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Woolly Hugs. Photos of the finished Blanket for CatThiefKeith's family and a message from her DH now on this original thread. TITLE EDITED BY MNHQ

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KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 16:01:14

Just devastating. Like many we just couldn’t take it in that CatThiefKeith had died so suddenly from the bastard illness meningitis. Utterly shocking. Words really do fail, we are just so very sorry life has been so cruel to her, her DH, young daughter, their families and friends. We are so pleased to say that her DH has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, and we hope that he and their DD will feel our love and support and that the blanket may give whatever comfort it can to them. There is a thread here if you would like to post condolences She brought a smile to so many faces with her stories of her mad life, Mumsnet is a sadder place without her here.

We want to make it a real tribute and celebration of CTK, will you join us?

We shall need crocheters, knitters and donors. If you would like to donate wool or funds, we can match you up. If you would like to join in but need donated wool, we can help there too. Please message with your offer of help.

Our palette for CTK is quite specific, so please do read carefully
* Red, her DH has asked for it to be predominantly red, and we will be using these 2 for consistency one of these please, Drops Merino Extra Fine 11 Red, or Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby’ please.
*Turquoise and lighter blues
*Cream, one of the following - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 02 ecru, Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM4 cream, or Drops Merino 01 off white
*Apple, pistachio and lime greens
* Orange - one of these please, Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK - Pumpkin (373) orDebbie Bliss Rialto DK - Tangerine (56) or Debbie Bliss Rialto DK - Burnt Orange (43)
*Coral - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 55 only please
*Lighter silver
Just for embellishments please - Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM7 Taupe -

Ideas and suggestions for squares.
Her DH has asked for any camper van motifs or designs and then ideas to come from her MN friends. Now different folk knew her in different ways, whether it was debating the existence of goldfish in funfairs or taking dogs on trains, many many stories were shared, and we would like to reflect these, so please, if you have an idea that you would like to share, please do, or post on the thread and we will try and get someone crafting it, but what we ask is that you send us a note we can pass on with the blanket to explain your ideas, help create a memory blanket for her DD. We hope that makes sense. xxx

Important - The Yarn we are Using….
Artesano Superwash Merino DK
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK
Katia Merino 100% DK
Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK
Patons Merino Extrafine DK

Just from the brands listed please because we know they combine for wash and wear. If you still have any of our wools that have been discontinued - Rowan Cashsoft DK, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or James C. Brett Pure Merino DK in your stash, please do use them. Our listed yarns are all easily available online - Try Wool Warehouse, Wise Badger, Laughing Hens

Squares to be six inches, using 4mm needles or hook, no blocking of squares and please knot off sturdily when changing colours or finishing, leave a good end and use a needle to sew in the peskies.

There is support for buying colours on our website, here. Previous blankets can be seen on our website _ All crafting abilities genuinely welcome, squares made by beginner or expert are equally welcomed. It really is the love and thought that counts. <— that last very important.

We also have a Facebook page Woolly Hugs and are on Twitter as Woolly_Hugs Do join us.

When ready for posting, please PM for info. If you would like to include a card to CTK’s family please do, we will make sure it gets to them. As always, thank you so much for your support.

CatThiefKeith gin

Pistey and Knotty xxxxx

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Wed 11-Oct-17 16:17:03

I can't crochet or knit for toffee but I'll happily send an all of wool to someone if you can organise that?

Such a loss x

HemanOrSheRa Wed 11-Oct-17 16:23:39

Can I be matched with a lovely crafter again, please? I will PM you back now.

ButtfaceMiscreant Wed 11-Oct-17 16:26:08

I still can't believe CTK is gone. She will never be forgotten. Her poor family, and especially her young DD. It is just awful.

I would like to contribute, but would need to ask for some yarn if that's ok. Will send a pm now.

glenthebattleostrich Wed 11-Oct-17 16:29:20

Thanks for the PM, I'll happily do a couple of squares. Any chance I could be sent some wool? Thanks so much

CommunistLegoBloc Wed 11-Oct-17 16:29:50

I'm in, if someone would be able to send over some wool. ❤ PMing now x

clairethewitch70 Wed 11-Oct-17 16:39:10

I would love to do some squares - currently working on trazzletoes squares. Could I have some of this projects wool please?

WitchDancer Wed 11-Oct-17 16:42:07

I'm in. How could I not be when I remember her so well from the cat on the balcony and other such incidents.

Can I have wool please? (I will PM you Knotty

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 11-Oct-17 16:42:25

Will order some wool later

KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 16:42:53

Oh bless you all, thank you so much xxx

Iwantacampervan Wed 11-Oct-17 16:42:57

I'll see if I've got some of the colours - I may have some ecru.

clairethewitch70 Wed 11-Oct-17 16:43:40

Could people share their memories of CTK so we can come up with ideas for squares?

If I remember she shared a story about her sister and a tent? So a tent motif might be a good idea. Also a story about rescuing a rabbit? So another idea?

BoreOfWhabylon Wed 11-Oct-17 16:46:27

Very happy to donate wool for some clever crafty person to work their magic.

It is very apt that CTK's blanket should be predominantly red & her posts were always so vivid!

MrsHathaway Wed 11-Oct-17 16:48:22

Certainly in. Will pm.

WhenDoISleep Wed 11-Oct-17 16:50:22

Are there any recommended shade codes for the turquoise colour?

BoreOfWhabylon Wed 11-Oct-17 16:50:48

erroneous '&' there blush

BigApple11 Wed 11-Oct-17 16:54:23

I am in. Can crochet squares if you can send me wool? Xx

MadisonAvenue Wed 11-Oct-17 16:58:15

Definitely count me in, can I be matched with a donor though please.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 17:02:04

Thank you so much everyone

re the Turquoise, these are all lush and vibrant, perfect for this...

Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK361
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK - Pool (70)
Drops Merino Extra Fine - Turquoise (29)

TheNinjaGooseIsHooking Wed 11-Oct-17 17:12:14

I'm in, have pmed

Sending love to CTK's family

PiggyPlumPie Wed 11-Oct-17 17:13:18

Count me in, such a tragedy. Have some gorgeous turquoise that will be perfect.

Fekko Wed 11-Oct-17 17:16:01

I'm hopeless and some of the blankets are so beautiful. If I got some wool can someone else use it?

I seem to remember there was a wooly hugs site or thread with photos of the blankets- is that still around?

SasBel Wed 11-Oct-17 17:21:06

I'm in, please match me with a donor.
So sorry that this is needed.

Fekko Wed 11-Oct-17 17:23:25

I know, I was just thinking about Zombie the other day.

KnittingPearl Wed 11-Oct-17 17:24:32

I'll look at my stash and pm - much love to all.

JulesJules Wed 11-Oct-17 17:29:33

Fekko The Woolly Hugs site is

I will knit xx

TimeIhadaNameChange Wed 11-Oct-17 17:33:31

I want the do a goldfish. Have FBed you the pattern if you'd be able to translate it into English for me, please!

Could anyone send me some blue and orange wool, please?

bookbook Wed 11-Oct-17 17:38:55

I will surely do some - I may not have all the colours, but will check in my stash . Much love

diamantegal Wed 11-Oct-17 17:40:30

I've also PM'd. Will see if I can find a pattern for anything creative, but if not I'll gladly provide some of the plainer squares to make the more interesting ones stand out!

flutterworc Wed 11-Oct-17 17:42:50

On it. Will rummage with @bookbook and we’ll come up with something...

RaptorInaPorkPieHat Wed 11-Oct-17 17:43:41

I'm in smile I will probably need some yarn though, I'll pm once I've had a proper look at my stash x

UnbornMortificado Wed 11-Oct-17 17:49:34

Just seen the FB post.

I only "knew" her on here, she was very funny.

I'm still sorely lacking in actual skills but will get a donation across to you talented lot later in the week.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 17:51:33

If you'd like to donate so a crafter can make squares, please pm us and we'll arrange that flowers

KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 17:52:20

Please pm us if you need yarn flowers

KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 17:54:47

TimeIHad, pm us , lovely; we'll get some yarn to you.

Will scroll back through for the fish pattern when we get a spare minute.

PUGaLUGS Wed 11-Oct-17 17:58:02

I loved CatThief's stories.

Sending lots of love to her family flowers.

Will have a rummage through my wool xx

Josiah Wed 11-Oct-17 18:00:05

I will.

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Wed 11-Oct-17 18:09:31

Such tragic loss, my heart goes out to Cat's familysad

I'll make a few squares, got wool.

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Wed 11-Oct-17 18:12:42


I already have some extra yarn given to me so would be happy to make 2 squares on your behalf with these - unless something else has been arranged.

Please let me know either way x

elephantoverthehill Wed 11-Oct-17 18:19:20

I have just ordered 3 balls from Wool Warehouse, red, turquiose and off white, so will have some left over, but don't all rush at once because it won't be finished in a week! I am thinking tents.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 18:20:44

Thank you so much everyone. Please keep messaging us, we don't want to miss anyone. We will get to PMs first thing tomorrow. Xxx

tatyr Wed 11-Oct-17 18:23:54

I'd like to do some more squares, if I could be matched up with a wool donor x

VintageTeacup Wed 11-Oct-17 18:32:46

I will knit a couple of squares.

jesterkat Wed 11-Oct-17 18:56:40

I'll knit some for you, please can you send me some wool please

Jinglebells99 Wed 11-Oct-17 19:05:32

I'd be happy to crochet some squares for this blanket. Will pm.

Ginxed Wed 11-Oct-17 19:37:56

I've pm'd, I'm in and have a lovely campervan motif.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 11-Oct-17 19:40:30

I'm in, would be an honour to be part of this.

SpiralArchitect Wed 11-Oct-17 19:59:56

I'm in, will pm now.

Thinking of lovely CTK, her family and friends flowers

pterobore Wed 11-Oct-17 20:04:40

I'd love to take part but can someone post a list of themes or ideas? I don't want to crochet something wrong

WhereBeThatBlackbirdTo Wed 11-Oct-17 20:06:59

I’m in

Josiah Wed 11-Oct-17 21:50:09

I've ordered Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby.

I crochet .

Spindelina Wed 11-Oct-17 21:54:48

I’ve got one of the reds, a cream, and an appropriate green. I’ll get some squares done with those.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 11-Oct-17 22:13:14

Bless you and your lovely woolly hearts.
Please keep adding thoughts and ideas; they'll help create a blanket to treasure flowers

TheSquatLobster Wed 11-Oct-17 22:38:35

I'd love to do some but would you mind sending some wool pls? I'll PM now

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Wed 11-Oct-17 22:46:33

I'll crochet and happy to donate too. Have PM'd

ohfourfoxache Wed 11-Oct-17 22:52:57

Thank you as always for coordinating this Knotty and Pistey thanks

Please count me in. Keith was so loved by so many; I suspect that the hug is going to be enormous

elephantoverthehill Wed 11-Oct-17 23:09:12

ohfour I do hope there will be enough so each family has their own woolly hug.

Oncewaswho Wed 11-Oct-17 23:15:16

I'd be happy to crochet, will check my stash.

ohfourfoxache Wed 11-Oct-17 23:57:13

Oh Elephant that would be wonderful- excellent thinking thanks

KnottyAndPistey Thu 12-Oct-17 06:32:46

Morning lovelies, just away to PMs - may be a while, the response has been incredible. Just like CTK xx

ThumbWitchesAbroad Thu 12-Oct-17 07:08:01

I'm definitely in - thank you so much for the message linking to this thread!

Happy to donate wool for some wonderful crafter to create squares with - up to 4 balls, no problem.

Have PM'd you back as well so just let me know who you're matching me with and I'll get onto it. xxx

SweetBabyJebus Thu 12-Oct-17 07:55:13

I am so glad this is happening for Mr. CTK & their daughter. Out of such tragic circumstances a showing of solidarity and love. I can't crochet or knit for toffee so pease put me on the donate list.

In terms of theme ideas, her motto in life was 'a day without laughter is a day wasted'. If this is something that could be incorporated that would be cool. She was also very fond of a pint at her local!

I have a special request that i would like to pm you KnottyAndPistey, maybe you could match me up with a suitably skilled individual?

Thanks flowers

UrsulaPandress Thu 12-Oct-17 07:59:51

I'll donate wool as I can't knit for toffee.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 12-Oct-17 08:01:55

Everyone is so wonderful, thank you! xxxx

CraftyPenguin Thu 12-Oct-17 08:12:42

Have discussed it with you in pm but will def be crocheting one or two squares. I'm so sad this is needed sad But I'm glad I can help x

HemanOrSheRa Thu 12-Oct-17 08:32:10

I've just ordered yarn to be delivered to the lovely crafter I've been matched with. I've been matched with you before so I know whatever you create is going to be just beautiful flowers.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 12-Oct-17 08:47:23

Have just posted this on our FB page too, but we need help for a crafter who would like to try this

Can anyone help ?

Are you able to 'translate' visual crochet patterns?

That link work?

SevenTillFour Thu 12-Oct-17 08:49:46

I'm in. So sad that it's needed, but glad to be able to help in a tiny way.

TheMaddHugger Thu 12-Oct-17 09:48:09

Loves ((((((((Hugs))))))) and Support

Spindelina Thu 12-Oct-17 09:58:48

@ KnottyAndPistey

Not carefully proof read, but might help alongside the drawn pattern...

1: Ch8. slst to make a circle.
2: Ch3, [ch1, tr] six times, ch5 and turn
3: Skip one ch1space, [dc in ch1 space, ch3] three times, dc in ch1 space, ch2, tr in third ch of ch5 at beginning of row 2, ch5 and turn.
4: skip ch2 space, dc in first ch3 space, [ch3, dc in ch3 space] twice, dc in ch3 space, ch2, tr in third chain of ch5, ch5 and turn
5: skip ch2 space, dc in ch3 space, ch3, dc in ch3 space, ch2, tr in third chain of ch5, ch5 and turn
6: skip ch2 space, dc in ch3 space, ch2, tr in third chain of ch5, dtr in third chain of ch5 at end of row5/beginning row6,, ch3 and turn
7: [ch1, tr sideways in dtr at end of row 6] five times, ch7 and turn
8: ch1, [trtr, ch1, dtr] in ch1 space, ch1, [tr, ch1, htr] in ch1 space, ch1, dc in ch1 space, ch1, [htr, ch1, tr] in ch1 space, ch1, [dtr, ch1, trtr] in ch1 space, ch7, slst in third ch (row 6/7 turning chain).
9: slst in next 2 ch and on top of dtr. [dc, ch1] twice sideways in tr. [htr, ch1] twice in ch2 space. [tr, ch1] twice sideways in tr. ch3, slst to same chain as bottom of tr. slst in next 2 ch, slst in top of tr at end of round 2. [ch1, tr] twice in starting chain circle, [ch2, dtr, ch2] in starting circle, [tr, ch1] twice in starting circle], slst to top of ch3 turning chain at beginning of row 2. ch5, 2tr in same ch (ie beginning row 2). slst in top of tr at end of row 3, slst in next 3 ch (third one should already have a tr in it). ch3, [ch1, tr] twice sideways in tr, [ch1, htr, ch1, dc] in ch2 space, slst to next chain (should have dtr in already).

MadisonAvenue Thu 12-Oct-17 10:07:09

I still can't believe that we need a blanket for CTK sad

KnottyAndPistey Thu 12-Oct-17 10:07:30

Thank you so much Spin - have just C&P that to her, and linked her to the FB post xxx

Josiah Thu 12-Oct-17 10:09:38

Please would you send me a link to the Facebook post. Thank you.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 12-Oct-17 10:30:37

It is the last post on the page, sorry unable to link directly

see here

MrsHathaway Thu 12-Oct-17 10:59:03

I think this should work for a direct link to the FB post.

Jux Thu 12-Oct-17 12:04:40

Wow! JDH, if you're looking here, well done! I would love to give that a go, but I imagine there are going to be quite a lot of them now, so won't add to them. I still have to work out if I can get wool for this myself.blush

TimeIhadaNameChange Thu 12-Oct-17 17:15:26

JDH has been a real star! Just sent me step by step instructions for the fish and I have started a practice one. CTK and I spoke about trying to get a parliamentary auction up regarding goldfish at fairs, so it was obvious thing for me to do, but I looked at the diagram and it made no sense whatsoever!

Thanks K&P for your help too!

Jux Thu 12-Oct-17 17:38:30

It'll be great, and so meaningful. I'm not sure what a parliamentary auction is, though?

My brother has just bought me a present because a few days ago I was saying "what I need is a sticky-uppy thing I can put the wool on and it'll spin round and round.....". See photos!!!!!

Pancakeflipper Thu 12-Oct-17 18:02:21

If there's anyone wanting to donate I'd love to knit a few squares (I can only do hearts and a chequered pattern so nowt fancy from me - sorry.)

Josiah Thu 12-Oct-17 18:59:34

Jux, where did the wool winder come from. I've seen a wooden one on Amazon but it has mixed reviews!

Jux Thu 12-Oct-17 19:05:55

Josiah, he got it from Amazon, he said pretty cheap - about a fiver. This one is great, the wood's decently finished and nice and smooth so no snaggy bits. I haven's actually used it yet, mind, but the wool went on it without problems and the spin is smooth.

What sort of problems are reviewers describing? I am wondering about the weight and can imagine that pulling the wool round might mean a heavier base is needed, but it seems OK to me so far.

Jux Thu 12-Oct-17 19:08:09

It's this one []]

bookbook Thu 12-Oct-17 19:09:14

That is one fancy kitchen roll holder Jux grin . My problem - I am trying to knit 3 strands of DK together at the moment, (don't ask) so I would need three

Bufferingkisses Thu 12-Oct-17 19:12:45

I would love to crochet a square or two? It'll be pretty simple stuff I'm afraid but, if that's ok, I'd really like to contribute.

If anyone can donate wool it would be great?

Jux Thu 12-Oct-17 21:14:53

book grin. I saw on one crochet youtube thing or other a woman suggested putting the different balls in small colanders and feeding the thread through the holes to keep them separated. I thought that would work quite well for keeping them under control while using them. I am sorely tempted to get some small colanders (they are cute!) when I'm flush again.

Buffering, as they say on the Woolly Hugs site, all squares are welcome, they are made with love! Simple is good, as is complicated and really anything in between. I think if you PM Knotty about wool, she'll match you up with a donor.

Josiah Thu 12-Oct-17 21:16:53

Thank you Jux, that is the one on Amazon I've been looking at!

There was a review about it falling over but I think I will give it a whirl as it were!

Thank you.

Jux Thu 12-Oct-17 22:28:53

I've been using it this evening and it hasn't fallen over yet. I think just glueing something heavy on the base would sort that out if it did it a lot. I saw one woman said she had stuck that anti-slip stuff on the bottom to stop it travelling, but mine hasn't moved an inch.

Okkitokkiunga Thu 12-Oct-17 22:44:07

I'd like to join in though are plain squares ok? I feel a bit daunted tbh. If plain ones are ok, would it be possible to have some donor wool?

bookbook Thu 12-Oct-17 23:33:47

Jux - you just haven't given it a drink, obviously !
Okki - the blankets just need squares made with love, that is the be all and end all . Not sure if you need to message K&P for wool ?

plominoagain Fri 13-Oct-17 00:02:35

I'm absolutely crap ( and I'm not kidding ) at any form of knitting , or crochet , so I can't volunteer to make. So have made a donation instead if that's any use ?

KnottyAndPistey Fri 13-Oct-17 08:53:35

Morning lovely Woolly people brew

MadisonAvenue Fri 13-Oct-17 09:17:56

Good morning K&P and all, I'm just having a brew myself.

IDoLikeARainbow Fri 13-Oct-17 09:22:48

Morning, I’d love to help out. Happy to do some plain squares or to have a go at some appliqué if someone has a specific (fairly simple) idea.

KnottyAndPistey Fri 13-Oct-17 09:30:27

On phone so please bear with

We have yarn for you lovelies asking, Okki, PancakeFlippwr and Buffering

Will post on Monday, can you message your addresses please. X

KnottyAndPistey Fri 13-Oct-17 09:32:07

plominoagain a very big yes please to the donation. That's incredibly kind. Thank you! Will attempt to dig out info, soz interwens a bit ropy here

KnottyAndPistey Fri 13-Oct-17 09:34:25

IDoLikeARainbow Folk have been asking for sailing boats for CTK. Is that something you could try? Or maybe the campervan theme? Thank you welcome xx

Madison, onto coffee about 45 here! brewsmile

KnottyAndPistey Fri 13-Oct-17 09:37:21

TimeIhadaNameChange Wasn't that an amazing response to helping with the fish?!

Bloody loves the Woolly Hugs crew star

shatteredstudentmum Fri 13-Oct-17 09:44:03

I can do some squares if you have any spare wool?

Jux Fri 13-Oct-17 09:52:07

book, ah, that's the secret! wink

Plomino and Rainbow, you start with a donation, then find yourself attempting a plain square, then you try something a little more challenging, and by that time you're hooked! You shall never escape!!! grin Welcome

BigApple11 Fri 13-Oct-17 10:15:42

@HemanOrSheRa did you send me wool again? I just got 4 balls of loveliness in the post. Will try to do you and CTK proud flowers

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