Octo pledge 2019 January Donations

Wowza – it’s been a whole year since my first donation to OFAPUK. Doesn’t time fly? Today I am checking in to share with you the Octo’s I donated in January.

There’s a total of 4 this month, using the scraps of no less than 6 balls of yarn. And here is how they did, Clockwise from top left:

1. Preemie

2. Preemie

3. Went to an Angel. I knew this would be the case as soon as I stuffed it – There were so many holes in it it made no sense to sew them up as in the same time I could have made another! This was the first time I used Scheepjes Sunkissed for Octo’s, (I was using the leftovers from my laptop case) and I think my hook was a little too big. Next time, I will use a 2mm and see how that goes.

4. Preemie

Some Charity Hats

At the beginning of the week I share with you some mittens I made for Knit For Peace, to use up my random oddments of yarn. Well today I am popping in with some hats for the same purpose.

The first I made was the ‘Very Good Hat‘ pattern by Tamara Kelly on Moogly, in baby size, using the leftover Malabrigo worsted I used for my dad’s Christmas present.

I then went on to make the 30 Minute Basic Beanie by Diane Serviss. It actually took me 45 minutes but I was sipping coffee and gawping out of the train window at the snow too. I used the last of the Patons Big Fab which I initially bought to make the brim of the first ever hat I made for my fiance 4 years ago.

Then finally I made this little baby hat out of the remaining 15g of Noro Haniwa. I made this one up as I went along.

So that’s 3 more yarns cleared from my stash!

Some Charity Mittens

OK, so do you remember last week I had a mahoosive clear out of yarn? I sold some of it on ebay, which made me £120 to pop in the Yarndale fund. And then I had a pile of odds and ends and single balls. Those I intended to turn into some sort of charitable donation.

Well, I have worked out where I will donate them. I have found a foundation called Knit For Peace. This foundation takes in all kinds of hand knitted and crocheted goods and allocates them to much smaller initiatives in need. Homeless shelters, old peoples homes, hospitals, refugee outreach programs, women’s shelters, to name just a few.

So now I know where I will send them, it was time to start crocheting. So this past weekend, I started with two pairs of mittens.

I made one with the leftover Noro Haniwa from my Sailors Moon jumper. This pattern is the Make us in One evening With a great movie Mitts by A French Touch.

And I made 1 from DMC Natura. These are the Lucious 1 Skein Mittens by Tamara Kelly at Moogly.

One small pair and one chunky pair.

Next on the agenda, a couple of chunky hats. I am currently living in a hotel with 10 other trainee signallers (I have 12 weeks of this to get through) and I am suffering a touch of social burnout from constantly being around the same people from breakfast to dinner, so this evening I had dinner early and alone, a very comforting dinner of pizza and halloumi fries, then had a lovely warm shower, and now it’s time to cosy up in my jimmers and crochet. Lush.

#Octopledge 2018 Final Tally

Goodness me, its been a whole year since I joined Octopus for a Preemie and what a year its been. I thought I would take a look back at the year in donations.

I have made 63 Octo/Jellies/Flatties in total. 45 of those went to preemie babies. The other 18 went to comfort angel babies and their greiving parents. 

My most successful month was October, where I donated 17 little critters and 100% of them were preemie passes. 

I have crocheted 2281 yards of yarn creating these little critters. 
I have really enjoyed making these creatures for some of the smallest and most vulnerable members of our society. And the charity has had an amazing year, but they still have so much work to do.

If you love amigurumi and want to give something back please consider joining us. The facebook group has over 20000 members and press articles often say we have over 20000 volunteers but this is a misinterpritation on their part – in reality only around 300 of us are actively making – and we have around 90 hospitals to supply so any more crocheters and knitters who can actively donate would be super welcome! Just type in Octopus for a Preemie UK into facebook. You wont regret it! 

#Octopledge 2018 October Donations

I have had a bumper month of Octo Making in October. I donated 17 Critters in total.

I made 9 purple themed Octos

6 purple themed Flatties

And 2 non purple octos. 

If you didnt know, November is the month of Prematurity Awareness, who’s colour is purple. Hence the purple octos. 

My co-ord is currently sick so wont be able to check them until her household is out of quarantine. But whatever journey they take, they have a valuable job to do.

Edit 

I can now confirm that all 17 went to preemies! What a result. I am so proud!