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Its time to bring out all your Purple yarn!

May 31, 2015

The return of summer brings a return of the CLICK for Babies Purple Hats campaign.  We are once again collecting purple baby hats here at Wet Coast Wools, doing our part to bring awareness to the cause.

CLICK for Babies is an international project that brings awareness to the Period of PURPLE Crying, a normal period of increased crying that all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.  This inconsolable crying - which can be very hard on new parents - is considered the number one trigger for shaking a baby, often to a point of causing Shaken Baby Syndrome.

We are inviting all Knitters and Crocheters to help support this program by creating hats that will be given to babies in local hospitals and health units throughout November 2015.  The requirements are easy, and suitable for all levels of crafter:

  • Hats can be any shade of purple, and should be made with soft, washable yarns.  Feel free to add highlights of other colours, as long as the hats are at least 50% purple.  Purple hat = Purple crying reminder.
  • The baby hat patterns do not need to be complicated, so have fun with your designs.  A few basic pattern suggestions are available on the CLICKforBabies.org website, and you can find many more on Ravelry.com.  In past years, I have made 4 hats out of one skein of Sirdar Snuggly DK - introduce a few scraps from your own stash, and voila - four beautiful hats for only $6.10!
  • Please avoid attaching pompoms, straps, ribbons, buttons, or bows to your hats - these decorations can be a safety hazard to babies.
  • The hats will be worn by newborns up to about 3 months of age - please aim for a circumference of 13"-15" (33-38cm), with a depth of 4-6" (10-15cm). 

Please bring your completed hats to Wet Coast Wools by Wednesday, September 30th so that we can deliver them to Children's Hospital on time.

For more information about the CLICK for Babies campaign please visit their website: www.ClickForBabies.org

(the above image is copyright of the Click for Babies campaign)