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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

SoupDragon Thu 18-Oct-12 14:08:27

Did you weep and wail and cling to his leg whilst sobbing "PLease look after them!" ?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 14:13:43


Are you bloody well spying on me now?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 14:13:51


GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 14:17:41

Glad they got off safely! However, is that a cheese shop at the end of your street? <considers moving to pisteyville>

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Oct-12 14:41:05

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GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 14:49:05

Is it dk? Usually it's 4mm needles for dk. What very pink wool is it? And how much have you got?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 14:53:40

Lovely MrsDV, as much as I would like to help you, I know bugger all about knitting. But I do like the sound of very pink wool. smile

Fizzy will be a star helper, and also you can try this thread here which is full of helpful Blanketeer Team Knit types.

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Oct-12 14:57:41

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PurplePidjin Thu 18-Oct-12 15:08:42

You want my advice?


Really really?

Buy a crochet hook

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Oct-12 15:11:10

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FaintingGoat Thu 18-Oct-12 15:21:09

Phew.... Just finished the border on my first little hug - managed it with a metre of yarn left. I don't know why I go faster when it's running out, it's not going to make the yarn go any further. Can't help myself though!

PurplePidjin Thu 18-Oct-12 15:21:47

Chain 75

Skip 1st, #tc, ch1 sk1# across

Ch 3, turn, repeat ## across

Work 36 rows then dc around for a border.

GlaikitFizZombie Thu 18-Oct-12 15:25:37

Ok what needles do you have then? Do y want to do a whole little hug? Knitting dk yarn with bigger needles means the finished object will not be a dense as it should probably be. You could get away with slightly bigger needles but not too big. Maybe 6mm being the largest. But I'm still learning so I might be wrong

Can you knit and purl?

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Oct-12 16:18:53

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BigBroomstickBIWI Thu 18-Oct-12 16:40:48

No bloody clue. As per.

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 17:01:26

Okey dokey, MrsDV!

There are some patterns for 6" squares here on the crafting guide at Woolly Hugs

Or you could choose to make bigger squares if you are aiming to do a whole hug.

Or you could knit lengths, think scarves, that can be stitched together.

Or you could make a batch of squares and we can put them together for you.

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Oct-12 17:43:55

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KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 17:48:46

When you finish your butterfly, make sure you leave a long enough thread to stitch it onto a square.

KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 17:50:17

Pin to your square and use the end to sew the butterfly on.

Ok, this thread is about to run out.
I'll start a new one and link back here smile

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Oct-12 17:51:33

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KnottyLocks Thu 18-Oct-12 18:20:24

Little Hugs, crafting continued over here


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 20:17:11

<sneaks in>

I'm going to have the last post.... grin wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 20:17:35


I'm going to have the last post grin wine

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

I'm going to have the last post grin wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 18-Oct-12 20:18:35

Oh yes, it is MINE!!!!!!!!


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