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Woolly Hugs, Little Hugs 2: Billie's Blankets for World Child Cancer org.

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KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 14:25:46

This is Phase 2 of the Little Hugs project.
Since the beginning, the aim of the Little Hugs has been to provide little blankets that give comfort to babies and small children who are seriously ill in hospital. Hopefully, Phase 2 will continue to do this and more.

We are launching this phase as a tribute to beautiful Billie, our lovely MrsDeVere's daughter, who devastatingly died at 14 from leukaemia. This is the time of her 21st birthday and we are calling the project Billie's Blankets in her memory. In her name, we will send little blankets to children who really need a woolly hug and to feel loved and looked after.

We have been talking to this wonderful organisation World Child Cancer and are arranging for Little Hugs to be sent to children suffering from cancer in low and middle income countries. In these countries their overall chance of survival can be under 10% compared to around 80% in high income countries such as ours.
The first batch of Billie's Blankets will be taken to children in Malawi and Bangladesh.

World Child Cancer's response to our initial idea is below:

'Thank you for your email and your kind offer of support. Your blankets are beautiful and I'm sure they provide great comfort to the children who you make them for.
I'm sure the children would love them. Unfortunately most of the children we see at our projects are not able to survive their cancer due to the poor conditions, lack of knowledge and the high cost of medicine in the worlds poorest countries. In these cases we encourage palliative care for the children through our twinning partners who provide training for local project staff on the importance of this care, especially in pain relief. Psychosocial care is also very important and an area we focus on through supporting parent groups and play therapists. I think your blankets would fit in well with this area.'

How you can help:

By crafting:
You can help by either making a whole Little Hug (see yarn spec)
By making 6" squares, either knitted or crocheted, using Stylecraft Special DK yarn

Or by donating for crafting materials:
If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website or if you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste.

Or by donating to World Child Cancer (see below)


For all Little Hugs:

Minimum size: 24 inches by 24 inches
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children are aged 0 to 14 so we will need bigger blankets too.

Colours: Your choice.
Although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.

Things to avoid:
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.

Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn.
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight and make of acrylic yarn. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be washed and dried quickly and easily.

If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM Pistey and we'll try to help with materials.


Alongside Billie's Blankets, we are very keen to send a donation.
Money is scarce, they really have so little. In May a Woolly Hugs' team will be running the BUPA London 10k, and we have ideas for a craft fundraiser later in the year.
We have set up a Just giving Page here
Your donation is welcome at anytime.

These children need all the love and comfort possible. So please, in memory of a sparkling young girl who always thought of others, we'd love you to help us help them.

As ever, thank you so much for your support thanks

Thinking of Billie and her family. x

Knotty and Pistey

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Fizzy - that's fabulous!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 20:41:02

Evening wine

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Feb-13 21:16:14

Evening wine

I should be working ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh

GlaikitFizzog Tue 05-Feb-13 21:27:10

Shhhhhhhh wink

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Feb-13 21:41:09



RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 07:05:54




BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 08:17:51

You on the wine already!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 12:09:01



Last posting date for the first batch of Billie's Blankets to be Friday 16th March.

Huuuuge thanks to everyone thanks


BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 12:10:23

Does that mean you want squares to be sent individually/asap then?

I have one that is finished but was going to send it when the second one is done - but can send this one now if you like? (it's pink, if that makes any difference?)

MrsDeVere Wed 06-Feb-13 12:11:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 12:35:11

BIWI - just send all that you make on 16th, thank you thanks

and MrsDV - tis easy, just double crochet, I'll find you a linky when I'm not on MN on the phone, or we will be doomed to failure grin

Kewcumber Wed 06-Feb-13 12:39:22

How did I miss this thread shock Was planning an entrelac blanket project for a friends baby but am feeling the urge to ditch her for Billy. I'd also be game for a London 5k [fool emoticon]

Woolfey Wed 06-Feb-13 12:52:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 13:04:22

Crack on Woolfey!

Lovely to have you on board Kewcumber, for both the run and the blanket. smile

This is an ongoing project, so we have the spring last posting deadline (16:3) and there will be a second one later in the year, so no huge rush, and we will warmly receive your lovely Billie's Blanket whenever it arrives. thanks

I would urge you to sign up for the London 5K soon. Although it isn't until October, it is one they are confident will sell out. Let us know when you have smile Our running thread is here, do join us! There is also the link on there for signing up with The Big Run.

Have you seen us on Facebook MNWoollyHugs or Twitter @MNWoollyHugs?


Kewcumber Wed 06-Feb-13 13:15:06

I think I have liked you on facebook

bluesky Wed 06-Feb-13 13:20:08

Am cracking on with mine, so will ensure with you by 16th!

curryeater Wed 06-Feb-13 13:23:18

ok here is a very fick question. If you are knitting with the recommended DK whatnot, what size needles do you use?
thank you

Schooldidi Wed 06-Feb-13 15:28:29

4mm curryeater I think. It's definitely a 4mm crochet hook. I'm using a 5mm hook at the minute though because I want it to grow quicker.

BornToFolk Wed 06-Feb-13 15:34:37

I'm using a 4mm. The good thing about blankets is that the size is not critcial though so you can pretty much use whatever works for you!

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 06-Feb-13 15:38:01

I'm using 8s which I think are 4mm too smile

curryeater Wed 06-Feb-13 16:50:19


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 19:40:40


Oh, too late grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 08-Feb-13 07:08:12

Morning all brew

thanks Snapespeare Three lovely knitted squares to go towards a Billie's Blanket have arrived, pinks and yellow, really lovely [star]

Please do remember we are very happy to collect in squares as well as whole blankets.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

curryeater Fri 08-Feb-13 11:10:07

sorry more questions: so to make the right size square with this wool and 4" needles, how many stitches should I cast on? (sorry if stupidly expressed, I have not knitted for a long time)
If my squares come out a bit weird do you think they can be squashed into a blanket with other good squares, or do you think they will be useless?

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 11:35:36

The recommendation is to cast on 33 stitches, curryeater.

I cast on 34, because I knit very tightly, and also blush because I prefer even numbers.

<no OCD tendencies here, oh no>

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