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Fiber craft enthusiasts are invited to bring their yarns and needles to Yak 'n Yarn in the Fairlawn Plaza Mall at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 19th to learn about the national CLICK for Babies, Period of PURPLE Crying Caps Campaign. This summer, knitters across Kansas and throughout the country will be clicking their knitting needles together to make purple colored baby caps to raise awareness about normal infant crying and the prevention of shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma.

The grassroots campaign invites knitters, crocheters, and crafters to make purple colored baby caps that will be delivered to families in November and December with the Period of PURPLE Crying program. Bring your needles/hooks and work on a project while you learn about this worthwhile effort. Anne Auld and the Kansas Children's Service League will share the message. Yak 'n Yarn will have special pricing on Purple yarns and free patterns for baby caps.

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Each and every day infants across North America are shaken and abused because the person caring for them became frustrated with their crying. Many times the abuse could have been prevented had the person caring for the infant only known that early infant crying may be normal.

CLICK for Babies is a North America initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant.

Step 1

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Find a newborn size baby cap pattern or use one that we have found. Please refrain from including "pom poms" that hang from strings or any type of strap to secure caps to baby's heads. These pose a potential choking and/or strangling hazard to babies. Find a Pattern

Step 2

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Purchase any shade of soft baby friendly purple yarn from your local yarn shop or craft store. Other colors of yarn can also be used in your cap, but be sure that the cap is at least 50% purple in color.

Step 3

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Start knitting or crocheting as many caps as you would like. Infant heads come in a variety of sizes. As a general rule, caps should have a circumference between 7.5-13.5in (19.0-34.0cm) and a height of 3.5-6in (9.0-15.0cm)

Step 4

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Send your completed caps to organizers in your area by October 1, 2014. Caps will be distributed to babies in November with the Period of PURPLE Crying program.