29th February, 2016

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2nd November, 2015

And the award for the most squares made in the name of Cwtch of Comfort Goes to …

Liz Jones, and the wonderful ladies of Pontypridd Happy Hookers!

Back in the mists of time …. ok, May, Liz collected squares from her friends in the then-named Pontypridd Craft Collective and from across various groups on Ravelry and from her friends and family with the aim of making blankets for Cwtch of Comfort. Little did we know at the time that she would end up inundated with squares and that that idea of collecting squares from people and sewing them together would lead to this:

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39, yes, you read correctly, 39 blankets donated to Cwtch of Comfort & 2 Wish Upon a Star. Each one of these blankets will go to one of the Emergency Units across Wales to be used as a small comfort for suddenly bereaved parents.

The blankets were made up as follows:

  • 24 Baby Blankets
  • 10 Toddler Blankets
  • 4 Child Blankets
  • 1 Teen/Young Adult Blanket13 blankets were made with donated squares and yarn (and sewn together by Liz and her intrepid team, whilst the rest were donated as full-sized blankets.

Liz had made a card:

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I’ve tried to scan the inside, but it doesn’t come out and I think that everybody mentioned in it needs their moment of thanks, so this is what the card said inside:

Dear Rhian and Eirian,

We are so pleased and honoured to be able to hand over this donation of 37 blankets.

We have been lucky to receive donations of squares, blankets, yarn and time and this card is to thank everyone by name.

460 squares have been donated by:

  • Pontypridd Women’s Crochet Group (Bonnie Hall, Claire Pugh, Lisa Garratt, Gaëlle Henriet, Harrie Pugh, Elise Stewart, Kathleen Couchman, Jen Hughes, Julie Cooper, Delyth Brown, Amanda Walter)
  • Kathy Davies
  • Martine (Belgium)
  • Una (Manchester)
  • The SIBOL Ravelry group (Jessie, Joyce, Liz, Jayne, Chris, Sue, Joanna)
  • Fiona (Netherlands)
  • Ilona O’Donnell
  • Linda
  • Claire Hebden
  • Debi Y (USA)
  • Fiona
  • Thea Walley
  • Liz Jones
  • Jessica Felton
  • Shona Bayly
  • Jane Murison
  • Kate Hall
  • Suzanne
  • Susan Lewis
  • Nicola Carpenter
  • Dawn Tatlow
  • Lisa Matthews

Blanket have been donated by:

  • Joyce (SIBOL on Ravelry)
  • Bonnie Hall
  • Claire Pugh
  • Liz Jones
  • Harrie Pugh
  • Lisa Matthews
  • Debbie Bootyman
  • Jen Hughes
  • Gaëlle Henriet
  • Ana (Manchester)
  • Thea Walley
  • Jessica Felton
  • Ruth Bartlett-Jones

The blankets were made from the donated squares by:

  • Pontypridd Women’s Crochet Group
  • Bonnie Hall
  • Liz Jones

Special Thanks to Edwina Smart and Eleanor Howells for their donations of yarn, and to INSTORE Nantgarw and Talbot Green for giving us a discount on yarn purchases!

Thank you EVERYONE!

I was overcome by the generosity of the ladies of Ponty Happy Hookers (they’ve changed their name now and it suits them better, I think!), and cannot thank you all enough for all of your time and hard work. The stitch-ins at the Blueberry Inn in Ponty were fantastic too – thank you to the staff who didn’t know what had hit them when we turned up – they were probably expecting staid old ladies – which is not at all what they got!

Here are some photos that Liz’s daughter Myf took and put on her blog post at Unravelling me.

There are many more pictures on Liz’s own blog, but to finish, I want to say the biggest thank you imaginable to everybody involved in this project – this photo of Rhian sums up how we felt:


20th July 2015 – Cwtch on the radio

I know, I know … I’ve been very remiss in not publishing this before, no excuses, just manically busy!

I habro fm logod a lovely time with Geoff when I went to visit him at Bro FM: he generously taught me all about radio broadcasting and what the different buttons do – I even got to choose a track – I chose Stereophonics featuring Tom Jones – Mama Told Me Not to Come – I do love a bit of Stereophonics – and adding Tom to the mix, gorgeous! You can find the interview through the picture link above, or through this link.

And, just because I can, here’s the track I chose …


30th June, 2015 – Stitch-in success

We had a fantastic time on Saturday – 25 intrepid knitters and crocheters made their way up to the gallery of All Saints Church in Penarth (and a couple of very brave gentle men – more on them later), and knitted, crocheted, chatted, drank coffee and tea and ate cake! I was meant to post this yesterday, but this weekend and yesterday have been a tad busy for other reasons (long, boring, not going to burden you with them now).

I think the best thing would be is if I told the story in photos:

So, during the week,2015-06-25 14.59.20 I sorted out a knitting pattern and a crochet pattern for people to follow: one thing that writing this blog has taught me is that people really like to know exactly what to make! So we now have a bias knitted square pattern, and a pattern to make a solid granny square (not a solid granny as somebody quipped on Saturday! 2015-06-25 17.12.33When I have a moment, I’m going to re-photograph the crochet square (I’ll make it square by blocking it for a start), and I’ll also re-knit the knitted square for a photo as there’s a really glaring error in this one (although nobody has mentioned it to me, I sure that most people were just being polite – however, I’m more of a hooker than a knitter – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)

10438204_1854497131441280_4314732988134140440_nMy lovely sister had t-shirts made for us – here she is modelling hers here – I don’t seem to have stayed still enough for anybody to take a proper picture of me in mine! She also brought her crochet hook and the blanket she was working on (which she’s since finished) and kept reminding me to breathe during the morning. (Thank you, sis!)

11138111_1854496991441294_777980378159270303_nWe set up the servery – posh coffee, lovely tea and so many cakes (oh, so many cakes!) and two of my lovely friends from church came along to woman the kitchen – neither of them were particularly up for knitting, but did a brilliant job in the kitchen!

11665756_1854497004774626_4494386181182939336_nMy fantastic dad came to help out with childcare (I had some complex child juggling to achieve during the morning), and found himself being put in charge of the ball winder – he took to it like a storm – my dad does like a gadget!

My mum also came – she’s a proper knitter, not like me, who messes around the edges of knitting – and was kept busy teaching people – 11539609_1854496441441349_2807446132289525641_npeople like Geoff Selby of Bro FM fame – the gorgeous gentleman who allowed me to go and prattle on on his show last week (that’s another blog post I haven’t written up yet – I’ll do it for next week, promise). What I hadn’t told her about Geoff is that he has very little sight … but mum managed – she can teach anybody to knit!

11698636_1854496851441308_3034870010178094765_nMy daughter (also known as Girlchild to all on social media – another long and complex story I won’t bore you with) was also there for a little while – she kept busy taking coffee orders, circulating with cakes … oh, and eating one or two cakes herself! Hmmmm …


Yes, we had a wonderful time – here are some more of the photos.

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Thank you to everybody who came to knit, everybody who came to help and to donate cakes, and everybody who supported us by buying the cake that was left over after the Sunday Service. We’ll be looking to have another stitch-in later in the year – it’d be lovely to see you there!

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