Seventy-nine beanies later and now I've nothing to do

@JudyEv (213438)
Bunbury, Australia
June 30, 2020 10:01am CST
Most young mothers nowadays don’t have time to carefully hand-wash crocheted and knitted garments for their young babies. My friend discovered this when her daughters very nicely said that taking care of delicate woollens was too time-consuming. She had planned to knit a number of tiny garments but instead, she gave me the bundle of baby wool that she now had no use for. She knew I crochet tiny beanies for premature babies. As the heads are the biggest part of these babies, they lose a lot of heat through their heads. The beanies help counteract this heat loss. I was given the wool some time ago and have at last come to the end of it. So I counted the beanies and I have 79 ready to give to another friend who will take them where they need to go. With our restrictions lifting I should be able to deliver them soon.
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@moffittjc (83241)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jun
Did you stop at 79 because you ran out of wool?
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Yes, the 80th one isn't quite finished.
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@moffittjc (83241)
• Gainesville, Florida
2 Jul
@JudyEv You've been a busy little bee, haven't you? I commend you for the work you've been doing. I say "work," but for you it's probably been a labor of love.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@moffittjc Thanks. It's basically just something to do when I have nothing else to do. lol
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• India
30 Jun
Good to know you're very good at crocheting
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I quite enjoy making these beanies.
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@DianneN (175584)
• United States
30 Jun
That's very kind of you. They do look so soft and beautiful and will go to a good cause.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
They are soft and the pastel colours are very pretty. They don't want yellow beanies as it makes the babies look jaundiced.
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@DianneN (175584)
• United States
1 Jul
@JudyEv It also makes them look neither girl or boy.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@DianneN That's a good point too.
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@CarolDM (82028)
• Nashville, Tennessee
30 Jun
Wow, that is a lot of work. Good for you.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
There is a few months' work there.
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@Torunn (6569)
• Norway
30 Jun
Special washing powder, washing bag and a decent washing machine? Wool can survive that if you do it properly. But their loss is good for the premature babies. Great work!
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Thanks. You're quite right but a lot of young mums mostly don't want to be bothered.
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@Torunn (6569)
• Norway
1 Jul
@JudyEv A lot of my friends are knitting themselves for their babies. Some of the ones without babies are knitting for their cats or dogs.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@Torunn Fashion for pets is making some people a fortune I think. lol
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@JimBo452020 (15778)
• Montrose, Scotland
30 Jun
Thats a lot of beanies. Well done you!
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Thanks. It's pretty easy for me. Not really a big deal.
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@JimBo452020 (15778)
• Montrose, Scotland
1 Jul
@JudyEv its a big load of beanies though
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@JimBo452020 I'm always a bit staggered when I get around to counting them.
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@LadyDuck (291516)
• Switzerland
30 Jun
I love your beanies Judy, you are doing such a good job. Incredible how young women think that everything is a waste of time.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
That's true. They would have the time really but don't have any inclination. lol
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@LadyDuck (291516)
• Switzerland
2 Jul
@JudyEv They do not even want to learn, I showed to my niece dozens of time how to fix a button, every time she came to me asking if I could to this for her. She does not want to learn.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@LadyDuck She won't be bothered learning while she has a kind aunt to do it for her.
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@much2say (41361)
• United States
30 Jun
That's a lot of sweet beanies! There are a group of teachers at my son's school that make beanies for premature babies too. Time to get more yarn and start on #80!
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
#80 is half done but I don't have any more wool at the moment. I will check out some op shops when I get the chance.
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@much2say (41361)
• United States
1 Jul
@JudyEv How long does it take to create one?
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@much2say If I'm just sitting in front of the TV in the evening, I can often do 2. It depends a bit on the pattern.
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@MALUSE (59693)
• Germany
30 Jun
Congratulations! Hopefully, you won't fall into a hole now that you don't have anything to keep you busy in your spare time.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I want to make a 'slouchy beanie' for myself - a beanie that I could tuck my now-long hair into. My heart sank when my friend gave me so much wool but now I've finished it all I realise I now have nothing to do in the evenings.
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@MALUSE (59693)
• Germany
1 Jul
@JudyEv Show us a photo of your slouchy beanie when it is finished!
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@MALUSE I will for sure.
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@snowy22315 (93185)
• United States
30 Jun
Wow, you could get some more yarn and make some more. There will always be preemies around I think, and it is a lovely thing for you to do as wel.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
No doubt if I'm meant to do more, some wool will turn up from somewhere. I will check out some op shops too. The beanies may only be used by one baby I guess as they'd be hard to sterilise between babies.
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@snowy22315 (93185)
• United States
1 Jul
@JudyEv It must be nice to be talented. I doubt I could make one if my life depended on it. I am just not good with my hands.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@snowy22315 We all have different skills I guess. I've had a lot of practice over the years.
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@rebelann (71911)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Jun
Those look so kool. The babies that will get these will stay much warmer.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
For all I know, they may get used just the once or maybe only for one baby. But that's okay.
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@rebelann (71911)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Jul
You've given them something to help them @JudyEv That's what counts.
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@Corbin5 (192688)
• United States
30 Jun
You made a bunch of beanies for those babies. I hope you can deliver them soon.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Thanks. I'll be able to take them to my friend whenever I like now. There are no limits on visiting others. I'd ring first and make sure she was happy to see me.
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@Corbin5 (192688)
• United States
1 Jul
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@Adie04 (5296)
30 Jun
Awww! What a lovely beanies
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Thanks. I'm glad you like them.
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@Adie04 (5296)
1 Jul
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@BelleStarr (51410)
• United States
30 Jun
Here we make them from synthetic yarn which makes it machine washable. Those are adorable. I never work with wool since I am allergic.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Some of this 'wool' may not be actual wool but my friend's daughters didn't want to be bothered with hand-knitted garments.
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@BelleStarr (51410)
• United States
1 Jul
@JudyEv Well that is silly, I think they are beautiful.
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@SHOHANA (10948)
• Bangladesh
1 Jul
Your friend did a.great job
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
My friend gave me the wool but I crocheted the beanies.
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@wolfgirl569 (30434)
• Marion, Ohio
30 Jun
You were very busy.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I've been doing them for a few months I guess. Some nights I can get perhaps two done.
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@xFiacre (7623)
• Ireland
30 Jun
@judyev Surely you must have some sort of repetitive strain injury after 79 beanies!
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I didn't do them overnight!!! Sometimes my wrist starts to ache and I have to remind myself to have a spell for a while. I might do one or two in an evening but mostly it's a bit here or a bit there while I'm waiting for Vince if he's buying hardware or whatever. I can't crochet while we're driving or I get carsick.
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@LindaOHio (40057)
• United States
30 Jun
That is a very generous thing to do and a lot of work involved. What a great project!
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Thanks. It keeps me out of mischief.
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@thelme55 (45346)
• Germany
30 Jun
Wow! Those are cute beautiful beanies. I love them.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Some of them are very pretty as the colors are so soft. Some patterns are prettier than others too.
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@thelme55 (45346)
• Germany
1 Jul
@JudyEv I could see in the photo that they are all pretty. I like the white ones.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@thelme55 Sometimes I mixed the colours but then you have more ends to sew in. Sewing in ends isn't my favourite part.
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@kobesbuddy (104314)
• East Tawas, Michigan
1 Jul
Any pediatrics hospital ward would be thrilled, to get these 79 lovely beanies! How do I know? My daughter works with preemies five days a week. She herself was a preemie, the largest baby in those incubators. She was a whopping 4 pounds, 9 ounces at birth:) At five pounds(a month later) she was free to leave and go home!
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
Vince took beanies to a children's cancer hospital in Nepal. They were bigger and brighter colours. He said the staff were thrilled whereas we weren't sure if they'd need them or not. It seems the preemie beanies might be used in many hospitals.
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@kobesbuddy (104314)
• East Tawas, Michigan
2 Jul
@JudyEv My daughter takes care of preemies, but I'm not sure if they have beanies. They are a wonderful idea, to keep those tiny infants warm enough.
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@JudyEv (213438)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@kobesbuddy They say their heads are the largest part of them and they lose a lot of heat through their heads.
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