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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
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RatherBeOnThePiste · 07/07/2014 19:21

Woolly treasure ahoy, goodness me, absolutely glorious, huge thanks to all the lovely crafters. What stars. x

Thanks HoggyTruffle Beautiful squares, stunning waves, fab crab, super seashell, fabulous Star

Thanks GoingGoingGoth In tangerine and turquoise, vibrantly super, gorgeously snuggly crochet. Star

Thanks WoolPixie In turquoise and pumpkin, bright and bold, lovely stripes and a seashell, super designs all fab Star

Thanks Chopchopbusybusy In a gorgeous soft green and a gorgeous blue, four fabulous knits, beautiful textures, lovely Star

Thanks CrazyKat In a soft pale blue, two absolutely beautiful knits, super texture, just so snuggly Star

Thanks Macarooned Just beautiful , two crocheted ripple squares in a super sea green, gorgeous Star

Thanks Primrose123 In tangerine and grass, four stunning crochet designs, all absolutely fabulous Star

Thank you so much everyone, these are all just perfect. Thanks

Thinking of Berry and her family xx

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Macarooned · 08/07/2014 09:43

Thanks for letting me know they got to woolly HQ safely!
Brew Cake Thanks


OwlCapone · 08/07/2014 09:49

I'll post my squares today - plus a 12" panel for a Billie Blanket.


RatherBeOnThePiste · 09/07/2014 07:40

Morning all Brew

Woolly treasure is here - just so lovely, thank you so much everyone, such stars xx

Thanks Bella In apple and turquoise, a beautiful crochet flower design, really super, and definitely more thank just OK! Star

Thanks FernMitten Three absolutely super knits/crochet in denim blue, super snuggly textures, really gorgeous Star

Thanks GleamingHeels&Thumbwitch Beautiful crochet in navy, turquoise, pumpkin and apple, two with hearts, two with stars, just fabulous. Star

Thanks everyone Thanks

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 09/07/2014 07:40

Thanks Owl - for both Thanks


FernMitten · 09/07/2014 11:43

Thanks Pistey, I'm glad they arrived ok!

Thanks very much to the person who donated wool Thanks


Allalonenow · 09/07/2014 12:10

Mine are on their way too Smile


RatherBeOnThePiste · 09/07/2014 18:19

This did make me smile!

As did the choc. Thanks JulesJules. Seeing Knots next week, I share nicely with her.

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

GoingGoingGoth · 09/07/2014 21:27

Been a busy couple of days, so pleased they arrived ok on Monday.


JulesJules · 10/07/2014 13:38

Galloping sheeeeps! [sheep]


RatherBeOnThePiste · 10/07/2014 19:47

Was so excited ny the galloping sheeps, I didn't post about the squares! I swear I'm getting worse!

Beautiful wool treasure has been arriving. Huge thanks to everyone, really is most marvellous, thank you.

Thanks JulesJules With optional flowers sewn on :), teal, tangerine and fuchsia, absolutely beautiful and the most fantastic Cornish beach design in blues and tangerine. Star

Thanks Basketzatdawn Wow! two stunning wave designs, one in turquoise and stone, the other in tangerine and bluey lilac, just beautiful! Star

Thanks PurpleFrog Two gorgeous crochet designs in blue, one with a wavy pattern and pumpkin starfish embellishment. Super Star

Thanks OwlCapone A fantastic Cornish pasty design in stone on teal/ tangerine - just brilliant, is there NOTHING you can't do woman???!! And a super orange sun on pale blue. Beautiful Star

Thanks Allalonenow Beautiful squares, lovely knits in pumpkin, gorgeous striped corner to corner with leaf embellishment, and super heart design. All magic Star

Fantastic squares from everyone, just marvellous, thank you so much.

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OwlCapone · 10/07/2014 20:46


The pasty one is a shade too small but I ran out of the Drops teal colour. That's why I inserted an orange band at the edge but it still wasn't enough!


RatherBeOnThePiste · 10/07/2014 23:16

Ah a pesky pasty.


Trumpton · 14/07/2014 09:12

Ah bless you for being patient with me . They are on their way. Flying as fast as their little Chough wings will let them.

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

RatherBeOnThePiste · 15/07/2014 02:40

Thanks lovely. Tis beautiful. X


RatherBeOnThePiste · 15/07/2014 09:10

Morning lovely Woollies :) Brew

Beautiful treasure has arrived, absolutely gorgeous, huge thanks to the crafters, what stars you are. Thanks

Thanks MinnieBar Stunning stripes in lime and blues, some horizontal, some zig zag, fabulous! Star

Thanks RoxVox In a super navy, two beautiful ribbed knits, gorgeous texture, super Star

Thanks both, you are mucho marvellous xx

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Jacksmania · 16/07/2014 21:13

Nothing from the Canadian branch yet?


RatherBeOnThePiste · 16/07/2014 22:13

Not yet lovely. Maybe tomorrow. X


RatherBeOnThePiste · 17/07/2014 14:43

Afternoon all, just coming to some thanks yous and PMs

And lo :) Beautiful woolly treasure HAS arrived today, huge thanks to the fabulous crafters for all they do, just marvellous. You are stars. Thanks

Thanks Jacksmania In blues, the most beautiful island scene with palm tree and sun. I want to be there, tis just lovely. Star

Thanks Trumpton the Bodkin Two squares with choughs on ( national bird for Cornwall ) they are black but with bright red bill and legs.So thoughtful and beautiful. Star

Thanks OfficerVanHalen In a vibrant teal, two super flower grannies with bobble design and a granny square, all beautiful and just marvellous. Star

Thanks everyone, these squares are fabulous Thanks Thanks Thanks

Thinking of Berry Thanks


CakeyCakeyCakey · 17/07/2014 20:57

Wow... Erm... I found the parcel in my car this morning Blush it's been there two weeks!
I honestly thought I'd sent it and just thought they'd not been mentioned as arrived because they're a bit rubbish. Sad

Sorry again, I have been to the post office with it today, shut ds head in the car door while there but that's another thread...


Jacksmania · 17/07/2014 21:19

So glad it arrived safely


RatherBeOnThePiste · 23/07/2014 18:59

Afternoon/Evening Wine :)

Beautiful woolly treasure has been arriving, just so gorgeous, thinking of Berry and her family, especially now the summer holidays are here.

Thanks CakeyCakeyCakey With an adorable drawing of Olaf from Frozen, beautiful crochet in stripes and super designs Star

Thanks RahRahRasputin In such a beautiful soft blue and sea green, wavy stripes, super textures, plus two blue fabulous snuggly squares. Star

Thank you both so much



RahRahRasputin · 24/07/2014 08:33

Phew, glad they've arrived safely. The two non-wavey blue are blackberry stitch which seemed appropriate, and I loved the texture so will probably be using it for everything now Grin


MySpideySenseTickles · 24/07/2014 20:22

I'm glad they arrived ok, sorry they're a bit crap my crochet mojo seems to have died, I blame the giant brown and grey granny square of boringness.


RatherBeOnThePiste · 25/07/2014 09:22

Not crap at all! Hope your crochet mojo is soon back with you though xx

LOVE blackberry stitch, gorgeous!


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