The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC partners with knitting group to create hearing anniversary gifts for children

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC recently partnered with a knitting group to create cuddly love monsters – a Carolina blue creature holding a balloon that’s also the center’s logo – to give to children when they reach their one-year hearing anniversary.

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC partners with knitting group to create hearing anniversary gifts for children click to enlarge Love monsters that are given to children at the Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC. Photo contributed.

CHAPEL HILL, NC – They call them love monsters and they’re anything but scary.

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC recently partnered with a knitting group to create cuddly love monsters – a Carolina blue creature holding a balloon that’s also the center’s logo – to give to children when they reach their one-year hearing anniversary.

“A group of volunteers knit monster buddy dolls and we give them to the children on their hearing birthday – the day their implant is activated and they hear sound for the first time,” said Holly Teagle, executive director of The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC. “They choose the doll they want and we give them that doll and a ‘birth certificate’ with their name and the name of their monster buddy on it. It’s a great way to mark such a life-changing day.”

The center partnered with The Quarter Stitch, a yarn shop in Wilmington, where 30 volunteers create the one-of-a-kind monster buddy. Claire Clemmons, co-owner of The Quarter Stitch, posted the monster pattern on her blog so that other knitters across the country could participate in creating the children’s buddies.

“Each knitter can customize it however they want,” Clemmons said. “None are ever the same. The knitter chooses the colors of yarn, the way they knit them, and the size. We do ask, however, that they sew a little red felt heart on each one to make it a love monster.”

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