Knitting for charity

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Post by podg » Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:20 pm

I saw this beautiful pattern on Ravelry - thought it would be perfect for this type of work.

ETA the only person on R who has made it says there are errors - check the patt before starting...
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Post by kale » Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:26 pm

podg wrote:I saw this beautiful pattern on Ravelry - thought it would be perfect for this type of work.

ETA the only person on R who has made it says there are errors - check the patt before starting...

Would love to see what that looks like with a baby wearing it

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Post by boymeetsgirl » Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:26 pm

Is it still ok to knit for SANDS. I am a newbie but very keen to knit as my SIL went through this a few years ago and i took up knitting to give cloths and stuff to the hospitals.

I did try these links and they didn't work
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Post by Alana » Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:57 pm

Yes we would love more knitting and nappies if anyone has the time! Thanks for asking :)
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Post by Flower » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:00 pm

If any people are still interested in knitting for SANDS I thought I would post some information I have recently learned.

When a baby dies in utero or during or after birth, it is normally a nurse who dresses the baby for the parents. Because some of these babies are so fragile, it is important to have clothing that is easy to put on. With the really tiny babies (under one pound) they are not normally dressed at all because they are just too fragile to be handled, but really tiny hats are often used and then the baby is wrapped in a blanket.

However, with the larger babies (ie two pounds and up) they would really like to have hats, cardigans or jackets, and booties. You can make them up to ordinary newborn size, bearing in mind that stillborn babies range in size through all of the usual newborn sizes (ie up to 10 pounds), but a fairly large proportion of babies who have died are smaller than your average newborn because they have died prematurely. So really, anything between 2 and 10 pounds, for the full suits with cardigans.

It is good to choose a stretchy stitch - lacy stitches very often are stretchier than plain knitting as well as being very pretty and special. Knit a style that doesn't need to go over the head (ie cardigan, not jersey). Stretchy wide arms are good or even a cape style that doesn't need to be fitted over arms.

I have recently knitted this which I am told was just the right size and good because it is a very stretchy stitch. If anyone wants the pattern, which I kind of made up myself, I am happy to supply it to you.

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Re: Knitting for charity

Post by Dunners » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:42 pm

I'm still to get around to knitting/sewing for Sands :oops:

Am I right in assuming that parents would appreciate a jacket with matching bootees & hat?

Would white/cream be best, or could I be adventurous with some pink/blue?

Would most parents use them for burial, or would some keep them for a memory box?

Would something like a dolly sized Spring Butterfly be silly for say a baby lost at full term? (as in would a full sleeve jacket/cardy be easier/preferred to dress baby in rather than a long sleeved top with a SB styled top?)

I really want to get onto this as I feel really guilty that I was so long ago I said I'd do something and I still haven't. I don't have any yarn suitable in stash so need to buy some for this project, so any guidance is much appreciated.

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