Monday, September 29, 2008


What do those letters represent, you might ask ... well they stand for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and it's a group of photographers all over the world (mostly in the US) that volunteer their time to take pictures of babies, with their families, who are angels or are soon to be angels because of medical conditions. The service that they provide is truly a blessing to these families who will only leave the hospital with pictures of their little one and empty arms - really heart breaking.

So, why am I talking about this? No, I'm not a photographer but I am able to sew and knit so I make teeny tiny preemie outfits up to newborn size outfits for these photographers to use during their photo sessions. There is a group of us who volunteer our time, money, and talents to make these outfits and mail them where they are needed. Our group is called Heavenly Angels In Need (HAIN - yet another acronym) and is led by a wonderful lady named Mary. Most of us have experienced the loss of a baby so can understand the grief and pain these families are experiencing.

Another wonderful aspect of HAIN is our ability to use wedding gowns that are donated to us to make these precious angels outfits.

I've included two pictures of gowns I made from a donated wedding dress. The two gowns are for preemies less than 1 lb and are about 10" from the neck to the hem. They open in the front so the preemie can be laid onto the gown and the gown then closed with Velcro.
The larger dress is for a 4 to 5lb preemie and is made from a Newborns In Need pattern.

I designed a knit blanket that can either be preemie or newborn size depending on the yarn and needle size you use. You will need to sign up on the HAIN forum if you would like the blanket pattern.

And these beautiful angel wraps work well for preemies smaller than 1lb. I knit these with Bernat Softee Baby and size 3.5mm needles. You can find the pattern for these on LucyBug Patterns website. There is also a crocheted version of the angel wrap.


HAINAngel2000 said...

Perfect post! I love the little angel pattern at the bottom too. Cheryl your one of the sweetest people in the world! Lots of hugs Mary

Sandy said...

Your work is truly wonderful! Those white gowns...........ohhhhhhh beautiful and then some.

Must hop over to a few of those sites you mentioned, later when I have a bit more time. Thats always dangerous though, so much need, then we find new sites and they almost always call out to us...and then you to do list grows and grows and know how that is.

Have a great week,
Keep up the beautiful work

Sandy said...

Popping back in, want to see what the HAIN project is you mentioned. I love the look of that blanket. I'll keep reminding you and you keep reminding Each and every single item made DOES make a difference.

Have a great wk

Sandy said...

Hope you had a good wkend.

Sandy said...

Waving again....

lynne said...

Your preemie clothes are so beautiful! What a comfort it must be for the parents to be able to dress up their little angels. I especially like the larger dress with the angel wings. I have seen a pattern for that dress but it was for a tiny size. Did you enlarge the pattern to make it for a 4-5 pound baby?