Luke’s little hands…❤️

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Luke’s little hands…

Please share with all of your friends…and those friends to share with their friends and so on.

The Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have recently started introducing tightly crocheted octopuses for babies on the unit.
These octopuses have proven to be a huge success with helping to stimulate babies as they are able to grasp them in their little hands.
For parents, just to see your baby holding these little Octopuses and grasping at them is truly wonderful.

Please can I ask if you know anybody that can crochet……mums, dads, aunties, uncles, nans, grandads, friends etc patterns for the preemie octopuses can be found on YouTube.

Anybody that would be happy to donate any octopuses to ‘Luke’s Little Hands Appeal’ please follow the link below and state that you are donating the octopuses for ‘Luke’s Little Hands Appeal’.

‘Luke’s Little Hands Appeal’
Working with Octopus for a Preemie UK
To help and donate your octopuses…

Please follow this link:

http://Www.facebook.com/groups/octopusforapreemie

Or for more information please
email: octopusforapreemie@gmail.com

Chelsea and Westminster neonatal intensive care unit have over 600 babies admitted each year. They need a lot of octopuses.🐙

Emma Roskell

19th July 2017

BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour

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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Chelsea West and OctopusforaPreemie featured on BBC Womans Hour yesterday. These knitted octopuses comfort and distract premature babies. Here’s Georgie & Teddy cuddling up to their own knitted friends! Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09gbn0h

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

🐙🍻🐙🍻🐙 OCTO ALE – NOW ON SALE!! 🐙🍻🐙🍻🐙

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We are delighted to announce that our fantastic Octo Ale is now ready to order. We decided to offer you all two gift set choices.
The first offers two bottles of our exclusive ale with an Octo Yarn tin AND a ball of the wonderful Alize Bahar Yarn which you all love so much.
And for those of you who would like to treat a family member who maybe isn’t into crocheting we have a 3 bottle of Octo Ale option without the tin or yarn.

All orders and payment must be placed with Blind Monkey and the link it attached here below. Our story and details of how to contact us is on every box so what a great way to support our cause, spread the word and make that special someone in your life happy with a great gift!!!

Thank you all so much for your support.
Love always 😘🐙😘🐙😘

http://blindmonkeyltd.airposwebstore.com/

2nd Birthday coming up

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It’s 2 days until our first birthday as a group and I am so very proud of everything that our admin and coordinators have achieved, getting our octos delivered regularly to more than 60 hospitals across the UK 🐙❤️🐙I’m amazed at the generosity of our volunteers giving their time and yarn, making 🐙🐙 and sending in donations every month so that we can supply thousands of octos to comfort the tiny babies that need them 

🐙❤️🐙 Of course there are always more babies to help so if you’d like to get involved in any way then please do join our group atwww.facebook.com/groups/octopusforapreemie/ or message me atOctopus for a Preemie UK so that no preemie goes without 🐙❤️🐙

George Sutherland

BBC – Toy octopuses help premature babies in Frimley Hospital.

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Toy octopuses help premature babies in Frimley Hospital.

The strength of a newborn babies’ grip is well-documented – it is a primitive reflex which develops while babies are still in the womb.

Its significance is such that premature babies in the neonatal unit at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey are being given special bedfellows – in the shape of crocheted octopuses – to keep them safe in their incubators.

Click to here BBC  to see the news article.