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Woolly Hugs. We need your help. We are making a blanket for the family of the wonderful Oldsilver.

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KnottyAndPistey Thu 02-May-19 17:30:36

Just devastating. Like many we just couldn’t take it in that Oldsilver had died so suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack in April. Utterly shocking. Words really do fail, we are just so very sorry life has been so cruel to her and truly devastating for her DH, young son, family and friends. She was a total legend here on Mumsnet, posting on many boards, but her true love was with the Nobdies, and they too will miss her terribly.

We are so pleased to say that her DH has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, and we hope that he and their son 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…

Oldsilver was devoted to her husband (P) and son (D) – their initials would be great. The initial ‘H’ is also significant for her. As well as her family, her great loves were her garden and veg patch, and a tortoise called Brian. She also loved elephants, dragons, biscuits, cider, ferrero rocher, cider, 1980s pop and fashion (!).

She adored flowers, and her favourite colours were blue and purple – any bold colours but NOT PINK!

A favourite photo of her, which her DH has allowed us to post, is this one of her going to a formal do dressed as a bottle of Hooch. She had the most brilliant sense of humour

She was very into stationery and kept meticulous lists and records. On MN she was the keeper of all the Nobdie archives, and instigator of many evenings listening to the Wurzels. Her name was inspired by the silver rings she wore.


What an amazing woman. How lucky we were to know her. We want to make her Woolly Hug a real tribute and celebration, please 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.

There are lots of ideas for squares, if you can, but simple squares made with love are equally loved and cherished

The yarn we will be using
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

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 - Artesano Superwash Merino DK, 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 - Wool Warehouse, Wise Badger, Laughing Hens all v good and stock our brands.

Garden greens, so think apple, pistachio, Drops green.
Mid to light silvers
Accents/Embellishments…..Bright blues, orange and purples. Red too, (one of these two please, Drops Merino Extra Fine 11 Red, or Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby’ please, and Yellow but this one please… Drops merino extra fine DK no 24 ‘light yellow’

** NB definitely NOT pinky purple, not even bolder shades please.

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.

Simple or complex, made by beginner or expert, we genuinely welcome them all. It really is the love and thought for Oldsilver and her family that counts. thanks

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

Sending so much love to OldSilver’s son and DH and all who love and miss her xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 02-May-19 17:32:01

It's Oldsilver's birthday today, so we should raise a glass to her as we start her blanket wine

TheWoollybacksWife Thu 02-May-19 17:34:42

I'm in. I have some Drops yellow for accent and I'll get some pistachio green. Do you need a PM?

TheNinjaGooseIsHooking Thu 02-May-19 17:54:17

I'm in, will pm now. Love to Oldsilver's family x

BoreOfWhabylon Thu 02-May-19 17:54:56

I will donate yarn if you can match me up with a crafty crafter again.

Saucery Thu 02-May-19 17:55:07

Count me in, have ordered some garden greens x

TheFairyCaravan Thu 02-May-19 17:59:37

How very sad.

I'm in. I'll pm now

Taffeta Thu 02-May-19 18:07:04

Hello. I'm new to WH thank you all so much. Knew olds for many years through Nobdies, so very sad. sad

I'm very happy to buy yarn and send (where in Teddington? One ball? Which one? Who do I PM? )

As you can see have no idea how this works. But would love to donate. Many thanks to all of you wonderful ladies for doing this.

CJCregg Thu 02-May-19 18:14:10

Taff (hello lovely) you PM Knotty&Pistey.

I'm in, will make a couple - a flowery one and maybe (if I'm up to it) a dragon grin

WhenDoISleep Thu 02-May-19 18:14:50

Such sad news.

I will do some squares.

Whatsthatbrightlght Thu 02-May-19 18:32:24

I’m in. Have pm’d you

RaptorInaPorkPieHat Thu 02-May-19 18:40:16

I'm in flowers will have to check my stash x

KnottyAndPistey Thu 02-May-19 18:42:06

Thank you so much everyone. Just away to PMs xxx

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Thu 02-May-19 18:49:18

My condolences.

I have these already made, can't remember what colours I used but happy to send them if suitable. X

Zhx3 Thu 02-May-19 18:52:02

I'd like to donate yarn. I'll pm tonight x

CJCregg Thu 02-May-19 18:52:44

Also, I can do more than two if needed.

MadisonAvenue Thu 02-May-19 19:06:53

This is so sad.

Count me in, but I'd be grateful if someone could donate some yarn for me to use if possible.

I've sent a PM (I think it finally went!)

Munxx Thu 02-May-19 19:37:48

This is so strange as a Nobdie and also as a regular Woolly Hugger I cant believe we are here but yet we are. I'm happy to knit whatever is required and will PM now.

MsYamada Thu 02-May-19 20:06:40

I'm going to have a bash for Olds but my skills aren't great, feel free to whip my offerings up into a tortoise blanket for Brian.

Yiayoula Thu 02-May-19 20:09:02

Yes of course - think I’ve pm’d , didn’t seem to be working properly ?
💐 from a fellow Wurzels and cider fan xx

SpiralArchitect Thu 02-May-19 20:10:42

I'm in, will pm flowers

CJCregg Thu 02-May-19 20:20:14

A tortoise blanket for Brian ...

WitchDancer Thu 02-May-19 20:41:49

I'm in and have messaged.

TheSquatLobster Thu 02-May-19 20:49:06

Such sad news. Count me in - I'll try my hand at some veg. Have pm'd you x

NormanTheForeman Thu 02-May-19 21:23:31

I'm afraid as a plastic Playmobil person I'm a bit digitally challenged. But SoMuchToBits might be able to knit a square. Sadly she has never mastered crochet (crotchets but not crochet) but she can do basic knitting.

She hasn't knitted anything for years, but this seems like a good reason to dig out the knitting needles. SoMuch and I both have fond memories of meeting Olds at Nobdie meetups, so this is the least we could do. xx

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