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A Blanket for Expat: Sign up thread for donors, knitters and crocheters.

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KnottyLocks · 10/07/2012 14:25

It is with deep sadness that I'm starting this thread asking for your support.

Aillidh passed away on Saturday evening, in peace and surrounded by love.
Many of us have followed Aillidh's journey, our hearts touched by this brave and beautiful little girl. She will live long in our memories.

Our hearts and thoughts are with Aillidh, Expat and their family.

As part of this project, we will also be making a blanket for Giraffescantdance. Since Aillidh's diagnosis, Giraffe's has been a constant support and the most remarkable friend to Expat. She has walked this journey beside her and continues to do so, sadly understanding it only too well as she, like Expat, has experienced the devastating loss of a beloved daughter. Our thoughts are with her, as well as our thanks.

We hope that the blankets may give whatever comfort they can to them all.

So, we need knitters, crocheters and donors.
If you would like to donate wool, then we will try match you with a crafter.
We think that there may be wool still in circulation because of the current blanket project. Where possible, we hope to 'recycle' as much as we possibly can.

RatherBeOnThePiste will coordinate and match crafters and donors, and deal with the admin side. I'll try to answer any queries you may have.

If you would like to be involved in any way, please post on this thread and PM Pistey with your offers: crafting, donating, need wool, etc, and she will match you up.
If you are offering to donate, we would be grateful if you would let us know if you'd like to donate 1 or 2 balls of wool. One ball should make at least 2 x 6" squares, in some cases more. We now have a Paypal facility to make this easier for all.
Whatever way you'd like to be involved, please PM Pistey: it really helps us to know how many people are involved. Thanks

If you are a crocheter and/or an experienced knitter needing donor wool, could you let us know when you PM us as we can hopefully send part balls from the 'recycled' wool stash. Thanks.

The wool we are using:

  • Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (NOT the baby cashmerino)

  • or Rowan Cashsoft DK.

    They are very similar and can be combined.

  • 4mm knitting needles or hooks

  • knitters cast on 33 stitches (this is a guide for less experienced knitters)

  • 6" squares

    The two new yarns we introduced recently:

    *Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
    It's another 'silky' wool that fits in nicely alongside the DB and Rowan wools and can be combined with both.

    *Artesano Superwash Merino DK.
    Although it isn't as silky as our normal wools, it is soft yet hardy and washes in the same way. It has the added appeal of being a good ethical option and is very reasonably priced.

    The Colours:

    Pinks, blues, greens, warm purples, silvers and cream (preferably Debbie Bliss 013, if possible)

    Ideas for squares:

    The initials A, L, S , R and E

    Aillidh loved all things girly, so any motifs that reflect this would be wonderful.
    Plus roses and bears

    Please don't feel daunted by any of the ideas as we really 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 here on the Woolly Hugs website. We also have a Facebook page: MNWoollyHugs and are on Twitter @MNWoollyHugs. If you 'like' our Facebook page, you'll be updated on progress via your News Feed.

    As always, we thank you so much for your support.

    Thanks Thanks Thanks
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RatherBeOnThePiste · 10/07/2012 14:28

So, so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Aillidh was such a brave, sparkling girl who won the hearts of so many. Mine included.

Sending love and strength to you all X

SarahStratton · 10/07/2012 14:30

I would very much like to donate some wool again. Could I donate to a MNer who can knit a flower square please?

nickelbarapasaurus · 10/07/2012 14:32


I followed Aillidh's story.
So sorry for expat and the whole family (and friends too)

I'd love to be on the team. :)

FiveHoursSleep · 10/07/2012 14:33

I can't knit or crochet but will donate wool. Let me know how much per ball and where.

RatherBeOnThePiste · 10/07/2012 14:33

Sarah - I am coming to you X

RatherBeOnThePiste · 10/07/2012 14:34

cross posts, I will be coming to everyone Thanks

KnottyLocks · 10/07/2012 14:34

Please PM RatherBeOnThePiste with your offers, be they crafting or donations

Many thanks. Thanks

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Alibabaandthe40nappies · 10/07/2012 14:34

I would like to donate some wool please.

What a lovely idea to do a blanket for Giraffes as well :)

Now I'm going to have a little cry.

bobkate · 10/07/2012 14:35

So pleased that you're also doing a blanket for Giraffes. I had no idea she has also lost a daughter so my thoughts are with her as well as of course the brave little girl Aillidh, Expat and the rest of the Expat family. Please count me in xx

craftynclothy · 10/07/2012 14:35

Have pm'd.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius · 10/07/2012 14:36

Count me in - I'll do a square for each blanket. I've got some wool left over from what my donor sent me for the last square I did - would it be alright if I used that for one of the squares? And I might have enough left of my own for another square - if not, I might ask for another ball, if someone wanted to donate.

Youcanringmybell · 10/07/2012 14:36

Hiya - count me in Sad

Awful news and they deserve some comfort Thanks

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack · 10/07/2012 14:37

Count me in...I cant knit or do creative stuff but if there is anything else I can do please let me know........x

Thumbwitch · 10/07/2012 14:38

Oh no, I could have doubled my order and sent to the same crafter, if that would have worked with the spreadsheet - just been told my order is already packed and ready to go though (for Mumof2teenboys' blanket).

Never mind. I will donate again - do I need to Pm you again, Pistey, to keep your records straight?

AllMuddledUp · 10/07/2012 14:39

Sad I lurked on many of the threads about Aillidh and was so sad to hear that she has passed away.

My heart goes out to Expat and all of Aillidh's family and friends.

I would love to knit some squares, will PM now.

PurplePidjin · 10/07/2012 14:39

Signing in Sad

BerryLellow · 10/07/2012 14:39

I'd very much like to donate - will PM you Pistey

HaplessHousewife · 10/07/2012 14:39

Have pm'd

peggyblackett · 10/07/2012 14:39

I'd like to donate please. I'll wait for a PM from you pistey x

Whatevertheweather · 10/07/2012 14:40

Pm'd you Pistey

Thank you and Knotty for co-ordinating again Thanks xx

mygetupandgohasgotupandgone · 10/07/2012 14:41

I would live to crochet or knit some squares if someone would be willing to donate the wool.

peggyblackett · 10/07/2012 14:41

(Can't PM from phone, but will PM you later if that's easier)

ScrambledSmegs · 10/07/2012 14:41

I would like to donate some wool please (not a great knitter) but have no paypal account. Can I donate without having one?

NoobytheWaspSlayer · 10/07/2012 14:41

I've been waiting for this thread, and I'm in to knit two squares. I'm a total novice, but my Mum is going to teach me how. I'll buy wool to save the donor wool for better knitters.

KnottyLocks · 10/07/2012 14:42

If you could PM Pistey, it will save her having to check the whole thread. Many thanks

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