Woolly Hugs: Little Hugs. Crafting away.

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KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 13:10:04

A new thread as we've managed to fill up two already smile

The project launch thread can be found here

The second thread is here

This is an ongoing project so Little Hugs can be made and sent to us at anytime. We will suggest posting dates from time to time to collect batches for sending off to Yorkhill Hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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. You are all complete stars thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 13:14:04

Pistey will be along at some point..... hopefully!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Feb-13 14:04:36

And here I am smile

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 14:05:21

See? grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Feb-13 14:16:40

A huge thank you to everyone for taking part in this ongoing project. Folk really are marvellous. thanks

Yes, please do PM me if I can help in any way, and when you are ready to post squares or a complete Little Hug I can send you all posting information.

And once again, a huge thank you. We know how special these Hugs are to those who receive them. So bless you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Feb-13 14:17:28

Magic innit? grin

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 14:43:44

It really is! smile

Is this a private party or can anyone Jin?

confused Jin? Join!

Woolfey Tue 19-Feb-13 17:06:01

Jin grin
Vodka girl myself

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 20:04:21

Oooo Gin Fizzy. Fabulous.

Also smashing with Wodka

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Feb-13 20:05:42

Someone say Gin Fizz?

Don't mind if I do smile

JD girl here! I'm rock and roll! Whilst knitting dragons!

Can someone remind me of the place to buy stuffing please? Dragon part durex is almost done! And I have a few other bitties needing stuffing for DS! So I probably need quite a bit!

HairyPotter Wed 20-Feb-13 17:09:34

Ok I know I haven't been around much, although I am attempting a Billie's blanket very very slowly but what the actual Jeff is a Durex Dragon Fizzy?

Oh shit!! I was trying to be continental! Part deux! blush

I'm the girl who walks through a room all dressed up beaming with confidence, only to be told once I sit down my skirts tucked in my knickers! True story that!!

FairyJen Wed 20-Feb-13 17:14:41

Rather stupid question but when you say quilts do you mean patchwork quilts? I'm making one for dd and have lots of spare fabric is this is what you mean when I've finished hers ( providing its not awful ) I'm happy to make more I've really enjoyed it!

Of you don't mean patchwork then just ignore blush

Durex dragon!


nickelbabe Wed 20-Feb-13 17:27:51

signing in!

HairyPotter Wed 20-Feb-13 17:35:19

Oh [disappointed face] Durex Dragon sounded so much more fun.

I came out of the loo on my farking wedding day with my dress tucked into my knickers blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 19:08:32

Big bloody arf at Durex Dragon grin

[wipes tears of laughter away]

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 19:09:52

Fairy There most definitely is a place for cotton fabric type quilts, we'd love to have you on board.

Wolfcub Wed 20-Feb-13 20:49:12

evening all, loving the durex dragon wink

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Feb-13 20:53:49

Hahahahaha Durex Dragon.....

<le snort>


KnottyLocks Wed 20-Feb-13 20:56:02

FairyJen, there are pics on our website www.woollyhugs.com and on Facebook , MNWoollyhugs, of quilts made so far. Lovely of you to join us.

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Feb-13 20:56:42

Soz, still laughing at Fizzy grin

Jules146 Wed 20-Feb-13 20:59:52

And here was I thinking that 'Durex' was the technical term!!

LackaDAISYcal Wed 20-Feb-13 21:01:34

oooh, been a long time since I was here <waves>. Life, college work, dodgy joints and lack of crafting mojo all contributing sad. I'm enjoying all the pics on facebook though and am amazed at how productive some of you have been! Hopefully I can contribute something again soon xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 21:01:46

Can you label the DD parcel discreetly when you post Fizzy? Just so I don't get embarrassed with the DC?



RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 21:02:01


I'm going to shove it in a durex and stick a stamp on it!!

Well, I'm sure your DH/ DP will be very pleased when you go to a shop and saY "I need some Durex big enough to fit a dragon into"

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 22:16:05



Flojobunny Wed 20-Feb-13 22:28:50

How many stitches do you need to cast on for a full 18" blanket?

Checking in!
Might start another blanket tomorrow - sporting v fetching 6 stitches on my jaw and feeling sore so need something quiet to do that will take my mind off it.

ouch! Was that from a knitting related incident..?

FairyJen Thu 21-Feb-13 08:06:07

Cheers guys! Had look at website and will have plenty left over to do a few patchwork quilts. The fabric is from dd's old clothes and bedding etc ( is a memory quilt I'm making her) so is likey to be more suited to a girl iyswim due to colours. I'm doing a smaller one for ds soon so shall have "boys" fabric soon!

( I got a bit carried away buying fabric so hence loads left blush )

Not a knitting incident Soupy! I had a cyst removed yesterday - tis a bit sore this morning.

Not fighting off a Durex Dragon with some 4mm needles then?


Sorry to disappoint.
Must have been delirious last night. I'm sure I had a look at you tube videos about crochet


Equally, I bought some knitting needles from a house clearance warehouse. I don't really want to learn to knit but I have to get rid of the squeaky-chalk-on-blackboard emotional response I get when I think of knitting.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Feb-13 13:44:10

Afternoon all smile

thanksthanksthanksthanks Beautiful Little Hugs arriving safely today from EllenJaneIsStillNotMyName HoggyTruffle and Kellestar Heartfelt thanks to you all, these are absolutely lovely.


nickelbabe Fri 22-Feb-13 13:45:54

I finished my little hug!

the one I made from yarn DH bought me for christmas.
It is just short one side, but not noticable.
100% acrylic, so i hope it's useful, and just under 20" per side

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Feb-13 13:50:50

Top banana, Nickel smile
Look forward to seeing it.

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Feb-13 13:52:06

I can imagine Soupy sitting there eyeing her knitting needles with suspicion grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Feb-13 22:44:19

More like this

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 23-Feb-13 10:41:58

Building up to this I feel

And finishing with this

MOSagain Sat 23-Feb-13 13:59:56

hello all, just checking in and marking place now back from holiday. Managed to do a bit whilst away but got rather odd looks sitting knitting on the beach grin Just finishing squares for Billie's blanket then back to little hugs. Somewhere I need to find time to do squares for DC3 and 4's blankets.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 23-Feb-13 19:20:02

Hope you had a lovely time MOS X


Beautiful crocheted squares to go to make a Little Hug arriving safely from the lovely cupofteaplease in cream, pink, purple and green. Just beautiful, a huge thank you to her X thanks


I think my question about where to buy stuffing got lost in the guffaws of my typo! Anyone care to point me in the right direction please? I have an excuse to sit and knit! I'm not going to waste it!

Just google I want stuffing


Hardy har har!!

Otherworld Sun 24-Feb-13 20:45:43

Just checking in.

My first little hug is complete. 25 x 6 inch squares lopsidedly joined together. The product of many hours of train journeys. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 25-Feb-13 08:55:27

Sounds perfect Otherworld Thank you thanks

Fizzy - I have enough stuffing left from knockers here, shall I post to you today?

Morning brew

No it's ok Pistey, its not for woolly hug related stuff. I'll get some when I checkout my basket on full of more wool blush I have many friends having babies soon, lost of blankets to knit!!

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Feb-13 10:20:52

Morning all smile

<tinks knife on champagne flute> <clears throat>
Today, marks one year since I posted a thread asking about how to go about starting knitting grin

A whole year! I've learnt so much! Laughed, cried, swore and frogged! Met people I would never have met otherwise!

You lot are luffly, I luffs you all! wine

CamperWidow Tue 26-Feb-13 19:19:04

Just checking in!
I was sent two lovely balls to do some squares. I have used one up and am half way through the next. I have been distracted by the on-going jigsaw blanket, a beret and a Hello Kitty hat for DD1. Nothing as fancy as a Durex Dragon..... grin
Will get my butt in gear!! blush

weill done Fizzy, that is an amazing achievement in a year (I have seen the dragon). I have been knitting since I was a kid, probably 30+ years, it is a hobby that I am very glad my Nan taught me all the years ago.

embean Tue 26-Feb-13 20:57:37

I've only just seen this but would love to have a go at a Mini Hug. Is there and end date for making them byt? (I'm not the fastest crocheter!)

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Feb-13 21:17:49

Embean, thanks fir joining us. This is an Ongoing project so you take the time you need smile

Woohoo, Fizzy. Happy anniversary grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 09:53:37

Morning brew

Awww Fizzy and huzzah!! smile

Good News, sending the next batch of Little Hugs to Yorkhill next Monday, bless them, and as much as we'd love for there to be no need, am really glad they will soon be with their new owners. Huge thanks to all thanks

Ooh! I'm almost finished the durex dragon, as I am sofa bound with the "injury" I might get it finished in time to go with this batch.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 10:21:33

Just about to sew a Woolly Hug label onto Fizzy the Dragon, just hope it doesn't hurt her sad

HoggyTruffle Wed 27-Feb-13 12:48:54

Glad to hear my effort arrived successfully and is off to a new home for lots of cuddles.

I'm having a short break to investigate some yarn bombing after looking at the daring exploits on Woolly Hugs facebook page <sneaks off feeling slightly furtive>

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:44:26

I have a new yarn bomb in mind, but it will involve dusting orf my knitting needles

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:44:50


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:45:32

Send us a pic Hoggy won't you?!

Ooh pistey, may I be of assistance! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:46:06

And if you get arrested I'm sure MNHQ will bail you out. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:47:14


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:48:22

Fizzy! My idea is very small, I have to go humour over quantity grin But I think it's a good one (obviously)

Does it involve norks?

OMG - just realised I live near Titsey Hill. How wrong would it be...?


Hope you are both feeling better droitwich and Fizzy.

My little hug will be on its way sometime next month, along with an angel hug and a Billie blanket - I have all 3 on the go, at different stages of completion and in different locations confused.

I want to yarn bomb too!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:54:17


Not wrong at all

Do it!

I live near Nork as well...

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:55:17

I'm norked out, Soupy but you MUST!

Shredded, you need to smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:55:56

I have driven through and seen signs to Nork, and it makes me arf EVERY TIME

Pratts Bottom may be a challenge... bit further away though. It's Snurksville in this corner of the country.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 13:58:04

Have done 4 rows of my new yarn bomb. I shall need to make a few for maximum effect and I shall need to go on a reconnaissance trip at some point.

Gets beret, MN scarf and shades....

There appears to be a nice, convenient road sign for Nork Way.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 14:04:52

You got a beret, MN scarf and shades Soupy? See you there

Or don't see me there... sleek n stealthy, that's me.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Feb-13 14:11:12


It is coming back to me why it is I prefer le crochet.....

What is it you are doing, I'm sewing up durex and its boring <yawn> I'd quite like a mini project!

Trazzletoes Wed 27-Feb-13 17:04:43

Fizzy you are sewing up durex?! <mind boggles> wouldn't it be, you know, cheaper and safer to just, er, buy some more? grin grin

Trazzle! <squishy hug> I had one of my funny turns about ten posts into this thread ^ up there ^ have a read, if it brings a smile to your face I'll be happy to be a laughing stock!!

Trazzletoes Wed 27-Feb-13 19:22:38

<hugs back> late-to-the-party-as-always-Trazzle grin

CamperWidow Wed 27-Feb-13 21:00:09

Ok, so I have 5 luffly squares ready....a heady mix of crochet and knitting! I've done a couple of fancy bits and some lovely plain squares. Who wants them?

And please, can I have a bash at one of these??? Please? Can I?????

KnottyLocks Wed 27-Feb-13 22:07:12

Oooo gowon, Camper smile

We'll find that bunny a lovely home.

We'll Pm you the address for posting. Many thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Feb-13 06:37:02

Oh yes to the bunny!

I shall PM you now Camper, many thanks thanks

Morning all brew smile

CamperWidow Thu 28-Feb-13 08:31:31

Got the PM, I shall get them to you over the w/end.

Am now stupidly looking at lovies and blankies on Ravelry......this is gonna end badly! grin

HoggyTruffle Thu 28-Feb-13 12:07:52

I am no longer a Yarn Bombing virgin shock. For those of you on Ravelry, this little guy is now hanging around the local park.

In honour of St. David's Day on 1st March, I have put a crocheted leek on the park fence. I'm not sure if anyone will notice as there is already an empty beer can and lost glove on the top of the other fence posts!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Feb-13 12:14:59

Absolutely BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love it, well done you!!

Yay! Hoggy!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Feb-13 12:17:50

I'm not knitting mine anymore. I don't know what came over me sad I think I momentarily lost my remaining marble.

But my crochet version is going well smile

Did a bit of a reconnaissance this morning. Well I sent my daughter when it was still dark, and now I have all the info I need smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Feb-13 12:21:17

Yaaay, Hoggy says its ok to go on our Facebook!


<goes off to nick the photos>

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 28-Feb-13 21:56:45

Hello everyone, my grandma loves knitting and crocheting and keeps nagging the family to make us more blankets, then shes now asked to make blankets for the nursery me and my DM work in. She can't because of health and safety.

Anyway was talking about this to my mum earlier when woolly hugs popped into my head, I know my grandma would love love to get involved with knitting blankets or crocheting blankets could she be of any use to you lovely ladies and how would she get involved?

I'm baffled as to why the nursery say no because of elf n safety! But their loss is our gain!!

I'm sure pistey will be along soon with all the details for your lovely grandma to join our merry band smile

I've just attempted my first knitted cupcake. My plan was to yarn bomb my neighbour tomorrow as its her birthday, but it looks like a nork!! I might just give it to ds to play with!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Mar-13 08:45:15

Well I'm baffled too, their loss is most definitely our gain. We'd absolutely love to have your grandma join the Blanketeers, that would be fabulous. Blankets she makes for us will help give support, love and comfort, they really mean so much to those who receive them. Thank you so much for thinking of us! thanksthanksthanksthanks

We have three ongoing projects, you have found this one, all the info is in Knotty's OP, in addition we have...

Angel Hugs for the Brompton Hospital

Billie's Blankets for World Child Cancer

They are also described in full on our website Here, look to the right of the menu bar to Little/Angel Hugs

We are on Facebook at MNWoollyHugs and Twitter @MNWoollyHugs.

We photograph all blankets for all projects that arrive and there are photo albums of these on the website and on Facebook

She could maybe have a look at the projects and see which she would like to contribute to?

Any blankets she makes for us will be so very gratefully received smile

If there is any more info you need, do ask.

And once again, thank you so much thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

It could be fire safety, amongst other aspect. With the Hugs, they are, in effect, personal possessions rather than the property of the hospital so perhaps it doesn't matter.

nickelbabe Fri 01-Mar-13 12:46:00

I missed a bit of last thread.
Did those squares of my mum's get made up yet?
I'd love to see the final result (I can't remember who I sent them to..)

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 01-Mar-13 16:02:31

Oh she's so thrilled that she can help, she is on fb so will direct her next Thursday so she can see and decide, won't be seeing her before then, she might decide all 3 smile she loves making blankets and children. If she wants to start straight away without looking it's 18 by 18 and soft wool yes?

Don't be surprised if I come back in a week with a list of all her friends that want to help to grin

Any size InNeedOfBrandy minimum 18x18. Although, if she does make some children, best not post them to pistey wink

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 01-Mar-13 16:22:09

Just got off the phone to my nan (not my grandma) and she wants to get involved with Billyhugs to. She likes knitting and needs something to do on a night time and keep busy.

Yay! We have a granny brigade!! I'm sure if she were still here my grandma would be in too, she was an amazing knitter. Left handed too! She could simultaneously knit watch tv read a book and drink tea! Was like watching an octopus!

FairyJen Fri 01-Mar-13 16:34:11

Right I've looke at your web page. I'm half way through doing a patchwork blanket and honestly the seams are that far off on last patch they could be separate quilts!! blush

Is there a criteria ie "that's awful throw it away"?? I'm a novice at this but am tryin hard. If its too terrible to use will you tell me or politely say thank you and them have a good laugh at it? grin

Trazzletoes Fri 01-Mar-13 16:53:13

Fairy I haven't managed a full hug yet but I do the odd square for other blankets. I am reliably informed that its the thought that counts and it doesn't matter how wobbly it is. Which makes me happy.

FairyJen Fri 01-Mar-13 16:56:27

But they all look sO gorgeous and lovely. I was imagining children opening blankets and being thrilled and then the poor child opening mine and face falling... Was like some awful save the children tv ad. grin

A wise (I'll refrain from saying old) mner once told be she always includes a mistake in her work, because once you reach perfection there is no joy left! I had adopted this stance, and ensure each blanket, square or dragon I make has a little oopsie! Otherwise where is the joy? grin

FairyJen Fri 01-Mar-13 17:04:13

I like your thinking! grin

I'm making blankets for both dc and what's really bad is that I'm more bothered about the perfection on woolly hugs than I am theirs! I keep switching out bad patches for good ones

Terrible mother I am sad

Trazzletoes Fri 01-Mar-13 17:11:56

Fairy my DS is poorly and has a Little Hug. I appreciate the love and care behind it, the effort that went in to it... He just loves his blankie and is happy that a lovely person cared enough to make it for him.

It's beautiful. But even if it were shit, we genuinely wouldn't care.

<makes note to send trazzle all shit blankets in future> grin grin <joke>

Seriously, every stitch, loop, purl, and snip is done with love and hope. And if you have a poorly child, love and hope is what you need in abundance.

Trazzletoes Fri 01-Mar-13 17:26:12

Fizzy go ahead! I love them! grin

Not sure DH would be impressed though - I'm trying to declutter!

FairyJen Fri 01-Mar-13 18:10:31

When ds was in scbu were given little crocheted blanked an woollen hat. Still got them although thankfully he too big for them now. I always wonder tho if they were made by a woolly hugger!

CamperWidow Sat 02-Mar-13 22:07:00

Ok, so I've started on my snuglie and will finish that and then send it with the squares.

Yesterday I found myself browsing hobbycraft! They have 3 for 2 on all yarn just now. Got myself some sidar snowflake! How lovely is that, if it is a nightmare to knit with?

I also got a few balls of sublime for my blanketeering stash, buttons and beads for my Easter chicks I'm going to make for ds!

And I bought one of those plastic storage units for all my woollieness, and its filled already! I should have bought the bigger one blush

I have problems! grin

Fizzy Snowflake is OK to work with, I had no problems when I used it.

It's a bit sticky on my rosewood needles, but that might just be because I haven't used the 5.5mm needles before and it needs seasoned in! A 25g ball goes a long way doesn't it!

Must admit the last time I used it was on metal needles lol

Metal would probably be better, but I don't have anything bigger than a4mm in metal. So wood is the way to go!

I do prefer wood or bamboo, have just started using them. I have a huge bag of needles now that I don't use, including loads of duplicates as my Mum can't knit anymore and donated hers to me. What size I you using ? If I have the right size I could post to you.

CamperWidow Mon 04-Mar-13 08:08:00

Heels, I would love to take any duplicates off your hands!

I only started knitting in August by buying a magazine, so I only have the cheap ones that come with it free. I have about 6 pairs of 5.00!!! BUt I would love some different sizes to do lovely things with.

I haven't got a lot, but I could certainly pay the postage, or do some ironing, or something?!?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 09:21:22

Morning all brew smile

Sunny and frosty here, but almost spring like <hopeful>

Just waiting for UPS to take the next batch of Little Hugs to Yorkhill. They are due between 9 and 3, so what time will they come I wonder?! Love, compassion and hope in abundance. that's for sure. Couldn't laugh at that, could you? FairyJen Your quilts will be perfect because they will have all of that crafted in. Tis all good. thanks

FairyJen Mon 04-Mar-13 09:29:14

Blood, sweat and tears is more apt for what's gone in my quilts grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 09:35:32

Tis OK Fairy, I can wash it before it goes grin

Camper no worries I will sort them out (probably over the weekend) and see what I have, then will PM you, no need to pay for postage just happy they can go to a good home.

CamperWidow Mon 04-Mar-13 11:30:50

Thanks Heels.
I have so many projects on the go! As well as my snuggly, I have nearly finished a special dolly for DD1 to swop for her dummies (we'll see how that goes!) as well as the interminable blanket for the Camper.
Actually, that's only three! Feels alot more! grin
How many things have you guys got going?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 13:33:07


UPS have been, and the next batch of Little Hugs are on their way to Yorkhill


Yay!! Bye fizzy the dragon! Be good!

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Mar-13 08:02:06

Thanks everyone thanks

Your Little Hugs will help to make some lovely children and their families smile. Bless you.

VirtuousVamp Tue 05-Mar-13 12:56:27

Hello! Hope you don't mind me popping by.

Just received a unexpected parcel from the postman. In which was the most beautiful quilt for my daughter. She had tears in her eyes as she said it was lovely. So thank you so much for bringing a much needed smile to our faces today.

with all our love and thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Mar-13 13:45:50

Oh so very pleased that she likes it smile Thank you so much for popping by: it's always lovely to know a Little Hug has arrived and has brought smiles and comfort.

Thinking of you all xxx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Mar-13 15:33:56

Oh I am so glad she has it, may it give her comfort and a hug from us all. Hope she is soon a lot better. Much love to her VV, much love to you all X

Good News.

The Little Hugs have been delivered safely to Yorkhill.
And breathe. smile
They have a job to do, and soon they will be busy.

Huge thanks once again to the crafters and donors who enable this all to happen. Real stars thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Ooh I didn't realise you were taking squares for Little Hugs. Once I've finished DD's ripple blanket I shall see what I can get out of my leftover Stylecraft and see if I can get some to you. Hopefully my skills will have improved since my squares for LemonTruffles.

Pistey/Knotty I hope this is ok to post this here. If not please let me know and I'll get my post deleted. Without wanting to take ANY time or attention away from the projects which are already being worked on, I get the odd email from the Kid Company, a London based charity. I got one today that I just thought might be of interest to some of you on the WH threads.

I will just copy and paste but will leave out the contact details so it's definitely not advertising etc, if anyone is interested then let me know / PM me I guess?

"THROW US YOUR THROWS / Therapeutic throws needed
Some of our most vulnerable and traumatised children find it hard to relax and regulate their emotions. We support these children in one-to-one therapy and with therapeutic groups. We currently need brightly coloured cushions, throws and blankets for an after-school emotional well-being group for 4-8 year olds. Ideally the donations would be in new or good-as-new condition."

Jacksmania Thu 07-Mar-13 15:55:59

Morning! wine

I mean, brew


I started on a Little Hug on Monday smile

Meant to make a bunch of squares and then hook them together but the first square turned out way too big so then I started to go round it in different colours of yarn and different patterns. Just kind of making it up as I go along. I also meant to make it in shades of blue and green but then as I started to go around the edges it somehow developed a ruffled look hmm - so added pink and I think it will definitely be a girl's blanket. It's already nearly 18" x 18" - might be done some time next week!

Could someone PM me the address where I should post it to? Via air mail and registered this time (still fretting over my squares that haven't arrived yet, thank you very little Canada Post!).

nickelbabe Thu 07-Mar-13 17:11:53

I have in my hands (well, on the desk next to me) a receipt for postage of my Little Hug.
i have put a little something extra in the envelope, which I hope Pistey SFK will be able to make good use of smile

I hope my hug is okay. smile

nickelbabe Thu 07-Mar-13 17:12:29

ah, i didn't put what project - it's the normal little hugs, it's not big enough for the big ones.

KnottyLocks Fri 08-Mar-13 07:04:47

Thanks, Nickel. smile

We'll make sure that your lovely Little Hug is sent to the right place thanks

KnottyLocks Fri 08-Mar-13 07:06:26

Sounds fab, Jacks.

Will PM you the address if Pistey hasn't done so already.

KnottyLocks Fri 08-Mar-13 07:10:50

StopEatingTheMud, yes please to squares ! smile

Will have a look at the that charity. Thanks for that. Can't promise anything at the moment as we're pretty busy. Certainly one to think about though.

CamperWidow Fri 08-Mar-13 07:46:37

Ok, so I tried starting the bunny and got distracted/frustrated so I frogged it and did two more granny squares! grin

So that's a lovely total of 7 squares (of slightly different sizes hmm) waiting for hubby to post for me.

If you can you send me some more lovely donated snuggly stuff, I am detemined to do a whole blanket this time!!

Jacksmania Fri 08-Mar-13 17:32:48

Is there a pattern for crocheted flowers? I think I'd like to do some flowers and then sew or crochet them onto the centre square.

CamperWidow Fri 08-Mar-13 21:02:37

Check out ravelry.com.......loads of stuff on there!!!

Glasgow meet up thread if anyone fancies it!

Jacksmania Sat 09-Mar-13 16:27:38

I feel like a complete numpty - I signed up with Ravelry and was looking for flower patterns, found one I liked, clicked on it, then clicked on both "photo tutorial" and "written pattern" and both of them took me to many more patterns but no instructions! How do I get to instructions???

The photo tutorial and written pattern links, are they in grey boxes? If so they are just the tags for that apprentice. Un the free text bit underneath is the a link saying something like "open this for a ravelry Download"?

Jacksmania Sat 09-Mar-13 17:15:41

Hm... will have a look. Thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 09-Mar-13 22:12:36

Jacks, other flower patterns:

Look at Attic24 website or find Catherine HIrst on YouTube .

Jacksmania Sun 10-Mar-13 03:42:29

Oh, thanks!!! That's easier!
I must be an idiot but I just don't get on with Ravelry.

Jacksmania Sun 10-Mar-13 20:28:30

My Little Hug - the blanket part - is done!!!

Now I just need to find time today to crochet and attach a few flowers, and pack it up and post it (Air Mail, with tracking number!!!!) on Monday or Tuesday.
bit ridiculous but I'm v v v proud of myself because I finished it in one week

Is 24" x 24" big enough? I could add another few rows around and make it bigger.

KnottyLocks Mon 11-Mar-13 06:39:17

And we are proud of you too, Jacks! Well done smile

24 x 24 is fine, but if you'd like to make it bigger, that's fine too.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Mar-13 08:45:28

Morning brew

Tis really lovely Jacks. Safe journey Little Hug smile


CamperWidow Tue 12-Mar-13 10:30:02

Ooh!!!! I got mail!!!!

Thankyou, they are lovely, I can't wait to spend hours on Ravelry searching for the right patterns!!!!!!

Will post mine Thursday now, can't get to the PO any sooner.

More returns from the knitting shop that i can't send back hmm

I wish I'd never agreed sale or return - they buy in stuff that's "firm sale" then try to return it - why order it if you don't know that you'll sell it?! (says she with a shop full of stuff no one wants...)

So one of tem is Lily Chin's Knitting Tips and Tricks, which I'll try to get rid of somehow, but the other one is this lovely book on granny squares!
(most of them aren't squares, but it's got some nice squares in it, and some of the non-squares can be put onto squares)

CamperWidow Wed 13-Mar-13 08:03:21

Ok, so I started out trying to do a swirly sun and it's ended up being a flower as I got fed up of stupid colour changes!!! Just going to make a little bumblebee to stitch on and it's ready to go!!!!

MinnieBar Wed 13-Mar-13 16:40:45

Helllloooooo, haven't had a chance to read all the messages in the thread yet but I'm just marking my place to catch up later. I really feel I've missed out by falling off the last thread!
<mwah, mwah> and brew to all

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Mar-13 17:21:14

Wotcha MInnie smile

Afternoon , lovely woolly folk!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 14-Mar-13 20:07:07

Evening wine

A beautiful crocheted Little Hug in red for Yorkhill arrived safely from the very lovely Woolfey. Just beautiful. A huge thank you to her thanks

Also posted a Little Hug to Harry and one to OliviaMumsnet's godson Sending both boys and their families lots of love and keeping them in our thoughts. We hope they are both a whole lot better very soon X

MinnieBar Fri 15-Mar-13 10:19:42


Right, hooky question. I am currently working on a square that I have decided possibly wrongly will be made up of nine diddy granny squares hooked together. What's the best method of hooking them together? I'm at work (shhh) so can't view any videos. Double crochet all the way along??

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 17-Mar-13 08:42:00

Think it might be too late to respond here grin as I've seen the finished square and it is lovely!

Morning brew smile

KnottyLocks Sun 17-Mar-13 08:59:31

Morning all smile

AnitaManeater Sun 17-Mar-13 13:38:33

Afternoon smile I have a Billie Blanket and a Little Hug going in the post tomorrow. I have OCD'd my wool stash and I'm already planning another one x

KnottyLocks Sun 17-Mar-13 15:09:14

Fabulous, Anita. Many thanks, you [star] thanks

CamperWidow Sun 17-Mar-13 15:43:08

Well, I've been told by ladies in the know that I need to back my Hug as little hands may get caught in the threads, so it may be a little longer sad.
On the plus side I have recruited a friend through FB photo sharing whose daughter was treated at Yorkhill and can crochet/knit!!!

Woolfey Sun 17-Mar-13 17:57:17

Camper, I haven't backed any of mine (crochet). Check with Pistey/Knotty before you do anything as I don't think they have to be backed unless they're quilted ones.

KnottyLocks Sun 17-Mar-13 19:42:11

Hi lovelies ,

Am on phone, will post more later. Do not worry about backing your blanket, Camper. The decision of which blanket is given to individual children is made by the hospital , with all things such as appropriateness thought of.

CamperWidow Mon 18-Mar-13 07:45:13

It's ok, I think I will do it anyway, I've carried threads across andit would just bother me if I didn't. That and I've made a flower (complete with bee!) and I've got a lovely sky blue fleece to back it with so it should look even better!

KnottyLocks Mon 18-Mar-13 09:00:58

Ah, see what you mean about threads carried across..

It sounds gorgeous btw smile

qazxc Mon 18-Mar-13 15:30:42

I'm just doing the border on a baby blanket now.
I started it when i got pregnant last year but lost the baby so it has been stuck at the bottom of the pile as i didn't quite know what to do with it.
I started it when i was still a beginner who didn't know how to weave ends in properly so fingers crossed it should withstand machine washing. I'll wash before i send (or not if it falls apart).
Where do i post off to?

qazxc Tue 19-Mar-13 08:21:00

Border finished and have put it through a 30 degree woollen wash and there seems to be no damage. Phew!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Mar-13 07:49:07

Oh bless your heart qazxc, big hugs lovely X

I shall PM you posting details, thank you so much thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Mar-13 07:50:31

and I have smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Mar-13 07:59:08


Five beautiful knitted Little Hugs for Yorkhill arriving from the very lovely Rubycon. A huge thank you to her thanks

Photos already in the FB album, do go and check them out.


AnitaManeater Wed 20-Mar-13 17:55:15

Still trying to get to the post office! The queue is always hideous as I can only get there at school run time, have wimped out the last couple of days as DS2 is being particuarly manic at the moment lol

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Mar-13 09:03:42

You have my sympathies with Post Office queues!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Mar-13 09:07:03

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

From the very lovely Jacksmania, and all the way from the West coast of Canada, a beautiful crocheted Little Hug for a child in Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow. How amazing is that? Photos already on FB.
Thank you thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Jacksmania Thu 21-Mar-13 14:54:17

grin grin grin grin :

qazxc Thu 21-Mar-13 18:25:28

Posted off this afternoon. fx it gets there ok.

MinnieBar Sat 23-Mar-13 18:15:18

Right, I've done 8 out of 9 squares for my hug and now I'm tweaking those to try and get them to an even vaguely similar size as each other… yes, yes I can hear Pistey and Knotty rolling on the floor with laughter shrieking 'karma!!!!' at each other - grin

Sooooo, I have a knitted square that's a bit too wide. What's my best option:
1. Tink it and start over
2. Fold over and sew down the excess
3. Have one randomly large edge

I'm ok about tinking and restarting as it's one I did ages ago, I'm just aware of the deadline that's been and gone…

KnottyLocks Sat 23-Mar-13 19:36:48

Ah, but Minnie, this is an ongoing project smile

Are you putting the blanket together yourself, or would you like us to?

KnottyLocks Sat 23-Mar-13 19:39:06

If you are hooking it, you can probably get away with it being a wee bit bigger than the others and adjust while hooking together . Wiggleability innit grin

MinnieBar Sat 23-Mar-13 21:19:18

It's more than a wee bit bigger… about an inch, and there's not much room to hide it on a Little Hug!

Don't worry, I'm going to hook it together myself, now that I'm an expert wink

MOSagain Sun 24-Mar-13 18:23:08

Last square for Billie's blanket will hopefully be finished tonight and then back to Little Hugs.
Want to steer away from baby blues and pinks so was going to do teal/peacock and amethyst. Knotty/Pistey, do you think this would look ok?

<goes to google 'wiggleability'>

weegiemum Tue 26-Mar-13 08:59:53

I'm reading this and posting as I'm currently sitting in the SGH in Glasgow, on a (monthly, regular, nothing to worry about) drip.

I'm disabled - my hands, as well as my legs, don't work too well, they're numb due to a neurological illness. Yesterday, my Occupational Therapist suggested that I'm ready for knitting again (a year ago I couldn't hold a fork, feed myself, do buttons, write). Last week I sewed a Brownie Badge on for my dd2. So I'm feeling confident. And it's poignant as it was the Agility badge which my dd2 just earned after being cared for by Yorkhill for a hip problem for 5 years. In also love Yorkhill as I'm a personal friend of expat.

So ... I'm asking! I'd like to knit. But my squares might not be perfect to start with (before my illness I could knit Aran and Fair Isle!). Are a wee bit wonky squares ok till I get up to speed, or should I practice a bit first?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Mar-13 09:14:48

Such good news that you are feeling confident and up for this Weegie, we are so glad to have you with us, welcome, and well done to your DD, that's fabulous too. Another big cheer for Yorkhill. smile

For us it is genuinely all about the love and thought that goes into squares and blankets, makes them very special indeed, that's their heart. So yes please, and don't say 'wonky' say 'characterful' smile and we'd love to have them!

Have you seen us on FB MNWoollyHugs? We post pictures of blankets as they arrive, and joint blankets as they are made.

Hopefully all the info you need is in Knotty's OP, but we are very glad to have you on board X


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Mar-13 09:17:16

Soz MOS, what woolly wool are we talking? Is this DB? I need to look, but really you need Knots, she is much better at this.

Off to the post office ... grin

MOSagain Tue 26-Mar-13 10:23:57

hurrah for BIWI the last inch is the hardest grin

Pistey have got DB teal/peacock and amethyst which I think look ok together (came highly recommended by Podd I think) will crack on in those two colours then decide if need a third.

weegiemum I am famous for my wobbly arsed squares grin Pistey and knotty were constantly assuring me its the love that goes into them that counts, I'm sure your squares will be beautiful, so glad you feel you can knit again x

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Mar-13 21:23:24

Oi, MOS! What colour codes are them there yarns?

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Mar-13 21:24:59

If you fancy adding a third colour, something silvery would probably work nicely.

CamperWidow Wed 27-Mar-13 08:46:32

Weegie, my first squares were such random sizes I was sure they would be rejected or turned into a 'frankenstein-esque' blanket that would be the booby prize. Not only was I reassured they were lovely and perfect in their 'characterfullness', but also I have got better with the practice! I have finally finished my first blanket and just need to wait for payday now to send them all off.

MOSagain Wed 27-Mar-13 12:13:24

knotty teal is 019. Need to check amethyst.
Silver sounds interesting <goes off to look>

Am getting a bit worried about the amount of wool I've 'accidentally' purchases recently. Have about 2 bin bags full and its getting hard to hide blush

PurpleFrog Wed 27-Mar-13 12:35:56

Only 2 bin bags full? blush

I have just taken a large delivery from the Plastic Box Shop for 6 large lidded crates so that I can ditch some of my bin bags and hopefully be able to find fabric and yarn without tipping out 6 bin bags first!

Queenofknickers Wed 27-Mar-13 12:38:58

Have just found this thread and its inspired me to get my needles out! Practice square half done...smile

MOSagain Wed 27-Mar-13 17:03:26

purplefrog where do you hide it all?

PurpleFrog Thu 28-Mar-13 09:21:05

Hide? I can't hide it... unfortunately!

At the moment I have some stuff in bags in the loft and a lot of small crates and bags strewn about in the spare room. My plan is to get most of the stuff sorted out and the new large crates stacked neatly at one end of the loft. (The central part of our loft is properly floored with walls etc. - but is not technically a proper room because there is just a ladder and no door.)

I have washed out the new crates, so am hoping to get started on this over the weekend.

MOSagain Thu 28-Mar-13 15:20:13

your husband is far more understanding/tolerant than mine wink

PurpleFrog Thu 28-Mar-13 15:39:53

your husband is far more understanding/tolerant than mine

Probably not - judging by all the sarcastic comments I have to put up with! grin

MOSagain Thu 28-Mar-13 16:02:15

<wonders if Purple's DH has eye rolls down to perfection too?>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Mar-13 17:35:59


Bless your heart qazxc, thank you, your stunning Little Hug has arrived, it is just beautiful and precious, heartfelt thanks to you my lovely. X


Jacksmania Thu 28-Mar-13 18:31:45

Hooooooraaaaayyyyy - taxes have gone off to the accountant so provided I can keep up with the daily paperwork I need to do, I am, in theory, free to start crocheting again without feeling guilty... have been pondering colour combinations for another Little Hug.

Teal, silver and amethyst sound gorgeous... I must not buy more yarn, I must use up what I have.... aaaaaarrrgghhh grin

Hello, just putting myself back on the thread - I dropped off while moving house a few weeks ago.

My little hug is de-peskified (lots of ends)

My Billie Blanket is finished and edged

And I have a couple more rounds and some edging to do on my angel hug

All being well they'll all be off to pistey next week smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 30-Mar-13 15:39:48

Loving the term de-peskified

Well done Shredded, you are a star, and hooray for Jacks smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 30-Mar-13 15:41:26


Beautifully bright and cheery, a gorgeous Little Hug for Yorkhill from the very lovely PiggyPlumPie. A huge thank you to her. Did you knit it like a spiral Piggy? Tis just lovely thanks Pic already on our Facebook page.


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 30-Mar-13 15:52:42

smile We have a lovely donor to thank this afternoon, huge thanks to her for her generosity, she really is marvellous. thanks


You really are a star, bless you X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

SoupDreggon Sat 30-Mar-13 15:55:29

I've just recruited my mum and sacrificed some of my Stylecraft stash whilst I'm here visiting.

She refuses to use my spare Mumsnet login of TheOldDragon though grin

I've also finished my little hug smile

MinnieBar Sat 30-Mar-13 17:59:44

My DH bought me a yarn storage bag thingy for Xmas.

Unfortunately, it is full (well those Stylecraft balls are quite sizeable). I think I need another grin

Slight pause on my overdue Billie Blanket for some Easter crafting. Nothing as impressive as Attic24's Easter garland (what is!), just some eggs so I should be back on track soon--ish--.

PiggyPlumPie Sat 30-Mar-13 20:32:43

Have just seen my blankets on Facebook!!!! gringringrin

Pistey, the stripey one was knitted on 10 stitches and then you sort of knit the corner and carry on up the side picking up the end stitch as you go.

It is a lot easier than it looks and best of all there is no sewing up.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 02-Apr-13 07:59:15

Morning brew smile

Piggy - it still is beyond me! Respect to you!!

SoupDragon Tue 02-Apr-13 12:51:07

Little Hug in the post.

Hopefully it will raise a smile... wink

KnottyLocks Tue 02-Apr-13 16:17:09

Thanks, Soupy. smile <<< smiling already

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 02-Apr-13 16:49:50

Me too Soupy smile


A Little Hug for Yorkhill from the very lovely qazxc. Took it into the garden to photograph to inspire the sun, tis so beautifully sunny! Bright is GOOD!!

A huge thank you, tis gorgeous Xx


Jules146 Tue 02-Apr-13 19:39:12

Hello all... I fell off a fair while ago but back now... any chance anyone can put the thread link up for the Angel blanket please as I am on my phone and I can't find it!
TIA smile

KnottyLocks Tue 02-Apr-13 19:43:58

Hello, lovely Jules smile

Will do when I'm not on my phone, unless someone gets there first.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 02-Apr-13 19:51:09

Oooooo, that can be me. Two ticks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 02-Apr-13 19:52:34

The Angel Hug thread is here

Thank you so much Jules thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

qazxc Tue 02-Apr-13 20:11:51

you're more than welcome pistey. it was my first star and it was so easy once you get going and grows really quick.

Jules146 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:17:09

Thanks Pistey will head over there in just a sec! Qazxc I saw your beautiful blanket on FB, is there a pattern anywhere? Thanks smile

In case it's helpful to anyone I had a Stylecraft discount code from Deramores this morning - for 15% off enter STWK at checkout. Expires midnight 11 April.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 06-Apr-13 13:43:30

Afternoon brew

Huge thanks to the very lovely Soupy thanks

Has everyone seen her gorgeous Jammie Dodger Little Hug? Tis absolutely brilliant!


BIWI Sat 06-Apr-13 14:24:17

In awe. Again.


qazxc Sat 06-Apr-13 18:34:01

jules146 i used this you tube video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_vMJWWgyJo

KnottyLocks Thu 11-Apr-13 09:10:12

Popping this back on my 'Threads' smile

JulesJules Sat 13-Apr-13 15:19:28

Hello everyone!

Do you think www.deramores.com/stylecraft-harlequin-chunky this chunky weight acrylic yarn would be suitable for a blanket?

It's multicoloured, so I'd either keep the pattern v simple (maybe st st with a moss stitch edge) or fairly simple pattern, eg wave stitch like this

Or is it a bit too chunky?


Oh, and does anyone have a formula for working out how much wool you need for a blanket?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 15-Apr-13 14:32:48




I get Knots

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 15-Apr-13 14:36:58


Beautifully sunny Little Hug arrived for Yorkhill from the very lovely NeitherShreddedNorSmug. <happy sigh>

A huge thank you to her, tis just lovely. thanksthanks


Huge thanks to our lovely friends at St. Conval's Church in Linwood, and their woolly organiser Marie. They've been sending Marie squares and she has been making them into beautiful Little Hugs for Yorkhill, which is not so far from where they are.

Huge thanks to Marie, and huge thanks to all thanksthanks


KnottyLocks Mon 15-Apr-13 16:25:37

Hello! smile

Jules, that would make a lovely snuggly blanket.
Think you'll need a minimum of 4-5, possibly more as there's 100m to the ball.

poss pattern?

Depending on how big you want it obv.

As for a formula...er... you can work it out by knitting a test sq and weighing, measuring etc, if you're upsizing a pattern or creating one. Obv you need the wool to do that which is the downside (along with the faff)

I tend to just guess grin

<ever helpful>

MinnieBar Mon 15-Apr-13 17:53:26

I'm on what will hopefully be my last round of edging for my very late contribution to Billie's Blankets!

Er, for some reason it's not square. That's ok isn't it? <frets>

JulesJules Mon 15-Apr-13 18:43:02

Thank you! I've already ordered some of that wool. I only got 3 balls, so if it comes out too teeny, I'll just have to order more grin

I've started mine again - didn't like how it was turning out. Tis my first crochet one though!

KnottyLocks Mon 15-Apr-13 18:49:52

Minnie, they don't have to be square smile


KnottyLocks Mon 15-Apr-13 18:50:57

Oooo, go Droitwich!


Otherworld Tue 16-Apr-13 14:15:43

Just marking my spot. I have a Little Hug ready here to post. With an Angel Hug to accompany it. Planning to pack them up today and send to Pistey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 16-Apr-13 15:30:32

You star. Thank you thanks

can i combine style craft with cashmerino?
it's just i made a flower with cashmerino and then was sent some stylecraft.
i don't want to waste my flower.

KnottyLocks Tue 16-Apr-13 21:47:02


Generally, I wouldn't combine these two together when making a blanket because of the difference in shrinkage, texture and wear. However, using them as you intend to - stylecraft blanket with a cash flower stitched on - will be absolutely fine smile

cool, thank you for the reassurance.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 17-Apr-13 16:05:33

Afternoon brew smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A beautiful Little Hug for Yorkhill arriving today from the very lovely PurpleCrazyHorse, just gorgeous, pic already on Facebook. thanks

PCH asked about sizing - Yorkhill really need as wide a variety of sized blankets as we have asked for our Billie's Blanket project, we just have a smaller minimum size for Yorkhill. thanks

PurpleCrazyHorse, your card will be kept safely for your Yorkhill family too. Huge thanks thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Facelikeafriendlyapple Fri 19-Apr-13 14:33:14

Grr, just lost my post... But gist was:
1)this project is great 2) I can only knit squares but I'd love to do some of them and send them on to you. Is that ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 19-Apr-13 15:30:37

More than OK, they would be very warmly welcomed indeed, all the details are in Knotty's OP. Huge thanks thanks

MOSagain Sun 21-Apr-13 07:30:30

Hello, just putting back on my threads I'm on.
facelikea I only do squares too but the lovely pistey and knotty turn them into something.wonderful. tis magic!

Hoping to finish the squares for my next hug this week

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 21-Apr-13 08:19:29

Morning brew smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 21-Apr-13 08:20:04

Thank you lovely MOS thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Apr-13 17:20:36

Just set up a Little Hugs album for 2013 on Facebook, thought it might make them easier to look at if they were split.

Beautiful knitted Little Hugs for Yorkhill arriving today from Mrs V Baker, who is the very lovely Blanketeering Grandma of one of our Mumsnetters. A huge thank you to her X

Jacksmania Wed 24-Apr-13 20:21:15

Loving the "blanketeering grandma" grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 06:50:48

grin brew

JulesJules Sun 28-Apr-13 09:44:46

Have already tweeted this, so apols if people have already seen it - Deramores have a free pattern download for this crochet pattern for a bobble heart blanket

Gorgeous. Wish I could crochet!

MOSagain Sun 28-Apr-13 17:09:58

just marking place as you keep dropping off my threads I'm on.
Frantically trying to finish my squares for my hug as want to get finished before I disappear off to deepest darkest Peru in 2 1/2 weeks in case I don't return grin

I've found the Stylecraft yarn here for £1.49 per 100g, the online ordering isn't working at the moment but you can order by phone.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Apr-13 19:37:56


Beautiful Little Hugs arriving today from lovely fan's mum and the equally lovely ruby. Huge thanks to them both, photos are already on Facebook. They are absolutely gorgeous thanks


KnottyLocks Tue 30-Apr-13 09:57:19

They really are gorgeous smile thanks

MOS! Crack on, love!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 01-May-13 16:08:33

Three beautiful Little Hugs arriving safely today from LizaRose, HoggyTruffle and Birnamwood Enormous thanks to them all, they are absolutely lovely. Photos are already on the facebook page.


Last posting for the next batch of Little Hugs for Yorkhill to be Saturday 25th May


JulesJules Thu 02-May-13 19:39:16

fretting about my blanket, tweeted you with a pic - it's 22x27 inches (just under 3 balls of the Harlequin stylecraft) will that be big enough? It doesn't look suitable for a small baby to me as the pattern is quite holey, and its turned out darker colours than I anticipated. So it might be a better Billies Blanket, but is it big enough for that?

KnottyLocks Fri 03-May-13 08:32:23

Jules, if you want to send it, we'll make sure it goes to whichever project it is best suited too . Worry not smile

JulesJules Fri 03-May-13 15:27:50

Thank you! [ huge bunch of flahs and a kiss]

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 07:58:58

Morning all brew smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 13:27:18


Beautiful Little Hugs for Yorkhill arriving safely today from the very lovely Kingfisher, and how lovely they are, huge thanks to her, one crochet, one knit, both just super, photos already on Facebook. thanks


MOSagain Wed 08-May-13 17:45:52

hello, squares for my Little Hug posted first class today. Hopefully Pistey you'll have time to hook together before 25th? x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-May-13 17:41:08

I am certainly hopeful - and they are here - huzzah!

MOSagain Thu 09-May-13 18:53:27

am frantically trying to finish another little hug (smallest size) If I post the squares to you before I go to Peru next Wednesday would you have time to hook that one together too? No worries if not x

KnottyLocks Fri 10-May-13 09:18:23

Give her something to do, MOS grin

MOSagain Fri 10-May-13 10:20:15

I'd hate to put her under pressure though. She will still need some hours in the day for consumption of gin! wink <rushes back to knitting bag>

HoggyTruffle Fri 10-May-13 13:29:48

Buy Pistey some of these - hands free gin drinking allowing square joining at the same time wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 00:42:11

Love and need those Hoggy

wine wine Cheers Knots!!

JulesJules Sun 12-May-13 07:06:49

Hands free gin drinking kit??

<places order>

Schooldidi Mon 13-May-13 22:45:02

I've done a blanket in chunky wool (because i sent dp to the wool shop and wasn't explicit enough in my instructions), it's a star shaped one and it's measuring a 22" diameter. Is that big enough? It doesn't look very big to me, but I've run out of that wool and won't be able to get more before I want to post this parcel to make it bigger. I'm happy to wait and keep it for the next parcel so i can get more wool and make it bigger, or you can have it at the size it is and decide for yourself whether it's big enough for a Little Hug. Is the minimum size for Billie's blankets smaller? I'm happy for it to be used for either.

KnottyLocks Tue 14-May-13 17:31:45

hello Didi,

this is entirely up to you. If you feel it would be better bigger, we can wait. We'll find a good home for it either way, bless you smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-May-13 07:47:54

Morning brew

MOSagain Wed 15-May-13 20:34:29

Just checking to see if last lot of squares for blanket arrived? Posted Monday. Early night now before squabble at airport security over my bag of needles!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 15:27:16

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A beautiful Little Hug for Yorkhill arriving today from the very lovely Macarooned, crocheted in blue, purple and silver, photo on FB, huge thanks to her, tis gorgeous thanks

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Mhw02 Fri 17-May-13 15:33:43

Registered for mumsnet so I can post in the woolly threads. I have posted off a couple of blankets today, so hope they arrive soon. One of them is my first ever attempt at crochet (I only learnt three weeks ago!), but I definitely think I'll be crocheting again - thoroughly enjoyed doing it!

By the way, have noticed mentions of cards - are we meant to send cards with our blankets as I haven't done that?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 15:37:05

Glad to have you with us X

Re cards, if you would like to include a note/card for the parents receiving the blanket,  it would be a lovely gesture, but please don’t feel you have to. All Little Hugs will have a woven label, like a name tag, sewn in that says “With Love from Woolly Hugs” but have a think

It is still not too late, happy to unite for you.


Mhw02 Fri 17-May-13 16:04:26

Thanks, Pistey. I won't this time, (I'd only spend about a month fussing over what to write) but will think about it for the next time I'm posting some. (I've got about five half finished.)

Macarooned Sat 18-May-13 10:16:05

Glad it arrived safe and sound Pistey. I wonder what you postman/woman makes of all your woolly parcels!

I have another lh on the go too and I hope to do some squares for the current big woolly hugs...so much sad news.

flowers and brew for all your effort grin

CamperWidow Mon 20-May-13 09:32:44

Can I ask if anyone has tried another parcel carrier than Royal Mail? I have two Hugs and several squares to send and I'm dreading the postage!!! Unless anyone is in the Bridgewater area that I could drop off at next week?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-May-13 09:59:59

Woolfey's lovely blankets arrived with MyHermes, maybe PM her and see how that was/cost etc?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-May-13 14:29:35

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Beautiful Little Hugs arriving from the very lovely Woolfey and the equally lovely MHW Heartfelt thanks to both, photos already on Facebook thanks

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Woolfey Tue 21-May-13 07:16:27

Morning brew
I've also used Collect+ and they have been ok too. Both worked out much cheaper than Royal Mail even when they collected the parcel from my house. They take a bit longer than 1st class though so you need to take that into account.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-May-13 08:51:32

Morning brew

Just a gentle reminder that last posting for Little Hugs for Yorkhill is this coming Saturday (25th) we are just lining up a delivery to Glasgow for next week.

If you can't make this deadline, please don't worry, this is an ongoing project, we have sent LHs to Yorkhill every 3/4 months ish smile

As always, heartfelt thanks


KnottyLocks Tue 21-May-13 12:33:57

Checking in smile

Jacksmania Wed 22-May-13 01:55:40

<lifts hand feebly>



Maybe some medicinal gin? [hopeful]

Jacksmania Wed 22-May-13 01:56:40

Oh blush - not the sort of check-in you were looking for?

I'm eyeballing my cheerful yellow and orange wools for another Little Hug next. As soon as I'm done with the current crop of squares for Trin, daisy and TS.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-May-13 06:52:17

You trailing your snot everywhere, Jacks!

Woohoo to finishing your squares. Well done smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 08:56:32

<steps over trailing snot>

Jacks, hope you are better soon X

Morning smile brew

Mhw02 Wed 22-May-13 11:15:09

Glad mine arrived safely. By the way, is there a maximum size for the Little Hugs? I've got one nearly finished at the moment, but am swithering over whether to leave it as is and just hook it together, or whether to add another row. If I hook it together as it is now it might just make the post on Saturday; if I add another row, there isn't a chance!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 11:44:49

We haven't set a maximum size, just a minimum of 18 inches square which is a good size for a baby, thank you thanks

Jacksmania Wed 22-May-13 17:55:44


<wipes up snot>

<offers wine in apology>

Mhw02 Fri 24-May-13 13:43:09

Okay, there's no way I'm going to have my current blanket ready for posting tomorrow: I grossly underestimated how long hooking together would take when I have a mixture of knit and crochet squares!

I did however, get a bargain in John Lewis today for my next blanket - Rowan 50g Organic Belle DK (it's a half wool/half cotton mix) in various colours for £2.75 a ball (usually £5.50 both in John Lewis and Deramores). Was very excited by my find. Now just need to decide whether to do squares, a big granny square, or attempt a ripple blanket...

MOSagain Sun 26-May-13 18:42:30

hello, back from deepest darkest Peru and just checking to see if my squares turned up ok?
Didn't get much done whilst away but did manage to get 3 new recruits to join in with little hugs and billie's blankets. Two novices who are going to try a few plain squares and an experienced hooker. Between the 4 of us we are going to aim for some 'team trek inca trail' blankets grin

Welcome back MOSagain!

KnottyLocks Mon 27-May-13 07:28:26

Welcome home, MOS smile

Well done on your treck and big hugs for your Woolly missionary work. X

I finally posted my first little hug on Saturday, though due to the bank holiday it won't go anywhere until Tuesday, so it will probably be too late to get added to the next Yorkhill delivery.

Now I've got to decide on what to make next. I think I spend more time on Ravelry and Pinterest looking at blankets than I do making them.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:42:04

Morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:43:30

Just getting the collection ready for Yorkhill, have UPS coming tomorrow.

<starts sewing little tags on>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 30-May-13 09:33:26

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Just waiting for UPS, beautiful Little Hugs arriving in the last couple of days from Sylvia Gunning, JulesJules, PiggyPlumPie, TheWoollyBacksWife, coffeeandchocolateplease and schooldidi.

Heartfelt thanks to all, just marvellous X

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RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 07:35:38

The box of Little Hugs arrived safely at Yorkhill yesterday <phew> Hopefully soon they will be with the children and hard at work.

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More have arrived, they're absolutely beautiful, huge thanks to our amazing friends in the Glasgow Woolly Mafia, and to very lovely ButterflyBramble and the equally lovely AnathemaDevice

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Mhw02 Sat 01-Jun-13 18:41:05

I have finally finished my little hugs, so they'll be posted on Monday or Tuesday. Very sorry they didn't make this posting.

Could anyone make use of some fleece for a little hug or Billie's blanket? If so please let me know. For reasons impossible to fathom I have got it into my head to attempt a sewn quilt next - I just fancied having a go. This decision may prove disastrous! Anyway though, I bought some fleece and some cotton fat squares today. I asked the girl in the shop for 1 metre of fleece, but she just gave me an off cut, as she said once she'd cut a metre, the remainder would be too small to be sellable, so I took it home and discovered I'd been given a bit of fleece 164cm each side. I'm wanting to do something small to start off with and because I'll be hand sewing, probably just 24 inches square, so wanted to know if anyone more experienced than me who isn't going to destroy the material as I undoubtedly will could make use of the remainder? I've got some rose pink and also some apple green. Can also send half cuts of the fat squares as I've got more than I need of them too.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 20:49:55

Ooooo, we'd be very happy to have those, thank you!

Mhw02 Sat 01-Jun-13 21:43:06

Excellent, will just post along with the blankets.

What's the best way to join granny squares? I'm still figuring out this crochet malarkey.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Jun-13 10:26:28

Morning brew

There are a couple of ways using double crochet, that are straightforward, it will depend whether you want to see the join or not. On the big blankets we have the seam on the top, it sorta frames each square, and works with knits and crochet, if you have a look on the website you'll see what I mean.

Have a look here though she crochets granny squares from the back so you don't see the join.

Thanks Pistey, that attic24 guide is excellent.

Butterflybramble Sat 08-Jun-13 10:37:29

Just thought I'd stick my head in and say 'hello'.

I signed up to MN just to keep in touch with all the WoollyHugs projects after NomDeClavier introduced them to me.

Have introduced my mum and one of her friends so hoping they will be joining in too!

MOSagain Sun 09-Jun-13 16:00:50

hello all, must marking spot. Finally got off arse and sewn in ends on my little 'rainbow' hug so will post to you tomorrow Pistey Not sure how much you need for hooking together/edging? Not got a huge amount of denim so let me know x

KnottyLocks Mon 10-Jun-13 06:41:53

Welcome , Butterfly smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 13-Jun-13 11:18:10

Some photos on Facebook (MNWoollyHugs) from a lovely mum from Yorkhill. Just copied her thank you message below, bless her son, bless them all.

Just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful blankets my son received while he was at Yorkhill. Baby Tom spent the first 6.5 months of his life there, 6 months of which he was in intensive care. His first blanket was a little cream one he got on his first day there... It really made a difference that he had something that wasn't hospital supplies, that someone had taken the time to make something for a little baby like him was really touching.

The second blanket was a big colourful one and was given to us when he was very unwell in PICU, it kept him warm when he was so sick and unable to move or breath for himself and was sedated and ventilated, especially as it could get quite cold at night in that ward. it also felt nice knowing there was love and care knitted in the blanket and we were leaving him tucked in underneath it at night when we had to leave to go back to Ronald McDonald. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who runs this and all the amazing crafters out there. We parents really appreciate it, you have no idea how much it helps xx

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