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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

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 15:26:42

Vajazzler - logically, it's about 4 squares wide (and 4 deep) to make a 24" square. So you can multiply your usual stitch count up to that - you'll probably need to use a circular needle to cast on that many stitches in one go.

I won't start a new thread for this blanket project specifically if people are okay to use Beatrice's one for support questions.

Woolfey Tue 20-Nov-12 15:26:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:27:22

Bless you fan X

Thanks Joyful, I will come back on it though.


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:28:55

Thanks trib X

Vajazzler - if that feels too daunting, make separate squares, we can put it together for you X


Vajazzler Tue 20-Nov-12 15:31:59

Yes I was. Have caught the knitting bug!

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 15:33:21

Lovely folks

We really do appreciate that there are a few projects on the go and the festive time is approaching. This will be an ongoing project so make when you feel able.

We are more than happy to accept 6 inch squares

Bless you all thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 15:35:31

Vajazzler, you could also knit long stripes, like a scarf, that can be stitched or hooked together. So you could cast on as usual and knit 4 long strips.

Jules146 Tue 20-Nov-12 15:35:49

Count me in! smile

EasilyBored Tue 20-Nov-12 15:37:30

I'd love to help. I actually have a couple of balls of white 4ply at home that I've been looking for a project for.

Skoggy Tue 20-Nov-12 15:43:11

I'd love to help! Been a while since I made a blankie. Once my SPD and hip issues have cooled down (I hope soon), I will get to my local yarn store and pick up some cozy feeling yarn. smile

ThePigOfHappiness Tue 20-Nov-12 15:48:49

Count me in. I have lovely white cotton with a fleck in it that I've been trying to find a use for. Such a sad but lovely idea.

HaveToWearHeels Tue 20-Nov-12 15:49:28

Count me in. Having a friend who has lost two premature little girls at 21 and 22 weeks this is something close to my heart

StellaMarie Tue 20-Nov-12 15:51:56

I'd be delighted to join in this - I'll get some more white at the weekend and get started!

AnnaKissed Tue 20-Nov-12 15:58:10

I'd like to be involved too. It'll probably only be squares though. Will get some wool when I'm back in the UK next week. Any deadline /timescale?

Sorry for the question, but do the blankets go to the families of the babies who've passed away?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:04:41

As lovely Knotty says, we really do appreciate that everyone is very busy, thank you everyone so much. We are more than happy to accept 6 inch squares thanks Do remember that this is the start of an ongoing project, thank you

thanks to Jules, EasilyBored, Skoggy, StellaMarie, AnnaKissed, PigofHappiness and HavetoWearHeels we really appreciate your help. Yes, it is a very sad idea, but yet there is something very positive too. I'm so glad we are doing this, thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:06:26

Please don't apologise Anna, yes the families keep the blankets, and they are really treasured sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:07:47

No time scale yet, at the moment, just ongoing, thank you X

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 16:31:01

Are holey crochet squares/blankets acceptable? I know it can be an issue for teeny fingers and toes.

Birnamwood Tue 20-Nov-12 16:38:23

I'm in.

My mum has been given her shopping list for when she goes to the wool shop on Friday smile she might do an Angel hug as well.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:45:34

Yes Soupy, they are, thank you X

And thank you Birnamwood, that is great. thanks

We are just uploading all the information for Angel Hugs to the website, so that like Little Hugs, friends and family not on MN can join in easily. thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 16:47:01

And we have another lovely donor to thank, your donation really will make such a difference to a family in the midst of a very dark time, bless your heart thanks

thanks Woolfey

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 17:03:35

I need to suck my mother back into knitting and crochet.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 17:07:47

Tis all waiting for her Soupy smile

WhoremoaneeGrainger Tue 20-Nov-12 17:09:06

Have pm'd you pistey

fraktion Tue 20-Nov-12 17:11:45

Count me in for knitting. I have a lovely white wool that's waiting for a project.

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