Monday, 11 February 2013

need supersedes planning

As you would know, I have a focus list of projects to work on this month. I have planned which project I will work on and in what order.

But last Monday, my quilting teacher asked all of us who knit (I’m the most obvious one) for a favour. The neo-natal unit of the local hospital is desperate for hats for the babies, mostly premature, in the humidicribs.

As a mother and a grandmother, how could I say no to such a request? My DD was born at 2.630kg (yes I still remember) – a tiny 130g over “compulsory” humidicrib weight. Younger Grandson, even though well over that weight, spent some time in critical care and was given a hat.

The pattern called for 8ply (DK) yarn and 4.00mm (US 6) needles so I thought they’d be a quick knit: 15 rounds of k2p2 rib, 16 rounds of stocking stitch then 13 rounds of decreasing.

I had told myself that I would knit one a day during February (the month of Valentine’s Day and the month of my Older Grandson’s birthday). But they take longer than I thought. One hat takes me two hours from cast-on to completely finished!

Still, a need is a need so the target date for finishing my cardigan has been pushed back.

After I took this photo, I realised the hats are supposed to have turned-back brims! Never mind, they've been knitted in the round so it won’t make any difference!
2013 - neo-natal hats first seven plus SJ's first
The one on the bottom right is DD', she obviously has a looser gauge than me!

Seven down, twenty-one to go!


  1. What a lovely thing to do. Love all those bright colors.

  2. I'm sure they'll be well received and well used. Cheerful colours at what must be a worrying time for the families concerned.

  3. Lovely way to share your skill with the community.

  4. They look beautiful together! I'm sure they are much appreciated.

  5. I used to knit these-dozens every winter. I need to again! You have a wonderful gallery of these little hats!

  6. Very nice and I love the bright colours. I'm working on baby blankets at the moment but they also want prem hats so that is March knitting.

  7. I don't think those babies will care one way or the other. they are sweet.

  8. Hello, Lynne, my Dear! This was so sweet of you! I've come to you from The "Grow Your Blog" was over before I knew about it, but it was so nice of Vicki to leave the list up! Anyway, I always welcome new blogs to enjoy, and yours is delightful! I am now following you ~ please come and visit me if you get a chance!
    So nice to "meet" you!


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