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Christmas Craft Sale 2019

Welcome to our Christmas Craft Sale 2019 for Shine Cancer Support.

Shine exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. their website is here, they do amazing work.  

There is never a good time to have cancer, but they recognise that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts – and that many of these are not dealt with by traditional cancer support charities and services. They work hard to ensure young adults living with cancer can access the help and support that they need in a way that suits their lifestyle. They do this through a range of activities including lunches and drinks evenings, beach walks, multi-day getaways, workshops, online networking, and mentoring. The overall aim is to create a confident, supportive and empowered community of young adults living with cancer.

They gave the most enormous invaluable support to one of our own – Chrissie (also known as LeslieKnope by many)

We will donate one third of all raised to Shine, using two thirds to support our own projects and keep them running, ambitious and inclusive. So every penny we can raise will go to help others, we hope you will support us, either by crafting, buying or even maybe both! Thank you so so much. x

Crafting info…

We are aiming to make and sell small/lightweight Christmas craft items, and to keep postage costs to a minimum we ask that ideally anything made can be sent on to a buyer in a large envelope. We are open to larger items too obviously, that is just a guide. Some suggestions for you, but we are very open to others too…

  • Stocking fillers, although obviously Father Christmas is REAL, this is just to help.
  • Christmas tree decorations, bunting, garlands, general decorations. Always very popular, as are totally bonkers quirky things, yes we are thinking gin wreaths, woolly slugs and sock pigs, who knew??!  😀
  • Stockings
  • Cute cuddly things
  • Small gifts – Little bags, purses, brooches, hair accessories, key rings, gift bags, tags,
  • Clothing items such as gloves, hats, scarves, – if making clothing PLEASE inc the ball band or let us know so we can pass this info on to those who buy. xxx
  • Lovely lovely things!

Woolly, fabric, embroidered, beaded, all crafty crafts welcome!!

Last posting for crafts to be Monday 2nd November please. Posting will be to Teddington, message for the address is needed.


The Event itself…

Our Christmas Craft sale and Auction will take place ONLINE on a Facebook Event page as before, between Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th November.  

We will set up the event page soon. Some items will be up for instant sale on this event wall during this time, others through auction on our Auction Site which will help folk not on Facebook, or those who prefer to take part in this way.

We are keeping it all crossed that this Sale will be a huge success, with your love and support we have every confidence, huge heartfelt thanks.


  Remembering Chrissie (also LeslieKnope to many)  x



Welcome to the Summer of Woolly Love 2019!

We know quite a few of our crafters like to have a project going on through the summer holidays, so welcome to our third Summer of Woolly Love!

We are focussing on two projects, both of which will be coming to an end in the run up to Christmas. One is new to us this year Christmas Cwtches and the other is our Snug for Christmas 2019.

Our challenge over the summer is to knit and or crochet as many 6 and 12 inch squares over the holidays for these two projects. So a perfect lightweight portable activity, perfect for sofa, train, park, beach, plane or car, or anywhere else you fancy!

  • General crafting info for either project…..
    The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK. ONLY this for consistency, please carefully check the palette for each project.
  • Squares to be ideally 12 inch , but 6 inch is acceptable too, crochet or knitted equally welcome, please use 4mm hook or needles.
  • No blocking necessary and please sew in ends, and make sure any colour changes are firmly knotted.
  • All crafting abilities genuinely welcome, squares made by beginner or expert will be equally cherished. Simple, complex, single colour, mixed colour. It really is the love and thought that counts.
    Important re finishing off squares!
  • We want to be able to use all squares, and need for them to be sturdy and built to last. Finishing off is key here and very easily done. So once finished (or changing colour) securely double knot off leaving about 6 inches of yarn cut the end off.
    Then using a needle, sew in the ‘pesky” end so that it disappears in the edge of your square.
  • All squares must have their ends sewn in please.

If you feel ambitious and would like to make a whole blanket for ether project, then that is wonderful, please do let us know asap, we are aiming for blankets approx 48 inches by 60 inches, certainly no smaller. Please do stick to the given yarn/colours though. 

1. Christmas Cwtches

The Christmas Cwtch palette

We were delighted when the staff at the Great North Children’s Hospital contacted us and asked for help. They would like some very special Little Hugs making to use in the run up to Christmas for very sick children in  hospital over this period. So we are looking for squares in the SSDK colours below. Christmas designs/themes/embellishments warmly welcomed. This project will help children and their families at very difficult times.

Christmas cwtches could also be made in these sort of colours in cotton Christmassy prints, lightweight quilts. These must be machine washable and tumble dry possible only please. Size wise we are aiming to send a mix of sizes from baby sized (24 inch squares) up to single bed sized.


The Christmas Cwtch palette

  • Claret
  • Cream
  • Grass green
  • Green
  • Kelly green
  • Lipstick


2. A Snug for Christmas

The Snug for Christmas 2019 palette



We are aiming to make blankets for children (0-16years) who are being looked after within the Children’s Family Trust. The Children’s Family Trust work with these children aiming to give them stability and security through to adulthood, helping them achieve their full potential, with the ideal being fostered within a family for life. We would like to make these children something permanent, that they can take with them wherever they are.  Snugs for Christmas 2019 will go to children in the NE region of England.




The Snug Palette

  • Aspen
    Cloud Blue
    Duck egg
    Storm Blue



Squares to be sent to us from September 14th, Snugs to Southsea, Christmas cwtches to Teddington, not before please as we are on our hollibobs.

Both of these projects will be continuing after the summer break.

Final Collection dates for squares and any whole blankets from individuals – will be Monday 21st October 2019. 


And a final part to our Summer of Woolly Love! Yes there will be a Christmas craft sale again this year in November! Crafting info later this week!

Spring/Summer 2019 Limited edition Woolly Hugs’ bag!

Well here they are!










Our cotton tote bags make perfect bags for those WIPS and general woolly essentials, ooh and indeed a multitude of non woolly things too! They measure approx 38.5 × 42.0 cm.

For this season (channelling Woolly Hugs’ fashion week…) we are using a cool as can be MINT and a super glorious RASPBERRY which would look good as a mojito. Both are divine, how on earth will you choose?!

Bags cost £6 each and this includes P&P. Click here for the Shop! Or click on one of the images to get you straight through.  Or just go through the Shop tab on the Homepage.


Raspberry bags here so beautifully modelled by our friend Tel’s gals, you can see how gorgeous they look, and the gals are just lovely too! 😀



The Blanket for J’sotherhalf’s family

Wow, thank you doesn’t even cover it!

I’m the “J” in JsOtherHalf, and the stunning blanket you’ve made in K’s memory arrived today. It’s beautiful and myself and my son love it 💜 I’ve had the kitchen and dining room remodelled and the footstool storage for the new kitchen sofa is a perfect home for the blanket.

Next month will be one year since K passed away and she’s missed every day. She spent much of her online life on Mumsnet, using her experience of working with children with learning difficulties to good use with advice where needed. I’m proud that she meant enough to people for you to make this in her memory. Thank you x

Or original crafting thread is here…

Such a beautiful pic of their son with the Woolly Hug, thank you so much J xxxx