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Woolly Hugs. Our Project to help refugees continues. One square, one blanket, a pair of gloves, one warm hat, one step at a time, really every little thing will help. All support welcome.

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KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:44:32

When we started this project last September we had no idea how enormous it would become and honestly have been blown away by the response. We should have known, folk never fail to amaze. We can't find the words to express how grateful and thankful we are that so many have risen to the challenge. We know we can't help everyone, but will help as many as we can, and each warm item goes to an individual with love and support from us. Just looking at numbers of items we have already sent to refugees in Kurdistan and Lesvos...

Blankets made by individuals - 127
Blankets made using separate 12 or 6 inch squares sent in - 34
Hats - 805
Cardis/ jumpers etc - 90
Footwear - 15
Scarves - 145
Gloves/wrist warmers - 53

What an extraordinary response thanks

It is the together bit, that's our strength, we are so grateful to everyone for every single stitch.

With your love and support we need to carry on. Every day more desperate folk are struggling in appalling conditions, there is no end in sight. In this next phase we will continue to send to refugees in Kurdistan and Lesvos and will also be supporting Syrian families arriving here, initially through contacts on the South coast.

Can you help us fabulous mumsnetters?

Because it still stands, we have C&P the OP for all crafting info from our first thread, which is here....

As for so many others, we have been moved to tears by the heartbreaking plight of refugees, both in Europe and further afield, and the inhumanity which seems to surround them too often. We have donated, signed petitions on and written to our MPs, and understand the feeling of shouting in the wind, we desperately want to do more.

There is something practical we can do together, and it really will help, but fabulous Mumsnetters, we are going to need your support.

We can get woolly warmth to families in refugee camps in Kurdistan, thanks to the amazing charity Knit for Peace. There are 1.8 million refugees trapped there, most have fled civil wars and ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Winter is coming, it will be even more desperate and absolutely freezing. We are also developing links to get resources to children and families elsewhere, and on their arrival in the UK. We just want to help keep folk warm. We know we can’t help everyone, but we can some.

We really need your help, here’s how…

* We need 12 inch, or six inch squares. Knit or crochet both equally welcome.
* Yarn to be used - any good quality acrylic DK, for example Stylecraft special DK
* Any colour, any style, it is all good.
* Squares equally welcome if made by beginner or expert. Truly.
* No one think their's wouldn’t be good enough. They will be.
* We'd love to receive whole blankets, but absolutely understand time constraints.
* We’d also love to receive hats and gloves/mittens for any age, baby sized through to adult, the same for jumpers. But appreciate that is a very big ask.
* If you’d like to donate yarn or funds, let us know - we’d absolutely LOVE to hear from you, we need you too. This will be a real team effort
* If anyone would like to join in crafting but can’t afford to, please PM us, we can help.

One square, one blanket, a pair of gloves, one warm hat, one step at a time, really every little thing will help. Together we can make a difference.


Sadly we cannot accept items other than home made woolly ones at the moment, if this changes we will come back.

If anyone arrives in this thread and holds similar views to Cameron, no need to post, just move along. This is a positive, humanitarian thread taking positive, humanitarian action.

Do join us on our Facebook page Woolly Hugs and Twitter @Woolly_Hugs - both good ways to keep in touch.

If you'd rather email us than PM we are

Thank you doesn’t come close, bless you.

star star thanks thanks

KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:45:15

Our next posting deadline to work towards is March 5th

Thank you so much everyone. xx

KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:48:19

For our Refugee Project from lovely WP, super warm and cosy. Fantastic. Thank you. X


KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:48:52

Thank you so much CAJ, fantastic knits and crocheted squares for our Refugee project. Marvellous, you star xxx


KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:49:27

Thank you to lovely WP. Box of treasure arriving inc these gorgeous neck warmers for our Refugee Project. You really are a star. Bless you. Xxxx


KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:50:05

For our Refugee Project from lovely UW. Warm and cosy. Just perfect. Thank you. X


KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:50:42

Warm and cosy, just fabulous treasure for our Refugee Project beautifully knitted by the lovely DB. You star. Bless you. Thank you xxxx


KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:51:32

Such a beautiful joint blanket for our Refugee project, thank you everyone who sent these gorgeous squares, and to lovely EM for joining and edging. Marvellous. xxx


KnottyAndPistey Sat 06-Feb-16 09:51:59

I think that is us up to date!


MrsHathaway Sat 06-Feb-16 11:42:23

Good morning! I saw your post pile and what a cornucopia of woolly riches.

theDudesmummy Sat 06-Feb-16 15:40:17

What wonderful pictures, I am glad the momentum is keeping up. I will have quite a few more scarves for you by the next posting date.

Mhw02 Sat 06-Feb-16 23:03:37

Just finished a jumper then accidentally cut through a stitch when I was trimming off peskies! Have tried sewing it together. Should I wash it to see if it unravels?

KnottyAndPistey Sun 07-Feb-16 08:27:25


KnottyAndPistey Sun 07-Feb-16 08:28:14

Oh M - you poor thing, I honestly suspect if you've had a go at securing it then it will be fine, but you must've said a few choice words sad

Mhw02 Sun 07-Feb-16 09:05:56

Yes. I think I have even made up some new ones specially for the occasion! Ok, will just send it and hope for the best!

On a happier note I posted three parcels yesterday (second class to save money as they were over a kilo - so I hope they don't take too long to arrive!) - I only put a note in one of them, but there's a hat and cardigan for the Refugee project and some blankets to be sent wherever needed.

emilybohemia Mon 08-Feb-16 07:36:35

This is so nice to see. I have seen some threads on here with a lot of negativity toward refugees so this warms my heart. Well done everyone.

KnottyAndPistey Mon 08-Feb-16 08:14:28

Oh so have we emily so sickened by it, think folk have lost their humanity at times. But not here, this is a positive thread taking positive action. And we know we can't help everyone, but we will help as many as possible.

Thank you for your post xxx

KnottyAndPistey Mon 08-Feb-16 08:14:49

Thanks mhw you are as always as star xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Mon 08-Feb-16 08:15:38

Love your post on the old thread Susan made me arf grin

MrsHathaway Mon 08-Feb-16 14:46:15

Just posted.

The lady behind the counter was vastly interested. She is a prolific knitter but "you just don't know what to do with it all". She's going to Google but I'll nudge her next time with the url written down. Fingers crossed!

KnottyAndPistey Mon 08-Feb-16 16:46:08

Oh yy - we'd know what to do with it all grin

Thank you! thanks

emilybohemia Mon 08-Feb-16 17:30:25

Thanks knotty.

'Noone can do everything, but everyone can do something.' Trite, but true. Thanks again. The world is better because of people like you.

MrsHathaway Mon 08-Feb-16 18:44:29

Also "it made a difference to that one" in the fish story.

She'll be my third convert if she bites. And my parcel today contains the work of three or four different knitters.

BlackeyedShepherdsbringsheep Tue 09-Feb-16 12:10:39

<shuffles in trailing yarn>

oops sorry, took me a while to find the way out the old thread. blush

KnottyAndPistey Wed 10-Feb-16 10:14:48

Morning! Just asking for a pause in posting from today until Monday 22nd February. Don't want woolly treasure going awol or stuck in the sorting office over Half Term. Thank you!


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