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Spikey 12-09-2009 09:01 PM

Special Delivery Unit Needs Our Help
As some of you may know, the Northeast Knitters make worsted weight blankets that gmmarton delivers to the Children's Unit at Bridgeport Hospital in CT, and DK weight blankets that I deliver to the Special Delivery Unit of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The SDU is a unique unit where mothers delivering special needs infants (including those with congenital heart, brain, spine, chest and/or abdomen abnormalities) can be under the same roof as their children and cared for together - and Dads donít have to divide their time between Mom at one hospital and their newborn at another hospital.

There are about 20 deliveries per month at the SDU. Of course, we canít make that many blankets, and we certainly are not responsible for having a handmade item for each of their patients, but if anyone is interested in making hats, booties, thumbless mittens, etc. they would be most appreciative, particularly for the holiday season.

They mentioned that very small sizes are especially needed. Our blankets are all 100% acrylic, and we use soft DK weight yarn, but worsted would be fine, too, for the other items. Please try to avoid lacy patterns that might catch little fingers or toes, but otherwise be as creative as you'd like. :knitting:

Like so many other centers, the budget for the SDU has been hit particularly hard, and the lovely package of items that they had originally planned to give to these families has been eliminated. All they are able to give them now (thanks to a generous donor) is a picture frame. We would love it if a hand-knitted item could accompany as many of those picture frames as possible!

Sadly, this is all that some parents will ever take home, so it is particularly meaningful.

There is a lovely note that Jeremy recently posted in the Northeast thread, from a mother whose child was born at the SDU and received one of our blankets. It is worth reading!

If you are interested in donating any knitted items, please PM me.

Thanks!!!! :muah:

Shandeh 12-09-2009 09:48 PM

I have found some good knitting patterns for preemie items here:

Mulderknitter 12-17-2009 07:13 PM

I most certainly have a lot of baby yarn. I don't know why. :?? but I do. Will you be collecting the items and passing them on Spikey? Or will we send them all individually?

Spikey 12-18-2009 09:53 AM

I am collecting the items and delivering them to the unit, but each knitter should feel free to put in a card with their items (or even one with each item, as we do with our blankets).

They ask that there be no references made to religion or to the health of the baby.


UruzPhoenix 12-18-2009 10:35 AM

Do they accept quilts?

It's uber easy to go and make preemie/newborn size quilts (lots of patterns at project linus)....

Spikey 12-18-2009 12:25 PM

Good question! I'll check with them. Pretty sure that they would need to be machine washable. Is that a problem? I (obviously) don't know anything about making quilts.

Mulderknitter 12-18-2009 01:59 PM

I'm going to Hawaii next week right after xmas, this sounds like a good thing I could take on a plane! (or the beach:woot: )

UruzPhoenix 12-18-2009 04:29 PM

being machine washable isn't a problem, all we need to do really is follow the project linus guidelines for materials and such

generally cottons or cotton blends or fleeces, NO buttons or anything metallic, some hospitals are picky as to whether or not the quilts can be tied (embroidery floss instead of actual quilting, My sister (works with the local PL chapter) says to use cotton quilting thread to assemble the blankets because the blends will rip through the cotton fabric on the quilt....

Shandeh 12-18-2009 05:57 PM


Originally Posted by Mulderknitter (Post 1266563)
I'm going to Hawaii next week right after xmas, this sounds like a good thing I could take on a plane! (or the beach:woot: )

Lucky you! :inlove:
I'm SOOOO jealous. :heart:

traceleighj 12-18-2009 05:58 PM

Spikey- I pm'd you!

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