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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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KnottyLocks · 03/06/2014 16:34

Thanks everyone Thanks


FernMitten · 03/06/2014 16:46

It's very sad news about BerryLellow, best wishes to her family and friends.

I would like to knit or crochet some squares if possible, if there is no available wool donor, I'll try and source wool. Thanks for organising all this OPs.


crazykat · 03/06/2014 17:24

Such sad news, thinking of Berry's family and friends especially her boys.

I'd love to help if I can have some wool. Ive got some light mauve left from Cathpips blanke, not enough for a full square but it would look nice with a mid blue.


Mckayz · 03/06/2014 17:34

Have PM's Pistey to be matched to a donor. I have some stone coloured wool but I don't have the label and can't remember if it's the right one or not.

I do have some lovely green which I thought was ok but it's Baby Cashmerino instead of Cashmerino DK which is a pain.


Pinkforboys · 03/06/2014 17:37

Okidoke. I must have some colours in DK merino in my stash that will suit.


woolfey · 03/06/2014 17:48

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ChutesTooNarrow · 03/06/2014 18:03

I can't knit or crochet, I would like to buy yarn. I would particularly like to donate orange yarn as we were both team orange and both painted our bathrooms garish shades of orange Smile however, I will donate whatever is required.


RatherBeOnThePiste · 03/06/2014 18:17

Huge thanks everyone, sorry haven't be able to get to PMs but am here now and will help everyone. Thank you, am off to an avalanche Thanks


rubycon · 03/06/2014 18:21

I'm in x


Thumbwitch · 03/06/2014 18:22

I'm in of course, to donate 2 balls to some lovely crafter. I didn't cross over with Berry very much or often but she always seemed lovely. Such a tragedy. :(

PMing you, Pistey...


Opheliabumps · 03/06/2014 18:41

Just pm'd you Pistey, I'm in for whatever squares you need me to do.


fanjodisfunction · 03/06/2014 19:09

Im in, such sad news.. just been looking at her pinterest boards, some lovely stuff. I have pumpkin and grass. Sure I can come up with something, maybe some multi petaled flowersi see from her gardening board she pinned alot of them. Shall pm u pistey.


ComfyLeatherChair · 03/06/2014 19:19

I would like to do a square or two please. I've got some wool


SpiralArchitect · 03/06/2014 20:03

I'm new(ish) to this but can do some squares if someone will donate wool. Will pm Pistey.


RatherBeOnThePiste · 03/06/2014 20:08

Thank you everyone, what a marvellous response Thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste · 03/06/2014 20:13

We already have a lovely donor to thank, honestly this means so much, we really appreciate it Thanks

Thanks twofalls

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TheFairyCaravan · 03/06/2014 20:16

I'll do some squares. I've got some wool.

I'll pm Pistey.


TenMinutesToLanding · 03/06/2014 20:17

Oh so very sad. :(

Thinking of her family and friends.

Will pm you Pistey.


maxmissie · 03/06/2014 20:31

So sorry to hear this. Thinking of her two boys, family and friends.

Have just PM'd to say can donate some funds for wool.


cakebaby · 03/06/2014 20:42

So awful. Thinking of all her family, especially her two little ones. (Have sent funds but forgotten to note they are for berrylellow sorry)


CakeyCakeyCakey · 03/06/2014 21:06

So sad! Ill do some squares, I'll on you pistey, as usual I will need donor wool. Xx


CakeyCakeyCakey · 03/06/2014 21:07

Oh crap, I've been texting... Those kisses should NOT be there!


fanjodisfunction · 03/06/2014 21:31

Looks like from her pins she liked owls


Kveta · 03/06/2014 21:37

the owls were/are a long-standing joke in her family. I wouldn't say she liked them exactly :o


KnottyLocks · 03/06/2014 21:41

Should we be avoiding owls then? Smile

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