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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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RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 25-Jan-13 18:17:23

Um...not yet but we know it takes a bit longer from you, so don't worry just yet. It will come tomorrow X

<fingers crossed>

DameFanny Fri 25-Jan-13 18:20:23

Just checking on to say I've finished another one which should make it to the post office on Monday. Strangely sepia tinted photo on profile.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-Jan-13 15:07:08

Just beautiful. Angel Hugs arriving safely today from ThePigofHappiness, PoppetsPinkPants and Wigglesrock. HUGE thanks to them all X

Photos already on Facebook.

Fanny That really looks beautiful, thank you so much X

KnottyLocks Sat 26-Jan-13 16:56:42

Beautiful blankets, everyone . Thank you all so much thanks

MOSagain Sun 27-Jan-13 16:40:59

yay, finally finished my squares, all packed up and ready to post to you tomorrow Pistey grin <mos wishes she could knit faster>

Vajazzler Sun 27-Jan-13 20:18:31

I have my angel hug ready to post and wondered how many other people have included a little card for the recipient and what did you put in it? I want to put pen to paper but am unsure what to write!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 27-Jan-13 22:16:47

Vajazzler, I can tell you that no one has actually yet sent a card with an Angel Hug, although a fair few have with the Little Hugs. What to put in it... hmmmmm, tricky one. I think I'd go quite minimal, I shall think on.

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 28-Jan-13 07:19:07

That was partly why I included the little wings with mine. They can be taken off and kept somewhere or displayed, put on the Christmas tree in memory... anything.

Perhaps just Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time although difficult doesn't seem to cover it really.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Jan-13 16:21:31

Just uploading the pattern now Soupy, thank you, they are just perfect thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 28-Jan-13 16:30:53

And lo, they are uploaded, in Help and Patterns for Crocheters


PurpleFrog Tue 29-Jan-13 10:56:49

Pistey - is it next week you are planning to take a batch of Angel Hugs through to the Brompton? I have 2 finished, washed and ready to send, but I wanted to take photos (in daylight) first.... I also have a knocker ready to send with them.

MOSagain Tue 29-Jan-13 13:35:40

am hoping my squares (and a little something for Pistey) arrived today wink
I don't think I could write a card. I would have no idea what to say sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 29-Jan-13 17:16:54

Am going to get hold of the Brompton this week and see about a delivery, possibly next week, probably the one after.

Lovely Angel Hug arriving from Fizzy today and squares for an Angel Hug arriving from lovely MOS Huge and heartfelt thanks to you both


PurpleFrog Thu 31-Jan-13 15:08:33

Two Angel Hugs and a knitted knocker are now on their way to you, Pistey!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 17:11:25

Thanks Purple thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 21:12:45

thanks thanks thanks Beautiful knitted Angel Hugs arriving safely today from lovelies PurpleFrog and Birnamwood. Just beautiful, huge thanks to both of them X

Photos already on Facebook thanks thanks thanks thanks

LeucanTheMopsis Fri 01-Feb-13 21:33:05

Evening. Someone who isn't-a-soup-dragon ushered me towards this sort of thread - I've read a bit of it, but got confused.

If I pick up some Stylecraft DK, is that the weight you'd prefer? I can manage plain or patterned squares, but do you need one more than the other at the moment? And where would I send them to? I could probably do a whole Hug, but it wouldn't be that fancy, so would you prefer individual squares instead?

Sorry to be a bit dim...

PurpleFrog Fri 01-Feb-13 23:24:36

Gosh that was quick!

I had a look on faceback and you have shown a photo of the back side of my blanket. shock I suppose it isn't actually obvious which side is which! [perfectionist emoticon] blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 10:14:02

epic fail, sorry, I do again

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 10:21:43

Leucan - thank you for joining us thanks Not dim at all! It must look complicated.

We would be very happy to receive either a whole Hug or squares towards one, whichever you feel is better for you to make at the moment.

And really, it is the love and thought that matters most here, not the style, whatever you make will be perfect.

If you make a whole hug, then the yarn is up to you, just something soft and snuggly would be our advice.

If you are making squares to contribute towards an Angel Hug, then we like Stylecraft Special DK in white I'm hooking one together now which is combined of 3 different folk's work, but the yarn is the same so they go together really well.

And thank you so much


LeucanTheMopsis Sat 02-Feb-13 15:46:33

OK, thanks, so it seems whatever I can manage will probably be alright? grin

Picked some white up today so will make a start on... something... tonight and see what happens.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 18:24:16

In a nutshell, yes smile thanks

KnottyLocks Sun 03-Feb-13 19:45:35

Popping in as this dropped off my list. Work getting in the way this week.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 07:52:20

Morning brew smile

Bloody work!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 22:07:04

We have a lovely donor to thank tonight, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity thanksthanks

thanks sleepingsatellite18

You really are a star, bless you thanks

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