Woolly Hugs : Angel Hug Project. We are looking for crafters and donors to help make this possible. Thank you Xx

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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 14:30:43

We have been very moved by a request from the Octavia Appeal at the Brompton Hospital. The Brompton Hospital is a specialist heart and lung centre in London complete with the second largest paediatric intensive care unit in the country. This unit takes the sickest babies and children from all over, some transferred immediately after birth, others have become too sick to be cared for at other major hospitals and most are already on life support when they arrive. These babies and children are incredibly sick, and very sadly not all survive. The Octavia Appeal have approached us and asked if we are able to make blankets for these babies who have very sadly passed away.

We are looking for crafters and donors to help make this possible. At an intensely bleak and dark time there is still something very positive that we can do for the baby and their family. Our blankets are always handmade with love and compassion and so are perfect. We can help care for the whole family at this time by making the baby comfortable and snuggled up whilst sending love and a hug to the parents.

We know that we have many crafters and donors who have first hand experience of such devastating loss. We understand that this is a very difficult request, but if you can join with us, and are able to help, then we would love to have you on board. From speaking to some of you, we know how incredibly important blankets like these are to those who receive them.

thanks thanks thanks

Like Little Hugs, Angel Hugs will be an ongoing project and the two will run alongside each other.

To our lovely crafters thanks

* Angel Hugs are to be all white and can be knitted or crocheted in any wool suitable for a baby blanket, so 4ply, DK, just as long as it feels soft and cosy. The design is up to you, but it should be kept simple. Angel Hugs can also be sewn using pure cotton and good quality fleece, again white please and in a simple design.

* Minimum size : 24 inches square, going up to a maximum of approx. 30 inches square.

* If making a whole Angel Hug feels too much, but you would still like to support this, we would be pleased to accept simple knitted and crocheted 6 inch squares, which we will hook together. If choosing this option, please use Stylecraft Special DK in white.

* If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM me and we'll try to help you with materials.

To our lovely Donors thanks

We would be very grateful for support from anyone who would like to donate funds to help with this. You can either donate via Paypal admin@ woollyhugs.com but please add a message so we know who to thank and which project it is for. If you don't have Paypal, please PM me as we have other ways that you can donate. We are so grateful to all our donors, without you, these projects could not function. thanks

Knotty is here to help with any questions, and please PM me if you'd like to and are able to join us with this.

It is a very sad request we are making, and yet there is something very positive here too, and we know the Blanketeers have big hearts.

Sometimes thank you doesn't seem enough, but thank you once again Xx

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyAndPistey Wed 27-May-15 15:02:49

Jump right in Jaaney, glad to have you on board.

All the crafting info is in the OP, or if easier it's on our website too


Once you are ready to post, do message us, either here or on our email admin@woollyhugs.com

And do join us on Facebook - Woolly Hugs, or Twitter on MNWoollyHugs, both really good ways to keep in touch.

Thank you so much thanks

Jaaney Wed 27-May-15 07:52:14

Hope it's ok to jump in. Would love to join this but not quite sure where to start?

KnottyAndPistey Tue 26-May-15 19:56:25

Thanks lovely, we really appreciate this, you are a star


PurpleFrog Tue 26-May-15 14:54:01

There are 2 Angel Hugs in the post.

I will try and do some more teds sometime soon.

KnottyAndPistey Fri 08-May-15 11:30:15

We would love more angel teds if you can manage, thank you thanks

Thanks for everything, you are a star

Mhw02 Thu 07-May-15 19:17:05

I have two finished - will send them in with my Chernobyl contribution. With any luck I might manage another before the deadline!

Are you still short of Angel Teds as well? I have one single bear finished, and can try and get a pair done if they're needed urgently.

KnottyAndPistey Wed 29-Apr-15 06:12:59

Thank you so much, and don't worry, this is an ongoing project, so whenever your blanket is ready it will go to a family who really need love and support. So bless you. ️Xxx

IWantToMakePeppaBacon Tue 28-Apr-15 21:02:27

I have just ordered the wool to start a crochet one. A very new crocheter so it may not be finished in time! Will try my best smile

KnottyAndPistey Tue 28-Apr-15 16:47:20

Thanks lovely, it is an ongoing project and there will be a collection in the Autumn if not, the most enormous thanks thanks

SpiralArchitect Tue 28-Apr-15 10:50:16

I have just started one - I can't guarantee that it'll be finished in time for the posting date (slow knitter!), but I'll do my very best!

KnottyAndPistey Mon 27-Apr-15 19:36:39

Yeesss That really is such a fabulous offer, bless your heart, we'd love to accept, and a crafter will make an Angel Hug to go to a family from you both.

You are a star

Thank you so much x


Yeesss Mon 27-Apr-15 18:36:40

Happy to donate wool if that helps. I can't knit of crochet. Please PM a list of what you want and what address to send it to and it will come.

KnottyAndPistey Mon 27-Apr-15 18:26:30

Thanks both, you star s


mejon Mon 27-Apr-15 17:18:49

I'll do one too - can't crochet and can't knit anything more exotic than moss-stich but I'll have a go at making a whole one. Have wool.

Ladyface Mon 27-Apr-15 16:03:40

I'd like to help with this too.

KnottyAndPistey Mon 27-Apr-15 07:03:37

Morning lovely Ria, the SANDS blanket pattern says 200g

Thank you so much for helping thanks

RiaOverTheRainbow Mon 27-Apr-15 02:51:51

Signing in. Does anyone know roughly how many balls of stylecraft go into a knitted hug?

KnottyAndPistey Sun 26-Apr-15 20:06:24

Thank you both so much, we are just overwhelmed with everyone's kindness. xx


Mhw02 Sun 26-Apr-15 19:37:16

I should be able to make one or two. I'm getting on pretty well with my Chernobyl blanket so I think I'll have plenty of time (if I crochet rather than knit!) especially as the Angel Hugs are only small.

I'll do one, been meaning to return to Hugs for a while. I've got a good amount of white Stylecraft, so I'll see how I get on.

KnottyAndPistey Sun 26-Apr-15 18:10:51

That really is so kind Purple thank you thanks

PurpleFrog Sun 26-Apr-15 17:54:39

I'll do one - I had been meaning to do one soon, anyway. I should have enough white stylecraft.

KnottyAndPistey Sun 26-Apr-15 16:40:50

This is a plea for help with our Angel Hug project, as at the moment it looks unlikely we will have enough for our next collection. Last posting is June 6th, so a while off we understand, but we feel we need to ask for help, a bit of a rally if you like.

We do have stylecraft available if donor yarn helps you join. The most enormous heartfelt thanks from us. thanks

All welcome to join, crafting info is in the OP - do message us if we can help you. Thank you again thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 15-Mar-15 12:27:57

On this Mothers’ Day, we send our love to all families within our Woolly Hugs’ community for whom this will be a day touched with sadness.

Thinking of all those families who have received our Angel Hugs, andall our crafters and donors who are missing someone they love too.
Sending strength, love and huge hugs.

Our thoughts are with you.

Pistey and Knotty xx


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 05-Jan-15 17:19:00


Beautiful Angel Hugs arriving..

Just perfect. A beautifully knitted Angel Hug arriving from the very lovely SpiralArchitect. Enormous thanks to her. xx


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