NORWAY – A Norwegian high school sophomore student used her crochet and yarn skills to create soft and unique items for newborns as part of a class project.
For his 20 Time Project, Bobbi Dabb completed around 40 ” huddle “ blankets and 25 sets of newborn / premie hats and scratch-resistant mittens to donate to the Family Birth Center at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain.
As part of the 20 Time program, students at Norway-Vulcan Area School in Jacqueline Leiker’s technology classes spend 20% of their class time on an exciting project of their choice. Students have one day per week, usually Friday, to work on their projects – one day per week represents 20% of their time at school.
Dabb learned to crochet from her grandmother, Jennie Dabb of Vulcan, when she was around 8 or 9 years old.
“My grandmother was about to make baby blankets at the time, so I got the idea to do something for newborns in our hospital” said Dabb.
Dabb liked the idea of the cozy blanket, so she found several different animal head designs that could be attached to each blanket. Some “To snuggle up with the animals” she made rabbits, frogs, kittens, mice, teddy bears, elephants, piglets and even an octopus.
Dabb said she would crochet during her “20 times” at school, plus his free time at home.
“My grandmother also helped to make them”, she said.
It took Dabb about a day and a half to finish a blanket, which was a bit longer than his experienced grandmother to get them out in a matter of hours.
She also made hats and mittens for newborns and premature babies. “The mittens are used so as not to scratch their little faces” she said.
The staff at the Family Birth Center were delighted with the donation. “These are very unique and cute pieces – our new mothers will love them”, said obstetrics nurse Ashley Campbell.
Terri Castelaz can be reached at 906-774-2772 ext. 241, or [email protected]