Woolly Hugs : Angel Hug Project. We are looking for crafters and donors to help make this possible. Thank you Xx

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RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 14:30:43

We have been very moved by a request from the Octavia Appeal at the Brompton Hospital. The Brompton Hospital is a specialist heart and lung centre in London complete with the second largest paediatric intensive care unit in the country. This unit takes the sickest babies and children from all over, some transferred immediately after birth, others have become too sick to be cared for at other major hospitals and most are already on life support when they arrive. These babies and children are incredibly sick, and very sadly not all survive. The Octavia Appeal have approached us and asked if we are able to make blankets for these babies who have very sadly passed away.

We are looking for crafters and donors to help make this possible. At an intensely bleak and dark time there is still something very positive that we can do for the baby and their family. Our blankets are always handmade with love and compassion and so are perfect. We can help care for the whole family at this time by making the baby comfortable and snuggled up whilst sending love and a hug to the parents.

We know that we have many crafters and donors who have first hand experience of such devastating loss. We understand that this is a very difficult request, but if you can join with us, and are able to help, then we would love to have you on board. From speaking to some of you, we know how incredibly important blankets like these are to those who receive them.

thanks thanks thanks

Like Little Hugs, Angel Hugs will be an ongoing project and the two will run alongside each other.

To our lovely crafters thanks

* Angel Hugs are to be all white and can be knitted or crocheted in any wool suitable for a baby blanket, so 4ply, DK, just as long as it feels soft and cosy. The design is up to you, but it should be kept simple. Angel Hugs can also be sewn using pure cotton and good quality fleece, again white please and in a simple design.

* Minimum size : 24 inches square, going up to a maximum of approx. 30 inches square.

* If making a whole Angel Hug feels too much, but you would still like to support this, we would be pleased to accept simple knitted and crocheted 6 inch squares, which we will hook together. If choosing this option, please use Stylecraft Special DK in white.

* If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM me and we'll try to help you with materials.

To our lovely Donors thanks

We would be very grateful for support from anyone who would like to donate funds to help with this. You can either donate via Paypal admin@ woollyhugs.com but please add a message so we know who to thank and which project it is for. If you don't have Paypal, please PM me as we have other ways that you can donate. We are so grateful to all our donors, without you, these projects could not function. thanks

Knotty is here to help with any questions, and please PM me if you'd like to and are able to join us with this.

It is a very sad request we are making, and yet there is something very positive here too, and we know the Blanketeers have big hearts.

Sometimes thank you doesn't seem enough, but thank you once again Xx

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 14:32:48

So pleased that we are able to do this and offer comfort to families facing such devastating loss.

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 14:32:50

I will add this onto my ever growing To Do list smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 14:33:18

Bless you Soupy X

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 14:33:42

Thank you , Soupy thanks

SoupDragon Tue 20-Nov-12 14:34:55

Why all white BTW? Just curioussmile

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 14:39:30

We felt it in keeping with Angel Hugs and it means that they are distinct from Little Hugs.

What a lovely idea. I would love to join but am snowed under atm. Can I sign up in a few weeks instead?

tribpot Tue 20-Nov-12 14:50:16

Signing up - also snowed under but want to help if I can.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 14:51:31

Bless you, thank you both so much, and yes, of course Joyful - this is an ongoing project X thanks

I will do this, when I have finished the project I have onhand at the moment. I have been considering a blanket made out of crocheted snowflakes, sewn together at the points - I could do one for this project.

Thanks Pistey.

That sounds gorgeous SDTG!

I will mark my spot, not sure at the moment whether I will be able to help but I would like to if I can fit it in.

SDTG - that sounds lovely. Crochet snowflakes for the tree is on my to do list.

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 15:01:01

We are collecting 6 inch squares if anyone feels that is more manageable.

CamperWidow Tue 20-Nov-12 15:01:36

Well, I will try and add this to my list.......woolly hugs, angel hugs, jigsaw blanket, tractor scarf, granny square blanket, nephews cross stitch.......!

BIWI Tue 20-Nov-12 15:02:23

<rummages down the back of the sofa>

I am trying to get up the courage to try crochet snowflakes with thread rather than yarn - so far I haven't managed to crochet with anything less than dk. But I should be OK doing dk snowflakes in yarn.

rubycon Tue 20-Nov-12 15:06:23

count me in.

When you say any wool suitable for a baby blanket, is there a maximum thickness? I specialise in chunky knits (usually on 8mm needles/hooks) but I know the usual blankets are knitted/crocheted on 4mm.

Count me in, but it will be after Christmas as my white Stylecraft has been wrapped up.

Vajazzler Tue 20-Nov-12 15:14:52

I'd love to help with this project. I'll get some wool tomorrow. Can you tell me how many stitches I'll need to cast on? The squares are 33.....

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:16:06

We already have a lovely donor to thank, she is a proper Blanketeer with a heart of gold, and this is another of those times when saying 'thank you' doesn't seem enough, but heartfelt thanks to you. You really do make the difference thanks

thanks BIWI

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 20-Nov-12 15:21:29

Ruby As always, bless you

Joyful I will need to come back to you - let me just check that with Knots X

Thank you Crafty and Vajazzler

Vajazzler - are you thinking of knitting this in one go? I will need to have a think.

The very lovely Rubycon knitted the Angel Hug for us that is shown on Facebook and Twitter, she was trialling a pattern that SANDS use. It used nearly two balls worth of Stylecraft so 200g ish. I have just put the pattern for that onto the Guide for Knitters on the Woolly Hugs website here, just scroll down a bit

Signing in.

No rush Pistey, I have 3 hats to knit this week and another 2 next week, as well as a baby blanket for a friend. I may not get round to starting this project until December... confused

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