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Project Adelaide.

It’s no secret that the past few months have been rough. I haven’t really quite known what to do with myself. Dealing with the loss we’ve had is the most difficult thing I have ever had to deal with. That being said, each day is a little better and a little easier. We’re still trying to figure out what our new normal is and make plans for the future. We are trying to balance remembering our Adelaide but also moving forward.

I don’t think it will come as much of a surprise that I’ve been looking for a project I can do to honor her memory. A project that wasn’t just a one time thing but could be ongoing and impact more than just me. I wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life too.




That’s when I came across an article on Facebook about a project being done in Europe.

A group in Denmark called spruttegruppen encourages crocheters to make octopuses for premature babies. Apparently, the legs of the octopus remind the babies of the umbilical cord in their mama’s belly and comforts them. I then thought how perfect it would be to make some of these for Mercy hospital where we were planning on delivering Adelaide. It is also the hospital where I was born and spent the first week of my life.



I got the pattern from here. I used a 3.5 mm hook and I Love This Cotton in fantasy. I crochet a little loose so I made my chain for the legs 31 chains instead of the original 50 the pattern called for. I have had some trouble finding regulations for the United States so I thought I’d follow the strictest of Europe.

My goal with this project is to make 25 by Adelaide’s due date of May 23 and 50 by October 28 which will be the anniversary of when we found out she had passed away.

If you would like to participate in this project, I would be overjoyed. There are a few ways that can be done.
  1.   Make the octopus and send it to me to be donated with my bunch.
  2.  Make some and donate to your local hospital in Adelaide’s name.
  3.  Find a group where you are that is doing the same thing like this one.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me please email me at jessicabmcmonagle@gmail.com

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Remember to crochet with a purpose.

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