Yea for Crochet!

That’s right, I said it. Yea for crochet. With the two littles in the house I don’t really get a chance to quilt. So, I spend some of my time doing crochet. Just because I can. Now, the Small Blonde has decided that he would like to learn how to crochet as well. To that end, today we went shopping and bought him his very own hook. He also decided that he wanted to get yarn in the colors of his favorite football team.

So far, we are still working on how to hold the hook and yarn and make that foundation chain. I think we may be there for a few more days. That’s okay, he’s learning something new and that takes time if you want to learn how to do it right.

I also picked up some crochet literature. Namely a book and a magazine and I think I found my new charity project. I wasn’t looking for one, but it will satisfy my need for crafting without ending up with a crocheted cozy on every item in our home.  What I found in my magazine was an article about crocheting purple caps for newborns to spread awareness of shaken baby syndrome.  The purple is symbolic for PURPLE crying.  PURPLE crying has to do with the period between 2 weeks and 4 months of age when your newborn is crying for no apparent reason and nothing seems to soothe them.  If you have a baby who has gone through this, you know how fraying it can be to the nerves.  Especially when you are running low on sleep.  The good news is that there is an end in sight, the bad news is that when nerves are frayed and the baby is crying they are more susceptible to being shaken.  I am oversimplifying PURPLE crying because they do a much better job on their website, clickforbabies.org (where they tell you what the acronym PURPLE stands for).  What is also important is that hospitals are raising awareness of this unexplained period of time for newborns with the parents before taking their new bundle of joy home.  I know that for both of our littles we had to watch a movie regarding the PURPLE cry.  Admittedly the updated version of the movie was a little better than the first version we viewed.  Some hospitals are going further and that is where the purple caps come in.

If you are a crocheter or a knitter and would be interested in making any caps, patterns can be found on their website for both crocheting and knitting aas well as a place to mail them that is close to you so any caps you might make would be used closer to home.  I was disappointed that there were not more states participating, but it seems like they are still trying to develop the program so I’m optimistic that there will be a place closer to me at some point.

Of course now I need to head back to the store to get some soft purple yarn (doesn’t matter what shade of purple, just that it is appropriate softness for newborns) because of course I don’t have any purple baby yarn which really surprised me.  I thought for sure that I had one skein that would satisfy my craving to craft for the evening.  Ah well, tomorrow is another day.

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