More Hats for Bella’s Babies

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In the early days of winter, I started making baby hats for Bella’s Babies.

Their goal is to โ€œSend every baby born at Southside Hospital home in something warm and cozy. Southside Hospital is located in Bay Shore on Long Island. They deliver about 200 babies a month. Most of the families who have babies there have nothing to bring their babies home in.โ€

This quarter, I had high hopes for making a granny square blanket, but it just didn’t happen. Somehow, other projects kept getting in the way. This seems to happen often. I really have no idea how, very puzzling!

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I used a different pattern this time. Since it will be winter for these new babies, these hats are a little warmer than the last ones.

Hat_7sml Hat_3sml Hat_12smlI hope the babies like them. I know very little about babies and their particular tastes. Moo thought they were pretty though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The pattern was from Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes by Nicki Trench (and I added pom poms, of course)! The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK.

Hats for Bella’s Babies

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When I was preparing for my New York holiday in April, I was looking around for a local knit / crochet charity. I knew I’d have about 20 hours of crochet time on the plane, and wanted to make something that I didn’t have to bring back home with me.

I came across Bella’s Babies. Their goal is to “Send every baby born at Southside Hospital home in something warm and cozy. Southside Hospital is located in Bay Shore on Long Island. They deliver about 200 babies a month. Most of the families who have babies there have nothing to bring their babies home in.”

Now that I’m back home, I still wanted to contribute, if only in a little way.

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These little baby hats (I call them beanies) are made from Stylecraft Special DK. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s so lovely to work with, for an acrylic yarn.

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Purchased from Deramores, the delivery cost to Australia is very reasonable, and it comes in 52 colours!

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I have a good selection of colours now (and more on the way, shhhh)! I did become a little obsessed with colour choice, as you can see. Some combinations work better than others.

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The pattern is a very easy one, and is available for free if you join the Bella’s Baby Yahoo Group.

Beanie_10smlBeanie_18smlI feel I need to apologise for the photos, but until summer comes around, this is just what I have to work with. Even Moo is looking stunned with the sudden unexpected sunlight.

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Extreme (Mid~Air) Crochet

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Ok, I’ve probably over-dramatized the title a little. Truthfully, I was sitting rather comfortably in a QANTAS A380. Technically though it was still mid-air.

I knew I’d need a craft project for the long flight. Of course, crochet was the obvious choice ~ isn’t it always?

A little while ago I found the amazing Deramores site. They sell an acrylic yarn that I’ve seen Lucy at Attic24 use, and I’ve often admired the colours. I’ve never particularly liked an acrylic before, but since deciding to do some crochet for charity, it’s often requested for baby blankets, etc. I guess it’s easier to wash, and not itchy like wool may be.

I spent weeks deciding exactly what yarns to pack for the plane journey. Imagine the trauma of being all that way up in the air and just not having the right yarn? I know, quite shocking. Then, since the Deramores yarn comes in massive 100g balls, I had to re-wind the colours I wanted into smaller amounts.

So, this is where I got to, before tragedy struck. Yes, I ran out of the lilac, half way around a granny square row. Sigh.

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This baby blanket and beanie are destined for a charity that supplies blankets and newborn outfits to hospitals in less-well-off areas.

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The yarn is a selection from these awesome 17 colours that I ordered. Even with delivery costs to Australia, the price was very reasonable.

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Do you think pom poms on the corner of the blanket?

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I thought there should be at least one picture with a typical New York background.

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