Woollen Wonder Volunteer Joy McIvor

Woollen WondersAs part of our activity around World Prematurity Day 2016, we're highlighting the great work of volunteer knitters who generosly provide their time, money and skills to support others.

As part of our goal to raise awareness of neonatal journeys, we're highlighting the role of wool in the care of fragile babies. 100% wool is a beautiful natural fibre that importantly is breathable - unlike synthetics and acrylics which can cause a baby to sweat and overheat. Babies born early cannot regulate their own body heat and the use of wool is key to ensuring their body can focus on growing and developing.
With the great properties of 100% wool, and the love and support shown to knit for others, the knitted items for neonatal babies really are 'Woollen Wonders' 

Note:  Some wording on packaging is used ‘creatively’ so please check the label carefully.

To learn more about the 'Woollen Wonders' head to www.neonataltrust.org.nz/woollen-wonders


Profile:  Joy McIvor, Knitter from Wellington

Joy McIvor Woollen WondersWe asked Joy to answer a few questions so we can learn about her and also her thoughts on knitting, and more. Below are her responses and the image to the right is the knitting produced for 'Woollen Wonders' by Joy and her sister - an incredible effort. Thank you! 

Why do you knit?
For relaxation and the end result is useful.

How did you learn to knit?
Originally from my mother but an elderly lady taught me how to hold the wool properly. At the time I really did not like her insistence of me doing it correctly but now I am very grateful to her.

Do you knit as part of a Knitting group?
No. I have said “no” but my sisters knit plus a friend and we are always showing our projects to each other and this time one of my sisters is helping in this effort.

How did you come to knit for The Neonatal Trust?  (Woollen Wonders, or general knitting)
I believe in babies wearing wool. I love babies and was aware of the need. I knit for others as well.

What is your favourite part about knitting for The Neonatal Trust?
Seeing the end products produced.

What do you wish more people knew about knitting?   
The good you can do with your efforts.

What are some knitting tips you can give to new knitters?        
Choose achievable patterns and small articles so that they can be completed easily, therefore it is encouraging to do something else.

Do you have a neonatal connection yourself, or know someone who has had a baby in a neonatal unit?                      
Yes. My friend Rosemary works in the Wellington NICU. Being part of a church group we supported a mother in our community who had triplets a few years ago. Historically my very good friend’s grandson was in the unit in Auckland.

What do you do when you are not volunteering for The Neonatal Trust?       
I volunteer at a drop in centre that has just opened and I care for a grandchild two days a week and two more grandchildren at random times during the week. I knit for them and other babies.

Describe yourself in one or two sentences:           
I’m an average kiwi who does average things! Enjoys family life at all it's stages. Believes in helping others in some form.
Healthy brain 

 * The Neonatal Trust is hugely appreciative of the support we recieve from volunteer knitters like Joy.
To help with encouraging knitting, we have produced a document covering the benefits to be gained from knitting - such as keeping your brain healthy. To read about the benefits head here.

View a gallery of 'Woollen Wonders' here.



Thank you to The Neonatal Trust's Partners