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Charity Knitting

From: Dorothy
Sent on: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:45 AM
Over the past few weeks several folks have expressed an interest in Columbia Sip and Knit doing some charity knitting again. I've contacted the Howard County Hospital. So far I have heard back from the Maternal Child Unit and the NICU. They were both very happy to be contacted and would gladly accept donations from our group!   Here's what they said: "Our patients seem to love the little colorful and soft blankets. Knit hats are wonderful. Make sure they are newborn size for heads approximately 12 - 14 inches in diameter. Someone is always in need and always very happy to have a lovely handmade item/gift. Hope this helps. Thank you!"   I went on Ravelry and did some simple searches and came up with lots of ideas!   Free Patterns on Ravelry:   baby mittens:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#view=captioned_thumbs&availability=free&fit=baby&sort=popularity&pc=mittens baby hats: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#availability=free&fit=baby&sort=popularity&pc=hat&view=captioned_thumbs baby blankets: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#availability=free&fit=baby&sort=popularity&pc=babyblanket&view=captioned_thumbs preemies: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#view=captioned_thumbs&availability=free&fit=preemie&sort=popularity   I now have 2 boxes in my house labeled for baby donations. If you would like to knit a baby item, I will collect all donations and as a box gets filled up I will drop it off at the hospital. Please be sure that whatever yarn you use is soft and washable for their tender newborn skins.   Donations can be given to any of the organizers at the different meet-ups and they will get them to me. I will print out tags and place one on each item that says, "Handmade by a member of the Columbia Sip and Knit group"   If you have a siggestion for a future charity project, please email me!

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