- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

MISHICOT, Wis. (AP) - When it comes to the Packers, the fans are some of the best in the NFL, and one Mishicot woman is making sure it stays that way.

“I need, 1,2,3,4,5, I need two more rows,” Dorthy Reno said as she crochets.

Some yarn and a crochet hook is all Reno needs to pass the time.

“It goes fast and you can make all kinds of different things,” Reno said. “So I just enjoy it.”

She’s crocheted pretty much all of her life, WLUK-TV (https://bit.ly/ZsbZuj ) reported.

” (It’s) Just a simple stitch,” said Reno. “There’s nothing fancy about the stitch I’m doing.”

Now that she’s retired, she has a lot more time. So she decided to try something new.

“Everybody is interested in the Packers,” Reno said. “Everybody.”

With winter on its way, Reno thought it might be nice for some of the newest additions of the Packers nation to get a warm welcome.

“I just kind of thought it would be kind of cute to have the babies have a Packers hat.”

For the past few years, Reno has been making the Packers hats and donating them to area hospitals for newborns.

“I don’t really know,” Reno said. “I just like doing it I guess. (It) makes me feel good I guess.”

She spends hours making each piece and putting it together to make it perfect. Reno even makes pink ones for the girls.

A die-hard Packers fan you might ask? Well, kind of.

“Yeah, as much as anybody else,” said Reno. “I’m not a real nut about it, but yeah, I am.”

“If by chance the babies getting her hats grow up to be loyal to the green and gold, that would be an added bonus.

“Well if it helps,” Reno laughed.

She usually makes deliveries by the dozen, and for years, she’d just drop off the hats, hoping their new owners would appreciate them, but never knowing for sure.

“When I take the hats up there, I don’t know if I dare ask even if they would put one on a baby,” said Reno. “I just, I don’t know.”

She’s received pictures of babies wearing her hats, but she’s always wanted to see one in person.

“I just was tickled,” Reno said about the pictures. “See, he’s growing out of it already and he’s only a week old.”

A recent delivery to Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc was different. With some special arrangements, Reno finally got to see what she’s been waiting for - the culmination of every hook and stitch.

Liam Radue was born on Sept. 8 and a received one of Reno’s Packers hats.

“Can I, can I (hold him)?” Reno asked Liam’s mother. “Oh, how darling.”

The moment is sweet for little Liam’s parents, for the most part.

“I love it,” said Jason Radue, Liam’s father. “I’m a lifelong Packers fan and it made me really happy.”

“Well, I’m a bears fan,” laughed Rachel.

But Packers fan or not, the Radues will never forget the hat, or the gesture.

“(It’s a) keepsake, so it’s kind of neat to have and tell his story and to be able to see so much craftsmanship go into it,” said Rachel. “I thought it was really neat.”

It’s a memory Reno will cherish forever.

“Now I’ve seen it all, and I even got to hold him” said Reno.

Reno has now started making Mickey and Minnie hats. She said she’s made well over a hundred hats and also donates them to hospitals in Two Rivers, Green Bay and Oshkosh.

The Radues said they’ll let Liam decide who he wants to cheer for when he gets older.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, https://www.fox11online.com

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