This is a plea for all people who can knit/want to knit/need to find something TO knit. I was tagged in a post on Facebook recently of a lady called Clare Mackintosh who was calling for all knitters to help provide little blankets and cardigans for premature babies, the charity that she was asking on behalf of is called the Silver Star Society. They are based in Oxford and support families with high-risk or complicated pregnancies, she says in her Facebook post that if it hand't been for them then her baby would not have survived.
She explains, and a bit more research has shown me, that for a lot of families of premature babies, they often can't find anything for their babies to wear since all of the clothes in the hospital shops are too big for them. So doesn't it make sense that those of us with this wonderful skill put it to good use? I think a cardigan might be a little bit above my skill level but I know that I could manage a couple of blankets no problem, so that's my plan. (Thankfully they don't need any hats or booties at the moment).
There are lots and lots of hospitals and maternity wards that are in desperate need of these things and I'm sure a quick call or email or even Facebook stalk of your local maternity unit will show you if that is the case - you really could start turning your passion into something so worthwhile.
That is exactly what I intend to do and the minute I have finished on my blankets I will be sending them, as fast as my fingers and the Royal Mail will permit to the John Radcliffe Hospital. For anyone wanting to do the same, the address is below:
Silver Star Society, Level 6, Women's Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford, OX3 9DU.
For a lot of women, at a really hard time, I am sure an act of kindness like this really will mean the world to them, it will also, I am sure, give them one less thing to worry about as they concentrate on loving and looking after their new born babies.
So what are you waiting for? Let's get knitting! Links to basic patterns below, for any of you who might need to dust off your needles before you start: