Without the wonderful folks at the Shriner's Children's Hospital, this miracle would not be possible. Therefore, since knitting leg warmers is making a difference in one cihld's life, I thought I'd post my leg warmer patterns as fund raisers to help the Shriners continue to help other children.
Why leg warmers? Well, in this surgery, they break the leg bone(s) and then put on a halo device that includes some rings around the leg, and some pins into the leg. That device has little crank like things on it, which get turned daily, slowly slowly pulling the bone apart at about the same rate that the body builds new bone to heal the break. This sounds midieval, but it's actually pretty amazing. It induces the body to build new bone until the leg is the length it should have been!
Very cool, but with a bit of a wardrobe issue. Pants do NOT fit over this multi-halo leg brace. This means that an adorable 9 year old girl will be stuck for months (including November, December, January, and likely February) without being able to wear pants. Not good. Thus: leg warmers, so that at least ONE leg can be warm most of the time.
In the end, I designed __ different leg warmer patterns, each of which is (or will be) available separately, and all of which are included in my e-Book.
While I think it would be awesome for lots of people to knit (and possibly donate) legwarmers for all of the children who wind up needing them to keep warm post-surgery, I know that what hospitals really need is money. Therefore, I'm donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of most of these legwarmers (and of the upcoming eBook) to Shriner's Children's hospital throughout 2013. (The proceeds of individual purchases of the Central Style Leg Warmers will go to Central High Schools Band Program for the same period.)