80-year-old man knits caps for cancer patients

Tunisian crochet lessons intrigue Yorkshire crafters (iStockphoto)

Upon retiring many men choose to concentrate on hobbies such as watching sports, travelling or getting their garden in order.
 
However, one man from the US has turned his hand to knitting and despite only taking up the craft recently he has already become prolific at completing patterns for charity.
 
Allan Plato, 80, who refers to himself as Big Fat Al, was enticed to start knitting after watching his daughter-in-law, Kim Plato, knitting on a round loom three years ago.
 
He was so mesmerised by the practice of looping yarn over pegs and scooping the loops over the peg that she later decided to present him with his own loom.
 
The Journal Sentinel reports that the Wisconsin man has since gone on to knit thousands of items, including caps for cancer patients, newborn babies and soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
 
Allan buys a lot of his coloured yarns from the local supermarket, however he is grateful to also receive donations in bags and boxes from people who have heard about his work.
 
Most days he will make three caps, although this can be more or less depending on his mood.
 
While many of the hats are designed in a similar fashion, he ensures that all of the caps for newborns are tassel-free.
 
He explained: “I’m afraid they might come off. I’m afraid the babies might swallow a piece of yarn. So they don’t get no tassels.”
 
As well as giving the hats away to worthy organisations, community centres, charities and homeless shelters, Allan’s wife Joan admits that she likes to keep a bag of caps in the boot of her car in case she finds someone else who could benefit from one.
 
Happy to be doing what he loves, Allan told the newspaper “I don’t care where they go”. So long as people still want them he clearly doesn’t show any signs of stopping knitting just yet!
 

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