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Woolly Hugs: The Babettes, Billie's Blankets and Little Hugs.

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KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:06:55

This is a continuation of our Little Hug and Billie's Blanket projects.

Little Hugs will continue to go to babies and children who are seriously ill in Yorkhill hospital and Billie's blankets will be sent in Billie's name, via the wonderful charity World Child Cancer, to children undergoing treatment for cancer in low and middle income countries.

Our aim with the Babettes is to make some bigger blankets for older children, both for Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets.
We will still make blankets of other sizes too.


The idea is to make a 12 x 12 inch panel, either crochet or knit, that can be added to others to create bigger blankets.
The panel can be made as one piece, or as a combination of squares, stripes or patterned. For example, a large granny square, or 4 six inch squares together, or a panel of stripes.
The design is up to you as long as it isn't too holey and will be fine stitched or hooked to others.
If you choose to use separate squares as part of your design, can we ask that they be either stitched together, hooked as you go, or hooked together with the seam on the back.

Yarn for Babettes: Stylecraft Special DK only, so we know that the blankets will wash and wear well and, unless your tension is very tight, use 4mm hooks or needles.

Colours: your choice although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.
Some colour combinations that would work: blues/greens, purples/pinks, spring colours, primary brights, rainbow shades.

If you Google 'Babette blankets', you'll get an idea of what we have in mind once the panels are combined.


FOR WHOLE BLANKETS - Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets:

Minimum size: 18 x 18 inches for Little Hugs; 24 inches by 24 inches for Billie's Blankets.
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children we send Billie's Blankets to are aged 0 to 14 and Yorkhill treat children of a similar age so we will need bigger blankets too hence our Babettes.

Colours: Your choice.
Although again 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 for Billies Blankets: 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.
For Little Hugs: As above, plus any of our usual Woolly Hugs woolly wool or yarn that is soft and can be machine washed.

We would also love fleece backed quilts, or edged fleece blankets if you prefer sewing.

As always, we also welcome any 6 inch squares made using the Stylecraft Special DK or any of the usual Woolly Hugs blanket wools.

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. thanks thanks

Knotty and Pistey

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KnottyAndPistey Wed 14-Jun-17 10:38:54

Lovely folk, we are close to sending out kits for our Hugs for Manchester project, most will be going to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, but some are earmarked for personal requests for families affected by events in both Manchester and London. Getting a bit ahead of ourselves here, but it will be good to have some helpers lined up, we are sorting kits tomorrow.

Please message usif you can help, we know we have just sent out a pile of Candy's and Refugee kits to the Crew, so please don't fret if you can't help at the mo. If we don't have your address, please PM us, thank you SO MUCH xxxx

Construction Crew FB is over here....

KnottyAndPistey Wed 14-Jun-17 10:01:51

Lovely Okki - I know yours are up now, sorry for the delay xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Wed 14-Jun-17 10:01:25

Thank you everyone, in a totally glorious way we were both overwhelmed with stunning squares for Manchester and have been trying to catch up since, we are meeting tomorrow to sort kits. So if anyone would like to take one on, please say or get to the Construction Crew FB group where we will be asking for lovely volunteers.

Had a request to make a blanket for a family who lost their daughter at Manchester, she liked Emma Watson's Beauty and the Beast, so will be picking out more of the yellows and blues, heartbreaking isn't it, but so glad we can. Thank you everyone. xxxxxx

NormansNipple Tue 13-Jun-17 12:52:39

Okki I saw your beautiful blanket on FB this morning - such lovely colours!

Okkitokkiunga Mon 12-Jun-17 09:19:52

Such a lovely load of squares arriving - it's heartwarming to see all that love. @KnottyAndPistey - Hope you've had mine too - I sent them first class about a week ago.

Treasures Wed 07-Jun-17 14:09:03

My Manchester squares have gone first class today. Meant to send them last week with my refugee squares, but had a busy few days and forgot to sort out what I'm sending for refugees! So will post those separately at a later date.

Okkitokkiunga Tue 06-Jun-17 19:30:54

I've posted off a selection of squares for Manchester and my Billie's Blanket.

MadisonAvenue Tue 06-Jun-17 18:34:01

Mine have gone in the post today. There're a few other bits in there too for other projects.

KnottyAndPistey Tue 06-Jun-17 18:31:33

Such beautiful squares, thank you so much everyone xxxx

Last posting tomorrow!

KnottyAndPistey Tue 06-Jun-17 18:30:46

We'd love to expand our wonderful Construction Crew if anyone feels like they can and would like to support us in this way, come and have a look maybe? <winning smile>

Thank you so so much xxxx

thanks gin

bookbook Tue 06-Jun-17 12:43:25

haha! he is adorable though..... grin

PurpleFrog Tue 06-Jun-17 12:40:44

Not sure the Post Office will accept DGS grin

bookbook Tue 06-Jun-17 08:09:10

Here are DD's - she has just dropped them off ( along with DGS smile)
Will get them all in the post today .
With much love

diamantegal Mon 05-Jun-17 21:55:18

I'm in awe of people who can produce squares so quickly - do you not have to work and/or deal with family occasionally?!

Managed one more but realistically this will be my lot. But hopefully they can play a small part in bringing comfort to someone.

bookbook Mon 05-Jun-17 21:41:46

wow Mhw - thats great - and you are so quick smile
Am sending mine off tomorrow - DD is dropping hers off so they can go together.
Here are mine - a bit of a mixed bunch with the colours I had !

That is really lovely.

Mhw02 Sun 04-Jun-17 11:04:01

Have a whole blanket for Manchester - not the specified colours but as it's a whole blanket hoping that doesn't matter. Just need to edge and de-pesky.

diamantegal Sun 04-Jun-17 09:37:33

Finally finished a square for Manchester - had hoped to do more but between work and half term I just haven't managed it. Will try and get another one done today though.

It definitely has the same number of stitches in each side but has gone a bit out of shape and curly - I always have this problem with 12" squares. Hopefully being in a blanket will force it to behave!

Iwantacampervan Sat 03-Jun-17 14:35:33

I have 6 squares for Manchester which I'll send on Monday - hope that's not too late. I had intended to take them to 'Seeded' in Southsea but ran out of time this week. I'll go down there soon with my knitted fish and sea shell for a local project.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 01-Jun-17 08:49:37

Celebrating the start of #VolunteersWeek today with the most enormous THANK YOU to our wonderful Woolly Hugs crew, crafters and donors alike.

Every stitch, every moment, every penny given freely, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, proving one person CAN make a difference. So many children and their families feel love, support, comfort, kindness and compassion through your overwhelming generosity.

Loved and looked after. To you all who make it all possible THANK YOU!! xxx


KnottyAndPistey Thu 01-Jun-17 08:47:40

So beautiful, thank you xxx

A Little Hug and two 12" squares for Manchester that I will post tomorrow.

bookbook Wed 31-May-17 21:54:56

well, those colours don't show up properly!-

bookbook Wed 31-May-17 21:54:02

Just finished another two . Really like these colours - Duck Egg and Bluebell

KnottyAndPistey Wed 31-May-17 10:36:34

Morning all, such beautiful squares, and thank you Woolly!

I truly empathise Woolly - I had a frozen shoulder plus bone spurs growing in my shoulder joint, had keyhole surgery a couple of years ago, was such a relief, hope you get to see the consultant. xxx

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