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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.

ON SALE NOW!

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

 

 

Chernob TwentyTwenty – for the Early Birds!

About the Project

For the last few years we have been making warm, comforting Little Hugs 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. Each year these marvellous charities bring children who live in the most contaminated area near the Chernobyl reactor over to the UK. In summer, when the dust causes radiation levels to rise, it becomes even more important for as many children as possible to leave their homeland for a few weeks of fresh air and clean food. The rates of childhood cancer are incredibly high and often visiting children are in remission. Sadly though there is a high chance of these children falling ill again. They all suffer living in such difficult conditions and with very little. It is a lovely thing for us to do to make these children a special cuddly blanket to take home. One child last year said to his interpreter it was like having a big hug from his Gran. Beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an absolutely joy to us to meet some of the children who visited Bristol at their homes in Protosevichi, Belarus one year on and see them with their blankest again. We know how loved and cherished these are by children and families who really have very little. It has renewed our passion for this wonderful project.

 

The groups we send our blankets to….

Not all groups host every year, but these are the groups we have helped so far, and hope to continue to do so.

  • Aberdeen
  • Ayrshire
  • Bristol
  • Chet and Waveney (Norfolk)
  • Dublin
  • Fife
  • Gloucester/Glossop (children will be splitting their trip between these two)
  • Isle of Wight
  • Mid Suffolk
  • Northamptonshire (Helpston)
  • Shropshire
  • St Ives
  • Swindon

Now then, this is early days to predict, but we are thinking it is going to be close to 150!

We need YOU!!

Here’s how you can help….

Squares. We need twelve inch squares in the Stylecraft Special DK palette as in photo left and listed at the bottom of the page, 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! We ask you message us to let us know, so we have some idea of numbers of squares needed. Please use SSDK. Finished blanket size remains the same at 48inches by 60 inches, and please work within the colour palette as this makes it much easier when blankets are gifted. If circumstances change and you can no longer make a whole blanket, LET US KNOW! Thank you so so much x

We will confirm last posting, but please none to be posted until January 2020

The 2020 Palette

  • Aspen
  • Aster
  • Bluebell
  • Boysenberry
  • Bright pink
  • Candy floss
  • Citron
  • Claret
  • Cloud blue
  • Cornish Blue (new this year)
  • Cypress
  • Denim
  • Duck egg
  • Emperor
  • Empire
  • Fondant
  • Fuchsia pink
  • Grape
  • Grass green
  • Kelly green
  • Lapis
  • Lavender
  • Lime
  • Lipstick
  • Lobelia
  • Magenta
  • Meadow
  • Mustard
  • Pale Rose
  • Parchment
  • Petrol
  • Pistachio
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Sherbert
  • Shrimp
  • Spearmint (new this year)
  • Spice
  • Storm blue
  • Teal
  • Tomato
  • Turquoise
  • Violet

Thank you to lovely Viki for the peg pic – beautiful!

Ice Cream funds. If you would like to add 50p in when you post squares/blankets for ice creams that would be so kind, we will split any money we receive between the groups.

 

Extras for the children. Please no posting of these until after Easter 2020!

There are a few extras which we will be collecting too alongside squares, items which really help, if you would like to add in any of these we would love to receive them for the children, thank you, bless you. We have spoken with all groups receiving this year about what they would like and have an adapted list of extras, please note, no shampoo, shower gel this year. We will be adding some of these things to our Amazon wish-list if that helps.

  • New underwear, pants/socks boys and girls, age 8-12
  • Children’s Gloves
  • High factor suncream
  • Toothbrushes, single packed please
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrushes
  • Bars of soap, wrapped as singles.
  • Sanitary towels
  • Plasters
  • Insect bite pens
  • Cold sore cream
  • Lip balms
  • Small tubes or tubs of Sudacrem
  • Children’s vitamins
  • Vegetable seeds (tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, beetroot, gherkins)
  • Menthol type cough lozenges
  • Big and strong long life shopping bags
  • Tea and instant coffee, packets please
  • Any little luxuries that 8-12 year olds might love, eg nail varnish, fun stationery, temporary tattoos, little toys with LEDs, mini torches,  , hair clips, make up bits, mini lego kits, fun/brightly coloured sunglasses, stickers  etc.

 

Donating funds

We are always very grateful to anyone who would like to donate funds for this project. Please do inc your name so we can thank you properly.

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

Any funds raised from our Spring/Easter sale this year will be used to support this project.

Hugs for Heads 2020

After the success last year, we thought how lovely it would be to send all children a cosy hat to take home with their blanket this year, so introduced Hugs for Heads, if you would like to knit or crochet a cosy child’s hat size age 8 to adult in machine washable yarn, we would love to receive it for them. The pattern is up to you., we do have yarn available, please message us.  Posting any time from January 2020!

 

 

Thank you so much everyone!

 

The Woolly Hugger Challenge!

Welcome to an exciting new Challenge to take us through to the summer, and say hello to these adorable Woolly Huggers….

(We appreciate these are all crocheted but as soon as we get knit/fabric versions we will be updating this page)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our plan is that Woolly Huggers will be given to children going through very difficult times due to illness, bereavement, trauma, family separation here and abroad with some going to wonderful children living in extreme poverty in Belarus as part of our Christmas Hug project. We are working in partnership with the Rebel Yarnstormers and Seeded which is wonderful.

We would love to receive as many Woolly Huggers as possible!

 

We will take all Huggers to Victorious Festival in August to promote our woolly work, and a few may be used to fundraise our projects. With regard to this, if anyone would like to make extra for us to sell at this time, please let us know, or make it clear in your note when you send.

 

 

Crafting Info

  • The Woolly Huggers can be knitted, crochet or sewn, please use bright cheerful colours.
  • No fixed  size, but we are thinking approx 6 to 8 inch bodies.
  • Eyes must be sewn on or use toy safety eyes please, no google eyes or buttons etc.
  • Arms need to be long enough to tie round a wrist securely or maybe you would like to add  a velcro fastening.
  • Please use toy/safe stuffing
  • The pictorial guide below might be helpful (Thank you Tina!) we see that two six inch squares would easily make the body if going doing the woolly path.
  • Last posting will be July 1st and it will be to the South Coast address.

 

 

Easy!

 

 

So who is up for the Woolly Hugger Challenge??!!

Please do join us, all hands on deck! And let your imagination run wiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllld, this is a fun project that will really  help use up scraps in your stash.

*We can’t stop ourselves calling them Bijoux bad bois 😀

Ooooooooo and YARN BOMBING!

  • All yarn bombing at the Victorious Festival will help draw the attention of folk to the woolly cause!
  • If anyone would like to make knit or crochet six inch squares in bright and cheery colours, single colour, mixed colour, up to you  (any yarn) to go towards bunting garlands that would be marvellous. Peskies in please!
  • And POMPOMS!! We are a keen pom pom bunch we know, so are hopeful some folk would like to make us pompoms for yarn bombing at Victorious Festival. The bigger the better, bright colours and any yarn is fine. Please leave a long hanging loop. Pic below is from Mia’s Wood of a pom pom yarn bomb we undertook there. Beautiful.

Any questions do message us. Thank you so so much! xx

We are having a Tortie Sortie!

Meet Fred the Tortoise!

Amigurumi folk, we’ve had a request from the amazing folk at the Children’s Family Trust (who receive our Snugs for looked after children) and we hope some of our lovely crochet friends will be able to help out. As you know we are always up for a challenge!

Because of confidentiality and privacy the wonderful CFT can’t put pictures of the children and their activities on any social media platforms, so they have come  up with an idea of a mascot!! The children wanted a tortoise that they could take with them to all their school trips, events etc and take pictures of them so they can them celebrate their achievements!! They even drew their ideas and the staff searched around and found Theresa’s pattern to match their work!

We are eternally grateful to the very lovely Theresa (from TheresasCrochetShop) because she has very kindly donated her pattern for our use to help these children, so altruistic, super kind and generous of her, and even more wonderful of her – she’s not from the UK, she’s from the USA! Her patterns are absolutely fabulous, totally gorgeous, very straightforward and can all be found over here…. on Etsy, please do check her out!

Thank you SO much again Theresa!!

 

So can you help us?

Thank you so much to lovely Ali O for being our tester, these are her Freds, she loved the pattern, she says…

it was very straightforward. I followed it exactly and it was fine, the pictures are really helpful too!

Ali has been able to come up with this info. The pattern itself calls for worsted weight, but we have used Stylecraft Special DK Chunky to make the Freds a little bigger, and she used a 5mm hook. It came out at approx 7.5” sitting down. 9” standing. We will happily send you a crafting kit, but each Fred takes

  • 46g meadow
  • 13g camel
  • 1 metre of dark brown
  • one pair of eyes, we used 15mm, solid black
  • We have stuffing here if you’d like to send flat to save on postage.

 

So who is up to join our Tortie Sortie??!!

We’d love 10. Deadline for the Freds is no later than Friday 14th June please, so we can get the Freds away to enjoy the summer with the children! Please send to Teddington.

Theresa has emailed the pattern, so if you would like to take part, please email us on admin@woollyhugs.com and we can forward it to you. If you do take the pattern, please only use for this project, please don’t share it and do buy a copy if you’d like to make more Freds for yourself!

Thank you!!

Top pic specially for any Fleabag fans 😀 x