#Octopledge 2019 May Donations

After what seems like forever, I am finally able to share with you a donation for OFAPUK.
Life majorly got in the way for a few months, what with my course and being ill so many times and my new job. But hopefully from now on I can get on and continue donating monthly.

I made these little critters using Ice Plaid Cotton.

#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! 

My #Octopledge 2018

Hello all! 
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

A Post Christmas Haul

Hello! How is your January going so far? Well I hope. 
I recently purchased some more yarn. My other half doesnt mind as long as I have a project in mind so I didnt get told off this time! Yay!
Anyways, the first parcel I received was this gorgeous lot. 

I have 3 cakes of Batik Swirl. Isnt this the most beautiful colourway. It made my other half quite excited too (he loves anything purple). I also got a single ball of batik in a matching grey. I think I will make a coccoon cardi of some description with this lot of yarn, so the single coloured ball will make the bit around the edge. (Is it called the yolk if it goes all around the edge? I have no idea what you call it but I hope you have some idea what I am talking about!)

I also have this lot of lovely cotton yarns. I am sure many of you have heard of Octopus For A Preemie but for those of you who havent, Its a charity made of lots of lovely volunteers who make little octopusses for premature babies. The tentacles give the babys comfort and stop them from pulling at their important medical tubes. I will go into more detail about how it works when I post about it on the 15th, but for now I will just say I have decided to start making for this charity and so this cotton yarn is destined to be turned into little octos!