Here's a question about the intersection of yarn and human relations.
My Granny is getting old. As she does, it seems she is slipping into a depression (to be expected). She is recovering from knee replacement this Christmas and complained to me before the holiday that she couldn't afford gifts for anyone this year. I told her what a big hit my simple knitted dishcloths were suggested she make up some simple gifts. She has always crocheted, but nothing very creative. I told her I would be happy to download patterns for her anytime. If she started now, she'd have a great stash by next December! She responded with noises like "Eehhh" and "Uhhhh" and was generally ambivalent.
Since then, I have loaned her my "Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crochet" and though she thumbs through it, I can't tell if this really interests her. I really think if she crocheted for charity and gifts, she'd be able to experience some joy and it might give her a boost. I am planning a notebook of patterns, along with some of my yarn stash and perhaps a couple of new skiens thrown in. I really want this to be a loving "pick yourself up" experience for her.
Any other ideas to help? Has anyone else used knitting/crochet as therapy for the elderly? Or can anyone else just give me a sympathetic head nod? Suggestions would be great! I am going to start gathering things for her after the holiday rush.