so today i want to share a really special project i have been working on: a baby blanket. i am almost a qualified midwife, and for the most part my job is amazing, however i also support families during very painful times such as bereavement.
The UK charity, Sands supports families who have been affected by the death of a baby and one such example is a memory box which is given to families at such a painful time. in this memory box are several items including hand knitted baby blankets. having been personally involved in the care of families who have had the heartbreaking experience i spent a long time speaking with a midwife at the hospital i am training at about the memory boxes and in particular the blankets, and she explained that they are all made and donated by volunteers and are a much needed commodity. she also told me that sadly the blankets are in very short supply, which is a shame as parents that have received the memory boxes have told the charity these blankets provided them with tangible comfort at such a difficult time.
being a knitter i decided to help and i found a pattern for these blankets and started to make one, my progress hasn't been fast, however i also told a few people i know who are knitters about the project, including my mum who were really moved by the idea and they also volunteered to make a few. my mum is amazing and has made seven - she is a whizz compared to me, and they have all been very gratefully received by the hospital. it is something so simple yet so personal to the family. i apologise if this post has upset anyone as the death of a baby is a very painful experience.
if you feel like you would like to help your local hospital or sands the pattern is availble for free here and if you are a member of ravelry you can find the pattern here there is also a thread about the appeal on ravelry.