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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
Peterborough/Helpston
Bristol
Gloucester/Leeds
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 admin@woollyhugs.com . Cheques and cash are very welcome too, just PM for the address. We are grateful for every single penny.

The Palette
Aspen
Aster
Bluebell
Blush
Boysenberry
Bright pink
Burgundy
Candy floss
Citron
Claret
Cloud blue
Cypress
Denim
Duck egg
Emperor
Empire
Fondant
Fuchsia pink
Grape
Grass green
Kelly green
Lapis
Lavender
Lime
Lincoln
Lipstick
Lobelia
Magenta
Meadow
Mustard
Pale Rose
Parchment
Petrol
Pistachio
Plum
Pomegranate
Raspberry
Saffron
Sage
Sherbert
Shrimp
Spice
Storm blue
Teal
Tomato
Turquoise
Violet

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 Thu 10-May-18 11:35:01

Panicked and have made the second thread already, might have missed us falling off otherwise!

Anyhooooooo, thread numero two is here...

No one get left behind, and for the love of all things woolly, pick up your poor blind cat Soupy and carry him over, he'll NEVER FIND THE WAY

Last one out please switch off the light thanks

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:59:44

The first blanket collect is going to the group today, with the children arriving next week! It's the wonderful Isle of Wight group, Chernobyl 2018 stage 3 is HAPPENING!! Picture of the collection later this eve, and it is stunning!

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:58:17

Gah! Just noticed the thread count, we need a new one pretty soon or we are going to fall off!

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:57:46

This is the question quite a few are asking themselves! Bet you could!

MadisonAvenue Thu 10-May-18 10:18:16

These are all absolutely gorgeous!!

So exciting re the announcement! Wonder if I can manage a whole blanket for next year?

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:07:44

Yes! 7pm, so many lovely people are inspired and are messaging so it makes sense, last year we did the Early Bird in October!

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:06:40

64/100!!
Coooo!! Thank you so much all and to lovely PP for her wonderful construction skills on this beautiful Chernob! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:06:07

63/100!!
Wooohoooo! Thank you so much again for these glorious Chernobyl project squares and to lovely bookbook for her beautiful construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:05:31

62/100!!
So so beautiful 😍 Thank you so much again for these wonderful squares for Chernobs and to lovely JE for her marvellous construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:05:00

61/100!!
Wooohoooo! Thank you so much again for these fantastic squares for Chernobs and to lovely SM for her beautiful construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:04:20

60/100!!
Thank you so much again everyone for these beautiful squares for Chernobs and to lovely Kims Colourway for her marvellous construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:03:41

59/100!!
Huge thanks once again for these beautiful squares for Chernobs and to lovely LJ for her cracking construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:03:12

58/100!!
Thank you so much again everyone for these beautiful squares for Chernobs and to lovely Pauleen for her marvellous construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:02:39

57/100!!
Thank you so much again everyone for these beautiful squares for Chernobyl project blankets and to bookbook for her wonderful construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:02:14

56/100!!
Thank you so much again everyone for these beautiful Chernobyl project squares and to lovely Pauleen for her fantastic construction skills! xxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 10:01:42

55/100!!
Thank you so much again everyone for these beautiful squares for Chernobs and to lovely macarooned for her marvellous construction skills! xxx

MadisonAvenue Thu 10-May-18 09:56:18

Oh bless him 😂

Just seen on Facebook that there'll be news re Chernobs 2019 on Friday at 7pm 🙂

SoupDragon Thu 10-May-18 09:30:46

He will be delighted that you referred to him as “wee” so I think he will forgive you. We all call him FatCat as he’s fecking enormous.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 08:37:54

Thinking maybe for an interim measure something like this?

KnottyAndPistey Thu 10-May-18 08:36:01

Sorry for the wee blinded feline there Soupy

I'll research kitty walking sticks

bookbook Wed 09-May-18 19:11:34

wow Soup - fiesta sun bathing cat !
MrsH - grin
Madison - congrats on your DS's - just need to wait for results now for degree, and go through the angst of exams for youngest I'm supposing? . Gosh , I am glad mine are grown and flown

MadisonAvenue Wed 09-May-18 17:15:14

Once seen, never forgotten 😉

SoupDragon Wed 09-May-18 17:09:00

Yes, it is indeed the oh so subtle shade of pink known as Fiesta.

MadisonAvenue Wed 09-May-18 17:06:49

😂Is that Fiesta? If so, I was dazzled by that in my local wool shop last weekend - it was like staring at the sun 😜

SoupDragon Wed 09-May-18 16:32:14

Not only is the pink so bright the cat had to shut his eyes but it reflects into his white “under chin” 😂

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