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

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/01/2013 12:22

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
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RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/01/2013 12:23

A message from the lovely lemontruffles

I cannot express my thanks to you, and all the other lovely ladies here, involved in this gesture of love for me and my children. Such generosity and kindness and warmth in this bleak time.

Sending much love and big hugs to you lemon X

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KnottyLocks · 06/01/2013 12:26

So pleased we are making this blanket for lemontruffles.

Thinking of her, her children and wonderful husband. x

Skoggy · 06/01/2013 12:33

I would love to help with this Hug! :) Although, having had some things happen in my life recently, I would need a donor. :)

PeggyCarter · 06/01/2013 12:34

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SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius · 06/01/2013 12:37

I will do a flower square, Pistey - count me in.

Lemontruffles - my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

Primrose123 · 06/01/2013 12:37

Hi Pistey, I would like to help, I'll send you a PM.

Jules146 · 06/01/2013 12:37

Here to help will message Pistey x

Lilithmoon · 06/01/2013 12:38

I would love to donate, will PM now.
Thank you for organising this.

KnottyLocks · 06/01/2013 12:38

Please PM Pistey with your lovely offers. It helps us keep track of what's what


PurplePidjin · 06/01/2013 12:41

Please count me in. I can't manage a whole ball, but will fit in a granny if you send me 20g or so of a remnant (or several for stripes)

Love to Lemon Sad

AlistairSim · 06/01/2013 12:44

I will donate, will pm.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius · 06/01/2013 12:45

Could someone possibly send me some wool, please?

BarbaraWoodlouse · 06/01/2013 12:47

I'll PM you Pistey. I stocked up with " huggy wool" in appropriate colours in the JL sale. At the time I remember thinking that it was so sad to know that more blankets would be almost certainly be needed. And so soon into the New Year too [ sad]. Thinking of Lemontruffles and family. A fellow North Wales person.

roguepixie · 06/01/2013 12:52

Hi, have been rather AWOL on the blankets threads but am back on track/ the wagon Confused and will supply my own wool and knit squares. Will PM you.

foxache · 06/01/2013 12:52

My thought are with Lemon and her family.

I'd love to knit/crochet, will PM Pistey, it's lovely that you're organising this Thanks

Kittykatzen · 06/01/2013 12:52

I'd love to help, have pm'd.

ditavonteesed · 06/01/2013 12:54

I can only do plain as very new to crocheting, but I would be honoured if I could do a square. will supply my own wool, please let me know where to send. xx

fraktion · 06/01/2013 12:55


Here is a Welsh dragon pattern I have used in the past. Unfortunately I don't have the right wool for this but I will contribute a couple of squares.

KnottyLocks · 06/01/2013 12:56

Thanks, Fraktion. Bless you.

pixiestix · 06/01/2013 13:01

Please count me in.

I'm so sorry LemonTruffles. Your husband sounds like a wonderful man.

RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/01/2013 13:05

Such an amazing response already, heartfelt thanks to all Thanks

Love to lemon and her family Xx

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/01/2013 13:07

What about [[
this as a possible dragon?]] Happy to buy and send, it's only $2

Possible harps : here... and here...

will need someone very clever to adapt to size, but we are happy to buy these patterns for this Woolly Hug.


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PurplePidjin · 06/01/2013 13:09

Dita - and others - plain squares are necessary to provide a woolly backdrop to the fancier stuff. I'll be contributing plain grannies this time due to rl issues, but can categorically state that the blankets would not be what they are without plain knitted and crocheted squares made with love Thanks

TheEdgesHat · 06/01/2013 13:11

Willing to help, have wool, will get hooking Smile

Pm'd pistey

Tweetinat · 06/01/2013 13:11

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

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