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Projects that feel good- NICU Blanket

13 Jul

My family moved to Delaware almost 2 years ago and it has been kind of difficult to meet new people thanks to working full time, and being busy with the kids. So when a friend told me his wife was having her girlfriends over for a little party and I was invited, I jumped at the opportunity to meet some new people! While at the party we were all talking, and one of the ladies mentioned working as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at the local hospital. She was saying she works specifically with the babies of drug-addicted mothers and how difficult it was to watch these little infants go thru the withdrawals-addicted to methadone, etc.

Later in the conversations I was talking about my knitting, and my recent participation with an online charity knitting club and it clicked! Would the local hospital need any knitted hats, booties, blankets? She told me they were most in need of small blankets to cover the isolettes (the enclosed cribs at the NICU). She offered to provide all the yarn if I just made the blanket, so I got to work.

Well in my excitement I forgot just how boring a garter stitch blanket could be to knit up, but I took the project everywhere with me, working on it while traveling, at the pool, in coffee shops, etc. It is just a simple Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern, I liked the idea of doing the border as I go, and having the garter stich be on the diagonal for a little interest. The yarn is pretty light in color so I wanted a tight knit with no holes to allow maximum light blockage for the isolette. I took a few breaks to work on socks and a chemo cap for my aunt, but the blankie is finally finished, washed and ready to go to it’s new home!

NICU Charity Blanket

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