Close-Knit Friend Inspires Knitting Class; Creations Donated

A teacher and friend who underwent cancer treatment at UNC Lineberger inspired Emma Armstrong-Carter, a senior at Carolina Friends School in Chapel Hill, to organize and teach a knitting class with the goal of making hats for patients.

CFS KnittersIn May, the class delivered the hats, scarves and socks to the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program’s Patient and Family Resource Center in the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

Armstrong-Carter explains, “I began the project with my beloved piano teacher and friend, Julie Harris, in mind. Julie discovered she had cancer just over two years ago and immediately began treatment at UNC. We have all been truly blessed because she is healthy once again and is a never-ending source of inspiration in our lives. Julie and I love to knit together (and apart!) so I thought that a knitting project to show our community support of chemo patients would be exciting.”

The first-ever class attracted over twenty students, and the school administration reduced it to nine for the sake of practicality. “Some signed up because they wanted to learn how to knit and were excited to show their support for chemo patients at the same time,” Armstrong-Carter says. “Many of the students mentioned that they signed up for the class because they had loved ones who had suffered from cancer and wanted to help in any way that they could.”

Tina Shaban, coordinator for the Patient and Family Resource Center, says, “The class brought students together to learn a new skill while offering a basic comfort to our cancer patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.  Many thanks to Emma and all the students for their community spirit and compassionate hearts.”

Armstrong-Carter graduates in June and hopes that one of her many talented students will continue the project next school year by teaching a similar knitting class. She says, “It was an exciting and meaningful experience and a joy to work with the students. We are thrilled that it came to such successful fruition and grateful for the kind cooperation of the N.C. Cancer Hospital!”

Pictured in photo:

from top (back row) left to right: Tina Shaban, Claire Anderson, Eric Whittier, Katie Clark, Pam Baker

Brynna Crockett, Emma Armstrong-Carter, Celeste McGilvary, Hannah Wolf

Emma Hoyle, Elisabeth Maillard, Molly Vernon.