Today is Day two of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week from Eskimimi Makes

And today’s challenge is to be creative with photography. 

So, I decided to challenge myself with finding a way to combine knitting and caregiving, and set a scene.  Knitting can help pass the time, and it can also result in making something for the knitter or the one needing care.

Sometimes it’s a way to get the one needing care interested in something, to take her thoughts off her illness.  Or maybe she can even “supervise” if she’s knitted in the past.  She might be excited to receive the project the two of you worked on “together.”

And it might just be a first step in healing.

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” ~ Mother Teresa

Sometimes loving the ones closest to us involves hard choices.  When you choose to be a caregiver, whether for a child or adult, you also get to make hard choices.  And that can lead to stress.

Knitting also can relieve stress.

And one thing caregiving has plenty of is stress!  So combining the two is a natural for stress relief.

Not only that, but many projects are small  enough to be portable.  You can take them and work on them in a waiting room, or even at the bedside.

I call this “Knitting At the Bedside.” 

2 Dolls, one knitting at bedside of the other

And here’s a close-up of her knitting needles and knitting.  Her needles used to be toothpicks that I sanded to blunt their points.

Closeup of doll knitting

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To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving,

Dr. InaThe Knitting Dr Logo
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”

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