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Blanket for lemontruffles : lovely crafters, donors, we are calling for your help.

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RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 12:22:59

Very sad news I'm afraid. Lemontruffles' husband died this week on New Year's Day after living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Such devastating news. Our hearts go out to her. In her own words, he was the love of her life.

We have offered to make a blanket for her, and are so pleased that she has said she would love one. She is clearly so very moved by our offer and has said she is astonished at the kindness of strangers. We will all be holding her hand and hope that she will feel the love and support from us all, and that the blanket will bring whatever comfort it can.

Lemontruffles writes so movingly on her thread about her beloved husband, and has shared many memories, bless her heart. her thread is HERE. You will not fail to be moved by the love and warmth of her posts about him.

So to the Woolly Hug, we would be very grateful for your help.

We will need crocheters, knitters and donors (of funds or wool) I will co ordinate and do admin, and Knotty (KnottyLocks) is here and will help you with any queries you may have.

So if you are able to join with us, please PM me, and also if you are offering to donate, or need a donor, I can help match you up.

Thank you so much.

The wool we are using:
* Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (not the Baby cashmerino)
* Rowan Cashsoft DK
* Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
* Artesano Superwash Merino DK.

Just from these yarns please as they are very similar and we know they can be combined for wash and wear.

4mm crochet hook or knitting needles
6 inch squares

The Colours
Lemontruffles has spoken so movingly about her husband's love for the countryside of North Wales, and to reflect that passion how she sees the blanket as a landscape, so :

Greens, darker purples, blues, silvers, cream.

If going for cream please use Debbie Bliss cashmerino DK 013
(Not bright colours for this please, and no pinks or lilacs, thank you)

Just sharing some of her words about him
He was Welsh and loved the countryside of North Wales especially. He loved walking. He loved going to the pub and having the biggest laugh he could. He had a fantastic sense of humour and he loved having fun. He was warm hearted, he had a spirit of pure generosity - though with a 'sticking point' stubborn streak! - he was no angel. He was very adventurous about life. He was a proper hippy in the 60s and 70s. He had an amazing memory for all sorts of things, and a very wide ranging and strange knowledge of very odd things. Such an interesting man. A man with endless and deep humanity towards all the people he met. He was very well loved. He had a deep maturity and wisdom about other people.

Oh, and music! Not male voice choirs! Rock and blues from the 60s and 70s, and the manic street preachers. He had great taste. Also photographs. He was always photographing things, all sorts of random things, all sorts of bits of nature, and landscapes. He loved his camera.

Suggestions for motifs
* Any motifs of the natural world - trees, leaves, flowers, birds (esp crows )
* Can anyone find a Welsh dragon design or a harp? We'd love to find these for her.
* Anything to reflect he was a Welshman.
* Music, photography related
* We have an initial, could you PM me if this is something you'd like to do.

There are many relevant patterns for knitters and crocheters linked to from our website under Crafting

Reading her words gives us lots of motifs to think about for sure, but please don't feel daunted by these suggestions, we love plain squares and simple textures too. They look as stunning as the more complex squares and actually play a vital role in the overall effect.

Previous blankets can be seen on our website. We also have a Facebook page MNWoollyHugs and are on Twitter @MNWoollyHugs. If you 'like' or 'follow' us you'll be updated on progress via your feed.

As always, we thank you so much for your support.
Thinking of lemontruffles Xx

Pistey and Knotty

Tweetinat Sun 06-Jan-13 13:11:05

Another one signing up for the Crochet team. My thoughts with LemonTruffles and her family. x

Skoggy Sun 06-Jan-13 13:18:19

I can try and come up with a harp design filet crochet square. I'll look into it.

fraktion Sun 06-Jan-13 13:19:02

The second harp looks good.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:19:59

We already have a lovely donor to thank, we will be sending wool out on your behalf first thing tomorrow, heartfelt thanks for your generosity and kindness, you are a star

thanks MsNobodyAgain

Vajazzler Sun 06-Jan-13 13:20:03

This is very sad news for the new year hmm count me in but I don't have the appropriate colours so will need a donor if possible. Will pm pistey now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:20:33

The second harp is definitely better, and very much what we are looking for I think.

rubycon Sun 06-Jan-13 13:21:25

Happy to help x

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 13:24:17

Thanks everyone. We really do appreciate your help thanks

PastaDee Sun 06-Jan-13 13:26:19

I can help by making squares. I'll PM you Pistey.

Poor lemontruffles. I am so sorry for her and her children.

EllieArroway Sun 06-Jan-13 13:27:22

I'm very happy to be a donor - so if a knitter can PM me exactly what they need I shall send something out tomorrow.


KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 13:28:23

Ellie, can you PM Pistey and she'll match you up. Thanks

EllieArroway Sun 06-Jan-13 13:30:20

OK. Wasn't quite sure how it worked.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:34:15

You should have a reply from me now Ellie thanks

I'll do a square or two - I have green, blue and cream on order for another blanket I'm making. Pistey, will PM you my lovely.

Lemontruffles, so sorry to hear of your loss x

KnottyLocks Sun 06-Jan-13 13:35:21

No worries smile Thanks so much for joining us.

Trumpton Sun 06-Jan-13 13:38:58

So sorry to hear about Mr Lemontruffles. I would be honoured to do 3 squares.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:41:11

Thank you everyone, such an amazing response already, and welcome to all new crafters and donors we are so glad to have you on board thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 13:42:25

Another lovely donor to thank, but no MN name, but your very kind donation arrived safely at 13.24. Heartfelt thanks to you, you are a star thanks

GlaikitFizzog Sun 06-Jan-13 13:44:08

Much love to lemontruffles. I'll get started today.

namechangerforaday Sun 06-Jan-13 13:44:36

Im up to my eyes in new born, if I could donate for a ball of wool by sending money can someone get it for me please.

A dark purple one.

DontCallMeBaby Sun 06-Jan-13 13:48:30

I have what I think is Debbie Bliss mauve - well, I know it's DB, it's the colour I'm not so sure of. It's medium rather than dark purple, but a subdued, heathery shade, definitely not lilac. Sound okay?

If so I'll do a plain square or two. Can someone remind me how many stitches it usually is for 6"?

Pancakeflipper Sun 06-Jan-13 13:50:12

If the is a donor available I would love to knit a few squares.

GlaikitFizzog Sun 06-Jan-13 13:56:05

Around 33 dont callmebaby on 4mm needles.

JulesJules Sun 06-Jan-13 13:56:09

I'm so glad we are doing a blanket for lemontruffles.

Please count me in.

RedRosie Sun 06-Jan-13 13:57:24

I'm so sorry to hear this.

I'm back.

Can you count me in Pitsey? I can (although not very well, obviously) knit. And am happy to donate also.

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