Supported Charities

Kidz First Children’s Hospital is one of the health services provided by Counties Manukau District Health Board.

The South Auckland Health Foundation is a registered charitable trust that supports and raises funds for these health services. One of the ways it does this is through their Wool Programme.

Wool Programme – Guidelines
New knitted or crochet garments, sizes from prem up to 2 years, i.e. from 30cm to 50cm (12inch to 20 inch) chest size. Any colour, any size and preferably machine washable wool or acrylic. Double knit, 3 or 4 ply is most welcome.

Small toys: Knitted, crochet or fabric. Cot or bassinette sized blankets and cuddle rugs, crocheted or knitted, or polar fleece.

Blankets: Useful sizes are (approximate only):
Cot blanket – 120 x 150 cm (48 x 60 inches)
Bassinette blankets – 90 x 120 cm (36 x 48 inches)
Cuddle rugs – 1 metre square (40 inches square)
Car seat rugs – 50 x 60cm (20 x 24 inches)

Polar fleece: You can work buttonhole stitch or a crochet edging around the outside, or overlock.

Peggy squares:
Make 15x15cm squares, 30 stitches on size 8 (4mm) needles with double knitting (aka 8 ply or DK) wool. Work 60 rows garter stitch (every row knit). Cast off and sew together.

6 squares by 8 squares – 90 x 120cm
7 squares by 7 squares – approximately 1 sq metre

Alternatively, you can knit in strips, changing colour every 15cm to make squares. You will need 6 strips of 8 squares, or 7 strips of 7 squares. Sew the strips together to make the blanket.

All blankets – crochet, knit, or polar fleece in any colours, no matter how bright, and any design – are very welcome.

There are many free patterns available on the Internet which you can find via Google, or Ravelry (if you’re a member)

When your group has a stack of items, please email us to arrange collection.

North Shore Hospice
Creative Fibre Auckland members are invited to make items for sale at the North Shore Hospice Opportunity Shops. If something extra special is given, a raffle may be held for it.

Items suggested – scarves, fingerless mittens, beanies, mini shawls, shrugs. Some of these may be given to patients as well.