Woman finds purpose in knitting hats for hospitals

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Nancy Taylor timed it once. It takes her 33 minutes to knit a baby hat.

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Nancy Taylor sits next to 100 Christmas-themed hats she knitted for newborn babies at Trinity Hospital. Taylor started knitting with Knifty Knitter looms two years ago and has knitted more than 1,200 baby hats since January. "This is my purpose, " Taylor said. "It makes me feel like I'm doing something right."   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Nancy Taylor sits next to 100 Christmas-themed hats she knitted for newborn babies at Trinity Hospital. Taylor started knitting with Knifty Knitter looms two years ago and has knitted more than 1,200 baby hats since January. "This is my purpose, " Taylor said. "It makes me feel like I'm doing something right."

“I have been known to knit 15 in one day,” she said. “Some days I might not even pick up my loom, though.”

Recently she sat on her mother’s couch talking as she wound pink yarn around the prongs of her circular knitting loom and used a hook to create stitches. Beside her, 100 little red and white Santa hats waited to be delivered to Trinity Hospital.

The hats will be distributed to babies born at the hospital in December. With their delivery, she will have knitted and donated 1,200 to the hospital since January.

She has committed to knitting 100 each month next year.

In 2009, Taylor had to medically retire from her job as a school nutrition assistant at Cross Creek High School because of back problems that include a noncancerous tumor in her spine.

She can’t stand or move around for long periods of time and has to sit in a chair just to cook.

It was hard watching her husband come home from a long day of mechanical work and have to vacuum, and Taylor’s lack of mobility was causing her to slip into depression.

“When you’re sitting around the house all the time not doing anything, you start feeling kind of useless,” she said. “This is my purpose. This makes me feel
like I am doing something right.”

Taylor chooses colors and patterns to follow a theme or a major holiday. For example, February’s hats were red; April’s hats were pastel Easter colors; and July’s were red, white and blue. Recently she made candy corn hats for October and pumpkin hats for November.

A commercial for knitting looms sparked her interest in the craft. She had tried knitting with needles and hated it, but armed with an instructional DVD and how-to videos on YouTube, she found using looms quite easy.

She keeps a small album with photos of items she has knitted, including scarves, cowls, baby bottle covers, baby caps and “snuggie sacks” for Cabbage Patch dolls.

Last year, she also made hats for newborns and chemotherapy patients at Doc­tors Hospital.

Trinity holds a special place in her heart because her children were born there and her father spent his last days there.

The babies hold a special place in her heart, too.

Taylor said when she committed to knitting 100 hats a month, it felt like an obligation. But over time she began thinking of the many
miscarriages within her family and the family member for whom a pregnancy could be fatal.

“So now I make them for the babies that won’t be – in honor of them,” she said.

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scgator
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scgator 11/22/12 - 02:40 pm
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She is doing a wonderful job!

She is doing a wonderful job! My wife used to donate hats she made to University Hospital, until she found out that there was a "patient charge" added to the patients bill for the hat. UH's premise was that there was a "labor cost" involved in "managing the hat inventory and distributing it"

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KSL 11/23/12 - 01:55 am
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I would like to know UH's

I would like to know UH's reasoning for the charge. Did they not distribute across the board? How many did they accept and then surcharge for before the donor realized what they were doing?

I am at this point very glad not one thin dime of my insurance money has ever been spent there. And I don't ever foresee that happening.

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KSL 11/23/12 - 01:57 am
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I would like to know UH's

Probably will never know.

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 11/23/12 - 12:03 pm
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When life handed Mrs. Taylor

When life handed Mrs. Taylor lemons, she made lemonade. Good for her. Hopefully, there is no charge to the patient. When my Mom was at MCG for cancer treatments, they had a basket that the women could choose a head covering(hat,scarve). There was no charge and they were always appreciated.

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