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 Mon 27-Apr-15 18:30:49

First leg of the journey to Ghana.

Our Billie's Blanket collection is now at World Child Cancer's London office. Thanks to Liz and Joe who will be taking them to the children for us and for saying they hope to send us some photos of the blankets in action. Was the heaviest bagful yet!

Huge thanks lovely donors and crafters. xxxxx


hazeyjane Mon 27-Apr-15 09:22:16

Beautiful blankets.

Beautiful Billie. flowers

KnottyAndPistey Mon 27-Apr-15 09:18:27

Sending so much love to MrsDeVere and her family, as always, but especially today, thinking of their beautiful Billie xx

This is our latest collection of Billie's Blankets, they go to WCC this morning, the first step on their way to help children with cancer in Ghana. Each one with Billie's name on. Bless her. xx

Billie star


KnottyAndPistey Fri 24-Apr-15 16:00:21

And this beauty from lovely RiaOverTheRainbow - how fabulous, thank you! star


KnottyAndPistey Fri 24-Apr-15 15:58:43

The collection for Ghana goes to WCC on Monday, and now we are moving on to our collection for children in Myanmar in June, last posting 6th.

The first for Myanmar are here, from lovely bluesky star

Thank you so much thanks

KnottyAndPistey Fri 24-Apr-15 15:56:27

The bag for Ghana can take no more! Thank you so much to lovely Ninja and Hoggy for coming to help sew labels on, brilliant. thanks

KnottyAndPistey Wed 22-Apr-15 18:14:03

And two gorgeous crochet Billie's Blankets from the very lovely Chocohen

Fabulous, thank you star


KnottyAndPistey Wed 22-Apr-15 18:12:29

Thank you Zing! x

KnottyAndPistey Wed 22-Apr-15 18:12:07

And more!

Beautiful cotton and fleece quilts from the very lovely Zing There are five, all just fabulous, this is just one. star


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-Apr-15 08:45:58

<happy sigh>

bluesky Mon 20-Apr-15 13:24:23

What a happy colourful selection of postings and blankets to start the week Pistey!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Apr-15 11:36:41

Gorgeous, this beautiful Little Hug is for a child in Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, made by the very lovely Fizzy. Thank you so much, you are a star Fabulous!


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Apr-15 11:35:26

Fabulous Billie's Blankets for children in Ghana with World Child Cancer have been arriving from the very lovely bluesky, beautifully made, just gorgeous, this is just one. Thank you so much! star


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Apr-15 11:34:19

A fabulous collection of beautiful Little Hugs for children in Yorkhill Hospital, have arrived including this beauty, all from the very lovely Wendy P, each absolutely gorgeous, really marvellous. Huge thanks again to Wendy star


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Apr-15 11:32:35

Such a beautiful Billie's Blanket for a child in Ghana with World Child Cancer, Tis from the very lovely Woolfey. Enormous thanks to her, this is absolutely stunning. star


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Apr-15 11:31:47

Absolutely glorious!

This fabulous cotton and fleece Billie's Blanket has been beautifully made by 14 year old lovely Chloe with help from her fabulous granny Wendy. It will go to a child in Ghana who will feel love and comfort. Chloe, you are a star. Thank you! xxx.


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Apr-15 11:30:36

Beautiful stripes!

This fabulous Billie's Blanket has been made by two friends, Sally L and Eleanor L, and it is absolutely gorgeous, thank you both so much.

It will go to a child in Ghana with World Child Cancer, where it will give love and comfort. Thank you again you are star s


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 04-Apr-15 14:33:12

And tis safely here, and absolutely stunning, thank you so much Mhw02, we have chosen it to be one for Yorkhill, thank you so much, you are a star

Think the second pic shows the 3D flower better thanks

Mhw02 Fri 03-Apr-15 18:24:58

Posted a wee blanket today - forgot to put a note in, but it's Stylecraft so can be a Little Hug or Billie's Blanket.

On finishing I realised that I now have a grand total of three balls of yarn in my stash...Not quite sure how that happened...Maybe someone up there is trying to tell me to spend time sewing in the ends on the big blanket I otherwise finished in October...

Love looking at everyone's creativity in wool.

Fairyfellowsmasterstroke Thu 05-Mar-15 20:42:34

Piste - have PM'd you for address details.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 04-Mar-15 14:28:56


Launching the next phase of our Billie's Blanket project, and it will be making blankets to go to children in Ghana with World Child Cancer.

We love to receive whole blankets but also please remember we also always LOVE 12 inch squares in Stylecraft special DK to go towards joint blankets.

All crafting info is on the website here.....

All welcome to join, we'd love to have you on board.

As always the most ENORMOUS thanks xx


Last posting for whole blankets is April 18th.

Thank you doesn't seem enough. but THANK YOU thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Mar-15 18:39:56

On the way to World Child Cancer's London office this afternoon.

The Billie's Blanket collection has begun its journey to Bangladesh.

WCC say a huge thank you, and are looking forward to giving the blankets to the children, they will be sending us some photos from the trip. Always rather over whelming to see, but lovely too.

Thank you everyone. Love to those who will receive the hugs. X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Mar-15 18:37:35

Always thinking of Billie thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 03-Mar-15 18:36:42

Here is the whole collection ready to go to Bangladesh thanks

Thank you so much, donors and crafters alike. x

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