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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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RiaOverTheRainbow · 04/06/2014 15:43

No problem at all Woolfey, I'll let you know when they're on their way.


woolfey · 04/06/2014 16:53

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 04/06/2014 20:04

Evening Wine

Just catching up Thanks


HoggyTruffle · 04/06/2014 20:32

What terrible news for her family. I will make a couple of squares.


MNPinto2014 · 05/06/2014 01:15

Kveta and Pistey had originally planned to do the Ikea logo but meatballs it is but they are brown not orange? I have brown...need advice.

I have the beige stone colours so that would work for the plate on a bright blue square??

Happy to double up on squares.


MNPinto2014 · 05/06/2014 01:15

Oh and realised we were not using yellow.


WoolPixie · 05/06/2014 07:00

Checking in. Much love to BerryLellow's family Flowers


RatherBeOnThePiste · 05/06/2014 07:25

Morning Brew


YellowStripe · 05/06/2014 07:48

Morning all. Found some well priced Rialto yesterday at a little craft unit called the Yarn Sanctuary in Nuneaton if anyone is in that area. Reduced to 3.95 at the mo. Not sure if she will post, but perhaps worth a phone call?


KnottyLocks · 05/06/2014 08:06

MN, I can send you some appropriate colours for the logo and meatballs.


ChutesTooNarrow · 05/06/2014 10:46

Thank you for your help pistey, thank you for the code kveta Thanks Thanks


enormouse · 05/06/2014 11:21

Hi I've PMd you knottyandpistey. Thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste · 05/06/2014 15:07

Afternoon all :)

More wool is on the way, thanks to our fabulous donors - you truly are stars and we [heart] you!



RatherBeOnThePiste · 05/06/2014 15:08

Looking forward to seeing these meatballs!

enormous You have mail - thank you Thanks


enormouse · 05/06/2014 15:22

Hi knottyandpistey. Have ordered some crochet hooks and just need some wool and I can get cracking on making a square. Hope it's not harder than knitting. Smile


Kveta · 05/06/2014 16:14

oh, Berry would have absolutely wept laughing at the idea of a crochet IKEA logo and meatballs :( :o I really wanted to do a cornish pasty but don't have colours or skillz for it.


OwlCapone · 05/06/2014 16:47

Cornish pasty you say...


RatherBeOnThePiste · 05/06/2014 19:21

I [heart] OwlCapone



RatherBeOnThePiste · 05/06/2014 19:23

We have another lovely donor to thank, we truly heart the donors, they make these projects function in the way they do. Couldn't manage without them.

Thanks Inaminutenow

You are a star my lovely, thank you x

Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks


KnottyLocks · 05/06/2014 22:34

Oh, a Cornish pasty! Fabularse!


OwlCapone · 06/06/2014 06:56

I'm still wrestling with Rapunzle.

And then I have a mermaid which is a chart with all text in Japanese. Neither of which I can read.

Cornish Pasty should be a piece of, er, pasty...


RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 06:57

Can't wait to see this mermaid!

Do I need to send you some red?


OwlCapone · 06/06/2014 07:04

Do you think it would look OK with darkish pink hair?


RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 07:12

Here we go....

Modelled on me I believe.

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

RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 07:12

not referring to the fish obvs.....


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