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Exposures: I Care: Crafting warmth for newborns

Marian Thompson sits in her floral armchair, gently tugging on a spool of yarn. Her purple needles work in harmony, stitching a fluffy white baby cap with green Christmas trees and red stripes. At 96, her hands ache with arthritis, but she rarely stops to rest them.

She knits more baby caps than any member of the Kiddie Kaps knitting group at Eskaton Village in Carmichael.

Over a two-month period, most members average 15 to 20 baby caps, but Thompson brought 88 hats with her to the December meeting. Her personal count is 4,226 caps since she joined the Eskaton knitters in 2006. Beverly Bruns, the group’s leader, says they’ve donated over 20,000 baby caps since 2004, bringing comfort to newborns at Sutter General and Mercy Hospital in Sacramento.

“A lot of times, I say a little prayer when I’m knitting the cap,” says Thompson. “(I’m) thinking, ‘I hope this cap blesses a baby and keeps its little head warm.’”

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