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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 22-Mar-13 12:46:14

Pic already on FB thanks thanks thanks

MOSagain Sun 24-Mar-13 18:20:17

just popping this on my 'threads I'm on' to remind me to get back to this after my next Little Hug effort. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Mar-13 08:47:43

Morning brew

Thanks lovely MOS thanks

blizy Thu 28-Mar-13 07:48:24

Good morning Pistey, I have posted my angel hug squares yesterday (finally).

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Mar-13 08:59:29

Thanks blizy my lovely X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 28-Mar-13 17:30:08

And they are here safely smile


Such beautiful crocheted squares, grannies and sold grannies, seven altogether to go towards an Angel Hug. Blizy - these really are very lovely, bless you.


blizy Thu 28-Mar-13 17:42:24

Ahh thanks pistey, I'm glad they arrived safely. X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 30-Mar-13 15:42:48



thanks PiggyPlumPie Absolutely perfect, an Angel Hug, a beautifully textured knit. Heartfelt thanks to her X


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 30-Mar-13 15:52:30

smile We have a lovely donor to thank this afternoon, huge thanks to her for her generosity, she really is marvellous. thanks


You really are a star, bless you X

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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 02-Apr-13 07:54:50

Morning brew smile

Jules146 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:20:25

I promised a blanket a long time ago and what with frogging and RL I didn't get very far! However, I am now at the border stage and so hoping to post it very soon :-) will be in touch for details soon smile

Jules146 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:38:39

Just seen the info bit and it says 24inch square etc... mine isn't square, is that going to be a problem?! Agghhh!

LeucanTheMopsis Tue 02-Apr-13 21:28:01

I'm glad it was ok, piste. smile I don't have enough white left for another, but I'm going to have a rummage around my random colours to see if I can put together just a normal blanket that doesn't look deranged.

CrackedNipplesSuchFun Wed 03-Apr-13 11:13:45

Morning all, just popping in to say hello smile

Hope everyone had a nice time over Easter and more importantly ate lots of chocolate.

goodjambadjar Sun 07-Apr-13 19:10:07

Hi. I have a couple of projects to finish first, then I'd like to be able to help if I can.

I'm quite new to knitting so am only really confident with the basic knit stitch, sorry. Also, I've never knitted a blanket, only scarves. I'll read back over the full thread for tips and hope to buy the wool this week. My friend lost a baby at 17 weeks, she would have appreciated this sort of gesture. The OP made me cry so I thought if I comment, it means I'm committed to it. smile

I'll probably try on my 3 needles as I think my 8s might be too big.

I haven't worked out yet if I'll be attempting squares/strips or the whole thing. If its squares/strips, I don't know how to join or edge, so I might have to send them to you with the extra wool. Sorry. I will attempt it but can't promise!

KnottyLocks Thu 11-Apr-13 09:20:01

Goodjam, we're happy to put blankets together so knit away. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 16-Apr-13 00:05:34

Welcome goodjam

Glad to have you on board. Thank you so much thanks

goodjambadjar Tue 16-Apr-13 09:46:46

Thanks. I've got my white wool and circular needles (which I've never used before! Eek!) So am hoping to make a start this week. Thank goodness its ongoing as it will be slow progress. grin

Its such an amazing cause, and such a thoughtful idea. Well done to everyone who has or is making an effort for this. My heart is breaking that there is a need for this but it is also swelling with pride at the power and love of MN. thanks

EasilyBored Thu 18-Apr-13 11:59:19

I'm off to the wool shop next week as I've finally finished a couple of little projects and have been wanting to do a little hug or angel hug for a while. Have got my list of wools from the website, and a rough pattern in mind! Just have to keep it away from toddler-fingers...

MOSagain Sun 21-Apr-13 07:38:29

Morning, just popping this back on threads I'm on
Currently working on little hug but whilst sorting my stash found enough white for some more Angel hug squares. Any team efforts going on at the moment?

MOSagain Sun 21-Apr-13 07:38:54

Morning, just popping this back on threads I'm on
Currently working on little hug but whilst sorting my stash found enough white for some more Angel hug squares. Any team efforts going on at the moment?

MOSagain Sun 21-Apr-13 07:39:28

See, I'm keen. Dam phone!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 21-Apr-13 08:11:31

Lovely that you're so keen smile

I have a few beautiful white squares here waiting for more friends. Would love to receive whatever you would like to send.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Apr-13 17:21:54


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