Islander crafts knitted hats for local agencies

Sandy Boy crochets a hat for charity in her home on Jan. 27.  Boy a lifelong knitter began crocheting caps for Bedtime Bundles in 2010. 
/Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Sandy Boy crochets a hat for charity in her home on Jan. 27. Boy a lifelong knitter began crocheting caps for Bedtime Bundles in 2010. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Marco Islander Sandy Boy is a soft dynamo of a woman with the pixyish smile and twinkle in her eye. Her passion is caps. Her goal: nit a cap for every migrant child and cancer patient.

Her passion began two years ago as a result of her association with Bedtime Bundles; a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify the needs of migrant children and provide them with basic necessities, all bundled up in a pillowcase.

Our Florida winter was especially cold two years ago and she asked the migrant mothers if there was anything else they needed and they said hats.

Boy was a knitter. Her children were grown and they didn’t want any more afghans or blankets. But she didn’t know how to crochet. She bought a book, taught herself to crochet and has been crocheting ever since.

She joined forces with Charity Knitters of Marco in 2010 with a goal of 2,000 caps for Bedtime Bundles by the fall. The goal was met and she also works with All Goodwill Knitters to provide caps for charity.

She continues to collect caps and gets bundles of caps via UPS over the summer. She has crocheting stations in many areas of her home.

“If I get bored with the colors of one, I move on to the next,” she said.

Boy is also a 13-year survivor of metastatic breast cancer and will, upon request, make caps for cancer patients.

She recently made six caps for a 51-year-old leukemia patient in upstate New York. With the caps she include the following hand-written note:

“From one cancer survivor to another — surviving the diagnosis is the worst part, things go up from here, get good care, do your research and make good choices — you are in control.

“Learn to knit so you can make caps for others 10 years from now.

“The caps are soft (I know your head hurts from the hair loss.) If the size or style doesn’t suit you, pass them on and let me know what I can do. If they bother your skin put a men’s handkerchief on your head first.”

If you make caps or want to donate wool call Boy at 389-5394. If you knit or crochet and would like to meet and knit with other knitters call Carol at (239) 642-9696 for All Goodwill Knitters or Marylyn at (239) 389-6265 for Charity Knitters.

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