This scrappy post will melt your hearts- promise.
I came across the Warm Baby Project via a friend here on Facebook . The warm baby project puts knitters and their skills to work making items for premature babies. There was an appeal for cannula sleeves for a hospital in Cambridge. Now a cannula sleeve is a small tube of garter stitch knitting that covers the cannula in a babies arm.
My first son was born five weeks early weighing just over 5lbs. All the baby clothes swamped him. My Mum got to work immediately , but there were no patterns for babies as small as him 40 years ago. She set about trying to reduce normal patterns and with the help of the teaching staff in the school she was teaching at, she managed to make him some teeny tiny booties.
I have some baby yarn and how could I not rise to this challenge for cannula sleeves.
As I popped these in the post, came news that the appeal had gone viral, radio interviews followed, the word was out, and pretty soon that hospital was fully stocked.
There are however lots of appeals for small blankets, mitts, hats, bonding squares and of course cannula sleeve.
So I kept going.
The hats are tiny! Another cannula sleeve and a pair of bonding squares. Bonding squares must be indentical- one for the baby and one for the parent, which can then be swapped so that parent and baby have contact.
Have I tempted you yet to get out scraps of baby yarn , or even to go past haste to the local yarn shop. I love the idea of traffic light hats for the premmies- red for those in need of constant attention, amber for those growing stronger, and green for those still needing care but able to be left for a little while.
The best bit of this Facebook group is that grateful Mums and grandparents post pictures of their babes wearing these hats, cuddling their bonding squares snuggling under blankets.
And it’s not just premmies either. Some babes are born needing extra warmth, so newborn hats are great. A memner of my extended family recently posted pics of their newborn, I was so thrilled to see she had been given a knitted hat.
Some babes also don’t have warm clothes to wear, maybe Mum has been homeless, or fled doemstic violence. Newborn and next sizes up are requested also.
I have to say that of all the scrap happy posts I have written this is my absolute favourite. Do pop over and see the Facebook page- if you want to see current appeals and patterns go to their page and you need to click on Photos. This group is UK based but I bet other countries have similiar groups, and I would love you to use the comments section if you know of any. You can also ask your local maternity unit. All items need to be washable as everything is washed before being given to a baby. Crochet is also welcome but make sure there are no holes in the premmie designs.
That’s it, please check out the other Scrap Happy Posts, links on Kates blog-here