Saturday, July 23, 2011

some much needed seed stitch

Nancy reports that I'm sounding "frazzled" these days and she may be right. Maybe that explains the imperative to cast on a seed stitch and stockinette baby hat. Nice fat, soft worsted weight acrylic on chunky 5mm needles = instant gratification.

I picked up a ball of Bernat Satin a week ago with the idea to knit baby hats for the London Health Sciences Centre in support of their Period of PURPLE Crying® Program. The yarn is very soft and knits up like a dream; how satisfying is that? And then there's the seed stitch brim; isn't seed stitch one of the most visually soothing stitches? Like the smell of freshly baked bread or a vanilla scented candle ... mmmm. About an inch to go before the crown decreases and I'm feeling calmer already.

LHSC Recruiting Knitters for Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Campaign

he Trauma program at London Health Sciences Centre’s Children’s Hospital is recruiting knitters to help raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Interested knitters are being asked to knit or crochet purple baby caps in any pattern or shade of purple, and to not include strings, pom-poms or wool on the baby caps.

The caps will be provided to parents and caregivers, in support of The Period of PURPLE Crying® program, which provides important information to parents and caregivers regarding infant crying patterns and comforting strategies, and education on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

“The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the point in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time,” says Denise Polgar, injury prevention specialist, LHSC. “We want everyone to know that crying is normal and that is never okay to shake or harm an infant."


Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of seed stitch. I LOVE the look, but I HATE knitting it. LOL

However, I am a BIG fan of charity knitting for babies. The hat is beautiful. Love the rich purple color.

WildflowerWool said...

Our knitting group in London is knitting these hats for the hospital. And we are going to include this charity in our Sit and Knit at the Western Fair as well. It is wonderful to hear the news has spread to Toronto! Thanks for the pattern link.

One pair of Hands said...

Your hat is pretty. I enjoy making baby hats and I find purple in this shade very soothing. Seed stitch is great because it doesn't curl and acrylic is warm and washes easily. Good choice all round.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I love those instant gratification projects!

Caffeine Girl said...

What a good cause!

I love the way seed stitch looks, but it is tedious. That project has just the right amount of it!

Magical Jane said...

Another great cause Lynn. And thanks for the pattern link - I'm going to try it as I'm still searching for just the right baby hat knit pattern.

I agree on the seed stitch - love the look, but wouldn't want to do tons if it!