I thought I could keep myself busy by happily sewing and quilting during this long lockdown but my shoulder thought differently . It froze up and with it so did all my sewing projects that required a sewing machine. I had to resort to other methods of creation!
I began by knitting the famous oversized JW Anderson "Harry Styles sweater" but I quicky understood ( by the pain in my arm) that any future projects had to be smaller. So with some online help I started crocheting up a few bucket hats from my stash of left over yarn and gifted them to loved ones for Christmas.
All the recipients were very polite and did not comment on my beginner mistakes which made me very happy indeed!
My shoulder is now in the defrosting stage so I'll still be in crochet mode for a while longer.
I just finished a basket / bag that is pictured above . This was perfect project since I seem to have amassed a lot of scrappy leftover yarn over the years and I love that I am using it all up with this "yarn eating" project. Admittedly I need to make several more projects like this in order to make a dent in my stash but the process is so enjoyable and soothing that I may take up this challenge - Lets see......
Nonie P.S. If you want to try making these - Click on photos with links for patterns
Fidget quilts are made for people with Dementia/Alzheimers...they are also called sensory quilts and can also be used to help autism. I made two experimental lap size fidget quilts for two beautiful and special ladies in Australia a couple or so years ago. They can be made specifically for someone by incorporating activities they enjoyed in the past or movements and sounds that they seem to enjoy in their new world. Pockets to put important items, zips, napkins, a place for special photographs, different textures even textiles or additions that make different sounds when scrunched or shaken, key ring holders and loops to tie things to or just fidget with and ease anxiety. Anything with any meaning can be added...any fabrics can be used even fabrics if possible with meaning, to jolt a special memory. What is important is that these brought pleasure and smiles to both.