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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

FairiesWearPoppies Tue 20-Nov-12 17:20:19

Is the PayPal address the same as the one on wooly hugs website? Will send a donation as my knitting is awful!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 17:22:29

Thank you Fairies it is, I shall PM you X

Thank you fraction thanks

MNP Tue 20-Nov-12 17:27:18

Will make an angel blanket.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Tue 20-Nov-12 17:27:33

Have pm'd Pistey and ordered white yarn.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 17:38:42

Thank you DancingShoes, I have replied X
and MNP - glad to have you on board too.

Thank you both thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

neverputasockinatoaster Tue 20-Nov-12 18:12:56

I'd like to be in - still knitting for Bea and Cup and it will prob be after christmas before I can start but I'd like to help.

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 18:22:13

I think I might do the candle flame pattern Minnie found for this - it's not in the crafter's guide as it's practically impossible to do it on a 6" square.

MsElleTow Tue 20-Nov-12 18:38:49

Count me in for knitting. I'll look out my blanket patterns tomorrow, and see what I have.

(I was Tuttutitlookslikerain, I've name changed for Christmas.)

Somersaults Tue 20-Nov-12 18:44:34

I will add this to my list. It'll probably be after Christmas though (and my Little Hug will make it to a post box soon, I promise!)

droitwichmummy Tue 20-Nov-12 19:00:37

Signing in. Will need a donor please

CatWithARabbit Tue 20-Nov-12 19:05:43

I will get going with squares tonight. I have DK white wool with a shiny thread going through it. Hope it will be ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 19:16:50

Thank you all, really sincere heartfelt thanks, honestly everyone is amazing thanks

Do remember this is an ongoing project, thank you neverput and somersaults X

Droitwich - I can do that for you thanks

Thank you Cat - that sounds lovely, MsElleTow - thank you too

trib that pattern is lovely, I remember it well X

Osmiornica Tue 20-Nov-12 19:17:20

I'll sign up. I'm not sure I'll be able to do a whole blanket but will give it a go or at least do some squares. I don't have any wool yet but can go shopping next week. I'm very slow though so could take me some time.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 19:21:09

thanks Osmiornica squares will be very warmly welcomed, whenever they arrive X

fraktion Tue 20-Nov-12 19:36:24

Can we do lace patterns for these? The candle flame pattern reminded me of the heart blanket pattern by the same poster but whenever I've done it's before it's been very holey (intentionally).

LiviaAugusta Tue 20-Nov-12 19:40:02

If it can wait until the after the Christmas makes are done I've got some lovely soft dk baby yarn that needs a project so I can make a blanket.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 19:42:51

As long as the blanket looks snuggly, then holey is fine, bless you.

And yes please Livia, after Christmas we will still need help, we see this as ongoing X


I shall do one smile

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

Bless you thank you X

DameFanny Tue 20-Nov-12 20:16:58

Think I might have to do one of these. No idea when though... Hmm...

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 20:24:29

DameFanny - this really is an ongoing project, and we really do appreciate that this is a very busy time of year. If and when you can, that will be soon enough and lovely thanks

bebejones Tue 20-Nov-12 20:29:26

Just popping my head in! Am going to see what I can do, tis such a worthwhile cause & just so sad it's nice to think that I may be able to do something to bring even a smidgen of comfort.

Have already PMd the lovely Piste! smile

yojojo1 Tue 20-Nov-12 20:36:30

Can I just say that as a Mum whose first son was stillborn at 21 weeks, that these blankets mean such a lot. I still have my sons and it's very treasured.

LadyFace Tue 20-Nov-12 20:46:04

Please count me in. I will attempt a blanket. Will order some wool next week (payday!). I can't believe that in my cupboard sized stash I have no white wool.

<glares at 12 balls of cream baby cashmerino>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 20:52:48

Yojojo1 - I am so, so sorry for your loss sad

Thank you for coming on here and for your words, they mean so much. I am so glad you had a blanket to wrap and cuddle your son in, it must be incredibly precious to you. As I said in the OP we know this is a very sad request we are making, and yet there is something very positive here too. Bless your heart thanks Xx

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