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Coverage on BBC Midlands

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Octopus help

A team of volunteers who crochet toy octopuses for premature babies say they need more knitters to help. Octopus for a Preemie UK operates in premature baby units in 60 hospitals across the UK, including the West Midlands. The knitted octopuses' tentacles offer the premature babies something to cling to in place of an umbilical cord, as well as helping them to stop pulling out their tubes and wires.

Posted by BBC Midlands on Thursday, 26 October 2017

A team of volunteers who crochet toy octopuses for premature babies say they need more knitters to help. Octopus for a Preemie UK operates in premature baby units in 60 hospitals across the UK, including the West Midlands. The knitted octopuses’ tentacles offer the premature babies something to cling to in place of an umbilical cord, as well as helping them to stop pulling out their tubes and wires.

MATERIALS – YARNS AND FILLINGS – UPDATED

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4ply – for crocheting octos
Three Bears Yarn
Alize Bella
Drops Safran
Drops Love You 6
Drops Love You 7
King Cole Giza 4ply
King Cole Giza Cotton Sorbet
Mayflower
Patons 100% cotton 4ply
Rico Essentials Cotton 4ply
Scheepjes Catona 4ply
Scheepjes Sunkissed
Sirdar Cotton 4ply
Stylecraft Classique 4ply
Wendy’s Supreme Luxury Cotton 4ply

DK – for knitting octos and crocheters wanting thicker yarn
Three Bears Yarn
Alize Bahar
Debbie Bliss Cotton DK
Debbie Bliss Cotton Print
Drops Muskat
King Cole Vogue
King Cole Cottonsoft
King Cole Cottonsoft Crush
King Cole Giza DK
Mariner Cotton DK
Patons 100% cotton DK
Paintbox 100% cotton DK
Rico Essentials Cotton DK
Rico Essentials Cotton Print DK
Rico Fashion Colour Pop DK
Rowan Cotton Glace
Sirdar Cotton DK
Sirdar Cotton Prints
Sirdar Toscana
Stylecraft Classique DK
Wendy’s Supreme Luxury Cotton DK
Aran – for crocheters and knitters wanting even thicker yarn
Drops Love You 8
Drops Paris

Stuffing – 1kg will make 60-80 octos
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUPREME-TOY-STUFFING-100-BALL-FIBRE-SOFT-FILLING-CARDED-HOLLOW-FIBRE-/311464855932?var&hash=item4884c0897c%3Am%3AmnDluXgeUYC47dxHg57aO2A

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LUXURY-HOM…

There is also an album of other stuffings which have been approved to use in photos

Where to buy yarn and stuffing –
Three Bears Yarn offer a 20% discount to members with the code octopus and have recently introduced new lines of 4ply and DK cotton thanks to feedback from members (and if you use the link below then they will donate 7.5% to our funds)
https://www.threebearsyarn.co.uk/#_…

Wool Warehouse have a variety of yarns and stuffing and offer a 10% discount with the code charity
http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/

Picasso’s Den is an online shop selling Mayflower with a 10% discount for members if you enter the code octopus before checkout
http://www.picassos-den.com/

Purple Sheep Yarns have a variety of yarns and stuffing at low prices
http://www.purplesheepyarns.co.uk/

Hobbycraft and other craft stores also have 100% cotton yarn and stuffing from our list and may offer discounts if you ask when you are buying the yarn.

IF YOU HAVE MATERIALS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED YOU MUST CHECK WITH ADMIN OR COORDINATORS WHETHER THEY ARE OKAY TO USE AND MAY HAVE TO DO A STRAND TEST IN A WASH AT 60C AND SHOW THE RESULTS TO ADMIN OR COORDINATORS.

GEORGE SUTHERLAND·THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017