86-Year-Old Grandpa Battling Cancer Teaches Himself To Knit To Make Hats For Preemies

Ed Moseley, a retired 86-year-old engineer, proves that it’s never too late to start a new hobby. Moseley, who is currently battling cancer, heard about an outreach program to make caps for premature babies at Northside Hospital and decided to learn how to knit.

“I told my daughter about it and I said, ‘How can I knit? what do I need to do?’,” Mr Moseley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Bless her heart, she went … and got a [starter loom] kit, yarn and instruction kit for me. So I started slowly and learned it just takes patience,” he said.

Not only did Moseley master the art of knitting and make 55 hats for preemies, he also taught his fellow residents and staff at the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living community in Acworth, Georgia how to do it. Together they made over 300 colorful hats which were donated to the Northside Hospital on 17 November which was National Preemie Awareness Day.

Meet Ed Moseley, a 86-year-old retired engineer from Georgia who taught himself to knit so he could make little hats for premature babies


It took practice, but in time he not only mastered the art of knitting but also taught other seniors how to do it


Together with other residents at the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living, staff and children, Moseley made over 300 caps in total for premature babies at the Northside Hospital‘s where he’s undergoing chemotherapy


“It’s great to receive these wonderful gifts,” Linda Kelly, clinical manager of the special care nursery at Northside Hospital, said


“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,” she continued


“It’s important for families to see their baby as a baby and not as a patient. This will help to get the families to that spot”


“When someone appreciates something you do, that makes you feel good, naturally,” said Moseley. “I got a lot of enjoyment doing this and now I’ve graduated to large caps. I’m doing caps for all my grandkids”

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