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Welcome to our Summer of Woolly Love 2023!


Welcome to our Summer of Woolly Love 2023!

We go on our summer break from Tuesday 1st August (posting to us stops for the summer on July 17th) and we will be back on September 19th. It has been another busy year so far and we can’t thank everyone enough for all your hard work, compassion and enthusiasm.

We know that many of you love a summer break project, some of you certainly need to be kept out of mischief 🙂 and if you need yarn to take part, please do message us.

Our first focus is the Peony Project, link here…

So this includes fidget Toys, sensory lap blankets. All crafting info for this can be found here…. We’d love as many squares as possible.

Simple squares are perfect, a garter knit or granny square in a single colour are absolutely gorgeous.

If a whole blanket is too much, please 12 inch squares (or 6 inch if 12 isn’t possible) in Stylecraft Special DK for consistency.

  • Cloud blue
  • Duck egg
  • Pistachio
  • Meadow
  • Cypress
  • Cornish blue
  • Denim
  • Storm blue
  • Lavender
  • Proper purple
  • Plum
  • fondant
  • Magenta
  • spice
  • shrimp
  • pomegranate
  • Lipstick


Our second focus is the Christmas Craft Sale! Yes we know it is July, but honestly it is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need as much support as poss, thank you so much.

All Christmas Craft info is here

Posting restarts after the break on Monday 18th September. Thank you so much xx

2023. Our Christmas Craft Sale, the crafting phase!

Welcome to our Christmas Craft Sale 2023 

We know it’s July! But we know crafting takes such a long time. We are delighted though to be launching our Christmas Craft Sale 2023, we hope you will join us. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and will help us raise much needed funds to continue our woolly work. With your love and support we hope it is a huge success!

We are finalising our charity for this year, so news very soon, but we’d like to get the crafting stage underway.

Eevery 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.


So let the Crafting Stage begin!

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!!

Just a few examples of the treasure sent last Christmas…

Last posting for crafts to be Friday 13th October 2023 please.

Earlier is very very helpful. thank you. So any time from September 18th after our summer break, thank you.

Posting will be to Teddington, please 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 Monday 13th – Sunday 19th November. 


We will set up the event page after the Summer break. 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.

Thank you so much EVERYONE!

The Great Woolly Hugs’ Christmas Hugathon, Oxford. Saturday 2nd December 2023.

Come and be merry and bright. It’s the Oxford Christmas Hugathon!

Tickets on sale from 7pm on Friday 1st September  The eventbrite link is here…

The Great Woolly Hugs’ Christmas Hugathon in Oxford takes place on Saturday 2nd December 2023 between 11.00am and 3.30pm, at St John’s Hall Church, Broadway, Kidlington, OX5 1DD. All welcome!

Our Venue is fully accessible. Access to the venue is smooth from street level. There are accessible bathroom facilities.

As it is our Christmas Hugathon you might like to wear any Christmas jumper/decorations you may have, but NO OBLIGATION!

TICKETS COST £18 EACH, which includes Event swag!

Our Hugathons are a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow Woolly Huggers who share a love of crafting. They are friendly and inclusive. It is a great time for chatting with your fellow Woolly crew and sharing ideas. If Tortie behaves we will let him come too! We’ve included some testimonials from folk who have been to one before, which might be useful if this is your first time.

We will also be running a couple of fundraisers, our fabulous Lucky Dip (£1 a go) and our legendary Gin Raffle (£1 a ticket)  We will also be running a DeStash table. If you have crafting items to donate to our DeStash table please do bring, remember one person’s destash is another person’s treasure! So do bring along some cash, or we do have a card machine if that is easier, happy to tap for any amount!

And finally we will play a couple of games of our infamous Yarn Bingo game, but with a Christmas twist, you will not want to miss this!

During the Hugathon we will attempt to get as many 6 inch squares made for Chernobyl 2024! We will provide all SSDK, but please remember to bring your 4mm hooks/knitting needles, you will need them! If you have any squares already made for THIS project, please bring them, it may be that we can get some kits out for construction. New palette for 2024 below. We will also be making pompom decorations for our woolly Christmas tree.

May be an image of lace and text that says "Candyfloss Lipstick Mustard Tomato Spice Saffron Clementine Brightnk Citron Pistachio Parchment Meadow Fuchsa Apple Emperor Dandelion Chernobyl 2০24 Grass Green Proper Purple Cypress Kelly Green Boysenberry Violet Magenta Turquoise Aster Empire Aspen Bluebell Petrol Storm Blue Spearm Cornish Blue"

We have access to hot water for drinks, and will provide the wherewithal for making tea and coffee for a donation. We are planning mulled wine and mince pies. Bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks, we won’t judge if that is alcohol.

How to get here..

There is parking at the front of the Church, and some local street parking. Ali has made us a map. All red lines denote on street parking for free, but do double check in case things have changed.

Oxford Parkway (Park and Ride) is only 15 mins walk. Parking tariffs for Oxford Parkway station: Up to one hour: Free. Up to 11 hours: £2.00.

The nearest train station is Oxford Parkway. It takes an average of 6 mins to travel from Oxford to Oxford Parkway by train, over a distance of around 4 miles (6 km). There are normally 40 trains per day.

All buses from Oxford to Kidlington stop outside the Hugathon venue

And it is pretty close to Oxford Airport!

St John’s Hall Church, Broadway, Kidlington, OX5 1DD


Chernobyl 2024. Reach for the stars!

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia as we all know is incredibly devastating, some of our Chernob families have been able to leave, others have to stay, but the CLL continue to be astonishing in their efforts to support families. Even those who managed to flee now have incredible stuggles as funding ceases and finding accommodation or meeting basic needs are a challenge.

We can’t fix this, but we can do our part as best we can. We can confirm our project will run in 2024, and are launching it as Chernobyl 150. We aim to achieve 150 blankets!

Looking back to last year, early in December 2022, 100 Ukrainian children were driven to Lubin in Poland by our friends at the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline for a respite break with Christmas treats and Father Frost! We can only imagine how much this was needed. We have included a few pics from their trip. So delighted to see our name on their fireplace. These children already have very little, still with the threats from the legacy of Chernobyl , now with war looming all around and the impact that has on every part of daily life. Each child was given one of our blankets. This is overwhelming. What the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline have done here is extraordinary, so glad these children and families have a warm blanket full of love from us. So glad we can do this. These kids are now all going back into Ukraine with the uncertainty, dangers and chaos. But they’re all taking love and woolly warmth from us. It doesn’t fix anything but it’s a tangible sign of love and care.

This means the world. Thank you!

So we hope you are all ready for Chernobyl 150 in 2024?!

For many years we have been making warm, comforting blankets 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. Devastatingly for the children and their families COVID and now war have put these trips on hold. But we can still get our blankets to the children! So much more than just a blanket, these Hugs send love, hope, friendship and warm comfort to the children and their families.

So in 2024 we hope to repeat this, and with your love and support we are very hopeful!

We need YOU!!

Here’s how you can help….

Candy floss
Bright pink
Fuchsia purple
Proper purple
Storm blue
Cornish blue
grass green
Kelly, green
Duck egg
Cloud blue

Squares. We need twelve inch squares in the Stylecraft Special DK palette as in photo,  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.

Whole blankets We know some crafters love to make their own whole blankets and this is wonderful! Please use SSDK. Finished blanket size remains the same at 48inches by 60 inches, and please work within the colour palette.

Donating funds As always we like to be inclusive and would love to send yarn to folks who otherwise would not be able to craft. In addition,we already know there will be the cost of transporting them to the children again and would be incredibly grateful to anyone who would like to donate funds for this project.

Our Paypal is admin@woollyhugs.com

Bank transfer

• We are a Cooperative account in the name of Woolly Hugs
• Account number: 65579631
• Sort code: 089299

Please do inc your name so we can thank you properly.
Any funds raised from our Spring/Easter sale in 2024 will be used to support this project too. 



In 2019 we were able to visit children at home in Belarus, who the previous year had received our blankets when visiting Bristol. Such an honour to be able to do this.

















Thank you wonderful people.
















Camp Bestival July 2023 and BESTIES!

Camp Bestival 2023

Woolly Hugs is headlining (in our hearts) at Camp Bestival this summer. Well we are ACTUALLY having a charity stall! Please come and find us if you are attending! Tortie will be in attendance.

We really need your help please beautiful people! Here’s how…

As well as spreading the woolly message and rallying more crafters to our ranks, we shall be running some craft activities and a game for visitors, and are looking to have a few craft items to sell. This is where BESTIES come in!

How to help by making…

The theme of Camp Bestival 2023 is animal snap and the animal kingdom, so we are looking for small handheld pocket friends in animal themes. Sewn, knitted, crocheted. These sold incredibly well last year, and with your love and support they will again. This quote from the organisers….

“Animals come in all shapes, sizes and styles…just like us lot in the human race… We wanted to celebrate the amazing 8.7 million species there are out there in the world! From the tiddliest underwater creature in the depths of the oceans to the highest bird in the sky… Travel down as a family of animals, come and find your mate in the crowd, team up with a tribe or friendly up with a twin flame. Whatever your vibe, wear it with pride and join in the Animal Snap!” Josie & Rob da Bank.

So loads of possibilities, please note we are not looking for matching pairs, just singles. Have included Ali’s pattern from last year should folk wish to use it as a base for their Bestie. Scroll down..

Have a look at this Pinterest board for ideas..

How to help us by purchasing resources.

The children loved making pompoms last year, parents donated for these craft workshops, and it was a fabulous opportunity to chat about the work Woolly Hugs does. The number of crafters was pretty limited by the number of kits we had. So if anyone would like to buy us a set or two, thank you so so much, have a look here (at scissors and pompom makers) Our Amazon Wish List

Last posting for Camp Bestival is Saturday 15th July, to Teddington, please write BESTIES on the outside!

Photos from 2022


This is the pattern from 2022 if anyone wishes to use as a base…

 One for the Crochet crew. This is the base as devised by lovely Ali Oxford. Suggestions for personalising are as below. Safety eyes only please, or embroidered. We can email a PDF if that’s easier, email us on admin@woollyhugs.com

Woolly Bugs can be made in any yarn and colour. You can use plain or variegated yarn. Personalise your bug with accessories – spots, spikes, hats, wings, hair, etc. You could make them into real bugs – ladybirds, bees, etc. Let your imagination run wild. Please ensure that all accessories are securely attached to your bug

Accessory Ideas