Woolly Hugs. A Blanket for the very lovely LakieLady. Crafters and donors, we need your help

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 15:48:21

Very sad news we are afraid, the wonderful Mumsnetter LakieLady’s fabulous partner has died suddenly and shockingly due to coronary thrombosis. There are no words, we are incredibly sorry that life has been so cruel. She is very much in our hearts and thoughts and we send so much love thanks

We were so glad when she accepted our offer of a woolly hug, she will be able to wrap herself in it and know it comes full of love from so many. So we are coming with a request for your help, either crafting or donating thanks

Beautiful words from lovely Lakie…
My partner's name was Charlie. He loved the countryside, and wildlife. He was thrilled to bits last summer, when one of our resident robins got so tame that it settled, briefly, on his shoulder when he stopped for a moment while gardening. We live in the South Downs national park, and he would stand for ages looking at the view of the downs from our window, and loved to see the rolling hills, especially on sunny blue-sky days. He was born in 1960, and died last November.

From this we have devised our colour palette, so the main colours…
Countryside greens
Blue sky blues

Then for accents, embellishments and details…
Cream, but please one of the following - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 02 ecru, Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM4 cream, or Drops Merino 01 off white
Yellow, this one please.. Drops merino extra fine DK no 24 ‘light yellow’
Red, but one of these two please, Drops Merino Extra Fine 11 Red, or Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby’ please

How we’d love to see a little flock of robins for Charlie on this blanket. Wouldn’t that be wonderful. I’m away asap to make one.

The Yarn we will be Using….
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK ( can only be bought from Love Crafts)
Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK
Katia Merino 100% DK
King Cole Luxury Merino DK Currently on sale at Wise Badger
Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK Currently on sale on at Black Sheep Wools
Patons Merino Extrafine DK Currently on sale at Lady Sew and Sew Knits

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, 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, Love Crafts, Black Sheep Wools, Lady Sew and Sew Knits

Important crafting info
Squares to be six inches, using 4mm needles or hook. Please knot off VERY carefully when finishing or changing colour and sew your ends in, thank you! No blocking please, makes it much easier to join squares.

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

When posting, it will be the Teddington address, please make sure you add your name and who the squares are for, and if you would like to include a card for LakieLady please do, we will pass it on.

Thank you so much lovely Woolly crew. thanks

I'm so touched that I am quite lost for words, and am crying tears of pure love. Thank you all, so, so much. The kindness of this means so much, and is all the more moving coming from people who don't know us. My love and gratitude to all of you.

Lovely LakieLady we are thinking of you all, sending love and strength.

Remembering Charlie xxxxx

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ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Fri 29-Jan-21 15:52:22

Lakie is amazing.

Charlie sounded fab! So, so unfair!

I might even manage something vaguely resembling a Robin (you might need to squint!)

KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 16:03:01

Thanks lovely Chipping xxx

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 16:04:08

We have a pair of resident robins too, I am enormously fond of them, call them both Bobina, I am definitely going to make one for Lakie and Charlie, it will be an embellishment on a square

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 16:05:04

We haven't set a post by date as covid will make getting wool out to crafters take longer, so as soon as most folk have we will look at that, but it will be 4 to 5 weeks approx.

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TheWoollybacksWife Fri 29-Jan-21 16:12:11

I'd be happy to make a square. Sending love to Lakie and all who knew and loved Charlie.

KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 16:18:07

Thank you so much Woolly as always xxx

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 16:18:54

I'm researching robins, I like this one...

No idea re the ease of pattern

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 16:20:33

I've made one a bit like this before...

YouTube link, so sorry about ads

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TheNinjaGooseIsHooking Fri 29-Jan-21 16:21:51

I'm in, have pmed you. Sending love to Lakie x

Yiayoula Fri 29-Jan-21 16:22:57

Yes, of course ! - will PM for yarn, please.
With love to Lakie and family . 💐 xx

Zhx3 Fri 29-Jan-21 16:23:34

I'm so sorry for your loss, LakieLady. I'll gladly contribute a square or two.

Yiayoula Fri 29-Jan-21 16:23:45

Loving the robins !!

SpiralArchitect Fri 29-Jan-21 16:39:00

I can make a couple of squares; I still have some DB Sky, which is about as blue-sky blue as you can get...

Thinking of lovely Lakie flowers

bookbook Fri 29-Jan-21 16:44:58

I will gladly do some squares for this . I have the colours in my stash
Much love to LakieLady

MadisonAvenue Fri 29-Jan-21 16:55:52

Sending much love to Lakie flowers

I’d love to help out. I’ve PM’d.

EssentiallyDelighted Fri 29-Jan-21 16:57:58

I'd be glad to help flowers

WitchDancer Fri 29-Jan-21 17:15:19

I'm in and have messaged for wool.

WhenDoISleep Fri 29-Jan-21 17:39:02

Condolences to LakieLady.

I have sent a PM.

Bearfrills Fri 29-Jan-21 18:23:56

He sounds like a lovely man, how very sad.

I can do squares, have PM'd you.

KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 22:26:56

Thank you so much everyone

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 29-Jan-21 22:28:02

Will grab brew and start on PMs first thing. Do keep messaging if we can help you with yarn. X

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Iwantacampervan Fri 29-Jan-21 22:59:49

I'll be able to knit a square or two - I'll message regarding yarn flowers

Pauleen Fri 29-Jan-21 23:02:29

I’m in but I need wool.
Will join to of needed.

FluffandBuzz Fri 29-Jan-21 23:11:14

I'm in, with some soothing blues and greens, I don't need any yarn. The South Downs are so beautiful

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