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NICU Challenge – Revised (Blankets and other baby things)

In a previous post I mentioned that I have joined the Sunset Family Living Annual NICU Challenge. I had a stroke of genius to contact my local hospital and inquire about in-kind donations before starting to make boat-loads of hats. Guess what? They don’t accept any more hats as they have more than they know what to do with. This sort of put a dampen on my excitement to make those cute little hats from the patterns provided by Sunset Family Living for this challenge.

Upon further inquiry I was told that they accept baby blankets for NICU babies and also baby shoes to be sold in the gift-shop for fundraising. So I made my first ever baby blanket while watching a few episodes of Bones. The hospital’s only requirement was for it to measure 25″ by 25″, be in a colour other than green or yellow (something to do with these colours reflecting onto the babies’ faces and making them look like they have a skin disease or are aliens), and be more tightly knit rather than loose and loopy.

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It was so fun to make and took so little time. I used a classic double crochet in the back loops only and this gave the material a lot of stretch and softness. The border is made up of double crochet clusters in a purple colour that goes perfect with the beige of the body of the blanket.

I’m looking for a different pattern for a second blanket.

I will also be donating a few pairs of baby shoes. I have some already completed.

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4th Annual NICU Charity Challenge

Hi all.

I decided to put my talents to good use and, since it’s the season of giving, I have joined the Sunset Family Living Annual NICU Challenge. The challenge started on November 20th and will run until January 6th. It consists of making 12 preemie hats and donating them to the nearest NICU.

If you wish to join, just click on the picture below.

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You don’t have to join this particular challenge to make a difference. There are many causes out there that one can support. But if you’re anything like me, you love creating things with your hands and sometimes run out places to store them or people to gift them to. So instead, if we can all put a little bit of our time and talent into helping those in need, whether it is making hats for babies in the NICU, warm clothes for the residents of a local shelter, or simply helping out a family in your community to put a few gifts under the tree this year, it would mean the world to the people in need.

I’ve received the first pattern of the challenge and will begin making some hats in the next few days.

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