Thursday, 18 December 2008

Wooly Things

I’ve finally finished making the things I was knitting and crocheting. A few bits had already been wrapped before I thought about taking photos but here are those that were left. I’m not saying who they’re for though - you just never know who’s reading here :)

Socks for keeping cold toes toasty

A crocheted brooch - the colours are slightly more muted than they appear in the photo though

A bundle of tiny hats for the preemie department at our local hospital.

I think it’s nice to give something to charity at Christmas and although I’ve nothing against donating to charity shops or putting money in collection boxes at other times, I do feel that ‘giving to charity’ should also mean actually putting yourself out a bit to do something, whether it’s a sponsored walk or other activity, helping out at a shelter or making something for those less fortunate than ourselves. The hats take no time to knit up and the yarn's all left over stuff from other projects so giving a bundle of them to the hospital isn’t much of a big deal really. And because the parents of the preemie babies get to keep the hat their baby wore whilst in hospital, they always need new supplies.

Now I just have to finished the cross-stitch projects.

Sharon J


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Jennifer said...

Can I be the first one to say I knew you'd do it! :D

The preamie hats nearly made me cry - what a lovely gesture. I think you've earned your pair of 'wings' this year. :D


Anonymous said...

Love those socks, have never attempted socks but would love to, but at the moment here in oz it's a tad warm. Also your premmie hats will be much appreciated, our DGD was a prem (2lb 8oz) she is now 12, and back then it was difficult to find tiny hats, clothes etc, thank goodness for people like yourself. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you. Joy.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Beautiful, I like to use crochet as well, but I'm not soo talented. I made net hat for my daughter recently and some hats for toys... never tried socks... but when I was in the college I made the whole backpack from camel wool... and I had hippie style sweater I made myself... no time for big projects like this now.
Enjoy your weekend, Margot

Sharon J said...

@ Jennifer. Clearly you had more faith in me than I had.

@ Anon. Socks are actually much easier than they look. If you can knit on four needles and follow a pattern, they shouldn't really give you any trouble.

I can imagine it's difficult to find preemie clothes for the tiniest babies. I know there's a stall at our local hospital that sells home made baby clothes that include tiny things so I'm thinking of perhaps making a few things to donate to them (the money goes back into the hospital to buy things the NHS doesn't provide).

@ C and V. A backpack in camel wool! That sounds lovely :) I rarely do large projects nowadays either but I've promised my mum a cardigan in the new year so knitting needles at the ready.

Lizzie said...

Love those cool socks Sharon. I think giving to charity shops should count too though, more effort than sticking it in the wheely bin! Okay, not much but a little)

Sharon J said...

I agree with you to a degree, Lizzie, but I think it depends on individual ability. But of course, anything is better than nothing, it's just that me I don't really feel as if I've done anything unless I do something I wouldn't normally do and I do normally give to charity shops rather than chuck things in the bin.

Jade of the Jungle said...

I love the hats! What a wonderful idea, and such a generous gesture!

Sharon J said...

The hats are really sweet, even if I do say so myself. They're so tiny - most fit a small orange :)

L-Jay said...

Knitting is such a talent!

Woolen socks are really important to have in winter in Norway. My little girl gets all the socks she can wear from her Farmor - she knits such wonderful things. I hope she will teach me how to knit one day.

Sharon J said...

L-Jay. I taught myself when my son was little. Well, my mum taught me the basic stitches but as she can't decrease/increase etc I had to figure everything else out myself with the help of an instruction book. That must have been nearly 30 years ago now. I soon learned how to do socks because, as you say, they're a necessity in Norway, and with three children all grown up now there have been a good few pairs knitted up over the years. Hundreds probably! lol.

Anonymous said...

Nice work. I totally agree on the charities. I have made a couple of hats for the save the children campaign 'knit one, save one' and it is such a satisfying feeling to contribute some of your energy into something, instead of just writing a check. I know we dont always have the time to make things, but if you do, its worth it!

Catz said...

Sharon those socks are lovely, also the baby hats! What a lovely thing to do!

Chris said...

Thanks Sharon! Why thanks .....? Well my nephew was in the prem baby unit at a hospital very very near to you and so I am guessing it is the same unit as these little hats will be going to! Thankfully my nephew is now 6 1/2 and OK but when he was born we lived every minute wondering when we would get the call to say he had not pulled through. It was a nightmare and so thank you - thank you so very much. Chris

Sharon J said...

@ Dowhatyoulove. Yes, that's exactly how I feel. It gives more satisfaction (for me, at least) to actually do something for charity rather than just give money.

@ Catz. The socks should keep some cold toes warm this winter :)

@ Chris. Yes, it probably was the same department as there are no other hospitals near here. Glad to hear that your nephew pulled through and is doing well now :)

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My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

Preemie clothes

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