Finally Finished – Hospital Blanket

When I was in hospital in labour with TTB, there were two hand knitted blankets in the crib waiting to snuggle him up. They were both blue; one had a pattern of tiny repeating cables and one was in basket weave stitch. We used those two blankets for the whole time we were there (in addition to the stripy crocheted one that I had taken with me that is.)

It occurred to me when I was staying there that it would be a nice thing to do to make some blankets and send them back to the hospital to say thank you. It felt good to use a handmade blanket than just something standard hospital issue – more personal and special. I started this blanket in October when TTB was about 4 weeks old. I managed to get a row done here and there and somehow a blanket appeared. It has taken me eight weeks to make this little piece of crochet which is a long time in previous Heather terms (pre baby!) but not too bad going in post-baby terms.

For a while this blanket was a bit of a crutch and I felt like it was a healing process to help me get over the whole thing and it has helped with that to an extent. I like the thought that someone will snuggle up their newborn baby in a blanket that I’ve made and perhaps feel a bit better that it’s a nice stripy one rather than a boring old cotton cellular blanket. There is a trust fund for the labour and maternity unit that you can donate money to (this paid for things like clip on cribs which were great for me as I couldn’t stand up for ages) but I don’t have spare cash for that. I wanted to do something to say thank you because aside from the fact that me and TTB would have been in a bit of a pickle survival wise without the labour team, we were very well cared for by the maternity ward staff and although it’s their job and they are paid to do it, it’s always nice to say thank you and show appreciation.

So, blanket details:

Neat Ripple pattern, and I think the starting chain was 140+3

4mm hook

Yarn: Stylecraft Special dk in Aster and Cloud Blue

It’s approximately square, no idea what size but big enough to go around my big baby boy so it should be fine for a newborn.

I didn’t do a border and I didn’t make it straight because honestly I don’t think the hospital will care, and I didn’t have time. I just did two rows of Aster at the top and bottom to indicate that it had been finished.

I must get round to posting it! I half wonder if anyone from the maternity unit reads my blog, you never know do you? If you are and you see this blanket on one of your shifts then you’ll know it was from me won’t you? Hehe.

xxx

29 thoughts on “Finally Finished – Hospital Blanket

  1. Liz says:

    What a really kind thought, I’m sure it will be appreciated. I don’t know whether you and any of the people who follow your blog are aware but Project Linus UK accept blankets and quilts for premature babies and to give to children when they leave hospital as snuggle blankets. The patchwork and quilting groups that I belong to donate them. More details can be found about this Project on the internet.

  2. I’ve been quietly reading your blog for a few months and even though I’m not a baby person at all, I realise how busy and exhausted a new mum can be. That you took the time to make something like this shows a great kindness :)

    I’m sure they’ll very much appreciate having handmade blankets for the new babies!

  3. maryisidra says:

    I am also one if your quiet fans. I live in Alabama,USA. That said, Bless Your Heart,for your kindness and giving.This will come back to you and yours.Have a great day. Give Little bit a hug for me.

  4. Briony says:

    What a lovely thing to do, but tell me, do the hospital keep it for babies in their care or will it just be given to a new mother?
    I have often thought it might be nice to make small blankets for babies.
    p.s.
    Just noticed the post from Liz with the ‘Project Linus UK’ this looks like a good idea, am going to look into it.
    Have a lovely Christmas
    Briony
    x

    • admin says:

      They are kept by the hospital – we didn’t bring the ones that we used there home with us. I want it to stay at the hospital :-)

  5. Sue says:

    That is a lovely blanket and other mums will love using it for their newborns. You have been very busy. You are a very thoughtful person.

    I think the blanket looks lovely without straight edges.

  6. My Great nephew has just come out of PICU (Southampton) and I have said to my niece that that would be something nice to do to give back as Arthur had a lovely Christmas Quilt and hand knitted booties that he was able to use. He is only two weeks old.

    blanket looks lovely.

  7. Anne Marie says:

    How thoughtful you are. I’m a little like Vero but I know how time just goes when you have a small baby and it is one round of nappy, feed, sleep, wash and then back to the start. That is with a normal birth. It must be ten times worse with a Section.

    I am sure the hospital will never have had such a lovely blanket.

  8. What a kind and thoughtful thing to do. Did you know you were having a boy before TTB was born?
    Merry Christmas to you – I’m sure it’ll be an extra special one now you have a baby to buy presents for!
    x

  9. Liz T says:

    Excellent idea Heather, I’m sure they will be delighted to add another blanket to their stash and other new mothers will, like you, be delighted to have something other than the hospital issue cellular blankets for their babes to snuggle into.

  10. MsZeb says:

    A lovely blanket and a very thoughtful thing for you to do. I’ve looked up Project Linus and think it’s a very good cause; a great way for us to use our love of crafting to help others when they really need it.

  11. That’s such a lovely thought Heather and so sweet of you considering how precious your spare time is now I’m sure the hospital will be very grateful and the many moms that will use it in the future. Well done you! xxx

  12. That’s such a lovely thought Heather and so sweet of you considering how precious your spare time is now. I’m sure the hospital will be very grateful and the many moms that will use it in the future. Well done you! xxx

  13. Adrienne says:

    Beautiful blanket and such a lovely idea. So glad that you found some healing through makng it. I’ve also been knitting a shawl – called a “hug” by our church crafting group. We’re knitting them for people who are going through a difficult time – illness, bereavement etc, so that they have something warm and comforting to snuggle in. But it has really helped me too while I’ve not been feeling too bright – sort of a healing process just doing the knitting! Your are doing amazingly well, looking after a little one and keeping the crafting going too – Well done!

  14. One-oh-four says:

    What a lovely gesture! And such a gorgeous blanket – I would have trouble parting with it but at least you know it is going to a really good cause. When I was in hospital with my two I remember rifling through the pile of clean sheets and blankets in the linen cupboard on the ward to look for nice ones as buried in amongst all the nasty hospital green ones were occasional pretty ones in white or pale blue, and even some with little pictures on – they looked much nicer in the photos!

  15. Brenda says:

    What a sweet thing to do Heather well done, so nice to give back isn’t it. I’m sure someone will feel very special using your beautiful blanket. xxBrenda

  16. penelope says:

    That blankie will be loved!
    The knitted items are so well appreciated in the Birth Unit. My daughter, Natalie and I spent quite a while in the nursery/birth area, 8 days, because Rylan was 6 weeks early. She is a bouncing 15 lbs. now!
    The preemie hats were so used by the little ones and I can imagine what a blankie would do!
    That little baby is so darn cute, I am having alot of fun with her.
    I forget how fast they grow, and TTB has cetainlly grown, the little cutie!

  17. OM says:

    This is the first comment I leave you, but I’ve been reading your blog for the past few weeks in any spare moment I had (I feel a bit stalkerish admitting that, but I swear I am not dangerous!). I found you through TheAttic24 (I hope I am spelling this right!) and immediately knew that your blog would be one to follow: I have a baby boy that will turn 7 months old in a few days, I like photography and I have discovered this last year that crochet is one of my passions. I struggle with daily life with an every day more mobile baby, and reading that I may not be the only one and that it can certainly be done gives me hope that I’ll manage just fine. And maybe I’ll even manage to get some crocheting done between feeding, studying and keeping the house decent.

    Also, it’s very nice of you to have made this blanket, giving back to those that have helped you is not something everybody does, and I am sure it will be appreciated.

  18. Charis says:

    What a beautiful blanket and a really lovely idea, which I plan to use in the coming year. I am a grandma of four(2 littlies and 2 older adopted) and I had the privilege of delivering my 18 grand-daughter 18 months ago when she decided to make an early appearance at home!(I am a qualified midwife but haven’t delivered a baby since my 27 year-old son was born!!)I know from my own and my patients’ experiences how important it is to have something special to wrap around your gorgeous new baby so I am sure your beautiful blanket will be treasured.
    PS life after a baby is exhausting but ignore the unnecessary(housework) and enjoy the important(cuddles and creating)-all too soon they are grownup with children of their own!

  19. Charis says:

    What a beautiful blanket and a really lovely idea, which I plan to use in the coming year. I am a grandma of four(2 littlies and 2 older adopted) and I had the privilege of delivering my 18 grand-daughter 18 months ago when she decided to make an early appearance at home!(I am a qualified midwife but haven\’t delivered a baby since my 27 year-old son was born!!)I know from my own and my patients\’ experiences how important it is to have something special to wrap around your gorgeous new baby so I am sure your beautiful blanket will be treasured.
    PS life after a baby is exhausting but ignore the unnecessary(housework) and enjoy the important(cuddles and creating)-all too soon they are grownup with children of their own!

  20. Charis says:

    What a beautiful blanket and a really lovely idea, which I plan to use in the coming year. I am a grandma of four(2 littlies and 2 older adopted) and I had the privilege of delivering my 18 grand-daughter 18 months ago when she decided to make an early appearance at home!(I am a qualified midwife but haven\\\’t delivered a baby since my 27 year-old son was born!!)I know from my own and my patients\\\’ experiences how important it is to have something special to wrap around your gorgeous new baby so I am sure your beautiful blanket will be treasured.
    PS life after a baby is exhausting but ignore the unnecessary(housework) and enjoy the important(cuddles and creating)-all too soon they are grownup with children of their own!

  21. Lorna PT says:

    What a brilliant blog! As soon as I get home I’m going to make a couple of blankets for our local hospital in Yeovil. I broke my hand a couple of years ago and they were so kind, it would be a lovely way to say a little thankyou. I love your blog! Thanks.

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