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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

SoupDragon Mon 22-Apr-13 19:35:36

Oh, I know - it was a horrible shock when it arrived! I've had it since last year smile

I also have the neon green but none of the neon pink (is it Fiesta?)

I made DS2 a scarf with the green - it's his favourite colour!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Apr-13 19:44:03

<also hunts out sunglasses>


Fiesta is the neon pink, tis gorgeous - this beauty is in fiesta from lovely bluesky

bluesky Mon 22-Apr-13 19:51:21

ooh yes, I had a bit of neon pink left from that blanket which I have added to the jaffa and the bright yellow, can't remember it's name. You'll have it by the weekend!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Apr-13 17:22:25

Oooo lovely

thank you X

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 25-Apr-13 09:26:00

An Email! From Malawi!

Dear Ladies,
Thank you so much for all the lovely blankets, they are beautiful and practical.

The children in our wards want to say thank you to you all for thinking of them, making the blankets and sending them to Malawi.

They say God bless you all,
Best wishes,

Liz Molyneux

Love in every stitch, good to hear the Billie's Blankets are already hard at work. But big <sniff> thinking about them all with their new owners. So glad we can do this.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 26-Apr-13 17:13:03


Two beautiful crocheted Billie's Blankets arriving safely today, and they are absolutely stunning, photos already on Facebook (MNWoollyHugs) Huge thanks to the very lovely bluesky


fanjodisfunction Sat 27-Apr-13 12:51:18

I think seeing MrsD thread today has spurred me on, I'm going to start another Billies blanket today. I think its only right.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Apr-13 14:04:51

Big hugs for you too lovely fan X

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Apr-13 14:07:32

The first of the runners for Team Woolly Hugs goes today.

The awesomeness that is PiggyPlumPie is right now running the Balmoral 10K. She's running in memory of the sparkling Billie to raise funds for World Child Cancer - we send her a huge rallying cheer!

Money is so scarce for the children WCC support, and alongside our Billie's Blankets we would love to send a really good donation to support their work, so please, visit our Just Giving Page ALL contributions help, this really is a big team effort, huge thanks X

Thinking of beautiful Billie and her family, especially today Xx

fanjodisfunction Sat 27-Apr-13 15:38:00

Just donoted!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 27-Apr-13 16:27:34

Oh bless you, huge thanks, you are a star x

RiaOverTheRainbow Sat 27-Apr-13 18:11:01

If anyone else is just getting started I've found the stylecraft yarn for £1.49 per 100g here

<wants all the colours>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Apr-13 19:46:13

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Huge thanks today to lovely fan and her mum for the beautiful Billie's Blankets which arrived safely today. Photos are already on Facebook. Thanks also to lovely Rubycon for her gorgeous Billie's Blanket too. Just lovely. thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 30-Apr-13 09:55:20

Gorgeous blankets smile thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 01-May-13 15:58:47

A beautiful Billie's Blanket arriving today from the very lovely MinnieBar, in beautiful spring like colours, a mix of knits and crochet. The photos is on FB, and if you look closely you will see all the gorgeous butterfly detailing, tis very lovely. A huge thank you to her X


OpheliaBumps Fri 03-May-13 19:51:57

There's a blanket on the way, hopefully arrive with you tomorrow. Also 2 squares for Daisy's blanket.

Hmm, need to order more stylecraft for my next blanket, hmm, a billie, yorkhill or angel hug this time - decisions decisions grin

HoggyTruffle Sun 05-May-13 10:56:31

I saw the pictures on Facebook of the children in Malawi with their Billie's blankets. Take a look, the photos say it all really.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 07:59:38

Morning all brew smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 08:00:10

Thanks lovely Ophelia, hopefully it will come today thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 13:30:10

and lo it did smile

Two beautiful Billie's Blankets have arrived today, one a mix of gorgeously snuggly knitted squares from the very lovely OpheliaBumps and the other a stunning crocheted square blanket from the very lovely Kingfisher

Heartfelt thanks to both, you really are stars thanksthanksthanksthanks

OpheliaBumps Tue 07-May-13 21:07:16

Lovely photography by the way, my blanket looks much better on fb than in real life grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-May-13 17:31:22

oi, its gorgeous!


thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A beautiful crocheted Billie's Blanket arriving today from the very lovely bluesky, tis absolutely gorgeous, a huge thank you to her thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

MOSagain Sun 12-May-13 18:06:46

Pistey did you ever get your chart out to see if the grape would work with the candyfloss and lilac we used on last blanket? <sits and looks at empty needles>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 13-May-13 07:39:29

Better than that MOS, I got my Knotty out smile

And thumbs up to those colours, so crack on! thanks

MOSagain Mon 13-May-13 08:13:34

yay! Am hoping to get a lot done whilst away grin

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