86-Year-Old Man Learns to Knit for Heartwarming Reason

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Ed Moseley (Credit: Facebook/Dogwood Forest Assisted Living)
Ed Moseley (Credit: Facebook/Dogwood Forest Assisted Living)

Proving that it’s never too late in life to learn a new hobby or skill, an 86-year-old Georgia man, has conquered the skill of knitting, but not just for any old reason.

Ed Moseley lives in an assisted living facility in Acworth, Georgia, and when the community launched a special challenge to help make a record number of knitted hats for premature babies born at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital, Moseley decided to take on that challenge, even though he’d never before knitted in his life.

“I just followed the instructions. It was easy.” Moseley told ABC News. “Somehow I had never knitted, and I always associated knitting with a bunch of needles but this looked pretty doable for me. I went through two or three before I came out with a good finished product.”

By the time he was done with his own personal effort in the challenge Moseley created 55 hats for the hospital’s babies. Together with the rest of the community, staff, friends, and family, Moseley was able to present over 300 hats to Northside — well over the facility’s goal of 200.

Both hospital patients and staff were overjoyed by the contribution. And Moseley was inspired enough by the experience that he’ll keep knitting. “I got a lot of enjoyment doing this,” he said, “And now I’ve graduated to large caps. I’m doing caps for all my grandkids.”