View Full Version : Idea for Grandma in Nursing Home

11-16-2006, 12:27 AM
I'm making dishcloths for everyone for Christmas gifts. My Grandma was just sent to the nursing home and they don't know if or when she'll ever go back "home." I'd love to make her something simple, but I have no ideas what to do. I made her an afghan for her birthday last month, so that's out of the question. I'm not up for a sweater or anything too hard in such a short time, but I'd like to do something quick and easy to add to her gift like everyone else. (I'm knitting dishcloths in the car while I wait for my son at preschool and when my husband is driving....never while I'm driving....okay, when I get to the stoplight right as it turns red and I know I've got a wait....okay, yeah, in the bank drive through too....But it is plastic needles so they won't kill me if I get stabbed from being rear-ended!)

11-16-2006, 01:44 AM
A couple of ideas: I've seen a pattern for a "bed jacket" in a book from the thrift store. It is essentially a cardigan style sweater with 3/4 sleeves, and not too long, that just has ribbon ties at the neck. Also, would she wear a pretty feminine poncho, or cozy slippers, maybe a matching set.

Lisa Kay
11-16-2006, 02:11 AM
What if you just changed it from a dishcloth for the kitchen to a washcloth for her to use in the bathroom? Maybe include some soap or lotion with it?

Or how about a bath mitt (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/web_projects/Bath_Mitt.pdf)?

Mom's Bath Mitt Pattern (http://pensandneedles.blogspot.com/2005/12/moms-bath-mitt-pattern.html)

Knit Picks bath mitt (http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/itemid_50494221/projects_display)

Pink Dandelion
11-16-2006, 02:42 AM
What about something decorative, a cute doll, felted bowl, or a Christmas tree ornament? Something that will brighten up her room a little...

OR slipper socks (http://www.beartoes.com/patterns/tropicalpunch.html)! They're my grandma's favorite.

11-16-2006, 07:16 AM
How about socks?

Oops... it was already suggested. :oops:

11-16-2006, 07:30 AM
I just made some felt slippers with Malabrigo and they are so comfy and really quick the pattern is from knitting at knoon designs they would make great slipper socks to wear to bed to keep her feet super warm if you wanted her to be able to wear them around though they would need some type of skid resistant bottoms.

11-16-2006, 07:41 AM
How about a pillow? Does she sit up in bed alot?

And now off on a tangent: that slipper socks pattern is great. I want to do the Silver Sock Tutorial soon. Can I combine the two and knit these following the Silver instructions?

11-16-2006, 08:28 AM
I think you could use Silver's tutorial to get through the pattern it is a much quicker knit than a basic sock so you can get the hang of turning a heel and all that stuff in record time and then give it a go with some sock yarn.

11-16-2006, 09:55 AM
Here is a simple shawl pattern and it looks beautiful. Older ladies love shawls and she could wear it if she is out with family or anything besides using it in the retirement home to keep the chill off!


11-16-2006, 10:03 AM
I'm making Dandelion's socks for Christmas and they go very fast and very easy to do.. they are also sooo soft and warm!! With kids and chores lol I can whip a pair out in 2 days... I was also thinking a shawl.. with a bulky yarn that would keep her warm and would make for a fast knit.. I know knittingpatterncentral.com has a lot of shawl patterns... or maybe a bed jacket??

11-16-2006, 10:27 AM
what about something like this from Knitty.com http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTfetching.html

It would keep her hands warm and since its not needed to do fingers only a thumb it shouldn't be too hard.

11-16-2006, 10:29 AM
You guys are awesome! I knew I could count on you. Now I just have to figure out what the heck to do! I'm leaning towards the slipper socks....I've never done socks, but they look easy enough.



11-16-2006, 05:56 PM
What ever you make for in a nursing home make it soft, comfortable and washable. If you can, personalize it in someway--things do get lost.

Elderly people are often cold. So jackets and shawls and such are nice, but on the inside they often don't feel "old" so something warm but young feeling.

I suggest- because I'm making them just now- a pir of fetching fingerless gloves from knitty.com. But choose a durable washable yarn that is also soft. So grandma can wear them while being up and doing things or sleeping.

Looks like someone might have already suggested this-- I didn't read all the replies.

Good luck

11-16-2006, 07:10 PM
If you decide to make any clothing, be sure to check with the staff about what type of yarn is suitable. I know of one person who made a shawl for her mom who is in a nursing home and it got ruined even though it was made from acrylic yarn because they washed it in boiling hot water and then dried it in a super hot dryer.

11-16-2006, 08:20 PM
I'd add a vote for slipper socks.

I've worked at two nursing homes and that's one thing they simply love. A lady in the one I worked at Colorado had a pair that she wore every single day.

Just ask around the caregivers first. Sometimes they require their socks and slippers to have skid resistant soles. An easy way to do it, is with puffy paint :wink:

11-16-2006, 08:53 PM
I am SOOO glad you posted that!! My mom has been hinting around for me to make her some socks but I have been reluctant becasue she falls easily. The puff paint is a great idea!! Maybe I can start one now she can wear it around the house!! :hug: :hug:

11-17-2006, 01:09 AM
^_^ Glad I could be of help.

Test out your puffy paint on a pair of old socks first, walk around all sorts of surfaces, wash 'em, wring 'em and walk on them again. If the paint makes it you're good to go :thumbsup:

And if you're going to use this on nursing home socks, remember that unless you're doing their laundry yourself, they sometimes have industrial size washers and dryers and they throw everything in and the washer/dryer heat might not be good for the slippers.

11-17-2006, 08:02 AM
For slippery socks, Regia do some iron on non slip patches =D


I bought some from this lady on her ebay auctions =D