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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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PrimroseMill · 28/07/2014 15:11

What is the last posting date for this blanket? Trying (and failing) to get another campervan square finished...
PS Can we use red?


PrimroseMill · 28/07/2014 15:12

as in can the campervan be red? I've run out of the tangerine. Or I have navy...?


RatherBeOnThePiste · 29/07/2014 17:15

Rather avoid red if that's OK? But let me send you some more tangerine Primrose?

Last posting has technically been, was July 5th, but absolutely no worries, lets make a new one of August 27th?


RatherBeOnThePiste · 29/07/2014 17:17

Woolly treasure ahoy!

Beautiful squares have been arriving - so very lovely, huge thanks to all the super crafters, you are an awesome bunch Thanks

Thanks Woolpixie Beautiful letters in icord, grass, tangerine, navy and mid blue, absolutely super, thank you for doing this, plus gorgeous bobbles and a wavy design too. Wow. Star

Thank you so much Thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste · 31/07/2014 09:35

Morning :) Brew


PrimroseMill · 06/08/2014 06:05

Pistey I've found some more tangerine at the bottom of my teeny tiny* stash. Grin

  • if the definition of teeny tiny is 'large, looming and frighteningly out of control' Blush

RatherBeOnThePiste · 27/08/2014 09:11

Just catching up :) Brew


RatherBeOnThePiste · 29/08/2014 06:57

Beautiful woolly treasure has been arriving, absolutely gorgeous, huge thanks to all the crafters for what they do. Just awesome.

Thanks Kveta A beautiful flowery square which we will use as a mini hug for Berry's mum if that's OK, then four fabulous squares, will keep your note to make sure they go to the right son, a gorgeous beach design with Berry's family nn embroidered on, perfect, and a surfing design with one of her boys riding high on the wave, plus squares in burnt orange and a four square too. Really super Star

Huge thanks. Thanks

Thinking of lovely Berry and her family. x

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 29/08/2014 07:00


Sorry, need to add the glorious embellishments, star fish, initials and a super shell, all just perfect. Thank you Kveta You are a star xxx


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/09/2014 10:35

Morning :) Can't work out the post at all, yesterday it came at about 3.30, today 9.30! Mind you at the mo, we are having a van delivery too!

Beautiful woolly treasure with our lovely Posty today

Thanks PrimroseMill A gorgeous VW camper can knitted design in tangerine and silver, very lovely indeed Star

Thank you Thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste · 25/09/2014 12:12

More treasure has been arriving...

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Thanks Knotty In chartreuse, four gorgeous star embellishments, just perfect, thank you Star

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 03/10/2014 16:34

Beautiful woolly treasury has been arriving, this by hand Thanks

Thanks MNP For each of Berry's boys, lovely MNP has made the IKEA logo in yellow on blue and a square depicting a plateful of Ikea meatballs, just perfect, with an additional beautiful teal square too. Star

Thanks so much, you are a star

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 15/12/2014 18:17

Afternoon :)

Beautiful squares arriving today from the very lovely OpheliaBumps Five knits spelling out one of Berry's son's names. Just gorgeous and such a lot of work. Thank you Star

Thoughts with Berry's family especially at this time of year xx

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ZingTheGreat · 11/01/2015 17:29

do you still need contributions to this?


RatherBeOnThePiste · 11/01/2015 19:21

Hello there lovely, the squares are being sorted for the layouts very soon, we are making a blanket each for her boys, and we haven't thought yet of colour wool to hook and edge. We'd love any contribution of funds towards this. Do message us if that is what you are meaning and something you'd like to do, and a huge thank you as always Zing


ZingTheGreat · 11/01/2015 19:33

please pm me how much you need to foot the bill for "joining" thread and I'll try my best.
if no choice made yet, I suggest red, my favourite colour, colour of love and passion.


RatherBeOnThePiste · 11/01/2015 19:44

Lovely Zing you are fabulous, you have a PM from me xx


RatherBeOnThePiste · 13/04/2015 17:51

We are so pleased to be able to let you know that BerryLellow's sons have received their Woolly Hugs, so pleased too that we can share precious photos of them with their blankets. See our FB page MNWoollyHugs

The family send their love and thanks to everyone, Berry's mum has said Berry would have loved these. Thanks

Huge hugs to them all, and sending so much love. xx

Our album on the website is here..

Thank you so much to all crafters and donors alike. Star s

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

RatherBeOnThePiste · 13/04/2015 17:52

Link went wonky, sorry

The photo album is here


KnottyAndPistey · 30/04/2015 09:01

Sending so much love to Berry's boys and family, to all who love and miss her, our thoughts are with you, especially today, one year on. xxxxx


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