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Purple Hats for Purple Crying

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) hosts a knit-a-thon each year, called CLICK for Babies, to bring attention to the Period of PURPLE Crying.
Many newish parents may be familiar with the Period of PURPLE Crying – it’s a peak in crying that begins to rise at about 2 weeks of age, peaks in the 2nd month, and then falls in month 3-4. It can be frustrating for new parents because there seems to be no explanation for the crying. The NCSBS brings awareness to this period of heightened crying to help avoid infant abuse, particularly shaken baby syndrome. Learn more here.
To help bring awareness to this common problem, CLICK for Babies brings together knitters from around the world to knit preemie- and newborn-size hats in various shades of purple to give to new parents (along with information about PURPLE Crying) during the month of November. 
I’ve made one quick hat, using this pattern, and hopefully can do more (though I still have Jelly Bean’s blanket to finish, and I’d like to make him a hat too).

Fig. 1: Simple purple cap. Note to self: need to learn how to take better knitting photos!

If you’re interested in helping out with this great cause, check out the locations where you can send or drop-off knit/crocheted caps.

Why the Blogosphere is Awesome

A couple weeks ago, I was lamenting about my lack of pregnancy wardrobe. That’s when GMP, from Academic Jungle, came to the rescue and offered to send me some of her maternity clothes.
Not being one to turn down an amazing offer, I gladly accepted, and now have a much wider variety of clothing to choose from that can hopefully get me to the end of the pregnancy.
And this is one of the reasons why the blogging community is awesome! GMP and I can hardly say we “know” each other – I didn’t even know her name – but she was willing to help me out anyway.
Thanks, GMP!!!

Am I an artist now?

The second local Awesome Foundation project to get funded was Caring Between the Lines. The idea is that people can submit a photo, about 20 would be chosen to be printed in large format in high-contrast black and white, and then put on display for others to color with crayons. After being on display for a week, the pieces would be auctioned off, and the money would go toward a charity of the photographer’s choice.
I thought this was literally an awesome idea, so to show my support I submitted a photo.

 Fig. 1: My submitted photograph, titled “Mmm…candy apples”, taken at a local chocolate shop.
Well, mine was chosen to be part of the exhibit! I’m pretty excited, and we’re definitely going to take part in the coloring in early May, and the subsequent auction. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a giant, crayon-colored version of my own photograph?

Community Involvement

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had a yearning to become more involved in our community. Until recently, it’s been more at the cerebral level, where I keep up with our community newsletter, and get excited when I hear about cool stuff going on in our city. But, a couple months ago I attended a conference that opened my eyes to just how much awesome stuff is going on in our city, and how many amazing people are making them happen.
That’s when I heard about Awesome London, and I decided right then and there to be a part of it. There are four teams of 10 trustees, and half our team met for the first time yesterday. I felt a bit humbled when I found out I was in a room with a city councillor, the executive director of a local museum, a business analyst, and a business consultant/coach/facilitator. With all the experience in the room – and many of them knowing each other – it was hard not to feel like maybe I shouldn’t be there. But, then again, I have to start somewhere, and maybe that will be me in the future 🙂
Awesome London has given away one $1000 grant, and tomorrow the second team will decide on the second winner. But, what’s cool, is it seems it doesn’t just end at the award night. The three presenters on the first night have all been in contact, seeing how they can help each other. Word gets out, and one of the other presenters received financial backing from private donors. 
The connections made are invaluable, and it’s quite possible being involved in Awesome London can change lives….very cool and awesome stuff, indeed.

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