Woolly Hugs' new project: Little Hugs for Little People. Woolly Crafters, Sewing Folk and Donors Sign Up Thread.

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KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:12:24

This is Phase 1 of what we hope, in time, will be an ongoing project.

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

The Inspiration:
When we offered a blanket to Greengoose after her beautiful daughter Merryn passed away, she told us how Merryn had been given a small handmade blanket whilst she was in hospital. As Greengoose said,
"Merryn's little square meant and still means so much to us, and so many families end up in hospital early or unexpectedly and have nothing of their own ready or with them, and even if they do, just to know you are thought about means so much. "

We offered to make a little blanket or two, alongside our Woolly Hug, to send to the hospital to 'replace' the one that had been given to Merryn, so that another small child could be comforted as Merryn had.

And so began a bigger idea...

With Merryn's blanket in mind, and knowing how Expat's darling daughter Aillidh had so much comfort from a blanket handmade by a wonderful group of friends, we wondered if we could do something more to help.

The Project. Phase 1

We contacted a few hospitals and very early on developed a lovely relationship with Yorkhill Hospital for children, where Aillidh was treated.
This stage of the project is to provide Yorkhill with small blankets and quilts that they can give to the babies and children that are receiving treatment under their care.
The start of this project coincides with Yorkhill's fundraising week. Their website is here
We hope to develop links with other hospitals in the near future and to include them in future phases.

How you can get involved:

You can help by either making a complete Little Hug
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:
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.
Blankets could be made from squares stitched or hooked together
Granny stripes or ripples
They could be made in one piece or in blocks, as well as squares

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.
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

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.

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

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 11:17:48

Am so pleased we are going to be extending Woolly Hugs and making these little hugs for little people, giving love and support to these families in hospital, who are going through very difficult times. Feel so inspired by greengoose's words, and so pleased we are starting this project with Yorkhill.

And please do PM me if I can help you at all thanks

CMOTDibbler Fri 14-Sep-12 11:19:35

Thats a lovely idea. I once visited a hospital where all the cancer patients were given quilts as part of a project called 'Covered with love', and the quilts gave a lot of comfort

MinnieBar Fri 14-Sep-12 11:23:17

Sounds fab. Count me in - not quite sure that I can put my squares together... really must attempt crocheting again...

MrsY Fri 14-Sep-12 11:26:02

This is so lovely. We still have Benedict's Sands blanket and a lovely hand knitted blanket that had been donated to the labour ward and they are both so very special to us.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:26:35

Minnie, you can sew them together. smile

Or can you? grin

ORANGEgiraffesCantWearGOLD Fri 14-Sep-12 11:28:13


Oh this is lovely. Yorkhill is a wonderful hospital, I have friends whose children were born there.

I'm in as ever. Will go buy some stylecraft now. Or I have loads of 100% cotton yarn left over from a friends blanket. Could I use that? I'd do a whole one.

GroupieGirl Fri 14-Sep-12 11:29:07

I've only recently spotted your Wooly Hugs projects and would definitely like to be a part of such a wonderful idea. My knitting is a little rusty, and I"m sure I'll pester you with questions...but please let me know where my help would be most needed.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:29:59

Glaikit, a cotton yarn blanket would be lovely smile

Oops didn't read the op properly! Cotton dk is a goer! Clickety click! I'm off are ready!

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:30:43

Groupie, ask away. We'll help in whatever way we can.

Naoko Fri 14-Sep-12 11:31:04

I am in smile Not sure whether for a whole blanket or squares yet, and either way wool purchase will have to wait until I stop being quite this flat broke, but I definitely want to help.

You know I shall be involved pistey.

LookAtHerGo Fri 14-Sep-12 11:32:42

Ooh. Count me in for this. I'm presuming there is no specific date they need to be made by.

I have 2 balls of wool here, prob need to buy another one to ensure I have enough. grin

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:35:40

Fan! I was just about to PM you with the link smile

I'm in - I'll make a whole one with my own wool.

Can I say for anyone not good at sewing or hooking, if you google log cabin blankets. They are knitted in one piece by picking up stitches from the previous panels this is one I've just finished for a friend there are patterns available but you can just make it up as you go.

knotty your on the ball as always. I would like to offer my services for sewing together, also I shall make some squares and blankets myself.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:38:15

We are aiming to have gathered the first lot of blankets/squares by Saturday 13th October.

BUT as we are hoping to have this as an ongoing project, blankets and squares after that date will obviously be lovely too smile

nickelcognito Fri 14-Sep-12 11:38:53

If you make a whole blanket, does it have to be made of 6" squares, or can it be a 18"x18" single square?

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:40:25

Cheers, Fan my lovely smile

I suspected as much, bless you.

I'm going to mark my place on the thread, I am quite busy at the moment, but it is something I would like to help with at some point.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:41:39

Nickel, as long as it's no smaller than 18 x 18, how you make it is up to you.

x-posted. Highly unlikely I will have anything done by the 13th Oct but if it carries on I will try and contribute.

GroupieGirl Fri 14-Sep-12 11:45:03

Thanks Knotty - I'll check what wool I have and start from there, but if anyone has any spare I may put in a plea!

G-Fizz that's very helpful! Thankyou...my sewing together leaves a lot to be desired!

LinzerTorte Fri 14-Sep-12 11:46:19

What a lovely idea; count me in.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:46:44

WhoKnows, later is absolutely fine. smile

So does mine groupie! They are really simple to do but effective!

I've just cast on my first panel!

pixiestix Fri 14-Sep-12 11:47:36

I'm in. Do we post the squares to the same address as the last two?

greengoose Fri 14-Sep-12 11:48:53

Thanks for mentioning my girl Merryn in this! It's an amazingly lovely idea. A bit of care and real love in a place where it is so much appreciated. I may take a while (it's a bit emotional), but I'll get some squares or a couple of small blankets done as soon as I can. Xx

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:50:14

Re Posting

We are organising that side of it at the moment. When you are ready to post, please PM Pistey for the details.


green if you need help then I'm just a pm away.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:51:14

A huge hug to you, GG. x smile

greengoose Fri 14-Sep-12 11:53:35

Thanks FAN xx

ReindeersGoldenBollocks Fri 14-Sep-12 11:53:41

I received a lovely blanket made by nuns when DS was a very poorly newborn.

I did help on some blankets and would be happy to donate a couple of squares here and there. I've stupidly taken up studying again so will be rather busy, but would be happy to help if they are needed constantly?

What address shall I send squares too?

(lovely idea btw)

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 11:55:13

A big hug for you gg X

Nickel - I made a smaller version of the Attic24 style blanket, I'll post a pic in a mo

UmamiOrange Fri 14-Sep-12 11:55:23

I'd love to join in. I doubt I'll have anything ready by your first October deadline, but I'll see how it goes! This gives me a nice reason to have a go at a small ripple!


TheRealMBJ Fri 14-Sep-12 12:04:57

I would like to be involved, but really can't commit to making anything at the moment as I have 2 projects that I have to get finished.

I assume this will be an ongoing project?

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 12:05:45

That's what we are hoping, MBJ smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 12:10:09

Our Woolly Hugs Facebook page can be found here

We are slowly adding photos of Little Hugs to that and then will do the same on the website.

Lovely lovely idea ladies smile Have sent a donation via the website.

I so so wish I could contribute a blanket or even a square but I stuffed up dd1's cross stitch for ages 6 and up so it's probably best I don't!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 12:16:14

Just setting up a WH facebook album for this project, be great if folk can send pics of completed Little Hugs, squares etc as we go along, to share ideas, but also because it will be lovely for everyone to see!

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 12:18:05

<<eyes stash warily>> I think there may be enough for a Hug or two...

Count me in!

Fab idea!

Have a look at Project Linus uk website and a book coming out later this year as seen at Amazon for fab children style quilts which siblings may like to play with too when with their sick sibling.

Another idea - larger quilts for older terminally ill children?

I think this project will grow and grow!

Are you still making mini woolly hugs for pockets and handbags?

What about heartfelt embroidered cotton hankies for those tearful times?

TheRealMBJ Fri 14-Sep-12 12:19:01

Great. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 12:20:00

We have two lovely, lovely donors to thank already, honestly you are amazing, total stars...

Heartfelt thanks

thanks BIWI

thanks Whatevertheweather

Just marvellous, thank you so much X

ticklemyboobsofsteel Fri 14-Sep-12 12:23:21

Please count me in for some squares smile I have some wool left from a previous project. Is sending a few squares okay? I think I'd old and more grey by the time I'm done with a full blanket...

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 12:27:59

Tickle, a few squares would be very lovely smile

GetOnYourDancingShoes Fri 14-Sep-12 12:28:26

Count me in.

It would be a good way to try out some new stitches ...and buy more yarn without guilt grin.

feetheart Fri 14-Sep-12 12:28:45

What a lovely, lovely idea.

I'm going to show this to DD (9) later as she is a fab little knitter and I think she would love to be involved. I may have to pick up my needles again too.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 12:29:38

Soupy grin

Mermaidspam Fri 14-Sep-12 12:35:20

I'm in, got another page open ordering the wool now.

You lot are lovely people {Unashamedly unmumsnetty hugs}

ShoopShoop Fri 14-Sep-12 12:39:52

Such a great idea and I'll PM pistey to find out how to donate. When DD was born prematurely last year the handmade blankets that she was snuggled in in NICU were lovely. I always thought there must be an army of grannies tucked somewhere in the depths of the hospital knitting them!

We were able to take one home with us when DD came home at 5 weeks old weighing just 3lb 10oz. It was a great comfort to us, and to her, amongst all the anxiety that came with a premature baby.

Extending the wooly hugs idea is great and for children poorly in hospital - hats off to all you talented ladies thanks

stressedHEmum Fri 14-Sep-12 12:40:17

I will do squares. My sewing up is not fit to be seen, so won't do a whole blanket at the moment.


I´d like to get involed.

I have some of the right wool here (blue and pink)

Also love making cotton / fleece quits these would need to be backed of course. But I am worried about the warmth. I suposed I could do cotton on one side and fleece on the other? Would these be ok?


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 12:42:51

As always I am in awe with how amazing everyone is thanks

Stressed see my post further back about log cabin blankets. No sewing!!

Pm'd you Pistey.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 12:45:55

Mummy, that is exactly like the one I'm just finishing off. Cotton one side with a fleece back, then edged. The fleece is great as it does the job of wadding and backing in one.

If you are on Facebook, we''ve just uploaded some pics of Little Hugs, which include the quilt partly made. It's MNWoollyHugs.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 12:46:33

Fizzog - I have some left over Debbie Bliss cotton DK - cream, duck egg blue, royal and a pinky colour, can I send it to you if you are doing a cotton one?

trumpton Fri 14-Sep-12 12:47:58

How lovely . I am sat at Manchester airport and NO knitting with me of course . But I would love to be involved in the new project .
Count The Bodkin in please . grin Back home on Monday and then clickety click !

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 12:51:00

Yay! Can't do this without a Bodkin grin

OhBurger Fri 14-Sep-12 12:51:53

Please sign me up! Would love to do a little hug blanket smile If someone could pm me the details etc. haven't had a chance to read the whole thread.

Wolfcub Fri 14-Sep-12 12:54:35

What a lovely idea. Count me in. DS was prem and whilst we had no blanket we did have hats and, eventually, the odd cardie that had been knitted and donated to the hospital to dress him in while he was there. Actually I don't know where SCBUs and NICUs would be without BLISS and the people who donate things.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 12:55:01

Aww. Bodkin! grin Safe journey my lovely X

Of course you can pistey! Love getting things in the post! smile

Mumsnet is wonderful. My mum would like to be involved, so will get her to make some sqaures.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 13:05:36

OhBurger, all the deatils you need to get started are in the OP at the top of the thread.

Feel free to ask any questions on the thread and we'll do our best to help. smile

Excellent name btw grin

Wolfcub Fri 14-Sep-12 13:30:45

three balls of stylecraft ordered

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 13:35:17

I think this is an ideal opportunity for an Elmer patchwork blanket. Plain squares, multi coloured...

Do they have colour preferences or does anything go?

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 13:38:43

I'm in, what a brilliant idea!

For crocheters who don't want to sew, granny stripes and giant grannies are the way forward thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 13:39:02

Anything goes, Soupy smile

An Elmer inspired blanket sounds fabulous.

OrangeandGoldMrsDeVere Fri 14-Sep-12 13:39:24

I would like to help.
I would also like to tell you about Billie's blanket.
It is on my bed, it was used as a cot quilt for the two little brothers she never got to meet.
It goes with me if I stay away from home.
I hold it it night when I need her with me.
Before she died Billie took it to every hospital, for every admission.
She had it with her when she died.

This blanket was dontated by a group called The Castle Wall Quilters. I managed to track them down a while ago to express my gratitude.

What amaze me about Billie's little quilt was that it was made of fabrics that on there own wouldnt even catch the eye. But put together they looked beautiful and bought a smile to my precious girls face.
And I have something of hers to keep for ever.

So if you are wondering if these blankets make a difference. Well they do.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 13:40:28

Hey! Pidj grin

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 13:43:14

Sorry x-posted there, MrsDV.

Bless you for sharing your experiences. So lovely to know that Billie's quilt continues to bring such comfort. She is often in our thoughts here.x

TroublesomeEx Fri 14-Sep-12 13:57:19


What a lovely idea.

1) Just to make sure I've understood this correctly, the 18 x 18 inch quilts are stand alone quilts including backing, wadding and binding?

2) I've got some flannelette sheets I use for the backing for baby quilts. Is this ok as an alternative to fleece? I'd use wadding as usual. (Just wondering to what extent the requirements outlined are issued by the hospital and to what they're what you've decided smile

And one more:

3) Am I right in thinking that the quilt is allocated to the baby and remains with the family?

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 14:10:09

Some answers!

1. 18 x 18 inches is the smallest size. The quilts and blankets can be bigger, if you like. So yes, 18x18 is the finished size.

2. Flannelette sheets will be absolutely fine as a backing: lovely and soft.
We haven't been given a series of strict guidelines as such but we know that some treatments can leave a child's skin very sensitive, so the materials used must be soft. They have to be machine washable to limit the possibility of infection.

3) The Little Hug will belong to the child and their family.

Hope that explains it. Happy to answer any more. smile

TroublesomeEx Fri 14-Sep-12 14:14:32

Brilliant. Count me in then!

I was just about to recycle some flannelette sheets, one cot bed size of mine from when I was a baby and one flat double bed size. I don't sew but if anyone could use them for this project, do PM me I would be happy to post them to you. I will hang on to them for a week or two.

OrangeandGoldMrsDeVere Fri 14-Sep-12 14:18:26

Thank you knotty
May I just add something?

The blankets are probably going to need to withstand some pretty heavy duty wear and washing.

Poorly kids are often sick and the meds can get everywhere too (think what its like trying to squirt calpol down a child and x 100)

Some mums me are also likely to be quite didgy about germs/infection etc and will want to put them on a hot wash often.

I was very glad that Billie's quilt could withstand so much washing. It meant we could always have it when we needed it and i didnt have to worry about protecting it IYSWIM.

It has a little tear in it now but it is 8 years old (how impossible that seems) and has been used every single day.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 14:23:18

MrsDV, please feel free to say whatever you think would help.

It's really, really useful to have your perspective and thoughts.

We obviously want these Little Hugs to last.

Yani Fri 14-Sep-12 14:26:24

What another lovely idea.
Pistey I'd be more than happy to be a donor again, I'm afraid I don't have a paypal account so can order and send to a crafter direct from a website.

I have an idea, although appreciate that this may not be feasible..... Is it possible to pair up donors and crafters who are geographically close? Perhaps it would be nice to meet the crafter and possibly make a new friend or use it as an opportunity to arrange a local meet-up?

I know you have a lot on already, so I would be happy to coordinate this is, if it is a goer.

tribpot Fri 14-Sep-12 14:27:19

Marking my place - I don't think I'll have time to do a mini-hug for a little while, but will put this on the list.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 14:30:40

I've often thought "It's a blanket. How much help can it be?"

Glad to know that actually they are a help. smile

TheWonderfulFanny Fri 14-Sep-12 14:42:48

Bookmarking. Have cotton Dk and hooks...

I'd like to contribute again. I can crochet blankets and sew quilts so happy to do either. If it's not too cheeky I'd really appreciate either some Stylecraft yarn or some backing (fleece/flanelette) for the quilt donated.

Is it pistey we pm for these projects too?

NCForNow Fri 14-Sep-12 15:52:09

I'm not experienced but am learning to quilt...I am just checking in as I would love to make a quilt for a little child. x I will keep at it and when I feel I'm "there" in terms of quality, I will send one.

bunnywhack Fri 14-Sep-12 16:03:20

I crochet would love to do a blanket quick question should we avoid granny square styles im just thinking about their little fingers wasn't there something a while back about them getting trapped in those sorts of blankets

mousebacon Fri 14-Sep-12 16:05:07

You are all so lovely smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 16:24:01

Crafty, I'm coming to get you in a minute grin

Bunny, I think it really does depend on your tension. I do understand what you mean though. Big loopy holes are best avoided. However, I've seen some grannies that are incredibly dense too. Taking out the chains between clusters will do this.

NC, look foward to that. smile

Mouse, thank you smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 16:28:25

Can I just repeat that we are asking for 6 inch squares too. Don't want any of you feeling overwhelmed by the idea that you have to make a complete Little Hug...although that would be lovely if you are able, obviously smile

FrankieMyDearIDontGiveADamn Fri 14-Sep-12 16:47:14

brilliant idea, really lovely, signing in but jut need a nap........................

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 16:50:07

You aren't the only one!

bunnywhack Fri 14-Sep-12 16:50:38

will do ive also just googled the fleece backed quilts ive been looking for something to do with a charm pack this will suit nicely.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 16:54:18

Hello brew

MinnieBar Fri 14-Sep-12 17:07:03

Second attempt at crocheting is going better than the first.

However, bearing in mind my first attempt was a disaster, that's not saying much. Something has 'clicked' a bit though - although I'm struggling to 'see' the stitches. I think having the proper yarn hold rather than 'that'll do' has helped a lot...

sign me up - should manage a complete Little Hug with the wool I currently have. Am thinking about crochet this time, which will be fun, as I haven't crocheted for a good few years.

ArfurBrain Fri 14-Sep-12 17:58:12

I have some beautiful wool left over from Aillidh's blanket, so can definitely do some squares. Fab idea x

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 18:04:21

Yani - am just coming to you - Pm coming up.

Honestly, everyone is marvellous X

trixie123 Fri 14-Sep-12 18:04:59

would love to help, count me in - I'll also send the website to my MIL who is a brilliant knitter and sewer and belongs to a group who meet once a week to stitch and bitch chat!

TheWonderfulFanny Fri 14-Sep-12 18:12:53

Can you pm me please? I think I've got the yarn for a whole blanket - which is easier than getting my squares exactly 6 inches - but can't pm on my phone...

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 18:16:51

Fyi, crochet is not recommended for tiny babies due to trapped fingers, however an older child might appreciate the texture to twiddle when stuck in bed, bit like a taggie?

SoupDragon Fri 14-Sep-12 18:29:21

I think it would depend on the stitch pattern TBH. Crochet doesn't have to be open and holey.

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 19:00:03

Many SCBUs refuse crocheted blankets (not clothes) because of the risks, but that's really really tiny babies. 4 ply dc rows still have quite an open texture compared to knitting.

For toddlers up, I'd think crochet would pose no real risk at all. Plus "children" covers up to either 16 or 18 doesn't it? So crochet will be very very useful there smile

TheWonderfulFanny Fri 14-Sep-12 19:24:56

I'm currently making Afghan squares for a blanket for a colleague, and since I've changed my mind a bit on colours I'll be able to do something with the extras and achieve a blanket quite quickly I think.

The texture's certainly not more open than knitting, so I think I'm ok.

Important question though... I have cats. Obviously I'll wash and block before posting, but is this still a risk?

Somersaults Fri 14-Sep-12 19:27:27

I am in for sure smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 19:28:22

Wonderful, will check on that but I can stick it through the machine here if needed smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 19:29:13

Hello Somersaults smile

AllMuddledUp Fri 14-Sep-12 19:37:05

I would like to sign up please, I think this is such a wonderful idea.

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 19:47:09

Fizzog, me darling, thanks for doing that smile

I'm only in it for the cake really!!

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 19:49:15

Just make sure you brush the crumbs off the blanket <stern>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 19:50:51

Evening wine

Someone say cake?

Well, I wasn't able to get a square done in time for the last project I was involved in, but I'll have another go smile

For a complete blanket, how many chain stitches would I need to do?

I can't eat and knit at the same time. Plus I'll have ds with me who recently discovered running! So chances are it'll be cold coffee and toddler squashed half eaten cake! unless I drug him

BIWI Fri 14-Sep-12 19:58:06

So if somebody, say a friend, was thinking of starting to knit, what should she buy by way of needles, etc. Just in case a friend ever asks me...

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 20:05:10

Southern Meetup Thread

Lolli, 4 stitches to the inch means chain 72 + however many you need to turn smile

BIWI, i suggest you buy your friend a ball of nice wool as suggested upthread, a pair of 4mm needles, and ask the knitty types on here to recommend some youtube vids. I also suggest she joins a local knitting group and/or comes to one of the blanketty meets...

Actually, id be more likely to suggest your friend learns to crochet grin

hoops997 Fri 14-Sep-12 20:17:08

Hello, I'm in, I'll donate cause I'm not a knitter smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 20:17:20

Oh BIWI, your friend would love crochet grin

Somersaults Fri 14-Sep-12 20:17:28

About how many 100g balls would one need for a complete Little Hug? If I were to jump right on in with both feet and order wool tonight. Plus wool for my knitted advent calendar. DH will go mental when he sees it all arriving as I still have a huge pile of clearance sublime stuff upstairs that not decided on a project for yet and a small pile downstairs which is slowly being crocheted into a little cat for DD to match her nursery. Oh well. Worthy cause and all that, not like he can complain really except about the advent calendar. Which he's already pointed out that we don't have anywhere to put anyway

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 20:23:30

I get 3 squares from 1 50g ball, with a bit leftover. That's basic grannies, which eat wool more than knitting. So, one 18" blanket would need at least 3 balls, more likely 4 for construction+edging smile

TheWonderfulFanny Fri 14-Sep-12 20:27:01

I think just 150 based on my getting 3 squares per 50g of Aran yarn for the thing I'm doing at the moment - but my squares may not be 6 inches. The old driving instructor joke springs to mind...

I would love to be involved - don't quite know what I can commit to but there will def be something from me ..

Such a great idea ... thank you!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 20:53:38

I heart BIWI

me and my mum have just sat down and ordered some wool, we are going to create some square blankets together. Stylecraft special DK brilliant colour choices, cant wait to get started and bring a little hug to the kids.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Sep-12 21:04:06

We have another lovely donor to thank, honestly folk are amazing..

Heartfelt thanks thanks

thanks hoops997

You are a star!

Just marvellous, thank you so much X

hoops997 Fri 14-Sep-12 21:05:03

You both are doing a marvellous job


Valpollicella Fri 14-Sep-12 21:19:59

My crocheting is still not making tge progress it should but just wanted to say you are all AWESOME.

Be ridiciculously proud of how much live you are all putting out there. May karma reward you all accordingly grin

Valpollicella Fri 14-Sep-12 21:20:41

*love. Stoopid phone

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 21:32:42

We accept your karma Val. Any chance you can bung in some wine too? smile

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 21:34:09

Team Fan! The colours are lovely, aren't they?

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 21:36:15

Just a thought, if anyone feels short of time but really wants to be involved, maybe you could make some crocheted or knitted flowers, stars or similar that can be sewn on to some of the squares smile

MrsKwazii Fri 14-Sep-12 21:36:16

This is such a wonderful idea thanks all round to everyone who's taking part. You're all brilliant

signing up. Is it ok to do a ripple blanket? I am really loving the ripple pattern at the moment and would love to do something bright and colourful with the stylecraft

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 22:39:10

CutIt, a ripple would be lovely smile

OpheliaBumps Fri 14-Sep-12 22:45:12

I'm in, but i won't make the 13th October, as i'm in thr middle of a blanket for a friend's baby at the moment. Will there be a second deadline for the slower among us?

KnottyLocks Fri 14-Sep-12 22:50:18

There will indeed, Ophelia smile

Dunno what that will be yet though grin

Goldidi Fri 14-Sep-12 23:11:14

I'd love to be involved but will need to just do little flowers or something atm seeing as I'm a bit busy at work right now. Over half term I might get a bit more done though so I might be able to do some squares or even a full blanket for the next deadline.

Baskets45 Fri 14-Sep-12 23:16:37

I'm a bit dim - I'd say glaikit but that might confuse! - Are the yarns we can use the same as for woolly hugs ie debbie bliss, sublime etc PLUS 100% cotton and Stylecraft? and any colours?

Did someone call for me?? wink

Baskets I think if you are just doing squares to be made into blankets stick to the usual yarns as they need to hook like with like. But if you are doing a whole blanket you can more or less use any yarn you have. But I think any colours are ok.

Birnamwood Fri 14-Sep-12 23:33:32

I'm in! I've only just started knitting though so only know some basic stitches but I'm good with colours. Plus my mum is always on hand to rescue me smile

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 23:41:54


There's a Southern one, too, plus folks are more than welcome to arrange their own (not much point me organising a Manchester one from Southampton hmm) - there's a geographical list in Arts and Crafts for anyone who wants to check out their local area for stealth MNers wink

<wonders if pidj is stalking me round the boards> Meet up wars!!

I've just checked out trains to Winchester. I can be there for 2.55pm for 139.50 return!!

PurplePidjin Fri 14-Sep-12 23:57:25

Bargain!! grin

I'm in too! Happy to knit for donors or use some bits I have left over from other projects

Oh and Birnam if you are anywhere near me (Worcs & Birmingham) and need help just shout. Same for anyone else in the area but I can't crochet!

Birnamwood Sat 15-Sep-12 00:20:53

Hi droitwich, are you from er, droitwich by any chance? smile I'm in Leicestershire so not too far away. I'll keep you in mind when I'm up to my eyeballs in dropped stitches and knotted wool smile

You guessed right & I work in Birmingham so not too far away

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Sep-12 03:56:03

Morning all brew

We have another lovely donor to thank

thanks MrsKwazii

Honestly blown away by everyone, and having such great support from our lovely donors. We can only publicly thank those on here who give us their Mumsnet names, but there are several we are thanking privately on email too. Whether we thank you publicly or privately, we give you our sincere heartfelt thanks, you are all stars thanks

babesdontlie Sat 15-Sep-12 08:01:54

I'm in too, I can probably knit some and sew some.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 08:04:46

Morning smile

To clarify about wool: if you are making 6" squares rather than complete hugs, they need to be made from either Stylecraft Special DK, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, Rowan Cashosoft DK or Sublime Extra Fine Merino. Then we know that shrinkage won't be a problem.
All the stylcraft squares will be put together and the other 3 wools wash and shrink the same way so can be combined.

MinnieBar Sat 15-Sep-12 08:31:46

Anyone around Henley/Oxford?? The last meet never got off the ground, but hey, now it's term-time maybe we stand a better chance smile

Wolfcub Sat 15-Sep-12 08:53:50

I'm hoping my wool will arrive today, that is if Deramores are as fast on their delivery as cucumberpatch.

MOSagain Sat 15-Sep-12 09:12:47

I read about this last night on FB and signed up for wobbly squares.
Reading through this entire thread this morning, in particular the post from mums whose DC have received blankets has brought tears to my eyes.

I'm Surrey/Sussex border if anyone nearby wants a meet up (and can teach me how to not have wobbly bottoms!)

PurplePidjin Sat 15-Sep-12 09:34:41


Resurrecting the Locations thread smile

PurplePidjin Sat 15-Sep-12 09:35:38
Wolfcub Sat 15-Sep-12 09:36:02

The wooly wool has just arrived. Now I need to work out how many to cast on for a smaller version of attic 24's ripple blanket

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 10:02:25

Ooo I made a small one of those, Wolfcub. But I can't remember how many were in my starting chain. I think it may have been 120...or 150 grin. As long as it's a mulitiple of 3.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 10:03:27

Gah! It wasn't the ripple <slaps head> it was the granny stripe. Sorry.

I need more coffee, obviously.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 10:05:20

Now, Soupy is a bit of a ripple expert. Perhaps we should give her a shout.

ripple is multiples of 4 with 3 added on for turning I think.

I need to go to the wool shop and decide on colours. Unfortunately it means either taking the dc with me (pure hell) or having to wait for dh to surface following a night shift at work.

I just want to get started <impatient>

rubycon Sat 15-Sep-12 10:15:18

morning - my three balls arrived this morning - cream, purple and green, so a huge thank you to my donor thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 10:17:49

Smashing, Ruby.

That should keep you busy and away from the baking smile

I did a ripple square for one of the recent blankets, there is a pic on my profile.

5mm hook, DK wool, chain 21 then
Chain 3 and 1x tr into same stitch,
Then 3x tr, tr3 together, 3x tr, 3tr into 1, 3 x tr, tr 3 tog, 3 x tr
2 tr into last stitch and turn.

This made a slightly smaller than 6" square, but I edged with a couple of rows of DC. It could be expanded quite easily to 18"

SoupDragon Sat 15-Sep-12 10:47:42

You need to learn how to do a chainless start for ripples. I learnt from You Tube. then there is no counting, you just crochet til it's the right size and you've competed a full section of the pattern.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 10:53:01

See? A ripple expert smile

off to search YouTube. Chainless ripple would be a dream come true as I hate that first row into the chain. Thanks Soupdragon

I like galaxy ripples, I'm somewhat an expert in them!

I've just made my first double crochet foundation for a granny stripe blanket, it is so much easier than a chain start, I am going to try it with ripples at some point, but no plans for any more rippling for the time being.

Getting the crochet hook out this afternoon, I have some bits of debbie bliss left so going to do lots of squares and see if I can get a blanket out of it.

SoupDragon Sat 15-Sep-12 12:41:33

You need to concentrate with the foundation ripple but it is very satisfying.

ok which video did you learn from soupy? I have just tried watching one and I'm still none the wiser!

please take pity on me before I resort to chaining.

off to see what a galaxy ripple is

Wolfcub Sat 15-Sep-12 16:07:33

Thanks Soupy, have googled but I'm going to have a hard time with the american terms. I have just found attic 24's idiots guide to ripple in pictures though so think I might give that a whirl to start off.

SoupDragon Sat 15-Sep-12 16:17:10

It's well worth persevering with chainless foundation. I can't remember which videos I learnt from... I posted them in another thread when I learnt so I'll search for it.

SoupDragon Sat 15-Sep-12 16:20:33

chainless ripple

Practice the straight version first.

SoupDragon Sat 15-Sep-12 16:22:13

once you visualise in your head that the first bit of the stitch creates the chain and you then complete the DC (treble) into it, it makes sense. I've tried before but had a lightbulb moment this time.

woo, I've just managed a chainless foundation that I didn't even know existed till earlier today grin.

Never heard of a chainless foundation, will have to take a look at the link thanks Soupy

HairyPotter Sat 15-Sep-12 17:10:43

I'm here. I'll attempt a whole little hug, However don't be surprised if I end up sending squares for the more talented huggers to stitch or hook together. I'm hoping to con the Glasgow woolly huggers to teach me how to do that as well as knit with two colours as well. grin

I've just ordered 5 balls of the stylecraft dk from Deramores in various colours. Its so cheap compared to the cashmerino we have been using. Does that mean it's not as nice? <wibble>

They are doing 15% off at the moment if you enter '15week' at checkout.

Wolfcub Sat 15-Sep-12 17:21:54

Hairy, I got mine this morning and it feels very nice, not quite as soft as the cashmerino but the colours are much brighter and the balls are twice as big

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 17:25:47

The Stylecraft doesn't have the luxurious feel of the usual blanket wools but it is fantastic for the price and is perfect for this project smile

And it doesn't squeak grin

HairyPotter Sat 15-Sep-12 17:50:00

Fantastic! Thanks for the reassurance. Managed to get 5 balls for eleven quid ish. Thought it sounded a bargain but had a slight panicky moment after I hit confirm. Didn't realise that they were bigger balls either <childish snuck>

Tentatively signing up!! Not sure about time scale....

Also not very good at either sewing up or picking up stitches so may just send some squares in!!

Have been looking at the Sylecraft colours and can't blummin dedcide what colours!!

SoupDragon Sat 15-Sep-12 17:57:38

It does squeak in Antigua grin

With the finished Little Hugs, if we're making a complete one, could we send a note with it?

I'm not sure how "good" mine will turn out and wanted to enclose a note that said although it might have a dropped stitch or 2, every stitch was made with love smile

HairyPotter Sat 15-Sep-12 18:03:34

Soupy envy grin

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 18:18:10

Stealth boast up there ^^

Oh to be troubled by squeaking wool in Antigua!

MinnieBar Sat 15-Sep-12 18:18:42

I haven't started yet, but would the Stylecraft be a good choice for baby clothes?

I have a friend who's pg but, find as I am of her, I'm loathe to pay £5.50 a ball for DB yarn for an item that the baby's going to grow out of in less than three months [cheapskate]

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 18:19:34

Lolli, we were going to ask if people would like to include a note or card with their little hug, so yes! smile

MinnieBar Sat 15-Sep-12 18:20:26

That'll be all the humidity making it squeak <nods wisely>

Bet Soupy has hair like Monica in that episode of Friends where they go to Barbados grin

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 18:21:47

Minnie, Stylecraft have produced quite a few patterns for baby stuff so I'm assuming it's fine.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 18:22:38

Actually, would be more practical: would withstand regular washing and the odd tumble dry.

PurplePidjin Sat 15-Sep-12 18:38:25

Acrylic is recommended for baby stuff because it withstands washing. I know there are issues with it not being flame retardsnt, but, really, who's going to leave their baby next to a candle hmm

tribpot Sat 15-Sep-12 18:42:10

I'm a firm believer in the idea that baby clothes have to be barf-friendly, i.e. able to be washed regularly and dried easily.

That said, I have been mostly using Knitcol because its colours are so beautiful and Baby Crofter and Crofter because the patterns look awesome even when not doing good old faux-fairisle in stocking stitch. E.g. Baby Crofter Surprise Jacket.

I've not had a very productive afternoon, I've watched the YouTube video but that's it. Found the galaxy ripple fizzog mentioned grin at least I don't have to wipe my browsing history after that MN inspired bit of googling!

I quite like the stylecraft for the price it is. My local shop also had some king cole dk for the same price but I've stuck with the stylecraft for this project.

Well, I'm practicing again smile

I've missed a stitch in my first row, but other than that, I've got nearly 3 rows and it's not taking on a triangular form like my previous attempts have (beginners will understand what I mean, I think) smile

PurplePidjin Sat 15-Sep-12 20:16:26

Yay! grin

I won't have anything ready by 13th October, but I would like to send in blankets, if you can let me know where they need to go.

I need something quiet to do with my hands anyway, as I'm expected to sit in on DD's music lessons but as a terrible fidget, I have discovered that if I can do something with my hands I don't fidget anywhere near as much...grin

Crochet only, as I was never taught to knit..shock smile

I see someone mentioned backing. I've got some old flannel cot bed sheets, but I have no idea how to go about backing the blankets. confused

I'm in Leicestershire if anyone wants to arrange a meet up.

VeniceQueen Sat 15-Sep-12 21:56:50

I'd love to do some squares. I've nearly finished a square with some left over Debbie Bliss wool and I'm just trying to decide what colours to order next smile

MmeLindor Sat 15-Sep-12 22:03:40

oooh, I missed this. Will donate via paypal.

Happy crafting, everyone. What a wonderful idea.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 22:06:05

FryOne, the woolly blankets don't need backing, just the quilts. If you ate happy to donate the sheets to this cause, we would gladly accept them and put them to good use smile

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 22:06:54

Oi! MmeL! Bought time we got you crafting, innit?

Ta though smile

MmeLindor Sat 15-Sep-12 22:09:33

I will dig out my 'scarf' that I started knitting about 2 years ago and let you inspect it for holes and mistakes. There are many.

I don't have the patience for it, I am afraid.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 22:11:29

Bloody autocorrect!

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 22:12:38

MmeL, then maybe crochet is the way forward grin Much quicker results.

MinnieBar Sat 15-Sep-12 22:33:07

I'm sensing a crochet bias here… hmm wink

MmeLindor Sat 15-Sep-12 22:37:33

No, no. Really. You don't want me to do craft stuff. I am happy to donate cash so that someone who doesn't have two left hands can do the bit that matters.

I will dig the 'scarf' out tomorrow and post a pic on FB for you all to laugh at.

KnottyLocks Sat 15-Sep-12 23:25:28

Minnie, obv we love both kniiting and crochet equally smile

<sits on hook fence>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 16-Sep-12 05:33:29

<wince at sitting on hook fence>

Just popping in, catching up properly later smile

BIWI Sun 16-Sep-12 09:14:11

I should think you are wincing at sitting on anything, at the moment, Pistey!

Knotty I can dig out the sheets and send them in when I've done a blanket. DCs no longer need them (where does the timew fly?) so a good cause is better than throwing them away.

Doing squares seems a good way for me to practice new stitches/techniques.

I am so excited this morning! I've finally cracked the chainless ripple foundation.
Dh and dc think I've gone insane but I can't help it!

I found some instructions for the attic24 ripple here and that's it I now have chainless ripples.

thanks again Soupdragon smile

I'm marking this thread cos I want to do a chainless ripple! I'll have a go when I've done a blanket for the project, as I've got some lovely purple wool I want to turn into a blaket (king size) for my own bed.

MIL gave me some knitted squares she'd made from scraps and I am currently crocheting them into a blanket for DS, who carefully sorted the squares into a pattern he wanted.

BIWI Sun 16-Sep-12 11:34:40

OMG. I watched a video about how to cast on last night. This is how it starts, isn't it?

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 11:37:33

This just means you are well-prepared in case your friend decides to start knitting, BIWI wink. Your friend could take a look at the Knitting for Dummies site which would show your friend how to do the basic stitches as well as cast on and cast off.

BIWI Sun 16-Sep-12 12:23:20

Damn. I may have to de-friend her.

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 12:39:53

She seems a bit keen to me wink

MrsKwazii Sun 16-Sep-12 17:06:23

BIWI they're slowly but surely crochet hooking you in. They'll be offering you your first ball of wool for free soon ..... grin

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 17:25:03

Your turn next, MrsK. wink

In January this year I hadn't knitted before, now in organising meet ups!! I can still only do things with straight edges though, so I don't class myself as addicted yet

MrsKwazii Sun 16-Sep-12 17:37:58

You really wouldn't want me Pidj - it would be a woeful waste of wonderful wool if I were let loose with a needle or hook grin

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 17:42:34

You'd be surprised - many of the team, like Glaikit, learned to knit or crochet just so they could contribute. I've coached 3 or 4 beginners over the last couple of months. Come to a meet (currently Glasgow and Winchester this month, plus the Knit and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace next month although i don't know how practical lessons would be there) and find out grin <complete addict>

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 17:43:19

Plus if you stuff it up, just frog it and try again wink

MOSagain Sun 16-Sep-12 17:43:27

Advice please oh wise ladies.
I want to buy some yellow/lemon and cream but looking at cucumberpatch where I've previously bought the yellow looks very mustardy and don't seem to have cream. Also, have they discontinued the pale blue (008) as they don't seem to have that?

Any other suggestions as to where to order? Can't remember who the lovely generous shops that donated a few months ago where and wouldn't mind buying from them.

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 17:46:03
HairyPotter Sun 16-Sep-12 17:46:28

Deramores have 15% off (enter '15week') and really fast delivery.

MOSagain Sun 16-Sep-12 17:55:49

ooh, thanks. another very very quick question (15 mins left on ebay!)
is cashmerino dk different to cashmerino chunky? Am guessing it is. Not for this project, want to attempt to make DS a blanket but just wondered if it can be used with the dk (hope that makes sense!)

tribpot Sun 16-Sep-12 18:04:02

No, chunky is a heavier weight of yarn, like an aran. A blanket in this would be lovely but you can't mix-and-match with the DK.

MOSagain Sun 16-Sep-12 18:06:13

Arse! Hope I get outbid then wink
How many balls do you think I'd need to do a blanket for a little one? DC4 has now decided HE wants a blanket!

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 18:07:22

Fab for a stand alone project, not fab for this smile Hope you win!!

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 18:08:31

50g of dk = 3 and a bit squares. Depends what size blanket!

MOSagain Sun 16-Sep-12 18:13:49

big enough to cover a wriggly 3 year old wink

KnottyLocks Sun 16-Sep-12 19:03:03

I've just bought a load of Stylecraft Chunky to make blankets for my DC for Christmas <eyes To Do list>

Might be worth considering MOS. Use 6mm needles and it'll knit or hook up pretty quickly. Plus be machine washable.

They also do an aran weight - use 5mm needles.

Chunky and the aran have more limited colours but as I'm going cream, red and blue route, that's fine.

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Sep-12 19:03:48

I'd got for 3'x5' so 60 squares/20 balls of wool+2 for joining and edging smile

FrankieMyDearIDontGiveADamn Sun 16-Sep-12 19:06:40

I am so excited to be getting my wool later in the week smile

People have mentioned the delamere website but I've seen one offering 17 balls of Stylecraft in mixed colours for about £25. Will order tomorrow, as it's time to chivvy the DCs into their bedtime routines......

KnottyLocks Sun 16-Sep-12 19:19:49

FryOne, is that Mason's? They are pretty good. I've used them too.

Wolfcub Sun 16-Sep-12 19:19:50

that sounds like country crafts which had the attic 24 set at about 10 less than deramores. I'm going to get one when I've finished my current blankets and make a big blanket for the bed or sofa (over ambitious moi)

KnottyLocks Sun 16-Sep-12 19:20:19

And if that's the Attic24 palette, tis lovely smile

I've just started the Attic 24 blanket with the 17 balls from Masons and they are beautiful.

Woolfey Sun 16-Sep-12 19:57:46

I would also like to do one but won't be able to make the 13th October date. I'll do one then post or PM when finished. Lovely idea smile

Ha! Thought I'd got that website saved to favourites, but no, can't find it and will have to search again.

At least DCs duly chivvied and into bed in good time, plus I got advanced on the housework I was going to do tomorrow, so more time free when I'm on my own.....grin

OpheliaBumps Sun 16-Sep-12 23:15:29

Oh wow the Masons set are lovely, just ordered them. I'll use them for this blanket but i think i'll also knit something for the twins, the colours are fantastic!

bobkate Sun 16-Sep-12 23:38:02

I'd love to make some 6" squares...I'll PM Pistey x

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 06:56:10

Morning all smile

Proper paid work beckons today but will check back in later.

If you have any questions, just pop them on here. smile

thanks to everyone. You little [stars]

MOSagain Mon 17-Sep-12 07:56:32

Thanks for the tips about DS's blanket. I think if I need 60 squares I'll realistically be looking at next Christmas blush

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 08:05:38

2'6x4' would be 40 squares?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Sep-12 08:27:31

Morning all brew

Will be catching up with all PMs today, bit of a bonkers weekend. But thank you to everyone thanks

morning fellow blanketeers!

I got two squares finished yesterday out of some left over Debbie bliss, hoping to get more done this week. Its so much easier crocheting when its getting colder, having wool on your lap and in your hand during the summer months can be very hot indeed. And all this woolly craft through out the winter will keep me nice and toasty!

BIWI Mon 17-Sep-12 08:31:55

Pistey! You're alive!

Does everything ache?! grin

Woolfey Mon 17-Sep-12 08:50:14

Minniebar I'm around Henley/Reading for a meet up. Will have to bring the DD's (2 under 2's!) so not sure how much crocheting will get done. I'm not a knitter smile

Woolfey Mon 17-Sep-12 09:17:20

crochet stripe question - I'm thinking I will try to do either DC or TC stripes for the little blanket but I remember reading somewhere on one of these threads that you need to join the new colour in on the row before. Is that right and how do I do it? And also would DC or TC be better or doesn't it really matter? [Thanks]

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 09:32:46

Draw up the last loop of the last stitch of the previous row in the new colour. Tie a double knot between the pesky ends and lay them across the top of the row. Ch and turn as usual. Treat the pesky ends as part of the fabric for the first half dozem stitches.

I like htc for rows, but it's all personal preference smile

Attic24 granny blanket - is it ok for a beginner? I am off to a days crochet lesson end Oct as WH has inspired me to learn to crochet! Have ordered wool from Masons - thanks for idea. But am I being over ambitious as a first project after my lesson?

Am busy making a 9 sq blanket. Can recommend sending family to Ikea if you need to concentrate on knitting! mine went for storage (help we are swamped by Lego!) and took ages to escape from the store! [ grin]

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 10:48:51


Come and join Team Hooker, Practically, you can ask all the questions you need and more.

There are meets in Winchester and Glasgow coming up, if you want someone to give you a helping hand smile

Woolfey Mon 17-Sep-12 11:05:54

Pidjin - thanks for that info on the stripes. I think I'll try htc as not done it before and it'll be good to learn a new stitch. Would love to meet up in Winchester but I'm afraid my 2 under 2's will make it a bit tricky to travel too far at the moment. Maybe when they're a bit older and can be bribed with cake & colouring books smile

prettybird Mon 17-Sep-12 11:12:14

My ds was born at the Queen Mother's maternity hospital (which was part of Yorkhill Hospitals but which has since closed in advance of the new Children's Hospital being built alongside the maternity unit at the Southern General Hospital) and my dad used to work at Yorkhill, so I have positive memories of the place.

I got brilliant breast feeding support when ds most inconsiderately did not follow the standard growth curve and they were also great when I had to be readmitted 2 weeks postnatally with an infection.

I'll add this to the projects I'm going to do!

rockinhippy Mon 17-Sep-12 13:37:49

I can't see if its come up already, so apologies if it has, but do they have to be yarn made ?? - I've often made little cuddle blankets as gifts for little ones out of fleece fabrics, decorated with machine embroidery & applique etc the work well, are very soft & squishy & skin friendly & wash & wear well too - it would allow us sewers can't get to grips with a knitting or crotchet needle peeps to get involved too

I'd be happy to make a few & work out designs patterns/measurements/templates etc to post on here for others to use ???

rockinhippy they are asking for these too! In the OP it gives a list of do's and don't's for the fabric blankets.

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 13:47:27

Quilts are very welcome, Rockin, 2 ticks and I'll repost the info from a bazillion pages ago grin

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 13:49:05

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.
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

Minimum size 18" square


Right, I am going wool shopping tomorrow. How much wool will I need for a Little Hug?

And is there an ideal hook size to use?

Wolfcub Mon 17-Sep-12 14:38:53

Lollipop, if you look on the wool label it will tell you the best hook size to use for that wool. If it helps I've done 24 inches by 8 inches so far and I've used less than half a 100g ball and I'm a very loose hooker.

GentleOtter Mon 17-Sep-12 14:43:17

Just found this thread and would love to make some squares!

Sorry for a really thick question but is it 9 knitted 6" squares for a little blanket and to be stitched together?

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Sep-12 14:46:14

I reckon 200g max

Gentle, welcome aboard - 6" squares in normal Woolly Hug Wool, or something a minimum of 18" square in your choice of yarn/fleece/cotton smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Sep-12 14:48:03

Hello lovely GO

Yes, 9 knitted 6" squares hooked or sewn together make the smallest size blanket that we are asking for. If you look on Facebook MNWoollyHugs there are two done like this. I will pop some pics up on Twitter in a mo too.

And we are very happy to have you on board thanks

Lolli - I think I'd go for 3 squares per 50g ball, so if it were me, I'd get 4 x 50g balls so as to have spare for when I went wrong blush plus enough to attach them together and do a border.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Sep-12 14:57:01

Practicallyperfectnot - I have just done a version of the Attic24 blanket, and the very fiddliest part was the start, but then after that it was very straightforward. It's just chain, doubles and then lotsa lotsa trebles! Good luck with the course [FourLeafedClover]

FrankieMyDearIDontGiveADamn Mon 17-Sep-12 15:00:06

I have ordered my wool smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Sep-12 16:19:55

We emailed Yorkhill on Friday to let them know our project was up and running and to let them know how it was going, just wanted to share this smile

I am absolutely delighted about the fabulous response for the Mumsnet project for Yorkhill. Thank you so much for thinking of Yorkhill Children's Hospital. We are touched to have such support"

Birnamwood Mon 17-Sep-12 17:57:32

<snort> @ wolfcub being a loose hooker smile

<childish> grin

JulesJules Mon 17-Sep-12 18:31:18

I'll do some squares, is it Ok just to do squares, I probably won't be able to do as may as 9 or attach them to each other grin

JulesJules Mon 17-Sep-12 18:31:51


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Sep-12 18:33:19

Jules - squares would be lovely thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 18:41:14

Evening lovelies wink

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 18:42:23

Sorry, that was supposed to be smile

Because you ARE lovely obviously grin

Blummin phone innit <rolls eyes>

What a lovely answer from Yorkhill. So great to hear.

Wolfcub Mon 17-Sep-12 19:41:55

How nice of Yorkhill to give such a lovely response. I was wondering if maybe there could be a woolly hugs tag on each blanket - like a clothes label that said something like made with love from our families to yours or something similar.

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 19:47:38

Wolf, my lovely, we are already on it. smile

Wolfcub Mon 17-Sep-12 20:08:27


SoupDragon Mon 17-Sep-12 20:12:32

I saw a suggestion on a couple of blogs about getting labels printed as a sheet of fabric from Spoonflower.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Sep-12 20:31:12

Evening wine

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 20:31:17

Oooo, ta Soupy. Off to investigate

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 20:31:42

Xposted smile

Jules146 Mon 17-Sep-12 21:01:59

Been a bit slow on the up take with this one... Would love to be included, should I Pm Pistey? xx

Great minds think alike, I've been thinking of labels too.

Question about quilts: do they need batting or wadding as well as the fleece back, and if so, what weight is good?

<makes plans for the remnant bin...>

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 22:13:02

RueD, quilts can either be made traditional stylee or fleece backed which removes the need for wadding. I think a lighter weight would probably be fine re wadding. If you are looking at fleece, the pil free stuff is best as it won't bobble after washing .

Would any of the Stylecraft DK wools be OK???

Have been trying a 10 stitch blanket which involves knitting corners to make a one piece blanket.

Going well but thought the variagated colours of the Vision DK or Merry Go Round DK would look rather nice!

KnottyLocks Mon 17-Sep-12 22:36:15

Orange, as long as you are doing a whole Little Hug and the yarn is soft on the skin and machine washable, yes! smile

OK,I have some 2.5oz wadding and some polar fleece upstairs already, so will see what I can do. Got some jelly roll strips left too, might do a jelly roll hug or two.

What do I do with them once they're done, by the way?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 06:37:51

Morning brew

RueDe - when you are all done, PM me for the address for posting thanks

MOSagain Tue 18-Sep-12 13:50:41

I have woolly treasure grin

OpheliaBumps Tue 18-Sep-12 14:09:46

Ooh I just got a huge sack of wool delivered - the masons selection is luffly, can't wait to get knitting!

OhBurger Tue 18-Sep-12 14:10:36

Missed the postie for my wool sad will have to go and pick it up this minute! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 15:30:17

wine Hooray for Woolly Treasure! grin

HairyPotter Tue 18-Sep-12 15:57:23

I have woolly treasure too grin, the colours are far far brghter than I was expecting though. I'm hoping they will be ok if I try and use muted colours alongside. crosses fingers, toes etc

I have questions,

The littlest Hairy is desperate to knit a square herself, will plain garter be ok? Also, between us we should manage a whole little hug, if I can't manage to hook it together, can I send in the squares anyway?

Sorry for being a pain blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 16:04:34

Lovely to have Little Hairy join in smile Really lovely, and yes, if you can't, just send the squares separately. thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 16:04:53

And you're not a pain at all!!

poppys2012 Tue 18-Sep-12 16:10:10

I have a blanket i have just finished where should i send it?

woolly treasure sounds wonderful. I am really enjoying doing the ripple blanket, sat doing it last night for what I thought was a couple of hours only to discover it was 1am and I had to be up early for work blush

does anyone have any good patterns for any variations on the ripple blanket pattern? I quite like the simplicity of the stitches and watching it grow but I want to challenge myself to try something new grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Sep-12 16:12:25

poppys2012 - that is marvellous, I shall PM you, just give me two mins thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Sep-12 16:20:57

Hairy, you are anything but a pain , my lovely smile

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Sep-12 16:21:32

Poppy! One done already?! You super [star] smile

Wolfcub Tue 18-Sep-12 17:25:18

CutItOut I'm finding the ripple soothing too, a bit like Sudoku.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Sep-12 13:25:29

It would be fair to say that Quite A Lot of stylecraft arrived at mine this morning......

PurplePidjin Wed 19-Sep-12 13:30:26

grin Are you drowning in woolliness? <heaven>

SoupDragon Wed 19-Sep-12 13:51:38

I arrived home once to find an entire DEramores "Lucy" pack plus 12 extra colours on my doorstep. I have no idea how thy got there.


PurplePidjin Wed 19-Sep-12 14:31:23

I got a free, and unexpected, bottle from Avent but no woollinesses sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Sep-12 14:53:06

Lots of woolly loveliness yes! Not all staying here, but a lot is grin And it is so bulky, tis hard to know where to hide it. I have until Friday evening when DH will be back to contemplate this, the prob being that I will hide it and then forget and then not be able to find it and then have to order more! I can see that coming grin

SoupDragon Wed 19-Sep-12 15:27:03

Feel free to hide it in my loft... really, it's no trouble...

<<whistles innocently>>

PurplePidjin Wed 19-Sep-12 15:47:34

You need a stash box. I have 2. And a chest of drawers for fabric. Dp doesn't mind too much though, i made him a mei tai (pic on profile) yesterday and it shuts me up while he watches the footie grin

I find one of those big flexible rubber garden tubs is ideal for containing my 27 balls of Stylecraft. The rest is in the bottom of my wardrobe or the top of the airing cupboard.

I have one of thos nappy boxes you get full of bath stuff for ongoing projects. It keeps little fingers away from potentially lethal needles and a small blue ikea bag for the overspill. It may zoom be upgraded to a big blue bag! smile

I'm over half way through my fist blanket. Will probably get 2 done for the deadline I think. Especially as I didn't get my promotion at work, so I ain't doing any overtime for a while!

How is littleHairy coming on HairyPotter?

tribpot Wed 19-Sep-12 20:05:35

Oh Glaikit, your employers are clearly fools and charlatans not to have promoted you. Down with all that sort of thing!

I have an entire chest of drawers from Ikea for my stash. I don't think DH knows. On the other hand, despite having literally four drawers full of cables, when the power cable on something broke two days ago, I had to go and buy a new one from Maplin. Hence, useless hoarding.

Apparently there is something coming up soon at work that I am more suited for Tribpot wink so it my be a tactical rejection! Well, that's what I'm telling myself!

My god, look at my typing, no wonder they didn't promote me!!

HairyPotter Wed 19-Sep-12 21:48:31

Glaikit you are clearly earmarked for far greater things smile. As for littlest Hairy, things are not going well. Bless her little chops. It is a rare row that ends with the same number of stitches it started with grin Our blanket may be sometime...

KnottyLocks Thu 20-Sep-12 08:56:55

Hairy, although we are hoping to send the first wave of Little Hugs at the end of October, this is an ongoing project so you have plenty of time. smile

Can you give wee Hairy a [star] from us? Bless her. smile

OhBurger Thu 20-Sep-12 11:58:32

Got my wool grin Thank you to my donor smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 13:20:02

Good news OhBurger smile

Knotty I think the postie tried to deliver my stuff this morning. I had a red card through the door when I got in. I'll pop to the sorting office tomorrow morning and see if I can get it (it said to leave 24 hours but didn't say what time it was left confused) but if not it'll be Monday as we're away this weekend.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 17:14:51

crafty You have mail brew thanks

LookAtHerGo Thu 20-Sep-12 18:00:04

I have 2 balls of yarn here, do you think I'll need to buy another 2. They are the normal woolly hug squares yarn (cashmerino)

If so where is the best place to buy from? I know a donor bought for me previously from a shop that was in stoke or somewhere like that but I can't remember the name of the shop and my DD tried eating the card when I opened the packet!

PurplePidjin Thu 20-Sep-12 18:02:42

Depends if you want to do your own, entire Hug, Lookather, or send some squares smile

LookAtHerGo Thu 20-Sep-12 18:03:59

I'd probably try to do a whole blanket as I've got a pink and purple ball here and thought some cream would set it off lovely.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 18:04:12

I think you need about 200g for a 9 squares size Little Hug. 3 possibly is enough for simple sqs but you will need some for attaching and border. So yes, I'd go for 4.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 18:05:43

Cucumberpatch. Order before 12 tomorrow and they send same day. Deramores are getting v efficient these days. I'd recommend them too.

LookAtHerGo Thu 20-Sep-12 18:22:47

Yep cucumberpatch looks like the logo I remember from the card I got smile I'll order some so I can get started smile

4 balls then, it's what I thought, but wanted confirmation.

Are the crocheted blankets supposed to be backed? Or as they are?

Sorry for the numerous questions. grin

KnottyLocks Thu 20-Sep-12 18:24:11

Crochet blankets don't need backing - that's just the quilts smile

KnottyLocks Thu 20-Sep-12 18:25:05

Evening all, btw grin

LookAtHerGo Thu 20-Sep-12 18:36:41

Lovely job smile I'll have a think about what I'm going to make and crack on once I've got my balls (had to be done)

OhBurger Thu 20-Sep-12 20:33:18

Have got my blanket started grin wish I could post pics from my phone sad

Oh burger, get a Photobucket account, you can take a photo and email upload it in minutes, then post a link here.

Here is an update of my first little hug

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 21:12:25

FizzyOne - you are going great guns!

And no sewing (other than the pesky ends!)

OhBurger Thu 20-Sep-12 21:56:42
KnottyLocks Thu 20-Sep-12 22:09:47

Wow! They look amazing smile

If at all possible, could you email photos to admin @ woollyhugs . com and we can upload them to our Little Hugs photo album?


<scatters stars over the thread>

Isaidno Thu 20-Sep-12 22:10:43

I haven't been on mumsnet for ages, but I think I'd like to make a blanket smile

Isaidno Thu 20-Sep-12 22:12:07

I have returned to Mumsnet to join in with this project smile

KnottyLocks Thu 20-Sep-12 22:13:24

Isaidno, welcome aboard smile

Feel free to ask any questions if needed.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Sep-12 22:13:33

Really glad to have you back Isaidno smile

Wolfcub Fri 21-Sep-12 06:51:25

Glaikit and OhBurger those are beautiful blankets.

Just noticed that cucumber patch have a few shades of Debbie bliss cashmerino in their sale for £2.95 I may have accidently bought some

MinnieBar Fri 21-Sep-12 07:24:50

Ha ha, I dragged Isaidno back <polishes halo> wink

Squares are looking awesome Glaikit and OhBurger . I haven't started properly yet as I've been trying to learn to crochet but I think I'm ready to crack open the yarn now and get going properly. Woop!

£30 spent today already and it's not even 8 blush oops!

Mermaidspam Fri 21-Sep-12 11:57:46

Got my lovely wool yesterday to make a start. Thinking of this

MinnieBar Fri 21-Sep-12 12:58:21

Ooh, nice Mermaid.

Calling all hookers: can anyone recommend a nice, easy, not-too-holey suitable square pattern to start me off? I have looked on Ravelry but if you put in 'granny square', even limiting it to 'with pictures' and 'free' there are still 2,124 patterns coming up confused . I have looked on the WoollyHugs crafting guide but I think they are perhaps a bit advanced for me (and <whispers> when you get a mo, maybe change the links so they open in a new window if possible? That way I can keep the main site page open.)

Many thanks!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Sep-12 13:08:40

It is certainly possible Minnie - will happily do, might take a while though!

Try looking up 'solid granny'

Like this one

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Sep-12 13:09:20

and that is lovely mermaid!

MinnieBar Fri 21-Sep-12 13:14:04

Ah I wasn't sure of the terminology - brilliant, thanks thanks

MOSagain Fri 21-Sep-12 13:16:20

Arse! Run out of wool at 5" and although have more of same wool no idea how to attach and carry on. Is it as simple as just tying a small knot? blush
Have managed to knit it onto one of those big safety pin thingys so I can start a new one but would be grateful for advise on how to do it. I have a knitting book but piccies just confuse me!

Are yu midway through a row MOS, or about to start a new one. I just start knitting with the new yarn, no need for knots. You just have extra ends to sew in!

Isaidno Fri 21-Sep-12 13:58:12

I have crocheted a granny square smile so I have begun.
17 to go...

MOSagain Fri 21-Sep-12 14:12:29

Glaikit still about 10" to go so could probably do another row but how do you just join in without it all unravelling? Haven't done any sewing in yet blush <MOS wonders if Pistey hates her?>

NellVarnish Fri 21-Sep-12 14:24:03

Only just noticed this thread, have been AWOL from MN for a bit due to running marathons around the world work/RL.

I'm in, will either do some granny squares in Stylecraft or a ripple if I can get my act together and remember how to do it. It's been so long my hook's got a cobweb on it. blush

I notice a lot of 5K'rs gathering here for hooky nonsense. <waves to Pistey, Linzer and WhoKnows>

just start knitting with the new ball then on the new row. leave a bit of a tail of the new yarn. it won't unravel. trust me!grin

MOSagain Fri 21-Sep-12 14:30:45

durr, about 1" to go, not 10! blush

big woolly packet arrived today, very exciting. mumofFan is coming round later so we can start to make our blanket.

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Sep-12 17:22:33
KnottyLocks Fri 21-Sep-12 18:10:44

<waves to Nell>


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Sep-12 18:14:19


Nell - woohoo! How are your nails?

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Sep-12 19:00:00

We'll soon have your crochet mojo up and running, lovely Nell grin

I managed to get some cream and beige Debbie bliss cashmerino in my local wool shop's sale for £2.50 a ball, so a nice non-gender specific blanket has begun.

It proved to be the ideal thing to stop me fidgeting during DD's music lesson, and being a real distraction. They both ignored me completely while I sat at the back out of sight.

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Sep-12 22:39:17

FryOne, the colours sound great. [thumbs up] smile

NellVarnish Sat 22-Sep-12 00:04:19

Knotty! Poster! WhoKnows! It's been sooooo long! Too long to be away from the fold. grin

Nails are shit WhoKnows, chipped and stubby and horrible - I need to take them in hand iyswim. And thighs are wobbly. Sadly. Norks still bouncing around in the BearGryllsBra. grin

Will get all my woollywool out tomorrow and have a play, and hopefully my crochet mojo will have returned! along with my running mojo

You are doing a wonderful job with these blankies may I say so?

<round of applause>

NellVarnish Sat 22-Sep-12 00:05:16

Poster? POSTER? Pistey!


KnottyLocks Sat 22-Sep-12 06:42:23

Don'y you worry, she's been called worse wink

rubycon Sat 22-Sep-12 10:10:54

Thanks to my lovely donor I have received 4 balls of wool this morning

Cloud Blue

thank you - thanks

Wolfcub Sat 22-Sep-12 10:12:00

they sound like beautiful colours ruby

My cucumber patch order has just arrived. I though I was ordering silver grey, but it is pale pink confused www.cucumberpatch.co.uk/cashmerino_dk1.htm

I'll keep it but its a bit annoying.

nickeldaisical Sat 22-Sep-12 10:42:04

"Don'y you worry, she's been called worse wink"

loon springs to mind <whistles nonchalantly>

prettybird Sat 22-Sep-12 11:30:40

Glaikit I've been caught by exactly that colour myself - although it wasn't from Cucumberpatch and when I bought I thought it was cream! confused

KnottyLocks Sat 22-Sep-12 11:32:31

I'm at the point where I now stick the colour code into google to check to see how it's shown on other sites. Prevented a couple of near squeaks that way!

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 11:35:56

Yup, remember when I ended up with some yellow that I thought was going to be cream or something? I mean bright yellow. I later found on another site that they displayed the colour names rather than just number. Colour was called 'banana' or something equally helpful.

It's fine, but I was planning a boy blanket.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Sep-12 13:56:37

<ignores NickelKFS>

Um... Fizzy, what woolly wool are you using?

nickeldaisical Sat 22-Sep-12 14:01:34

<think that should be ignoresnickelSFK>

I can't decide what wool to use.

are we allowed to use Acrylic?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Sep-12 14:05:34

KFS...Yes! Stylecraft Special DK yarn is recommended for this, tis really lovely, and doesn't squeak, unless apparently one is in Antigua. Are in you in Antigua?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Sep-12 14:06:55

Nickel, here tis a right bargain too My fave is plum btw smile

KnottyLocks Sat 22-Sep-12 14:13:45

Masons also stock it: even cheaper smile

Db cashmerino pistey, was a bargain! Or so I thought!

Although, I'm doing cotton at the minute! Just saw the bargain on cucumber patch and thought I'd stock up! It's a compulsion. I need help. <awaits intervention>

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-12 14:37:35

The first step is admitting you have a problem, Glaikit. So let me help: you don't have a problem. Hee hee.

IWantAChipButty Sat 22-Sep-12 14:39:08

I have just spotted this and would love to join in. I'm not that talented but could manage some granny squares if that's OK? I might have a go at knitting but its been awhile!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 22-Sep-12 14:43:04

Welcome on board ChipButty, we'd love to have you wit