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Woolly Hugs: Little Hugs. Crafting away.

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KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 13:10:04

A new thread as we've managed to fill up two already smile

The project launch thread can be found here

The second thread is here

This is an ongoing project so Little Hugs can be made and sent to us at anytime. We will suggest posting dates from time to time to collect batches for sending off to Yorkhill Hospital.

Photographs of our Little Hugs can be found on our Woolly Hugs website and on our Facebook page, MNWoollyHugs.

The basic aim is to provide little blankets and quilts that give comfort to babies and small children who are seriously ill in hospital.

This is the continuation of Phase 1 of the project.

How you can get involved:

You can help by either making a complete Little Hug
By making 6" squares using Stylecraft Special DK yarn or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, Rowan Cashsoft DK and Sublime Extra Fine Merino wool DK

For all of the Little Hugs:

Minimum size: 18 inches by 18 inches
For example, that's 3x3 6 inch squares with a small edge.
If you would like to make a blanket or quilt that is bigger, that would be lovely too.

Colours: Your choice!
We'd like to be able to provide a range of Little Hugs suitable for boys and girls.
If you would like to make something specifically for a boy or girl, that would also be lovely.

Things to avoid:
Sequins and beads
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.
If using applique, it needs to be firmly stitched on with no hard edges.

Materials and ideas:
Woolly Blankets:
Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic that is a very reasonable £1.60 - £2 for 100g ball.
Pure cotton DK
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight yarn and a yarn other than those above. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be machine washed.

Quilts and stitched blankets:
Pure cotton and good quality fleece. The cotton can be from recycled sources.
We suggest that you wash both separately before sewing to allow for any difference in shrinkage.
Traditional style quilts, from simple square designs to more complex patterns
Cotton edged fleeces, with or without appliqué
Quilt and fleece combination: quilted front with a fleece back

If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website with a message letting us know which project you are donating to. If you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste as we have other ways that you can donate.
Without our donors, our projects really wouldn't happen. You are as vital to them as the crafters and materials. Bless you.

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.

As ever, thanks for your support. You are all complete stars thanks

MOSagain Sun 28-Apr-13 17:09:58

just marking place as you keep dropping off my threads I'm on.
Frantically trying to finish my squares for my hug as want to get finished before I disappear off to deepest darkest Peru in 2 1/2 weeks in case I don't return grin

RiaOverTheRainbow Sun 28-Apr-13 19:59:44

I've found the Stylecraft yarn here for £1.49 per 100g, the online ordering isn't working at the moment but you can order by phone.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 29-Apr-13 19:37:56


Beautiful Little Hugs arriving today from lovely fan's mum and the equally lovely ruby. Huge thanks to them both, photos are already on Facebook. They are absolutely gorgeous thanks


KnottyLocks Tue 30-Apr-13 09:57:19

They really are gorgeous smile thanks

MOS! Crack on, love!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 01-May-13 16:08:33

Three beautiful Little Hugs arriving safely today from LizaRose, HoggyTruffle and Birnamwood Enormous thanks to them all, they are absolutely lovely. Photos are already on the facebook page.


Last posting for the next batch of Little Hugs for Yorkhill to be Saturday 25th May


JulesJules Thu 02-May-13 19:39:16

fretting about my blanket, tweeted you with a pic - it's 22x27 inches (just under 3 balls of the Harlequin stylecraft) will that be big enough? It doesn't look suitable for a small baby to me as the pattern is quite holey, and its turned out darker colours than I anticipated. So it might be a better Billies Blanket, but is it big enough for that?

KnottyLocks Fri 03-May-13 08:32:23

Jules, if you want to send it, we'll make sure it goes to whichever project it is best suited too . Worry not smile

JulesJules Fri 03-May-13 15:27:50

Thank you! [ huge bunch of flahs and a kiss]

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 07:58:58

Morning all brew smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-May-13 13:27:18


Beautiful Little Hugs for Yorkhill arriving safely today from the very lovely Kingfisher, and how lovely they are, huge thanks to her, one crochet, one knit, both just super, photos already on Facebook. thanks


MOSagain Wed 08-May-13 17:45:52

hello, squares for my Little Hug posted first class today. Hopefully Pistey you'll have time to hook together before 25th? x

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-May-13 17:41:08

I am certainly hopeful - and they are here - huzzah!

MOSagain Thu 09-May-13 18:53:27

am frantically trying to finish another little hug (smallest size) If I post the squares to you before I go to Peru next Wednesday would you have time to hook that one together too? No worries if not x

KnottyLocks Fri 10-May-13 09:18:23

Give her something to do, MOS grin

MOSagain Fri 10-May-13 10:20:15

I'd hate to put her under pressure though. She will still need some hours in the day for consumption of gin! wink <rushes back to knitting bag>

HoggyTruffle Fri 10-May-13 13:29:48

Buy Pistey some of these - hands free gin drinking allowing square joining at the same time wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 11-May-13 00:42:11

Love and need those Hoggy

wine wine Cheers Knots!!

JulesJules Sun 12-May-13 07:06:49

Hands free gin drinking kit??

<places order>

Schooldidi Mon 13-May-13 22:45:02

I've done a blanket in chunky wool (because i sent dp to the wool shop and wasn't explicit enough in my instructions), it's a star shaped one and it's measuring a 22" diameter. Is that big enough? It doesn't look very big to me, but I've run out of that wool and won't be able to get more before I want to post this parcel to make it bigger. I'm happy to wait and keep it for the next parcel so i can get more wool and make it bigger, or you can have it at the size it is and decide for yourself whether it's big enough for a Little Hug. Is the minimum size for Billie's blankets smaller? I'm happy for it to be used for either.

KnottyLocks Tue 14-May-13 17:31:45

hello Didi,

this is entirely up to you. If you feel it would be better bigger, we can wait. We'll find a good home for it either way, bless you smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-May-13 07:47:54

Morning brew

MOSagain Wed 15-May-13 20:34:29

Just checking to see if last lot of squares for blanket arrived? Posted Monday. Early night now before squabble at airport security over my bag of needles!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 15:27:16

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A beautiful Little Hug for Yorkhill arriving today from the very lovely Macarooned, crocheted in blue, purple and silver, photo on FB, huge thanks to her, tis gorgeous thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Mhw02 Fri 17-May-13 15:33:43

Registered for mumsnet so I can post in the woolly threads. I have posted off a couple of blankets today, so hope they arrive soon. One of them is my first ever attempt at crochet (I only learnt three weeks ago!), but I definitely think I'll be crocheting again - thoroughly enjoyed doing it!

By the way, have noticed mentions of cards - are we meant to send cards with our blankets as I haven't done that?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 17-May-13 15:37:05

Glad to have you with us X

Re cards, if you would like to include a note/card for the parents receiving the blanket,  it would be a lovely gesture, but please don’t feel you have to. All Little Hugs will have a woven label, like a name tag, sewn in that says “With Love from Woolly Hugs” but have a think

It is still not too late, happy to unite for you.


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