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Old 11-24-2007, 09:41 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by hainangel2000 View Post
I just read sandy's post, sorry Sandy for repeating what you wrote for some reason I missed your post. My eyes went south or something lol
No problem at all. It's good to read someone else reinforcing what I said!
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:59 PM   #12
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Is wool ok for preemie caps?
Hello, Ryan:
I know I am about a week late replying to your question. However, I wanted to mention if you are looking to use natural fibers you might want to try Cotton-Ease from Lionbrand. It's soft and nice to work with (although, it only comes in eight colors).
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:04 AM   #13
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I worked NICU's for years. I'm so glad that people are knitting for them. One thing, though. It seems like most folks want to knit cute little things aimed mainly at the girl babes. Hats and booties for little boys are really appreciated.

Some of the dad's would roll their eyes at the colors, and we'd wind up making cast sock hats for them.

Wow, I do miss those days! Nothing was better than wrapping a little one up when it came time for them to go to the regular nursery, or home with the parents.
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:48 PM   #14
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There are quite a few that are, Jan mentioned some of them. And ever RH yarns soften up after a couple washings; I think there's a finish they put on them that washes out.
This is very true. I just took several RH scarves out of the dryer after their first washing/drying. One in particular was my first Irish Hiking Scarf, which I had done in RH because I was just learning the pattern and wasn't sure I was going to like it - it was an experiment of sorts. Of course the scarf turned out great and I was sad because it was in stiff-ish RH.

Now that it's been washed and dryed, you'd never know it was RH. It is really nice and soft now, and it's good to know that because it's RH, it's also really washable and sturdy.

Back to the subject of baby hats, though - I just finished the most adorable one in Caron Simply Soft (one of the purples, not the lightest, but not the bright, either). I this hat so much I want to keep it for myself. The pattern I used is:

http://www.mindseyeyarns.com/resourc...d_baby_hat.htm
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:10 PM   #15
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:03 PM   #16
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I've wondered about good natural fibre options for babies- I'm knitting for a baby in a home where synthetics are NOT a good idea.
I'm using a merino superwash, any other good options?
Also, I don't like knitting with synthetics- my hands get so clammy, I worry about getting the project sweaty. Yuck.
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:25 PM   #17
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Another good yarn is the Wendy's Peter Pan yarn! I buy mine from Smileyyarns.com (I believe is the link)
You cannot buy it anywhere else but yarn shops, or at least around where I live.
There are many nice baby yarns out there
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May I ask, is this hat small enough for a preemie? I ask because I have been making a hat that has 64 cast on sts, and it was BIG on my new grandson (he was 5lbs 14 oz). Thanks.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:10 PM   #19
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Hello all, I want to start on some charity knitting and thought preemie caps would be the way to go. But not knowing much about babies, do I have to use acryilic yarn? Can animal fibers cause problems with a preemie? Thank you.
I wasn't sure from your post, but if you want to use wool yarn and are looking for charities that accept wool baby items, Afghans for Afghans has a Campaign for Newborns quite often and asks for hats, socks, and baby blankents made from wool or other animal fibers. Of course, the yarn should be as soft as possible. For instance, 100% Superwash Merino wool is soft and washable.

However, as stated in other posts, most of the U.S. charities do not want wool items for newborns.
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:39 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Rubyjane View Post
May I ask, is this hat small enough for a preemie? I ask because I have been making a hat that has 64 cast on sts, and it was BIG on my new grandson (he was 5lbs 14 oz). Thanks.
Are you referring to the "Minds Eye" pattern that tmav113 posted? I agree....I think that one is for a full-term baby.

Here are some preemie patterns:
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.co...y/preemies.php
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