Premature babies get sea legs for comfort

2017-07-11 06:03
Ladies of the Knitting Circle.

Ladies of the Knitting Circle.

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A newly formed group of knitters from Plumstead are calling themselves the Knitting Circle.

Started less than a month ago these knitters are knitting to comfort premature babies. As part of this mission the group will knit octopuses that will be given to premature babies to help them in their first days. The octopus tentacles resemble the umbilical cord, comforting the child.

One of the knitters, Naomi Donjeany, says they shared the word about their knitting club and people are coming to join.

“We still want more people. This is not about just getting together. We decided to knit octopus for premature babies. This comes with a few challenges, as 100% cotton has to be used and it has to be allergenic.

“The preemie babies holds this in their little hands and it feels like the umbilical cord and also prevents them from pulling on the medical appendages,” she says.

Their knitting sessions are open to everyone. Those who want to join them are welcome to bring their own knitting along. Members can be experienced or not, because they have experienced knitters who will guide those joining the club.

Apart from doing this for a good cause, Donjeany believes knitting is therapeutic.

“It’s a proven scientific fact, just like we know chocolate and red wine are good for us: Knitting is also good. Knitting has been called the new yoga. Knitters ascribe all manner of benefits to their craft that includes everything from alleviating depression, anxiety and pain to reducing boredom and the discomfiting effects of isolation.”

Donjeany adds that knitting also involves following and recognising patterns, learning new stitches and using both hands and math, lending it the capacity to improve fine motor skills while also keeping the mind active and engaged.

The knitting club meets at Tommys Book Cafe at 6 Southfield Road, Plumstead every Thursday from 10:00 to noon.

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