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This Grandfather Learned How to Knit to Help Premature Babies

86-year-old Ed Moseley wanted to join a knitting challenge to help a hospital, but he didn’t know how to knit, so he did something wonderful.

Grandpa Learns How to Knit to Make Caps for Premature Babies

Ed Moseley is an 86-year-old grandfather, he leaves in Georgia, and one of his mottos is that anyone is too old to learn something new. So when he found out that his local community was taking part on a knitting challenged and refused to be left at a side, just because he didn’t know how to knit.

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Grandpa Learns How to Knit to Make Caps for Premature Babies

The challenge was to knit caps needed in a nearby Hospital for premature babies staying in its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Premature babies struggle to stay warm, so having a cozy and tiny cap is essential for their first days of life.

Ed was determined to help out the babies, he told his daughter that he wanted to learn how to knit, and asked for advice as he explained in an interview to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“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.”

Grandpa Learns How to Knit to Make Caps for Premature Babies

After hard work and many failed attempts, Ed finally got the hang of it. His first cap took hours to complete, but that didn’t put him off. He kept going. He is much faster today, he has done over 50 caps in 4 months, and has filed his sofa with them, as he explains:

“I followed the instructions, and after two or three attempts, I started making fairly good caps. We started filling up my couch with caps, and then all of a sudden, caps started coming from various places.”

Grandpa Learns How to Knit to Make Caps for Premature Babies

In total, Ed’s Living Community contributed with over 350 caps for premature babies. The caps were delivered on National Preemie Awareness Day and is not just warming the babies but the hearts of everyone in the hospital. In particular, parents that are incredibly grateful for the colorful caps made to fit their little ones.

Ed is now planning to keep up knitting; he wants to fo 30 caps per month and keep sending them to the local hospital, and he added “I got a lot of enjoyment doing this, and now I’ve graduated to large caps. I’m doing caps for all my grandkids.” This inspiring story is simple, but a strong reminder, that when you put your mind to do something, you can achieve incredible things.


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