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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.

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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@ 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

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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.


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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

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.


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?

HaveToWearHeels Thu 13-Dec-12 10:51:14

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!

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