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Woolly Hugs. Chernobyl 2018 is HERE!!!

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 19-Jan-18 18:00:14

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 . Cheques and cash are very welcome too, just PM for the address. We are grateful for every single penny.

The Palette
Bright pink
Candy floss
Cloud blue
Duck egg
Fuchsia pink
Grass green
Kelly green
Pale Rose
Storm blue

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)

KnottyAndPistey Fri 19-Jan-18 18:00:40

Here are the colours....

FiveGoMadInDorset Fri 19-Jan-18 18:02:20

This has come around quickly!

KnottyAndPistey Fri 19-Jan-18 18:05:33

It has!!

WitchDancer Fri 19-Jan-18 18:20:35

I'm in if I can find enough hours in a day.

MadisonAvenue Fri 19-Jan-18 18:23:07

I'm in, I've already got a few 12" squares done. Thought I'd get a head start before Christmas.

diamantegal Fri 19-Jan-18 18:25:14

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...

FiveGoMadInDorset Fri 19-Jan-18 18:27:48

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

diamantegal Fri 19-Jan-18 18:33:32

App decided to ignore the pictures. Will try again on the mobile site!

diamantegal Fri 19-Jan-18 18:34:59

Hmm,and now I see they did post after all. Not sure they were good enough to display twice but never mind!

KnottyAndPistey Fri 19-Jan-18 19:07:26

They are gorgeous!!

Thank you lovely people gin

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WitchDancer Fri 19-Jan-18 19:49:15

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 😂

bookbook Fri 19-Jan-18 19:52:23

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 grin With a fair wind, we may even get another done before the finish date . smile

Spindelina Fri 19-Jan-18 19:55:28

I’m very in! I work in radiation protection - this and Candy’s are the closest to my heart.

KnottyAndPistey Fri 19-Jan-18 21:17:05

Ooo , you lot are speedy grin

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.

UnarmedKoala Fri 19-Jan-18 22:33:26

I’m on this already, making a (rather bright) whole blanket smile

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bookbook Fri 19-Jan-18 22:43:28

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

UnarmedKoala Fri 19-Jan-18 22:49:11
Simple hat here in various sizes

DropZoneOne Fri 19-Jan-18 22:50:24

I'm in! So hard to choose from the colours though ...

confusednorthner Fri 19-Jan-18 22:53:20

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.

KnottyAndPistey Sat 20-Jan-18 07:53:18

Morning Woolly wonders!

KnottyAndPistey Sat 20-Jan-18 08:01:08

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. smile

So glad we can do this. Thank you everyone xxxxx

EnidSingsTheBlues Sat 20-Jan-18 08:04:04

Morning! I'm in

KnottyAndPistey Sat 20-Jan-18 09:15:34


Thank you gin

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KnottyAndPistey Sat 20-Jan-18 09:53:14

Stash you say??!!!


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KnottyAndPistey Sat 20-Jan-18 10:48:16

Keep him Stitch!!

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BlackeyedSusan Sat 20-Jan-18 11:59:45

shall just go and check if I have yarn...

VintageTeacup Sat 20-Jan-18 13:33:53

I'm in, I already have some of the colours so can crack on.

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Sat 20-Jan-18 16:22:33

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.

bookbook Sat 20-Jan-18 16:39:40

Chipping lovely to see you <<gentle hugs>>. We need you to cheer us on - take it steady smile
I have done some hats, but not many. It's a new skill to me !

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Sat 20-Jan-18 17:23:18

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

bookbook Sat 20-Jan-18 18:13:13

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 smile 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!

Treasures Sat 20-Jan-18 23:05:08

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 🤔

PurpleFrog Sun 21-Jan-18 09:02:22

@Treasures It is listed on Wool Warehouse as Fuchsia Purple no. 1827

SpiralArchitect Sun 21-Jan-18 10:55:09

DD and I are on it! But if someone could shove a few more hours onto the day, it would help enormously grin

Chipping - lovely to see have been missed flowers

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Sun 21-Jan-18 11:34:46

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 💐

Bearfrills Sun 21-Jan-18 11:57:01

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 grin

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 shock

RubyLennoxExists Sun 21-Jan-18 12:55:51

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 blush
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? smile

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RubyLennoxExists Sun 21-Jan-18 13:01:36

I remember BearCub arriving - were you knitting her leggings for her clicky hips? Or am I imagining things? How is she now?

RubyLennoxExists Sun 21-Jan-18 13:05:51

Thanks Stichit - the DC won't be too firm then for a blanket square?
I'm rather pleased with my mini sample so far smile

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Bearfrills Sun 21-Jan-18 13:29:00

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.

RubyLennoxExists Sun 21-Jan-18 13:32:38

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.

RubyLennoxExists Sun 21-Jan-18 13:35:31

Bear grin

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DropZoneOne Sun 21-Jan-18 16:27:38

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.

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Sun 21-Jan-18 20:43:05


guess who is able to post again!😂

I'll be making a few 6 inchers❤

TwitterQueen1 Sun 21-Jan-18 21:47:44

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....

Bearfrills Sun 21-Jan-18 21:50:05

For crochet I do around 55-65 stitches to get a 12" square, depending on tension, hook size, and pattern.

TheWoollybacksWife Sun 21-Jan-18 21:50:29

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.

WitchDancer Sun 21-Jan-18 22:36:53

Twitter I do about 35 for a 6 inch

RubyLennoxExists Mon 22-Jan-18 07:02:22

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.

KnottyAndPistey Mon 22-Jan-18 12:12:12


Hello everyone smile

KnottyAndPistey Mon 22-Jan-18 12:13:01

Chernobyl 2018 is off and running!! Thank you so so much everyone!!

Does anyone need yarn?

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Mon 22-Jan-18 23:13:11

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 😊

TheWoollybacksWife Mon 22-Jan-18 23:41:57

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 grin

Treasures Tue 23-Jan-18 01:51:45

@PurpleFrog thank you for letting me know it's Fuchsia Purple, not Pink You're quite appropriately named for my query grin

Treasures Tue 23-Jan-18 02:14:38

@ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Here's a pic of my Sophie blanket as requested (I should point out, this is for me, not Chernobyl) There is a bit more of it to do, but I'm quite tempted to leave it as it is. It needs blocking, hence wobbly edges.
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.

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Tue 23-Jan-18 09:02:18

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!

RubyLennoxExists Tue 23-Jan-18 09:36:33

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?

RubyLennoxExists Tue 23-Jan-18 09:37:15

Treasures your blanket is beautiful, ver impressive

RubyLennoxExists Tue 23-Jan-18 09:37:49

Very not ver blush

Stuffofawesome Tue 23-Jan-18 09:48:44

just ordered some wool I'm in

DropZoneOne Tue 23-Jan-18 14:57:54

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.

Spindelina Tue 23-Jan-18 17:48:43

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.

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Bowerbird5 Wed 24-Jan-18 04:10:02

Treasures that blanket is stunning. You have inspired me to try new stitches.

I'm fairly new to Mumsnet I'll join in.

RubyLennoxExists Wed 24-Jan-18 09:17:54

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 grin
Bowerbird welcome to WH - at the risk of sounding like your stalker did you see my response to you on the Woodburner thread? grin

RubyLennoxExists Wed 24-Jan-18 09:21:24

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!

TwitterQueen1 Wed 24-Jan-18 09:28:54

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!

KnottyAndPistey Wed 24-Jan-18 09:29:53

Morning, morning, morning!

KnottyAndPistey Wed 24-Jan-18 09:33:00

For what its worth both Knotty and I have woodburners grin

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?


bookbook Wed 24-Jan-18 09:55:37

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 smile
I'm doing a Little Hug, and I don't think the yarn I brought with me is going to last me ....eek !

RubyLennoxExists Wed 24-Jan-18 11:53:27

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 blush

3EyedRaven Wed 24-Jan-18 12:00:09

Ooh, I have always seen these, but always after the event so have never sent anything in. I will try to this time around!!

Treasures Wed 24-Jan-18 15:14:39

Thanks Bowerbird that's great!

Ruby grin

@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!

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Bearfrills Wed 24-Jan-18 19:50:54

Aw stitchit flowers, 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.

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Okkitokkiunga Thu 25-Jan-18 18:37:00

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.

Okkitokkiunga Thu 25-Jan-18 18:39:54

And I have a new book. A lovely friend gave me Leonie Morgan's book and it's is fabulous.

Spindelina Thu 25-Jan-18 18:55:47

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.

Okkitokkiunga Thu 25-Jan-18 20:56:50

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!!!

bookbook Thu 25-Jan-18 22:24:56

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 smile

SusanWalker Thu 25-Jan-18 22:31:21

I will try and do a few. It's not like I'm lacking in style craft special (two boxes full)!

Treasures Fri 26-Jan-18 02:57:53

Thanks Stitchit, hope you soon feel better flowers
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?

Okkitokkiunga Fri 26-Jan-18 08:06:07

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?

Okkitokkiunga Fri 26-Jan-18 08:07:42

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.

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Spindelina Fri 26-Jan-18 10:23:49

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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