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Woolly Hugs. For our own BerryLellow. Can anyone help us?

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KnottyAndPistey · 03/06/2014 14:39

Desperately sad and shocking news we’re afraid. The very lovely BerryLellow has died suddenly and unexpectedly. Just devastating for her beautiful boys, family and friends. So hard to find the words Sad

Many of us met Berry at Mumsnet meets, she was a right hoot with a heart of gold and she loved to dance the night away. A condolence thread started by a good friend of hers from their September '09 ante/post natal group is here if you would like to add a message.

We have spoken with Berry’s family and have decided to make both her boys a single bed sized Woolly Hug full of love and memories of their fabulous mum. We hope their blankets may give whatever comfort they can to them. Joining with us in making the blankets will be members of Berry’s family and folk from her village in Cornwall which is rather lovely.

Can you help us in any way?

We shall need crocheters, knitters and donors. If you would like to donate wool or funds, I can match you up. If you would like to join in but need donated wool, I can help there too.
Please PM me with your offers of help ( RatherBeOnThePiste) THANK YOU SO MUCH.

The Yarn we are Using….

  • Artesano Superwash Merino DK
  • Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (discontinued but some still around)
  • Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
  • Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
  • James C. Brett Pure Merino DK (also discontinued, some still to be had)
  • Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK
  • Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK
    Just from the brands listed please because we know they combine for wash and wear.

    Colour wise, we are thinking brights
    Berry loved blues - teals and turquoise.
    Bright grassy greens This or similar, lime greens too.
    Oranges - but from these please - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 56 (tangerine) Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK - Pumpkin (373) or Debbie Bliss Rialto DK burnt orange (043)
    Stone - but from these please Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM9 Beige, Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 06 Stone, James C. Brett Pure Merino DK 17 Beige

    Ideas for squares
    Berry loved Cornwall and the beach, spending many hours there with her boys.
    She loved camper vans and Ikea!
    They had long chats in their post natal group about decorating, she loved tangerine and chartreuse - they had to look chartreuse up!
    Her Pinterest boards would be great to look at and a real source of inspiration. She shared them on MN a lot too. See here
    We are thinking berries for Berry
    We have initials/letters to do too - do PM if this might be you.

    Reading this and looking at Pinterest will give lots of ideas but please don't feel daunted we truly love plain squares and simple textures too. They look as stunning as the more complex squares and play a vital role in the overall effect. Knotty (KnottyLocks ) will help with any crafting queries. Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles. All crafting abilities genuinely welcome, squares made by beginner or expert are equally welcomed. It really is the love and thought that counts. Please do PM Knotty if you need help.

    Do use the crafting guide on the website to help you with lots of practical info such as help with buying colours, recommended online retailers and if interested there are a lot of linked suggestions for patterns.

    Previous blankets can be seen on the Woolly Hugs website and we are on Facebook and Twitter at MNWoollyHugs/@MNWoollyHugs which are both good ways to keep in touch.

    When finished please sew in those ends but don’t block your work. Then PM me (RatherBeOnThePiste) for details for posting.

    As always heartfelt thanks for your support

    Thinking of Berry, her beautiful boys and all those who love and miss her.

    Pistey and Knotty Thanks
OP posts:
KnottyLocks · 03/06/2014 14:40

Thinking of Berry and her family. xxx

Kveta · 03/06/2014 14:44

you know I'm in Thanks

I miss Berry so much, seems crazy for an internet buddy, but she was awesome, and more than just another online pal. I hope the hugs can give her gorgeous boys some small comfort.

thanks Pistey and Knotty for organising this

Kveta · 03/06/2014 14:50

oh, and I have my own yarn for this one.

Snapespeare · 03/06/2014 14:54

I'm in.

KnottyAndPistey · 03/06/2014 14:54

Thank you everyone Thanks

OP posts:
GleamingHeels · 03/06/2014 14:55

I'm in, so sad... will PM you Pistey re donor wool

KnottyAndPistey · 03/06/2014 14:57

Thanks lovely x

OP posts:
RatherBeOnThePiste · 03/06/2014 15:03

Had the pleasure of meeting Berry, can't believe this has happened. Devastating. So glad though we are making these Woolly Hugs for her boys. Thinking of them all xx

Spacefrog35 · 03/06/2014 15:13

I'm in. Will source my own wool.


Pinkforboys · 03/06/2014 15:13

Very sad.
Would the stylecraft DK be okay for this? I have some blues and greens you sent me for the Chernobyl knits. If not I'll try to get another square done in time for the Chernobyl deadline and look for some merino DK for this.

PastaandCheese · 03/06/2014 15:15

I can help. I have some wool in the right colours.

SirBoobAlot · 03/06/2014 15:37

Sad and shocked to see this.

I'm in.

GTbaby · 03/06/2014 15:37

Can I have some yarn pls. I will PM you. X

TheNinjaGooseIsHooking · 03/06/2014 15:44

I'm in, just off to pm

MNPinto2014 · 03/06/2014 15:49

In, fancy trying ikea symbol.

YellowStripe · 03/06/2014 15:52

I'm in - will get wool but might PM you for a contrasting colour if that would be ok x

OwlCapone · 03/06/2014 16:00

I can manage a square or two. I even have a small amount of orange left (assuming it's the same one as before).

OfficerVanHalen · 03/06/2014 16:07

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Lacreon · 03/06/2014 16:09

I'd like to do a square - I'll see if I've got any suitable wool...

roguepixie · 03/06/2014 16:10

I'm in for some squares. Have responded via FB.

So very very sad. Flowers for her family

Jacksmania · 03/06/2014 16:17

I'm in. I have the orange and tangerine you sent me for the other project.

Would a mid-blue work? I'm thinking that I'd like to do a square like the one I did with the sail boat, alternating mid-blue and a lighter blue, for water, with a bright tangerine sun and maybe a beach ball bobbing on the water.
Bit ambitious, but I'll give it my best.

Kveta · 03/06/2014 16:22

MNP could you do some brown bobbles on it for the IKEA meatballs? :o

I keep thinking how annoying it is that Berry isn't around to come up with some suitably ridiculous and funny ideas for squares, but then the blanket wouldn't be required, and GAH! :(

GoingGoingGoth · 03/06/2014 16:27

Have PM you Piste

KnottyLocks · 03/06/2014 16:32

Pink, statecraft won't be suitable for these blankets. We're working only with the yarns in the OP, sorry.

KnottyLocks · 03/06/2014 16:33

Jacks, that sounds lovely. Thanks

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