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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:

OwlCapone · 06/06/2014 07:22

Yes, well it's not going to look like that. Let's lower our expectations here...


RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 07:23

Hang about.......

OwlCapone · 06/06/2014 07:24

Having looked up pasty on Ravelry, it seems it also means "nipple tassels". Can I just confirm that we are talking about a savoury snack here and not something dubious involving fringing and pixies...?


YeGodsAndLittleFishes · 06/06/2014 07:29

So sorry to hear of such a sad loss. Flowers

I'll crochet a pair of squares. I have wool. Not sure of a design yet...maybe flowers?


RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 07:32

Arf at pasties! That's what Pidj made for me. :)

Look at this colour. Tis a DB Rialto one. What you think?

Thank you YeGods. Flowers will be beautiful. Xx

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

OwlCapone · 06/06/2014 07:36

Looks good to me. However, I suspect the hair colour will be the least of Ariel's problems :)


Kveta · 06/06/2014 07:43

Roaring at nipple tassels :o I think her boys might be a tad perplexed if their mum is remembered by those kind of pasties though :o


OwlCapone · 06/06/2014 07:49

So, not these then...?


HorsesDogsNails · 06/06/2014 08:10

I'm in, I've hooked a circle to square in teal and green. Shall I post it to the usual WH address?

Thoughts with Berry's family....


CakeyCakeyCakey · 06/06/2014 08:54

I'm trying I learn something new for each hug, to motivate myself really.
I had my hooks and practice yarn (it's a hideous colour I practice stitches then frog it, poor thing been frogged a million times!)
I was practicing bobble stitch last night, hopefully if I can get the hang of it then it might represent meatballs in an abstract kind of way...


RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 09:15

Horses Yes please Thanks


Kveta · 06/06/2014 09:19

Snort at those Owl :o


YeGodsAndLittleFishes · 06/06/2014 09:29

I'll never be able to look at a circle to square the same way again! (Will be wondering where the missing tassles are!) Grin

Pistey that colour is really great. (Now I want some though.)


RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 09:37

These are the ones Pidj made for me Grin. As you can see, I've almost worn them out.

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

RatherBeOnThePiste · 06/06/2014 09:38

Buy, buy, buy Yegods!!


Tis the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK burnt orange (043) Just sayin....


YeGodsAndLittleFishes · 06/06/2014 09:40

I think I will have to. I'll tell DH you twisted my arm. Grin


FernMitten · 06/06/2014 10:02

A lovely ball of denim blue wool has just arrived, thanks so much to my very kind donor Thanks

I'm off to Ravelry to look up some nice squares Smile


rubycon · 06/06/2014 11:25

my wool has arrived - a blue one. Thank you!


SpiralArchitect · 06/06/2014 11:28

The postman has been and I now have some gorgeous dark teal wool.

Thanks to my lovely donor Thanks

Off to do some knitting Smile


OwlCapone · 06/06/2014 12:33

Nice pasties, Pistey :)


YeGodsAndLittleFishes · 06/06/2014 13:23

Bought a couple of balls of the burnt orange from Ebay, £3.91 +£2 p&p.

You do wear your pasties in a strange place, Pistey. or do you have nipples on your hand? Grin


RiaOverTheRainbow · 06/06/2014 13:28

2 balls of lovely baby blue arrived just now, thanks Thanks


TenMinutesToLanding · 06/06/2014 13:34

Thanks Pistey, Knotty and my generous donator for the wooly wool that the postie popped through the cat flap - I will get on it the minute I finish my last 12" one for the Chernobyl blankies. Will post those tomorrow morning.

Grin at the nipple tassels!


Mckayz · 06/06/2014 14:03

Just got a lovely ball of pale blue wool through the post. Thanks

Will get knitting now.


Kveta · 06/06/2014 14:18

Knotty and Pistey, I have some ecru, could I use it to make a camper van? I don't have any white, or stone. I was thinking something like this:

and are buttons ok, boys are old enough not to eat them I think, but obviously I can do wee circles in yarn if buttons are unsuitable!

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