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The Winter of Woolly Love 2018/19

Welcome to the Winter of Woolly Love, 2018!

We know some of our crafting crew enjoy to take on a small woolly/crafty project over the Christmas holidays, so are launching our Winter of Woolly Love 2018! This comes to you in two parts!

Part 1. Candy’s Hugs

Over 100 Candy’s Hugs have now gone out to wonderful women undergoing treatment for cancer and we are getting more requests all the time, we’d love to help as many as possible and numbers are running low. So we’d like to dedicate part of our WoWL18 to this project to help.

The Original Candy’s Hug thread is here in Ongoing projects…

All these squares will go to very much needed blankets for women going through different stages of cancer treatment or palliative care, so all very much in need of a cosy comforting Woolly Hug.

Crafting Info

We are looking for 12 inch and 6 inch squares in the Candy’s Hug ‘Vibrant Riot’ palette, complex or simple, single colour or multi colour, crochet or knitted equally welcome. Please use 4mm hook or needles. No blocking necessary.

Message us if you need yarn to be able to take part, this is an inclusive project, but please only take yarn if you will be able to use it, fundraising is a constant worry for us, and we need to be sure folk’s money is spent carefully!

The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK. Just this please for consistency, and in the colours below.

To finish. Securely double knot off leaving about 6 inches of yarn and 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.

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.

Vibrant Riot Palette

  • Boysenberry
    Kelly green

If you feel ambitious and would like to make a whole blanket, then that is wonderful, we are aiming for blankets approx 48 inches by 60 inches, certainly no smaller.

Part 2. Hearty Hearts

We would like to collect crochet, knitted or stitched 3D hearts (so not single sided) these to be no bigger than 20cm MAX and to have a hanging loop. They can be padded or just double sided. Other than this the style is very much up to you. These are for a special phase of a project happening around Easter time, news of this as soon as all is confirmed, please bear with us on this!

Have put some links and images below, you may well have your own ideas!

Posting please January 14th or as soon after as possible. Do say in your note they are from this event!  Address will be Southsea, do message us if you need it.

Crafting suggestions

Crochet Heart Applique Pattern

Twenty six free crochet heart patterns! Including granny hearts, swirls and crocodile stitch. 

Bella Coco YouTube crochet heart tutorial, bear with the ads

Bella Coco Heart crochet pops – just leave out the stick and add a loop!

Cute Knitted heart design on Ravelry

Knitted heart design

Love stitches heart design – in photo

Hearts sewn in felt/fabrics are very welcome too!


Hearts can be ANY COLOUR – but please keep them bright and cheery.

Posting please January 14th or as soon after as possible. Do say in your note they are from this event!  Address will be Southsea, do message us if you need it.


Thank you so so much

The Christmas Hug project 2018

Above is the final collection from 2018. Thank you to all wonderful crafters, they are on their way! x



This is a wonderful project making cuddly friends to give to children in Belarus. It is run through a charity we have supported for the last two years with summer blankets called Friends of Chernobyl Children who as well as bringing children over, work with families in remote areas in Belarus experiencing extreme poverty in very challenging conditions.

Yes, we know we are starting this in July! But we know how much time and energy these things take.

Can you help us?

  • We are looking for homemade cuddly friends to go and give huge hugs to children this Christmas time.
  • Knit, crochet, sewn all very welcome indeed.
  • Teddies, rabbits, people, this bit is up to you!
  • Avoid white and very pale colours for practical reasons.
  • Size wise – approx 20 – 30cm, not much bigger please for transportation purposes.
  • We don’t know exactly the ages of the children who will receive them, so please avoid buttons and trimmings that might be dangerous for little ones.  Think safety!
  • These are for boys and girls, neutral is good, but we would love some aimed at each too.
  • Our Christmas Hugs will be given to the children during December/January in time for the Orthodox Christmas

Last posting for our Christmas Hug project is November 1st 2018.

Thank you so much, as always. xxx

Christmas Craft Sale 2018, for the amazing charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)

Welcome to our Christmas Craft Sale 2018 
for the amazing charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)

So pleased to announce that this year’s Christmas craft sale will be supporting the amazing work of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) For EVERY family affected and always remembering WatcherOfTheNight’s daughter Ashlee who tragically and very suddenly died unexpectedly, later it was found out she had died from Sudden Arrythmogenic Death Syndrome. They had no idea.


Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.


CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35. All of CRY’s public events are free to attend. This is a fabulous charity doing much needed work and we would like to support them. *We will send a third of all we make to CRY and use two thirds for Woolly Hugs’ own ongoing projects to help keep them running and inclusive. 


Every penny raised 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
  • 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 29th October please. It takes so long to get ready for a sale! Please PM for the posting information.*

*The Event itself…*

Our Christmas Craft sale and Auction will take place ONLINE on a Facebook Event page as before, between Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th November.  

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 Ashlee  x