By Beth Hendricks
The Herald-DispatchHUNTINGTON -- When NICU nurse Vicki Boster isn't tending to the fragile and delicate newborns at Cabell Huntington Hospital, she's creating fragile and delicate works of art at home.
Boster, 55, uses her knack for knitting to craft handmade nests, woven together with bits of yarn, fabric flowers, quilt pieces, metal leaves and other special elements from fellow Appalachian artists. Though she creates her signature Woodland Nests year-round for fans and blog followers, her latest limited-edition creation, The Children's Nest, has special meaning.
"Once we decided on this project, it took on a life of its own. This isn't something I planned; it's something God had planned," Boster said. "I always knew I wanted to do something for the children's hospital. I just didn't know what."
Thus, the idea of The Children's Nest was born. Boster created 10 of the designer series nests and donated them to the hospital. Eight of the 10 handcrafted nests remain for donors of $2,500 or more to the Hoops Family Children's Hospital.
Boster's nest journey began at the age of 9, when she first learned to knit for a school project.
"I thought for certain that I'd pick knitting and my mom, who could knit, would do my project for me, but she didn't and I had to learn to knit. It was the ugliest scarf you ever saw," Boster reminisced.
She started on the nests themselves about eight years ago, inspired by a similar product she had seen, and after a knitting lesson at her mother's death bed finally stuck.