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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

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 20:53:34

Thanks Bebejones and LadyFace thanks

Plomino Tue 20-Nov-12 20:56:23

I can't knit , or sew, but I wield a mean debit card . Have sent you a donation so someone can take up the needles on my behalf .

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 21:04:49

We already have more lovely donors to thank, these folk really do have hearts of gold, and do enable others to take part and for us to see projects through. We really appreciate your generosity thanks

thanks MrsKwazii

thanks Plomino

Heartfelt thanks to both of you, you are stars Xx

BIWI Tue 20-Nov-12 21:08:44

We are the Plastic Fantastic, Plomino grin

droitwichmummy Tue 20-Nov-12 21:09:56

Ravelry page set up

HaveToWearHeels Tue 20-Nov-12 22:41:53

fraktion I know the blanket you mean, have booked marked it, so beautiful.

Stropzilla Tue 20-Nov-12 22:52:04

I'm fairly new at knitting but by chance I do already have the right wool. Am I allowed to send a square? Do I need to leave ends loose or whatever? My square might be inexpert but made with much love!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 23:07:48

Thanks Droitwich x

Stropzilla - that is very kind of you. Thank you. Squares are very welcome indeed. Please sew in the ends, that make the hooking together job much quicker. And bless you, the love part is the most important part here.


tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 23:08:20

Stropzilla - all is revealed in the crafter's guide. In short: yes please send a square, but sew your ends in grin

TiredofZombies Tue 20-Nov-12 23:15:04

How sad sad but a lovely idea. I'm in.

Leafmould Tue 20-Nov-12 23:24:17

Hi, I am interested in knitting a blanket. I have seen this wool for sale
3 ply do you think it is a good idea to use 3 ply?

I normally use dk, so I guess it would be quite different. Also do you think this is a bargain? Or is there another white wool on offer somewhere else? Is the wool good quality enough?

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 23:30:12

3 ply will be pretty slow going, Leafmould. It's a very thin yarn so you need more stitches and rows to cover the same area of blanket than, say, double knitting or aran.

The Paton's Fairytale is generally a pretty good yarn, I think.

Leafmould Tue 20-Nov-12 23:56:07

Yes, tribpot, I thought that might be the case.

Any other white wool bargains out there?

KnottyLocks Wed 21-Nov-12 00:12:04 have 15% off all DK yarn until 27th November. Code DKWK.

bag a bargain smile

We've been using Stylecraft Special DK for the Little Hugs project but there's an option to look by price as well as yarn so you may find something that catches your eye.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 06:41:31

Morning all smile brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 06:46:06

Thank you Zombies and Leaf - Glad to have you both on board. Right, off to PMs thanks

Youcanringmybell Wed 21-Nov-12 07:10:07

Count me in thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 07:32:45

Bless you, much appreciated X thanks

SoupDragon Wed 21-Nov-12 08:01:50


I'm thinking of a white ripple in two colours - white and white with a sparkle smile (Pistey, I used the sparkle on the edging of the pink hat double up with a plain strand.)

MOSagain Wed 21-Nov-12 08:07:29

I read the OP in tears last night and have bought my wool.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 08:12:33

Morning Soupy and MOS, Soupy, that would be lovely, thank you thanks And MOS, I started last night and made one out of my eight.

Thank you both thanks

MOSagain Wed 21-Nov-12 09:00:23

oh thats not fair pistey, you had a head start! wink DH doesn't want me to do it but he has long since lost the right to dictate to me grin

Mathsdidi Wed 21-Nov-12 09:34:24

I'm in. I have a couple of projects on the go right now but will get started as soon as I've got the christmas presents finished.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 21-Nov-12 09:57:46

Thanks maths thanks

SoupDragon Wed 21-Nov-12 10:38:03

I really have to finish the Refuge blanket before embarking on this. I am such a flitter though! Attention span of a gnat. I sincerely hope no one has an emergency hat request again as I'd drop everything to start something new grin

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