There has been a lot of interest recently in the BBC series ‘Call the Midwife.’ It’s a drama about a group of midwives working in London in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. This has produced a certain amount of interest in the knitting and crochet world as a result of the beautiful infant clothes and baby blankets that are often shown on the screen. Rebecca, from Littlemonkeyscrochet.com was so taken with the handiwork on display that she has written a crochet pattern for one of the blankets which she calls ‘The Midwife Blanket.’
I have my own tale to tell about the work of the London midwife during the 1960’s. The other day as I was going through a box of belongings I pulled out ‘Bunny.’ This little fella was knitted for me by the midwife who delivered me nearly fifty years ago. How wonderful is that? It just goes to show how these amazing nurses really went (and still go) the extra mile for their patients.
It has been knit in a basic garter stitch using white and blue wool, blue being used to imply clothing, and finished off with embroidered facial features and buttons. Bunny was stuffed with either nylons or stockings. I’m not sure which but there is a little piece poking out of the back of its left arm.
I feel so lucky to still have this toy which was given to me by a most important person and it is such a privilege to be able to share this story with you all.