Work in Progress: Knitting Hats for Preemies

Precious PreemiesIf you’ve been around for a while, you know that I love to knit. A few weeks ago I learned about this amazing local organization–one of their projects, Precious Preemies, provides hats to hospitals for premature babies in the NICU. The smallest little ones weigh less than a pound, and the hats really help in regulating their body temperature.  I cannot even begin to imagine the things these families must face every day, but I do know that one of them is that the standard-issue hospital hats are far, far too big to be useful. Hopefully this little gift will make just a tiny part of their day easier, and let them know they are loved.

Precious PreemiesI made this little blue hat over the last few days, and I plan to knit at least about ten more in the next month. They knit up very quickly, since they are so very little. I actually kept checking my gauge and the measurements as I went, convinced that my hat was too small. Although it is tiny, this isn’t even the smallest size requested. But it’s the tiniest among us who need the most love.

I haven’t experienced this kind of prematurity in my own life, but I have been so moved by the stories of  the courageous moms who blog about their journeys. They are champions and heroes, every single one of them. I would do just about anything I could to lend a hand of support,  to let them know that someone, somewhere, is thinking of them and sending prayers their way. And so I am knitting away. If you are interested in helping too, the Precious Preemies site has a ton of info, tutorials, patterns, and a gallery of all the hats that have been donated. (Guidelines are here.) Hope you’ll join me in knitting up some love!

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