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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:

Kveta · 03/06/2014 21:43

No no! It was more a joke between her cousins and her, because one of them was scared of an owl once or something? So I think owls would be hilarious and perfect, but maybe we should check with juaneeze first in case it scares them :o Wink


KnottyLocks · 03/06/2014 22:07

Oh we can do owls! Smashing. Smile


BellaVita · 03/06/2014 22:32

Count me in. Will order some wool. Have probably got enough pumpkin just... But I will get a ball of another colour to be on the safe side.

Thinking of Berry and her family Flowers


NoWayNoHow · 04/06/2014 00:05

So sad... Please count me in, Pistey - will PM from PC tomorrow. Will source my own wool.

Thinking of Berry's family. What a lovely idea to do the two blankets...


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 07:41

Thanks every


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 07:41

bloody phone


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 07:42

Thanks everyone, just marvellous. Will be back in a bit and wil answer all PMs. Thanks


OhTheHugeManatee · 04/06/2014 07:47

I'll do a crochet square.


RiaOverTheRainbow · 04/06/2014 09:31

Thinking of all who knew and loved Berry Thanks

I'll PM in a minute.


Chopchopbusybusy · 04/06/2014 09:38

Very sad news. I will do some squares.


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 09:46

At one point last night, I had 93 PMs, but at this point, my box is empty.

Honestly, what response, am blown away. We are going to make something so beautiful for Berry's boys. As much as I wish that these were never needed, I am so glad we can join together and make them. Thank you everyone Thanks

Am just coming now to go through the thread, make sure no one is left behind.

Thank you Thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 10:00

PinkforBoys Knots replied to you re the stylecraft - if you need Woolly Hug wool for this, do shout. Thanks

MNP - do it! Make one for each, please, and as Kveta says, with meatballs :) Thanks

OwlCapone Yes, tis the same orange. Thanks

Lacreaon Let us know if you need donor yarn. Thanks

Jacks sounds beautiful, you are lovely x Thanks

Chutes - PLEASE donate orange, makes it so meaningful, have a look at the shades we have listed, they range from bright and bold to burnt orange, hopefully one will be right. x Thanks

cakeycakeycakey Never fret about xxx we are a law into ourselves here in Woolly Hugs :) x Thanks

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We have another lovely donor to thank, we truly heart the donors, honestly your donations mean so much, we always want to be inclusive, for everyone to join in if they would like to, and some folk just wouldn't be able to afford to. Your kind donations make it possible, we really are so grateful. Thank you

Thanks cakebaby

Thanks to everyone volunteering to help - just brilliant

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 11:17

Poor lovely Woolfey has hurt herself and is struggling to knit Sad but is very keen to contribute some of her gorgeous trademark embroidered squares. Hope she is recovered soon. Thanks

We wonder if anyone would like to team up with her? We would need two garter knit squares for her to use as the base. You have probably seen the gorgeous things she makes, bloomin clever thing that she is!

Would need to be a pale colour, we can provide the woolly wool. Can anyone help?



ChutesTooNarrow · 04/06/2014 11:44

I have been given an address but am a bit clueless what to do. Do I just chose the colours I like and have them sent? How much yarn is required? Can anyone recommend a good website I can buy from please?


RiaOverTheRainbow · 04/06/2014 11:46

I'd be happy to team up with Woolfey. I already have enough beige for one square, or whatever colour my donor chooses.


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 11:48

Ahhhhh Team WoolfovertheRainbow is born - huge thanks lovely Thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 11:49

Chutes - let me help you


RiaOverTheRainbow · 04/06/2014 11:55

Woolfey would you like garter or stocking squares? And with or without a border?


RiaOverTheRainbow · 04/06/2014 11:56

And sorry to hear you're injured Thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 12:02

Chutes You choose the colours you would like - you mentioned orange earlier, that would be fabulous.

The lovely crafter you have been matched with does gorgeous crochet. If you wanted to send more than one colour, then she will be able to think about colour designs. But one ball is lovely too as she will be able to make at least two squares. So have a look at prices, and do bear in mind there will be postage on top.

The fab bright, zingy orange on our list can be bought in Wool Warehouse - see here...... Is that the kind of orange you were thinking of? Wool Warehouse also sell Pumpkin which is on our list Tis a deeper orange, still bold, is lovely too.

We do recommend Wool Warehouse, they are efficient and good value, and we use them a lot. You can very easily send straight to the address we gave you from there. I know you haven't got a name, so use Mumsnetter of the House or Woolly Hugs.

Have a look, but do come back if we can help you any more, and thank you so much x


fanjodisfunction · 04/06/2014 12:03

These threads are so sad but I do have a warm fuzzy feeling when we all come together to support.

Will get on the squares tonight, I have a couple of angel blankets and my lovely mum has been hard at work for billie amd yorkhill, so large woolly parcel on its way soon pistey.


Kveta · 04/06/2014 12:07

Chutes, if you do order from wool warehouse, then code SC19 should give you 10% off! If it doesn't, then MM40 will :o. Not that I buy too many crafting magazines or anything...


RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 12:09

Tis certainly something rather special Fan Thanks

And huge thanks for the woolly mountain, do PM if we can help with postage, will be monstrous.


woolfey · 04/06/2014 14:22

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Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 14:30

Lots of wool is on the way. Good news, thank you Thanks

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