‘Love monsters’ knitted for cochlear implant patients


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A group of ladies are knitting what they called love monsters.

These stuffed creatures are handmade for the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC.

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Owner Claire Clemmons says creativity is not hard to come by at The Quarter Stitch in Wilmington.

She says each monster is chosen by the patient at the center and says they gets a birth certificate that is dated the day they turn on the cochlear implant.

Clemmons said she said was able to see the experience first hand.

“I was able to go see the 1,000 cochlear implant turned on and it was a little 2-year-old girl and she plucked a perfect pink love monster right out of the center of the basket,” she said. “It just unbelievable.”

While Clemmons says she doesn’t have any ties to the center, she still wanted to help.

“Around my kitchen table, I’m trying to constantly promote kindness to my kids and the difference of being kind and being nice,” Clemmons said. “Kindess is seeing people that are hurting and doing what you can do to help.”

Each creature is knitted differently, but all have a red heart attached.

“It’s special to think that something I just put a few hours of my time in is going to go to someone that’s going to treasure it for the rest of their lives,” she said.

Clemmons sent roughly 100 love monsters so far and has no plans of stopping.

She says she is looking for more love monster makers.