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Old 11-16-2006, 12:27 AM   #1
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Idea for Grandma in Nursing Home
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!)
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Old 11-16-2006, 01:44 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:11 AM   #3
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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?

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Old 11-16-2006, 02:42 AM   #4
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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! They're my grandma's favorite.

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Old 11-16-2006, 07:16 AM   #5
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How about socks?

Oops... it was already suggested.

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Old 11-16-2006, 07:30 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 11-16-2006, 07:41 AM   #7
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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?

Still trying to convince Henry the cat that knitting is a spectator sport!
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:28 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:55 AM   #9
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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!
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:03 AM   #10
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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 has a lot of shawl patterns... or maybe a bed jacket??

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