Knit one-then knit another!

Staff from libraries at Monmouth, Chepstow, Usk and Gilwern have been adding their skills to those of the Caldicot Library ‘knit and natter’ group to make items to help people who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Often people who are having treatment for cancer really do feel the cold and it is important that they stay as well as possible, which means keeping warm.

The team of knitters and crotcheters have made hundreds of brightly coloured squares which are being turned into rugs by Erica Sheppard the Macmillan in Monmouthshire Coordinator.

The rugs along with shawls and hats that the clever ladies and gents have made, will be taken to the chemotherapy unit at Nevill Hall Hospital to be given out to anyone who would like to accept one of the woolly creations.

Most of the wool was donated by someone who is herself undergoing treatment for cancer along with wool that the knitters themselves have donated.

Staff say it is very relaxing to knit or crochet items and be part of this fun project which is growing by the day.

Erica Sheppard said, “Each time I visit a library to hold a Macmillan ‘drop in’ information session or run a group I am handed a pile of woolly squares that a library user has made. They find out about the project from staff and are thrilled to be able to join in. Even my husband has agreed to help me sew together all the squares. It’s great how everyone has rallied to the cause to support people affected by cancer.”

For more information about the Macmillan in Monmouthshire Cancer Support & Information Service or about the knitting project or to donate wool, please ask in your local library or email Erica at

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