Crochet enthusiasts speak of donating hats to cancer patients

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Two crochet enthusiasts in different US states have been speaking of projects in which they create hats to be donated to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Kayla Moore, 17, lived in northern Michigan and was taught to crochet by her grandmother five years ago, Up North Live reports.

Her aunt was sadly diagnosed with cancer and when she lost all her hair due to the therapy she received, Kayla decided to crochet a hat for her.

"When she opened it from the package I could just see her smile and she ran over and gave me a huge hug. You could tell it really hit the spot," the teenager said.

After seeing how happy the creation made her aunt, Kayla kept going, using money from her summer job to buy yarn and crafting whenever she has the time - including during recent snow days when school was cancelled.

She is in contact with a number of different cancer centres and they are all gratefully receiving hats for their patients. The kind youngster also intends to teach some of her friends to crochet so they can support even more people.

Meanwhile, in Montana, stay-at-home mother Malisa Reed also knits and donates crocheted hats to cancer patients at her local paediatric cancer and blood disorder unit.

Hers are crafted to look like animals for the amusement of younger patients and each one is hung on a 'hat tree' so it can be picked out by recipients.

Malisa began donating hats in December 2012 and doesn't plan on stopping.

"It's just something that I can do myself that helps other people, even if it just puts a smile on their face, it helps them," she told the Sidney Herald.

These women have highlighted a truly lovely idea for a craft project, as many cancer patients lose their hair and no doubt feel the cold in winter.

You too could try something similar - we have a great pattern for a striped hat here and it will feel great against bare skin when crocheted in Softknit Cotton.

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