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For the Early Birds…. Chernobyl 2018!

We are already having wonderful folk asking about next year’s Chernobyl project and yes we are both DELIGHTED to say it will be going ahead!

This year we look like we are aiming for approx 115 blankets in 2018, but this may change. It is a good place to start with!

Here is a link to last year’s project if you wonder what this is about….

And pictures of the children here….

So early birds, this is the crafting info…

  • 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.
  • Squares to be single colour, multi colour, textured, whatever you like, they will be wonderful, thank you.
  • Please no posting from the early birds until January!
  • If you’d like to make a whole blanket, please use these colours too, makes thing easier at the giving stage!

The Palette

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

Or if you prefer to see them like this…

Purples and pinks

  • Blush
  • Boysenberry
  • Bright pink
  • Candy floss
  • Emperor
  • Fondant
  • Fuchsia pink
  • Grape
  • Lavender
  • Magenta
  • Pale Rose
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Violet

Reds and oranges

  • Burgundy
  • Claret
  • Lipstick
  • Shrimp
  • Spice
  • Tomato

Yellows and cream

  • Citron
  • Mustard
  • Parchment
  • Saffron

Greens and blues

  • Aspen
  • Aster
  • Bluebell
  • Cypress
  • Cloud blue
  • Denim
  • Duck egg
  • Empire
  • Grass green
  • Kelly green
  • Lapis
  • Lime
  • Lincoln
  • Lobelia
  • Meadow
  • Petrol
  • Pistachio
  • Sage
  • Sherbert
  • Storm blue
  • Teal
  • Turquoise
  • Violet

 

From the Isle of Wight, 2017

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Billie’s Butterfly Blankets for a London Children’s Hospice

This is a very special project to help support bereaved families at a London children’s hospice. We have been approached by lovely MrsDV who works here asking if we can make special blankets for the bed in their Butterfly Suite (post bereavement room) so these will be used to to dress the bed with. We are so glad she did. At an intensely bleak and dark time there is still something very positive and personal that together we can do for the child and their family.

Our blankets are always handmade with love and compassion and so are perfect. We can help care for the whole family at this time by covering the child in bed so they look comfortable and cosy whilst sending love and a hug to their bereaved parents. Loved and looked after.

The hospice would like to have these blankets in hand for time to come so that they can be ready.

We need your help to achieve this for them, we always say love in every stitch and it will be true again this time, thank you so much if you feel you can help. Our aim is to make four single bed sized blankets, two suitable for younger children and two for older. The hospice have asked for soft colours and with a butterfly theme

If you’d like to donate funds to help us achieve this, please message us, or if you need resources to take part then do let us know. We don’t want anyone unable to take part due to cost.

 

Crafting info

We will be using Stylecraft Special DK as blankets will need to be very practical, six inch squares made using 4mm hook or needles. Knit or crochet equally welcome.

The colours…

Duck egg, grape, sage, storm, parchment, pale rose, raspberry, cloud blue, sherbert.

NB – Just these please, no blocking of squares and please knot off sturdily when changing colours or finishing, leave a good end and use a needle to sew in the peskies.

 

Simple squares are very welcome, but if looking for an idea for theme, these are their suggestions…

  • Butterflies/Hearts
  • Teddies, cars, toys, cats etc
  • Stars, leaves, feathers etc

 

 

 

Last posting please to be Saturday 14th October.

Thank you doesn’t seem enough, but the most enormous thank you. xxx

 

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Chernobyl Project 2017, the blankets!

Once again the most enormous thank you – we were aiming for 70 blankets and ended up with 112!

2017 saw us sending to

  • Portsmouth
  • Isle of Wight
  • Swindon
  • Peterborough/Helpston
  • Bristol
  • Gloucester/Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Norfolk (Chet and Waverney)
  • Mid Suffolk

 

and woolly hats to Fife!

 

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The Blanket for Endofthelinefinally

 

To Knotty and Pistey and all the wonderful mumsnetters who contributed their time, skills and donations to create the most beautiful memory blanket.
It arrived this morning.

It is a truly gorgeous creation and I will treasure it always.
The understanding and kindness I have received from the people on the bereavement board has got me through the worst year of my life.

As my son’s first anniversary approaches I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

My thoughts are with all the others who have lost their loved ones and I hope you will all feel comforted by the love and support on mumsnet.
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Drawing competition!

It’s competition time!
Please, we’d love ❤️ a WINTER THEMED design, can you help us? Designs to be A4, portrait view, in black on white only, theme um winter! And do include ‘Woolly Hugs’ on it somewhere. Please scan to PDF and email to admin@woollyhugs.com, or post the original to us.
** Deadline is September 30th **
Thank you so much!!!