Casper's World Wide Knit in Public Day event yielded 563 adorable baby caps for WMC newborns

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jul 6, 2018

Lisa Esterline, at left, and Molly Parrish delivered 563 baby caps to WMC on June 29. Between 30 and 40 people made the caps for World Wide Knit in Public Day.

We at Wyoming Medical Center are often humbled at the generosity of the Casper community.

From volunteer chaplains, to our blue-vested volunteers, to everyone who has given to the new Masterson Place campaign, Casperites have always given their time, talents and money to aid in our mission of healing patients and families.

The latest example comes in the most adorable of packages: 563 tiny, colorful caps sized for the heads of newborn babies.

“Every year, I try to think of something the community can get involved with,” said Molly Parrish, organizer of Casper’s World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 9.  This year, she asked participants to knit baby caps for our smallest patients, and between 30 and 40 knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists responded. Automation Electronic sponsored the event and paid for lunch. (Read Casper Star-Tribune's coverage of the event here.)

“This was a really fun project. I’ve had people ask if they can keep doing it all year long,” Molly said.

One knitter made 50 of the caps. Lisa Esterline made 34.  One woman showed up and made one cap and ended up winning one of the event’s door prizes. She felt so bad, she went home and made 23 more.

Molly and Lisa, who both knit/crochet projects for Hospice, delivered the caps to our Ruth R. Ellbogen Family, Mother and Baby Center last month.

Now, we’d love to see how the caps look on our tiniest patients. If your newborn gets one, you can share a photo to our Facebook page with the hashtag #BornAtWMC. We’ll share the photo in our weekly birth announcements.

Thank you to everyone who came out to make these beautiful caps. For so many families, you will make the most memorable of days even more special.