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Topic: Mothers day 22nd (UK) crafty mom? craft with arthritis?!!  (Read 1098 times)
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« on: March 11, 2009 03:11:27 AM »

Ok so i'm editing whole post cause i have had no feedback and probably me ranting on made it so you couldn't finish reading to answer lol.
 hookaay so my mom has arthritis (sp?) but loved to knit etc before it got too painful..i'm not knowledgable on the subject so if any1 can give advice it would mean a lot to me.
 is there anything i could get so as it would lessen the pain of her arthritis but still be able to enjoy knitting, would crochet sarter kit be a good idea?
 like i said i really dont know what i'm talking about on this but i know she would love to be able to carry on and i was thinking of getting her some supplies if possible that wont agravate her arthritis for mothers day?
 Any feedback at all would be immensley appreciated.
 thanks in advance Smiley
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workinIt
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009 07:38:24 PM »

Many of the residents where I work have arthritis. Some of the crocheters use a sponge curler (tube only) on their hooks to make it easier for them to hold their crochet hooks.

That would not work for knitting needles. Maybe your mom would be able to knit again if she had some of the larger needles.

It may be that she needs to find a new craft to enjoy! Seniors are able to do many things... I often modify a craft idea to make it more accommodating to my arthritic participants... simple card making.... basic decorative painting techniques... working with fun foam... flower arranging... beading (beads with large holes)... sewing on plastic canvas... lots of things.

It is so nice that you want to help your mom to be able to continue her crafting! Good luck to you!
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kiewiet
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009 03:24:07 AM »

I have arthiritis and find that crocheting is much easier especially as you can get hooks that are flattenend or padded. I also picked up other crafts as I lost mobility and while I hated some I loved others so it may be a matter of trying several. Starter kits are a good way to try things out if you are the kind of person that learns from patterns or written instructions. Another idea is maybe look for a craft group where people meet and do different crafts. You could maybe agree to join her there or arrange for transport.
 Think about crafts where your fine motor ability is not vital (I find on bad days I seem to think Ive picked up or grasped an item and it just falls out my hands Angry)
I also worked in aged care in the diversional therapy side, and we have found that people who continue crafting are mentally better of but also retain the ability to use their hands longer - the actions of knitting and crocheting have great benefit to the joints and the mobility.
You are a wondeful person to be taking so much care in choosing a gift for her! I am sure whatever you give her she will love!
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