Die-hard knitters don't need an excuse to start a new project, but there's a good cause behind a new challenge to knit purple hats for infants.
Local hospitals and health departments in 16 states are asking for donations of knitted and crocheted purple baby hats, and you have until October to make as many as you possibly can.
That's a lot of work to do for free, but there's a special reason why they're in demand. It's all part of an international campaign called Click for Babies (click as in the sound your knitting needles will make while you're making hat after hat). The charity hopes to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome and help keep babies safe.
Injuries caused by shaking babies are a huge problem in America, and SBS is the leading cause of deaths in child abuse cases across the county. Click for Babies says that these tragic cases are totally avoidable, and wants to use their special hats to help inform parents.
Next winter, the hats will be handed out to new parents along with information about the PURPLE period, when infant crying causes the most frustration.
Each letter in PURPLE stands for something parents should know, like how newborns can cry for as long much as 5 hours a day (that's L, for Long Lasting). Since SBS can cause serious injuries, disability and death, it's important for every parent to learn about PURPLE crying and protect their child.
But there are some important guidelines to follow when making the hats.