The Premmie Knitting Club is a tribe of knitters (and crocheters!) from across New Zealand and Australia, knitting for premature babies in the NICU. Courtney Bennett coordinates the club.
We do one 'BIG' drive each year from March-June (Next one starting March 2019), in 2018 we donated the knits to the Well Foundation benefiting North Shore Hospital SCBU and Waitakere Hospital in New Zealand and Royal Randwick Children's Hospital in Sydney.
We encourage knitters who want to keep knitting outside of our drive to get in touch with their local NICU, there is a particular need for blankets and cardigans.
If you have any questions at any time, feel free to get in touch!
I was born premature nearly 29 years ago and spent the first four months of my life in the NICU at National Womens Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. My parents made sure I understood from a young age how life changing the support of the Doctors, Nurses and support staff are for premmies and their families.
Ever since I was young, I've always wanted to give back and help the NICU since they helped my family and I so much. In 2016, I put out a call for knitters to knit for the NICUs at Auckland Hospital and North Shore Hospital, we collected over 130 little beanies, blankets, booties and other knitted items.
I realized there was a tribe of amazing people out there willing to help... family, friends, friends of friends, colleagues and even people I had never met but who love to knit, some wanted a cause to knit for, while others had a personal connection to the NICU.
In 2018, we collected well over 2,500 knits for NICU’s in NZ and Australia!! It was truly amazing and overwhelming and more successful than I could have ever imagined. We received media coverage on Newshub which really helped to spread the message and drive some amazing support from people across the country and world! Knits came from Spain, Scotland and the UK! I’m really hopeful that 2019’s appeal will be as successful because this year has been incredible.
I am so grateful for the support and I love hearing all the stories about other people's personal connections to the NICU so please get in touch if you have a question or you’d like more information.
I’m a Premmie born in 1990, I work in Marketing and Communications for a large Professional Services Firm in Sydney, Australia. In my spare time, I interview Millennials doing cool things for my website Livelihood.