In the World of Cro­chet

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The first thing you no­tice when you visit the Feel Bet­ter Friends web­site is all the won­der­ful pho­tos of smil­ing kids and their look-alike dolls. The re­sem­blance is im­por­tant be­cause the dolls have been spe­cially cro­cheted to look like the heroic chil­dren who are bat­tling ma­jor health con­di­tions that can some­times make them feel dif­fer­ent from other kids. Feel Bet­ter Friends be­gan in May 2014, when founder Shan­non Fou­quet saw a photo of a lit­tle girl named Berke­ley who was bat­tling cancer. What struck Shan­non was that Berke­ley and her doll were dressed ex­actly alike, ex­cept Berke­ley did not have hair and her doll did. Shan­non won­dered if Berke­ley would like a doll that looked just like her and set about to cro­chet such a doll com­plete with bald head, wig and match­ing clothes. Berke­ley loved the doll and Shan­non had so much fun mak­ing it that she be­gan cro­chet­ing dolls for chil­dren bat­tling cancer and other ill­nesses. From that first doll, Feel Bet­ter Friends quickly grew. Soon Shan­non could not keep up with all the re­quests, so she started a vol­un­teer group of other like-minded cro­cheters who wanted to make a child feel loved and spe­cial dur­ing their ill­ness Over 300 vol­un­teers in the United States and world­wide lov­ingly cro­chet each doll in worsted­weight yarn us­ing the pat­tern pro­vided on the web­site. The com­pre­hen­sive pat­tern cov­ers how to make the doll and the wig, with in­for­ma­tion on how to cus­tom­ize the fa­cial fea­tures and cloth­ing de­tails so each doll is just per­fect. Vol­un­teers work from a photo to make sure the doll is ex­tra spe­cial and looks just like the child it is in­tended for, adding touches of re­al­ism such as cro­cheted glasses and some­times even a su­per­hero cape! Vol­un­teer An­nette G. sums up the very heart of Feel Bet­ter Friends: “My great­est joy is know­ing that the doll I cre­ated is go­ing to be loved. Shar­ing ideas with our fel­low crafters, see­ing the smiles on the faces of chil­dren and the sup­port sys­tem I get from our ad­min­is­tra­tors is be­yond words.” If you would like to learn more about Feel Bet­ter Friends or vol­un­teer to cro­chet a doll, please visit their web­site at www.fbf­dolls.org.

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