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Tammy Jo Edmundson originally took up knitting for its craftsmanship.

"I like the idea of people making hand made things again," said Edmundson, while working on her latest project. " We don't have that anymore.I like the quality that goes with it."

But her love of knitting became personal when her mom lost her hair to cancer treatments and struggled to find comfortable and discreet head covering.

"My mom wanted to wear something nice and soft and natural that didn't draw attention to her appearance," said the Camp Hill woman.

Through trial and error, using several standard knitting yarns, Edmundson eventually settled on luxury yarns like cashmere, alpaca and bamboo for her mom's caps. After her mom passed, requests continued for the hand made caps, not only for women, but children and men as well. That demand led to 'Wishestogether," a part time business she runs with her 14 year old daughter, Monet, who scans emails for orders, updates their web page and ships out the orders.

For each request received, the type of yarn, color and style of the cap is customized.

"I have mothers contact me because their child is getting a bone marrow transplant," said Edmundson. "They'll lose all their hair."

"Generally, adults kind of want the cap not to draw attention to them, but kids kind of want their individuality."

One of Edmundson's clients lost her hair to the skin disease alopecia and agreed to model the hand made hats, hoping to help others facing the same situation.

"These hats are especially popular at Christmas time because I think people want to give more of a luxury gift."

Edmundson works full time in the health care field, but during her free time, you are very likely to find her on her apartment sofa, knitting.

"I couldn't even tell you how many stitches are in a hat, but I've done each and every one," she said with a grin, pointing to four finished caps waiting to be shipped.

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