Softly chirping birds on a spring morning, the crash of waves as they roll upon the shore, peals of laughter around a kitchen table, what do these have in common? They are all melodies of life, more than just sounds, they evoke feeling and memories upon hearing. To children born deaf or with severe hearing loss they are sounds that they will never experience.
Last fall I was contacted by a group working with the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC. Their goal was to ‘re-brand’ the center, to help even more kids, born with profound hearing loss, to hear. A cochlear implant is a small device implanted surgically behind the ear, that functions as a microphone, processor and transmitter. Once implanted and ‘turned on’, a child can go from totally deaf, to hearing, eventually hearing even the softest whispers.
Part of their re-brand idea was a new logo that contained a sweet little “Monster Buddy”.
Their idea is that because the procedure is long and grueling, each kid needs a Monster Buddy by their side to help boost their confidence. They asked if I knew any knitters that would be willing to knit these fun creatures for an awesome cause. Being a yarn shop owner, I am continually blessed by the generosity of the knitting community. There is rarely a day that there aren’t customers buying yarn for, or knitting, prayer shawls, baby blankets, chemo hats, preemie hats, Linus blankets, dishcloths, etc to donate to worthy causes. I felt immediately knitters would love to be a part of making monsters for such an amazing purpose. So I set to work designing a simple pattern that could be personalized in any number of ways.
They are quick and easy to knit using worsted weight yarn, a perfect opportunity to use up some scraps. And then the fun begins, each one is as unique at the maker! One eye, three eyes, crazy hair, no hair, three arms, teeth, shorts, bow ties, noses, tails, glasses, ears, a monster can have any and all! I actually enlisted my kids to help me design the characteristics, it is so much fun. Upon completion each monster gets a small stitched-on red felt heart, that’s the signature that ties them together.
Now for my pitch, would you consider making a monster? The need is great, as the Implant Center is doing more and more procedures, and we want to make sure each kid has a Buddy alongside them. You can drop off or send your monsters to:
The Quarter Stitch
5725 Oleander Dr. #B2
Wilmington, NC 28403
I will personally stitch on each, and every heart and send them on to UNC! I so appreciate your consideration, and would love for you to share the pattern with your knitting groups as well, we can’t have too many Monster Buddies!
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a huge public THANK YOU to my many sweet friends that help test knit the pattern and make the first batch of Monsters. I am forever grateful for your support and friendship, more than you will ever know!
Thanks In Advance, YOU will be a blessing!