Woolly Hugs: Little Hugs. Crafting away.

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KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 13:10:04

A new thread as we've managed to fill up two already smile

The project launch thread can be found here

The second thread is here

This is an ongoing project so Little Hugs can be made and sent to us at anytime. We will suggest posting dates from time to time to collect batches for sending off to Yorkhill Hospital.

Photographs of our Little Hugs can be found on our Woolly Hugs website and on our Facebook page, MNWoollyHugs.

The basic aim is to provide little blankets and quilts that give comfort to babies and small children who are seriously ill in hospital.

This is the continuation of Phase 1 of the project.

How you can get involved:

You can help by either making a complete Little Hug
Or
By making 6" squares using Stylecraft Special DK yarn or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, Rowan Cashsoft DK and Sublime Extra Fine Merino wool DK

For all of the Little Hugs:

Minimum size: 18 inches by 18 inches
For example, that's 3x3 6 inch squares with a small edge.
If you would like to make a blanket or quilt that is bigger, that would be lovely too.

Colours: Your choice!
We'd like to be able to provide a range of Little Hugs suitable for boys and girls.
If you would like to make something specifically for a boy or girl, that would also be lovely.

Things to avoid:
Buttons
Sequins and beads
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.
If using applique, it needs to be firmly stitched on with no hard edges.

Materials and ideas:
Woolly Blankets:
Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic that is a very reasonable £1.60 - £2 for 100g ball.
Pure cotton DK
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight yarn and a yarn other than those above. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be machine washed.

Quilts and stitched blankets:
Pure cotton and good quality fleece. The cotton can be from recycled sources.
We suggest that you wash both separately before sewing to allow for any difference in shrinkage.
Ideas:
Traditional style quilts, from simple square designs to more complex patterns
Cotton edged fleeces, with or without appliqué
Quilt and fleece combination: quilted front with a fleece back

Donors:
If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website with a message letting us know which project you are donating to. If you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste as we have other ways that you can donate.
Without our donors, our projects really wouldn't happen. You are as vital to them as the crafters and materials. Bless you.

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.

As ever, thanks for your support. You are all complete stars thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 20:49:55

Ooooo, we'd be very happy to have those, thank you!

Mhw02 Sat 01-Jun-13 21:43:06

Excellent, will just post along with the blankets.

What's the best way to join granny squares? I'm still figuring out this crochet malarkey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Jun-13 10:26:28

Morning brew

There are a couple of ways using double crochet, that are straightforward, it will depend whether you want to see the join or not. On the big blankets we have the seam on the top, it sorta frames each square, and works with knits and crochet, if you have a look on the website you'll see what I mean.

Have a look here though she crochets granny squares from the back so you don't see the join.

Thanks Pistey, that attic24 guide is excellent.

Butterflybramble Sat 08-Jun-13 10:37:29

Just thought I'd stick my head in and say 'hello'.

I signed up to MN just to keep in touch with all the WoollyHugs projects after NomDeClavier introduced them to me.

Have introduced my mum and one of her friends so hoping they will be joining in too!

MOSagain Sun 09-Jun-13 16:00:50

hello all, must marking spot. Finally got off arse and sewn in ends on my little 'rainbow' hug so will post to you tomorrow Pistey Not sure how much you need for hooking together/edging? Not got a huge amount of denim so let me know x

KnottyLocks Mon 10-Jun-13 06:41:53

Welcome , Butterfly smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Jun-13 11:18:10

Some photos on Facebook (MNWoollyHugs) from a lovely mum from Yorkhill. Just copied her thank you message below, bless her son, bless them all.

Just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful blankets my son received while he was at Yorkhill. Baby Tom spent the first 6.5 months of his life there, 6 months of which he was in intensive care. His first blanket was a little cream one he got on his first day there... It really made a difference that he had something that wasn't hospital supplies, that someone had taken the time to make something for a little baby like him was really touching.

The second blanket was a big colourful one and was given to us when he was very unwell in PICU, it kept him warm when he was so sick and unable to move or breath for himself and was sedated and ventilated, especially as it could get quite cold at night in that ward. it also felt nice knowing there was love and care knitted in the blanket and we were leaving him tucked in underneath it at night when we had to leave to go back to Ronald McDonald. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who runs this and all the amazing crafters out there. We parents really appreciate it, you have no idea how much it helps xx

MOSagain Fri 14-Jun-13 20:12:43

grin

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:35:35

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