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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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Twitter - @MNWoollyHugs

TheWoollybacksWife Wed 06-Mar-13 17:46:26

I posted it first class on Monday.


bebejones Thu 07-Mar-13 09:40:45

Having a sofa day with my snotty 4 year old and hooking together my Billie blanket! Mistakes just add character right?!

TheWoollybacksWife Thu 07-Mar-13 20:01:39

Anything today, Pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 07-Mar-13 20:30:35

Sorry no, I wasn't here, but no red card. Sorry. It will come tomorrow X

<got it all crossed>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 08-Mar-13 19:13:57

Woolly Tis here!!

Sorry had a mad day, and not long been home, but it really is beautiful. If you don't mind I shall wait until tomorrow to take a photo, I just don't think I can do it justice now, and it is absolutely beautiful thanks

TheWoollybacksWife Fri 08-Mar-13 19:30:24

I'm not a swearer I am really but I was running through my entire repertoire of rude words every time I checked this thread and saw that there was no news!

Thank you so much Pistey for putting me out of my misery thanks although I cannot imagine the relief that Jacks must be feeling now her squares for Lemon's blanket have turned up.

Just in case I forgot to tell you - the loose squares are Stylecraft Special.

It will be lovely to see the photo, whenever you take it.

GlaikitFizzog Fri 08-Mar-13 22:04:00

Glasgow meet up thread if anyone fancies it!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 09-Mar-13 10:33:11

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

For Billie, simply beautiful, a crocheted blanket in pinks from the very lovely TheWoollybacksWife The photo is already up on FB and if you look closely at the deeper pink square you will see she has incorporated the most gorgeous butterfly design as a special tribute.

A huge thank you to Woolly thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Sat 09-Mar-13 14:14:33

Tis beautiful smile

KnottyLocks Sat 09-Mar-13 14:16:03

This thread has been moved to Arts and Crafts now. smile

TheWoollybacksWife Sat 09-Mar-13 17:22:51

The lovely, talented and very generous Chris Simon has said that we can link to her designs for Woolly Hugs.

They can be found here on her website smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Mar-13 16:48:37

That is really kind of Chris Simon, bless her heart thanks

Beautiful crocheted woolly treasure has been arriving thanks

thanks Knotty Grannies and circles to squares in pinks and lilac, these are to go in with those from BIWI and MOS to make a joint Billie's Blanket. Very lovely indeed. You may definitely have a [star] smile

thanks TheWoollybacksWife Gorgeous colourful grannies in pinks, blues and white, absolutely lovely, these are to go towards a joint blanket. Thank you so much [star]


KnottyLocks Mon 11-Mar-13 19:43:51

And a big [star] for Chris Simon, bless her smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 12-Mar-13 07:54:31

blankets finished and ready to post today! Is the address the same as for the knitted knockers? smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Mar-13 08:43:06

Yes please Ninja, huge thanks thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 12-Mar-13 08:52:15

great, thanks smile

bebejones Tue 12-Mar-13 14:19:17

Desperately trying to finish before the weekend, haven't managed to do anything for a few days...caught DDs rotten flu bug thingy! Will be working my little fingers off to get it done, is not going to be a big blanket!

MOSagain Tue 12-Mar-13 15:54:40

yay, have finished, RL was looking like taking over for a while but put on hold. All parceled up and will be posted tomorrow.

Right, now what?
I think I'm rather sad. I've got the first child free night (and DH free! grin) in more years than I care to remember as staying in hotel tonight and I've packed my knitting needles and woolly treasure! blush

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Wed 13-Mar-13 17:20:08

Ninja, just seen your lovely blankets on Facebook. Fabulous, dahlink. grin

KnottyLocks Wed 13-Mar-13 17:23:21

Evening, my lovelies smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Mar-13 17:39:37

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks Four absolutely beautiful Billie's Blankets arrived today, crocheted and knitted, beautiful colours, heartfelt thanks to the very lovely Ninja. What a star thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Pics already on Facebook. thanks

KnottyLocks Thu 14-Mar-13 08:17:02

They are gorgeous smile thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 14-Mar-13 10:01:48

thanks, so pleased they got to you ok, I had a slight case of postal anxiety after woolly's experience grin or should that be [gin]!

ellen, honk to you too grin

bebejones Thu 14-Mar-13 16:24:13 blanket is v small is too small???

KnottyLocks Thu 14-Mar-13 21:25:54

How small we talking, Bebe?

And it it knitted or hooked? Does it have a boarder? Could we add one to it if not?

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