So today I want to introduce you to a brilliant way of using your crochet and knitting skills for good.
Many of you will have heard of Octopus for a Preemie UK, or will at least be aware of the idea of making octopusses for premature babies. But for those of you who are not here is a quick breakdown.
NICU units often struggle with premature babies pulling out their tubes and canulas and such. Sometimes this can have really dangerous consequences.
The octopus for a preemie idea was originally created in Denmark where researchers found that as well as reducing the risk of the babies pulling out their tubes and wires, it also calmed them, regulated their heartbeat a breathing etc.
Octopus for a Preemie UK (you can find their website here) is a wonderful group of people who work hard crocheting away little octopals for preemies all across the uk, and I have just joined them.
Over the course of this year I will be making an #Octopledge to make at least 2 a month. And I plan to make Bi Monthly updates on my progress as I learn and progress.
So here are my first attempts…
My first flattie – Made using Sirdar Cotton Prints in the Summer Meadow colour way. I made this one in my normal tension to see first home my standard way of doing things fayres. Its incredibly important that they are free of holes.
And my second one. This time, I tried Yarn Under, a new technique to me. It takes some getting used to but is raved about by the other makers as it has less holes if you do it correctly.
I have just started making a little octopus, using King Cole Cotton Crush.
I must say I love being able to yse varigated yarns in colours I mught normally steer away from.
Anyways, I hope to finish this octo and try out a jelly too. Then it will be off to the co-ordinator they go for inspection.
I hope they do, but if they dont meet the safety standard to be sent to a premature baby (which is likely – most people dont succeed on their very first try) then dont worry. They dont go to waste – they go to angel babies as a sort of comfort for the parents. I have heard a very beautiful phrase whilst talking to other makers – no octo/jelly/flattie is a failure, they just have different journeys to make and different jobs to do.
Anyways, Hopefully I will have more to show you by the end of the month.
Happy Hooking xx