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Woolly Hugs. For our own Beccajo. Lovely donors and crafters, please, your help is needed.

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KnottyAndPistey · 27/01/2015 14:17

Desperately sad news we’re afraid. In the run up to Christmas, the folk on the current Tamoxigang thread received a message from the DH (on MN as firethornuk) of the very lovely beccajo.

Not long after her last post on this thread she went into hospital, she was very unwell, but she was improving under the care of the drs and nurses. She received her next 2 doses of chemo in hospital which didn't really agree with her. So she was due to have a brand new drug tomorrow. She was doing really well and we had some hope that her new chemo would work for her.

Sadly, last Friday she developed a terrible headache and a scan revealed 2 brain tumours, one of which had bled heavily. She deteriorated very quickly. But she was comfortable, and passed away peacefully with her family with her.

There aren’t really any words are there? We are just so very sorry life has been so cruel. Our thoughts are with beccajo's DH, their little children, family and friends at this time. We are so pleased to say that her DH has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, and we hope that he and their children will feel our love and support and that the blanket may give whatever comfort it can to them. Beccajo was a very busy MN poster, and the site will miss her kindness and support for others.

Please, 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. If you need yarn and are a hooker, do let us know, as we have part balls that will be perfect for crochet.

The Yarn we are Using….

  • Artesano Superwash Merino DK
  • Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
  • Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
  • 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. If you still have any of our wools that have been discontinued - Rowan cashsoft DK, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK or James C. Brett Pure Merino DK in your stash, please do use them.

    The colours…
  • Warm purples
  • Pinks
  • Blues
  • Greens

    Her DH has thought of some ideas to reflect Becca’s loves
  • Snowboarding, snowflakes
  • Sailing and the sea.
  • Roses and gardens, they had planned a rose border for their garden, which her DH is hoping to make this summer.
  • Her favourite colour was purple, she loved pinks too.
  • We do have the family initials if this is something someone would like to do, please PM.

    Thanks Thanks

    All crafting abilities genuinely welcome, squares made by beginner or expert are equally welcomed. It really is the love and thought that counts.

    Lots of ideas for sure, but please don't feel daunted, we 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.

    Help with Crafting
    Knotty (KnottyLocks* ) will help with any crafting/colour queries, do PM her or post on the thread.
  • Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles.
  • We recommend double knotting yarn to ensure the square is extra sturdy, and make sure you get a needle to sew the pesky ends in, rather than cutting to the knot which makes the square fragile.
  • Please avoid blocking your squares, makes then harder to use and anyway the other squares WILL pull them into shape!!
  • Our website has lots of practical info, including recommended online retailers of our yarn.
  • If you are new to us, maybe have a look at our website, where there are albums of previous blankets.

    We are on Facebook and Twitter at MNWoollyHugs/@MNWoollyHugs which are both good ways to keep in touch.Do join us there.

    This means such a lot to Becca's DH, and will be so lovely for him and their children to have. Together we will make something very special for them.

    Thinking of beccajo and all those who love and miss her.

    Heartfelt thanks Thanks
OP posts:
KnottyLocks · 27/01/2015 14:20

Much love to all the family. xxxx

RatherBeOnThePiste · 27/01/2015 14:27

And from me too, thinking of them all. xxx

fanjodisfunction · 27/01/2015 14:40

that's so sad,

of I shall help. will pm you posted. I have some wool already and might get my fan mum to make some roses to go on a square.

fanjodisfunction · 27/01/2015 14:40

bloody phone. I will pm u pistey

TobyLerone · 27/01/2015 14:44

Becca was on my antenatal thread (Jan 14). I've never participated in one of these before, but I'd like to be involved with this one. I can knit to a decent basic standard. Stripes are my limit!

KnottyAndPistey · 27/01/2015 14:46

Apologies - to add to the colours....

For embellishments

  • Cream - one of the following - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 02 ecru, James C. Brett Pure Merino DK no 7, Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM4 cream

  • Red - but only Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby’ please.

    Thank you Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks
OP posts:
ChippingInLatteLover · 27/01/2015 14:47

Heartbreaking. Life is so bloody unfair.

McKayz · 27/01/2015 14:47

Just ordered some yarn. So sad, love to her friends and family. Sad

weebarra · 27/01/2015 14:49

Becca was on the Tamoxigang thread with me, so I'd love to help. I will pm you Pistey.

KnottyAndPistey · 27/01/2015 14:51

Thank you everyone, and welcome to those joining us for the first time. Thanks

Please do let others know who are on the Tamoxigang and Jan 14 antennal threads, they may well like to join us.


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FelixFelix · 27/01/2015 14:54

I am part of the antenatal thread Becca posted on. It was her sons 1st birthday recently and it makes me so sad Sad I cannot crochet or knit at all but is there a way I can donate funds or something?

Chuffingelves01 · 27/01/2015 14:55

So sorry for the loss. I can crochet some granny squares. How many would you like? I can do 5 or 6 is this enough?

RatherBeOnThePiste · 27/01/2015 15:03

Sounds fabulous thank you Chuffing Thanks

Felix - there most certainly is, I shall PM you now, thank you Thanks

FelixFelix · 27/01/2015 15:03

Lovely, thanks so much!

ChippingInLatteLover · 27/01/2015 15:06

felix we could help you learn to knit if you'd like to. Bit doesn't have to be perfect, just made with love...

Or if you prefer you can PM Pistey (RatheBeOnThePiste) and she'll tell you what you need to do to donate wool or money x

Whatever you do, it's all hugely appreciated.

savemefromrickets · 27/01/2015 15:07

I'm from the tamoxigang and will happily contribute financially in the hope someone else who has coordination will do the actual knitting.

I'll PM you.

FelixFelix · 27/01/2015 15:10

Thanks chipping. I think I'm a lost cause as I tried to learn to crochet before Christmas and ended up throwing it across the room in anger Grin donating is probably the safest option!

KnottyAndPistey · 27/01/2015 15:20

Thank you so much everyone Thanks

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Enormouse · 27/01/2015 15:21

Sending my love to beccas family Flowers

I was on the jan 14 antenatal thread too. Can I make a donation? I have very few creative skills but I'd like to contribute to beccas woolly hug.

KnottyAndPistey · 27/01/2015 15:32

Thank you Enormouse I am just about to PM you, we really appreciate your offer Thanks

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Lilymaid · 27/01/2015 15:34

I am going to try to knit something for Becca but it may have sheep on it as that's the only pattern on a 6" square I know
Tamoxigang has been alerted.

KnottyAndPistey · 27/01/2015 15:38

Bless you Lily thank you Thanks

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RatherBeOnThePiste · 27/01/2015 15:43
alteredimages · 27/01/2015 15:46

Hello. I am another one from the jan 14 antenatal thread. I am quite a rubbish knitter, so it will be plain squares from me. I also live in Egypt so will try to have the yarn sent out at the beginning of Feb. If it doesn't make it out I would like to donate please.

hazeyjane · 27/01/2015 15:49

I will do some squares have some Drops Merino in Autumny colours if that is ok?)

Much love to family and friends. xx

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