Great-Grandmother Shows Love Of Little Ones Through Knitting - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

02/03/05

Great-Grandmother Shows Love Of Little Ones Through Knitting

She's a great-grandmother with the ability to make babies smile at her fingertips. So far, Grace Rotundo has knitted 90 hats for the newborns at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi.

"I make them with single color or with double color. Whatever I want."

Rotundo learned to knit when she was 10-years-old. Now she's almost 91.

"An hour and a half it takes me now. These I used to crank out in an hour's time, but as I'm getting older, I'm getting slower."

For her, knitting is more than just a way to pass the time. For more than a decade, she's helped make hats for the babies born in her home state of New Jersey.

"That's one baby that's warm and that's a good feeling. It's a nice feeling to be able to help more people now."

She says her husband gave her the idea of helping keep Mississippi babies warm while the couple vacations here for the winter. Last month she began giving her handmade gifts to new mothers at Keesler Medical Center. So far nearly 100 babies, including the Krems' triplets, have sported a Rotundo hat.

Their mother Denise Krems said, "I just think its so sweet. I mean, to take the time to think about babies, preemies especially, and doing such a beautiful job doing them. The hats are beautiful and the kids will look so sweet wearing them."

"It's my way of being thankful for my health and giving help to someone else," said Rotundo." I think more people should try to help somebody."

The hats won't stop once Grace Rotundo and her husband return to New Jersey. Rotundo says she plans to send shipments of knitted hats back to Mississippi.

by Danielle Thomas

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