Canberrans who can knit, crochet, or loom are being called on to create and donate small beanies for the newborn babies in Canberra hospitals.

Local Handmade products store, The Markets Wanniassa sent out the request on their Facebook page.

“They [The hospitals] have plenty of premmie and toddler sizes, but are in need of 35-37cm size. Acrylic, wool, or cotton are all fine and any pattern is good too!” The post reads.

Owner, Fiona Lester, said the drive wasn’t only for those with knitting skills, “If you can’t knit or crochet then you can always donate yarn…”

“Other than that, you just find a pattern that fits about a newborn sized head… No restrictions on patterns or yarn… And yeah, get creative.”

“I think it’s a really nice way for babies that you don’t even know to be brought into the world and be given a beanie by somebody that they never even probably met.” She said.

This isn’t the first drive conducted, around four years ago approximately 7000 beanies were made and given to newborns.


“We did a massive drive for beanies then, and they’ve since petered out and we need more. So that’s awesome cause there’s loads and loads of babies coming at the moment,” she said.

“Lots of parents have come into the shop in the last 4 years and said they got one when their child was born and it’s just a nice warm fuzzy feeling as well as the practicality of keeping their heads warm.”

Beanies can be dropped off at The Markets Wanniassa shop in the shopping centre on Sangster place between 10am and 6pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.


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