Having met with Tracy and the wonderful team at the Children’s Family Trust today to pass on our first collection of blankets to the ‘South Central’ group and hearing how much our Snugs will mean to their looked after children, we are keen to launch phase two – a Snug for Christmas. We shall need your help to achieve this and have yarn if you need, please message.
Snugs for Christmas will go to children in the Midlands region, so throughout Birmingham, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Yet again we come with a very big ask!
We are looking for 12 or 6 inch squares in the Snug palette or even whole blankets if this is something you would like to make.
Collection dates – our next for squares and whole blankets, is Monday 22nd October 2018.
About the project
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.
Yarn is Stylecraft Special DK – just this please, inc for any embellishments.
Squares to be 12 inch ideally, or 6 inch if that is too much.
Knit and crochet equally welcome. Beginner or more experienced crafters also equally welcomed.
Please use a 4mm hook or needles.
No blocking please, and please ensure you are knotting off very thoroughly when colour changing or finishing, leave a 6cm end and use a needle to sew it in.
We are asking folk to avoid using a magic ring (crochet) to start as find that these don’t seem to always stand up to the pressures of wash and wear.
Please read the list of colours in our palette carefully, the list is below.
Squares to be single colour, multi colour, textured, whatever you like, they will be wonderful, thank you.
If you’d like to make a whole blanket, please use these colours too, makes thing easier at the giving stage! Whole blankets to be 48 by 60 inches, we would like them all to be single bed size no matter what age the child.
The colours are a twist on a rainbow theme…
Please message us if you need the postal address, but it will be the South Coast address.
We are hoping to make as many 6 and 12 inch squares over the summer holidays focussing on adding to Snugs, Kinship’s Traditional and Classic palettes, plus Candy’s Hugsand hope you will be able to help us. So a little summer holiday project if we may, a perfect lightweight portable activity, perfect for sofa, park, beach, plane or car, 6 or 12 inch squares in the colours below – we can help there, just 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!
All these squares will go to very much needed blankets for individuals, very much in need of a cosy comforting Woolly Hug.
The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK. Just this please for consistency, and in these colours…
Squares to be 12 inch or 6 inch, 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.
Please make sure your squares fit in to one of these…
If you would like to learn how to knit or crochet in 2018, crack on! We are on hand to help talk you through.. YouTube has lots of tutorials, you WILL find one that suits! 🙂
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.
Squares to be sent to us from September 16th, do say in your note they are from this event! Address will be Teddington, do message us if you need it.
We are on Facebook – Woolly Hugs and Twitter too @Woolly_Hugs both are good ways to keep in touch.
Our Christmas Hugs 2017 have been delivered, we were delighted again to team up with LGC magazine.
The photos of children here are from the 2016 deliveries, thank you so much again xxx
This is a beautiful new project making cuddly friends to give to Chernobyl children in Belarus. It is run through a new (to us) charity 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