Western Canada Oddball Baby Blanket Society (WCOBBS) needs a few good knitters and crocheters to pitch in for their traveling baby blankets to warm NICU babies
Do you feel like you have hardly any time to knit? Would you dearly love to knit for charity but simply don’t have the time to do so? Do you live in Canada?
If you answered “yes!” to all of these questions, do I have the charity group for you! Introducing the Western Canada Oddball Baby Blanket Society, or WCOBBS for short.
This Ravelry group operates for the sole function of supplying brand new baby blankets for babies in the NICU of a hospital in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to blankets, they offer journals to the whomever receives the blankets; these journals are filled with caring messages, pictures, poems, and/or stickers — anything to let the parents of these babies know that they are loved.
How WCOBBS Works
“That sounds great!” you might be thinking, “but I just said earlier that I don’t have much time to knit. How am I to make baby blankets?”
This is the beauty of WCOBBS. You see, this is a traveling blanket society. That means that no member actually knits an entire blanket. What happens instead: One member starts a blanket and knits 6 inches. That member sends the start of the blanket to another member, who knits 6 inches more. It is then sent to another member, who — you guessed it — knits another 6 inches.
This continues until the blanket is 36 inches long; the blanket is then sent to the final member who casts off the blanket and knits or crochets a border onto it. It is then sent to the group’s moderator, who washes the blanket, bags it with its journal, and then takes it (along with other completed blankets) to the hospital for delivery.
That’s why this is a great group to contribute to if you don’t have much time or yarn in which to knit. 6 inches of a baby blanket doesn’t require much time or yarn!
How You Can Help
If you’re ready to jump in, first join the WCOBBS Ravelry group, then send an e-mail to the group (the address is listed on the front page of the Ravelry group). You’ll get all the information you need to get started.
The following are helpful pages and threads you might want to look at before diving in.
Welcome Letter (containing guidelines)
So time-pressed Canadian knitters who want to make a difference… are you ready to jump in? I know you’ll love warming and comforting parents of NICU babies through oddball baby blankets!