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Woman knits and knits and knits for the most vulnerable among us

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Medical Lab Technician Jennifer Hamm knows all about precision.

She works at Health Network Laboratories inside LVHN, testing blood for transfusions.

But when she's not doing that, she's using that precision, to do something else.

"There's really only 2 stitches: knit and purl," Jennifer begins.

She picked up knitting a few years ago, along with a friend.

"We watched some YouTube videos, read a couple books…" she tells us.

…And with that, she got the ball rolling, on an idea.

In just a few months, Lehigh Valley Health Network's Muhlenberg campus will open a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU.)

"So I started knitting," Jennifer says.

She decided to make tiny little hats for the babies who might end up there.

"I decided I was going to make a goal of 50."

But then...

"When I counted, I almost had 70," she laughs.

So she set a new goal of 100.

"And I surpassed that," Jennifer smiles.

When it was all said and done, Jennifer had knitted 111 hats, each one as unique as the next.

She told us her inspiration comes from all over: "Sometimes I see a picture of something and think, 'I think I could make that.' I'm a pretty good copier. It's like a challenge."

She made Minions, and hopes parents will get a hoot out of the owl hat, hopes they'll appreciate their pumpkin in a little orange and green hat even more, and if their little one's a bit grouchy - like her Oscar the Grouch hat - maybe a cupcake hat will cheer them up, and help them 'bear' (as they wear the bear hat) the days a little better, until they can go home.

"It's great that it's something I enjoy and I can share it with other people," she smiles.

She probably won't stop here, either.

"Yes, I do have a yarn problem," Jennifer says, laughing softly.

Because that's the kind warmth Jennifer likes to share.

And for that, we say, hats off to her.

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