Retired engineer Ed Moseley, 86, learned to make hats for preemies, and as a result has now donated hundreds of them to a local neonatal intensive care unit, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Moseley lives in an assisted living facility in Acworth, GA, near Atlanta. The facility asked its residents to take part in an outreach program making preemie hats for the NICU at nearby Northside Hospital. He wanted to help, but didn't know how to knit. So he taught himself using a loom.
“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 told the AJC.
Now that he has the hang of loom knitting, a little hat takes about an hour. He often makes them while watching TV. He inspired his neighbors at the assisted living facility, too, and many of them are learning to knit the hats. People have been bringing him their completed hats to donate, as well as balls of yarn for him to use.
November 17 was National Preemie Awareness Day, and Moseley donated 350 of the hats to the Northside Hospital NICU.