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Grandpa Learns to Knit to Make Hats for Preemies

Retirement can be boring, as Ed Moseley can tell you. So the 86-year-old grandpa, who lives at an assisted living facility in Northwest Georgia and loves to keep busy, decided to pick up a new skill over the summer: knitting.

His daughter bought him a kit with a loom, needles and yarn to learn how to knit. After studying the instructions and some trial and error, the former engineer started knitting up a storm.

He knitted more than four dozen tiny hats as part of a group contribution at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living.

His enthusiasm was contagious—even his care manager knit 100 little hats too. After hearing about the project from one of his granddaughters, a local high school student also donated another 100 hats.

The assisted living facility residents delivered more than 350 preemie hats in various colors and patterns to Northside Hospital in Atlanta on Nov. 17, World Prematurity Day.

The hospital delivers more babies than any other hospital in the country, and cares for around 2,000 babies in the NICU every year, according to hospital spokesperson Aldo Nahed.

Moseley wants to continue making and donating hats for preemies, he told Atlanta’s WAGA-TV. He’s got “a lot of time” and making them is easy, after all.

And since his story appeared on the news, strangers have been sending him yarn to keep his project going. The hospital even had a request: red caps for newborn cardiac patients for “heart month” in February.

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