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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 Tue 18-Jun-13 17:54:45

And they are beautiful thanks

qazxc Wed 19-Jun-13 19:22:25

just weaving in the ends. Where do i post it to?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Jun-13 19:29:07

to me please lovely, two ticks, I shall PM you thanks

MOSagain Wed 19-Jun-13 19:41:40

Am working on angel hug but not sure if to send to you for Octavia appeal or direct to sands? X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Jun-13 07:47:42

That can only be your decision lovely MOS, but if it helps our next delivery to the Brompton won't be until October.


MOSagain Thu 20-Jun-13 13:22:17

Cool, one to each then. At least! X

TheWoollybacksWife Thu 20-Jun-13 19:14:20

I'm almost at the end of a knitted Angel Hug but have had to slow down due to waking up yesterday with a huge comedy clown-hand grin

Dr. says it is as a result of a strain on my arm from all the lifting of boxes during my recent house move.

Shame as making it was keeping me sane as the wifi still hasn't been connected so I can't MN. hmm I'm posting this using a BT tepidspot hotspot while waiting for DD2 to come out of her ballet class.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Jun-13 10:43:28

Morning smile brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 28-Jun-13 18:12:14

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A beautiful Angel Hug arriving today from the very lovely Otherworld. It is perfect. Huge thanks to her thanks

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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 09-Jul-13 06:57:44

Morning brew

KnottyLocks Tue 09-Jul-13 07:09:19

Morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 15-Jul-13 15:06:03

Afternoon wine smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 20-Jul-13 12:42:03

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Just perfect. From the very lovely Rubycon, six Angel Hugs for the Brompton Hospital, London.

As always with these incredibly precious blankets, thank you doesn't seem enough, but our thanks are heartfelt. The kindness, compassion and generosity of crafters and donors will help a family in an intensely bleak time.

Thank you Xx

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RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Jul-13 08:24:42

Morning smile brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Jul-13 16:02:43

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Just perfect. thanks

An Angel Hug from the very lovely fan Beautifully crocheted, and the wool in the border has a tiny sparkle to it. Picture already on Facebook
Heartfelt thanks. thanks

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fanjodisfunction Wed 24-Jul-13 16:07:20

Your very welcome, Im hoping this warm weather cools off so I can make some more before DC2 appears.

I still have a babette and a billies blanket on the go. (wishing for rain)

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Jul-13 14:04:33

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thanks Beautiful Angel Hugs for the Brompton arriving from the very lovely Valerie and also MNPin2013.

Heartfelt thanks to you both, these will mean so much to families at such difficult times. thanks

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Jacksmania Sat 27-Jul-13 05:50:22

Have just finished my Angel Hug, will post it off tomorrow before we begin our trek across half of Canada. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Jul-13 10:40:24

Morning smile brew


Two parcels have gone to the sorting office, got the red card of doom. I had to go and do jobs down the High Street this morning and lovely posty came early for a change. Sorry. I'm away this week coming but DH will be here, he'll go and retrieve them. Am back for one day next weekend then off again, so if anyone has anything to post, maybe best now to wait until after Aug 19th.

Jacks if you can wait, it might be safer X

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MOSagain Sat 27-Jul-13 18:51:55

Have finished all my squares for Angel hug but need to now create it. Can I just simply sew together using darning needle and wool? Am worried will look a little crap!

Jacksmania Sat 27-Jul-13 20:29:55

Whoops! blush
I didn't see this in time. Just came back from posting my Angel Hug blush.
It won't go out until Monday anyway, and then it will take about a week. Fingers crossed.

Fraxinus Tue 30-Jul-13 19:57:47

I am a very slow knitter, so I am glad to hear there will be another delivery in October... It'll be done by then!

Ps name changed, but you sent me the yarn in

Fraxinus Tue 30-Jul-13 20:00:49

Winter, and I have been struggling with the final 1/3 since January!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 04-Aug-13 10:07:34

Morning all brew

MOS - it won't look crap! Lots of folk do sew together, maybe ask Rubycon, because that is how she puts together her bigger Billie's Blankets, and they are just lovely.

Fraxinus This is an ongoing project, we are committed to keeping this going long term, so whenever you make, we will welcome your AH warmly and it will go and help a family in a very dark time, so thank you. We tend to take every 4 monthly to the Brompton. thanks

Was home for a night, now off again for two weeks, Jacks it will be fine, tis not here yet, and my lovely neighbour will be coming in when we are away and another lovely neighbour works from home and often takes parcels in for me. Failing that, I will collect it from the sorting office when we are back.

And a thank you thanks


From a lovely crafter who is choosing to remain anonymous, but you know who you are, a beautiful crocheted Angel Hug, like a large granny. Just lovely, thank you thanks


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Aug-13 05:26:40

Morning brew Checking back in smile

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