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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.

thanks thanks thanks

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

To our lovely crafters thanks

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

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

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

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

To our lovely Donors thanks

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

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

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

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

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

ThePigOfHappiness Thu 17-Jan-13 17:24:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you Pig for helping thanks

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

thanks Thank you so much everyone thanksthanksthanksthanks

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

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

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

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

patchworkchick Fri 18-Jan-13 10:14:47

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

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

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


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

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

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

Bless you leaf X

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

Can I just double check this is the yarn to use?

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

Yes, that is exactly it smile thanks]

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



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

Thank you smile will order some on pay day!

patchworkchick Sun 20-Jan-13 11:15:01

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

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

Checking in smile

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

backwardpossom Sun 20-Jan-13 12:38:55

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

NotADragonOfSoup Sun 20-Jan-13 13:02:01

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

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

backwardpossom Sun 20-Jan-13 13:15:35

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

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

Evening all wine

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