Woolly Hugs: The Babettes, Billie's Blankets and Little Hugs.

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KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:06:55

This is a continuation of our Little Hug and Billie's Blanket projects.

Little Hugs will continue to go to babies and children who are seriously ill in Yorkhill hospital and Billie's blankets will be sent in Billie's name, via the wonderful charity World Child Cancer, to children undergoing treatment for cancer in low and middle income countries.

Our aim with the Babettes is to make some bigger blankets for older children, both for Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets.
We will still make blankets of other sizes too.


The idea is to make a 12 x 12 inch panel, either crochet or knit, that can be added to others to create bigger blankets.
The panel can be made as one piece, or as a combination of squares, stripes or patterned. For example, a large granny square, or 4 six inch squares together, or a panel of stripes.
The design is up to you as long as it isn't too holey and will be fine stitched or hooked to others.
If you choose to use separate squares as part of your design, can we ask that they be either stitched together, hooked as you go, or hooked together with the seam on the back.

Yarn for Babettes: Stylecraft Special DK only, so we know that the blankets will wash and wear well and, unless your tension is very tight, use 4mm hooks or needles.

Colours: your choice although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.
Some colour combinations that would work: blues/greens, purples/pinks, spring colours, primary brights, rainbow shades.

If you Google 'Babette blankets', you'll get an idea of what we have in mind once the panels are combined.


FOR WHOLE BLANKETS - Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets:

Minimum size: 18 x 18 inches for Little Hugs; 24 inches by 24 inches for Billie's Blankets.
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children we send Billie's Blankets to are aged 0 to 14 and Yorkhill treat children of a similar age so we will need bigger blankets too hence our Babettes.

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

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

Suggested yarn for Billies Blankets: 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.
For Little Hugs: As above, plus any of our usual Woolly Hugs woolly wool or yarn that is soft and can be machine washed.

We would also love fleece backed quilts, or edged fleece blankets if you prefer sewing.

As always, we also welcome any 6 inch squares made using the Stylecraft Special DK or any of the usual Woolly Hugs blanket wools.

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. thanks thanks

Knotty and Pistey

Website- www.woollyhugs.com
Facebook ? MNWoollyHugs
Twitter - @MNWoollyHugs

KnottyAndPistey Fri 10-Jun-16 16:40:02

Important Billie's Blanket update!!

Our next collection will be for children in Malawi with the wonderful folk at World Child Cancer.

Last posting is Wednesday 27th July.

Thank you so much. xxxxx

KnottyAndPistey Fri 10-Jun-16 16:39:22

Not yet purple, tis on the website and FB at the mo. No need to sort them, unless you want to, am doing that here and getting to grips with the colour schemes. Knots is very good at putting colour together, these will all be stunning!

PurpleFrog Wed 08-Jun-16 18:21:09

Have you announced the Kinship Hugs anywhere on Mumsnet yet?

I have done around 10 squares so far. Do you want me to put them into bags according to colour family when I send them?

BTW I like the idea of having colour schemes for joint blankets. There have been a few recently where all the squares have blended in nicely... except for mine! grin

KnottyAndPistey Wed 08-Jun-16 17:15:40

Afternoon brew

KnottyAndPistey Wed 01-Jun-16 15:05:15

Celebrating the start of #VolunteersWeek with the most enormous THANK YOU to our wonderful Woolly Hugs crew, crafters and donors alike.

Every stitch, every moment, every penny given freely, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, proving one person can make a difference, and bless you all for it. So many children and their families feel love, support, comfort, kindness and compassion through your overwhelming generosity.

Loved and looked after. To all our amazing volunteers who make it all possible THANK YOU!! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Mon 23-May-16 19:16:19

Such a beauty! It's a Little Hug for a child in hospital, beautifully crocheted by the very lovely ME. Thank you so much. xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Fri 20-May-16 08:34:07

Lovely P!

Thank you so much for these beautiful Little Hugs for poorly children in hospital. They are adorable. xxx

KnottyAndPistey Tue 17-May-16 17:04:42

Wow! This stunning Little Hug is for a child in hospital. It is beautifully made by the very lovely CA. Thank you so much!! xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Tue 17-May-16 17:02:37

"Earlier this year, my four year old granddaughter was admitted to hospital with JDM, Juvenile Dermatomyositis. She was kindly sent a beautiful Woolly Hugs' blanket which she loves and which gave her great comfort during the long 14 weeks in hospital. She is doing extremely well and thankfully is now at home, still snuggling up with her blanket whenever she needs rest on her very long road to recovery. I was so touched by this thoughtful gift, which meant so much to us all, especially my little granddaughter, that I decided to send you these blankets as a thank you. My blankets are not as skilfully made as my granddaughter’s but I hope they help give others the love and support we experienced during an extremely anxious time. Thank you so much - you are doing an amazing job.”

Thank you so much to lovely Sue for her message and for these which will go to little children in hospital. We wish her granddaughter all the best, we are thinking of them. xxx

KnottyAndPistey Sat 14-May-16 10:28:55

Morning brew

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Wed 11-May-16 14:19:45

Marking place again, seemed to have lost this thread

KnottyAndPistey Sat 30-Apr-16 21:53:31

Away for a few days, please no one worry because of lack of posts smile brew

KnottyAndPistey Thu 28-Apr-16 14:38:30

Mrs Baker! Thank you so much, two adorable Little Hug blankets for babies in hospital, these are beauties. xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 28-Apr-16 14:30:46

fabulous Little Hugs for very poorly children in hospital from the very lovely ME. Heartfelt thanks to her, what a star. xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 28-Apr-16 14:28:04

and here too <sniff>

KnottyAndPistey Thu 28-Apr-16 14:27:41

Such beautiful photos, two such a gorgeous little lads in receipt of our Little Hugs in Newcastle at the Great North Children's Hospital. Love to them and their family, xxxxx

KnottyAndPistey Sun 10-Apr-16 07:22:49

Morning brew

RiaOverTheRainbow Fri 08-Apr-16 22:03:48

It's lovely!

KnottyAndPistey Fri 08-Apr-16 09:44:20

Looks absolutely gorgeous, well done you! thanks

KnottyAndPistey Fri 08-Apr-16 09:43:53


star star star star star star star star star star star

Fairyfellowsmasterstroke Fri 08-Apr-16 09:39:43

Well, it's finished!!

I added a couple of side panels and then edged it in the blue which appears to "finish it off" nicely.

It's amazingly warm so I hope it can be put to good use.

Knotty - I have PM'd you.

KnottyAndPistey Tue 05-Apr-16 15:56:18

It will be lovely Fairy, thanks Ria xxx

Fairyfellowsmasterstroke Sun 03-Apr-16 15:49:15

I'll persevere and see what it turns out like.

It's so disheartening when you start a project with good intentions then, when you've put hours and hours of work into it, you realise things are not working out!!!

I will post a picture in a week or two (or three!!!!!!) when I've finished it.

Thanks for helping smile

RiaOverTheRainbow Sun 03-Apr-16 14:30:38

I think that'll look lovely smile The cream goes very well with the blue.

Fairyfellowsmasterstroke Sun 03-Apr-16 14:12:22

I'm attaching pics of the blue blanket which, as you can see is definately not wide enough.

Someone else suggested that I crochet some C2C squares and use these to add extra width on each side.

I've adapted this idea and started a C2C border in cream which I am planning on using for each side which will alter the blanket dimensions from 35"x 60 " to 43" x 60". I will then border the entire blanket in the main colour using either rounds of double crochet or a crab stitch.

I am hoping this will visually pull the blanket together and not make it look like a hotch potch.

Do you think it will look silly??

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