We’ve made our first Octo Project delivery! These handmade octopuses are intended to give premature babies something to hold on to, providing comfort and a distraction from cords and tubes that babies tend to pull on. It has been so much fun to see all of the octopuses our volunteer crocheters have made, and it was such a pleasure to be able to deliver them to families at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD. We’re working on another batch, so we want to update everyone on our progress and put out a call for more crocheters! We’ve put together a video tutorial to show off some of the octopuses that have been donated and give an overview of how they’re made.

Several people have asked about what yarn should be used for this project. Any 100% cotton in a dk or sport weight will work. You'll probably find several good options at your local independent yarn shop. I love using Cascade Ultra Pima. Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is another option that's more readily available at most larger craft stores. I made this little guy with the 24/7 Cotton and think it turned out great!
One of my favorite things about this project, besides actually giving the octopuses to families, is seeing how unique each one is to the person who made it. We hope that this handmade, personal touch is a reminder to NICU families that there are many, many people out there who are thinking of them. If you'd like be a part of our project, we'd love to have you! You can find the pattern here. If you'd like to mail finished octopuses to us, you can send them to:
Jacqui's Preemie Pride
P.O. Box 764
Smithsburg, MD 21783
They can also be dropped off at The Knitting Cottage at 6768 Iron Bridge Rd, Waynesboro, PA. The Knitting Cottage also has kits available, so if you're in the area, you can pick up the yarn from them. When we've received the octopuses, they are washed, packaged, and delivered to the NICU. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at sally@preemiepride.com. Also, don't forget to share our project with any of your crafty acquaintances. The more, the merrier!