Community Voices: Legacy of generosity carried on through baby caps

New Years Resolutions are a funny thing. We make them and break them.

I want to tell you about one woman, who just a couple of weeks ago delivered the completed work of her 2017 resolution to the man who inspired her effort in the first place.

A few years ago, Amy Scutt of Johns Creek began taking resolutions seriously and in 2015 walked five miles a day every day for 365 days, in 2016 she read the Bible every day through the year cover-to-cover.

Around mid-December of 2016 and without plans for next year’s resolution, a friend suggested rocking new-born infants everyday at the hospital but she rejected the idea knowing her work schedule would make that difficult.

Another friend said she should knit baby caps. So, as a mom of two daughters, that was an idea that kind of stuck with her.

As fate would have it, the very next morning she read a news article about an Acworth man named Ed Moseley who taught himself and other residents of the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Facility in Acworth to knit baby hats on a loom and donate the tiny knit hats to the neo-natal intensive care unit at Northside Hospital. To Amy, the article was a sign that her resolution should focus on needles and yarn for knitting caps — one a week was her goal.

Within a few months Amy wanted to meet Ed Moseley to let him know that he inspired her work and wanted to continue his legacy. So, together with family she took the trip to Acworth to meet Moseley and as it turns out, Amy was Ed’s “show and tell” for facility residents that day.

A friendship developed and Amy visited Ed a few more times. Of course they talked about knitting, but it was Ed’s sense of humor and goodness that left an impression with her. Ed’s knitting got a lot of press coverage too. He was even the subject of articles in the AJC and Women’s World magazine. When asked about it, Ed told Amy he was holding out for Golf Digest, “but Woman’s World would have to do.”

Ed and Amy visited again in mid January so she could deliver her 52 hats. Ed hadn’t been well and Amy felt the end was near for Ed, and it was. Ed Moseley, an engineer and Korean War veteran passed away on Jan. 16 but left a legacy of little babies wearing brightly colored caps knit with love.

Scutt plans to carry on knitting for Ed and the babies. Anyone wishing to join Amy in continuing Ed’s work and needs help getting started can contact her at