It’s Friday so it’s time to show off finished objects. The knitting club I participate in has decided to get on the octopus amigurumi craze that began in Denmark. Apparently, premature babies are happier when they have a stuffed octopus with them in the incubator. They grab the tentacles instead of grabbing whatever tubes are connected to their little fragile bodies. There is no hard scientific evidence to demonstrate that these cute stuffed toys make any real difference for the tiny babies, but health care workers rave about the benefits and are asking for them. Some hospitals, in fact, have been accumulating a supply of them for future preemies. If doctors and nurses can casually observe a real difference in the babies’ lives then why not do it? Chicken soup may not cure a common cold, but we like it when we’re feeling under the weather. Besides, the explanation about why the octopuses help preemies survive in their incubators is a lot more logical than any explanation about how chicken soup can shorten a common cold. So, check out my octopus amigurumi! It’s pretty happy but somewhat sleepy.
If you would like to crochet an octopus for a preemie, I say go for it! You can actually find a group in your country on Facebook. They’re popping up all over Facebook, actually. There is an official pattern to follow for this cause as well as a list of materials you can use. I followed all of my instructions and warnings in Spanish because I’m crocheting octopuses for my local hospital here in Valladolid, so you can also do the same for your country’s language and location. For more information, just follow this link: https://www.spruttegruppen.dk/danish-octo-project-english/
It took me about four hours to make my octopus, which I think is very little time spent in comparison to the difference it will make in a prematurely born baby’s life, don’t you?