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 BABETTES

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.

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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.

Materials:
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 Tue 18-Aug-15 10:43:48

Morning smile Just catching up brew thanks

KnottyAndPistey Tue 14-Jul-15 15:39:00

With the summer holidays looming we're thinking it's wise to ask for a Pause in Posting to us between July 22nd and Sept 1st, as with holidays and trips out etc, neither of us can guarantee there will be anyone able to take woolly treasures in, nor will we necessarily be able to acknowledge safe arrivals and say thank you. And we'd rather treasure stays with you, than gets stranded in the sorting office.


We hope this is OK. Thank you so much everyone. thanks

KnottyAndPistey Thu 02-Jul-15 20:03:42

thanks thanks

KnottyAndPistey Thu 02-Jul-15 20:03:16

Bless their hearts xx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 02-Jul-15 20:02:47

Sending so much love to the children and their families. xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 02-Jul-15 20:02:02

Oh goodness, love in every stitch right there, these photos of some of the beautiful children in Yangon, Myanmar with our latest collection of Billie's Blankets, more pics below.

Thank you so much to the project leader over there for taking them, and for Liz from World Child Cancer for sharing them with us all. We hope the children feel love and comfort from their blankets. xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Wed 01-Jul-15 10:03:37

Morning brew

KnottyAndPistey Tue 23-Jun-15 10:06:00

<drum roll>


Our inaugural collection for The Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle is on the way, with love for the babies, children and their families on Ward 2. Go to work Little Hugs.

THANK YOU so much crafters and donors, we appreciate every stitch and every penny. thanks


A reminder about this new strand of our Little Hug project


Remember lovely Keir and his blanket?


Inspired by him and his fabulous mum, we are absolutely delighted to be announcing that our Little Hug project is expanding!

Our new and additional aim is to support children ( 0-18 years) on the ward at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle where Keir spends a lot of his time having treatment. It’s Ward 2, which specialises in serious and often life threatening respiratory conditions. There are beds for children who have tracheostomies and require long-term ventilation, and also beds for those requiring a course of treatment.

Imagine how fabulous it would be to spread our woolly love?!

Staff on the ward are so grateful, they love the idea, we had a lovely chat with one of the play specialists yesterday.

We hope you love the idea as much as we do! smile

All welcome to join us at any time. Thank you thanks

KnottyAndPistey Tue 16-Jun-15 20:31:02

So beautiful. thanks

This is our collection of Billie's Blankets that will be on their way to World Child Cancer's London office tomorrow, on the first stage of their journey to Myanmar. It's a new destination for Woolly Hugs, and we are so pleased to be sharing our woolly love even further.

Crafters and donors - the most enormous thank you, what star s you are.

Always thinking of Billie. x

thanks

KnottyAndPistey Sun 07-Jun-15 13:15:08

Information for our Ongoing Projects

We are delighted to announce the next phase of our Billie's Blanket project will be to Malawi. Thank you again to WCC for transporting the blankets to the children for us.

Last posting for whole blankets for Malawi will be September 12th, and please remember if a whole blanket feels too much, we love to receive 12 inch stylecraft special dk squares to go towards joint blankets. Thank you so much. thanks



Saturday 31st October will be the next last posting date for....

* Angel Hugs
* Little Hugs
* Angel Teds
* and the following collection of Billie's Blankets which will be to Ghana.

Again a huge thank you. thanks

All posting dates are on the website if you need to check www.woollyhugs.com as is all crafting info for these ongoing projects.



We appreciate every single stitch, thank you so much


thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyAndPistey Sun 07-Jun-15 13:12:21

Thanks lovely thanks

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Wed 03-Jun-15 11:38:24

I'm afraid the 2 blankets I'm working on (crochet this time) will not be ready for Myanmar, sorry.
but I'll do my best so they can be added to the Malawi lot, for 12th September.
smile

KnottyAndPistey Mon 01-Jun-15 20:35:16

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

What you do is extraordinary, 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!! thanks

KnottyAndPistey Mon 01-Jun-15 08:45:52

Morning brew

KnottyAndPistey Tue 26-May-15 09:17:04

Oliver spent 12 weeks in PICU. We had many dark days in there. When he received this woolly hug it put a smile on our faces knowing that a complete stranger was helping/thinking of our boy. This may sound silly but it gave us hope. Thank you woolly hugs and the person that made this blanket. You truly are a blessing. You helped to brighten up a dull day

KnottyAndPistey Mon 18-May-15 14:09:28

This beautiful joint Billie's Blanket is for a child in Myanmar.

The most enormous thanks to all who contributed 6 or 12 inch Stylecraft special DK squares and to lovely WoolPixie for putting it together so beautifully star thanks

KnottyAndPistey Tue 12-May-15 20:13:07

Woolly Hugs and the Great North Children’s Hospital

Remember lovely Keir and his blanket?

Inspired by him and his fabulous mum, we are absolutely delighted to be announcing that our Little Hug project is expanding!

Our new and additional aim is to support children ( 0-18 years) on the ward at the Great North Children’s Hospital where Keir spends a lot of his time having treatment. It’s Ward 2, which specialises in serious and often life threatening respiratory conditions. There are beds for children who have tracheostomies and require long-term ventilation, and also beds for those requiring a course of treatment.

Imagine how fabulous it would be to spread our woolly love?!

Staff on the ward are so grateful, they love the idea, we had a lovely chat with one of the play specialists yesterday.

We hope you love the idea as much as we do!

Our project with Yorkhill us as important as ever, this is very much in addition, with your amazing support we know we can do it.

Little Hugs for the GNCH will be exactly the same crafting wise as they have been for Yorkhill. All in the OP here. We hope to send collections at the same time.

If you ever make a blanket and specifically wish for it to go to Yorkhill or the Great North, PLEASE LET US KNOW. We are very happy to help with that, not a problem.


Once again lovely crafters, donors and supporters, we could not do this without you. Such star s you are.


On behalf go the families, THANK YOU xxx


thanks

KnottyAndPistey Mon 11-May-15 08:45:37

Morning brew smile

We bought 62 balls for our Woolly Hugs stash!!

And now we are thinking we should have bought more grin

Mhw02 Sat 09-May-15 13:17:56

Drops Merino currently on sale at wool warehouse for £2 a ball. Till the end of the month.

KnottyAndPistey Sat 09-May-15 07:38:40

This gorgeous Billie's Blanket has been beautifully made by our very lovely Ruby. It will go to a child in Myanmar with the fabulous World Child Cancer. Enormous thanks xxx


thanks

KnottyAndPistey Sat 09-May-15 07:37:50

This is a fabulous Little Hug for a child in Yorkhill Children's Hospital, Glasgow, and is beautifully made by the very lovely Ruby, absolutely glorious!! The most enormous thanks, thanks

KnottyAndPistey Tue 05-May-15 09:04:58

Morning brew

KnottyAndPistey Mon 04-May-15 11:04:56

Just stunning, this is a fabulous Little Hug for a child in Yorkhill Children's Hospital, Glasgow, and is beautifully made by the very lovely PurpleKittyKnitting, absolutely gorgeous!!

The most enormous thanks, what a star xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Tue 28-Apr-15 07:16:57

Such a glorious Billie's Blanket for our collection for Myanmar, beautifully made by the very lovely Helen, the most enormous thanks to her, just fabulous, she is a star

thanks

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

thanks

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