Knit for Winter: Supporting First Touch Premature Babies

At the end of October one of my friends became the proud dad to twins and he posted proud dad photos on Facebook of his gorgeous daughters. The thing I remember most about his photos, apart from his obvious pride was the fab headwear his girls often wore. 

And that they were tiny.

A couple of months on and they still look tiny to me, but are infact just reaching newborn sized clothing. They're continuing to model some fabulous outfits, and of course Dad is just as proud. Apart from marvelling at the wonder of those photos, I didn't think much more of it. That is until Sunrise Senior Living got in touch and introduced their Knit for Winter campaign for this year, which is supporting First Touch premature babies.

It was then I realised the significance of the fabulous headwear I'd seen, as along with the elderly "preemie" babies are among those most at risk of hypothermia as they don't have the body fat to help them maintain their own body temperatures. So incubators and layers, including fabulous hats help them keep them strong.

The #KnitforWinter campaign is a simple one. It encourages knitters to knit either a bonnet or a blanket, and what's more there's even some patterns available for you to download and use. So if you're a knitter, they why not join me and Knit for Winter? It'd be a perfect way to use up your scraps, in fact I'd say there's not better way to use them.
I'm about to get started knitting some bonnets using the funky coloured wool pictured above. Many of the Sunrise communities including the nursing home in Elstree, are also taking part and helping keep many of the UK's premature babies warm.

Go on, join us for this knit-along as I'd love to share your pictures of the bonnets and blankets you knit. Get in touch using this form, twitterfacebook or by email if you're joining in, it's going to be great having you on board.  

And of course, I'll let you know how I get on.




This is a collaborative post with Sunrise Senior Living who've provided the inspiration and the materials to get me started.

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