Updated: Apr 5, 2020
Earlier on this year I decided that I wanted to learn to crochet and knit to connect with my lovely nan who sadly passed away a few years ago. She was very talented and I remember being shown how to do basic stitches as a child. I also wanted to become involved with some charitable work, but lacked the time to regularly commit.
I found the Octopus for a preemie group which combines both, and as my first baby was born at 33 weeks I felt this fitted me perfectly. Everything made is donated to hospitals local to the makers And is coordinated by fantastic volunteers, who help you every step of the way.
Ones that make the very strict safety standards are given to preemies to help comfort them and also gove them something to tug on, rather than their feeding tubes and monitors. The ones that are not quite there are donated to give to the families of angel babies, those who are born sleeping or pass away shortly after their birth. one for the family and one to travel with their little one and give them a much needed connection. For me and my personal experience, this part is as valuable as the other.
These are my very first attempt. Not quite swimmers but not bad for a starter.
Some of the work the volunteers put in is absolutely amazing and they are always looking for volunteers.
Please check out the website and look on Facebook for the group of you wish to join.