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Elderly man learns to knit, donates beanies to premature babies

One word: adorable.

By Ellie McDonald
In news set to melt even the most coldest of hearts, this sweet 86-year-old man is using his spare time to knit for the greater good.
Ed Mosely, a former engineer, was encouraged by the staff at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living facility, where he now resides, to consider knitting beanies for World Prematurity Day on November 17.
Having never knitted before, Ed reached out for help from his daughter.
“Bless her heart,” he told Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She went … and got a [starter loom] kit, yarn and instruction kit for me. So I started slowly and learned it just takes patience.”
Ed then recruited his co-residents to work their needle magic, with the group fashioning 350 unique beanies, which they delivered to a nearby hospital.
Ed made 55 of them.
Each beanie features a combination of different patterns and colours, so each recipient is presented with their own, one-of-a-kind gift.
Linda Kelly, clinical manager of Northside Hospital Nursery, says that these beanies not only provide much-needed warmth for newborn babies, but something a little more sentimental.
“To have a gift left at the bedside or for a nurse to take and put on a little baby’s head makes it all seem like it’s more like a baby… it makes the baby a baby and not a patient.”
According to reports, this heartfelt project has since encouraged residents of Ed’s facility to start their very own knitting club!
“It’s easy to do as you watch television – we have a lot of time [laughs],” Ed told Good Day Atlanta.

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