Woolly Hugs: Little Hugs for Little People. Crafting continued!

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KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 18:16:22

Our project launch thread can be found here

This is an ongoing project. Thanks to the amazing efforts of crafters and donors, to date we have received 38 wonderful Little Hugs. Our first batch have been sent to Yorkhill Hospital today smile

Photographs of our Little Hugs can be found on our Woolly Hugs website and on our Facebook page, MNWoollyHugs.

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

This is the continuation of Phase 1 of the project.
We are developing contacts for 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.
Without our donors, our projects really wouldn't happen. You are as vital to them as the crafters and materials. Bless you. smile

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

SoupDragon Thu 18-Oct-12 18:23:02

<<shoves hook into sofa to reserve space>>

PurplePidjin Thu 18-Oct-12 18:23:23


HappyTurquoise Thu 18-Oct-12 18:33:27

Squidge up, Pidge. grin

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Thu 18-Oct-12 18:36:51

<shuffles up sofa and passes brew>

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 18:37:38

<plonks self down>

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 18:37:41

Tis more of a wine day here smile

Wolfcub Thu 18-Oct-12 18:39:20

it's definitely a wine day here or possibly something much stronger

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 18:50:45

<strokes rum bottle>

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Oct-12 18:54:55


I have two crochet hooks behind my ear, 3 rows of knit stitch upstairs and a video of a chrochet butterfly on my lap top.

Once I have these kids in bed I will be back on at that lovely pink wool!

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 18:55:21

Ooh is it that kind of thread!? <swigs from JD bottle>

brew wine biscuit [rum]

Have I brought enough supplies to satisfy all tastes? Can I stay?

Woolfey Thu 18-Oct-12 19:22:57

Definitely a wine wine [Green and blacks butterscotch choccie] [pizza] [vodka] evening!!
Barbara add a vodka for me and I think we're sorted grin

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 19:23:32

Babs, you can stay grin

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 19:24:16

Hang about, Fizzy and drink? confused

Could get hairy.

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 19:24:55

<shakes pom poms for MrsDV>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 19:25:21

Evening [spiced rum and ice]

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 19:29:47

I feel I have gained an unfair reputation!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 19:31:22



KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 19:32:42

<also thinking >

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 19:46:59


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 20:02:18

<avoids sitting on Soupy's hook>

Deadline for the second batch is to be last posting on Saturday 1st December, do PM me for the address for posting when you are ready thanks

Twas great to see the Little Hugs going off today, be even better when we hear of their safe arrival tomorrow grin wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 20:11:51

Actually Babs - can you stick gin in too? There are times when only a G&T will do daaaaahling smile

Somersaults Thu 18-Oct-12 20:14:09

I'm here. More of a chocolate person than a wine person. Where's the chocolate icon? I have a box of orange matchmakers that I plan to much my way through tonight.

[Green and blacks butterscotch choccie] [pizza] [vodka] [ordinary chocolate][Gin & Tonic]

Phew, it's hard work entertaining you lot. I need a wine

Somersaults Thu 18-Oct-12 20:25:28

But we're good company though... Worth the effort.

Jules146 Thu 18-Oct-12 20:35:42

wine cheers everyone! How many Little Hugs got sent off Pistey? Let's hope they get there ok smile

Birnamwood Thu 18-Oct-12 21:42:56

Marking place so I don't lose you all.

I have wine and posh crisps <offers round crisps but holding the bag a liiittle too tightly>, oh and chocolate orange with popping candy smile

Budge up! I have a woolly hug, DS'S blanket, a Christmas shawl and some fabric Christmas decs under my arm.
<pokes knotty with knitting needle> whoops-sorry knotty!

I have a fat free yoghurt (dieting) which just isn't cutting it. Also have a rather large bag of 9 100g balls...think I got carried away when ordering. MrsDeVere there is also a pink theme going on with 5 of the balls lol.

HappyTurquoise Thu 18-Oct-12 22:40:30

<goes to get a low fat yogurt and something to crochet.>

Somersaults Fri 19-Oct-12 07:13:07

We're having to buy storage space for my wool stash this weekend as it has grow from a knitting bag with about 3 50g balls in at any one time, just enough to make whatever I was knitting for DD, to 17 100g balls of Stylecraft, 14 balls of Something I can't remember the brand, two donor balls of DB at the moment, plus the three balls for DD, and a knitting bag just isn't cutting it anymore. And you ladies are entirely to blame. I didn't need encouragement yet there you were with your links to multipacks of Stylecraft and lovely ripple blanket pictures, and links to attic24 and Little Tin Bird...

My DH hates you all.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 19-Oct-12 07:49:46

Well with our UPS tracking, we can see the Little Hugs have arrived in Glasgow this morning. Just need to get to the hospital now smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 19-Oct-12 07:55:22

<waves at Somersaults DH>


Hooray for UPS!

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Oct-12 08:05:34

Awww, Little Hugs have landed smile

Woolfey Fri 19-Oct-12 08:05:53

My DH had similar murderous thoughts towards you all until I made him look at the woollyhugs website and then he changed his mind and he has even liked you all on facebook! Think it might also have been something to do with the fact that I crocheted him a scarf so he didn't feel left out grin

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Oct-12 08:06:19

Perhaps we need to teach your DH how to knit, Somer grin

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Oct-12 08:07:15

Murderous thoughts? Towards us harmless little woolly folk?

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Fri 19-Oct-12 08:07:23

Woolfey, dp was very very hmm when the first squares started arriving here. Then i told him why...

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Oct-12 08:12:25

My DH is totally resigned to it all now. He makes fun of me sitting there 'knitting' hmm most evenings. But he is immensely proud of what Woolly Hugs and the blanketeers do, bless him.

Of course he has no idea how big my wool and fabric stash actually is grin

SoupDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 08:22:00

Murderous thoughts towards a group of people armed with sharp pointy metal objects...? HOw brave grin

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Fri 19-Oct-12 08:40:18

Dp doesn't fuss about my stash, and i don't complain when he watches football (and tries to talk to me about it) grin

Maybe we could set up a support thread for "knitting widowers" lol. My DH is very "minimalist" and nearly had heart failure when a big parcel of wool arrived. I have to hide it behind the sofa wink

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 19-Oct-12 09:37:31

Dh just shakes his head and sighs at my wool stash. Not going to get much done today, car has to go to the garage, my friend just had a baby so I'm going for snuggles then I'm out tonight with the girlies (might be messy). Probably can write off tomorrow too come to think of it!

Birnamwood Fri 19-Oct-12 09:43:19

My dp doesn't know about my stash


workhouse Fri 19-Oct-12 10:21:24

I would like to make a little hug for the next batch, when I have finished my squares. Is it o.k to just get on with it ?

I will check in with wool choice when I have found something nice. I was thinking I would do a ripple blanket in a thicker weight cotton, if I can find one that doesn't break the bank! any ideas anyone? wine

workhouse Fri 19-Oct-12 10:23:24

Actually I'm not wine now, I'm brew. Got a bit carried away.

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Oct-12 10:31:46

Workhouse, have a look at Kemps bargain section. They quite often have cotton yarn at good prices.

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Oct-12 10:32:26

And yes, you can just get on with it grin

prettybird Fri 19-Oct-12 10:41:45

Marking my place wine

workhouse Fri 19-Oct-12 10:49:31

Thanks Knottylocks, I will have a bit of a browse around Kemps and Blacksheep and the other big wool sites tonight. With a nice wine of course smile

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 19-Oct-12 11:47:23

Waiting for my car. So doing some shopping online. Should I get the attic24 pack?? The shipping on country crafts is £8.30 which makes it dearer that deramores. Unless anyone has a code? The 20% off isn't working anymore.

And I did promise myself after 2 little hugs I'd treat myself!

SoupDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 11:51:22

Of course you should get the Attic24 pack plus whatever you need to make it up to free shipping.

SoupDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 11:53:37

Masons comes out at £29.50 incl shipping. Assuming you're in the UK.

SoupDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 11:54:37

RAV2012 gives 10% off at Deramores.

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 19-Oct-12 12:07:47

Hee hee! I've got that buzzy feeling you get when your just done something you probably shouldn't have! I'm getting a free book from deramores, and country crafts don't do free shipping and are on holiday until next week, so I'm afraid deramores got my order!!

They have a 15% off code this week for any wool blend yarn for wool week LOVEWOOL obviously didn't work for the systole craft as its a relic, but if anyone else is looking for woolly loveliness maybe have a look <bad influence> spend over £25 to get a free book, I've no idea what book it is but it's free <sucker>

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 19-Oct-12 12:08:55

No no no stop with the codes now I've ordered <fingers in ears> la la la la la. grin

SoupDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 12:10:30

Meh... just order more using the code...

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 19-Oct-12 12:12:16

Ah well! £3 isn't a huge amount anyway. And I'm getting a free book!

I'm waiting for my donor wool from the amazing, whatevertheweather we are tag teaming the little hugs, and she has chosen the wool, I just have to come up with the blanket.

I have wool stashed in lots of places, currently making a pair of gloves for DH and searching for wool to make him a beard. Also just finished my5boys square it will be sent off shortly.

Dh will call it knitting though, I crochet, he thinks its funny. And actually said yesterday that crochet was knitting and we should call it knitting and stop trying to be different.

KnottyLocks Fri 19-Oct-12 13:02:12

Fan, that is what DH does : thinks it funny. I haven't actually told him crochet is also called hooking or he'd be unflippingbearable.

nickeldaisical Fri 19-Oct-12 13:31:58

signing in!

nickeldaisical Fri 19-Oct-12 13:39:26

i managed to get a whole row done last night while ignoring DD's whingeing

i think i should have gone for a square, because it really doesn't look like a blanket now. sad

the tiger bit in the middle looks okay, but the blanket part looks a total mess 9baggy and frilly rather than square and flat).
i don't know what to do. do i carry on and hope it looks workable? or do I just stop and start again doing a tiger square like Pidj posted?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 19-Oct-12 14:13:53

Well, good news, the Little Hugs have been delivered to Yorkhill Children's Foundation!! I am feeling a combination of delight and relief grin

And now I feel I need to share the term 'hooker' with MrKnots <arf>

Nickel - I don't really know what to say, sorry am useless sad

Could you post a pic and let one of the experts take a look, and see if they have any advice?

nickeldaisical Fri 19-Oct-12 14:55:57

grin that the first blankets have arrived! grin

I think I might just finish it and then do an orange and black stripey one for the next one.
Not ripples, just plain.
(but in rows, I think)(with a border)

then send the tiger one anyway and see what you think.

I've left it at home so can't photo, but will try to bring it tomorrow and upload then

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Fri 19-Oct-12 15:21:30

Yay that they've arrived safely <flashback to drama of Edgar's getting list in a Royal Fail warehouse for a week>

And yay, I finished my celestial border. Just need to get round to going to the PO now...

CamperWidow Fri 19-Oct-12 16:49:19

Clicking in! Got to finish a scarf for a friends little boy - tractor treads! - and hubby has decided he wants a jigsaw blanket for the Camper, but I am determined to do some squares to add some variety in what I'm doing!!!

Somersaults Fri 19-Oct-12 19:43:32

Yay! Little Hugs have landed!

And DH can apparently knit. But he knits very tightly, so he tells me!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 19-Oct-12 19:54:02

Look forward to receiving a square from him smile

Somersaults Fri 19-Oct-12 20:48:46

Hmmmm. I wouldn't hold your breath. He moans he doesn't get enough hobby time for his own hobbies as it is!

Although I think he appreciates that the squares are a great thing to do. I just think he thinks I do them on his behalf too!

HappyTurquoise Fri 19-Oct-12 20:50:40

wine Cheers to everyone who made a little hug that made it onto the first batch!

Mirage Fri 19-Oct-12 20:53:16

Has my box turned up yet? I posted it on Monday.

HappyTurquoise Fri 19-Oct-12 21:02:13

I posted on Wednesday second class, so it will be another day or two.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 19-Oct-12 21:35:42

Evening wine Worry not smile and heartfelt thanks thanks

Lovely Little Hugs arriving safely today - do check MNWoollyHugs on Facebook to see their photos... Many thanks

thanks HappyTurquoise Beautiful sunny crochet, just gorgeoise thanks

thanks TheWonderfulFanny Super snuggly Little Hug in cotton, cream beige and red thanks

And yes Mirage Huge thanks. Safely here, your thanks are on the crafting for Yorkhill's fundraiser thread which is here It was certainly a boxful of treasure, and all arrived in tact smile Pictures too on our Facebook page, do have a look.

And thank you X

SoupDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 22:11:50

Well, I've finished the fugly adorable thing at last!

Somersaults Fri 19-Oct-12 22:13:53

HappyTurquoise, how did you join your sunny Little Hug? Was it joined as you went along? It looks lovely however you did it and I'd like mine to end up lovely too smile

HappyTurquoise Fri 19-Oct-12 22:25:21

I did it by joining the squares in rows, then joined the rows together. Where I joined the rows together, there's a bit of a ridge when it lays flat (it is a flattering photo, thank you!)

HappyTurquoise Fri 19-Oct-12 22:36:21

There's a Youtube video...www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKtsvIVqaRk&feature=share
That says it is 'as you go'.

HappyTurquoise Fri 19-Oct-12 22:40:50

Well, it's a bit like that! But instead of joining the way she did, I put the long stitiches (Trc?) into the 'gaps' to maintain the checkerboard pattern. Not sure if I did have a video for it, or just watched what I could and then went by trial and error.

skiffler Sat 20-Oct-12 08:53:33

Just found new thread (more wine, less [crochet] than I was expecting...). So pleased to hear that the Little Hugs made it.

I'm starting to feel the urge for a ripple blanket now - I've never done one before. But I don't have much in the way of pretty colours, and I was supposed to be using up my stash, not adding to it... What to do?

KnottyLocks Sat 20-Oct-12 08:56:35

Buy stuff grin

KnottyLocks Sat 20-Oct-12 08:57:13


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 20-Oct-12 09:09:39


Still feeling the call of the Masons pack

KnottyLocks Sat 20-Oct-12 09:24:14

Do it!

KnottyLocks Sat 20-Oct-12 09:25:13

I may have the devil inside today . prob best to ignore me.

KnottyLocks Sat 20-Oct-12 09:25:50

<strokes Attic24 pack lovingly >

MrsDeVere Sat 20-Oct-12 09:54:00

Just want to pass on a couple of knitting tips
1. Don't 'just try and finish that sqaure' post Valium and during Stand up to Fucking Cancer. It will only lead to 'Where the fuck did that come from' the following morning.
2. Those lovely yellow plastic vintage needles? Yeah whatever, lovely until they snap because you know, vintage means OLD.

Please carry on. I may be back later.....

skiffler Sat 20-Oct-12 10:03:26

So, supposing I were to listen to the devil (aka KnottyLocks) and buy an Attic24 pack - how many Little Hugs would those 17 balls of woolly goodness make?

<eyes up attic24 pack that has mysteriously placed itself in my Deramores shopping basket...>

Trazzletoes Sat 20-Oct-12 10:14:47

Ahem <slinks in on tummy looking amazed at the crafting abilities on the thread> thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you x 1,000,000.

DS is on the sofa, snuggled under his Little Hug. It brought a smile to his beautiful face, which is no mean feat these days.

Thank you xxx

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 20-Oct-12 10:27:46

Aw trazzle, I'm so glad to hear that. I've been lurking on your other thread, but I a big splodge of light coming from Scotland. After your posts the other day about hats, I've been looking at funky hat patterns. I have loads of wool in my stash doing nothing. I'm happy to try to knock something wearable up.

Speaking of my ever growing stash! My attic24 pack arrived today! And my free book is a book of 20 mug hugs!! I secretly wanted the Christmas one, but hey no, it was free!

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 20-Oct-12 10:32:06

100s skiffler its massive! Dh may have just had a heart attack when I opened it. I just stepped over him! I think he is still breathing!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 20-Oct-12 10:35:54

Oh Trazzle I am so glad the Little Hug has arrived safely and is already in use, so moved to know it has made him smile. Bless him, hug for you my lovely and a gentle one for him.

My splodge of light is as bright as ever.

(I won't be making him a hat btw, you wouldn't thank me for it, neither would he! i am always looking with amazement at the crafting ability of others smile)


nickeldaisical Sat 20-Oct-12 10:58:24

yeay Trazzle! grin

glad he's enjoying it smile

Mirage Sat 20-Oct-12 12:43:34

Hurray,I'm glad it arrived ok-sorry,I didn't know there was another thread.smile
Trazzle I'm glad that your DS is enjoying his little hug.

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Sat 20-Oct-12 12:47:45

Phew, my hug arrived. blush for the lateness though. Shall try and get another over for December.

I was planning on cross-stitching into the centre panel, but I haven't done any since school and had to be cut free from the first attempt, so thought it was safer to leave it grin

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 20-Oct-12 15:30:31

Does anyone know if there is an knitting equivalent to the attic24 blanket? Or should I just go stripey?

workhouse Sat 20-Oct-12 19:38:32

Hi all, has anyone used this cotton yarn, Rico Creative Cotton Aran, for a little hug? They have it here www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/rico-creative-cotton-aran-all-colours?utm_source=ravelry&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ravelry-yarn
The colours are so lovely and it's machine washable. There are several baby blankets using it on Ravelry so it should be o.k. Sorry for the masssive link.

skiffler Sat 20-Oct-12 19:41:45

Ripple is just increases and decreases, so no reason why not. Hang on...

Here's a knitted pattern that has a ripple effect. The pattern is called feather and fan, and I imagine there are probably hundreds of examples out there.

Ooh that's a tempting price Workhouse! And lovely colours. Watching with interest. Looks like it might have a tendency to be a bit splitty?

workhouse Sat 20-Oct-12 20:11:24

Yes...I'll have to concentrate hard on my knitting! There are several mentions that it is soft though, which is good, so I think I'll go for it.

HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 21:12:41

workhouse I have used some, or very similar, and lovely and soft, however it is a bit splitty. Also, being cotton, it has no stretch, so if your work like mine was) tends to be on the tight side, you will need to introduce a lot of extra 'give' by feeding extra yarn into each stitch, iyswim. It is a cure for working too tightly, though!

bobkate Sat 20-Oct-12 21:17:29

I really can't seem to do posting and catching up on threads and knitting all at the same time so as I've come to a quick pause point I'm shoving my head in whilst I can grin.
Love love loved seeing the UPS pics, and the photos of all the little hugs wrapped and ready to go. So proud to be contributing in an albeit slow and very small way.
I have also completed my squares for the blanket for My5 so I'll pm you Pistey for posting details.
Trazzles - lovely to hear your boy is snuggled under his blanket, thinking of you x

workhouse Sat 20-Oct-12 21:54:30

HappyTurquoise i'm going to order a few balls and if it's not right for a little hug I will make dishcloths for Christmas. There... I've persuaded myself smile

HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 22:02:47

yay! (I am making round dishcloths and using them as jam pot covers for home made jam for Christmas. And if anyone I know is reading this, sorry to spoil the surprise pm me and tell me who you are! hmm )

RICO creatice cotton - yes I have a few balls following yday's shop at Get Knitted - they rave about it as it is like Rowan Handknit but way cheaper.
Just about to have a practise learning to crochet with the RICO. Glad you like the wool Workhouse - great to hear from a mumsknitter.

Oh dear my typos - I am not wearing my specs!

MOSagain Sun 21-Oct-12 10:46:25

morning all. Lots of woolly treasure purchased at Bluewater yesterday although had to hide it as think DH might not be too amused.

A quick question about the types of wool. I've only ever used the DB Cashmerino(sp?) DK which is up to £5 a ball but just noticed about the Stylecraft which looks a lot cheaper. Can they be used together though?

Have finished the square for baby Dexter which I'll send tomorrow and ploughing ahead with mini hugs, a blanket for DS which he wants for his birthday and a mini mini hug for DD's doll for Christmas. Am wondering if I'm getting RSI?

MOSagain Sun 21-Oct-12 11:07:18

ooh, meant to say, went to a charity fundraiser last night for GOSH and whilst speaking to the mum of the little one treated at GOSH she said they didn't have blankets there just sheets. Her little boy had been at a local hopsital before being transferred to GOSH and she had got a blanket from there but would have loved one from GOSH where he had his lifesaving surgery. Maybe that is one for a future project?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 21-Oct-12 11:13:58

Morning chums brew

The stylecraft special DK is fabulous, and amazingly cheap, the majority of the Little Hugs so far have been made using it, and they are super snuggly. Really good value. The DB cash and the others we use for the full hugs are much better quality wools with completely different make ups. I would say no to combining because although both are machine washable the two types could wash and wear differently, and the quality and effect blanket could be affected very quickly. I know before recently adding yarns to the list we use for the full hugs, that Knotty did a thorough wash test. I say keep them separate.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 21-Oct-12 11:28:44

Xposts MOS, interesting about GOSH, thought they did blankets, sheets sound intriguing though, but thank you, yes something to think about thanks Hope the fundraiser went well smile

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 12:10:23

The DB/Rowan was originally picked as something lovely and long-lasting for the big blankets, with the idea that each person would only need one ball. The mini hugs are a different concept altogether smile

SoupDragon Sun 21-Oct-12 12:44:20

I think Lucy of Attic24 has used that Rico for her bag or something.

SoupDragon Sun 21-Oct-12 12:45:25

I suspect even the power of MN isn'e able to supply all the children's wards in the country. Unfortunately.

I am half way through a primary colour little hug and have done an intarsia heart. I would like to make another 3-4 intarsia style squares, maybe a star, a flower and an animal one, but can't seem to find anythig online. Can anyone point me in the right direction please ?

HappyTurquoise Sun 21-Oct-12 13:01:24

The DH is rather lovely.
It's a bit tricky using a 4mm bamboo hook, though. Hoping the shops near me get stocked up again soon. (The Debbie Bliss was the only yarn on the list I could get at local wool shop, so if you were thinking of expanding the list to other merinos, that would be fab.)

HappyTurquoise Sun 21-Oct-12 13:05:45

Sorry DB (debbie bliss)! Auto correct strikes again!

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 13:27:41

HaveTo, have a look on the woolly hugs site. Lots of the textured squares would adapt well to intarsia smile

OK thanks Purple

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 14:34:16

okay, here is my Little Hug so far.

fluffy tiger

I have two options

1) carry on as I'm going and hope that it'll look less fluffy as it gets bigger (I will be ending on a couple of orange/black stripey rows)
2) undo all the way to the edge of the Tiger head. Finish off and make a bog-standard granny square, and sew the tiger head on to the middle. (the colourway would be the same - green/beige/brown/cream yarn with black/orange stripey border)

what do you think?
If you all think it's better to do option 2, I will do.

MOSagain Sun 21-Oct-12 15:23:45

Pistey think they had sheets at GOSH simply because they didn't have any lovely little blankets

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 15:35:43

I would frog to the row where you've squared the circle, then revise your calculations - looks like you've got a combination of too many stitches across each side, and corner stitches being too short. How many sts round is your largest circle?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 21-Oct-12 15:46:55

I saw the most gorgeous brushed cotton sorta stuff when I went fabric shopping MOS, I had visions of tiny little sheet cover things.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 15:51:53

Pistey, PidjChick's clever granny has made him some - if i get a chance, i will get some more and use it on one side with fleece on the other smile

MOSagain Sun 21-Oct-12 16:13:25

pistey shhhh, don't tell anyone but I got all teary last night when I saw the little baby who had his surgery at GOSH and was imagining him with one of our blankets <mos goes to pull herself together>

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 17:17:17

pidj. the last circle before i made corners is 96 stitches. but i think that row has too few stitches because it looks really stretched

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 17:18:47

oh, and i think my stitches are too many on the last two rows of tiger.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 17:29:27

96 sts = 4 sides of 24 sts each.

Triple treble clusters in the corners

From corner:

4 double trebles, 3 trebles, 3 half trebles, 3 doubles, 3 half trebles, 3 trebles, 4 double trebles

Triple treble corner.

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 17:32:55

one into each stitch? what if my corner isn't in a corner?

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 17:34:40

frogging commences.


PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 17:47:08

Yes, one into each stitch.

Corner will pull into shape on the 2nd round. I would V stitch (triple, ch1, triple) rather than clusters on each corner. For the 2nd round, you can just do rows of tc/whatever stitch you pick then V in the corner. Or try and work granny clusters evenly across <head may explode at arithmetic required>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 21-Oct-12 18:00:12

Awwww.... Operation Save the Tiger is under way

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 21-Oct-12 18:01:44

So we have our crocheted tiger, who is doing the knitted dragon???

SoupDragon Sun 21-Oct-12 18:03:33

This dragon doesn't knit.

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 18:04:49

dh is just helping me wind the yarn

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 21-Oct-12 18:10:11
PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 18:12:50

This Pidj doesn't knit neither, but I popped a crochet square suggestion upthread, which could be the basis for a giant granny?

SoupDragon Sun 21-Oct-12 18:16:57

Was that on the original thread, Pidj?

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 18:39:21

first row complete grin

definitely just do normal in 2nd row?
don't have to do more of the small stitches?

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 18:47:58

Oh. Yeah. It'll be a bit buried by now blush

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 18:48:48

Your circle is now squared, carry on as normal crosses fingers

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 18:52:51

if it's the one that you described as well as a bear fir 6" square then i copied it into word. but i won't be able to get it until I'm at work tomorrow

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 18:53:57

it looks a bit tight around the corner. but i did a single treble so I've pulled it undone and am doing 3 trebles now.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 19:09:32

Yes that's the one <phew>

Whatever works, tbh grin

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 19:37:32

i can pm it to soupy tomorrow then .
or whoever want it.

I'll deep how it looks at the end of th e row.
thank you, you're a genius thanks

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 20:08:30

I hope you're doing double and triple trebles, not normal ones, you need the height so it squares out neatly...

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 21:26:09

each, you said normal after the first row! shock

so it should be doubles on the edges and tripled in the corner?

nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 21:28:55

i followed your exact instructions fir the first row. i even wrote it down.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 21:48:46

No no, long stitches in the corners on row 1 to square the circle then even lengths for rows 2+ (doesn't matter which stitch as long as you're consistent iyswim)


nickeldaisical Sun 21-Oct-12 22:24:09

phew! yes, that's what I've done grin

Somersaults Sun 21-Oct-12 23:48:07

Week from hell coming up at work this week so I'm likely to be fairly absent and unlikely to get much done in the way of crochet on this or my other Woolly Hug projects.

Normal service shall commence with the arrival of half term on Friday smile

Somersaults Sun 21-Oct-12 23:49:07

*shall recommence.

as if I've ever been normal

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 08:21:43

Piccies please, Nickel!

Good luck, Somersaults, see you on the other side thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Oct-12 08:25:34

Morning Woolly Chums brew smile

Looking forward to seeing this tiger!

<waves> Sorry I've not been around much lately. I had an exam on Weds afternoon so was frantically revising. Hoping to work on dd's blanket this week and during half term and then pick up again after that. Though if I get a bit bored with doing hers I'll slip in some other stuff.

SoupDragon Mon 22-Oct-12 09:23:23

Are the mini hugs and the squares for 5boys to be sent to the same place?

KnottyLocks Mon 22-Oct-12 09:36:04

Morning all smile

Apologies for being absent : chaotic weekend and now work today. Will be back later.

CamperWidow Mon 22-Oct-12 12:02:51

Afternoon all!

I have just recieved by beautiful donation in the post and I've now got to spend hours trying to find a pattern to do it justice!!!


nickeldaisical Mon 22-Oct-12 12:14:47

here's the corner
and what i've done on rows so far.
it's curly now, but it should even out.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 12:29:07


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Oct-12 13:02:01

Good news Camper, glad it has arrived safely smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Oct-12 13:03:44

Love the tiger X

I've almost finished Hug no 2 - Dd wanted be to do a two coloured spiral, but I couldn't get the hang of that all, so found a four coloured pattern, then have made it up to fill in the corners and get each side to be the same length more or less. So I now have three more rows of the border to do, and then sew in some ends forgot that I could crochet them in as I go along blush. So that's another one almost ready for posting smile.

Someone asked further back how far the stylecraft multipack goes - the answer is very far indeed - I reckon I could manage 6 18 inch square little hugs in treble crochet, more if I do granny squares. When I've finished this one, I'll weigh it and Do Some Sums.

Did someone request a dragon?

SoupDragon Mon 22-Oct-12 13:59:35

It has to be a knitted dragon to go with the crocheted tiger...

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 22-Oct-12 14:10:51

I'm trying to knit a dragon, however I've never knitted in the round before so it might just be a snake!!

I've finished my first mini-hug - it's on my profile stealth boast.

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 22-Oct-12 15:26:35

Looks fab SDTG! Looks like the block busters board! I'll have a p please bob!!

Lolol - you're right, it does!

nickeldaisical Mon 22-Oct-12 15:45:15

that's fab STDG smile

talking of retro-stuff:
is anyone able to knit/crochet Tetris blankets?
that's all the rage at the moment grin

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 22-Oct-12 15:48:32

Should be easy enough to do with fairisle/intarsia. I was thinking that fairisle would do a decent space invaders motif the other week!

You could do a tetris one out of crocheted granny squares.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 16:00:24

Or that log cabin knitting thing lots of people like because there's no sewing?

Love it, SDTG, I'll have a t please, Bob brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Oct-12 16:16:02

So delighted, just had an email from our friends at Yorkhill!

"Just to let you know that I received the beautiful woolly hugs today. They are absolutely amazing, thank you so much.....I am sure the families will appreciate these so much."

She says that they will be passed on to Family Support, and then onto families, hopefully as early as this week. There are families in Yorkhill right now in very dark times who will be receiving comfort, support and love through your Little Hugs. I feel teary but so happy too. Everyone should be so proud of what they have done, the care, compassion, love, generosity and time folk put in was truly awesome, and you are continuing to do so, bless you X

Thank you doesn't really seem enough sometimes, but thank you thanks

MOSagain Mon 22-Oct-12 17:09:48

wine cheers and of course thanks to you and knotty for organising it all. Without you there would be no woolly hugs

I am thinking about this dragon grin

nickeldaisical Mon 22-Oct-12 17:18:37

that is amazing ! grin

that would make a fantastic woolly hug!

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 22-Oct-12 17:20:54

I looked at that one too! I actually heard the swoosh as it went over my head!

nickeldaisical Mon 22-Oct-12 17:20:55

ooh oooh ooh but !!

it's a dragon applique! (in crochet, not knitting, but still!)

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 22-Oct-12 17:24:42

Although, I've just scrolled to the botto and can see how it's made up, I could leave the head til last! The other bits look easy enough.

nickeldaisical Mon 22-Oct-12 17:24:43
PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 17:30:43

Is there any way we could suggest that the "crochet tiger knitted dragon" blankets go to twins/siblings, or would that be over-stepping the mark?

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 22-Oct-12 17:36:36

It would be hard to explain why, in their time of distress, the blanket they are given has a fire breathing dragon on it!! However, if all the blankets are packaged up with cards and wash I struck ions it might be ok!

I bet that, even when sick, there are kids who would love to have their own dragon - to scare away their fears, maybe.

It will be a challenge but I will have a go when I have finished my current hug.

nickeldaisical Mon 22-Oct-12 22:23:37

yes, a dragon would be very good to protect its owner. smile

KnottyLocks Mon 22-Oct-12 22:38:27

I love the crochet tiger, knitted dragon smile

CamperWidow Tue 23-Oct-12 09:13:35

Well, I have started my first square in daisy stitch following the link from the Woolly Hugs website. My main panic now is it won't be wide enough, it is only just 6". Should be ok with a little stretch!!!! Really need to go and buy a tape measure methinks!

skiffler Tue 23-Oct-12 11:05:59

Woo-hoo! Large pack stylecraft wool has arrived! The colours are gorgeous; if anyone's still wondering if they need this - yes, you do!

Just need to find somewhere to hide it from DH now...

(love crochet tiger, knitted dragon!)

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 23-Oct-12 16:24:12

Love the crochet tiger, knitted dragon smile

We have a lovely donor to thank this afternoon, we [heart] our donors, they are all stars thanks

thanks twofalls

SoupDragon Tue 23-Oct-12 18:13:42

Pistey, are the Mini hugs and the squares for Dexter's blanket both coming to you?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 23-Oct-12 18:26:11

Yes please Soupy thanks

MOSagain Tue 23-Oct-12 18:34:51

camper, I'm quite new to all this and when I first started I was told there are all sorts of variation on 6" wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 23-Oct-12 18:45:30

And that is very true lovely MOS smile

If it sretches to 6" Camper then it is all good [ThumbsUp]

And thank you

SoupDragon Tue 23-Oct-12 18:59:23

Not that I've finished my squares, obviously.

GlaikitFizZombie Tue 23-Oct-12 19:26:50

Right! I'm giving the dragon droitwichy linked to. Be prepared for swearing and wine gulping! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 23-Oct-12 19:37:00

Soupy, Somehow it would be rude if you had grin

Standing by Fizzy wine

Good luck Fizzy !

nickeldaisical Tue 23-Oct-12 22:27:09

jolly good show fizzzzzzzz ! grin

Somersaults Tue 23-Oct-12 22:40:37

Cant wait to see it Fizzy!

I'm thinking the whole crochet tiger knitted dragon idea is hilarious, very witty and incredibly MN all round.

CrochetTigerKnittedDragon Wed 24-Oct-12 10:23:36



CrochetTigerKnittedDragon Wed 24-Oct-12 10:30:52

<waves hook martial arts stylee>

I will get my minihug packed up, and intend to go to the post office and post it tomorrow, on my way to pick up my prescription. It's for the little white ones that keep me normal, and I have to get it tomorrow, so that means I will have to go past the post office - so am certain to get the parcel to the post. [optimistic]

Ow! <parries crochet hook with bodkin>

CamperWidow Wed 24-Oct-12 14:04:32

<Ducks under the flailing craft supplies and leaves applique scones to calm everyone down>

nickeldaisical Wed 24-Oct-12 15:08:29

I'm learning how to do Judy's magic cast on for knitting.
i actually worked out how to cast on normally, too, after spending weeks going "it doesn't work!" (i discovered I was trying to do it left-handed and i had originally learned it righthanded.<sob>)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Oct-12 15:21:20

A beautiful Little Hug arrived safely today thanks

thanks DancesWithWoolsEnPointe Gorgeous 9 square Little Hug of beautiful crochet and knitting in purples and pink. thanks

You are a star X
Just about to upload to our Facebook.

SoupDragon Wed 24-Oct-12 16:50:32

I got a free book from Deramores - Knitted boot cuffs.

I do not knit (and no I'm not learning!) sad

ANyone want it? Will post for free smile

Intrigued by boot cuffs! Would love the book soupy will pm you my address

GlaikitFizZombie Wed 24-Oct-12 19:22:12

I got knitted mug hugs from deramores! Guess what every one is getting this christmas ............ Socks! grin

GlaikitFizZombie Wed 24-Oct-12 19:29:11

There might be a small problem with with the knitted dragon. I left my set of circulars when I was at my folks last week, so mum posted them back to me last Thursday. They still haven't arrived back yet. Not only my lovely rosewood circulars but the bag also had my 3 and 4mm dpns and my brand new unused cable needle sad

I need good Royal Mail vibes.

GlaikitFizZombie Wed 24-Oct-12 19:29:38

Ooh smile

Oh no! Hope the dragon is underway soon shock

GlaikitFizZombie Wed 24-Oct-12 21:47:49

I can do the flat bits on my regular 4mm needles so working away on the stripy wing bits.

MrsDeVere Wed 24-Oct-12 21:55:39

I cant knit.
My arm is all poorly. Its no great loss to the world of wool but I really wanted to join in.
I hope it calms down soon sad

Oh no MrsDV! Hope it is better soon

MrsDeVere Wed 24-Oct-12 22:05:10

Its some sort of RSI thingywhatsit.
It comes on in the evenings which is when I knit.

I am hoping it will sod off. I haven't had it for ages.

MrsDeVere Wed 24-Oct-12 22:05:29

Thank you smile

KnottyLocks Wed 24-Oct-12 22:13:02

Oh RSI thingy is painful. Hope it is all buggered off very soon, MrsDV.

KnottyLocks Wed 24-Oct-12 22:14:31

Sorry not been around much today (maybe in a diiferent guise earlier on) but very sad Woolly Hugs business has kept us away.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Oct-12 07:47:27

We have a lovely donor to thank, we really appreciate your support, it makes all the difference thanks

thanks Whatevertheweather

You are a star X

workhouse Thu 25-Oct-12 12:01:07

Could I ask a question about the best size of little hugs? The Rico cotton has arrived, I have ordered five balls of different colours, and I am going to do this chevron blanket www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-baby-blanket but with a single strand not doubled as in the pattern.

Anyway, if I used up all the wool it would turn out quite large...and I wouldn't mind wool left over so that I can knit oddy things for Christmas.

So, is there a best, most useful, size for little hugs, or is anything good? I know that 18x18 is minimum. Thanks everyone smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Oct-12 12:15:58

That blanket is stunning workhouse, what a lovely thing you will be making for a family. How very kind X

At the moment we don't have a best most useful size, and anything over 18 inches is good. We have asked for feedback about the first batch from Family Services but not heard yet, other than a big thank you.

Really it comes down to how much time and energy you have to put into this, anything is so kind, you really are a star. thanks

There is much starry starriness all around, everyone is so amazing thanks Xx

nickeldaisical Thu 25-Oct-12 12:18:51

i've had too much time and energy - spent a whole evening upravelling and re-winding the wool!

my spiral hug has ended up all misshapen sad. I'm going to have to take it back to the original spiral, and properly work out the corners, as it currently doesn't lie flat sadsad. I think i might start something else, and leave it for a couple of days.

CamperWidow Fri 26-Oct-12 12:22:22

Ok, so back onto the suare having finished hubbys firrst jigsaw piece for his blanket! Nearly finished this one so I need to find another new lovely stitch to do for a nice square. What's everyones fav pattern/stitch? grin

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 13:11:18

Chinese waves is a nice one. You'll get it on the crafting guide ^^up there.

Needle delivery update:-
They have arrived! Yay! 9 days after being posted! So knitted dragon is back I. Business!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 13:12:41

Bless you for trying Midnight smile This is crochet innit? maybe take yourself off to Soupy and Pidj on the Team Hooker thread. I would link you but Arts and Crafts seems to have gone all weird and I'm on the phone.

Camper, I only know one stitch, garter, but is my favourite smile

Just posted some pics of a lovely, loverly Little Hug from SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius, beautiful crochet, beautiful colours, huge thanks to her thanks

Midnight - you could always join us on the knitting thread....

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Fri 26-Oct-12 15:35:40
GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 15:57:41

Has anyone done a "judys magic cast on" before? Remember I warned of swearing and wine swigging! It's starting!!

KnottyLocks Fri 26-Oct-12 16:43:06

That is before you've actually started , Fizzy

nickeldaisical Fri 26-Oct-12 16:47:31

Fizzy - I posted about that a little bit further up the thread.

I did a bit of swearing and frustration, but I worked it out (followed a youtube video) and figured it out in the end.

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 16:47:48

I can't do it <wails> there are loads of you tube vids, but my hands won't work like the lady's. it's like trying to learn piano all over again. Left hand can't do different from right!

nickeldaisical Fri 26-Oct-12 16:48:48
nickeldaisical Fri 26-Oct-12 16:50:13

right - I'll find you the one I used.

have you got a needle that's got two ends and a wire in the middle?
you need that.


but it's for toe-up socks, so I don't know how much use it is if you aren't doing socks....

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 16:51:08

I can't even do long tail cast on. On helpful video said if you can do long tail the magic cast on is a doddle! That wasn't very helpful!

nickeldaisical Fri 26-Oct-12 16:52:03

ps <rewind is your friend>

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 16:52:20

I'm doing the dragons mouth and teeth! So it's like a sock I suppose!

Thank you nickel!

nickeldaisical Fri 26-Oct-12 16:53:21

ignore that bit - i don't even know what longtail cast on is

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 17:00:59

Right once dh is home and can baby wrangle I'm going to a quiet room to master it! At least I understand what it's doing now!

Blimey, Pistey - I only posted that 28 hours ago!

Glaikit - I can show you the long tail cast-on the next time we meet, if you like.

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 17:32:06

Thank you SDTG. Mum has tried and failed numerous times in the past and more recently! Are you on for Monday?

Yes, as long as someone tells me where we are meeting. And I will stand in the corner for Not Paying Attention Properly. blush

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 17:38:08

I'm not sure on that either, but the Burrell was fine last time! I'm happy Togo there again.

The Burrell would be fine by me too - do we need to start a new thread or summat?

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 19:25:11

Probably! Would you like to do the honours? I have an appointment with judy and her magic cast on!

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 20:02:34

Do do doooo I've done a magic cast on, do do doooo a cast on round the floor! wine <congas>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 20:23:09

You all going to Togo now?

Can't wait to see this creation you know, tis exciting smile

SDTG - your Little Hug is absolutely gorgeous thanks

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 20:48:48

One dragon mouth and two nostrils done! They might be slightly skew whiff, but I think my puff was a rugby player in a previous life! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 20:54:33

Am all agog wine

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:22:18

Am I in the right place?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 21:25:58


GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 21:29:14

Frogged it. Went wrong and had and extra nostril sad or the chin was in the wrong place I'm not sure.

I might just get on with my squares for cup and leave the dragon to someone who understands

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:30:08

Is there any sirdar wool that can be used? As my local wool shop seems to stock this. But not DB or rowan wotsit.

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 26-Oct-12 21:36:00

If you are doing a whole little hug Flo you can use any wool you want. But if you just want to do squares to be incorporated in a joint blanket then y need to stick with what's in the op here.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 21:36:35

Flo, If you can make a whole Little Hug then you can use whichever wool you like as long as it is machine washable and soft. If you want to contribute squares then we need them to be the wools given for consistency you see. Have you looked at any of the online companies for wool deliveries? That might make it easier?

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:50:42

I wasn't sure of the sublime one u mentioned was a sirdar, Google wasn't very clear.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Oct-12 22:00:18

Glaikit if your wings are fine hang onto them and I can have a go at the body if you like.

Flojo1979 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:05:56

But a lot of websites say sirdar make it, if u Google 'sirdar sublime' it comes up with that wool. Oh well I guess I should pop along to the local wool shop and see if she stocks it!

HairyPotter Sat 27-Oct-12 08:39:22

Couldnt see a thread already, hope it's ok to start one,

Glasgow Woolly huggers meet up here
come and join us for coffee, cake and possibly a wee bit of knitting grin

KnottyLocks Sat 27-Oct-12 09:27:31

Morning smile

You're yarnbombing the boards today , Hairy grin

HairyPotter Sat 27-Oct-12 10:16:19

blush grin Thought I'd try and recruit more huggers. Did I mention the cake?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Oct-12 10:28:57

One day we will come and have cake!

KnottyLocks Sat 27-Oct-12 10:35:47

We certainly will smile

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 10:39:51

Cake, biscuits, frothy coffee, what's not to like!!

droitwitch I was thinking about my dragon disaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhster in the middle of the night. I was going good guns until row 7 then I got confused about picking up the wrap confused and the knitting it with the nest stitch. I'm not increasing there am I? Anyway the nostrils looked ok after that part row 1-22

Then the shaping of the snout I did the nostril side fine, but I still had 6 stitches on the top side when I followed the instructions to shape the bottom of the snout so the shaping was to the side of the mouth rather than the bottom. Does that make sense?

If anyone else wants to help/advise/point and laugh smile then this is the pattern

nickeldaisical Sat 27-Oct-12 11:29:24

this is the one i'm using
not that colour....
it's very smooth and lovely, but it's stranded rather than twisted and is thus a pita to crochet!

nickeldaisical Sat 27-Oct-12 11:30:32

that picture is not the proper wool - it looks fluffy and twisted, which it definitely isn't.
that's naughty.

nickeldaisical Sat 27-Oct-12 11:31:22
nickeldaisical Sat 27-Oct-12 11:34:13

Fizzy - i had to unpick my tiger.
tis only fair.

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 11:38:20

I'm going to try again tonight.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Oct-12 12:19:17

Fizzy - it won't even let me look at your picture! Even the computer knows how rubbish I am at knitting grin

A gorgeous granny square Little Hug has arrived safely from the lovely HappyTurquoise have just uploaded its photo to the Facebook page. Thank you so much HT, tis smashing thanks

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 12:21:10

It's a PDF pistey, that's maybe why, here is the ravelry link www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dragon-12

I'll have a look at it when i can get near the pc. Tge tablet & phone are useless at pdfs

Glaikit at the end of row 22 did you have a total of 36 stitches?

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 13:32:26

No 31 plus the 25 on the bottom

When you were picking up the wrap in rows 9, 10 and 11 did you pick up both of them in the same stitch? There is no increase on any of those rows as far as I can tell.

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 14:19:56

I'm not sure! Tbh I wasn't really sure if I was picking up the wrap, it was very difficult to see what was what. Is it an integral part of the nostril?? Could it be something I could leave out? <cheater>

That might be the problem. If you don't pick up the wrap(s) and knit it/them in on those 11 rows you may be increasing. That could explain your extra stitches. I'm sure you can do it! Just leave off the wine till afterwards..

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 16:54:06

Am I wrapping wrong then?

WT – wrap and turn. For a knit st, with yarn at the back, slip next st purlwise, bring yarn forward, slip st back to LH needle, then take yarn to the back again and turn work ready to purl next st. For a purl st, keeping yarn in front, slip next st purlwise, take yarn to back, slip st back to LH needle and bring yarn to front. Turn the work ready to knit next st.^

I'm wrapping g the slipped stitch rather than round the needle to make an increase.

There's going to be another Glasgow woolly hugs meetup on Monday (apologies for the last minute arrangements - I had forgotten about this). Anyone and everyone welcome - thread here.

I think that may be where your extra stitches have come from. I think it means it you have just done a knit stitch, slip the next stitch from left needle to right without knitting it, pop the wool through as if you were going to do a purl stitch next, slip the same stitch back from the right needle to the left, again do not knit it, then pop the wool back between the needles as if you were about to knit the next one. Does that make sense? The wrap stitch is not a stitch really but you are wrapping your wool around a stitch (sort of).
Have a few biscuit - it might help

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 17:40:24

Have some mars caramels, no nougat! Will use them to fortify myself. I'll see how it goes. It might be fine tonight!

Somersaults Sat 27-Oct-12 18:26:56

I love the Mars caramels!

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 20:32:17

Nostrils done proof will have a caramel then start the snout!

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 21:39:02

Snout done! Yayayayayayayayay woooooo hooooooo wine time! See pic on link above!

nickeldaisical Sat 27-Oct-12 21:47:28

blimey! you're a genius!
i forgot to bring my bag home so i didn't have anything to do sad

but i put press studs on a nappy wrap i made. grin

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 27-Oct-12 21:56:54

I think genius is over egging the pudding a bit! Dh just looked and went "uh huh" kinda burst my bubble a wee bit!

<waves pom poms>

Flojo1979 Sat 27-Oct-12 22:53:02

Awww I want cake to meet up! Next time make it a wkend then I will make the 3 hr trip up smile

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 28-Oct-12 08:31:11

I've now to start the forehead <wobble>

I hope you are through the worst part

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 28-Oct-12 09:24:59

Not sure about that droitwitch, I have to M1 in the next bit! Would it be sensible to put in a safety line??

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 28-Oct-12 10:50:47

Forehead done! I have just quickly read the next few bits and I've to crochet round the blanket bit. I'm going to nee intervention.

Note to self: always read full instructions prior to commencing project

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 28-Oct-12 11:47:34

Ok so we are now through mouth, nostrils, snout, forehead and eyebrows!!

ta dah

To bad for a first attempt and in the round eh?? <dances>

Flojo1979 Sun 28-Oct-12 12:18:11

So where or who is the teddy going to?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Oct-12 12:30:51

Teddy is going to Refuge I believe. A group of blanketeers have been making joint blankets for the refuge campaign - can't link but hopefully someone will. Soupy is compiling the crochet one and trib the knitted one, bless them.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Oct-12 12:31:48

This is going to so well smile I am so impressed!!

KnottyLocks Sun 28-Oct-12 13:43:22

Fizzy, that looks like a dragon! Woo hoo grin

fantastic Glaikit! really good job

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 28-Oct-12 16:48:51

Back of head and start of neck done!

Is it really bad that I think I should,list this as one of my greatest achievements?? Seriously, this time 8 months ago I couldn't knit a stitch at all, now I'm making bloody dragons! I am amazed! It's all down to you, you woolly huggers! <gets totes emosh>

that is one of the great things about the blanketeers. it pushes we crafters to try things we don't believe we can do

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 28-Oct-12 17:28:57


ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Sun 28-Oct-12 17:35:43

It probably pushes us to try things we really don't need to as well grin

Knitted dragon indeed...

<<whispers - I have a crocheted one on my ever expanding To Do list>>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 28-Oct-12 17:43:29

Gawd, I've dusted down my sewing machine, last used about 13 years ago and made a fabric quilt stylee Little Hug.

Stunned I am grin

I agree about being pushed to try things!

GlaikitFizZombie dragon is amazing, even more amazing that you couldn't knit 8 months ago, well done you smile

Flojo the Refuge Thread is here
There are blankets going as well as some bears grin you would be very welcome to get involved

Flojo1979 Sun 28-Oct-12 21:57:57

Thankyou just had a look now. Tbh I'm not really good enough for that. But i'll keep working on my 6" squares and hopefully get there!

Got some DB in a dark blue/purply colour, started with a Chinese waves one but it doesn't show up very well and seems a little drab for a little hug.
Where exactly are the little hugs sent?
Is yorkhill a children's hospital? 3 by 3 doesn't seem big enough for the older children?

Flojo1979 Sun 28-Oct-12 22:06:53

I got lost with the garter stitch edging and how u go about differentiating that from the middle!

GlaikitFizZombie Sun 28-Oct-12 23:14:57
Somersaults Mon 29-Oct-12 07:17:04

That is amazing Fizzy!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Oct-12 07:50:13

Thank you Flo,

The full name of the hospital is The Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill, see their Foundation's website, here it's in Glasgow, and they look after tiny babies right through to top end teens. We contacted a few hospitals when we were looking to launch Little Hugs, and very early on developed a lovely relationship with Yorkhill, this is where Aillidh was treated. There is more info on our website here I don't know whether you followed expat's threads, her beautiful daughter Aillidh who sadly died in July was being treated at Yorkhill. We spoke to expat before going ahead, she was so pleased.

A 3 by 3 is a good size for a baby, and that is our minumum size, but we have received Hugs for bigger children too. The one I'm making, a cotton quilt style one will be big enough for an older child, its a metre square. To make a whole Little Hug will be a step too far for many, so we are collecting in 6" squares which will be combined to make a Hug, I think at the mo I have 23 smile

But thank you for joining us with this project thanks

And Fizzy I love the dragon!! Utterly fabulous! grin thanks

Flojo1979 Mon 29-Oct-12 08:06:45

Ah thankyou so much. Yes I was aware of Expat's beautiful Aillidh, I hadn't realised it was Yorkhill, what a lovely idea.

Unfortunately a full blanket is beyond me, so I'll have to send 6" squares.
But sadly need to make cups squares first sad

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Mon 29-Oct-12 08:14:31

WEll done Glaikit!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Oct-12 08:15:45

And I have you donor wool for that Flo - two ticks and I shall be sending you another PM thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Oct-12 08:20:57

Morning, Little Huggers smile

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Oct-12 08:21:42

Fizzy, the dragon is looking fab-u-lous, darling smile

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 29-Oct-12 08:43:51


Glaikit you should be really proud of yourself! It is wonderful

BarbaraWoohoohoodlouse Mon 29-Oct-12 09:50:48

Awesome Dragon Fizzy smile

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 29-Oct-12 10:31:52

thanks thanks folks! currently sitting un the cat park at the meet up waiting for ds to wake.up on his own. I may be some time!!

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Oct-12 10:35:27

The cat park? grin

How exotic!

Knotty Did you send me some fleece backing for a quilt? Just realised I've not had anything arrive. No rush as haven't started sewing yet blush

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Oct-12 10:45:41

Ah... Yes I have the fleece. Not sent it yet blush

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Oct-12 10:46:27

Apologies last week or so has been chaotic here.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Oct-12 11:19:48

First read that as Little Buggers <goes to specsavers>

KnottyLocks Mon 29-Oct-12 11:20:46

I had to type that very carefully smile

No worries. It been chaotic here too, that's why I've only just remembered about it!

GlaikitFizZombie Mon 29-Oct-12 12:47:16

ah the curse of auto correct strikes again! car park!!

ds is having some pom bears and watching toy story 3 on the ipad! peace for.knitting and eating!

nickeldaisical Mon 29-Oct-12 13:59:18

that's amazing Fizzy grin

I still haven't done any more work on my Tiger - the thing that started it all off not even complete yet!

still, I've done a little bit of the church magazine and other stuff....

FaintingGhost Mon 29-Oct-12 15:57:37

Two little hugs finished and ready to send, plus one square for a bigger hug. Next up - a star-shaped hug! I have been wanting to make this for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages and now I have the perfect excuse!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Oct-12 16:27:20

Thanks FaintingG, have sent you the posting details, and wow, that is a- may-zing!!

Just stunning


nickeldaisical Mon 29-Oct-12 16:42:28


KnottyLocks Mon 29-Oct-12 16:54:45

Looks like stars are the next challenge then smile

Have started another little hug. Done a centre square here that is 10" but wondering what colours to do around it confused. Anyone have an opinion? I have a little red and white and more grey left but prob not enough for the whole thing

FaintingGhost Mon 29-Oct-12 23:00:32

Teal! I love teal, think it would go great with the colours you've already done. Lovely square, Crafty

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 30-Oct-12 09:04:35

I'm generally rubbish at that sort of thing Crafty, but teal I think would be lovely. Is this the Stylecraft you are using? I shall go and have a look at the possible options. Knotty is dead good at this sorta thing, she may have some ideas too.

Yes, it's Stylecraft. I might have managed to stretch the red & white out. I found a pattern with a central flower bit that didn't take a lot of yarn. Going to finish those with the grey and see how it looks laid out.

KnottyLocks Tue 30-Oct-12 10:42:01


Sorry, charging around as incoming family invasion.

What shade is the red, Crafty? When I get a min I could have a look at colour combos . I probably have most shades here.

nickeldaisical Tue 30-Oct-12 11:00:29

crafty i would just carry on in the same colours.
maybe you could do more rows of each colour to make them look broader...

nickeldaisical Tue 30-Oct-12 11:00:58

oh, missed that update

CamperWidow Tue 30-Oct-12 12:40:54

Well, I had to frog my square as I couldn't stretch it past 5 1/2", never mind reach 6! Fortunatly, I hadn't got more than half way so it's not too bad.

Glaikit he looks amazing! I had seen him on Ravelry and took a look at the instructions......ran away screaming!!! Well done you! grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 30-Oct-12 13:18:06

Thank you very much to the lovely BobKate for some gorgeous squares to go towards a Little Hug, just lovely, teal and silver striped knits. Marvellous, thank you thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Tweetinat Tue 30-Oct-12 17:02:38

Not ventured on here before but here is my little hug that I've been working on. A bit wobbly but I hope it'll do! Who to PM for the postage address - is it Pistey?

Tweetinat Tue 30-Oct-12 17:03:25


Again, unclickable, sorry. Grrr iPhone app.

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Tue 30-Oct-12 17:09:49

Clickable link

It;s lovely grin

Crafty - how about dark green? Look up the use of the colour wheel. How about red - orange/red, pink.

Read purple instead of pink!

nickeldaisical Tue 30-Oct-12 17:41:29

is that bobble blanket just loads of treble 5-tog?

nickeldaisical Tue 30-Oct-12 17:42:15

ooh, no, it's not, it's 3 trebles and then tie the top together.

nickeldaisical Tue 30-Oct-12 17:43:38

ps: have we got a MN Woolly Hugs group on ravelry?

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Tue 30-Oct-12 18:08:12

Not yet, nickel, but it sounds like a good idea to me!

Tweetinat Tue 30-Oct-12 18:53:33

Thanks for making it clickable Zombie smile

I followed this patten nickel: http://colourinasimplelife.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/granny-bobble-blanket.html

It's 4 trebles, then take the hook out, pass through the previous chain space, pick up the loop and pull together. I'm making it sound more complicated than it is! I think technically it's a 'Popcorn stitch' rather than Bobble (according to my book at least) but I think the name suits smile

Tweetinat Tue 30-Oct-12 18:54:05
workhouse Tue 30-Oct-12 19:09:07

I'd love a Ravelry Hugs group too, it would be good for posting pics and such smile

workhouse Tue 30-Oct-12 19:20:15

Tweetinat That's a lovely granny square!

GlaikitFizZombie Tue 30-Oct-12 21:14:53

Had a go at the spikes tonight, but work has frazzled my brain so I have just done a garter stitch square for cups blanket instead! I love mindlessly knitting them looking down and whoosh a whole square is there grin

KnottyLocks Tue 30-Oct-12 21:56:37

Tweet, that is gorgeous smile thanks

Oh yes to a ravelry group smile

Ravelry group In anticipation of this I popped onto Ravelry last night or the night before, found the MNKnitters(?) group and posted so that we would have somewhere to park ideas. We can either use that or set up a new group

Ravelry MN group here!

bobkate Tue 30-Oct-12 23:10:07

Thanks Pistey smile Glad they arrived ok.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 31-Oct-12 08:16:51

Oooo Ravelry!

Tweet that is amazingly lovely!

Tweetinat Wed 31-Oct-12 09:19:03

Thank you knotty and Pistey. First time I've made anything bigger than a 6in square so I'm rather pleased even if it is a bit wobbly grin

nickeldaisical Wed 31-Oct-12 10:14:15

droitwich - that's a really old group, isn't it!
it's been there all along shock

nickeldaisical Wed 31-Oct-12 10:19:10

cool, just took a profile picture using my webcam.
with my crochet tiger.

how cool is that <MNHQ take note, please>

CamperWidow Wed 31-Oct-12 11:00:29

Just found this on ebay......wish I lived closer sad

Somersaults Wed 31-Oct-12 11:12:32

Wow that is a lot of wool for 99p!!

PurpleFrog Wed 31-Oct-12 11:53:38

Hmm - a lot of that is the free yarn that came with The Art of Crochet magazine. It is OK but isn't wonderful quality. I'm sure it won't stay at 99p, though!

CamperWidow Wed 31-Oct-12 12:33:30

Pistey, I've done one square but I could probably get another 2 out of the ball, do you want this one or should I wait and send them all together? Mayb easier to match the colours if I send them all together?

KnottyLocks Wed 31-Oct-12 12:48:05

Camper, send them together smile thanks .

nickel Mumsknitter seems to have existed for AGES but no one has used it for a long time. It needs a bit of decorating and someone could put the vacuum round but I found some bean bags for us to flop onto while we eat our curley wurlies and crunchies grin

Woolfey Wed 31-Oct-12 13:52:08

droitwitch Can we rename it? Some of us are hookers grin

Woolfey I doubt we can rename the group but if there was enough interest might we want a Woolly Hugs/MNWoolly Hugs group instead of the Mumnknitters? Just a thought

nickeldaisical Wed 31-Oct-12 14:02:50

or could we make a new group called Woolly Hugs?

I'm happy to set up a new group called Woolly Hugs if Pistey and Knotty are happy with that. I know they have heaps to do so would offer to set it up etc.

nickeldaisical Wed 31-Oct-12 14:18:09

I think i might have crossposted blush

your last one wasn't there when i started typing <DD>

KnottyLocks Wed 31-Oct-12 14:44:45

Droitwich, that sounds smashing. smile

If you could do that , there could be a Crunchie or summat in it for you grin

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Wed 31-Oct-12 15:07:22

As a completely irrelevant aside, I don't like Crunchies.

nickeldaisical Wed 31-Oct-12 15:09:13

how do you not like crunchies? shock

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Wed 31-Oct-12 15:11:47

Not enough chocolate.

I'll have a go at the woolly group tonight if DH and DS let me get on the PC!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 31-Oct-12 17:41:18

I prefer chocolate buttons to crunchies btw, but I actually prefer Twiglets to buttons.

None of that is stopping me eat all sorts as I wait for little Trick or Treaters. DH has gone over board and we have dry ice that pours out of our front door when we open it, combine that with green back light. You get the picture. My hall way currently looks like it has fog though as there is a certain amount of back wash of dry ice <splutter> grin

Thank you Droitwich that is very kind of you thanks Just replied to your PM too thanks

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Wed 31-Oct-12 17:44:02

Currently munching my way through a chocolate orange after a 2 hour journey home - should have been 25 minutes but there was a fatality further up the line sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 31-Oct-12 17:46:22

A reminder...

Deadline for the second batch of Little Hugs is to be last posting on Saturday 1st December, do PM me for the address for posting when you are ready... Huge thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 31-Oct-12 18:29:17

I have easily had 40 children here so far, they are liking my spooky green smoke <splutter> I have spooky music too now smile

Two lovely Little Hugs have arrived safely today, thank you both. Because I am so late getting to them I shall wait until I can take their photos in daylight tomorrow to upload to Facebook.

thanks Pidj - Cute pink and purple crochet with cream border, lovely [star]

thanks HappyTurquoise Gorgeous black and white fabric with rainbow fleece backing, just super [star]

Photos tomorrow, thank you

GlaikitFizZombie Wed 31-Oct-12 19:02:19

I make my own crunchies <stealth boast> you can have as much chocolate on them as you want! Half milk half white, orange choc! Ooh I might have to make some now!

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Wed 31-Oct-12 19:05:23

I have a Do Not Disturb sign on my front door. Can't be interrupted when I am hooking!

GlaikitFizZombie Wed 31-Oct-12 19:07:01

I've got a "baby sleeping, but help yourselves" bucket on our doorstep! I anticipate the kids who are first are the luckiest!

Somersaults Wed 31-Oct-12 19:13:14

I'm loving the help yourselves idea! Might go and do that in a minute smile

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Wed 31-Oct-12 19:34:20

Ordinarily I have treats and have done pumpkin carving but the children are away with their father so I've had a year off.

AHEM! I declare the Ravelry Woolly Hugs Group open!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 01-Nov-12 09:40:34

Photos of the two Little Hugs from yesterday are now up on Facebook, thanks once again to HappyTurquoise and Pidj