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It’s our Chernobyl Project 2020!
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KnottyAndPistey · 07/02/2020 10:37

It was beyond wonderful for us to visit Belarus in April 2019, meet again some of the children who had come to the UK (Bristol) in 2018 and see our Chernobyl blankets in their homes, just a few of these below. We could see how treasured and loved they were and it renewed our energy and passion for this project. And so we are delighted to say….

Welcome to our Chernobyl Project 2020!


A reminder of why we do what we do is at the bottom. We are launching early as 2020 is going to be even bigger than ever as we hope to reach even more children. Also our first group (Portsmouth arrive at the end of February this year!)

We are in the process of writing to all groups we have previously supported to get an idea of numbers and now have other groups contacting us asking to be on board, and obviously we’d all like to help as many as possible! Now then, this is early days to predict, but we are thinking it is going to be between 175 and 200! Can we do this?! As soon as we know which groups we will be supporting again we will let you know! Hopefully when we come back after Christmas.


Not all groups host every year, but these are the groups we have helped so far, and aim to continue to do so.

Aberdeen
Ayrshire
Bristol
Chet and Waveney (Norfolk)
Dublin
Fife
Gloucester/Glossop (children split their trip between these two)
Isle of Wight
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Suffolk
Northamptonshire (Helpston)
Portsmouth
Shropshire
St Ives
Swindon
Yeovil and Sherborne




Here’s how you can help for 2020….

Squares. We need SQUILLIONS of twelve inch squares in the Stylecraft Special DK palette as in photo and listed at the bottom of the page, if 12 is too much, 6 inch squares are fine too, just this yarn in these colours please, inc for embellishments so the blankets come together and are consistent for wash and wear. Knit and crochet equally welcome, beginner or expert, as simple or complex as you like, single colour, multi colour. Design of square up to you, but not too lacy, they need to be hardy. Please use a 4mm hook or needles. If sizing is a challenge with your pattern/tension, we prefer them just under sized rather than over!

SO IMPORTANT! Please ensure you knot off every end/colour change very very securely, leave approx a 6 inch tail end and use a needle to sew in. These blankets have to be super sturdy as there is no way back to fix them if squares collapse. All ends must be sewn in.

SQUARES TO BE POSTED TO SOUTHSEA PLEASE



Whole blankets We know some crafters love to make their own whole blankets and this is wonderful! We ask you message us to let us know, so we have some idea of numbers of squares needed. Please use SSDK. Finished blanket size remains the same at 48inches by 60 inches, and please work within the colour palette as this makes it much easier when blankets are gifted. If circumstances change and you can no longer make a whole blanket, LET US KNOW! Thank you so so much x

WHOLE BLANKETS TO BE POSTED TO TEDDINGTON PLEASE.

Last posting to be April 12th, but earlier will be enormously helpful, thank you.

The 2020 Palette

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




Extras for the children.

There are a few extras which we will be collecting too alongside squares, items which really help, if you would like to add in any of these we would love to receive them for the children, thank you, bless you. We have spoken with all groups receiving this year about what they would like and have an adapted list of extras, please note, no shampoo, shower gel this year. We will be adding some of these things to our Amazon wish-list if that helps.

New underwear, pants/socks boys and girls, age 8-12
Children’s Gloves
High factor suncream
Toothbrushes, single packed please
Toothpaste
Hairbrushes
Bars of soap, wrapped as singles.
Sanitary towels
Plasters
Insect bite pens
Cold sore cream
Lip balms
Small tubes or tubs of Sudacrem
Children’s vitamins
Vegetable seeds (tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, beetroot, gherkins)
Menthol type cough lozenges
Big and strong long life shopping bags
Tea and instant coffee, packets please
Any little luxuries that 8-12 year olds might love, eg nail varnish, fun stationery, temporary tattoos, little toys with LEDs, mini torches, , hair clips, make up bits, mini lego kits, fun/brightly coloured sunglasses, stickers etc.

Hugs for Heads 2020

After the success 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 cosy child’s hat size age 12 to adult 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. Posting any time from January 2020!



For anyone who needs, just a quick reminder about the project!

For the last few years we have been making warm, comforting Little Hugs for Belarusian and Ukrainian teenagers and children visiting the UK for recuperative holidays during the summer with the fabulous charity the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, Chernobyl Children’s Project and the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children. 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 homeland for a few weeks of fresh air and clean food. The rates of childhood cancer are incredibly high and often visiting 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 and with very little. It is a lovely thing for us to do to make these children a special cuddly blanket to take home. One child last year said to his interpreter it was like having a big hug from his Gran. Beautiful.

Thank you so much everyone!

It’s our Chernobyl Project 2020!
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KnottyAndPistey · 07/02/2020 10:50

Pic from our visit last April, these were children who had received these blankets from us through the Bristol link in the summer of 2018

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TheWoollybacksWife · 07/02/2020 10:54

Morning!

I am currently bordering and de-pesky-ing a whole blanket. I think I need at least 2 or 3 more rows to finish. I do like linen stitch and it satisfies the nerd in me when I get to each corner and don't have to fudge it by skipping an extra stitch. Grin

I did have a bit of a heart in mouth moment as I checked the colours I'd used were on the list.

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PurpleFrog · 07/02/2020 10:59

My blanket is nearly finished! I just have to de-peskify the border. I'm really not sure about the colour combinations as it was an experiment which sounded good in theory, but I'm definitely not frogging it now!

I intend to do some individual squares as well, before I send it.

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WitchDancer · 07/02/2020 11:00

That's beautiful WoollyBacks!

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Bearfrills · 07/02/2020 11:05

Good morning!

Pictures aren't loading because I'm not on wifi so I can't see your blanket just now WoollyBacks nut I hope your peskies are swiftly de-peskied.

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Bearfrills · 07/02/2020 11:06

*but, not nut

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Okki · 07/02/2020 11:06

Ooh Woolly, that's lovely. Purple hope you'll post a pic. My colour scheme this year is based on one of Dedri Uys recent blankets, Hope it looks ok as I also stole the square arrangement idea from one of the Christmas Cwtch's. So totally original offering from me this year Grin

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ACurlyWurly · 07/02/2020 11:12

Hi all, I cant afford to buy the special wool for Woolly hugs but have LOADS of wool which was gifted to me. I really want to be involved. Are their any projects which require squares which will take other colours?

If not through this charity is anyone aware of any charities who take other colour squares?

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ACurlyWurly · 07/02/2020 11:12

*there

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Okki · 07/02/2020 11:20

Hi @ACurlyWurly. If you have a look at www.woollyhugs.org you can see all of the projects we do. There are quite a few with non specific yarns. If you'd like to be involved in projects that use Stylecraft wool, many people donate wool as they can't crochet or knit so you can ask for wool too. I hope you find something and happy creating.

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WhenDoISleep · 07/02/2020 11:32

I have some extras ready to send - is there a preferred address to send them too?

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ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs · 07/02/2020 12:21

@ACurlyWurly

Is it one type of wool or a completely mixed bag?

@TheWoollybacksWife

I did have a bit of a heart in mouth moment as I checked the colours I'd used were on the list.

😳. I’m glad they were all ok

I can’t see the photos at the moment.

I don’t understand why sometimes you can & sometimes you can’t...so annoying!

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FiveGoMadInDorset · 07/02/2020 12:27

Well hello lovely shiney new thread

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Bearfrills · 07/02/2020 12:41

I'm two squares in, had to take a break to make a birthday unicorn but hoping to get back to it this weekend.

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MadisonAvenue · 07/02/2020 12:41

Hello you lovely lot!

Not sure I can commit to a whole blanket this time but I'm working on squares and have around 30 done so far, it might just be that I have to send the required amount for a blanket to be joined.

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DropZoneOne · 07/02/2020 12:46

Have joined 3 rows so far, so a fair bit more to do but hoping first blanket will be done in a couple of weeks. I much prefer making the squares to joining them!

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Spindelina · 07/02/2020 13:34

Oooo all the lovely blankets!

I'm making a blanket, which I'm hopeful will be finished in time. But life is a bit up in the air (last day in my current job is four weeks today - 12 weeks is forever); then I get my horrific commute protected crochet time for two hours a day.

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ACurlyWurly · 07/02/2020 13:37

@ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs its a bag of mostly double knit. A lot is the same make as it was bought by its original owner to make a big project but never used. I also have a variety of makes in dk

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ExpletiveDelighted · 07/02/2020 13:46

Marking my spot Smile

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KnottyAndPistey · 07/02/2020 15:34

aww, you here!

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Bearfrills · 07/02/2020 15:37

WoollyBack, the photo loaded 😍 lovely blanket!

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KnottyAndPistey · 07/02/2020 15:59

Catching up then!


1/175!





What a CORKER, thank you lovely Nicky D!!!! Links for the WoWL are below! xxxx

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KnottyAndPistey · 07/02/2020 16:00

2/175! It’s Chernobtastic!


This beautiful Chernobyl project blanket is from lovely Claire P! Gorgeous. Thank you so much xxx

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KnottyAndPistey · 07/02/2020 16:00

3/175! Glorious in blues!


This beautiful Chernobyl project blanket is from lovely Ann F! Thank you so much for the donation too! Gorgeous. Thank you so much xxx

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KnottyAndPistey · 07/02/2020 16:01

4/175! Super stripes!


This beautiful Chernobyl project blanket is from lovely Lynne M! Simply wonderful. Thank you so much xxx

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