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I just started doing some things for carewear. I am currently working on several NICU projects.<br><br>
I was thinking it might be nice to have a thread where we can share projects, get inspiration and encouragement.<br><br>
I'm doing some fetal demise pouches right now and it can be very difficult to pick them up to work on them sometimes...<br><br>
So...what are you working on?<br>
What yarn are you using?<br>
Which organization if any do you work with?
 

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I crochet for charity--mainly NICU things too, except no pouches for me... I just can't do those right now... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Anyway, I do hats, blankets, and booties for Casey's Cuddly Caps--a program overseen by a DJ at our local country radio station. She's been doing it for a long time, but I just started.
 

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I do NICU and (mostly) fetal demise knitting. I'm starting my own charity with friends for local hospitals. It's great healing for those of us with multiple losses. It's my favorite knitting. I'm using baby cotton yarn, but will switch to baby wool after I finish this piece.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do NICU and (mostly) fetal demise knitting. I'm starting my own charity with friends for local hospitals. It's great healing for those of us with multiple losses. It's my favorite knitting. I'm using baby cotton yarn, but will switch to baby wool after I finish this piece.</div>
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Do you use the cotton and wool only for the Fetal Demise items - or do you use them for NICU items as well? I'm curious because my local has requested soft acrylics (like Caron Simply Soft) only for ease of washing and lac of allergens..I wonder if the non NICU things can be made with other materials...I'll have to check.<br><br>
Oh...Does your hospital ever request doubles...one set or piece for a memory box?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just started doing some things for carewear. I am currently working on several NICU projects.<br><br>
I was thinking it might be nice to have a thread where we can share projects, get inspiration and encouragement.<br><br>
I'm doing some fetal demise pouches right now and it can be very difficult to pick them up to work on them sometimes...<br><br>
So...what are you working on?<br>
What yarn are you using?<br>
Which organization if any do you work with?</div>
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I'm actually not doing any knitting for my charity project this month. I'm going to try my hand at using my sewing machine instead and recycle some towels into diapers. They're for the <a href="http://www.freewebs.com/babypackproject/" target="_blank">Baby Pack Project</a> in South Africa. That is this month's charity for the Yahoo Group I belong to, <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/All_Crafts_4_Charity/" target="_blank">All Crafts 4 Charity</a> (AC4C).<br><br>
Fetal demise pouches are so hard. I respect those who have the strength to do them. Some of the AC4C projects need them. I've never been able to bring myself to doing them.<br><br>
I also knit for my local hospital. I usually use scrap yarn, Red Heart or Caron for my charity projects.
 

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Personally, I don't use cotton or wool for donated baby items. The organic cotton I'd use if I used any requires hand-washing and air-drying, and they don't want wool b/c of skin sensitivities. I've used Red Heart, and I want to use Caron SS too. I'm looking around for the best price. Where do you get yours and how much is it? One more question... Do you use the regular Caron SS or the Baby yarn?
 

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I only do NICU items on special request. They have other volunteers who prefer to do those. However, virtually no one wants to do fetal demise items locally. Thus, I haven't had an issue with using cotton or, in the near future, switching to wool. I've used Mondial Cotton Soft, and will use Baby Star wool. I use size 3 needles. My local hospitals prefer the non-acrylics for the fetal demise items, because they like the this-item-is-forever aspect, rather than wash-and-wear. I've never done a memory box, but then the hospital doesn't request those from me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Personally, I don't use cotton or wool for donated baby items. The organic cotton I'd use if I used any requires hand-washing and air-drying, and they don't want wool b/c of skin sensitivities. I've used Red Heart, and I want to use Caron SS too. I'm looking around for the best price. Where do you get yours and how much is it? One more question... Do you use the regular Caron SS or the Baby yarn?</div>
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I like to use the Caron SS as it's worsted and knits up faster. But to be honest, I've been working off a huge amount of yarn that was donated to me knowing that I knit for charity. Just when I thought I used it all up, someone gives me stuff from their stash!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
When I do buy yarn, I often wait for the sales at Michael's. If I need yarn of a specific color or brand, I can always use the 40% coupon they have in their circulars. Keep an eye out at your local thrift and Dollar stores. They sometimes have yarn for $1/skein. I also know the members of my AC4C group find deals at Hobby Lobby and Walmart. If you shop online, check out <a href="http://smileysyarns.com/" target="_blank">Smiley's</a>.
 

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My UU fellowship has a knitting circle and we knit squares that will turn into blankets for a homeless shelter here. We use what ever yarn that is donated. I try to do 1-4 squares a month depending on what other projects I have going on.
 

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Thanks very much, Marcie! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When I do buy yarn, I often wait for the sales at Michael's. If I need yarn of a specific color or brand, I can always use the 40% coupon they have in their circulars. Keep an eye out at your local thrift and Dollar stores. They sometimes have yarn for $1/skein. I also know the members of my AC4C group find deals at Hobby Lobby and Walmart. If you shop online, check out <a href="http://smileysyarns.com/" target="_blank">Smiley's</a>.</div>
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I LOVE smiley's...unfortunately, I usually have no trouble meeting their $40 minimum<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">
 
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