So I haven’t finished my sister-in-law’s poncho yet (though I did add a skein of yarn to it) because I’ve been engrossed in another project.
You see, recently an article popped up in my Twitter feed about something called the octo project. It’s basically an initiative that began in Denmark in which crocheters crafted octopus amigurumi to give to preterm babies. Anecdotal accounts indicate that the preemies who were given these octos seemed calmed by their presence because their tentacles resembled the umbilical cord. These babies had calmer breathing and weren’t drawn to pulling at their medical equipment.
Since I found the project so interesting and given that I’ve been meaning to try my hand at amigurumi again, I decided to craft a little octopus and contact the donations department of the Montreal Children’s hospital to see if they would be interested in receiving some crocheted octopods.
They are super easy to make and oh so cute! Plus, they’re great stash busters! To give you an idea of size, the picture to the right is one of my 4 year old holding the octopus.
I’m really hoping that the hospital will be interested in trying this out. If not, I’ll contact the other children’s hospital in my area. At worst, I’ve a newfound interest and renewed confidence in doing amirugumi!
What project(s) are you currently working on? Feel free to link up to one of your own WIP posts!