Woman's crocheted caps for kids a work of love

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by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 1, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 1 at 7:21 PM

Who doesn't love a gift from Grandma this time of year? One woman is delivering them by the hundreds.

It started as a hobby. Crochet was just another way for Delores Schlegel to pass the time. "It's relaxing for me. I just can't sit without doing something. I like to keep my hands busy."

But at 87, Schlegel's lifelong hobby is taking a different shape.

"I hate throwing things away," she said. So she's using her leftover yarn to help others start over. "And then I found this pattern for simple caps and I could use the yarn there."

They are simple caps for kids who have fallen on hard times. Destination: Highline Public Schools.

"There are quite a few people that are really hard up in this neighborhood, in this school district so there's a good use for them," Schlegel said.

Hundreds of her handmade hats are warming heads and hearts of families facing a long, cold winter.

"I'm not making a lot of money so I'm very thankful," said recipient Chante Alefaio.

Delores Schlegel is just doing what she loves. Her husband of 66 years supporting her every stitch along the way. "He reads and I crochet and we talk. We can sit for a long time and not say a thing."

Quiet moments to count her blessings one child at a time.

"Oh I think that's wonderful, I pray for each child that will be receiving a hat that they'll know they're loved," said Schlegel.

She plans to continue making the hats as long as she has yarn to spare. If you'd like to help you can contact Jean Blackburn with the Highline School District at (206) 277-5904.

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