League Update 7

4th June 2020

LJW Update – No. 7

Thank you for your messages and good wishes. When preparing a newsletter, it is hoped that it will be read and I am gratified to know that so many of you want to keep in touch.

We are in the eighth week of lockdown and itching to do something worthwhile.

Many of you were involved with knitting ear protectors for the NHS and were disappointed when this came to an end. Well, someone else has taken over the coordination of this project and would be grateful to start receiving these again. If you don’t have any buttons, this is not a problem, as the organisers have been given a very large donation of buttons and have volunteers to sew them on. Personally, I am very pleased, as I ordered a pack of 200 buttons from Amazon but they arrived after Richard had informed me that his furlough was over and he could no longer organise this project.

I am, therefore, very pleased to inform you that you can now send the knitted ear protectors to Sue Hantman, 9 Sandringham Close, Borehamwood WD6 2FY.

Barnet Hospital, Maternity Unit would be very pleased to receive the following: –

Knitted baby blankets – 50cm x 50cm. They are used for new born babies and often the mothers take them home so that they always need more. When you send a blanket, the hospital would like you to put in a note to the mother and baby telling them that you are a member of the League of Jewish Women. Many of the mid-wives are Jewish and would appreciate it.
Knitted Canula coves for premature babies
Knitted ORANGE ONLY hats for premature babies

If you know of anyone making scrubs, the mid-wives at Barnet Hospital would be very grateful to receive them especially if they are made in XS.

Is there anyone in the area around Barnet Hospital who would be willing to be the collection point for these goods and take then to Barnet Hospital? They can be left at Reception for the attention of Rowena Shilton. If not, please post them to Barnet Hospital Maternity Unit, For the attention of Rowena Shilton, Wellhouse Lane, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 3DJ who will be very grateful to receive them.

Princess Alexander Maternity Unit would be happy to receive –
Knitted Canula covers for premature babies
Knitted RED hats for premature babies

Please send these for the attention of Bobby Phippin, Princess Alexander Maternity Unit, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX or if you would like to leave them with Yvonne Brent, please ring her and she will give you her address – 020 8215 0242.

NOTE – Ear Protectors must be sent separately as detailed above.

Just to remind you and, of course, all tension are different but here are the basics.
Ear Extenders – 3” by 1” with two buttons sewn, one at each end.
No. 8 needles – cast on 18 stitches and work in garter stitch for one inch.
Canula cover for premature babies – No. 8 needles and double knitting wool – 26 stiches and 36 rows of garter stitch the simply sew up the longer sides – should measure 10cm x 14cm.
Hats for premature babies –
Materials: Double knitting wool, 3¼ mm (UK size 10) needles.
Cast on 48 (56) sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 2 ½ (3) inches – 6 (7.5) cms.
Knit 2 together knit 6 – repeat to end of row. Next and every alternate row purl to end
Continue decreasing i.e. knit 2 together knit 5 (4) (3) (2) (1) until 12 (14) stitches remain.
Purl one row.
Knit 2 together 6 (8) times
Thread wool through remaining stitches and fasten off. Sew up using a flat seam. There are many other patterns on the internet.

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Please remember to log onto, sign into the members’ area and you will find many suggestions of events including the National Theatre Streaming of A Streetcar named Desire starring Gillian Anderson

Recommended reading –
Along came a River by Diane Setterfield – An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance

Uncertain Light by Marion Molteno – Against a backdrop of charity work and international politics,

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn – A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance .

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature


On behalf of the Executive of the League of Jewish Women