Woolly Hugs : Angel Hug Project. We are looking for crafters and donors to help make this possible. Thank you Xx

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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 14:30:43

We have been very moved by a request from the Octavia Appeal at the Brompton Hospital. The Brompton Hospital is a specialist heart and lung centre in London complete with the second largest paediatric intensive care unit in the country. This unit takes the sickest babies and children from all over, some transferred immediately after birth, others have become too sick to be cared for at other major hospitals and most are already on life support when they arrive. These babies and children are incredibly sick, and very sadly not all survive. The Octavia Appeal have approached us and asked if we are able to make blankets for these babies who have very sadly passed away.

We are looking for crafters and donors to help make this possible. At an intensely bleak and dark time there is still something very positive that we can do for the baby and their family. Our blankets are always handmade with love and compassion and so are perfect. We can help care for the whole family at this time by making the baby comfortable and snuggled up whilst sending love and a hug to the parents.

We know that we have many crafters and donors who have first hand experience of such devastating loss. We understand that this is a very difficult request, but if you can join with us, and are able to help, then we would love to have you on board. From speaking to some of you, we know how incredibly important blankets like these are to those who receive them.

thanks thanks thanks

Like Little Hugs, Angel Hugs will be an ongoing project and the two will run alongside each other.

To our lovely crafters thanks

* Angel Hugs are to be all white and can be knitted or crocheted in any wool suitable for a baby blanket, so 4ply, DK, just as long as it feels soft and cosy. The design is up to you, but it should be kept simple. Angel Hugs can also be sewn using pure cotton and good quality fleece, again white please and in a simple design.

* Minimum size : 24 inches square, going up to a maximum of approx. 30 inches square.

* If making a whole Angel Hug feels too much, but you would still like to support this, we would be pleased to accept simple knitted and crocheted 6 inch squares, which we will hook together. If choosing this option, please use Stylecraft Special DK in white.

* If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM me and we'll try to help you with materials.

To our lovely Donors thanks

We would be very grateful for support from anyone who would like to donate funds to help with this. You can either donate via Paypal admin@ woollyhugs.com but please add a message so we know who to thank and which project it is for. If you don't have Paypal, please PM me as we have other ways that you can donate. We are so grateful to all our donors, without you, these projects could not function. thanks

Knotty is here to help with any questions, and please PM me if you'd like to and are able to join us with this.

It is a very sad request we are making, and yet there is something very positive here too, and we know the Blanketeers have big hearts.

Sometimes thank you doesn't seem enough, but thank you once again Xx

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 14:32:48

So pleased that we are able to do this and offer comfort to families facing such devastating loss.

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 14:32:50

I will add this onto my ever growing To Do list smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 14:33:18

Bless you Soupy X

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 14:33:42

Thank you , Soupy thanks

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 14:34:55

Why all white BTW? Just curioussmile

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 14:39:30

We felt it in keeping with Angel Hugs and it means that they are distinct from Little Hugs.

What a lovely idea. I would love to join but am snowed under atm. Can I sign up in a few weeks instead?

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 14:50:16

Signing up - also snowed under but want to help if I can.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 14:51:31

Bless you, thank you both so much, and yes, of course Joyful - this is an ongoing project X thanks

I will do this, when I have finished the project I have onhand at the moment. I have been considering a blanket made out of crocheted snowflakes, sewn together at the points - I could do one for this project.

Thanks Pistey.

That sounds gorgeous SDTG!

I will mark my spot, not sure at the moment whether I will be able to help but I would like to if I can fit it in.

SDTG - that sounds lovely. Crochet snowflakes for the tree is on my to do list.

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 15:01:01

We are collecting 6 inch squares if anyone feels that is more manageable.

CamperWidow Tue 20-Nov-12 15:01:36

Well, I will try and add this to my list.......woolly hugs, angel hugs, jigsaw blanket, tractor scarf, granny square blanket, nephews cross stitch.......!

BIWI Tue 20-Nov-12 15:02:23

<rummages down the back of the sofa>

I am trying to get up the courage to try crochet snowflakes with thread rather than yarn - so far I haven't managed to crochet with anything less than dk. But I should be OK doing dk snowflakes in yarn.

rubycon Tue 20-Nov-12 15:06:23

count me in.

When you say any wool suitable for a baby blanket, is there a maximum thickness? I specialise in chunky knits (usually on 8mm needles/hooks) but I know the usual blankets are knitted/crocheted on 4mm.

Count me in, but it will be after Christmas as my white Stylecraft has been wrapped up.

Vajazzler Tue 20-Nov-12 15:14:52

I'd love to help with this project. I'll get some wool tomorrow. Can you tell me how many stitches I'll need to cast on? The squares are 33.....

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:16:06

We already have a lovely donor to thank, she is a proper Blanketeer with a heart of gold, and this is another of those times when saying 'thank you' doesn't seem enough, but heartfelt thanks to you. You really do make the difference thanks

thanks BIWI

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:21:29

Ruby As always, bless you

Joyful I will need to come back to you - let me just check that with Knots X

Thank you Crafty and Vajazzler

Vajazzler - are you thinking of knitting this in one go? I will need to have a think.

The very lovely Rubycon knitted the Angel Hug for us that is shown on Facebook and Twitter, she was trialling a pattern that SANDS use. It used nearly two balls worth of Stylecraft so 200g ish. I have just put the pattern for that onto the Guide for Knitters on the Woolly Hugs website here, just scroll down a bit

Signing in.

No rush Pistey, I have 3 hats to knit this week and another 2 next week, as well as a baby blanket for a friend. I may not get round to starting this project until December... confused

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 15:26:42

Vajazzler - logically, it's about 4 squares wide (and 4 deep) to make a 24" square. So you can multiply your usual stitch count up to that - you'll probably need to use a circular needle to cast on that many stitches in one go.

I won't start a new thread for this blanket project specifically if people are okay to use Beatrice's one for support questions.

Woolfey Tue 20-Nov-12 15:26:49

I too will do a blanket for this project but it won't be for a while yet as I've many things on the go. In the meantime I would like to donate so someone who has more time than me can get going on one. Pistey I'll PM you.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:27:22

Bless you fan X

Thanks Joyful, I will come back on it though.

thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:28:55

Thanks trib X

Vajazzler - if that feels too daunting, make separate squares, we can put it together for you X

thanks

Vajazzler Tue 20-Nov-12 15:31:59

Yes I was. Have caught the knitting bug!

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 15:33:21

Lovely folks

We really do appreciate that there are a few projects on the go and the festive time is approaching. This will be an ongoing project so make when you feel able.

We are more than happy to accept 6 inch squares

Bless you all thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 15:35:31

Vajazzler, you could also knit long stripes, like a scarf, that can be stitched or hooked together. So you could cast on as usual and knit 4 long strips.

Jules146 Tue 20-Nov-12 15:35:49

Count me in! smile

EasilyBored Tue 20-Nov-12 15:37:30

I'd love to help. I actually have a couple of balls of white 4ply at home that I've been looking for a project for.

Skoggy Tue 20-Nov-12 15:43:11

I'd love to help! Been a while since I made a blankie. Once my SPD and hip issues have cooled down (I hope soon), I will get to my local yarn store and pick up some cozy feeling yarn. smile

Count me in. I have lovely white cotton with a fleck in it that I've been trying to find a use for. Such a sad but lovely idea.

Count me in. Having a friend who has lost two premature little girls at 21 and 22 weeks this is something close to my heart

StellaMarie Tue 20-Nov-12 15:51:56

I'd be delighted to join in this - I'll get some more white at the weekend and get started!

AnnaKissed Tue 20-Nov-12 15:58:10

I'd like to be involved too. It'll probably only be squares though. Will get some wool when I'm back in the UK next week. Any deadline /timescale?

Sorry for the question, but do the blankets go to the families of the babies who've passed away?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:04:41

As lovely Knotty says, we really do appreciate that everyone is very busy, thank you everyone so much. We are more than happy to accept 6 inch squares thanks Do remember that this is the start of an ongoing project, thank you

thanks to Jules, EasilyBored, Skoggy, StellaMarie, AnnaKissed, PigofHappiness and HavetoWearHeels we really appreciate your help. Yes, it is a very sad idea, but yet there is something very positive too. I'm so glad we are doing this, thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:06:26

Please don't apologise Anna, yes the families keep the blankets, and they are really treasured sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:07:47

No time scale yet, at the moment, just ongoing, thank you X

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 16:31:01

Are holey crochet squares/blankets acceptable? I know it can be an issue for teeny fingers and toes.

Birnamwood Tue 20-Nov-12 16:38:23

I'm in.

My mum has been given her shopping list for when she goes to the wool shop on Friday smile she might do an Angel hug as well.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:45:34

Yes Soupy, they are, thank you X

And thank you Birnamwood, that is great. thanks

We are just uploading all the information for Angel Hugs to the website, so that like Little Hugs, friends and family not on MN can join in easily. thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:47:01

And we have another lovely donor to thank, your donation really will make such a difference to a family in the midst of a very dark time, bless your heart thanks

thanks Woolfey

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 17:03:35

I need to suck my mother back into knitting and crochet.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 17:07:47

Tis all waiting for her Soupy smile

WhoremoaneeGrainger Tue 20-Nov-12 17:09:06

Have pm'd you pistey

fraktion Tue 20-Nov-12 17:11:45

Count me in for knitting. I have a lovely white wool that's waiting for a project.

FairiesWearPoppies Tue 20-Nov-12 17:20:19

Is the PayPal address the same as the one on wooly hugs website? Will send a donation as my knitting is awful!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 17:22:29

Thank you Fairies it is, I shall PM you X

Thank you fraction thanks

MNP Tue 20-Nov-12 17:27:18

Will make an angel blanket.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Tue 20-Nov-12 17:27:33

Have pm'd Pistey and ordered white yarn.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 17:38:42

Thank you DancingShoes, I have replied X
and MNP - glad to have you on board too.

Thank you both thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

neverputasockinatoaster Tue 20-Nov-12 18:12:56

I'd like to be in - still knitting for Bea and Cup and it will prob be after christmas before I can start but I'd like to help.

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 18:22:13

I think I might do the candle flame pattern Minnie found for this - it's not in the crafter's guide as it's practically impossible to do it on a 6" square.

MsElleTow Tue 20-Nov-12 18:38:49

Count me in for knitting. I'll look out my blanket patterns tomorrow, and see what I have.

(I was Tuttutitlookslikerain, I've name changed for Christmas.)

Somersaults Tue 20-Nov-12 18:44:34

I will add this to my list. It'll probably be after Christmas though (and my Little Hug will make it to a post box soon, I promise!)

Signing in. Will need a donor please

CatWithARabbit Tue 20-Nov-12 19:05:43

I will get going with squares tonight. I have DK white wool with a shiny thread going through it. Hope it will be ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 19:16:50

Thank you all, really sincere heartfelt thanks, honestly everyone is amazing thanks

Do remember this is an ongoing project, thank you neverput and somersaults X

Droitwich - I can do that for you thanks

Thank you Cat - that sounds lovely, MsElleTow - thank you too

trib that pattern is lovely, I remember it well X

Osmiornica Tue 20-Nov-12 19:17:20

I'll sign up. I'm not sure I'll be able to do a whole blanket but will give it a go or at least do some squares. I don't have any wool yet but can go shopping next week. I'm very slow though so could take me some time.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 19:21:09

thanks Osmiornica squares will be very warmly welcomed, whenever they arrive X

fraktion Tue 20-Nov-12 19:36:24

Can we do lace patterns for these? The candle flame pattern reminded me of the heart blanket pattern by the same poster but whenever I've done it's before it's been very holey (intentionally).

LiviaAugusta Tue 20-Nov-12 19:40:02

If it can wait until the after the Christmas makes are done I've got some lovely soft dk baby yarn that needs a project so I can make a blanket.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 19:42:51

As long as the blanket looks snuggly, then holey is fine, bless you.

And yes please Livia, after Christmas we will still need help, we see this as ongoing X

thanks

I shall do one smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 20:12:01

Bless you thank you X

DameFanny Tue 20-Nov-12 20:16:58

Think I might have to do one of these. No idea when though... Hmm...

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 20:24:29

DameFanny - this really is an ongoing project, and we really do appreciate that this is a very busy time of year. If and when you can, that will be soon enough and lovely thanks

bebejones Tue 20-Nov-12 20:29:26

Just popping my head in! Am going to see what I can do, tis such a worthwhile cause & just so sad it's nice to think that I may be able to do something to bring even a smidgen of comfort.

Have already PMd the lovely Piste! smile

yojojo1 Tue 20-Nov-12 20:36:30

Can I just say that as a Mum whose first son was stillborn at 21 weeks, that these blankets mean such a lot. I still have my sons and it's very treasured.

LadyFace Tue 20-Nov-12 20:46:04

Please count me in. I will attempt a blanket. Will order some wool next week (payday!). I can't believe that in my cupboard sized stash I have no white wool.

<glares at 12 balls of cream baby cashmerino>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 20:52:48

Yojojo1 - I am so, so sorry for your loss sad

Thank you for coming on here and for your words, they mean so much. I am so glad you had a blanket to wrap and cuddle your son in, it must be incredibly precious to you. As I said in the OP we know this is a very sad request we are making, and yet there is something very positive here too. Bless your heart thanks Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 20:53:34

Thanks Bebejones and LadyFace thanks

Plomino Tue 20-Nov-12 20:56:23

I can't knit , or sew, but I wield a mean debit card . Have sent you a donation so someone can take up the needles on my behalf .

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 21:04:49

We already have more lovely donors to thank, these folk really do have hearts of gold, and do enable others to take part and for us to see projects through. We really appreciate your generosity thanks

thanks MrsKwazii

thanks Plomino

Heartfelt thanks to both of you, you are stars Xx

BIWI Tue 20-Nov-12 21:08:44

We are the Plastic Fantastic, Plomino grin

Ravelry page set up

fraktion I know the blanket you mean, have booked marked it, so beautiful.

Stropzilla Tue 20-Nov-12 22:52:04

I'm fairly new at knitting but by chance I do already have the right wool. Am I allowed to send a square? Do I need to leave ends loose or whatever? My square might be inexpert but made with much love!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 23:07:48

Thanks Droitwich x

Stropzilla - that is very kind of you. Thank you. Squares are very welcome indeed. Please sew in the ends, that make the hooking together job much quicker. And bless you, the love part is the most important part here.

thanks

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 23:08:20

Stropzilla - all is revealed in the crafter's guide. In short: yes please send a square, but sew your ends in grin

TiredofZombies Tue 20-Nov-12 23:15:04

How sad sad but a lovely idea. I'm in.

Leafmould Tue 20-Nov-12 23:24:17

Hi, I am interested in knitting a blanket. I have seen this wool for sale
3 ply do you think it is a good idea to use 3 ply?

I normally use dk, so I guess it would be quite different. Also do you think this is a bargain? Or is there another white wool on offer somewhere else? Is the wool good quality enough?

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 23:30:12

3 ply will be pretty slow going, Leafmould. It's a very thin yarn so you need more stitches and rows to cover the same area of blanket than, say, double knitting or aran.

The Paton's Fairytale is generally a pretty good yarn, I think.

Leafmould Tue 20-Nov-12 23:56:07

Yes, tribpot, I thought that might be the case.

Any other white wool bargains out there?

KnottyLocks Wed 21-Nov-12 00:12:04

Deramores.com have 15% off all DK yarn until 27th November. Code DKWK.

bag a bargain smile

We've been using Stylecraft Special DK for the Little Hugs project but there's an option to look by price as well as yarn so you may find something that catches your eye.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 06:41:31

Morning all smile brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 06:46:06

Thank you Zombies and Leaf - Glad to have you both on board. Right, off to PMs thanks

Count me in thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 07:32:45

Bless you, much appreciated X thanks

SoupDragon Wed 21-Nov-12 08:01:50

Morning!

I'm thinking of a white ripple in two colours - white and white with a sparkle smile (Pistey, I used the sparkle on the edging of the pink hat double up with a plain strand.)

MOSagain Wed 21-Nov-12 08:07:29

I read the OP in tears last night and have bought my wool.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 08:12:33

Morning Soupy and MOS, Soupy, that would be lovely, thank you thanks And MOS, I started last night and made one out of my eight.

Thank you both thanks

MOSagain Wed 21-Nov-12 09:00:23

oh thats not fair pistey, you had a head start! wink DH doesn't want me to do it but he has long since lost the right to dictate to me grin

Mathsdidi Wed 21-Nov-12 09:34:24

I'm in. I have a couple of projects on the go right now but will get started as soon as I've got the christmas presents finished.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 09:57:46

Thanks maths thanks

SoupDragon Wed 21-Nov-12 10:38:03

I really have to finish the Refuge blanket before embarking on this. I am such a flitter though! Attention span of a gnat. I sincerely hope no one has an emergency hat request again as I'd drop everything to start something new grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 13:08:52

Thanks Soupy thanks

<scuttles past knitting antlers>

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 17:36:49

We really have to see these antlers Droitwich, bless you, MerryCunnyFuntingChristmas' donation to us for them will make a whole Angel Hug smile

Now where is Soupy, I need her to go and check FB

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 17:37:35

Lots of white wool on its way to lovely crafters, hopefully with you tomorrow, all funded by our lovely donors thanks

DoodleAlley Wed 21-Nov-12 17:42:19

I'm having a panic finishing off Christmas presents but I'm responding to remind me to pick this up in the new year. Though I'm pregnant and hormonal so will have to work hard not crying all over it.

What a beautiful idea.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 17:44:54

Bless you Doodle X

This is an ongoing project, we will receive your blanket with enormous thanks whenever it arrives. Thank you thanks

not sure if dcat will model them but will definitely post pics!

fraktion Wed 21-Nov-12 19:56:26

My yarn is Aran weight - is that ok? In planning to so a while blanket anyway.

OpheliaBumps Wed 21-Nov-12 20:17:01

I'm in, but snowed under right now so it'll be a few weeks before I can even start on this, hope that's ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 20:20:56

Aran weight is lovely, thank you fraktion, our guidelines here are that yarn is soft and cosy thanks

And lovely Ophelia - this needs to be ongoing, whenever we receive your blanket will be perfect, thank you so much X

fraktion Wed 21-Nov-12 21:36:27

pistey I'm in awe that you managed to decipher that...

Turns out two squares later that my yarn is definitely not suitable. Oh well, yarn shopping for me! smile

KnottyLocks Thu 22-Nov-12 07:13:53

Morning all smile

Thank you so much for your support. We really do appreciate it [thanks|

Morning Knotty

MOSagain Thu 22-Nov-12 08:12:28

<sits looking out window hopefully looking for postman>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 22-Nov-12 08:47:03

Morning everyone brew

Am hopeful we hear news of lots of woolly wool arriving today, if it comes in a pink packet it was paid for by our lovely donors smile thanks

Hope yours comes too MOS smile I have only done one square so not exactly that far ahead.

Pig - there are lots of online deals at the mo I think

As Knotty says, thank you so much, we really do appreciate your support thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 22-Nov-12 09:07:22

I have found a code for anyone looking for DK online. Deramores, 15% off all their DK, so huge choice, enter DKWK on the shopping basket page.

Lovely white wool has arrived (in a pink packet)! Thank you thanks

I shall be purchasing some lovely white wool tomorrow. Something snuggly soft.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Nov-12 06:56:17

Bless you, thank you thanks

Morning smile brew

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Nov-12 07:24:38

Morning all smile

Wool arrived, thanks pistey.

MOSagain Fri 23-Nov-12 10:35:57

<still looking out window for postman> sad

bebejones Fri 23-Nov-12 10:38:09

My lovely white wool has just arrived! smile Thank you Pistey! smile Just sat down to start, hook in hand...well currently phone in hand but you know what I mean!! grin

Skoggy Fri 23-Nov-12 12:13:44

Morning all!

Them peeps at Deramores are quick. Ordered yarn yesterday and it arrived today. Lots of lovely white stuff smile Now time to find a lovely pattern to get my hook on!

Hope all are well.

tribpot Fri 23-Nov-12 13:18:22

Snap, Skoggy - they really are super-speedy.

mumofmylot Fri 23-Nov-12 14:11:09

Can I join in please? I am by no means an expert knitter, quite the opposite in fact!
I have a friend who had a still born baby just before christmas last year, so it is close to my heart. I'll send as many individual squares as I can, made with love. x

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 23-Nov-12 14:15:02

Good news woolly wool is arriving, huge thanks to all, and once again to our lovely donors thanks

Welcome mumofmylot we are glad to have you on board, hugs for you, thank you thanks

Right, I've just been to the wool shop and come back with some balls of white, I will get started when I have sewn the ends in on my Little Hug.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Fri 23-Nov-12 15:05:44

Have started knitting the lovely donated woolly wool (and found it a nice little project bag to keep it clean!)

Thank you, lovely donors! smile You are fab! grin

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Nov-12 16:06:04

Ah yes, we do indeed love our donors smile

thanks to them.

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Nov-12 16:46:50

And obviously we love our crafters too smile

SoupDragon Fri 23-Nov-12 16:54:37

Yes, but I notice the crafters don't get any thanks

SoupDragon Fri 23-Nov-12 16:54:54

Do they have to make their own out of yarn?

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Nov-12 16:56:17

<rolls eyes>

thanks to our lovely crafters.

And Soupy.

SoupDragon Fri 23-Nov-12 17:03:34

bear

I got my yarn today..just a lovely snowy white. will whittle away at it as they do take a little while to do. Have already cast on 159stitches and done a couple of rows. Been a while since I made a blanket in one piece instead of with patches!

skoggy and tribpo same here, they are probably wondering why they are having a run on white wool.

CatWithARabbit Fri 23-Nov-12 21:08:51

Two squares done! Rain forecast tomorrow so the perfect excuse to sit and knit.

tribpot Fri 23-Nov-12 21:12:17

I'm demonstrating hand knitting at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate tomorrow. This does not seem like the venue to start a knitted blanket in snow white yarn!

Have a great time trib. Wish I could come too!

tribpot Fri 23-Nov-12 23:40:01

Thanks droitwich - it's not great timing for me, as ds fractured his collar bone last Sunday :-/ He's doing fine but back to school on Monday, and I don't really like leaving him for two afternoons (although he will be fine with his dad but they can't do much just the two of them as his dad is in a wheelchair).

As a penance, I have been to see Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger this evening as ds wanted to see it grin. It was total bollocks, please everyone avoid it if you can.

Anyway, I'm kind of worried about how much energy I will need to do this demo stuff - on top of a pretty knackering week.

Oh Trib the knitting and stitching show is fab, I loved it when I went a few Weeks ago, told dp it was wool heaven! You will enjoy yourself.
Disappointed about nativity 2, I enjoyed the first one blush. My dad broke both his collar bones at the same time, it is lousy, hope Ds is on the mend.
I'm going to order my wool now, I'm on night duty so have lots of time to look properlysmile

tribpot Sat 24-Nov-12 07:23:30

Pig - I think if you enjoyed the trailer for Nativity 2 you'll probably enjoy the film, as it's basically the same only stretched out to an eye-watering 105 mins grin Poor your dad, though - that must have been lousy. Ds is doing fine.

I might see if I can recruit anyone for Woolly Hugs today - as among its many virtues is the fact it gives knitting n00bs a chance to work on something not too big but immediately useful and appreciated.

MOSagain Sat 24-Nov-12 12:42:57

I have woolly treasure grin

KnottyLocks Sat 24-Nov-12 14:15:43

Jolly good, MOS grin

Good morning! brew

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Nov-12 10:40:58

Morning, lovelies smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 26-Nov-12 10:44:45

Morning all brew smile

GetOnYourDancingShoes Mon 26-Nov-12 10:59:27

The weather here is incredibly bad. Ideal excuse for spending the day knitting grin

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Nov-12 11:03:37

Oh yes, perfect weather for crafting smile

At work today, so no knitting for me until LO goes to bed tonight sad

Skoggy Mon 26-Nov-12 14:00:08

Hello all

Hope everyone is well and out of this horrid rain currently plaguing the UK. smile

Today is my first day of having no DH around. 2 weeks paternity leave is rather crappy. Would so prefer to be back in Sweden. sad So its me, a 17mo and a 2wk old stuck indoors because of the rain. Oh joys! Planning on starting my Hug later... alot later when both DDs are in bed. grin

Ah well...My hug is somewhat larger than I thought it was going to be. My pattern said cast on 159sts. Goodness - this blanket is quite generous.

Pistey and Knotty - does it have to be square? No problems just wanted to check.

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Nov-12 17:12:40

No, doesn't have to be square. You can breathe smile

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Nov-12 17:13:08

Skoggy, want me to sing you some Abba?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 26-Nov-12 17:40:57

<gently removes the Absolut Vodka>

Thank you!! thanks

mmm vodka with some fresh lime....

Skoggy Mon 26-Nov-12 18:25:47

Haha Knotty. I am not ashamed to admit that we listen to ABBA quite a lot in my household... mainly because DD1 loves to dance to their music. However, I would be very impressed if you could sing Waterloo... in Swedish. grin

Pistey, feel free to hide the Absolut. I'm not a not a fan of Vodka. smile Snaps on the other hand, or Mariestads beer. Yummo!

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Nov-12 18:29:03

Happy to give it a go smile

Think Muppets Swedish chef stylee grin

Nixea Mon 26-Nov-12 18:38:31

I've not knitted anything since I was a child and even then I had to pass the <ahem> scarf to my nan for all the purl rows!! You've all inspired me though and I'd love to do my bit. Sorry if I'm being dense or missing something but could anyone link or pm me the website address please?

Just a small question though....I'm guessing I'm going to be going at a glacial pace for a while. Is there a time limit for them? Sorry for all the questions!!

KnottyLocks Mon 26-Nov-12 18:47:21

Nix , thanks for joining us smile

It's an ongoing project so no deadline as such.

Website is www.woollyhugs.com

We're on Facebook too : MNWoollyhugs

Nixea Mon 26-Nov-12 18:50:28

Thanks for the links Knotty, much appreciated! You all do such an amazing thing with these appeals btw. Sadly from personal experience I know how treasured these blankets are.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 26-Nov-12 18:55:43

Oh bless you Nix, so sorry, big hug Xx

Thank you for joining with us, we are glad to have you on board. Glacial pace is good smile thanks

Leafmould Wed 28-Nov-12 11:12:49

Hello all, I am doing a blanket in one piece too, and I agree that it is something newbies can do with only basic knitting experience: I am still a learner, and it seems to be knitting up fine.

However, I did have to rip it back a few rows when I did not successfully pick up a dropped stitch blush. Does anyone recommend a YouTube video which show how to fix these mistakes clearly?

Thanks.

rubycon Wed 28-Nov-12 11:30:00

Poundland are doing 3 for 2 on 50g balls of wool at the moment in Canterbury - not sure if all the shops have it in. I've used their Twinkle wool and its beautifully soft.

ps I've posted off a parcel.

they have that offer in Birmingham too ruby. I'm using the black for my dog project and it's knitting well

Ruby is the Twinkle wool got a sparkle in it ? I have just bought some for my Angel hug from Deramours so I may need to make a trip to Poundland tomorrow as it is knitting up really nicely.

McPhee Wed 28-Nov-12 23:30:04

could someone help me with paypal please

Is the addy admin@woolyhugs.com?

McPhee Wed 28-Nov-12 23:33:02

Done.

I can't spell blush

thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Nov-12 05:56:36

Bless you, thank you McPhee, your donation has arrived safely. Heartfelt thanks thanks

BIWI Thu 29-Nov-12 06:21:32

Morning brew

heels there is a definitely a twinkle in the pounded wool. quite a few colours as well plus a black, white and baby cream

KnottyLocks Thu 29-Nov-12 07:42:28

Morning smile

McPhee Thu 29-Nov-12 08:46:33

You're very welcome smile

OK I am going to venture out into the cold at lunchtime and brave Poundland ! Reading store probably won't have any but I will end up buying loads of other stuff smile

BornToFolk Thu 29-Nov-12 10:56:50

I'd be honoured to make one of these blankets. I wanted to practise my crochet anyway and this seems like the ideal project.

Havetowearheels, I'm in Reading too! Might bump into you in Poundland at lunchtime!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Nov-12 12:08:11

Lunchtime, well sort of brew smile

BornToFolk - welcome on board, we are so glad to have you with us. thanks Hopefully all the info is in the OP, it is also on our website www.woollyhugs.com and do join us on Facebook at MNWoollyHugs.com, if you've not seen us there already. And thank you thanks

Have fun at the Reading Poundland Thursday Lunchtime Meet grin

BornToFolk I shall be sporting a red carnation in my lapel and probably a red nose on my face smile

PurpleFrog Thu 29-Nov-12 13:07:56

I would like to be involved in this project as well. I have a pack of Patons Sea Spray in white that has been languishing in my stash for decades a little while which might fit the bill perfectly. I will do a swatch and see how soft it is. It is a knobbly yarn with a slight sheen so might look good with a plain white of a similar weight.

It will probably be the Christmas holidays before I can start it. Are you thinking about a 1st posting date before Christmas? Or does it depend on how many are finished in the next few weeks?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Nov-12 13:40:46

Thank you so much PurpleFrog, that is fabulous, we would love to have you on board smile

Knotty and I haven't spoken about a first batch deadline yet, let me come back to you on that, hopefully later today, but we really do appreciate that everyone is so busy at this time of year. One thing is for sure, the project is ongoing. We will receive your Angel Hug with enormous thanks whenever it should arrive. Xx

thanks

Woolfey Thu 29-Nov-12 13:52:31

BornToFolk and HaveToWearHeels I am also in Reading! Let me know if Poundland have any good bargains and I may also have to pop in smile

BornToFolk Thu 29-Nov-12 14:19:42

Hi Woolfey! We should arrange a MN Angel Hugs meet up (especially as I've sneaked a look at your profile and see you know how to crochet....your squares and blankets are beautiful)

I didn't go to Poundland blush as I went for pizza instead...I will definitely go next week though and upate as to the status of the cheap yarn.

By the way, does the yarn we use for this have to be machine washable? And 100% white? I've got some in stash that I'm not sure is machine washable and while it is mostly white, there are some flecks of blue/grey in it. It's very pretty and would definitely make a snuggly blanket but I won't use it if not suitable.

Bought 400 grams of lovely soft white wool today so I can get started this evening smile

No wool in Poundland ladies, I did get some battery operated fairy lights for DD's bedroom though so not a wasted journey smile

3 of us in Reading, maybe we could set up a Reading branch of the Angel Hugs team !

Woolfy just sneeked a look at your profile, your squares are beautiful so you embroider them ?

Woolfey Thu 29-Nov-12 16:59:26

BornToFolk & HaveToWearHeels Thanks for your lovely comments about my squares blush I do a mix of crochet squares and embroidery on knitted squares but I really don't like knitting and I'm pants at it, it's just that it's easier to embroider on than crochet.
I'm not a naturally sociable person TBH but as it's only a couple of us to meet up it may not be that scary I guess! I'm still to start my Angel Hug as things to finish first but I plan to make a start on it in the new year.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Nov-12 17:37:40

The Reading Branch smile

Woolfey's embroidered squares are absolutely gorgeous, just beautiful, she is a star!

BornToFolk - we chose pure white for Angel Hugs as it felt more in keeping with the project, this wasn't from the Brompton, this was from us, and we really felt strongly that they be distinct from Little Hugs and the big blankets, so if there was something else you could use that would be great.

Let me check with Knots about the washing question thanks

there was still wool in the Birmingham poundland today. let me know if you want me to get some - multiples of 3 though as they are on 3 for £2!grin

Jingleflobba Thu 29-Nov-12 17:59:02

Count me in, knittings a bit rusty but I think I can manage a blanket. I do a nice line in little knitted flowers that I stitch onto scarves, will they be ok?

BornToFolk Thu 29-Nov-12 20:33:16

Woolfrey and Havetowearheels, if you do fancy meeting up for a bit of a knit/crochet and chat then do let me know. I'm thinking probably in the New Year, maybe a nice pub or cafe for a bit of weekend afternoon crafting?

PM me if interested!

KnottyLocks Thu 29-Nov-12 20:37:06

Jingle , the little flowers sound perfect . Thank you smile

Count me in too, another one for starting after Christmas though!

KnottyLocks Thu 29-Nov-12 20:56:13

After Christmas is fine, honestly. We really do appreciate that this is a very busy time for people. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Nov-12 21:01:03

Oh we really do.

Thank you to everyone, just answering PMs thanks

bebejones Thu 29-Nov-12 21:04:39

Just doing a row of chain before my 10th row of double crochets, starting to get to that slightly tricky to handle stage/size!

Woolly stuff is working out lovely though, very snuggly! Still terrified that I'm going to get it dirty!! (Every time I pick it up one of the cats decide they want to come and sit with me hmm )

Thanks again to the lovely donors and Pistey for the Woolly wool! smile

KnottyLocks Thu 29-Nov-12 21:14:23

Bebe, we ca always give it a quick wash so don't worry smile

I've bought the wool, but I think after Christmas is realistic for me too.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 29-Nov-12 21:34:50

thanks WhoKnows.... It's a very busy time, we really do appreciate that, after Christmas is more than fine, we will be so grateful to receive these Angel Hugs whenever they arrive. Thank you X

bebejones Thu 29-Nov-12 22:15:57

Am being extra cautious and making the cats sit the other end of the sofa and it is being kept in it's own special bag! wink

Birnamwood Fri 30-Nov-12 21:16:08

Oh bugger, I've started my angel hug, got halfway through it and then showed it to my mum, who has informed me that it is actually CREAM shock I can't believe it sad I must have started it in artificial light and not noticed. Grrr.

Would you still be able to use it or shall I finish it off as a present for someone?

angry with myself for not checking. It's taken me bloody ages

KnottyLocks Fri 30-Nov-12 22:15:06

Birnam, panic not. Will be fine smile

KnottyLocks Fri 30-Nov-12 22:26:25

Bless you thanks

addictedismoving Sat 01-Dec-12 12:47:33

hi, I would like to join in but may not start until we move house in a couple of weeks Can someone please explain in real simple language what it is we have to do? whats a mini hug? I think I know what a wooly hug and angel hug are. I'm so confused, but really want to help!

Birnamwood Sat 01-Dec-12 17:08:15

Thank goodness smile

thanks for you all for doing a wonderful job

KnottyLocks Sat 01-Dec-12 17:10:15

smile

KnottyLocks Sat 01-Dec-12 17:17:18

Addicted, thanks for joining us. smile

Basically, this is what's what:

Woolly Hugs
Big blankets made for bereaved Mners and their families (also the collective name for the Blanketeers)

Little Hugs
Blankets and quilts made for children who are in hospital because they are very poorly

Mini Hugs
Squares made as part of the Woolly Hugs blankets. These go ahead of the big blankets and are portable hugs.

Angel Hugs
This project. To wrap Angel babies in love and offer comfort to their families. The details are in the OP.

Feel free to ask any more questions here.

addictedismoving Sat 01-Dec-12 17:29:32

ahh, I see! right, I'm off to look around the other thread too! thanks smile

KnottyLocks Sat 01-Dec-12 18:01:46

smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Dec-12 20:47:39

Evening all smile wine

If anyone was hoping for news of safe woolly arrivals today, I am sorry I had to go out and missed the post. I have a red card telling me that there are 4 Woolly Hugs parcels waiting at the sorting office. I shall go first thing on Monday morning. Thank you so much thanks

I've paused between projects and crocheted the first 2 squares for my blanket. They're coming out smaller than I expected though, about 3.5 inches square. Which means I'll need 49 to reach the minimum size! confused It's a good thing that this is an ongoing project...

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Dec-12 07:52:54

Oh bless you Joyful smile. Thank you x
Yes definitely ongoing.

Morning all.

Nixea Mon 03-Dec-12 07:57:14

Morning all! Glad I'm not the only one being slightly paranoid about white wool and dirty pets/children. I think I'm taking more care keeping the knitting clean than I am keeping DD clean!

squares for Beatrice - check
refuge knitting dispatched - check
dog alters in post - check
Christmas knitting - neglected
angel hug - next in queue grin

tootssweet Mon 03-Dec-12 08:20:36

I'd like to join but in a week or two if that's ok. Am returning to knitting & I am quite slow so something on-going may suit me better. Still trying to knit a scarf for my ds that I started in September! Will go back through the thread for advice & tips. Plain & purl are the heights of my abilities.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Dec-12 08:47:35

Totally understand about wanting to keep the Hugs extra clean.

Thank you DWM

and welcome tootssweet we are very glad to have you on board. Why not start by knitting 6 inch squares in white stylecraft special DK? Plain or purl would both be lovely. We are collecting squares to make a group Angel Hug, as for many to make a whole blanket is too much. And absolutely yes, to joining in when you are ready, no pressure, we really do appreciate how busy folk are, especially at this time of year, and because this is ongoing, whenever you can contribute will be marvellous. Thank you thanks

Thank you everyone thanks

DameFannyGallopsBEHINDyou Mon 03-Dec-12 19:33:53

There's one in the post to the woolly hugs address. Annoyingly, I just found the card I'd written to go inside with washing instructions etc. arse.

So, it's Sirdar snugly I think - yes I binned the ball band after writing the card, sigh - which is half and half poly acrylic. Wash at 40, low tumble, low iron. It's been washed due to cats.

it's pretty plain - a trellis stitch - so I put in a white sunflower which could be attached if you think that'll work.

And I think it's about the saddest project I've ever done... Horrible to explain to family that I was making something for a baby that died...

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Dec-12 08:31:34

Bless your heart for your kindness and compassion Fanny. That sounds absolutely lovely, thank you Xx thanks

This truly is a very sad project, and I understand about explaining to family. The Angel Hugs already here are heartbreakingly precious and beautiful, I was explaining what we were doing to my daughter who is 15 and we both got quite upset, it is upsetting. But I am trying to focus on the support and comfort we can give to these poor families facing such devastating loss. The lovely MrsKwazii described her feelings about her big Woolly Hug as being 'loved and looked after' and I am hoping that the essence of that will be felt. Further up the thread on 20.11 there is a message from yojojo1 who once received a similar blanket, and messages like that just reinforce what an amazing thing it is that we can do here. But big hugs for you, we really do understand this is not easy.

And you know, when they describe Mumsnet as being a nest of vipers, I look around and think certainly not from where I am standing XX

DameFannyGallopsBEHINDyou Tue 04-Dec-12 08:57:39

<stamps feet> I am a viper I am

KnottyLocks Tue 04-Dec-12 11:38:16

Not from where I'm standing smile thanks

BornToFolk Tue 04-Dec-12 12:28:05

I've made similar things before, including tiny clothes for babies to be buried in. It is heartbreaking but I feel really honoured to be able to help a bereaved family in some small way.

StellaMarie Tue 04-Dec-12 15:59:15

I've finished my Angel Hug - Pistey should I mail it to you at the normal address for Little Hugs and squares?

Other hugs - will be mailed after Christmas now I think:
Girl Little Hug - waiting for ends to be sewn in
Boy Little Hug - waiting for square to be sewn together

Woolfey Tue 04-Dec-12 16:10:04

I've also just finished my Angel Hug. I did say I wouldn't do it until the new year but I took a break from my current project. I'm planning to do another one so will post them both to you in the new year when I've finished the second one.

Osmiornica Tue 04-Dec-12 16:48:31

I've just finished my last other project so can start on this now. What patterns are people using?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Dec-12 17:04:30

Evening all smile

BorntoFolk - that's sort of how I feel about the Blanketeers making these Hugs for the Octavia Appeal. Tis heartbreaking though.

Stella You are a star, yes please, do you still have it?

Woolfey Bless you, heartfelt thanks

Osmiornica The three that I have received so far have come from Ruby and she has used the SANDS pattern which is linked to from our website, it is in the guide, under Help and Patterns for Knitters I think she says it uses approx 200g stylecraft DK. Thank you so much thanks

I'm doing a joint effort with MOS, we are doing 8 six inch squares each, she knits and I crochet, then they will be hooked together in the same way as the big hugs are. So far I have made one square smile

Thank you everyone, as always your support is appreciated enormously Xx

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Festivedidi Tue 04-Dec-12 23:30:37

I started mine today. I'm doing some angel squares and some heart squares. I'm not sure if I'll do some plain grannys as well but I might do.

Festivedidi Tue 04-Dec-12 23:33:21

Oh, I forgot to say, dd1 (13) is planning on contributing a square or 2 because she thinks it's such a good cause. So much that she's learning to crochet shock. There may be a couple of wobbly grannys in the middle of my hug but it's the love that goes into it that counts isn't it?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Dec-12 07:04:55

Morning all brew

Most definitely is didi. Please thank her from us, she is just fabulous. thanks

Those patterns are just beautiful.

KnottyLocks Wed 05-Dec-12 07:34:07

Morning smile

Bless your DD, Festive. Big shiny [star] for her.

StellaMarie Wed 05-Dec-12 08:08:33

Hi Pistey, yes I still have the address. Today is going to be chaos but I should make it to the post office tomorrow.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 05-Dec-12 15:36:36

Thank you so much DameFanny your Angel Hug has arrived and is beautiful, so precious, and yes, I do think attach the sunflower. Thank you thanks

DameFannyGallopsBEHINDyou Wed 05-Dec-12 18:44:00

Oh I'm so glad you think it's good enough.I've just followed that angel square link and I feel another yarn store trip coming on... Might do some more sunflowers too, they're very satisfying...

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Dec-12 08:21:55

Morning all brew smile

Fanny - tis lovely, and very much 'good enough' thank you thanks

Deramores have a special offer on Stylecraft DK, 15% off, code is SCTREAT on the shopping basket page.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Dec-12 14:48:00

Two beautiful crocheted Angel Hugs have arrived safely from berksbabe

Heartfelt thanks to her thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

BornToFolk Thu 06-Dec-12 15:31:07

oooh, thanks! Think I might have to put an order in...I've never use Stylecraft before, is it nice stuff?

Plomino Thu 06-Dec-12 16:15:36

Have sent a small something to you for this , but forgot to specify which project !

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Dec-12 16:33:39

Bless you Plomino , thank you it has arrived safely with us, that is a very kind, generous and compassionate thing you have done, we really appreciate your donation, you are a star X

thanks

addictedismoving Thu 06-Dec-12 16:47:24

I bought the wrong wool! I was planning on just doing 1 or 2 squares, but couldnt remember which wool it had to be, so I guess I'm doing a whole blanket! [nervous]

Qust a quick question (and please remember I'm a beginner!) How do you edge the blanket once youve done the squares? I'm imagining itsgoing to look quite unfinished? and its going to need an edging. do you crocet around the squares?

rubycon Fri 07-Dec-12 11:09:52

white wool has arrived, so that'll finish off one and should complete another.

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Dec-12 17:30:37

Addicted, are you knitting or hooking your blanket?

Options:

Simple DC crochet edge, with or without picot.

Knitted edge, done separately and stitched on.

Send for us to edge, with extra wool.

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Dec-12 17:32:58

Or option 4:

Make some squares. Send then and the leftover wool. We'll hook then together and edge.

Any of those really smile

rubycon Fri 07-Dec-12 17:35:42

hmmmm, having sat knitting I will need another ball to finish a whole one and I'm out of colours sad

I'll post off those I've finished on Monday.

BornToFolk Fri 07-Dec-12 18:25:51

addicted, I did the same thing! Bought Stylecraft Baby instead of Stylecraft Special. Oh well, as you say, it should motivate me to do a whole blanket.

A simple knitted edging would be to pick up stitches all along the edge and do a few rows. Garter or moss stitch would look nice and wouldn't roll.

Or as Knotty says, you could do a double crochet edging. Even a crochet-challenged person like me can do that!

Knotty - how do you hook the squares together? I'm intrigued!

KnottyLocks Fri 07-Dec-12 22:49:32

Hook them together :

Wrong sides of squares together, DC across the top. Keep going by...
Picking up next 2 squares, DC across...

Etc until you've reached the end of the row .

Once you've done all the squares one way, (eg. Horizontals) start on the verticals/ other way.

Then edge.

I quite like a HTr edge, then DC around after that, with or without picot. Seems to lie flatter for me. Tis just one option though. smile

BornToFolk Sat 08-Dec-12 08:23:07

Thanks Knotty! I'm definitely going to try that, seaming is one of my pet hates.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through a DC square. It took me about 5 attempts last night as I kept losing stitches and it was ending up more triangular than square shape. Think I've got it sorted now though!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Dec-12 15:32:23

thanksthanksthanks A beautiful corner to corner crocheted Angel Hug has arrived safely from the lovely StellaMarie a huge thank you to you, tis beautiful X

thanks

bebejones Sat 08-Dec-12 17:49:37

In awe of the beautiful blankets on fb! I'm still plodding along with mine...might take me a while!

I have a few more lines to do on my angel hug, but I also have two little hugs here from my mum to send aswell. Just waiting for me to have some time to finish the angel hug.

KnottyLocks Sat 08-Dec-12 18:46:03

Bebe, this is ongoing so no need to rush, bless you smile

KnottyLocks Sat 08-Dec-12 18:47:14

As ever, thanks Fan thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 09-Dec-12 06:48:19

Morning brew

Thank you fan thanks

Same here bebe, in both the awe and the plodding smile Thank you thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Dec-12 08:12:39

Morning brew

I'm delivering all Angel Hugs received so far to the Brompton Hospital this morning, they go with love from us all. Wishing so much that they weren't needed, but so glad we can give our love and support to these poor families in very dark times.

We have had a special Woolly Hugs label made for the Angel Hugs which is sewn on the back of each Hug with a little crocheted heart. There is a photo of these on the Facebook page.

thanks

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 08:15:27

thanks
Beautiful.

BornToFolk Mon 10-Dec-12 10:34:25

Can you link to the Facebook page please? I've had a search but can't find it!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 10-Dec-12 11:36:26

We are MNWoollyHugs on Facebook. Hope you can find us now smile

Woolfey Mon 10-Dec-12 16:59:06

My Angel Hug is working out at 31inches wide and I'm wondering how approx your approx is when you say approx 30inches in the OP?
Should I frog what I've done so far or will it be ok at 31inches? (It's a new stitch I'm learning and I didn't realise it would end up quite so large!)

KnottyLocks Mon 10-Dec-12 17:10:00

Woolfey, 31 will be absolutely fine. No need to frog it. Thank you thanks

Woolfey Mon 10-Dec-12 17:39:52

Phew!
Thanks Knotty smile

KnottyLocks Tue 11-Dec-12 07:58:18

smile I know it will be beautiful, Woolfey. You [star]

Woolfey Tue 11-Dec-12 08:46:33

Thanks Knotty.
It will be coming with extra love from DD1 (22mths) as she saw me crocheting it and asked me what I was doing so I told her I was making a blanket. The last blanket I made was for my Mum so she asked if it was for Nanny and when I said no she asked if it was for baby (DD2) and not quite knowing what to tell her I said no, it's for a poorly baby. So everytime she see's the blanket now she comes up to it, strokes it and says 'poor baby' sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Dec-12 08:49:18

Thanks Woolfey, it will be absolutely lovely, I know it too thanks

The Angel Hugs are now with the Brompton, and they are honestly so touched by the kindness of everyone, and send heartfelt thanks our way, bless them.

wisden Tue 11-Dec-12 09:12:06

I would like to join as well if that is ok. Still very much a novice crocheter but will do my best, and my square or blanket (not sure yet which - will see how I get on!) will be sent with love.

flowers

KnottyLocks Tue 11-Dec-12 10:09:25

Wisden, thank you so much. thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Dec-12 07:28:29

Thank you wisden, you are a star thanks

KnottyLocks Wed 12-Dec-12 07:44:14

Morning all smile

Vajazzler Wed 12-Dec-12 13:18:41

Afternoon All!

I decided to go with the 6in squares in the end and am nearly finished on my 4th square. Shall keep knitting as its keeping me away from the biscuit tin grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 12-Dec-12 13:45:56

You are going well Vajazzler!

Osmiornica Thu 13-Dec-12 10:04:54

I have my wool at last but can't start until after Christmas now. I really want to be able to crochet a border on it but don't know how to crochet at all. Is it difficult? Or would I be better off just knitting and sewing the squares together?

Vajazzler same here it is great for preventing boredom eating isn't it smile
Osmiornica I have just started Crocheting and did my first border on a knitted blanket, really finished it off nicely. I used You Tube and just searched "crochet Border" and followed the instructions.

Osmiornica Thu 13-Dec-12 19:04:49

Thanks, I shall take a look on youtube. I'll practice on a square first just in case.

DameFannyGallopsBEHINDyou Thu 13-Dec-12 19:36:14

I've started working up squares. Annoyingly I can't find the exact 2 or 3 patterns that go well together. The main contenders are working out at 5 inches, which means a scary 25 altogether, but it does make for a handy handbag project...

Festivedidi Thu 13-Dec-12 19:40:23

I've now got 6 angel squares, 1 granny and a heart square. Dd has started her granny but hasn't got very far as she is not very patient. Mine are working out at a handy 6inches so 16 squares altogether and a little border should do for it. The angels look lovely but I'm not sure people will recognise them as angels if they don't know what they are supposed to be.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Dec-12 19:56:58

The people I met at the Brompton PICU on Monday were blown away by the kindness of everyone. We know how that feels. It must be said, the Woolly Hugs crew are a pretty awesome bunch. thanks

Thank you all, these are such special blankets made by some very special folk X thanks thanks

weegiemum Thu 13-Dec-12 20:09:06

Think I might have a go. I lost the use of my hands this time last year but intensive OT and physio has got them working again (a bit) and I'm looking for something to focus on.
A square might take weeks, but I know how much these are valued, I'd love to have something to contribute!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Dec-12 20:22:59

weegiemum We are very glad to have you on board. Welcome and thank you. Sorry to hear you've had problems, hopefully crafting will help your hands on top of all the work you've had to do. Please know this is a long term and on going project, so genuinely no pressure on time. Whenever your square arrives, it will be received with heartfelt thanks. If you'd like me to post you yarn, PM me your address.

thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 15-Dec-12 09:55:38

Beautiful and so very precious, Angel Hugs arriving safely from the lovely YouCanRingMyBell and Rubycon Heartfelt thanks to them both. X

Photos are already in the Facebook Angel Hug album. thanksthanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Dec-12 07:46:47

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Dec-12 07:24:13

Morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Dec-12 14:05:28

Beautiful Angel Hugs arriving safely from the lovely Woolfey today. Photos are already in the Facebook album. Huge thanks to her X

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 18-Dec-12 15:32:24

i keep missing these threads then see finished hug on fb

i love my woolly hug and all the love, time and devotion that went into it-and still so touched that last year vitual strangers got together and made me one

as you know pisty i cant knit, but happy to be a woolly gatherer as I have been before

how much do you need for a ball of wool and can you send it to someone who can knit if, if i send via paypal xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Dec-12 17:05:53

Hello there lovely B smile

You are a sweetheart, I shall PM you the donation info and am very happy to organise woolly wool for you, I have some lovelies ready. Thank you X

Big hugs Xx

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Dec-12 17:50:18

Bless you, Blondes. X

Huge thanks, my lovely. thanks

wisden Tue 18-Dec-12 18:20:06

Hi Can I have some advice please? DH got me some wool today but not sure if it is right or not. It is Baby Bonus Lustre DK but doesn't mention whether it is 4ply or not confused It is white with a silver strand running through. Don't mind at all if it is wrong, I can easily exchange it .
I am planning on doing a blanket, does anyone have a simple pattern for me please? Or can I just do like a giant granny square? Any advice welcomethanks From a novice crocheter x

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 18-Dec-12 18:23:39

hi ya, have sent enough for hopefully 2 balls of wool - didnt know if had more then one blanket on the go, so if you do then one for each

yes please to organising wool for me - im always scared i will buy the wrong type/brand/thickness etc if i order online x

ShoeJunkie Tue 18-Dec-12 18:38:56

Hello, I've just seen this thread and would love to help.
Some friends of mine have been treated by The Brompton so it is a cause close to my heart.

CatWithARabbit Tue 18-Dec-12 18:40:19

The Christmas madness got me but am now ready to knit squares again.
Looking forward to finishing lots over Christmas holidays.

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Dec-12 19:03:12

Wisden, if you hang on, I'll be back once I've sorted my cherubs.
If you have a look at the wrap around label, it will suggest a hook or needle size.

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Dec-12 19:07:22

Hang on, just spotted you said DK!

That's fine smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Dec-12 19:15:01

Just replying to PMs thanks

ShoeJunkie - very glad to have you on board, welcome, you should have mail from me smile thanks

wisden I am working on two Angel Hugs at the mo and one is a giant granny square, the other I am making with MOS and we are doing six inch squares in crochet and knitting and hooking them together, eight of each. I think a giant granny might be easiest then no joining, but have a think, and your wool is fine smile thanks

And we have a lovely donor to thank thanks thanks

Blondeshavemorefun Bless you B, your donation has arrived safely and we are very grateful to you, I have a lovely knitter who will make on behalf of you both, thank you so much, you are a star X

Heartfelt thanks to all thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Nixea Tue 18-Dec-12 19:17:11

Just checking in quickly to say that I'm still working on mine but its slow progress as I'm having to YouTube every time the pattern changes thanks to having the memory of a goldfish! smile I really hope to get it done over the next few weeks though, sorry its taking me a while!

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Dec-12 19:25:19

Nix, panic not and no need to apologise as this is an ongoing project.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 18-Dec-12 22:10:14

Thank you my knitter smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Dec-12 05:05:25

They will do a lovely job on behalf of you both. Thank you so much B thanks

Thank you Nix, yes, definitely on going thanks

Morning smile brew

Nixea feeling your pain, have just completed my first loopy 3D flower square using you tube, I can't read patterns for crochet lol

Have just posted my first Angel Hug Pistey, It is not quite square though as I started to run out of Wool, what it lacks in size it makes up for in sparkle lol.

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Dec-12 19:31:50

Sparkle and love. smile

MrsPennyapple Thu 27-Dec-12 21:10:07

Hello, just checking in here too (formerly TiredofZombies, have namechanged.)

I really, really want to get involved in this but am determined to finish some of my current projects, including a Little Hug I'm working on. Hope everyone is well.

Festivedidi Thu 27-Dec-12 21:18:22

I've finished mine now. I think it looks pretty good even if I do say so myself. I'll get it posted in the next couple of days.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Dec-12 11:13:52

Morning all smile wine

Have been away for a few days, back now, and returned to the most gorgeous Angel Hug from HavetoWearHeels Absolutely beautiful, and the sparkle really adds something very special. Tis also a perfect size, really doesn't need to be square. Just about to upload a photo to FB. thanksthanksthanks

Welcome MrsP and thank you. thanks

Thank you too didi, you are a star

thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 28-Dec-12 14:35:02

Afternoon. smile

Finally back from travels into No-3G land.

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Fri 28-Dec-12 16:19:27

Aha!

I simply wanted to bounce in and talk about my bargain from Hobbycraft... 10 balls of Sirdar White Whispers yarn for 49p a ball! I nearly leapt on it shouting "Angel Hug!" but restrained myself, simply shovelling it into my basket.

It feels like it has the same lovely soft drapeyness as the Baby Bamboo - 6 balls are proper white and 4 are a minute hint of duck egg blue. Will look fab as a ripple I think smile

LittleTownofBethleHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Dec-12 16:51:53

Hello. We're moving this thread to Arts and Crafts, at Knotty's request.

KnottyLocks Fri 28-Dec-12 17:06:52

Oh bless you , Helen.

<whispers>

How's the knitting coming along? smile

KnottyLocks Fri 28-Dec-12 17:08:08

Soupy , what a bargainous find. A ripple sounds perfect.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Dec-12 21:41:40

Smiling at Helen's avoidance of the knitting Q.

Bargain indeed Soupy.

Fab bargain soupy (if that IS soupy confused)
Managed to just about get my christmas knitting done so just have 2 pairs of fingerless gloves to do as a follow up then it's on with my angel hug!

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Sat 29-Dec-12 08:33:13

[arf] Yes, it's Soupy... must remove my turkey and sprouts grin

I was just gutted there wasn't any more - if only I'd gone in a day earlier!

MOSagain Sat 29-Dec-12 17:46:24

I've been truly crap and haven't even started mine yet. Was attempting a little hug of my own and will be finishing the last square tonight and will then crack on with my angel hug.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 29-Dec-12 22:35:15

I won't have that MOS <stern>

You are most definitely NOT crap, absolutely not!

Bless you for the Little Hug, it will be gorgeous, and plenty of time for the Angel Hug.

Definitely not crap.

MOSagain Sun 30-Dec-12 10:23:41

oh bless you pistey, you are too kind grin
started my first square for angel hug last night, felt a bit 'odd' knitting with different wool but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

SoupDragon Sun 30-Dec-12 10:26:05

It is bliss using the bamboo after Stylecraft. Nothing wrong with Stylecraft but this feels gorgeous

My Angel Hug isn't all white though. It has alternate pale green stripes which are almost white. It looks lovely though [nervous]

I am nearing the end of a couple of other projects, and would like to make an Angel Hug next - I will read back through the thread.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 01-Jan-13 17:33:13

It will be lovely Soupy smile thanks Thank you.

And thank you too Shredded, hopefully all the info is there, just shout if you need anything else. thanks

I'm planning to knit one and have just ordered the wool.
It pulls back a few memories, 10 years this months since I lost DS1 at 17 weeks.
A blanket would have been a real comfort back then.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 02-Jan-13 15:43:07

Bless your heart Poppets I am so sorry for the loss of your son. sad

Big hugs lovely, we are very glad to have you on board, thank you Xx

MOSagain Wed 02-Jan-13 16:53:09

poppetspinkpants (((hugs))) x

bebejones Wed 02-Jan-13 18:19:01

Have just picked up my angel hug again now the holidays are over! Hoping to finish by the end of the month and wondering why I didn't just do a large granny square??? hmm Also hoping I don't run out of wool before I finish, fingers crossed!

Have had tears from DD (4yo) coz she wants to keep it so have had to promise to make her a blanket next...what have I gotten myself into?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 02-Jan-13 20:55:50

Thanks Bebejones - I have more of that woolly wool if you do run out. Just shout.

Thumbs up for the blanket for your DD smile

KnottyLocks Wed 02-Jan-13 23:15:55

Bless you , Poppets.

Thinking of you and your beautiful boy x

MOSagain Thu 03-Jan-13 09:01:22

bebejones I've had to promise to make one for DD and DS. I don't mind the knitting, its the putting them together I'm going to struggle with

bebejones Thu 03-Jan-13 10:21:08

MOS I've never had to join bits together before so I think I'll struggle too!

In awe of all those who have experienced loss and are contributing blankets <hugs>

(Also amazed at all the fabulously crafty lovelies that have already finished... And those who have finished more than one!!)

Mine has been ready since just before Christmas. Have just taken it out to post and see dd someone has gotten a tiny bit of chocolate on it, so have to wash it. Hopefully it washes out or dd will have a new blanket for her baby's bed and I'll have to get hooking again!

Just having a go at this for an Angel Hug, http://www.tricotting.com/uploads/1/0/7/2/10726705/butter_blanket.pdf
please can someone tell me I am not going mad.
I says
"Cast-on 133 st, work 8 rows in garter stitch" which I have done,
then it continues
"r1 = k7 * k3 , yo, s-k2tog-p, yo* repeat - for 16 times, k3, ending with k7"
which just doesn't work, I have worked out the pattern as 6 sts (ie k3 , yo, s-k2tog-p, yo) with a border each end of 10 each end (ie K7, K3)
so basically mutiples of 6 plus 20 iyswim ?

this does not compute to 133

HELP !!!!!!!!!!!

I agree it does not work out. it would with 113 stitches so I wonder if there is a typo?

thanks droitwich that first row took me over an hour, keep going over it, thought I was going insane.
In the end I did a rough calculation on paper and ended up taking it back and doing one more border stitch at each end and so far it seems pretty even.
I suppose I can't complain with it being free and all grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 04-Jan-13 10:36:46

I have no idea about the pattern and can't even pretend smile

Chocolate will wash, no worries.

Thank you everyone. No particular deadline for the Angel Hugs. We are going to be contacting the Brompton and seeing if they are ready for another batch sad towards the end of the month.

Heartfelt thanks to all, you are stars thanks

bebejones Sat 05-Jan-13 10:13:57

More white woolly stuff arrived this morning, thank you Piste! smile

purplewithred Sat 05-Jan-13 12:18:41

I'd love to knit one of these next. Can I have recommendations for yarn and quantitities please - I'm going to be knitting and it won't be lacey.

PurpleFrog Sat 05-Jan-13 12:20:13

Following my speedy delivery from Deramores yesterday, I completed my Angel Hug this morning. I did the SANDS pattern, but worked 8 rows in white Stylecraft Special DK followed by 8 rows in a bobbly slightly off-white Patons Seaspray (from my stash!) throughout. Instead of the knitted border, I did a crochet one - 2 rounds of half treble in Stylecraft with a round of shell edging to finish it off. I am now debating whether or not to wash it. What do you think? I have been more careful this time to keep it free from dog hair. It still looks white... but the Patons Seaspray has been languishing in my stash for a loooooong time!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 05-Jan-13 14:47:13

thanks Thanks purplewithred, I would recommend white stylecraft and to make an Angel Hug you need 2 balls of the stuff, so 200g. Sadly Deramores are out of white at the mo, they've been doing a special offer on Stylecraft.

Purplefrog, happy to wash here if you like? thanks

PurpleFrog Sat 05-Jan-13 15:17:04

Thanks for the offer Pistey, but I think I'll just do it here. In fact I think I'll leave it just now as I may have a friend to wash it with in a couple of weeks time. I am planning to start another this weekend - I need a fairly mindless project to work on while watching all the new series that are starting on telly next week! [And to stop me drinking wine and scoffing Christmas chocolates!]

KnottyLocks Mon 07-Jan-13 07:56:06

Although Deramores don't have the Stylecraft Special DK in White at the mo, they do have Stylecraft Baby Aran in 200g balls. I have some : it's soft and hooking together very quickly .

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 17:58:47

Just uploaded photos of beautiful Angel Hugs arriving safely today, from the lovely Woolfey and GetOnYourDancingShoes. Enormous thanks to them both, they are just beautiful. Have a look at them on our Facebook page MNWoollyHugs.

BornToFolk Wed 09-Jan-13 19:40:05

Well, crochet has beaten me again! I keep labouring on and producing wonky looking weird squares, then looking at the beautiful blankets that other MNers have crocheted on Facebook and feeling v inadequate!

So, I'm going to save my crochet practice for another project and go back to knitting.

I found a pattern for a lovely baby blanket that I bought years ago and never made but it would be perfect for this, I think.

I want to make something really lovely and my crochet is far from being lovely at this stage!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 09-Jan-13 21:09:19

Oh bless you BornToFolk, thank you so much thanks Your knitted Hug will be lovely thanksthanks

Keep trying with the crochet though, you will get there smile

MissPricklePants Wed 09-Jan-13 21:13:17

oooh added to my to do list!! I would love to contribute to this!

I'd love to join in with this too, if I may. Not promising I'll be particularly quick, as I'm a bit of a beginner, but I've made a start and am pleased with how it's gone so far. What a great cause x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-Jan-13 07:05:10

Bless you both, this is an ongoing project, so when you are ready to send, we will be very happy to receive and take to the Brompton. And yes, it really is, in such a devastating time, there is something very positive we can do to help support and comfort these poor families. Thank you X

thanks thanks thanks thanks

I have one angel hug finished. And I'm part way through another and to try and utilise all the wool I have I'm crcoheting little squares and then crocheting them all together. May take a bit longer, but means I can use all those little bits of white I had left over from the ends of the balls I had already used.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-Jan-13 12:48:55

Thanks fan smile thanks

brew Lunchtime and catching up.

The most beautiful Angel Hug has arrived from OtherWorld Just going to take a photo for FB. It is lovely, a huge thank you to her X

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 10-Jan-13 20:37:36

Evening all wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 17:49:18

A very lovely crocheted Angel Hug arriving from Bebejones today, it is so beautiful. Made in stylecraft. A huge thank you to her. Xx

Just uploaded photos to the AH Album.

The pics of the blankets on FB are lovely, well done everyone smile

Help!

After 2 false starts and extensive frogging I'm finally on my way with my Angel Hug. However I've just measured it and it's only 22 inches. <cries>

I was planning to edge it anyway - does that count as the blanket size too or do I need to start yet again?

KnottyLocks Fri 11-Jan-13 21:48:43

Panic not, it'll be fine smile

Phew. Thank you!

bebejones Fri 11-Jan-13 22:47:08

So glad it arrived safe and sound Piste! smile

Panic over - now I'm a few rows in it's measuring 24.5 inches. Hurrah! smile

KnottyLocks Sat 12-Jan-13 07:16:38

See? smile
Well done, Joyful!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Jan-13 09:38:38

Sorry to bebe - forgot to say thank you for the separate white stylecraft squares and lovely hearts. That was very kind too, they will contribute towards an Angel Hug, bless you X

thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 12-Jan-13 17:12:19

If making a whole blanket feels too much, but you would still like to support this, we will always be v pleased to accept simple knitted/crocheted 6" squares, which we will hook together. If choosing this option, please use Stylecraft Special DK in white.

We have some donated wool for this if anyone is thinking of starting and would like some. Just PM me thanks

ibbydibby Sun 13-Jan-13 09:44:04

Hello, haven't posted here before. I bought wool yesterday for a blanket pattern which is described as 20in by 27.5.....wondering if a) this is too small, widthwise, and b) whether it should be square anyway?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 13-Jan-13 12:59:56

I'm sure it will be fine, thank you thanks

No need to be square, the fabric and fleece Angel Hug I made wasn't.

And thank you so much for joining us, you are a star X

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 14-Jan-13 19:20:52

A beautiful Angel Hug arriving today from the lovely SueM who is not actually a Mumsnetter, but thank you to her anyway. smile thanks

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 17-Jan-13 16:42:54

Hellosmile

Signing in to make an angel hug if its not too late. I'm going to make use of the Deramores 15% of Dk wool and get some stylecraft.

So, 6 x 6 inch squares by 6, that would make 30 inch square.....is that rightconfused I'm wondering how many balls of wool to get, I guess I'll get too many as usual!

Anyway, it's such a wonderful project and it was mumsnet that got me crocheting so it will be good to give something back.

25 6inch squares to make a 30 inch square. Mine is 9 7inch squares with a hefty boarder to make it just 24 inches square so it's small. Took less than 200g. I'd say 250g for a 30 inch square depending on pattern doyou

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 17-Jan-13 17:53:31

Thank you pig, I think I bought 5 balls of wool so I should more than enoughblush

MOSagain Thu 17-Jan-13 18:49:32

cracking on with my squares now, let it slide a bit, pesky real life got in the way but have just finished lemon's square and back onto the angel hug ones. Can't remember when the posting date is?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 17-Jan-13 20:10:49

Doyouthinktheysaurus - not too late at all my lovely, we'd be very glad to have you on board and your Angel Hug will be very precious to a family.

This will be an ongoing project and will just always run alongside the others. So thank you X

Thank you Pig for helping thanks

There is no particular last posting for Angel Hugs, I am aiming though to take a batch to the Brompton with me when I drop off the knitted knockers, which will be the first week of February, all being well.

thanks Thank you so much everyone thanksthanksthanksthanks

MrsPennyapple Thu 17-Jan-13 22:42:18

I have managed to get hold of some Stylecraft (it's not available locally) so will be able to send a couple of squares. I was hoping to do a whole hug, as I would have been able to use yarn I already have, but it's not happening. Not enough hours in the day, not helped by DD trying to drop her daytime nap! Will send as soon as I can.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 18-Jan-13 08:11:31

Thanks Pistey, I'll get started when my wool arrives. Deramores are pleasingly efficient with their deliveries, I find!

I would love to help, will go and find some white wool tomorrow. Do hope I'm not too late joining in.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 11:20:02

Not too late at all, tis ongoing, welcome on board. PM me when you are ready for posting. Hopefully all the info you need is in the OP

thanks

Leafmould Fri 18-Jan-13 22:32:43

2/3 done! I have really improved my knitting on this project, and it looks quite neat. Really looking forward to getting it finished and sent off.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 07:47:42

Bless you leaf X

AnyaKnowIt Sat 19-Jan-13 19:39:32

Can I just double check this is the yarn to use? www.deramores.com/stylecraft-special-dk

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 19:49:08

Yes, that is exactly it smile thanks]

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 19-Jan-13 19:49:32

thanks

grin

AnyaKnowIt Sat 19-Jan-13 19:55:54

Thank you smile will order some on pay day!

Great, will let you know as soon as I have finished.

KnottyLocks Sun 20-Jan-13 11:43:54

Checking in smile

A few more rows and an edge to go on my Angel Hug.

I'm looking for advice on edging actually - anyone recommend an easy way to edge the blanket? I'm making a very simple blanket with 25 squares (I think I'll need about 25 anyway... will see when I've done them!) that I'll stitch together. Any links to a good youtube tutorial or set of instructions would be appreciated wink

The Angel Hug I've just finished has a fairly plain border.
A row of DC all round,
a row of HTC all round
(TC C1 TC) in one stitch, skip 2 stitches repeat all the way round, fudging the corners as necessary.
HTC all the way round.

Probably. I'm not good at writing things down - I'm more of a Wing It kind of crocheter!

That sounds ideal, thanks - I'll keep it in mind smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 20-Jan-13 18:54:58

Evening all wine

MOSagain Mon 21-Jan-13 11:21:41

morning, cracking on with mine. Several college courses cancelled this week so more knitting time. Every cloud and all that grin

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 21-Jan-13 20:05:47

Evening.

I've done 4 squares so far, only started yesterday so I'm pleased with that! I'm on nights so if I have sme quiet time, I get my hook out. The down side is that I keep going wrong and there's lots of back and forth correcting silly mistakes because I'm knackered!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Jan-13 08:56:09

Thank you!

Morning smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-Jan-13 13:11:57

Arriving today from the legend that is Rubycon, seven beautiful Angel Hugs. Huuuuuge thanks to her Xx

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Mine's finished, and I've thrown in a knitted knocker for good measure.
It has a very impressive nipple, but I had to knit the base as my crochet went tits up (no pun intended)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Jan-13 14:43:41

Looking forward to seeing your impressive nipple Poppets

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I have posted my Angel Hug. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Jan-13 16:12:58

Thanks lovely Soupy thanks

There may also be a dodgy pint of guinness in there....

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 23-Jan-13 19:17:05

Bless you Soupy, you really are a star X

You haven't seen it yet! grin