Knitting: Preemie hats and an Elizabeth cowl; Finished Object Friday

Posted by on August 10, 2012 at 6:14 am.

This weeks finished objects were made about a month ago, I just never gotten around to posting them for Finished Object Friday.

 

Knitting" Preemie hats

Both hats are ribbed stitch followed by rows of stockinette stitch. The purple preemie hat also has a diamond design that wraps around the hat.

These are preemie hats that will be given to a local hospital in my area. It just happens that my mother’s a nurse at that hospital too. No pattern was used. I’ll hold off donating them until I have about thirty hats. Synthetic yarn is what the hospital requires for all the crocheted and knitted preemie hats. Over the past several months I’ve gradually increased my supply of charity stash yarn. The yarns I selected are incredibly soft. All the yarns in that stash are either 100% man made fibers or a cotton/synthetic blend.

Knitting: Elizabeth cowl from book Wendy Knits Lace

This is the Elizabeth cowl, you can find the pattern in Wendy Knits Lace. This cowl was simple to make. It’s squishy soft! I still haven’t decided who’ll get this as a Christmas gift.

Say hello to my knitted Elizabeth cowl. I still need to block this cowl. I found this knitted cowl in the book Wendy Knits Lace. It’s the first time that I ever made a lace project with worsted weight yarn. For some reason I was thinking that title belonged to my Diamonds and Pearls shawl, but obviously I was wrong since I’m still working on that shawl.

This cowl is tucked away in my gift bin. I only make items for those that are craft worthy. Currently I’m unsure of who will be receiving this as a Christmas gift. Decisions, decisions…  But, the good news is that most of my handcrafted Christmas gifts (crocheted, embroidery, knitting, and sewing) are almost complete. Yeah! I started working on my Christmas list in April.

Sites I’m linking too…

  1. Tami’s Ami’s
  2. Wisdom Begins in Wonder

15 Comments

  • Cathy says:

    Those premie hats are adorable, whoever receive them will be touched by your kindness. Love the Elizabeth cowl, it’s simply gorgeous!
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Cathy, I enjoy helping others when possible. I don’t make too many things for myself since I have everything I need. I love making things with my hands, so giving the items away to those that are in need let me continue to do what I enjoy instead of holding onto the items and letting them collect dust. ::)
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  • Contessa says:

    As mother of a former preemie, I can guarantee the recipients of those hats will cherish them. We got a couple hand-made quilts when my son arrived early, and it definitely made a tumultuous time a little easier on us! One of these days I need to start making preemie hats for charity, myself. . . 🙂 Yours are very, VERY cute!

    I admire you for getting all your holiday crafting done so early, too! I can never seem to do that, myself.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Contessa, Oh that’s good to hear!
    From chatting with folks at the hospital, the preemie hats, among other items are always in demand. Volunteers have told me that parents really appreciate this simple gesture. I’m pleased that I can help in some small way.

    This year is going to be busy, with my schedule and my daughter being involved with so many school activities, I don’t want to get caught up in the rush. To be honest, I try to get most of my Christmas gifts done early, but this is the first time I’ve gotten it complete this early.
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  • autumngeisha says:

    The preemie hats are so cute! I need to follow your example and make some charity knits with my synthetic yarn stash.

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    Opal Reply:

    Oh you should @autumngeisha, I enjoy making things, so it’s a perfect way to use some of my stash. It was my goal to make at least two preemie hats weekly, but I missed the past two weeks. I’ll be making up for that this coming week since I want to donate my knitted preemie hats this September. I most likely will crochet some preemie hats as well.
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  • WonderWhyGal says:

    Those preemie hats are adorable. I really need to make some more charity hats and scarves to donate. They’ll be needed before long.

    It’s funny that you say craftworthy because the hat I posted in my blog was given to a co-worker who I deem unknitworthy but I felt obligated because she is a co-worker and I’m the fiber artist. I justified it because the child who will be wearing it will only have half of the mother’s genetics and hopefully will become knitworthy. I know…I am really sore about how unappreciated the gift was received at the shower yesterday.

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    Opal Reply:

    This year is flying by @WonderWhyGal, I still have things to make for my charity stash.

    That makes it hard, I occasionally crochet and knit for a child. While his mom is definitely not craft or any other type of gift worthy, the child is. I’m making items for the child not her, and I know they wear them and that makes all the difference. Some people on my “not craft worthy list” are amazing folks, they just wouldn’t be bothered with the items I’d make, and that includes the easy care items. So in those cases, I simply get them a gift card.

    It’s hard making items for those who don’t appreciate the time and effort that goes into a lovely hand crafted item. Even as a child,I never looked at handcrafted items as less than a purchased gift. But I crafted myself, and my parents did a great job of telling me to appreciate what others do for me. I’m passing that on to my daughter.
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  • Curls and Q says:

    My daughter’s preemie twins were recipients of donated hats. I thank all women such as yourself. It really was touching in a time of stress to get the hats! I did make one each for the boy’s making-up my own pattern too! 8-)Love your daughter’s comment!

    Love the cowl! An absolutely gorgeous color! Smiling at the “craft worthy”. You’ve mentioned “Wendy Knits Lace” before. I’m going to have to take a look at that book. 😎

    You sure are a busy woman! 😎
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    Opal Reply:

    It’s so nice to hear that people appreciate the preemie hats@Curls and Q, IT sure makes me smile. My cousin had a preemie, and I remember chatting with her. It definitely was a stressful time for their family.

    You should check out Wendy Knits Lace, so many delightful projects (beginner to advanced) within one book.

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  • Wailea says:

    Great job with the preemie hats, Opal!!! Very well done.

    I remember when my daughter was born (last November), picking out a hat out of the bundle for her. It fitted her so perfectly, we will always cherish it (one of the few things that we will keep forever).
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Wailea, It’s nice that hospitals let the families choose the preemie hat they want. The hospital instructs that we wash them in gentle detergent. I always do that to my finished objects, I did have to go to the store and purchase detergent specifically for babies. 🙂

    I’ve noticed that man-made yarns I use get even softer after washing. The above hats have already been washed, and before I drop off all the completed hats, they’ll be washed again.
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