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Silsbee knitting shop helps premature babies

In The Loop Octopus Project. Photo by Kelsey Borza.

A knitting shop in downtown Silsbee is asking for volunteers to help premature babies in Southeast Texas hospitals.

“In The Loop” is offering several free classes to teach people how to make an octopus doll that serves as a therapeutic aid to preemies.

Owner Cyndi Fontaine said the tentacles provide something for the babies to hold on to instead of tugging on their monitors.

She said having the octopus in their crib also lowers the baby’s heart rate and stress levels.

Fontaine asks that anyone attending the octopus class already know how to single crochet.

The store also teaches a free beginner class, she just asks that you purchase your supplies for the class from her.

To find out when the classes are held, you can visit their Facebook page.


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