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Time at the rest home
Created By: Susan Brown

18 months ago my Grandmother was admitted to a rest home just minutes from my house. She had crippling arthritis and her fingers were numb from small strokes. All that beautiful crochet work that I had watched her complete was now a thing of the past as she could no longer feel the thread or yard much less the hook.

A couple of months passed and one of her favorite nurses confessed that she was pregnant with her first child. Grandma was saddened, she wanted to crochet a baby blanket for her new friend as she always had in the past. I had a brilliant idea, TEACH ME. I had crocheted when I was much younger but never really liked it as I couldn't get my stitches even and often simply didn't pay enough attention.

I found Grandma's hooks and bought some yarn, not knowing anything about dye lots and yarn weights and the lessons began. I spend an hour every evening and about eight hours every weekend at the rest home. I spend breakfasts and dinner time there and crochet gives me something to do. More importantly, my crochet gives other residents something to talk about. Most Saturday or Sunday mornings we would wind up with 8 or 9 residents sitting around Grandma and I chatting about crochet, knitting, projects they have done in the past. Even men would sit and talk and watch and visit because we were sitting there and I was crocheting.

Grandma and I have gotten to know one another and more importantly we have gotten to know her fellow residents.

I finished that first baby blanket in no time. Then there were more to do. In fifteen months I have learned about yarn weights and hooks. I have completed 11 baby blankets, four lap size throws and three bedsize throws for rest home residents. I even inspired my mom to begin to crochet again.

I found the Lyon site and I've adapted the Four and 1/2hour throw into lap afghans for residents. I can finish one of those in a week or less. Homespun makes up easily and washes well for the rest home. I'm even making children's blankets for Project Linus.

I love my crochet time

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