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The Great Woolly Hugs’ York Hugathon, Saturday 2nd March 2024

The Great Woolly Hugs’ York Hugathon takes place on Saturday 2nd March 2024 between 11am and 3.30pm. Our venue is at St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate Lane, York, England, YO30 7DS. This is very near to the beautiful Museum Gardens, and easily accessed by public transport, The venue is accessible, with accessible facilities.  All further information is on the Eventbrite page, link below.

Please join us! And if you are worried about not knowing anyone,

Tickets will be on sale on Eventbrite from 7pm on December 1st, The link is here….

 

SOLD OUT! The Great Woolly Hugs’ Hugathon. Brighton Seafront. Saturday 27th January 2024

The Great Woolly Hugs’ Hugathon at Brighton takes place on Saturday 27th January 2024 between 11.00am and 3.30pm, at the beautiful Regency Brighton Harbour Hotel, which is right on Brighton’s world-famous and iconic promenade and is within easy walking distance of both piers, just a stone’s throw away from the glorious pebbled beach. There is no obligation to walk along the pier, but you might want to, bring big jumpers if so! And if anyone wants to swim, you are bonkers but we’d look after your stuff!!!!

Our Venue is fully accessible. There are accessible bathroom facilities.

TICKETS COST £20 EACH

On Sale from 7pm on Sunday 8th October. CLICK THIS LINK TO TAKE YOU TO EVENTBRITE!

It is an increase on our 2023 price, and we have held out doing this as long as possible, but all venues are having to increase their prices, which impacts us. Apologies for this. The price includes event swag and we hope that you think the Hugathon is still good value.

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, he is keen for the rides at the end of the pier! We’ve included some testimonials from folk who have been to one before, which might be useful if this is your first time.

There is a bar onsite, so it is totally up to you what you do about catering for the day. We are unable to make provision, so you might want to bring a flask, drinks, packed lunch etc. But as an example a cappuccino from the bar costs £4.40, a pot of tea is £3.50. Obviously there are coffee shops around too which is always an option. At the end we are planning on Brighton vespers, a gin and vodka based cocktail! But we promise not to start too early, Maybe!

During the Hugathon we will attempt to get as many 6 inch squares made. In Brighton we are focussing on our Chernobyl 2024 project. 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. The link for the project is below.

 

Chernobyl 2024. Reach for the stars!

We will also be running a rather fabulous Lucky Dip (£1 a go) and our legendary Gin Raffle (£1 a ticket) So do bring along some cash, or we do have a card machine if that is easier, happy to tap for any amount! Whilst this is primarily a meet up we always need to raise funds!  And finally we will play a couple of games of our infamous Yarn Bingo game, you will not want to miss this! Well, you might want to but you can’t! Haha!

Do join us, we’d love to meet you or see you again. And if you are worried about not knowing anyone, let us know and we can get you seated and chatting as quick as a flash.

How to get there…

The venue address…

Brighton Harbour Hotel, 60-64 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NA.

It is approx a 15 minute walk from the train station, very easy, it is almost a straight line down! Obviously there are car parks, click here for the council website for where to find these

And should ANYONE wish to know, it is about a 40 min drive from Gatwick. JUST SAYIN.

From folk who have been to a Hugathon before…

Walking into a room of people you might have never met could be daunting … but at the Hugathon you are surrounded immediately with love, purpose and wool! What better way to spend a day? Alexsis

 

A warm woolly welcome to all. I travelled there alone, anxiously entered, not knowing a soul. Within a few mins I felt so welcomed and part of this wonderful group. A room full of like minded people, wool galore, cakes, tea, coffee, and probably gin 🤪 Julie

 

A wonderful experience meeting friends and like minded people. Like sinking into a warm bath of friendship I’ve always known but never met before. Jen

Attending the Woolly Hugs Hugathon was an amazing experience, putting faces to the names you had made friends with online in the pursuit of a common goal to spread yarn love around the UK and the World. Paula

 

A fabulous day meeting ‘strangers’ I have known online for years. Sharing yarn, craft skills, cake and laughter. Returning home full of love for the wonderful Woolly Huggers! Jo

It was lovely to meet all the folk I have made virtual friends with online . It gave me a real sense of us working together helping to make something beautiful and worthwhile . It was also lovely for the chat , laughter and to admire the amazing craftmanship going on around me , and how everyone was happy to share their expertise Steph

The hugathon is where the WH virtual community crosses over into a face to face community, meeting others who you may have got to know online. It’s so lovely to be able to sit and work and natter together, comparing notes and making friends. It epitomises the spirit of WH, crafters working together to benefit others. Alison

 

I’ve only been to one but it was brilliant and had gin 🤣Anna

The Great Woolly Hugs’ Hugathon. Portsmouth Harbour. Saturday 7th October 2023

The Great Woolly Hugs’ Hugathon in Portsmouth Harbour takes place on Saturday 7th October 2023 between 11.00am and 3.30pm, at St George’s Church Of England Portsea (Harbour Church, Gunwharf location) Its a stunning location, the building itself is over 250 years old!

Our Venue is fully accessible. Access to the venue is via a gentle and wheelchair-friendly ramp from the street pavement. There are accessible bathroom facilities.

TICKETS COST £18 EACH

This includes event swag!

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite from September 1st at 7pm. Click here for the link.

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.

During the Hugathon we will attempt to get as many 6 inch squares made. In Portsmouth we are focussing on our Christmas Cwtch 2023 project. 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.

During our event, but in a different room, Alexsis from Seeded will be running her Seeded Destash event until 2pm. We are not planning to hold destash this time, but do bring your pennies in case you’d like a wander round her event too!

We have use of the kitchen area, and will provide the wherewithal for making tea and coffee for a donation. Bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks, we won’t judge if that is alcohol.

We will also be running a rather fabulous Lucky Dip (£1 a go) and our legendary Gin Raffle (£1 a ticket) So do bring along some cash, or we do have a card machine if that is easier, happy to tap for any amount! Whilst this is primarily a meet up we always need to raise funds!  And finally we will play a couple of games of our infamous Yarn Bingo game, you will not want to miss this! Well, you might want to but you can’t! Haha!

Do join us, we’d love to meet you or see you again. And if you are worried about not knowing anyone, let us know and we can get you seated and chatting as quick as a flash.

Christmas Cwtch 2023 project link….

The Christmas Cwtch palette (all SSDK yarn)

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

 

From folk who have been to a Hugathon before…

Walking into a room of people you might have never met could be daunting … but at the Hugathon you are surrounded immediately with love, purpose and wool! What better way to spend a day? Alexsis

 

A warm woolly welcome to all. I travelled there alone, anxiously entered, not knowing a soul. Within a few mins I felt so welcomed and part of this wonderful group. A room full of like minded people, wool galore, cakes, tea, coffee, and probably gin 🤪 Julie

 

A wonderful experience meeting friends and like minded people. Like sinking into a warm bath of friendship I’ve always known but never met before. Jen

Attending the Woolly Hugs Hugathon was an amazing experience, putting faces to the names you had made friends with online in the pursuit of a common goal to spread yarn love around the UK and the World. Paula

 

A fabulous day meeting ‘strangers’ I have known online for years. Sharing yarn, craft skills, cake and laughter. Returning home full of love for the wonderful Woolly Huggers! Jo

It was lovely to meet all the folk I have made virtual friends with online . It gave me a real sense of us working together helping to make something beautiful and worthwhile . It was also lovely for the chat , laughter and to admire the amazing craftmanship going on around me , and how everyone was happy to share their expertise Steph

The hugathon is where the WH virtual community crosses over into a face to face community, meeting others who you may have got to know online. It’s so lovely to be able to sit and work and natter together, comparing notes and making friends. It epitomises the spirit of WH, crafters working together to benefit others. Alison

 

I’ve only been to one but it was brilliant and had gin 🤣Anna

How to get there…

The venue address…

St. George’s Church, St Georges Square, The Hard, Portsea, PO1 3AT

If arriving by car we suggest parking in Gunwharf Quays carpark and walking over, this is what we did when we visited, it was about 15 min walk.

Gunwharf Quays Car Park Tariff. Please be advised it’s a cashless car park.

Up to 2 hours, £3.20
2 – 3 hours, £4.20
3 – 4 hours, £6.10
4 – 5 hours, £7.10
5 – 7 hours, £9.10
7 – 9 hours, £12.50
9 – 10 hours, £14.50
10 – 24 hours, £25.00

There is on street parking via Ringo, but is notably hard to find.

The venue is very close to Portsmouth Harbour train station and links to the Isle of Wight, come on you Islanders!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you folks! G&G

Chernobyl 100 update. ( Posted 17/7/23)

We are beyond delighted to have made our 100 target. Truly astonishing work from everyone! We can’t thank you enough! THANK YOU!

We heard recently that we can reach more children than was initially thought which is why we’ve been cracking on with kits for construction in the last few days. Every blanket will count!

Our new target will be 125!

We don’t need any more squares for 2023, however, if you had a Chernobyl blanket that wasn’t quite finished and you can get it done by September 18th, we would love to receive it. Thank you. We are just about to go on our summer break, but have said to construction crew that posting back of Chernobyl kit blankets should now be between September 1st and 18th. This falls in our summer break, but we’d like to get them in ahead. So this is our new time frame. Posting is Teddington.

If you have taken on a kit and don’t think you will be able to make this deadline, please shout, life happens, we can get it onto another crafter, no problems!

The plan looking forward for delivery, will be much the same as last year, children will be coming out of Ukraine for respite breaks. Our blankets will be driven over in October/November. THANK YOU EVERYONE!

From the delivery last year!
2022 delivery.

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