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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

Facebook - MNWoollyHugs
Twitter - @MNWoollyHugs

bebejones Fri 15-Mar-13 20:58:08

Thanks everyone, I had hoped to do a bigger one, but RL took over I'm afraid!

(Ellen, it's ok....didn't think you were stalking me! wink)

MOSagain Sat 16-Mar-13 12:05:41

right, first one day, anyone up for a second team effort? Have some lilac left and interested in what pomegramite looks like.

Glaikit Sat 16-Mar-13 17:11:35

Mos, you will need sunglasses!

I have the attic24 pack, happy to to a joined up effort! How does it work!

KnottyLocks Sat 16-Mar-13 18:11:50

MOS , the lilac and pomegranate aren't exactly natural bedfellows!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Mar-13 19:01:19

Um. No.

MrsDeVere Sat 16-Mar-13 19:03:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 16-Mar-13 19:03:14


Two beautiful blankets arriving today, both crocheted, one from DancesWithWoolsEnPointe the other from bebejones. Both very lovely indeed. Heartfelt thanks to you both thanks Pics already on FB.


KnottyLocks Sat 16-Mar-13 19:27:20

Oh yes, MrsDV grin

Buy! Buy! Buy!

BIWI Sat 16-Mar-13 19:29:36

Don't you lead her astray!

KnottyLocks Sat 16-Mar-13 19:30:13

MOS, if you want some ideas for colour combos, just shout.

MrsDeVere Sat 16-Mar-13 19:36:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BornToFolk Sat 16-Mar-13 19:45:53

<saunters into thread, leaves a linky for Mrs D, and runs off again...>

MOSagain Sun 17-Mar-13 08:19:55

Attic 24 pack? confused

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 17-Mar-13 08:38:10

Morning smile brew

Attic24 is a fabulous blog MOS, she makes the most beautiful things, crochet really. She devised a granny stripe blanket and it was so popular that retailers started putting together the colour pack you would need to make it yourself. Well I assume that is the history behind it.

Have look at the blog, but be warned, too many luffly things!

Glaikit Sun 17-Mar-13 13:52:25

I appear to have missed the announcement for last postings for a billies blankets blush I am no where near finished it. And then I need to teach myself how to hook them together. This is ongoing isn't it??

qazxc Sun 17-Mar-13 15:09:37

I have just found this thread and would love to crochet a few blankets, is there a cut off date? If there is can i hook away for the next batch?

KnottyLocks Sun 17-Mar-13 15:32:15

Yep, this is ongoing so keep on crafting smile

Welcome aboard, qazxc!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Mar-13 13:59:16

Morning, technically afternoon actually brew

Brightening up the day! A beautiful and big crocheted Billie's Blanket from the very lovely PurpleFrog arrived today. Just lovely, a huge thank you to her thanks

And two beautiful Billie's Blankets arriving on Friday from the very lovely Sweetpeafamily, one a granny stripe. A huge thank you to her thanks

Photos of all are on the Facebook page MNWoollyHugs and on 0ur website


GlaikitHasHerFizzBack Mon 18-Mar-13 14:22:18

Afternoon, I'm at home, not the meet up. Ds is ill, or at least was this morning hmm ignores ds trying to climb all over me to force a half sooked biscuit in my mouth

I don't think I'll ever learn to hook these squares together. I can't even do a chain stitch from a you tube video.

I can concentrate just now anyway. DHs cousins dd passed away in her sleep last night. No known reason as yet. She was 11. sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Mar-13 14:26:49

Oh my lovely, big hugs, that poor child and her family, how shocking, that is tragic news for you all, I am so sorry sad

BIWI Mon 18-Mar-13 14:32:55

Oh my goodness, how tragic. sad What a terrible shock. I'm so sorry xxx

GlaikitHasHerFizzBack Mon 18-Mar-13 14:38:57

Thank you. I feel a bit of a fraud tbh I only met her a few times. But one of those was our wedding. she was teaching the younger girls to cartwheel?

i'm worried about SIL though, she was close to her cousin, more like sisters. Unfortunately me and SIL aren't close at all, so she wouldn't really want to talk to me about it all.

Sorry to derail things.

KnottyLocks Mon 18-Mar-13 16:06:05

Oh Fizzy, how tragic sad
Big hugs, my lovely x

Send your squares to me. I'll hook them together.

GlaikitHasHerFizzBack Mon 18-Mar-13 16:55:49

Thank you knotty, but this is my running equivalent. Learn how to hook! And since my foot doesn't seem to be getting any better anytime soon, I will do it. I will. Might need some face to face tuition with someone though! Videos go too fast! smile

GoingGoingGoth Mon 18-Mar-13 17:00:58

Glaiket Sorry to miss you at meet up today. I'm near Queens Park, if you need 1-2-1 crotchet help. PM me if you want to meet sometime.

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