, she says “With your permission, I will pass the message on that they are being made. I know they have taken great comfort from the love everyone's shared in the last few days and this will be equally welcomed. You are brilliant. Thank you xxx.”

So this is our plan, can you help us?

Firstly, we would like to make a blanket for both of Jo’s children, their DS Cuillin aged 5 and DD Lejla aged three, these to be big enough that they can snuggle with their dad and find warmth and comfort. There will be love in every stitch for them.

Secondly we would like to make a blanket for Auction in the run up to Christmas, and have chosen one of Jo’s charities to be our recipient. Brendan said it would have been Jo’s wish that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her, so we have chosen the charity called Hope not Hate. See here... It seems right.

Thirdly, may we encourage folk to contribute to our existing Woolly Hugs’ Refugee Project, all crafting info is here. Jo campaigned tirelessly for refugees, this seems very appropriate. We know we cant help everyone, but one square, one blanket, a pair of gloves, one warm hat, one step at a time, really every little thing will help. Thank you.

Crafting information for the three blankets
All yarn to be Stylecraft Special DK, which is very easily available. Try here. Please make sure your square fits into one of these palettes. It will make it much easier. Thank you.

Vintage: Duck egg, grape, sage, storm, parchment, pale rose, pomegranate, raspberry, cloud blue, sherbert.

Traditional: Parchment, cloud blue, denim, sherbert, aster, petrol, lipstick, claret, burgundy.

* Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles.
* All crafting abilities genuinely welcome, simple, complex, squares made by beginner or experienced are equally welcomed. It really is the love and thought that counts.
* When finished please sew in those ends but don’t block your work.
* Then PM for details for posting.

Last posting to be July 27th.

We are on Facebook as Woolly Hugs and Twitter @Woolly_Hugs which are both good ways to keep in touch. Do join us there if you would like to.

"She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her.”

As always heartfelt thanks for your support.

'She met the world with love'
Thinking of beautiful Jo and her family, sending so much love thanks

KnottyAndPistey Tue 21-Jun-16 19:24:41

Vintage: Duck egg, grape, sage, storm, parchment, pale rose, pomegranate, raspberry, cloud blue, sherbert.

KnottyAndPistey Tue 21-Jun-16 19:25:12

Traditional: Parchment, cloud blue, denim, sherbert, aster, petrol, lipstick, claret, burgundy.

honeysucklejasmine Tue 21-Jun-16 19:28:59

Granny squares ok? I have Aster from a previous project so should be able to knock a few out.

FiftyNineOhEight Tue 21-Jun-16 19:31:47

Please count me in flowers

MrsKCastle Tue 21-Jun-16 19:32:34

Lovely, I'm really pleased that you're going ahead with this and will certainly do some squares.

hazeyjane Tue 21-Jun-16 19:32:35

So glad woolly hugs are doing this. Would love to make a square for all the projects.

Thankyou KnottyandPistey. Love in every stitch x

WellErrr Tue 21-Jun-16 19:33:00

What a sad but lovely thing to be doing.

I still can't knit very well but I'm willing to donate yarn again - please do match me up with someone and I'll get some sent out flowers

HerRoyalFattyness Tue 21-Jun-16 19:35:26

I will buy some yarn on Friday and get cracking on a couple of squares as soon as it arrives.

FaithAscending Tue 21-Jun-16 19:35:35

I've been crocheting for a while but this has inspired me to contribute to a Woolley hug for the first time. Thank you for organising it.

kohl Tue 21-Jun-16 19:37:14

Will do squares for all projects. So glad to do something.

Honeyandfizz Tue 21-Jun-16 19:38:05

I cannot knit but would like to donate if I could be matched up with somebody? flowers

KnottyAndPistey Tue 21-Jun-16 19:41:51

So glad we have been able to be in contact with someone very close to Jo, sending so much love to them all thanks

IrenetheQuaint Tue 21-Jun-16 19:42:00

Glad you are doing this. I have zero crafting ability but will send a financial contribution over to buy yarn, could you confirm the Paypal address?

KnottyAndPistey Tue 21-Jun-16 19:42:43

honeysucklejasmine Granny squares are perfect, thank you xxxxx

pocketsized Tue 21-Jun-16 19:42:49

Can we donate yarn? I don't know how to knit, but would be honoured to contribute in some way.

KnottyAndPistey Tue 21-Jun-16 19:43:33

Lovely Irene - our Paypal is

please note the two LLs - gets folk every time xx

Thank you thanks

spiderlight Tue 21-Jun-16 19:44:21

How do I go about donating towards the cost of yarn? Or can I order some online to be sent to someone less knitting-ly incompetent?

wonderpants Tue 21-Jun-16 19:45:21

I would also like to donate yarn or money to this please. How can I do so?

FiveGoMadInDorset Tue 21-Jun-16 19:46:26

Count me in have a lot of those colours as well

Marcipex Tue 21-Jun-16 19:46:32

Count me in, I've got pale rose and duck egg already.

IrenetheQuaint Tue 21-Jun-16 19:47:01

Thanks Knotty! I see you now have an impressive sparkly website, it's here for other people who want to donate:

ExitPursuedByBear Tue 21-Jun-16 19:48:56

I bloody love you two. Shall I buy wool to send to a knitter or just donate money?

PeaceOfWildThings Tue 21-Jun-16 19:53:32

I have a ton of Stlyecraft and am delighted this project is going ahead. Anyone in Gloucester/Cheltenham area (or, Cotswolds: Broadway) let me know if you'd like to get together, and I can give you sone wool and a hook/needles.

Love to all. flowers

fanjodisfunction Tue 21-Jun-16 19:54:37

Would love to contribute, her assassination has really shock me up, so deverstating. Her children and husband and family are in my daily thoughts.

I can do squares for every blanket. Off to pm you wonderful ladies

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