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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)

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

Stitchit Sun 21-Jan-18 13:01:18

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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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