2013 Click for Babies Campaign – knit a purple hat today!

Twisted is proud to once again be sponsoring Randall Children’s Hospital in the Click for Babies Campaign…We’ve helped to provide oodles of purple yarn for their efforts, and we’re offering all of you 10% off of any purple yarn you purchase to make Purple Hats!

They are looking for hats that meet the following criteria:

  1. Cap should be more than 50% purple, although any other color can be used, as well.
  2. The average newborn head circumference is 14 inches, and hats should be an average height of 4-6 inches.
  3. Caps should be made using clean, machine washable and new yarn in any shade of purple.
  4. Please help us keep babies safe from possible choking and/or strangulation hazards by ensuring that there are no choking hazards on your wee hat.
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Click this link to get your free copy of Emily Williams’ It’s My Party Hat, and start creating small bundles of adorable purpleness, fit for a baby as adorable as the smallest Twistedista, Astrid (shown 2 long years ago, modeling oodles of purple hats)!

We’re also hosting a weekly knitalong on Saturday mornings, from 10-12, to get folks kick-started on knitting some purple hats! Free copies of It’s My Party Hat, free tea, and comfy couches await! There is no teaching support available for this group.

There’s also a Community Knit-In at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel on Thursday, August 8th – an Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like. Just go to the Main Entrance at 2801 N Gantenbein Avenue, Portland, OR 97227 and park in Parking Structure #4.

Knitters and crocheters can help prevent infant abuse and educate the community about the Period of PURPLE Crying by knitting any number of PURPLE colored baby caps and sending them to:

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Volunteer Services, Suite LL/B 856, 2801 N Gantenbein Ave, Portland, OR 97227,

OR by dropping them off here at Twisted!

4000 caps are being collected from now until October 1, 2013, and will be distributed to all new parents by participating birthing hospitals throughout the months of November and December.

By letting others know about the Period of PURPLE Crying, you can help protect babies from injury. Frustration with a baby’s crying is the number one trigger for shaking and abuse.

The letters in PURPLE stand for:

Peak of Crying – The baby may cry more each week, peaking at two months, and then less at three to five months.

Unexpected – The crying can come and go, with no explanation.

Resists soothing – The baby might not stop crying no matter what.

Pain-like face – It may look like the baby is in pain, even when they are not.

Long Lasting – The baby might cry 5 hours per day or more.

Evening – The baby might cry more in the afternoon or evening, just when parents are getting home from work and tired from a long day.

CLICK for Babies is sponsored by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, with support from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Volunteer Department and our local yarn shop, Twisted.

For more information about CLICK for Babies (including patterns) and to start knitting now to prevent infant abuse, visit www.CLICKforbabies.org.

Questions? email Sandy Nipper, RN, Child Safety Program Coordinator.