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Woolly Hugs is a charity established by a group of Mumsnet users. They knit / crochet handmade blankets and other items for families experiencing difficult times.

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Woolly Hugs. Blankets for wonderful BOF's family, lovely Mumsnetters we need your help.

306 replies

KnottyAndPistey · 18/05/2021 19:07

We knew her time left with us was short, but the news of Bee/BOF’s death was still a terrible shock, we send so much love to her family and her many, many friends who love and will miss her greatly.

Reading everything we have, the thing which really strikes us is how much she was loved. As a significant presence on MN, she was a proper good egg, astute, kind and funny. So many benefitted from her incredible sense, passion and support. She ALWAYS knew what to say it seemed. This was replicated over on Facebook, for those in her amazing reading group, and of course to those who counted her as close friends in the real world. She gave of herself so freely. Touching the lives of so many, she was beautiful inside and out. I constantly felt in awe of her. We were lucky and went to her wedding, and this is how we will remember her, this glorious vibrant epic woman in absolute love. We just wish we’d known her better and for longer. Those who did, you were truly blessed.

However we knew her, we were the lucky ones

Cancer is such an evil indiscriminate bastard and it’s robbed the world again. We feel so sorry for her DH, her girls, her mum, those who knew and loved her best and for our site here which will be a poorer place without her popping up and getting stuck in. It’s all so wrong.

It is time to do something for her now, we want to really push ourselves here and make four blankets, so that each of her direct family can have a Woolly Hug with them and know how much we loved her. So for her DH, her two beautiful daughters and her mum.

We hope we can achieve this. We shall need crafters and donors of funds and wool, can you help us? We’d be so grateful. Thank you so much

So many ideas to think about. If you can please check this list out
Obviously Bees
Bee was a proud Liverpudlian, red through and through, a proud socialist
Her wonderful DH proposed to her in Venice
Roses are very important
Her DH is the most talented artist having painted Bee and for her over the years, maybe paintbrushes etc?
She adored William Morris and Liberty prints
She was a very talented quilter
She had King Charles’ cavalier dogs
She loved Greek food and tapas
The beach was really important to her and ice lollies which she always called lolly ices! We need a lolly ice!
She loved Sir Antony Gormley’s cast iron men located on Crosby Beach, Merseyside
She adored Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood glamour, red lipstick, make up and perfume.
She adored art nouveau, strong patterns
She had an allotment, which was such a happy place, loved flowers particularly irises/roses
She was a passionate prolific reader, Agatha Raisin, the Goldfinch ( her DH painted this for her, it is exquisite) and she loved history especially podcasts.
She loved Opal fruits sweets, pineapples and SHE LOVED WINE!
She was very into Line of Duty, so AC12, and towards the end of her life a priest blessed her with Ted’s famous line “Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey,” which amused her no end
She loved Les Mis, musicals, The Life of Brian! Also the Chase with Bradley Walsh
She loved those cheesy Christmas films, cheesier the better
Initials - B, L, H, A and R.

We are so grateful to her friends for helping with this list, other may have different ideas.

If you are making a picture square, you might consider making four the same, we know this is a big ask, but then we can have a core of squares the same across the blankets. This has worked well in the past.

The colours
We are using her colours from her wedding day as our base palette
Rich purples

Then for accents and embellishments
Red, but one of these two please, Drops Merino Extra Fine 11 Red, or Jenny Watson Pure Merino DK WM6 ‘Ruby’ please
Yellow, this one please.. Drops merino extra fine DK no 24 ‘light yellow’ can be bought here..
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

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
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, in addition to the above try Wool Warehouse and rkmwoolsdirect.

There does seem to be a supply issue for some of our yarns but hopefully folk will source enough. If you find another gem of an online shop please do share the link!

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 magic ring starts please. 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.

Last posting for this project is July 1st it will be to Teddington.

We still cannot quite take it in that we are making for Bee/BOF. Life has been so terribly cruel. Sad

Thank you so much wonderful people Thanks

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas

OP posts:
Run4it2 · 18/05/2021 19:13

I'm happy to do some plain squares for all four blankets - could you send me some wool please?

Blondeshavemorefun · 18/05/2021 19:15

Beautiful words @KnottyAndPistey

Happy to donate to wool - does that make me a woolly gatherer

Will message you

Big love to bofs family x ❤️

BoreOfWhabylon · 18/05/2021 19:24

I'd be honoured to donate wool for this so that clever crafters can work their magic.

Thank you @KnottyAndPistey.

BookShark · 18/05/2021 19:27

I'm happy to make some squares, not sure I'm up to anything too fancy, but I can definitely manage some flowers.

If there's any wool going, that would be great, but let me know if not and I'll see what I can source myself.

DemisRoussoss · 18/05/2021 19:36

A YNWA would be lovely, if anyone can do?

I have tried (and failed) to be able to crotchet or knit, but will donate wool. I’ll ask another friend, not a MNer, if she wants to do some squares.

Ginisatonic · 18/05/2021 19:38

Thinking of BOFs family Flowers
I can knit some plain squares. I can’t really manage anything very decorative. I have some wool.

TheHoneyBadger · 18/05/2021 19:44

How do we donate wool?

Stichintime · 18/05/2021 19:48

She sounds like she was a great woman. I hope you don't mind me asking what BOF stands for? Was she a mumsnetter?

Okki · 18/05/2021 19:48

I'll do some squares - I'll get some wool. Much love to BOF's family and friends. x

TheNinjaGooseIsHooking · 18/05/2021 19:50

I'm in, have pmed. Sending love to bofs family xx

Bearfrills · 18/05/2021 19:50

I can do squares, can I have yarn please? I have the embellishment/accent colour but not the main colours.

Cancer is an utter bastard, so very sorry for BOFs family and friends for this huge loss Flowers

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba · 18/05/2021 19:53

Such terribly news, sending much love to Bee's family and friends and all who mourn her loss.💛🖤💛🖤💛

I'm in of course and got wool.

KnottyAndPistey · 18/05/2021 19:54

Thanks, lovelies.
If you need wool, please pm us.

If you’d like to donate so others can craft on your behalf, also pm us.

OP posts:
WitchDancer · 18/05/2021 19:54

I'm in and have messaged for wool.

I could possibly do some roses, same as the one I did in the past? They are raised up rather so will understand if they won't work?

BlueEyeshadow · 18/05/2021 19:54

I can do some floral squares.

KnottyAndPistey · 18/05/2021 19:55

BoF stands for a Bit of Fun. Perfect for her.

OP posts:
ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba · 18/05/2021 19:55

*terribly sad news

me no speak so good

KnottyAndPistey · 18/05/2021 19:56

HoneyBadger, pop us a pm & we’ll explain. Thanks

OP posts:
BoreOfWhabylon · 18/05/2021 19:57


How do we donate wool?

PM @KnottyAndPistey. They will match you with an anonymised crafter. You then order wool from the colours/brands listed (I use Wool Warehouse) to be delivered to that person. All anonymous.
BoreOfWhabylon · 18/05/2021 19:58

Xpost Grin

PiggyPlumPie · 18/05/2021 20:00

Count me in for some plain squares Flowers

FiveGoMadInDorset · 18/05/2021 20:02

Will order wool tomorrow

TheWoollybacksWife · 18/05/2021 20:02

I'd be honoured to make a few squares - one for each should be doable. Love to all who knew and loved Bee 🐝

I interacted with lovely BoF on a few Liverpool memories threads over the years and as another proud Scouser I'll see if I can conjure up some lolly ices (I call them that too)!

I think I'll be ok for yarn.

Trumpton · 18/05/2021 20:04

I can do 4 squares, possibly 8 to match. Please can I have yarn.

WhenDoISleep · 18/05/2021 20:05

Such sad news.

I will make some squares.

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