An 86-year-old grandpa learned how to knit so he could make hundreds of tiny hats for premature babies. Ed Moseley is a retiree and lives at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Georgia. When the staff asked if anyone wanted to help craft handmade caps for the tiny humans Moseley jumped at the chance.
But the former engineer didn’t know how to knit. “I’ve never knitted in my life,” he shared with Inside Edition. “Corporate said it’s a nice project for keeping the old people out of trouble.” Moseley is also battling cancer, so we aren’t sure how much trouble he was really getting into around Dogwood Forest. Nevertheless, he wanted to help, so he called his daughter. She bought him a looming kit that came with a book of instructions and Moseley got to work.
While he picked up the craft of knitting quickly, he realized he wasn’t exactly the fastest knitter. One tiny hat for a premature baby took almost three hours to finish, and that didn’t even count the time it took Moseley to start over when he dropped stitches. The caring grandpa stuck with his new hobby, though, and after a lot of practice, he can now complete a tiny hat in about an hour and a half. “I could watch TV at the same time and knit,” Moseley told reporters. His new hobby helped me make friends around the assisted living center, too, and Moseley quickly realized that he didn’t need to even buy yarn for his tiny hats. “Everybody’s got yarn! These ladies must have inherited yarn,” he explained.
Moseley also inspired other residents to jump in and start knitting. At first, he was hoping to make 150 tiny hats, but he said: “we started filling up my couch with caps, and then all of a sudden, caps started coming from various places.” The pile of caps grew and grew. Moseley knitted 55 himself, and between all of the other residents, the group managed to complete 300 hats in all. They delivered their special donation to the Northside Hospital last week for National Preemie Awareness Day. Now that Moseley is an expert knitter he is hoping his retirement home can create 30 new tiny hats for premature babies every single month.
“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,’” Moseley told reporters. And even though the gesture can seem small, it has meant a lot to the families of babies who are born prematurely. “It’s very nice that so many people care about the babies in the NICU,” explained Patricia Blunt, whose son Matthew was born 35 weeks early. “Being up here is so disruptive to your every day and knowing that people care enough to help parents is so appreciated.”