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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

Mhw02 Fri 17-May-13 16:04:26

Thanks, Pistey. I won't this time, (I'd only spend about a month fussing over what to write) but will think about it for the next time I'm posting some. (I've got about five half finished.)

Macarooned Sat 18-May-13 10:16:05

Glad it arrived safe and sound Pistey. I wonder what you postman/woman makes of all your woolly parcels!

I have another lh on the go too and I hope to do some squares for the current big woolly much sad news.

flowers and brew for all your effort grin

CamperWidow Mon 20-May-13 09:32:44

Can I ask if anyone has tried another parcel carrier than Royal Mail? I have two Hugs and several squares to send and I'm dreading the postage!!! Unless anyone is in the Bridgewater area that I could drop off at next week?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-May-13 09:59:59

Woolfey's lovely blankets arrived with MyHermes, maybe PM her and see how that was/cost etc?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-May-13 14:29:35

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful Little Hugs arriving from the very lovely Woolfey and the equally lovely MHW Heartfelt thanks to both, photos already on Facebook thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Woolfey Tue 21-May-13 07:16:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-May-13 08:51:32

Morning brew

Just a gentle reminder that last posting for Little Hugs for Yorkhill is this coming Saturday (25th) we are just lining up a delivery to Glasgow for next week.

If you can't make this deadline, please don't worry, this is an ongoing project, we have sent LHs to Yorkhill every 3/4 months ish smile

As always, heartfelt thanks


KnottyLocks Tue 21-May-13 12:33:57

Checking in smile

Jacksmania Wed 22-May-13 01:55:40

<lifts hand feebly>



Maybe some medicinal gin? [hopeful]

Jacksmania Wed 22-May-13 01:56:40

Oh blush - not the sort of check-in you were looking for?

I'm eyeballing my cheerful yellow and orange wools for another Little Hug next. As soon as I'm done with the current crop of squares for Trin, daisy and TS.

KnottyLocks Wed 22-May-13 06:52:17

You trailing your snot everywhere, Jacks!

Woohoo to finishing your squares. Well done smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 08:56:32

<steps over trailing snot>

Jacks, hope you are better soon X

Morning smile brew

Mhw02 Wed 22-May-13 11:15:09

Glad mine arrived safely. By the way, is there a maximum size for the Little Hugs? I've got one nearly finished at the moment, but am swithering over whether to leave it as is and just hook it together, or whether to add another row. If I hook it together as it is now it might just make the post on Saturday; if I add another row, there isn't a chance!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 11:44:49

We haven't set a maximum size, just a minimum of 18 inches square which is a good size for a baby, thank you thanks

Jacksmania Wed 22-May-13 17:55:44


<wipes up snot>

<offers wine in apology>

Mhw02 Fri 24-May-13 13:43:09

Okay, there's no way I'm going to have my current blanket ready for posting tomorrow: I grossly underestimated how long hooking together would take when I have a mixture of knit and crochet squares!

I did however, get a bargain in John Lewis today for my next blanket - Rowan 50g Organic Belle DK (it's a half wool/half cotton mix) in various colours for £2.75 a ball (usually £5.50 both in John Lewis and Deramores). Was very excited by my find. Now just need to decide whether to do squares, a big granny square, or attempt a ripple blanket...

MOSagain Sun 26-May-13 18:42:30

hello, back from deepest darkest Peru and just checking to see if my squares turned up ok?
Didn't get much done whilst away but did manage to get 3 new recruits to join in with little hugs and billie's blankets. Two novices who are going to try a few plain squares and an experienced hooker. Between the 4 of us we are going to aim for some 'team trek inca trail' blankets grin

Welcome back MOSagain!

KnottyLocks Mon 27-May-13 07:28:26

Welcome home, MOS smile

Well done on your treck and big hugs for your Woolly missionary work. X

AnathemaDevice Mon 27-May-13 08:49:51

I finally posted my first little hug on Saturday, though due to the bank holiday it won't go anywhere until Tuesday, so it will probably be too late to get added to the next Yorkhill delivery.

Now I've got to decide on what to make next. I think I spend more time on Ravelry and Pinterest looking at blankets than I do making them.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:42:04

Morning brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-May-13 06:43:30

Just getting the collection ready for Yorkhill, have UPS coming tomorrow.

<starts sewing little tags on>

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 30-May-13 09:33:26

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Just waiting for UPS, beautiful Little Hugs arriving in the last couple of days from Sylvia Gunning, JulesJules, PiggyPlumPie, TheWoollyBacksWife, coffeeandchocolateplease and schooldidi.

Heartfelt thanks to all, just marvellous X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 07:35:38

The box of Little Hugs arrived safely at Yorkhill yesterday <phew> Hopefully soon they will be with the children and hard at work.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

More have arrived, they're absolutely beautiful, huge thanks to our amazing friends in the Glasgow Woolly Mafia, and to very lovely ButterflyBramble and the equally lovely AnathemaDevice

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Mhw02 Sat 01-Jun-13 18:41:05

I have finally finished my little hugs, so they'll be posted on Monday or Tuesday. Very sorry they didn't make this posting.

Could anyone make use of some fleece for a little hug or Billie's blanket? If so please let me know. For reasons impossible to fathom I have got it into my head to attempt a sewn quilt next - I just fancied having a go. This decision may prove disastrous! Anyway though, I bought some fleece and some cotton fat squares today. I asked the girl in the shop for 1 metre of fleece, but she just gave me an off cut, as she said once she'd cut a metre, the remainder would be too small to be sellable, so I took it home and discovered I'd been given a bit of fleece 164cm each side. I'm wanting to do something small to start off with and because I'll be hand sewing, probably just 24 inches square, so wanted to know if anyone more experienced than me who isn't going to destroy the material as I undoubtedly will could make use of the remainder? I've got some rose pink and also some apple green. Can also send half cuts of the fat squares as I've got more than I need of them too.

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