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Woolly Hugs. A Blanket for the lovely Needschoolhelp. Remembering baby Alfie. Crafters and donors, we need your help.

135 replies

KnottyAndPistey · 29/01/2021 15:45

Devastating news from lovely needschoolhelp, her beautiful baby son Alfie died suddenly from SIDS earlier this month. He was only twelve weeks old. There are no words, it is absolutely devastating for her, her DH and Alfie’s big brother and two big sisters. Utterly shocking. We send them all so much love and will keep them very close in our hearts and thoughts. Her thread in Bereavement is here.. If you’d like to add a message of condolence.

We are so pleased that she has accepted our offer of a Woolly Hug, for all of them, and so we come asking for help, both crafting and donating. It really will be a tribute to a life filled with love. Could you help us? Thank you Thanks

From lovely needshoolhelp…
His date of birth was 14/10/20 if that could be incorporated along with his name. Maybe a rainbow or/and an angel if that would be possible.

She also mentions lighting candles has given them some comfort, lighting them not only for their beautiful Alfie but for all the beautiful babies taken far too soon.

Maybe someone could make tiny handprints and or footprints too?

The colours we will be using…
Baby blues
Cream, but please one of the following - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 02 ecru, Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM4 cream, or Drops Merino 01 off white

Then for embellishments and accents, little bits only please…
Rainbow shades
Darker blues

The Yarn we will be Using….
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK ( can only be bought from Love Crafts)
Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK
Katia Merino 100% DK
King Cole Luxury Merino DK Currently on sale at Wise Badger
Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK Currently on sale on at Black Sheep Wools
Patons Merino Extrafine DK Currently on sale at Lady Sew and Sew Knits

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 - Artesano Superwash Merino 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, Love Crafts, Black Sheep Wools, Lady Sew and Sew Knits

Important crafting info
Squares to be six inches, using 4mm needles or hook. Please knot off VERY carefully when finishing or changing colour and sew your ends in, thank you! No blocking please, makes it much easier to join squares.

Simple or complex, made by beginner or expert, we genuinely welcome them all. It really is the love and thought that counts.

When posting, it will be the Teddington address, please make sure you add your name and who the squares are for, and if you would like to include a card for the Needschoolhelp and her family, please do, we will pass it on.

Thank you so much lovely Woolly crew. Thanks

Remembering Alfie xxxxx

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ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs · 29/01/2021 15:48

I read her thread previously, absolutely heartbreaking.

Definitely in for a couple of squares full of hugs xx

KnottyAndPistey · 29/01/2021 16:05

Thanks lovely Chip xxx

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KnottyAndPistey · 29/01/2021 16:05

We haven't set a post by date as covid will make getting wool out to crafters take longer, so as soon as most folk have we will look at that, but it will be 4 to 5 weeks approx.

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KnottyAndPistey · 29/01/2021 16:06

Needshoolhelp is based in Scotland if anyone would like to think on that for a square

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TheWoollybacksWife · 29/01/2021 16:09

I'd be happy to make a square. Sending love to all of baby Alfie's family. 🕯

Zhx3 · 29/01/2021 16:24

I'm sorry for your loss, Needschoolhelp. I will contribute a square or two.

TheNinjaGooseIsHooking · 29/01/2021 16:25

I'm in, have pmed. Sending to love to Alfie's family x

Yiayoula · 29/01/2021 16:29

Count me in - such sad news.
With love to all the family xxx 🌈

Pauleen · 29/01/2021 16:32

I’m in for these too but need yarn.
Happy to join in memory of a friends baby, if needed.

SpiralArchitect · 29/01/2021 16:41

I can make a couple of squares.

Thinking of Needschoolhelp and family Flowers

bookbook · 29/01/2021 16:47

So sad to hear of this - will make some squares .
Much love to Needschoolhelp and family

EssentiallyDelighted · 29/01/2021 16:55

I'd be glad to help Flowers

MadisonAvenue · 29/01/2021 16:56

I’m in, I’ve PM’d you.

Sending love to Alfie’s family, it’s so sad.

WitchDancer · 29/01/2021 17:16

I'm in and have messaged for wool.

WhenDoISleep · 29/01/2021 17:40

Utterly heartbreaking for Needschoolhelp and family - my deepest condolences.

I have sent a PM.

Bearfrills · 29/01/2021 18:22

Utterly heartbreaking.

I can do some squares, will PM.

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba · 29/01/2021 20:42

No words, truly devastating. 😭
much love to the all the family.

I'm in with 2 squares as always, got yarn. xx

KnottyAndPistey · 29/01/2021 22:28

Thank you so much everyone. Amazing response. Will grab Brew and start on PMs first thing. Do keep messaging if we can help you with yarn. X

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Iwantacampervan · 29/01/2021 23:00

I can knit a couple of squares Flowers

KnottyAndPistey · 30/01/2021 10:36

Thank you so much lovely xxxx

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KnottyAndPistey · 30/01/2021 10:36

Please can we remind the lovely crafters that if you have donated yarn coming to let us know when it arrives, then we can let the donors know and thank them.

Thank you everyone, will be back to check in later xx Thanks

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FluffandBuzz · 30/01/2021 11:33

So sorry to hear, what a terrible loss. I will send some squares

Lilyofthevalleys · 30/01/2021 18:06

This is so heartbreaking, I will make a couple x

BabbleBee · 30/01/2021 18:08

I have taught myself to crochet during this lockdown and would very much like to make a square - would a granny square be ok or does it need to be something different?

Lilyofthevalleys · 30/01/2021 19:01

@BabbleBee a granny square will work so long as it is made with love and from the right wool.

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