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Woolly Hugs. A Blanket for 84CharingCrossRoad, lovely folk, we need your help.

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KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Feb-18 15:58:52

Many of you know 84CharingCrossRoad/Lottie and Wilf from across Mumsnet and across the years and we were so very sorry to hear their desperately sad news that her partner Alan had passed away at the end of January, he had cancer. We are so very sorry for their loss and our thoughts are with her, Wilf, his children, their families and friends

We have already sent a cosy blanket to Wilf and were glad to be able to do something very quickly, the news he loves it is wonderful. We were so glad when 84/Lottie accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug for her. We will make something very special.

Her original thread is here… but it is in chat so will disappear after 90 days. We see lots of you lovely folk are supporting her there, bless you.

So we come asking for help again thanks
We would like to make a blanket full of love and comfort, a real tribute to A.

We shall need crocheters, knitters and donors. If you would like to donate wool or funds, we shall need both and we can match you up. If you would like to join in but need donated wool, we can help there too.We have part balls if any hookers need yarn, please say. Please PM us with your offers of help THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Some ideas here...
“A loved fishing and he had a motorbike and a ginger three legged cat.”
We do have initials if anyone would like to have a go.
Also having read Lottie’s thread some pigeons and seagulls might be rather lovely! We have had a request for a Bumbledog too.

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
King Cole Luxury Merino DK
Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK
Patons Merino Extrafine DK

Oranges, 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)
with silver for accents and embellishments

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

Simple or complex, made by beginner or expert, we genuinely welcome them all. It really is the love and thought that counts.*

Squares to be six inches, using 4mm needles or hook. Please knot off carefully when finishing or changing colour and sew your ends in, thank you! Previous blankets can be seen on our website

When ready for posting, it will be the Teddington address, if you would like to include a card for L&W, please do, we will pass it on.

Sending so much love thanks

Redbrook Wed 07-Feb-18 16:15:32

Count me in - though I doubt my skills run to a three legged cat.

Much love to Lottie & Wilf.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Feb-18 16:18:34

Thank you so much lovely thanks

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Wed 07-Feb-18 16:20:13

Such sad news. I'm in too. So many Woolly Hugs needed at the moment sad

BlueEyeshadow Wed 07-Feb-18 16:20:45

I'll do a couple of squares. I found some Sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk in a charity shop the other day. Is this OK to use or not? Thanks! I tried to PM, but it doesn't seem to be working.

Iwantacampervan Wed 07-Feb-18 16:25:57

I'll make some squares - will check my colours.
Sening love to Lottie and Wilf.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Feb-18 16:26:09

Thanks both, not for this Blue - the yarns we use are machine washable, have a feeling that is a dry clean only, but no worries, we can send to you?

diamantegal Wed 07-Feb-18 16:26:54

I'm in too. Will order wool on the train home tonight.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Feb-18 16:30:11

This is so kind, thank you xxx

WhenDoISleep Wed 07-Feb-18 16:33:59

I will make some squares

KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Feb-18 16:35:35

Thank you so much xxxx

Sasbel Wed 07-Feb-18 16:47:36

I’m in. Thinking of them both.
Will PM you.

Spindelina Wed 07-Feb-18 16:49:55

I’ll do some squares. I’m due a WW order!

BlueEyeshadow Wed 07-Feb-18 16:57:28

Here's the label - it says machine washable. I do have some other wool if not.

SuperDiaperBaby Wed 07-Feb-18 16:59:40

I would like to make a donation for a kind crafter. Sent you a PM. My thoughts are with Lottie and Wilf.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Wed 07-Feb-18 17:20:26

Count me in - I will do a couple of squares with flowers, if that is OK.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Wed 07-Feb-18 17:26:34

I have ordered some yarn - burnt orange and mulberry - I think those will look good.

bookbook Wed 07-Feb-18 17:34:30

Just seen this - I will gladly do some . I will be home from hols at the weekend, will check stash then . Hoping I am also not too late to do more for Niffler and Iwant before the posting date .

PiggyPlumPie Wed 07-Feb-18 17:43:03

I will do a square, much love to Lottie and Wilf xxx

dangermouseisace Wed 07-Feb-18 17:57:59

Count me in. I love hearing from Wilf and Lottie- I need to order some stuff from wool warehouse anyway so will get hooking asap.

TheNinjaGooseIsHooking Wed 07-Feb-18 18:04:05

I'm in, will pm now
Sending love to Lottie, Wilf and family x

NotAChristmasCakePop Wed 07-Feb-18 18:19:02

I am in too.

I have followed Lottie and Wilf as long as I have been on FB. So sorry to hear the news.

VittysCardigan Wed 07-Feb-18 18:43:54

Count me in, will pm now x

WitchDancer Wed 07-Feb-18 18:54:31

I'm in but having trouble with my message. Apologies if you've had 20 million messages! 😱

BigApple11 Wed 07-Feb-18 19:00:52

I'm in , please can I have wool? I will PM. Lots of love to Lottie and Wilf xxxx

AmaDablam Wed 07-Feb-18 19:02:43

Hello, what sad news. Yes of course I will do a couple of squares. Tried to reply to your pm but it doesn't seem to be working x

WitchDancer Wed 07-Feb-18 19:05:28

I can't get a message to go through either - I'm getting a blank pop up box??

BigApple11 Wed 07-Feb-18 19:30:40

My PM not working either! confused

KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Feb-18 19:36:37

We despair of the PMs!!

Will report it. See if someone can boot the gremlin out.

Am out right now. Please keep posting. Will check up first thing. Thank you everyone xxxxx

Wh0KnowsWhereTheT1meG0es Wed 07-Feb-18 19:41:25

Count me in too flowers

SpiralArchitect Wed 07-Feb-18 19:59:55

I can make some squares. (Is it me, or do PMs break almost every time we get the woolly call to arms???)

Sending so much love to lovely Lottie and Wilf flowers flowers x

NotAChristmasCakePop Wed 07-Feb-18 20:16:09

I managed to message you directly Knotty rather than replying to that group one - didn't seem to like it. Worth trying everyone else....

and you'll have to excuse my useless brain... seen their threads since I started reading MN not Facebook...

Stitchit Wed 07-Feb-18 20:33:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PurpleKittyKnitting Wed 07-Feb-18 20:51:44

I still have a bit of pale blue and a kind of plum colour left over from the yarn I was sent for I want to move. If those are OK for this, if I could be matched with a donor and at it to the bit I have to do squares for this.

Whatsthatbrightlght Wed 07-Feb-18 21:07:00

I'm in. Could I have some wool please? Will pm

RaptorInaPorkPieHat Wed 07-Feb-18 21:41:57

I'm in flowers

Pauleen Wed 07-Feb-18 22:05:55

I can do some squares if you send some of the requested wool. If not needed this time that’s fine.

Jux Wed 07-Feb-18 22:06:23

I assumed that the PM blank pop up box was because it was a group message.

I will do a square or two. I think I have a dark green and some pale blue. Maybe some others - will have to check.

WitchDancer Thu 08-Feb-18 07:53:17

I've managed to get a message to send by doing one from an old message - the one for the group just won't go!

KnottyAndPistey Thu 08-Feb-18 08:10:12

Morning all, just catching up brew

KnottyAndPistey Thu 08-Feb-18 08:12:25

@BlueEyeshadow - if you could use the usual others that would be great, we test the yarns we use alongside each other, and haven't tested that one, it may be fine but it may wash and wear very differently. Thank you xxx

BlueEyeshadow Thu 08-Feb-18 08:29:39

Sure, just wondered. Thanks.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 08-Feb-18 15:13:38

Afternoon! brew

catmadcaz Thu 08-Feb-18 15:14:15

I have emailed you to say i'm in just need some yarn.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 08-Feb-18 15:41:30

Thanks Cat, have just been sorting yarn parcels and hopefully have replied to all messages here and on FB. Thank you everyone!

Does anyone else need yarn to join in?

Going to trot to the PO now

<trot trot>

well in a mo, need to put on 40,000 layers first

KnottyAndPistey Thu 08-Feb-18 15:42:21

*SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius - your trademark flowers are glorious and your colours stunning thanks

Pancakeflipper Thu 08-Feb-18 19:00:20


I would like to join in with my average uncomplicated square (motorbike - you are having a laugh!!! Bows down to the talented).
Could I have wool please if there's any lovely donations in?

Will try and PM you my address

NotAChristmasCakePop Thu 08-Feb-18 19:32:11

I've pretty much finished two squares today. Just need to tidy them up. Can post next week hopefully.

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Thu 08-Feb-18 20:07:32

I’d love to do some for Lottie, we go back a long way. Wilf has gone from a small boy to a handsome man in that time! I’m so incredibly sorry that having found the lovely Alan, he’s gone again so soon. I know they say, and I do believe it’s true, ‘Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all’, but bloody hell, it’s so unfair, they’ve already been through so much 😢 But they’ll both always know how much he loved them x

Wolfiefan Thu 08-Feb-18 20:10:55

Tried to PM you. Would love to help. I shall ferret through my stash tomorrow and hunt the appropriate colours out.
Love to Wilf and 84. flowers

KnottyAndPistey Fri 09-Feb-18 14:43:28

Afternoon all brew

NotAChristmasCakePop Fri 09-Feb-18 16:27:03

Waves Just going to get the darning needle out!

Yiayoula Fri 09-Feb-18 17:05:39

I'm in, will PM you .

NotAChristmasCakePop Fri 09-Feb-18 17:13:38


KnottyAndPistey Sat 10-Feb-18 16:17:18

Mind you don't wave with your needle Pop, have someone's eye out grin

Beautiful squares already!

Thank you xxxxx

NormansNipple Sat 10-Feb-18 16:49:04

I'd like to help! I need some yarn though, I'll send a PM...

NotAChristmasCakePop Sat 10-Feb-18 21:09:22

Can't type and crochet/darn grin

KnottyAndPistey Sun 11-Feb-18 11:22:27

Morning brew

We already have lovely donors to thank. Your funds have arrived safely.

Honestly your donations mean so much, we always want to be inclusive, for everyone to join in if they would like to, and some folk just wouldn't be able to afford to. Your kind donations make it possible, we really are so grateful. Thank you thanks

thanks @BIWI star
thanks CT star

You really are wonderful, bless you both xxxx

TheNinjaGooseIsHooking Mon 12-Feb-18 11:30:37

woolly wool has arrived, thank you flowers

Whatsthatbrightlght Mon 12-Feb-18 12:44:54

Woolly loveliness has arrived today. Thank you x

Sasbel Mon 12-Feb-18 13:15:07

Woolly treasure has arrived, as has lovely and talented crocheter MiL, so will hopefully be posting back by the end of the week!

KnottyAndPistey Mon 12-Feb-18 14:17:29

Such good news that wool is already arriving!

Thank you wonderful donors xxxxx

dangermouseisace Mon 12-Feb-18 15:56:30

My ball came through today as well thanks- nearly finished a square already smile

WitchDancer Mon 12-Feb-18 16:48:27

My wool has arrived today, thank you 💕

KnottyAndPistey Tue 13-Feb-18 09:21:59

Good news smile

KnottyAndPistey Tue 13-Feb-18 09:22:44

Last posting for squares for Lottie and Wilf will be Monday 19th March

Thank you so much xxxx

BigApple11 Tue 13-Feb-18 11:27:37

My wool has arrived, thanks donors, will get cracking now x

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Tue 13-Feb-18 12:12:30

My squares are done - I will get them packed up and in the post as soon as possible. I am including the left-over yarn, in case it would be useful.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Tue 13-Feb-18 14:13:36

They’re in the post.

PurpleKittyKnitting Tue 13-Feb-18 14:15:04

I received my donor ball yesterday, thanks bet much!

BlueEyeshadow Tue 13-Feb-18 15:06:59

I posted my squares yesterday.

VittysCardigan Tue 13-Feb-18 17:21:23

My wool arrived today. Thank you to the woolly donors x

catmadcaz Tue 13-Feb-18 18:01:43

Wool has arrived !! Thanks am attempting a seagull hmm

VittysCardigan Tue 13-Feb-18 20:36:05

First square done. New pattern for me

Sasbel Thu 15-Feb-18 15:48:41

With lovely MiL helping the squares are done! Will post them tomorrow.

WitchDancer Thu 15-Feb-18 18:56:18

That's lovely Vitty

bookbook Sat 17-Feb-18 09:09:02

Just looking at starting squares for this, but can I ask, what is a bumbledog? I have no idea ......

84CharingCrossRoad Sat 17-Feb-18 09:22:17

This is a Bumbledog.... smile
Thank you to everyone who is helping with my blanket. I am very very grateful.....

bookbook Sat 17-Feb-18 09:26:26

oh , he's gorgeous 84 - smile

84CharingCrossRoad Sat 17-Feb-18 09:32:50

He is isn't he but I'm biased.
In 2014 he was judged to be the second most handsome cross breed in the whole country in the Scrufts competition..... smile

Wolfiefan Sat 17-Feb-18 10:38:51

He is indeed gorgeous!
Second? He was robbed. Either that or he's growing handsomer each year?!

84CharingCrossRoad Sat 17-Feb-18 10:43:33

Don't want to derail the thread but will just say that the dog who beat him was amazing. He belonged to a deaf lady. He was her pet not a hearing dog. He saved her life twice. Once when her car caught fire and once when it smelt gas in her house and wouldn't let her go in.
I said to Wilf that if you are going to come second to a dog that is one you don't mind coming second to.

Wolfiefan Sat 17-Feb-18 18:11:14

Oh wow. What an amazing dog. Second in the whole country is pretty flipping amazing!!

Jux Sun 18-Feb-18 19:10:15

84, that brought tears to my eyes, what a dog! And yours is second to that one? Is that like being the best and sexiest rock'n'roller after Elvis?!

84CharingCrossRoad Sun 18-Feb-18 20:18:36

So Bumbledog is Jerry Lee Lewis or Buddy Holly or Carl Perkins or Marty Wilde.... grin

bookbook Sun 18-Feb-18 21:53:48

well, not a bumbledog ( not sure I can do him justice)
bit a small nod to fishing ....
#1 for you 84

VittysCardigan Sun 18-Feb-18 22:25:22

That is gorgeous BookBook

bookbook Sun 18-Feb-18 22:34:45

not as pretty as yours Vitty !

VittysCardigan Sun 18-Feb-18 22:52:14

Aw shucks. All the contributions are individually gorgeous but the combined efforts/love/support are out of this world ❤

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Sun 18-Feb-18 23:28:48

I love Bumbledog, attitude & all 😊. Woof.

Great squares Pop, Book & Vitty!

Mine are...well...errr...umm...currently kind of, well, somewhat ball shaped just now. They’ll be encouraged to unroll & allow themselves to be turned into squares this week. We have a little time so I’m going to knit the first one, I love this wool knitted, even though it’s much slower.

bookbook Mon 19-Feb-18 22:22:49

well, maybe not a likeness of a bumbledog - but I did love the ears , which reminded me of his photo
#2 with love

Jux Tue 20-Feb-18 14:24:39

Oh that's so cute, book, quite cute enough to be Bumbledog in spirit! And I love your fisherman and boat, too.

Vitty that pattern is simply gorgeous. Do you mind my asking who's it is?

VittysCardigan Tue 20-Feb-18 17:43:10

Thank you Jux it's 173 Big Round in the Jan Eaton 200 crochet blocks

MrsJonesAndMe Tue 20-Feb-18 18:17:15

They are lovely! Still haven't made it to the PO adds to list for Thurs

catmadcaz Tue 20-Feb-18 19:57:40

Made some squares had to improvise these so they are different

catmadcaz Tue 20-Feb-18 19:59:23

These are the pics

bookbook Tue 20-Feb-18 22:37:38

catz - I do love your squares smile
here is #3
I can get them off in the post with my others now .

KnottyAndPistey Wed 21-Feb-18 11:06:58

Morning all smile

Loving these squares, you are all so talented!

Half term is officially over now, and am attempting to catch up! Please bear with


Sasbel Wed 21-Feb-18 12:34:59

Wow! They are fabulous Book, Vitty and Caz !

Iwantacampervan Wed 21-Feb-18 12:43:37

Wow - what lovely squares. You're all very talented (jealous as I'm not good with more than one colour).

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