We used to call Sam the Bambino, before he was even born. Then Sam and Bambino became Sambino, which got shorted to Bino, and now just Bean. And there are all sorts of fun variations of Bean: bean sprout, beanie boy, string bean... Back when Sam was just a tiny bean sprout and newly born, he had to spend quite a lot of time in the NICU. At some point one of the nurses put this little beanie on him.
It's a beautiful basketweave pattern and a handsome hat in its own right. But just knowing that it was made by hand by someone who thought, "I'll bet there will be a tiny baby fighting for life that needs just a little extra love," made it all the more beautiful to me.
Really, Sam has outgrown his handknit NICU beanie. I just happened to squeeze it onto his little punkin head the other day because I thought we had lost the gremlin hat (no worries, it's been found!) and it just brought back all these memories to see him in it again, but this time strong and vibrant, healthy and wild- just the way I like him!
Do you ever create handknits to donate? I never have; the number of things I've knit is a rather short list and they've always gone to babies I know. But some day I really would like to tuck a little love into a few hats and send them out into the world to find an owner who needs that extra bit of love and warmth.