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

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

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

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

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

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

And so began a bigger idea...

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

The Project. Phase 1

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

How you can get involved:

You can help by either making a complete Little Hug
By making 6" squares using Stylecraft Special DK yarn or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, Rowan Cashsoft DK and Sublime Extra Fine Merino wool DK

For all of the Little Hugs:

Minimum size: 18 inches by 18 inches
For example, that's 3x3 6 inch squares with a small edge.
If you would like to make a blanket or quilt that is bigger, that would be lovely too.

Colours: Your choice!
We'd like to be able to provide a range of Little Hugs suitable for boys and girls.
If you would like to make something specifically for a boy or girl, that would also be lovely.

Things to avoid:
Sequins and beads
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.
If using applique, it needs to be firmly stitched on with no hard edges.

Materials and ideas:
Woolly Blankets:
Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic that is a very reasonable £1.60 - £2 for 100g ball.
Pure cotton DK
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight yarn and a yarn other than those above. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be machine washed.
Blankets could be made from squares stitched or hooked together
Granny stripes or ripples
They could be made in one piece or in blocks, as well as squares

Quilts and stitched blankets:
Pure cotton and good quality fleece. The cotton can be from recycled sources.
We suggest that you wash both separately before sewing to allow for any difference in shrinkage.
Traditional style quilts, from simple square designs to more complex patterns
Cotton edged fleeces, with or without appliqué
Quilt and fleece combination: quilted front with a fleece back

If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website with a message letting us know which project you are donating to. If you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste as we have other ways that you can donate.

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

As ever, thanks for your support thanks

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

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

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

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

What a lovely idea; count me in.

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

WhoKnows, later is absolutely fine. smile

GlaikitFizzog Fri 14-Sep-12 11:47:19

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

I've just cast on my first panel!

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

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

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

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

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

Re Posting

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


fanjodisfunction Fri 14-Sep-12 11:50:55

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

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

A huge hug to you, GG. x smile

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

Thanks FAN xx

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

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

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

What address shall I send squares too?

(lovely idea btw)

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

A big hug for you gg X

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

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

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


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

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

I assume this will be an ongoing project?

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

That's what we are hoping, MBJ smile

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

Our Woolly Hugs Facebook page can be found here

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

Whatevertheweather Fri 14-Sep-12 12:12:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practicallyperfectnot Fri 14-Sep-12 12:18:43

Count me in!

Fab idea!

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

Another idea - larger quilts for older terminally ill children?

I think this project will grow and grow!

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

What about heartfelt embroidered cotton hankies for those tearful times?

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

Great. smile

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

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

Heartfelt thanks

thanks BIWI

thanks Whatevertheweather

Just marvellous, thank you so much X

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

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

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

Tickle, a few squares would be very lovely smile

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

Count me in.

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

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