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May 22, 2019 18:13:28   #
tracy
 
Hi we’re doing these to give to fosters n carers who give them to the children x


 
May 22, 2019 19:19:19   #
tonyastewart
 
I don't know where Paisley is I suspect this is overseas if it is in the USA please let me know and I will see if I can get my daughter can help me :)
Tonda USA XOX
May 22, 2019 19:27:36   #
The Reader
 
tonyastewart wrote:
I don't know where Paisley is I suspect this is overseas if it is in the USA please let me know and I will see if I can get my daughter can help me :)
Tonda USA XOX


I think it is a town in Scotland.
May 22, 2019 19:51:26   #
MaryCarter (a regular here)
 
Paisley is in Northern Ireland.....I think.
May 22, 2019 20:54:15   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
Paisley IS in Scotland.................I thought Tracey was in Ireland............(WRONG AGAIN!!)
May 23, 2019 00:18:18   #
lexiemae (a regular here)
 
Found this information but nothing else other than there is a bar/restaurant Edinburgh with the same name!!


"In Scottish folklore the Ghillie Dhu or Gille Dubh (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈkʲiʎə ˈt̪u]) was a solitary male fairy. He was kindly and reticent yet sometimes wild in character but had a gentle devotion to children. Dark haired and clothed in leaves and moss, he lived in a birch wood within the Gairloch and Loch a Druing area of the north-west highlands of Scotland."

Tracey - are there any links provided in case anyone else in the UK might be willing to help with the project?
 
May 23, 2019 05:15:36   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
MaryCarter wrote:
Paisley is in Northern Ireland.....I think.


No- it is very definitely in Scotland- where those beautiful Paisley design Shawls etc, used to be made- sadly no longer!
May 23, 2019 06:59:40   #
Lilyan (a regular here)
 
And I thought Ghillie Dhu was a tooth fairy...
http://hubpages.com/education/Ghillie-Dhu-part-of-Scottish-folklore


Update:
Further information on the organization:
http://twitter.com/CrewDhu

"NAHSCP Fostering & Adoption Team need your help! If you can help knit a Ghillie Dhu please email ebrennan@north-Ayrshire.gov.uk & I will forward the details of how to make a Ghillie Dhu for our foster children. 😊 @NAHSCP @childrennahscp @fosteringnet #FosterCare #northayrshire

1:47 AM - 5 May 2019"

Note: I have e-mailed ebrennan@north-Ayrshire.gov.uk for the pattern/mailing address and for permission to post a link for those who are interested in contributing.
May 23, 2019 08:28:36   #
lexiemae (a regular here)
 
Thanks Lilyan. I am not on Twitter so will watch the topic.
Sue.
May 23, 2019 11:59:56   #
shoppingwithsunshine (a regular here)
 
Paisley - home of St Mirren Football club . Nearest big town is Glasgow . That's a lovely wee doll Tracy .
May 23, 2019 15:25:20   #
tracy
 
Hi I’m in Scotland if anyone can help thanks for reading xxx
 
May 23, 2019 22:27:12   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
Lurker 2 wrote:
No- it is very definitely in Scotland- where those beautiful Paisley design Shawls etc, used to be made- sadly no longer!


Oh yes I remember reading something about the beautiful shawls
May 24, 2019 00:16:05   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Nanamel14 wrote:
Oh yes I remember reading something about the beautiful shawls


They are quite distinctive!
May 24, 2019 02:18:49   #
Lilyan (a regular here)
 
Received a lovely response from the North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership:

"Thank you for contacting us about the knitting pattern for our Ghillie
Dhu's. I have attached a copy for your information, and yes you have our
permission to add our post to your forum. Thank you for helping.

The family placement team have been running a group for children who are in
permanent foster care. This group is called the Ghillie Dhu Crew. The
name came about after searching for something Scottish. There are various
descriptions and stories about the Ghillie Dhu but a general consensus is
that the Ghillie Dhu was a Scottish Faerie who “was kindly and reticent yet
sometimes wild in character but had a gentle devotion to children.” Each
Ghillie Dhu faerie is meant to have an identical wee one and big one so
that the children who we come into contact with, start to understand that
there is always somebody who can protect and look after them.

The children who attended the group were consulted and asked what they
would have liked, in a bag, when they first came to stay in foster care and
came up with some brilliant suggestions, which included a set of Ghillie
Dhus. So after consultation with the group facilitators we agreed that in
order to fulfil the request of the children from the Ghillie Dhu Crew we
would have to ask for assistance. So on behalf of the children, thanks again.

Once you have created your Ghillie Dhu please could you post them to the
address below:

Attn.: E. Brennan
Family Placement Team & Children & Families (Disabilities) Service
North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership,
3rd Floor, West Wing
Bridgegate House
IRVINE
KA12 8BD"

Note: I believe that you may also need to add "United Kingdom" at the bottom, and mark your package with your return address.

Pattern follows:
The Ghillie Dhu Pattern (adapted from multiple other patterns)
Please feel free to be creative and adapt things as you see fit as we know that there will be more experienced knitters than ourselves out there.
-Can do all the rows in knit if it’s easier
-Can use whatever colour and combinations that you like
-Bits in red are for the wee ones
-People have used needles from around 3mm to 4mm but not
any bigger.

LEGS (MAKE 2)
With colour of boots that you choose cast on 10 (6)
Purl 1 row
Knit 1, increase 1 to the end (15 stitches) (9)
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 3 (9 st)
Knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 2
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Knit 1 row
Change to colour of flesh that you choose
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row for 23 rows (12 rows)
Cast off
Sew up the back and stuff

BODY (MAKE 1 PIECE)
With colour of choice cast on 30 stitches (20 Sts)
Starting with a purl row stocking stitch 7 rows (6 rows)
Knit 2 rows
Starting with a purl row stocking stitch 13 rows (7 rows)
Knit 2, knit 2 together to the end
Purl 1 row
Knit 2 together to the end
Purl 1 row
Draw wool through stitches and pull tight
Sew up and stuff

HEAD MAKE 1
with flesh colour to match the legs cast on 8 (4)
Purl 1 row
increase 1 to the end (16) (8)
Purl 1 row
(Increase 1, knit 1) to the end of row
Purl 1 row
(Increase 1, knit 2) to the end of row
Purl 1 row
(increase 1, knit 3) to the end of row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
(Knit 2 together, knit 3) to end of row
Purl 1 row
(Knit 2 together, knit 2) to the end of row
Purl 1 row
(knit 2 together, knit 1) to the end of row
Purl 1 row
Knit 2 together to the end of row
Draw up remaining stiches and pull tight, sew up back and stuff it, sew up bottom

ARMS ( make 2)
With colour of body cast on 6 stitches (4)
Purl 1 row
Increase into every stitch (12) (8)
Purl 1 row, knit 1 row for 17 rows (11)
Purl 1 row, knit 1 row
Change to flesh colour
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 2 together
Purl 1 row
Pull up stitches tight and sew up

BOY SHORTS
Cast on 30 (18)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row for 9 rows (6)
Put stitches on a holder
Do the same again
Get both sets of stitches and knit right across
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Knit 3 rows
Cast off sew up each leg and join at the top

GIRL SKIRT
Cast on 80 (46)
Knit 2 rows
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row for 8 rows (6 rows)
(Knit 1, knit 2 together) to the end
Purl 2 row
Knit 2 together to the end
Cast off
Sew up back seam

HATS
Cast on 45 stitches (38)
Knit 4 rows
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
(Knit 5, knit 2 together) to the end
Purl 1 row
(knit 4, knit 2 together) to the end
Purl 1 row
(Knit 3, Knit 2 together) to the end
Purl 1 row
(Knit 2, Knit 2 together) to the end
Purl 1 row
(Knit 1, Knit 2 together) to the end
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 2 together to the end
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Pull up all the stitches and sew up

GHILLIE DHU WINGS
Cast on 16
Knit into front and back 32
St st 4 rows
Cast of 3 stitches purl to end ( 29)
Cast of 3 stitches knit to end (26)
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Cast off 3 sts purl to end (23)
Cast off 3 sts knit to end (20)
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Cast off 3sts purl to end (17)
Cast off 3sts knit to end (14)
Purl 1 row
K2tog to end (7)
Purl 1 row
Knit 2 tog, knit 1, k 2 tog
Purl 2 tog 2
Break off wool
Thread through remaining 2 sts pull tight
Fold in half sew around all the outside

Take both wings and join together at the top
Sew on to the back of the ghillie dhu.
Sew all together, put on face and add hair in whatever colour/style you choose!
THANKS AGAIN ON BEHALF OF THE GHILLIE DHU CREW !
For those who wish a download of the pattern
Attached file:
(Download)
May 24, 2019 07:30:15   #
lexiemae (a regular here)
 
That is a lovely response. Thank you for taking the trouble to sort out the information .

Potentially a lot of happier children at such a stressful time in their young lives. :o)
 
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