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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

KnottyLocks Wed 20-Feb-13 20:56:42

Soz, still laughing at Fizzy grin

Jules146 Wed 20-Feb-13 20:59:52

And here was I thinking that 'Durex' was the technical term!!

LackaDAISYcal Wed 20-Feb-13 21:01:34

oooh, been a long time since I was here <waves>. Life, college work, dodgy joints and lack of crafting mojo all contributing sad. I'm enjoying all the pics on facebook though and am amazed at how productive some of you have been! Hopefully I can contribute something again soon xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 21:01:46

Can you label the DD parcel discreetly when you post Fizzy? Just so I don't get embarrassed with the DC?



RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 21:02:01


GlaikitFizzog Wed 20-Feb-13 21:48:32

I'm going to shove it in a durex and stick a stamp on it!!

NotADragonOfSoup Wed 20-Feb-13 21:52:33

Well, I'm sure your DH/ DP will be very pleased when you go to a shop and saY "I need some Durex big enough to fit a dragon into"

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 22:16:05



Flojobunny Wed 20-Feb-13 22:28:50

How many stitches do you need to cast on for a full 18" blanket?

droitwichmummy Wed 20-Feb-13 22:46:08

Checking in!
Might start another blanket tomorrow - sporting v fetching 6 stitches on my jaw and feeling sore so need something quiet to do that will take my mind off it.

NotADragonOfSoup Thu 21-Feb-13 07:31:16

ouch! Was that from a knitting related incident..?

FairyJen Thu 21-Feb-13 08:06:07

Cheers guys! Had look at website and will have plenty left over to do a few patchwork quilts. The fabric is from dd's old clothes and bedding etc ( is a memory quilt I'm making her) so is likey to be more suited to a girl iyswim due to colours. I'm doing a smaller one for ds soon so shall have "boys" fabric soon!

( I got a bit carried away buying fabric so hence loads left blush )

droitwichmummy Thu 21-Feb-13 09:00:36

Not a knitting incident Soupy! I had a cyst removed yesterday - tis a bit sore this morning.

NotADragonOfSoup Thu 21-Feb-13 09:28:56

Not fighting off a Durex Dragon with some 4mm needles then?


droitwichmummy Thu 21-Feb-13 09:31:07

Sorry to disappoint.
Must have been delirious last night. I'm sure I had a look at you tube videos about crochet

NotADragonOfSoup Thu 21-Feb-13 10:31:29


Equally, I bought some knitting needles from a house clearance warehouse. I don't really want to learn to knit but I have to get rid of the squeaky-chalk-on-blackboard emotional response I get when I think of knitting.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Feb-13 13:44:10

Afternoon all smile

thanksthanksthanksthanks Beautiful Little Hugs arriving safely today from EllenJaneIsStillNotMyName HoggyTruffle and Kellestar Heartfelt thanks to you all, these are absolutely lovely.


nickelbabe Fri 22-Feb-13 13:45:54

I finished my little hug!

the one I made from yarn DH bought me for christmas.
It is just short one side, but not noticable.
100% acrylic, so i hope it's useful, and just under 20" per side

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Feb-13 13:50:50

Top banana, Nickel smile
Look forward to seeing it.

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Feb-13 13:52:06

I can imagine Soupy sitting there eyeing her knitting needles with suspicion grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 22-Feb-13 22:44:19

like this I think....

NotADragonOfSoup Sat 23-Feb-13 08:17:59

More like this

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 23-Feb-13 10:41:58

Building up to this I feel

NotADragonOfSoup Sat 23-Feb-13 10:54:48

And finishing with this

MOSagain Sat 23-Feb-13 13:59:56

hello all, just checking in and marking place now back from holiday. Managed to do a bit whilst away but got rather odd looks sitting knitting on the beach grin Just finishing squares for Billie's blanket then back to little hugs. Somewhere I need to find time to do squares for DC3 and 4's blankets.

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