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Beautiful Hands, Helpful Hands!


These beautiful hands with hooks ‘aflying  tell a story. They tell of cancer survivors who have risen above the trauma of their experiences to give love and support through their talented hands to others. Preemie babies receive hats crocheted at the hospital where we meet twice a month as the Cancer & Crochet Support Group.


These hands also make prayer shawls embellished with our custom made card which shares our sentiments about giving back:
"We have made this prayer shawl
With the hope that it will bring
Love, comfort and warmth to you.
Use it knowing that you are not alone.

Let it surround you and remind you
That you are truly blessed."

 Veterans also receive laprobes that we make.

Laprobe for Veterans
Most come faithfully to each gathering bringing stories and laughs to share. They understand each others’ ups and downs and offer a listening ear and support. Sometimes just being together is enough. I joke that the loud noises and laughter I hear down the hall tell me that I am on track to find the group each time!

Scarf in progress

I’ve said before that if I never teach another class, this one will win out as my all time favorite. It is exceedingly satisfying to me to be able to put into practice my nursing skills as leader of this group combined with my passion for crochet and the knowledge that it is truly a healthy and healing activity.

Preemie Cap
Our last meeting of 2014 was festive with several bringing in snacks and our go-to member making her decaf coffee. I brought books needing a “foster home” for each one to care for and enjoy as I work on downsizing my crochet library. They generously gave me a gift certificate: Mosaic Yarn Studio, here I come!


In 2015, we look forward to “going public” where we will represent the hospital at the Senior Center to promote our group and our mission.

Star pattern made with 3 different fibers

Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to good-hearted crocheters everywhere!




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