Woolly Hugs, Little Hugs 2: Billie's Blankets for World Child Cancer org.

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KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 14:25:46

This is Phase 2 of the Little Hugs project.
Since the beginning, the aim of the Little Hugs has been to provide little blankets that give comfort to babies and small children who are seriously ill in hospital. Hopefully, Phase 2 will continue to do this and more.

We are launching this phase as a tribute to beautiful Billie, our lovely MrsDeVere's daughter, who devastatingly died at 14 from leukaemia. This is the time of her 21st birthday and we are calling the project Billie's Blankets in her memory. In her name, we will send little blankets to children who really need a woolly hug and to feel loved and looked after.

We have been talking to this wonderful organisation World Child Cancer and are arranging for Little Hugs to be sent to children suffering from cancer in low and middle income countries. In these countries their overall chance of survival can be under 10% compared to around 80% in high income countries such as ours.
The first batch of Billie's Blankets will be taken to children in Malawi and Bangladesh.

World Child Cancer's response to our initial idea is below:

'Thank you for your email and your kind offer of support. Your blankets are beautiful and I'm sure they provide great comfort to the children who you make them for.
I'm sure the children would love them. Unfortunately most of the children we see at our projects are not able to survive their cancer due to the poor conditions, lack of knowledge and the high cost of medicine in the worlds poorest countries. In these cases we encourage palliative care for the children through our twinning partners who provide training for local project staff on the importance of this care, especially in pain relief. Psychosocial care is also very important and an area we focus on through supporting parent groups and play therapists. I think your blankets would fit in well with this area.'

How you can help:

By crafting:
You can help by either making a whole Little Hug (see yarn spec)
Or
By making 6" squares, either knitted or crocheted, using Stylecraft Special DK yarn

Or by donating for crafting materials:
If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website or if you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste.

Or by donating to World Child Cancer (see below)

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For all Little Hugs:

Minimum size: 24 inches by 24 inches
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children are aged 0 to 14 so we will need bigger blankets too.

Colours: Your choice.
Although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.

Things to avoid:
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.

Materials:
Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn.
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight and make of acrylic yarn. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be washed and dried quickly and easily.

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

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Alongside Billie's Blankets, we are very keen to send a donation.
Money is scarce, they really have so little. In May a Woolly Hugs' team will be running the BUPA London 10k, and we have ideas for a craft fundraiser later in the year.
We have set up a Just giving Page here
Your donation is welcome at anytime.

These children need all the love and comfort possible. So please, in memory of a sparkling young girl who always thought of others, we'd love you to help us help them.

As ever, thank you so much for your support thanks

Thinking of Billie and her family. x

Knotty and Pistey

Facebook - MNWoollyHugs
Twitter - @MNWoollyHugs

MrsDeVere Wed 13-Feb-13 17:03:07

Mine are a little bit over 6". Only a teeny bit.
I had better get a shift on then grin

I am going to try the massive square next.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Wed 13-Feb-13 17:51:14

Waves at Ninja, MrsDV, and doesn't want to leave BornToFolk out. <waves>

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Feb-13 18:14:28

Eeeeeevvvvnin smile

Will check out lovely blankets in a min.

MrsDV, another option is to make the squares you have already 8", then you'll only need 9 for a blanket. That's similar to the one I did that was posted on our FB page yesterday. Mine were a bit bigger with a wide boarder but principle is the same.

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Feb-13 18:22:03

Ellen and Woolly, your blankets are just gorgeous smile huge thanks to you both thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Feb-13 18:27:31

We're up to £315 on our Just Giving page smile

How fabulous. Thanks everyone thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Feb-13 19:07:02

£315 is truly awesome, how brilliant folk are!

thanks

MrsDV Not dim at all and yes, Have a look here, this was Woolfey's

Love that Owl smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Feb-13 08:40:33

finished Billie blanket on profile smile I have enough wool for another so will hold off posting until it's done if that's ok?

<waves> back at ellen, fancy seeing you here grin

Sweetpeafamily Fri 15-Feb-13 11:34:00

Please can you give me the address to post my billieblanket to - thankyou

LittleMissFantabulous Fri 15-Feb-13 11:38:31

I'm currently mid-blanket, when I'm done I'm shopping for woolyhuggability. Hats off guys. You're amazing x

BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Fri 15-Feb-13 11:39:03

TheNinja - that blanket is lovely!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Feb-13 11:50:59

Ninja, it is a beautiful blanket, loving the hearts. It's funny seeing people I 'know' elsewhere on MN. All the best people are either here on on SN. wink

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Feb-13 11:51:38

or on SN

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Feb-13 14:03:49

Catching up with everyone brew

thanksthanksthanks Three beautiful crocheted Billie's Blankets arrived yesterday, all from the very lovely bluesky. A HUGE thank you to her, they are all just lovely X thanksthanksthanks

Ninja Of course that's OK, makes sense, thank you thanks

and Ninja <happy sigh> beautiful thanks Smiling at the striped knockers, I've just delivered them all to our friends at the Brompton smile thanks

Sweetpea Coming to you now thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 16-Feb-13 09:27:01

thanks smile I'm hooking my second blanket, it's coming along much quicker!

so pleased the knockers went down well grin

ellen, very true grin

BornToFolk Sun 17-Feb-13 20:10:45

Evening all!
If anyone is in the Reading area and fancies a meet up, Woolfey and I are meeting up for a bit of crafting and cake on 3rd March, in the morning. Venue to be decided but probably a coffee shop in town. PM me or Woolfey if you fancy it.

My squares are done and I've seamed it. I've just adding a border. It looks VERY bright but in a good way, I hope.

MrsDeVere Sun 17-Feb-13 20:26:31

Had a day in bed today with a bit of a cold <wimp>
I have been making my 6 inch squares into 9 inch ones.

A few more to go.

I would like to add a little butterfly to my blankets < optimistic >

Do you just sew embellishments on with wool or is there another way?

Whenever I get a bit poorly it makes me feel very sad. Just thinking how terribly ill my Billie felt for so long. How much she had to put up with. Anyway rambling but its so moving to see how you are all making such beautiful things in my darling girl's name.
I really don't have the words actually.

BornToFolk Sun 17-Feb-13 20:52:40

MrsD <hugs> sad I hope you feel better soon. It's an honour to able to do something for a child that's so very ill. It's not much, in the scheme of things, but it's something.

I quite fancied making a few butterflies to attach to my blanket. I found a few patterns on Ravelry. This one [http://www.myfavouritethingsblog.com/2012/03/butterfly-fly-away.html here]] looks quite simple but I've not tried it yet...

BornToFolk Sun 17-Feb-13 20:59:26

Sorry, link fail - here

Herecomesbod Sun 17-Feb-13 21:38:46

Have only just seen this and haven't read the whole thread but have just donated via Paypal for crafting materials.

Mrs DV I've read many of your postings about your darling Billie and you write so eloquently and movingly about her. As you so rightly pointed out, at least she was at home and warm at the end, whereas so many children aren't even afforded that comfort.

Knotty and Pistey, you are legends.

I'll go on the just giving page in a minute and sponsor you for the run. Will you be wearing crocheted running gear? I do hope so smile

Woolfey Mon 18-Feb-13 07:15:55

I finished my also VERY bright blankie last night and it will be on it's merry way today.

Yay for the Bright Blankie Reading branch grin

MrsD hope you are feeling a bit better today thanks

BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Mon 18-Feb-13 09:20:15

Hope you're feeling better Mrs DV

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 13:18:20

Flying in... will be back once I've caught my breath.

MrsDeVere Tue 19-Feb-13 21:45:47

One of my squares has fallen apart sad

Now I am worried they all will. I copied the video. But have I not finished the ends off properly?
What do you all do when you switch colours?

I tie off and then weave the end in a bit and then trim. Should I be doing something else?

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Feb-13 08:05:43

Oh bum, MrsDV.

This happened to a couple of my very early granny squares. Since then I've taken the better be safe approach- not exactly orthodox but works.

At the end of the row before I change colour, after slip stitching the last stitch I wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull it through to make a tiny knot.
When attaching the new colour, I'll knot that too rather than just pull it through the loop. The knots are covered as you crochet.

MrsDeVere Wed 20-Feb-13 08:30:44

Thanks knotty that makes sense to me.
I have checked the others. They look ok but I would hate them to fall apart once they had been sent off sad
Just when I thought I had got close to finishing a blanket too sad

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