Friday, May 12, 2017

Bridget's Cradles

I've begun a new project. I joined a group called Bridget's Cradles. From their web site:
Bridget's Cradles™ is a 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Kansas. The mission of Bridget's Cradles™ is to provide hospitals with knitted and crocheted cradles to hold babies who were born into Heaven in the second trimester of pregnancy.
This group is different from other volunteer groups. Before you are given the pattern instructions, you must submit an application and be approved, then sign a legal document. That document lets you know what to expect. For example, you promise not to share the pattern. It's pretty straight forward. 

One thing I like is if they find your pieces not up to standard they will let you know what they found wanting so you can improve. I actually love this. Of course I hope my work will be acceptable, but I always wonder if I'm providing what is needed. That is probably one reason I don't often sell finished objects. I never think my work is good enough. I always appreciate suggestions as to how to improve.

In this case, I'm pretty happy with the little squares I made, but think I could improve my little blankets. I followed the patterns sent with acceptance exactly. The Facebook group, which is only for accepted volunteers, gives other pattern options so I look forward to trying those out. I am going to send in a few things first and see if they are accepted, then decide how to proceed.

This might seem like a sad project, knowing that tiny babies who have died will be placed in these, It is indeed sad that these little ones have died so soon, but having lost a baby myself, I think seeing their little one respected and placed lovingly in their own soft little bedding will bring comfort to the parents. It's difficult to find things for a healthy preemie baby much less a baby weighing just a few ounces. 

This is a great project and is run professionally. If you read through the web site, you can feel the love. Each correspondence with them is kind, respectful, and professional. 

Here's what I've done so far.  

The colors used are DIY yarn in Peach, Aqua and Sky Blue and Knit Picks Brava Worsted Cream.

If you want to learn more, over and above their web site, you can check out the Facebook page at 

Happy crocheting!

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