Ok took the knifty knitter and some yarn with me to visit my MIL and saw my niece first and she likes it. One down, one to go...LOL
Worked with my MIL, and in a nutshell, shes interested!
I had her make the knot and i showed her how to wrap the posts.
She put her left hand on the loom for weight, and did well with wrapping with her right. when she got to the point when she was done wrapping what she could, and needed to turn the loom to access more posts, I made her lift her arm/hand and turn the loom at the same time. This seemed to be difficult for her to accomplish mentally and physically.
I gotta tell ya, its everything i can do right now not to cry in front of her. Simple tasks like this are difficult for her to comprehend how to do. This is the woman who "raised 3 kids and a husband"(thats what she always told me...LOL) and its hard for me to see her having issues with turning a wheel the right way.
Anyway....she kept turning the loom the wrong way and would then be confused as to why the yarn was where it was. This is something I worked with her on and she began to understand a little. When she got the loom turned the right way, she kept wanting to wrap the post the yarn was hanging from. Which was the last post worked. I explained that to her, and she didnt do it as much, but still did it. Now I need to figure out how help her keep the wraps from comming undone when she turns the loom. That was a frustration for her.
She got around the loom twice and I showed her how to make the stitch. She was able to do that but when she turned the loom, she would go back to the post she had already worked and pull that stitch over. I originally told her to take the bottom strand and pull it over the top strand and post(with demonstration). She kept wanting to go counter clockwise instead of clockwise. After telling her to look for 2 strands on the post, was when it clicked better for her and she was then able to go the right direction. But I noticed another problem. When she wrapped the posts, the tension was not the same for both wraps and on some posts the top wrap would fall over the bottom wrap and when she would get to one of those, she would pull the one on the bottom over, causing that stitch to be dropped. I dont know what to do about that problem just yet. And I didnt say anything to her about trying to make sure that wraps were in the right position. I felt that she was trying to comprehend enough, and I would deal with this issue some other time, and so I just fixed all the posts that were twisted. (suggestions?)
She got all the way around the first row and complained of sorness in her right shoulder and wanted to stop, but wanted to try some more another time.
This one row took my MIL approximatly 2 hours to finish. But I think it was excellent time spent. For a variety of reasons.
My husband, who was in the room watching the whole time, pulled me aside later that day and said this to me....(the condensed version)
"I think this ring thing is an excellent activity for mom. Its making her work her left hand and arm, and her right. She is also being forced to think and comprehend things which she hasnt been able to do very well since the stroke. Would you mind working with her some more on this?"
Nuff said......im on it.
ok so now i need to figure out how to help her on:
1. not letting the wraps come undone when she turns the loom.
2. making sure the 2 wraps are in the right position, OR, helping her understand when they arent in the right position, and how to fix it.
I think those are the most pressing issues right now...and she complained of not being able to see. She now can only see out of her right eye. I think the position of the loom and some better, more direct light will ease that issue.
If, those of you who have been following along, can see of anything else im not seeing, or have any suggestions, please feel free to speak up. I would especially like to hear from some PT.