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 23-Feb-13 19:20:02

Hope you had a lovely time MOS X

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Beautiful crocheted squares to go to make a Little Hug arriving safely from the lovely cupofteaplease in cream, pink, purple and green. Just beautiful, a huge thank you to her X thanks

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

I think my question about where to buy stuffing got lost in the guffaws of my typo! Anyone care to point me in the right direction please? I have an excuse to sit and knit! I'm not going to waste it!

Just google I want stuffing

[innocent]

Hardy har har!!

Otherworld Sun 24-Feb-13 20:45:43

Just checking in.

My first little hug is complete. 25 x 6 inch squares lopsidedly joined together. The product of many hours of train journeys. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 25-Feb-13 08:55:27

Sounds perfect Otherworld Thank you thanks

Fizzy - I have enough stuffing left from knockers here, shall I post to you today?

Morning brew

No it's ok Pistey, its not for woolly hug related stuff. I'll get some when I checkout my basket on full of more wool blush I have many friends having babies soon, lost of blankets to knit!!

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Feb-13 10:20:52

Morning all smile

<tinks knife on champagne flute> <clears throat>
Today, marks one year since I posted a thread asking about how to go about starting knitting grin

A whole year! I've learnt so much! Laughed, cried, swore and frogged! Met people I would never have met otherwise!

You lot are luffly, I luffs you all! wine

CamperWidow Tue 26-Feb-13 19:19:04

Just checking in!
I was sent two lovely balls to do some squares. I have used one up and am half way through the next. I have been distracted by the on-going jigsaw blanket, a beret and a Hello Kitty hat for DD1. Nothing as fancy as a Durex Dragon..... grin
Will get my butt in gear!! blush

weill done Fizzy, that is an amazing achievement in a year (I have seen the dragon). I have been knitting since I was a kid, probably 30+ years, it is a hobby that I am very glad my Nan taught me all the years ago.

embean Tue 26-Feb-13 20:57:37

I've only just seen this but would love to have a go at a Mini Hug. Is there and end date for making them byt? (I'm not the fastest crocheter!)

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Feb-13 21:17:49

Embean, thanks fir joining us. This is an Ongoing project so you take the time you need smile

Woohoo, Fizzy. Happy anniversary grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 09:53:37

Morning brew

Awww Fizzy and huzzah!! smile

Good News, sending the next batch of Little Hugs to Yorkhill next Monday, bless them, and as much as we'd love for there to be no need, am really glad they will soon be with their new owners. Huge thanks to all thanks

Ooh! I'm almost finished the durex dragon, as I am sofa bound with the "injury" I might get it finished in time to go with this batch.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 10:21:33

Just about to sew a Woolly Hug label onto Fizzy the Dragon, just hope it doesn't hurt her sad

HoggyTruffle Wed 27-Feb-13 12:48:54

Glad to hear my effort arrived successfully and is off to a new home for lots of cuddles.

I'm having a short break to investigate some yarn bombing after looking at the daring exploits on Woolly Hugs facebook page <sneaks off feeling slightly furtive>

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:44:26

I have a new yarn bomb in mind, but it will involve dusting orf my knitting needles

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:44:50

shock

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:45:32

Send us a pic Hoggy won't you?!

Ooh pistey, may I be of assistance! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:46:06

And if you get arrested I'm sure MNHQ will bail you out. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:47:14

arf

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:48:22

Fizzy! My idea is very small, I have to go humour over quantity grin But I think it's a good one (obviously)

Does it involve norks?

OMG - just realised I live near Titsey Hill. How wrong would it be...?

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