86-Year-Old Grandpa Learns To Knit To Make Hats For Premature Babies

November 20, 2016

Ed Moseley can no longer play golf. The 86-year-old with limited mobility can no longer dance.

But the retired engineer recently led the way at his senior living community by demonstrating you are never too old to learn new things – and help others.

grandpa knits hats for preemie babies in NICU
Dogwood Forest Assisted Living

It all started in July when staff at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living urged residents to be part of a outreach program to knit caps for preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

But there was only one problem, or so it seemed. Moseley who lives at the Acworth Residence didn't know how to knit. But with the support of family, Moseley taught himself how to knit using a loom kit.

Since then, he's knitted over 50 preemie caps in a rainbow of colors. He's also inspired others to learn to knit including other residents and children at his granddaughter's school (where his granddaughter is a teacher). Before long, people were dropping off completed knitted caps to Moseley's room and dropping off balls of yarn for him to knit.

grandpa knits hats for preemie babies in NICU
Northside Hospital in Atlanta

"When they started this project a few months back, I told my daughter about it and I said, 'How can I knit? what do I need to do?' and bless her heart, she went to Jo-Anns [Fabrics] and got a kit, yarn and instruction kit for me. So I started slowly and learned it just takes patience,'" he said.

On Thursday, on National Preemie Awareness Day, Moseley delivered 350 caps to the NICU at Northside Hospital.

Moseley, a widower, said at first it took his several hours to knit a cap and sometimes he would drop a stitch and need start over but now he can complete a cap in a little over an hour. He often knits while watching the news or sports on TV, and he has discovered that he enjoys knitting. He said likes to use his time to help others and stay busy. Last year, he helped fill hundreds of shoeboxes with toiletries for women and children in need.

via AJC.com

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