The letters from the units on view at Wye Needlecraft tell how much the garments are appreciated, many remarking on the high quality of the knitting. We cannot begin to thank our wonderful knitters for all that they do for these very special babies!
Wye Needlecraft SCBU Knitting Project.
Spring 2012 Newsletter.
We are sorry to say that Janet passed away peacefully at the end of January. We will all miss her greatly and her enthusiasm for the Baby Project. We aim to keep the project going. We still receive lots of knitting for the hospitals.
It is hard to believe that the project has now been going for 4 years and in that time we have sent out almost 50,000 items countrywide. Thank you to all our wonderful knitters, we couldn’t have done it without you.
– Janet’s last quiz, The Fabulous Fifties, was as popular and tricky as ever and it was won by Mr and Mrs Thorpe with a score of 48/50.
We will try to continue having quizzes but they may not come out quite as regularly as before. We do have a new quiz out at the moment called ‘The Magic of the Musicals’.
If there are any aspiring quiz compilers out there we would love to hear from you via Wye Needlecraft or our email address
Mission accomplished!!. Thank you to everyone who answered the plea in our last newsletter to knit breasts to help Norwich hospital promote breast feeding. A large parcel has now been sent off to them. If anyone still has any to bring please do so but we do not need any new knitters at the moment.
Please bear with us if you do not receive an acknowledgement for your parcel straight away as Janet did all the clerical work for us. We will reply as soon as we are able to. We do really value all donations.
Many thanks to all the anonymous donors who send us parcels.
PARCEL TO ROMANIA
We will be sending another parcel to our friends in Brasov Children’s Hospital in Romania in time for Easter.
Many thanks to Mrs Caron Bond of Elizabeth’s Wool shop in Clay Cross who is hosting a coffee morning on Thursday 29th March to raise money for the project postage fund. There will be refreshments and an Easter Egg Raffle at the event.
Thank you for your continued support, carry on knitting!
Wye Needlecraft, 2, Royal Oak Place, Bakewell. DE45 1HD
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org tel – 01629 815198
Blankets. In reponse to many requests we now have a pack of blanket patterns available. The patterns have been shared with the project by some of our knitters. The priority is still for garments, but many hospitals ask for blankets so it good to be able to include some in their parcels. Our blankets are easy to knit – ideal for doing while watching TV ! As with the main pattern pack, the blanket pattern pack is available from the shop or by post. Again, a small donation is appreciated to cover costs.
Garments. The greatest need is always for the tiny garments to fit babies from 1½ - 5lb birth weight. The most popular sizes are 10”,12” & 14” cardigans, small/medium beanies, bonnets and ventilator hats (all styles), Small bootees and mittens are also needed. Some units have asked for cardigans and hats in a slightly larger size for ‘going home’ babies. These can be knitted from our patterns, but if you wish you could use one of the ‘prem’ size (14”) designs in standard pattern leaflets – Wye Needlecraft stock a good selection. The V-neck style preferred by units when babies are in their care is not so important when they are ready to go home.
The Future. So far we have sent parcels to every hospital that needed garments in the Trent, North-West, Yorkshire and Mersey NHS regions. Most of the North and Anglia regions have also been covered. Several hospitals in other regions have received parcels as well. We've even sent to Romania! We are keen to expand even further and to send extra garments to those already supplied, so your help is vital. We love to see you coming into the shop with your beautiful, lovingly knitted garments.
We have also received parcels from knitters all over the country. Without you and our generous donors the scheme could not run, let alone be a success. On behalf of the hospital staff, the babies and their parents, we thank you for all you do to help.
Please CARRY ON KNITTING. Everything is NEEDED, USED AND APPRECIATED.
Previous News: On the 2nd April 2008 Daphne and Dean from Wye Needlecraft visited Sheffield Neonatal Unit at the Jessop Wing. There they took the little knitted clothes (knitted by staff and customers) and also met some mums and babies. Read more here.
10th April 2008: The Sheffield Star Newspaper have published an article on Wye Needlecraft's Big Knit for premature babies.
17th April 2008: Here's the article that was in today's Matlock Mercury. It will also be in tomorrow's Peak Times and the Bakewell Community Newsletter.
21st May 2008: Nottingham University Hospital Press Release.
Here is the press release for when we visited Nottingham City & Queens Hospital's delivering the knitted clothes.
Whats needed now - Blankets
We do not have a specific pattern for blankets, but 14” x 14” square (approx) and 18” x 24” (approx) are the most requested sizes. We are also asked for some larger blankets which can be made from joined squares.
Hospitals ask that we avoid knitting blankets in lacy, open stitches or heavily textured, ridged patterns. Tiny, fragile fingers can easily be damaged by being caught in holes and loose stitches. Please also avoid crochet blankets for the same reason.
D.K. Baby Yarn is the most often used but 4 ply and Baby Aran yarns are also suitable.
The whole blanket can be knitted in garter stitch. However, the central part of the blanket can be knitted in stocking stitch or variations of Knit & Purl stitches.
If you do this, please knit a garter stitch border at least 1 – 1.5” wide all round. This ensures the blanket will lie flat without the edges curling up.
Fluffy and textured yarns are not suitable, even if labelled ‘For Baby Use’ . Premature babies have very thin skins and such yarns can easily damage them.
Check out our new baby blanket patterns
Many thanks again for your help, please send these to us so we can forward them to the correct baby unit