This Cork crochet group meets weekly to knit blankets for cancer patients

Crocheting and knitting have made a serious comeback over the past few years as more and more of us are snapping up our own scarves, sweaters, toys and blankets.

Some have even made it a social event – ​​getting together regularly for a “knit and a natter” (or a “stitch and bitch”) while they finish their last piece.

Once, this group meets at Cork Cancer Center twice a week to put their skills to good use, lovingly crocheting bright and colorful blankets for cancer patients across Ireland.

Every Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, the Blankets of Hope crochet cozy blankets as well as toys, sweaters, scarves and ponchos.

New knitters are always welcome and beginners can expect plenty of tea, cookies, good talk and a helping hand for any crocheters learning.

The Cork chapter of Blankets of Hope was created in 2014 after its creator, the late Ann Dowley Spillane, was inspired by the Blankets of Hope campaign in America while she herself was receiving treatment for cancer.

To date, the group has provided over 25,000 blankets to people in need across the country, including oncology units and hospices in Cork, at no cost to patients.

All you need to participate are your needles and some free time. All wool used is donated.

The Blankets of Hope gather every Wednesday evening for a ‘Knit and Natter’ at Cork Cancer Center on Lavitt’s Quay from 7.30-9.30pm and Thursday mornings from 11am-1pm.

Call or email Cork Cancer Center on 021 494 9090 or for more information.