How this P.E.I. woman tackled pandemic boredom by making more than 100 tiny hats
'The babies and the mothers will enjoy it'
Monique Gauthier is surrounded by a large pile of baby hats she has made with a lap-sized loom, weaving yarn in and out to create them.
Knitting is a new hobby she took on during the COVID-19 pandemic that began in March, to help pass the time.
Gauthier is intellectually challenged and before the pandemic she worked at a couple of part-time jobs and stayed busy doing various sports with Special Olympics P.E.I., but when all that stopped, she decided to put her energy into making hats.
So far, she has made about 106 hats for newborns.
"I love doing it," said Gauthier. "I had nothing else to do, so why wouldn't I make them for the babies?"
"They're different colours, different shapes, some of them have big rims."
Gauthier has even created several Christmas hats in a deep red with a white brim.
It takes her about a day to make a baby hat, and a couple of days to make a regular sized hat.
'I'm so proud of her'
Monique's mother Paula Gauthier says when her daughter finishes a hat, she expresses her happiness at the feeling of accomplishment.
"She delights in it, she really looks at it and says 'Isn't that nice?'" said Paula Gauthier. "I think it's remarkable that she's actually able to do it."
"I'm so proud of her."
Her mom said the hobby helps them both pass the time during the pandemic as they are spending so much more time at home.
Paula helps to finish the hats once the loom work is done, and said it's fun to think of the hats ending up little newborns' heads.
Feels good to donate them
Monique has already dropped off two large baskets filled with baby hats to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, and said it feels good to donate them.
"The babies and the mothers will enjoy it," she said.
She has now moved on to making hats for cancer patients who may need to keep their heads warm after hair loss.
The mother and daughter said the new new hobby was a life saver and they expect to keep making hats for years to come.