Traverse City Record-Eagle

Northern Living

February 23, 2014

Spreading warmth

MANCELONA — Kayla Moore hadn’t crocheted for about four years before she picked up a hook three months ago.

Her heart simply wasn’t in it after her grandmother died.

“When she passed away, I didn’t have the ambition to do it anymore,” Moore said. “We used to have chocolate milk and crochet.”

The 17-year-old Mancelona High School student began crocheting strings and scarves alongside her grandmother when she was 8. But when her grandmother — a breast cancer survivor — died, the pastime lost its luster.

Then it happened, she found a reason to pick up where she left off.

Moore spotted a picture her aunt Kathy Lightbody posted on Facebook in November. Lightbody had been diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2013 and had been undergoing chemo treatments that made her hair fall out. In some of the photos she wore a crocheted hat she had picked up from a box at an oncology treatment center.

Moore decided at that moment that she would learn to make a hat, a really nice one, a hat she could give to Lightbody for Christmas.

So she picked up her grandmother’s crochet hook and flipped through a few YouTube videos.

“The first one had a big hole, about the size of a silver dollar,” Moore said.

She then made a black hat with a gray border for Lightbody. It was a piece of herself, maybe a little comfort, she could give her aunt who lives in the Detroit area and receives her treatments there.

“It wasn’t one of the best ones, but she still liked it,” Moore said. “She cried.”

“The fact that it came from my niece made it so much sweeter,” Lightbody said, adding that she wanted another hat, but was reluctant to take another one from a donation box at the clinic.

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