We received the blanket this morning. Many many tears shed but omg what an absolutely beautiful blanket my husband and I will treasure it for the rest of our lives. I honestly do not have the words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart xxx
Absolutely delighted to be starting this project again, we know how much it means to the wonderful children and the fabulous Children’s Family Trust. the destination for the 2021 will be confirmed after the summer break. Our previous phases have been South Central, Midlands, Yorkshire and the NE of England.
About the project
We are aiming to make blankets for children (0-16years) who are being looked after within the Children’s Family Trust. The Children’s Family Trust work with these children aiming to give them stability and security through to adulthood, helping them achieve their full potential, with the ideal being fostered within a family for life. We would like to make these children something permanent, that they can take with them wherever they are.
Yarn is Stylecraft Special DK – just this please, inc for any embellishments.
Squares to be 12 inch ideally, or 6 inch if that is too much.
Knit and crochet equally welcome. Beginner or more experienced crafters also equally welcomed.
Please use a 4mm hook or needles.
No blocking please, and please ensure you are knotting off very thoroughly when colour changing or finishing, leave a 6cm end and use a needle to sew it in.
We are asking folk to avoid using a magic ring (crochet) to start as find that these don’t seem to always stand up to the pressures of wash and wear.
Please read the list of colours in our palette carefully, the list is below.
Squares to be single colour, multi colour, textured, whatever you like, they will be wonderful, thank you.Just avoid anything too lacy please.
It is VITAL all ends are sewn in firmly. Knot off firmlyly then sew at least 6 inches of yarn in PLEASE. These blankets need to last.
If you’d like to make a whole blanket, please use these colours too, makes thing easier at the giving stage! Whole blankets to be 48 by 60 inches, we would like them all to be single bed size no matter what age the child.
We are looking to make 30 blankets minimum, but children come and go into care so any more would be obviously be wonderful!
The colours are a twist on a rainbow theme…
French navy (new for 2020)
Proper Purple (new for 2020)
Thank you so so much. Posting please after September 13th. Whole blankets to Teddington, squares to Southsea.
Ladies, my blanket arrived in the post this morning. I am overwhelmed. It is so beautiful and I can’t believe how much work has gone into it. I shall certainly treasure it.
The timing is perfect too, it’s Fred’s birthday next week, and soon the anniversary of this death. These two things, as well as the end of lockdown, have made the last few weeks tough.
It means so much to me that you have thought of us in the way.
You’re all ruddy lovely, Louise x
Update! Delighted to be able to send this wonderful collection of Bonding Squares in July with our donation of £1150. These squares will help these tiniest babies and we are so grateful to have been able to help. Thank you so much everyone. No more needed at the mo, but we will let you know if this changes!
So this was what we did!
Delighted to be announcing an exciting project to support some of the tiniest babies in the UK with the PaNDR team in the East of England region.
From Wednesday 7th April 2021, a new service will be launched, taking over the existing provision.. It will be called PaNDR ( Paediatric and Neonatal Decision Support and Retrieval Service). This provides a 24 hour emergency transfer service for sick babies across the region. In addition to this the service also carries out elective transfers either to repatriate babies back to their local hospital once their level of care can be stepped down, or to transport babies to other hospitals for elective care such as surgery. The team operates from the Rosie at Cambridge University Hospital.
Where do we come in?
We have been asked for some help making bonding squares for these tinies. What are bonding squares?
Bonding Squares are knitted in matching pairs. One square is placed with a premature baby and another is worn against the mum’s skin, then the squares are swapped round every 12 hours or every time mum visits. They help with the bonding of a premature baby in an incubator and the baby’s mum. Also can help with breastfeeding in time.
Part One – Crafting Info
Please read carefully as only items meeting the criteria will go on to PaNDRs!
This is only a job for knitters, so hookers, now is the time to learn!
Squares to be 6 inches NO BIGGER please.
We are using Stylecraft Special DK only so we know it will be consistent in wash and use.
Going along with their requested panda theme we are using black and white only
No intarsia, embroidery, loops, flaps, or appliqués, any stitch must be dense – garter knit, moss stitch, seed stitch. Any questions please shout.
Squares must be able to lie flat independently
When finished or changing colour, ends mist be incredibly tightly tied off leaving a 6 inch tail, use a needle to sew this in please.
Pairs must match, when you send please tie in pairs with a bit of wool.
Thank you so much for helping!
Posting will be Teddington. Deadline is April 30th for our first collection, after which we will reassess what is needed and the time frame!
To go alongside the bonding squares, with your love and support, we’d like to hold a mini fundraiser in the summer, so plan to hold a Panda Picnic ( this is another name for a Craft Sale!) Whilst the PaNDRs are run by the NHS there are always extras needed, and the group are aiming to give each child a mascot panda to keep. Be great to help them wouldn’t it?!
We are hoping to make and sell small/lightweight panda themed (only panda themed) craft items, and to keep postage costs to a minimum we ask that ideally anything made can be sent on to a buyer in a large envelope. If you’d like to help, that would be great, but we do understand that folk have already been amazing with the Christmas and Spring sales and this may be a step too far. Please don’t worry if it is for you!
If you’d like to and are able to here are some ideas, we are sticking 100% with the panda theme.
Possible panda craft ideas
Panda pencil cases
Panda bag tags
All things panda!
Posting will be Teddington. Last date for Panda crafts to be April 30th. The Panda Picnic itself (Summer Sale) will be held online between June 10th -12th! Details very soon.