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While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Crochet for Premies

I am the Vice-President of my high school knitting and crocheting club.

As a group we knit an awful lot, but there were always people without a project of their own, myself included. We came up with the idea to crochet tiny hats for the premature babies at our nearest hospital. Within a week most of us had given up our own, seemingly insignificant, projects to take on the gratifying task of making the fist-sized hats.

We scrambled for baby yarn in soft colors, our most popular being the Jamie yarn in blues and greens, but I now make them out of the worsted weight yarn that we have left. We have made over three dozen hats since we took on the process (about a month ago), and we don't plan to stop.

A mother of one of the students at our high school works in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Stanford Hospital, and she has been our delivery person. I would estimate that I spend between 6-9 hours a week on the hats including during my classes, as it helps me to concentrate on lectures.

For my fellow crafters, all I can say is that these hand-made items make many people happy. I know that personally if I am not in the middle of a project I go crazy, so if you are not working on something for yourself, use the extra yarn in your collection to make a few small hats. They rarely take more than an hour or two to make, and it is easy to donate them.

Hospitals have an extremely hard time finding hats that fit the one-pound babies properly, they desperately need the hats made especially small for the tiny babies.

Our donations ease their stress so much, and the hats stand as a keepsake for the families to treasure and understand that there are those out in the world that care about their little angel.


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