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Woolly Hugs...We are making a blanket for diege and her children : Lovely donors and crafters, please, we need your help.

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KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 19:43

You may have heard the dreadfully sad news that diege's husband died suddenly in June. Mental ill health can be such a devastating illness. Bless his heart. Life has been very cruel to them. We send diege and their six children our love and are so sorry for their loss. Thanks

We are so glad that diege has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, we hope it may give whatever comfort it can to them all. There will be love crafted into every stitch. Diege's thread is here if you would like to post condolences

So we are now asking for help once again Sad Thanks

We need crocheters, knitters and donors (of funds or wool) Sincere thanks. Thanks
If you would like to be involved in any way, please post on this thread and PM us with your offers: crafting, donating, need wool, etc, we can help you with all of it.

Thank you so much Thanks

Our Yarns

  • Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
  • Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK
  • Debbie Bliss Rialto DK
  • Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK

  • Artesano Superwash Merino DK
  • Patons Merino Extrafine 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.

    Our listed yarns are all easily available online - Try Wool Warehouse, Wise Badger, Laughing Hens

    The Colours
  • Blues
  • Oranges
, but just from these please…Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK - Pumpkin (373) -Debbie Bliss Rialto DK - Tangerine (56)- orDebbie Bliss Rialto DK - Burnt Orange (43)
  • Greens
  • Yellow, but this one please… Drops merino extra fine DK no 24 ‘light yellow’

    Then for embellishments and accents, Jenny Watson pure merino DK WM7 ‘taupe’ and crream, one of the following - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 02 ecru or Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM4 cream

    From lovely diege
    Colours for the blanket - lots of bright, sunshiny colours.In terms of themes, he loved the outdoors. Cycling a passion, also anything to do with fish, trees, plants, mountain climbing in Snowdonia, the seaside (Whitby!) and oddly cacti!
    Our initials as follows
    Mine : DW. His is J
    Then the children...JW, SW, LW, (the girls), then the boys oddly the same - JW, SW, LW.

    Thanks so much - I'm sure whatever the blanket looks like it will be amazing, and I'm so touched.
    Many thanks, d x

    Bless her heart, we will make something very beautiful for them as a tribute to her fabulous DH.

    Simple or complex, made by beginner or expert, we genuinely welcome them all. It really is the love and thought that counts. There is support for buying colours on our website, here. Squares to be six inches, using 4mm needles or hook. Previous blankets can be seen on our website If looking for ideas for a pattern, there are many linked to from our website under Crafting

    We also have a Facebook page Woolly Hugs and are on Twitter @Woolly_Hugs

    When ready for posting, please PM for info. As always, we thank you so much for your support, please wait now to post after September 5th. Last posting Friday 30th September.

    So sad that another blanket is needed. Diege, we are thinking of you and sending our love.

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RedRosie · 25/07/2016 19:50

I will help in the usual way.

So many blankets. Sad

KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 19:58


Thank you so much lovely Rosie xxxxx

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TheNinjaGooseIsHooking · 25/07/2016 20:03

such sad news, sending love to diege and her family x

I'm in

PolterGoose · 25/07/2016 20:03

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KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 20:03

Thank you both so much xxxx

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BigApple11 · 25/07/2016 20:09

I will also help. Please can you send me some wool? Happy to do as many as you want...same address as before xxxx

KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 20:12

Thanks lovely, that is wonderful, could you just PM and remind us of your address please? xx

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CommunistLegoBloc · 25/07/2016 20:12

Will of course do a square or two - but may I have some wool please? I don't have any of those brands in my stash. Sending love.

WhenDoISleep · 25/07/2016 20:14

Have pm'd.

Have the orange wools listed been used before? I have orange in my Woolly Hugs stash bag but have lost the band with the shade code.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant · 25/07/2016 20:15

I will make something.
I have pale blue from impatient wino.
And a couple of greens. Can't remember names.
If you need other colours, please send some.

Will you be waiting until after the summer holiday for posting?

Ginxed · 25/07/2016 20:15

I can help and I'm sure I have blue/green shades. so very sad, sending hugs to diege.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant · 25/07/2016 20:16

Ah. Sorry, the bottom of your post hadn't loaded.

For September.
Can do.

Will do some initials at the very least.

KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 20:18

These three are the oranges we have used before WhenDoISleep so they will be fine, one is quite a bright tangerine, another is a burnt orange, the other is somewhere in the middle. All gorgeous, thank you xxxx

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MrsHathaway · 25/07/2016 20:20

Such a cruel disease. A cause close to our hearts chez Hath.

One granny in leftover blue already complete (have been "watching" pfb at swimming lesson this evening).

Have discovered a local cache of James C Brett and others which I should be able to access on Friday, at which point I can cast on again.

Meanwhile, all very best wishes to diege, J, S, L, J, S and L.

KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 20:22

Thank you Mrs H xxxx

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PenelopeClearwater · 25/07/2016 20:25

I'm in. Diege was the first MNer I met in real life. Sad

Will PM now.

KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 20:26

She is a good friend to many of our regular crafters we know, through antenatal groups, getting lots of messages. Bless her heart, we will make something beautiful for her and their children xxxx

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CraftyPenguin · 25/07/2016 20:35

I can make some squares if I can be donated some wool please? How many squares do you want from each person and do they have to be a certain size?

Caiprioskared · 25/07/2016 20:38

I'm a knitter and I'd like to be of some help. I'll send a pm.

KnottyAndPistey · 25/07/2016 20:39

Squares to be six inches using 4mm hook or needles, and thank you, if you message us your address, we can get it sent to you. Thanks

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Wolfiefan · 25/07/2016 21:00

Such sad news. Will search my stash and buy some if I don't have the right colours.

BlueyDragon · 25/07/2016 21:03

Poor Diege, how utterly utterly awful.

I have some of the blue and yellow left over from previous blankets so I'll do some. Can you remind me of the PayPal address and I'll donate some money so others can have wool? If you could do it on PM that would be v helpful as otherwise I will forget...

Whatsthatbrightlght · 25/07/2016 21:16

I'm in but will need wool. Have pm'd address

PeaceOfWildThings · 25/07/2016 21:24

Was so very sorry to read of the sad news. Glad that a WH is being made for diege and family. Much love to all. Flowers

Would love to make squares (am thinking cactus and maybe leafy/waves). Please send some Pumpkin or burnt orange, and some cactus green (mine are all dull). Think I'm ok for blues.

PUGaLUGS · 25/07/2016 21:26

I will help Flowers xx

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