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We are delighted to be launching our Chernobyl Project 2018!
For the last four years we have been making warm, comforting Little Hugs for Belarusian teenagers and children visiting the UK for recuperative holidays during the summer with the fabulous charity the Chernobyl Children’s Project and Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.
Each year these marvellous charities bring children who live in the most contaminated area near the Chernobyl reactor over to the UK. In summer, when the dust causes radiation levels to rise, it becomes even more important for as many children as possible to leave their contaminated homeland for a few weeks of fresh air and clean food. The rates of childhood cancer are incredibly high the most common cancers being thyroid and leukaemia. Coming to the UK for a four week break increases their immunity against the awful disease when they return home. Often these children are in remission. Sadly though there is a high chance of these children falling ill again. They all suffer living in such difficult conditions combined with chronic poverty.
We have spoken to all the groups we sent to last year, some are still confirming their funding etc and not all host every year, but already confirmed are…
Isle of Wight
And we are chuffed to be introducing the Ayrshire group this year too!
There are other groups we can contact, but will just wait to hear from last year first. So this year we look like we are aiming for approx 115 blankets but this may change. It is a good place to start with!
The last posting date for squares and blankets made by individuals for our Chernobyl 2018 project will be Saturday 7th April, to the Teddington address, message if you need it!
No later please as we have to get on and sort very soon after. Thank you.
Please do join us, here’s how..
- Yarn is Stylecraft Special DK – ONLY this please, inc for any embellishments.
- Squares to be 12 inch ideally, or 6 inch if that is too much.
- Knit and crochet equally welcome. Beginner or more experienced crafters also equally welcomed.
- Please use a 4mm hook or needles. No blocking please, and please ensure you are knotting off very thoroughly when colour changing or finishing, leave a 6cm end and use a needle to sew it in.
- We are asking folk to avoid using a magic ring (crochet) to start as find that these don’t seem to always stand up to the pressures of wash and wear.
- Squares to be single colour, multi colour, textured, whatever you like, they will be wonderful, thank you.
- If you’d like to make a whole blanket, please use these colours too, makes thing easier at the giving stage! Whole blankets need to be 48 inches by 60 inches with some kind of border please.
Supporting with funds
If anyone would like to donate funds to support this, we would be so grateful. Our paypal is email@example.com . Cheques and cash are very welcome too, just PM for the address. We are grateful for every single penny.
To find out what about things we are collecting read more here....
Hugs for Heads
After the success of Fife last year, we thought how lovely it would be to send all children a cosy hat to take home with their blanket this year, so introduced Hugs for Heads, if you would like to knit or crochet a child’s hat size age 8 to adult (most are teens) in machine washable yarn, we would love to receive it for them. The pattern is up to you., we do have yarn available, please message us. Last posting the same as squares.
What a big ask! Good grief!
But the fabulous Woolly Hug crew never fail to amaze, last year was an astonishing team effort, we know that together we can do this.
On behalf of these children and their families, a huge THANK YOU.
Actually, thank you doesn’t really come close. xxx
(pic is the Isle of Wight group last year)
I'm in, I've already got a few 12" squares done. Thought I'd get a head start before Christmas.
I started early - here are three to get us going.
Excuse the photo bombing - she was neutered today and very unhappy about the cone of shame. Has pulled it off twice already. It's going to be a long week...
12 inch squares take way to long for me so will bash out a few 6 inches, will get my SIL to do a few as well
App decided to ignore the pictures. Will try again on the mobile site!
Hmm,and now I see they did post after all. Not sure they were good enough to display twice but never mind!
They are gorgeous!!
Thank you lovely people
They are lovely Diamonte. If the cone of shame isn't working then how about a T-shirt to stop her fretting her stitches?
Brings back memories of mine getting up on the roof of the bungalow next door with her cone of shame on 😂
I'm in - me and DD started early - we are doing a whole blanket together, we are on square #16 ( she is cooking on gas With a fair wind, we may even get another done before the finish date .
Ooo , you lot are speedy
Quick reminder that we have Hugs for Heads yarn here that we can send if anyone wants to knit or hook a hat. We’re aiming to make sure each child has at least one hat to take Home along with their blankets.
I’m on this already, making a (rather bright) whole blanket
any washable , soft yarn Stitch for the hats.
This is the easiest hat ever ( it has to be for me to do it!) easy hat pattern
Simple hat here in various sizes
I'm in! So hard to choose from the colours though ...
On behalf of the children can I say a huge Thank You! I organise a group for Friends of Chernobyl's Children and they are the most fabulous bunch. Having visited the children in their homes I know these will be much appreciated.
Love this pic from last year. The Isle of Wight organiser said these gorgeous girls lived in extreme poverty in Belarus with very very little. They absolutely loved their blankets and all the little extras we sent. And look at their faces! What a fabulous time they had on their holiday.
So glad we can do this. Thank you everyone xxxxx
shall just go and check if I have yarn...
I'm in, I already have some of the colours so can crack on.
Obviously I have a stack ready, because we all knew we’d be doing this again this year 😊 🤓
🙄In My Dreams 😖🤣
If my energy levels matched my Good Intentions life would be so much better & easier, but it is what it is —crap—.
Anyway, I’m in again this year & will do Huggy Hats too.
Chipping lovely to see you <<gentle hugs>>. We need you to cheer us on - take it steady
I have done some hats, but not many. It's a new skill to me !
Hi bookbook lovely to see you too! <<big hugs >>
I think my motto is going to have to be ‘one is better than none’. I’m hoping to do quite a few, but I’m trying not to put myself under any more pressure because I’m already under a ton of pressure to get massive amounts of stuff done and barely have the energy to get through the day without doing very much. Lots that I need to do can be done sitting down too, so I can’t even use that reason to crochet instead of doing the other stuff 😖. But one look at those kids faces and you just have to be involved don’t you?!
I have knitted hats in the past, but I haven’t done a crochet one yet, but now seems as good a time as any!
I think I’m going to get some (easily washed) wool and do something a bit floppy. Have you used the SSDK for a hat yet? What wool/style have you done?
I think we might need a separate Huggy Hats thread
Two of us put links on to easy crochet beanie hats Chipping on the previous page. Done in a spiral, so very easy- I've stuck to that, as I have done a few, so don't need to look at the pattern I haven't used SSDK for them, though. I have been incredibly lucky that I was gifted enormous bags of yarn from someone I know, to use for WH . So I have been ploughing a bit through that. I will say one of the nice ones to use was the Womens Institute premium 100% acrylic ( it seems Hobbycraft stock it) was nice to work with. But most of what I have doesn't have bands on!
I'm in! I've spent the last few months crocheting the 'Sophie' blanket and I'm now at a loose end (pun intended!)
'Scuse me if this is a thick question, but in the colour list it says Fuchsia Pink. Does this exist in SSDK? It's not on Wool Warehouse 🤔
@Treasures It is listed on Wool Warehouse as Fuchsia Purple no. 1827
DD and I are on it! But if someone could shove a few more hours onto the day, it would help enormously
Chipping - lovely to see you...you have been missed
bookbook Yes, sorry, I should have said, I’d seen the links to the hats thanks...we’ll, sort of thanks, because I then lost quite a bit of time mooching about Ravelry. I’m like a kid in a sweet shop in there! 😖🤣. However, I managed not to link brain cells when I asked which hat you’d done - I blame Ravelry. Well, why not?! Lovely that you were gifted useable yarn for WoollyHugs. I’m sure you and DD will do the gifter proud.
Treasures. Any chance you could post a pic of your blanket?
Spiral. Thank you x. I missed you all too 💐
I'm in, got my call up PM yesterday and DHhas been told he can play PS4 every evening until it's done because I'll be hooking
Last year I was making squares while in hospital/on bed rest waiting for Bear Cub to arrive and then while I was recovering. She's one in a few weeks
Hello all, I was on here last year under a different name and knitted squares for this and other projects.
I have decided to attempt to learn to crochet this year as from comments on here I believe it's a quicker process than knitting and I have plenty of SSDK to use up
My question is would squares worked just in DC or possibly half treble be acceptable? I had the idea of launching straight into Granny squares but I need to practice my basis stitches first and making them into useable squares seems a good idea.
Also what is the magic ring and how will I know if I'm making it, so that I can avoid making it?
I remember BearCub arriving - were you knitting her leggings for her clicky hips? Or am I imagining things? How is she now?
I was! Little leg warmers to go over her pavlik harness. She's champion, out of the harness but still gets hip checks until she's 5yo. She started crawling not long ago so I spend most of my days rescuing her from various places. Her current favourite is her big sister's doll house, she opens the door, wedges herself head and shoulders in the little living room and happily chews the dolls until we pull her out. I fitted lock to try stop her, she laughs and opens it any way.
It's DC Stichit, and it's a terrible, in shadow photo so I'm not surprised you can't make out the detail!
Yes it definitely has a very different feel to knitted yarn. I'm a big fan of the feel of moss stitch though, which also yields quite a firm texture.
Lovely to see familiar names on this thread - chipping helped me last year when I was just starting out and bear I remember your lovely girl in her leg warmers
First square is done, second one nearly there. Stash isn't big enough for a whole blanket, reckon I can get 5 or 6 squares so I can place an order after payday.
guess who is able to post again!😂
I'll be making a few 6 inchers❤
Any guidance on number of knitting stitches for a 12 in square? I've spent around 5 hours today and got nowhere..... 1st attempt - my casting on method (knit and slip onto needle) resulted in untidy mess so I unravelled. Numerous attempts at long-tailed resulted in 1st finger loop I cannot get rid of for every stitch. Third attempt using slip stitch to cast on took forever on second row and I ended up with way too may stitches despite lots of measuring... so I've unravelled again....
For crochet I do around 55-65 stitches to get a 12" square, depending on tension, hook size, and pattern.
Thanks for the PM K&P. I'm in.
I don't know if I can commit to a whole blanket yet, but I'll do a few squares and see how I go.
Twitter I do 30 stitches for 6 inches. My cast on row always looks a bit loose to start with but is ok by the time I've finished the square. Plus I hate knitting the first row after the cast on because there's so little stretch at that stage. (Despite the loose looking cast on).
Maybe start with 6" inch squares, which might feel less daunting than a 12 inch? I'm going to do 6 inches with the ones I'm planning to crochet as I'm new to that.
Chernobyl 2018 is off and running!! Thank you so so much everyone!!
Does anyone need yarn?
K&P I was torn between laughing & crying. I chose laughing but it was a close run thing. It’s good to be home x
DropZone. Nice to see you again too!
Woollybackswife. How’s your shoulder now? Still not good?!
RubyLennoxExists. Personally I found granny’s squares WAY easier than what you’re doing and CTC (corner to corner) is really quite rewarding too. It took me a little while to get it sorted, but once I did I was off! (I discovered I was inadvertently twisting it when I changed direction...some of my early attempts were a sight to behold!
Zing hello my lovely. Great to ‘see you’ x
Big hugs & waves to all 😊
Blimey Chipping you've got a good memory! I had surgery on my shoulder at the end of the summer and it is brilliant now. I have to be careful - doing too much crochet seems to cause it to stiffen up. Thank you for asking
@PurpleFrog thank you for letting me know it's Fuchsia Purple, not Pink You're quite appropriately named for my query
I don't know if you remember me from last year, I learnt to crochet specifically to join Woolly Hugs last March. Think I can safely say I know most of the different stitches now. This blanket was a really good lesson! And far easier than it looks because of the amazing tutorials.
TheWoollyBacksWife I’m pleased to hear its much better 😊 but it’s a shame too much crochet makes it stiffen up. It always seems completely unfair when great crafters get injuries or ‘worn out parts’ that make doing their craft really difficult.
Treasures of course I remember you 😊 I think it’s very safe to say you can crochet now! It looks fab! It looks great as it is, but I do love the border of the pattern too... I assumed it was for you & I don’t blame you for keeping it, there’s a LOT of work in it!
Chipping are Granny squares quicker because there are more holes in them - quicker than backwards and forwards DC for example?
I'm going to practice half trebles (?) today. What other techniques/ stitches do I need got a bogstandard square?
Treasures your blanket is beautiful, ver impressive
Ruby simple granny squares use treble crochet (UK term) - depending on your tension if you're doing a 6" square using a 4mm hook and DK yarn you only need 6-7 rounds. That stitch and the gaps mean they crochet really quickly, even for a beginner.
Have a look at Bella Coco on you tube for her basic granny. She guides you through it from start to finish, very easy to follow.
The other thing that makes granny squares quick is that you insert your hook through a huge great gap (instead of into a stitch like you do if you are doing rows of trebles), so your aim doesn’t need to be as careful.
Treasures that blanket is stunning. You have inspired me to try new stitches.
I'm fairly new to Mumsnet I'll join in.
Treasures I have to admit I find the MN use of "vair" for "very" quite irritating so when I realised I'd typed "ver" I felt compelled to correct it
Bowerbird welcome to WH - at the risk of sounding like your stalker did you see my response to you on the Woodburner thread?
Stichit and Spindelina thank you for the advice. I tried the Bella Coco GS last night - it went slightly awry so I am going to try again today.
I went to a real life lesson last week so that plus BC plus a book I have plus all the help on here is really helping. Pattern reading looks very scary!
Witch and Ruby thank you for the advice on # of stitches. I've gone down to 6" after my numerous failed first attempts and have got it now!
For what its worth both Knotty and I have woodburners
Treasures, that is a beauty! Wow
Welcome one and all, is there anyone in here also on our FB who'd like to transfer Chernob pics as they come up over to here?
And does anyone need yarn?
oh, that blanket is gorgeous Treasures
Lovely to see familiar 'faces' on here.
I'll do what I can on the picture transfer when I get home from hols
I'm doing a Little Hug, and I don't think the yarn I brought with me is going to last me ....eek !
Twitter I'll whisper this so the construction crews don't hear but I prefer the look of 6 inch squares to the 12 inchers
But I do understand why they want the bigger squares, and do Knit them, I promise
Ooh, I have always seen these, but always after the event so have never sent anything in. I will try to this time around!!
Thanks Bowerbird that's great!
@KnottyAndPistey Thank you. I could do with some yarn please if possible? I have some to keep me going for a little while, but I'm down to the less-pleasing colour combos!
Thanks bookbook, and you might need to go and find a local yarn shop!
Aw stitchit , morning sickness is miserable. Bear Cub brought HG with her and it wears you down being sick constantly. Definitely itely don't be shy about asking
telling the doctor. I had cyclizine for the sickness and omeprozole for the reflux. Hope it passes soon and you get to the glowing part.
Hello all. Taken me ages to find this thread. I'm about a third of the way through what I think will be a rather bright blanket.
Treasures your blanket is beautiful.
Stitchit hope your sickness passes soon.
Looking forward to seeing all the fabulous creations again this year.
Ooo I’ve got that book, Okki. It’s nice, isn’t it? The UK crochet terms do my head in, though, being used to stuff on t’internet.
Well my desire to use up my wool stash on Chernobyl has already failed! I did a massive order today as I have 4 projects on the go and that book has given me ideas for a couple more. Grrrr. Crochet corner is morphing into crochet cavern!!!
hah! Okki - I went and ordered every colour in the palette sale in the autumn sales. Then DD and I chose a colour scheme - guess what - I hadn't ordered enough of two of the colours of course ......!
I had that book out of the library - and have done a couple of the squares
I will try and do a few. It's not like I'm lacking in style craft special (two boxes full)!
Thanks Stitchit, hope you soon feel better
Thanks Okkitokkiunga my memory's rubbish but I think we both started crocheting around the same time last year.
I've three lovely 12" squares finished, and one rectangle that was going to be a square but it went very wrong!! It's a granny stripe which I'd not attempted before. It started off just under 12" and ended up being about 15" wide!! Not sure what I did wrong. Maybe I had the wrong number of chains in the base, or did the next row wrong, I know I had a hard time trying to get the stitches into the chains...
Can anyone point me to a good 12" square tutorial for granny stripe?
Treasures I started the week after you - though I most definitely haven't progressed at a similar rate at all based on your lovely blanket pic.
I had a similar problem with granny stripe - I found it was more a case of trial and error with finding out how many stitches I needed in my foundation chain to suit my tension. Have you counted how many stitches are in a finished row of a normal square?
book book I fear I may discover that too, however I have a 15% off voucher with Love Knitting which I am holding in reserve.
I always overchain when I’m doing back-and-forth. So I do as many chains as I think I need, then do some more. Then turn and work my way back, measuring on this row. When the squares done, I have a ‘tail’ of a chain to unpick, but I find that easier than trying to judge the right number of chains in the first place.
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