86-Year-Old Man Fighting Cancer Learns To Knit Hats For Babies

Parents of premature babies thanked Moseley for the time and care invested to knit the caps.

Retired engineer Ed Moseley, who is fighting cancer, taught himself to knit wooly hats for premature babies.

Not very long ago, the Dogwood Forest assisted living facility in Acworth, Georgia, set its residents the challenge of knitting hats for premature babies. Mosley was very keen on taking up this challenge.

“I told my daughter about it and I said, ‘How can I knit? What do I need to do?’” Moseley said.

His daughter brought him a loom kit with instructions and yarn and he started learning how to knit.

"I started slowly and learned it just takes patience.”

Moseley started knitting while watching TV, training himself to complete a hat in about an hour.

After learning how to knit, he organized a hat knitting group, telling participants that if he can teach himself this new skill, so can they.

While not enough people ended up participating in the challenge, Moseley did not give up. Eventually 300 hand-knitted caps were ready, with Moseley knitting 55 of the hats himself.

The hats went to the neonatal intensive care unit at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital, which delivers more babies than any other hospital in the United States, including some 2,000 premature babies per year. 

It is the hospital where Moseley had been undergoing chemotherapy.

Many parents sent heart-felt thanks to Moseley for the time and care invested to knit these caps.

Doug Bunt, whose son Matthew was born prematurely, said it was “really nice to know” that someone was “thinking about the well-being of these babies... The fact this man is taking time out of his day to help the kids really means a lot to us.”

Meg Lipper, the facility's life enrichment director, is extremely moved by Moseley, saying, "This just catches my heart."

“It’s great to receive these wonderful gifts. Many times our families don’t expect to be introduced to the special care nursery, so 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," said Linda Kelly, clinical manager at the hospital's special care nursery.

Moseley is now making caps for friends and family as well. “I am taking orders right now,” he said. “As long as they furnish the yarn, I don’t charge anything.

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