86-year-old Ed Moseley from Georgia has taught himself to knit – so that he can provide little hats for premature children.
Ed has knitted around 55 hats for the preemies in the NICU at Northside Hospital in Atlanta and the staff there are overjoyed by his contribution.
“It’s great to receive these wonderful gifts,” Linda Kelly, clinical manager of the special care nursery, said.
“To have a gift left at the bedside, or a nurse put the hat on the little baby’s head, makes it all seem less like a hospital,” she continued. “It’s important for families to see their baby as a baby and not as a patient. This will help to get the families to that spot.”
Moseley hadn’t touched a needle in his life before he decided to start creating hats for the babies. In an interview with ABC news, he spoke about his decision to start now:
“I prevailed on my daughter to get a kit, and it comes with the right size loom and the right tools to help you knit one. I just followed the instructions. It was easy. Somehow I had never knitted, and I always associated knitting with a bunch of needles but this looked pretty doable for me. I went through two or three before I came out with a good finished product.”
Eight senior living communities were challenged to create as many hats as possible for the hospital, but it seems that Ed’s was the only one that really took on the challenge. In fact, Ed was so enthusiastic about the project, that he even held knitting classes for fellow residents.
However, not everyone was as enthusiastic as Ed:
“I must be a lousy instructor because I didn’t get many takers,” he laughed.
Thankfully staff and friends have got involved, and between them have produced over 300 hats.
That’s a lot of babies that are going to sleep soundly thanks to Ed.
Ed’s passion for knitting doesn’t stop at producing hats for Preemies…
“When someone appreciates something you do, that makes you feel good, naturally,” he said. “I got a lot of enjoyment doing this and now I’ve graduated to large caps. I’m doing caps for all my grandkids.”
Any chance you’ve got an Etsy page, Ed?