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

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RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Mar-13 18:17:37

And it is now there, on the website in the crochet section

BornToFolk thank you so much for the butterfly pattern. I'm making a string of them out of my left overs they will make a very pretty yarnbomb

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 09:37:31

Shredded - they really would smile

I have an idea for another one......

MrsDeVere Mon 04-Mar-13 11:17:28

Any tips for attaching the butterflies?

Ta very much

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 11:37:15

I would leave one end long (sew in the other) and use that to attach the butterfly. Then really just sew it on firmly.

MrsDeVere Mon 04-Mar-13 15:18:29

I just put a photo up!
Be kind

Beautiful MrsDV. Lovely colours.

Off to the post office (at last) this afternoon with my blanket. I have recycled my packaging so have used lots of parcel tape to keep it all together. Best of luck getting in to it Pistey. grin

BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Mon 04-Mar-13 15:45:24

MrsDeVere - that is really lovely!

MrsDeVere Mon 04-Mar-13 15:53:47

thank you.
Its only a little one. I will do a bigger one next time but I wanted to get this out in time and I had a disaster with my first grannies.

I am still a bit paranoid about this one unraveling even though I have tied every loose end in really tightly (thats why its a bit knotty).

I think my tension is on the wonk as well. Its not quite square but I don't think it notices that badly.

I am going to start on another one right away.

I feel a bit teary. I just hope it helps some little soul somewhere. Even just a little bit.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 18:03:38

Oh MrsDV, that is absolutely beautiful, well done you, and you know it really will help a child, they will feel such comfort and love. It will be treasured. Worry not about the knots or the tension, tis all good. When I was packing up the Little Hugs for Yorkhill last night, I got teary at the thought of them with their new owners, and how important they were about to be. It is such a big thing we are doing here, Knotty has a phrase, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, how true. Your beautiful pink blanket will help a little child in Malawi. Extraordinary. I'm so glad we are all doing this, bless Billie for being such an inspiration Xx

Big hugs MrsDV, you might have time to get another one in before the deadline <cracks whip> and thank you so much Woolly, I happily take on your challenge!

BornToFolk Mon 04-Mar-13 18:24:42

Gorgeous MrsDV!

KnottyLocks Mon 04-Mar-13 20:19:08

MrsDV, a beautiful blanket. Just like your beautiful Billie. Very proud of you, my lovely xx

KnottyLocks Mon 04-Mar-13 20:21:45

A bit knotty is fine too. Obviously smile

Gorgeous Mrs DV!

Woolfey Tue 05-Mar-13 07:28:37

That blankie is so lovely MrsD. Love the delicate colours smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 05-Mar-13 07:57:08

that's lovely Mrs DV, beautiful colours too smile

MrsDeVere Tue 05-Mar-13 16:48:50

Thank you blush

Got an email from subversive cross stitch today. She is keen to send some kits so we can make them up and auction them off!

Yay.

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Mar-13 16:51:45

Fabulous!

Need to get planning then smile

MrsDeVere Tue 05-Mar-13 17:36:58

Yes you do.
Stop sitting around doing nothing!

<scarpers>

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Mar-13 20:28:42

You're lucky I can't be arsed to chase you, you cheeky mare grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Mar-13 16:13:16

smile

thanks thanks thanks A lovely donor to thank this afternoon. Your woolly donation has arrived safely with your crafter, she will make something very lovely. Thank you so much for your generosity, you really are a star. thanks thanks thanks

thanks LizaRose

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Mar-13 16:13:53

And really fab news about the cross stitch. We are go!

Pistey did my bundle of parcel tap package arrive? Worried now that it has come apart at the Post Office hmm

(I hope that's the right face - I'm on the mobile site and can't tell)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Mar-13 17:06:35

Not today my lovely, just a boring old bank statement. I wasn't here, but there was no red card. So it will be tomorrow X

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