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Ideas please - something for Valentines Day for my elderly Mom
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Jan 2, 2017 09:59:52   #
hilltopper (a regular here)
 
You could make a heart-shaped throw pillow she could keep in her favorite chair.
 
Jan 2, 2017 10:03:15   #
LilgirlCA
 
Many women have cold hands and find that fingerless gloves are perfect. They keep the hands warm - the blood vessels are close to the surface on your wrists and backs of your hands. Keep those areas warm and the entire hand is warmer (or as I often say, less cold). These keep your hands warmer and you still can use your fingers

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=fingerless%20gloves
Jan 2, 2017 10:12:24   #
quatrefoilknits
 
As a Valentine's gift, a "Miss Marple" scarf comes to mind... with a seed-stitch heart on each of the two ending points or "leaves" of the scarf.

This old post mentions some of the free patterns available.

Happy Knitting!
Jan 2, 2017 10:14:56   #
hersh
 
Dcsmith77 wrote:
I'm not 90 yet (only 82) but what I appreciate the most is the offer to do some chore that I can no longer do. Even though we live in a retirement community, there are things I don't want to ask maintenance to do. Recently, my daughter came over and took down, washed, dried, and re-hung my lace bedroom curtains. It looks so pretty now and I think of her everytime I look at them. My son came over and cleaned our small aquarium and brought new fish. My husband enjoys watching them so much. Our other fish died of old age (we think). You can knit something, too, but it's so nice to have someone do something you want to do, but can't. Think about that, too.

I could not get the pattern for the scarf mentioned above that is a chain of hearts. It only refers to a magazine where it was printed. I'd like to make my own...
I'm not 90 yet (only 82) but what I appreciate the... (show quote)


I agree with the chores, although I still mow my huge lawn and wash my van, anything involving a high ladder, or using a drill Or even at times working with a screw driver...."impossible dream". These chores are priceless gifts that I remember & covet for months. 76 in a couple of days.
Jan 2, 2017 10:45:20   #
lindajjimenez
 
If she has a cell phone, you could knit or crochet a little bag for it with a strap to go around her neck. I don't have a pattern, but a heart is a very simple thing to put in both knit or crochet, or even embroider it on with cross stitches when you have finished.
Jan 2, 2017 10:54:08   #
alexdoc
 
I would suggest doing some chores around her house, taking her out for lunch or dinner or just an IOU for some of your time during the course of the year, perhaps a few hours every week or month. I know I treasure time my family spends with me -- better than gifts that cost money-- give the gift of your time.
 
Jan 2, 2017 10:58:31   #
GoodyTwoShoes
 
How about this one:


http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearts-hugs--kisses-scarf
Jan 2, 2017 11:06:10   #
LEE1313 (a regular here)
 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sweet-heart-sachet
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/soft--sweet-heart-sachet
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hanger-sachets
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/love-letter-sachet-with-heart-applique

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-pillow-l0167ad

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twiddle-muff
Jan 2, 2017 11:09:44   #
lynnly16r
 
Hi, I know of three things my elderly mother-in-law would love:
1) an afghan made from Bernat Blanket yarn - either knot or crochet - she is always freezing
2) there is an adorable teddy bear pattern on FreePatterns.com called Baxter the Bear
3) Free Crochet.com also has what they call "Teddy Bear Bed Dolls" that are very cute too

Hope you find something you will enjoy making. I know there is nothing quite as special as making something the receiver will truly love.
Happy New Year!
Lynnly16r
Jan 2, 2017 11:19:09   #
Dcsmith77
 
Does anyone have ideas about how that Valentine chain is put together? A close look at the picture kind of looks as if it is strung on a ribbon (look at the shoulder line). I would really like to make this, and I can figure out the heart shape, but I just don't see how they put it together???
Jan 2, 2017 11:22:44   #
barbarafletcher (a regular here)
 
On the bed jacket it depends if she sits in bed..I knitted one for my mum and she never wore it because as soon as she hit bed she slept and didn't lie in bed in the morning.

But shawls would be great to sit and keep warm indoors or when it cools down on a summers night.
 
Jan 2, 2017 11:27:58   #
wray
 
What does she like? Maybe an idea around likes. Sachet heart,dish cloth, hat, lapghan,
Jan 2, 2017 11:33:14   #
gardenpoet (a regular here)
 
Seconding dcsmith's suggestion about doing something helpful rather than giving a thing, even a knitted thing. I helped care for my mom for years when she was elderly and my making her home clean and maintained in ways she could no longer do (or hired help never took that much care with) made a huge difference to her. The other thing she liked even more was when I stopped working and played games with her, or listened with interest to her stories and memories. I wish I had done that more. You could make and give a little packet of "coupons" for the tasks, each for something she could look forward to and redeem at will.
Jan 2, 2017 11:36:27   #
susandkline (a regular here)
 
Dcsmith77 wrote:
I'm not 90 yet (only 82) but what I appreciate the most is the offer to do some chore that I can no longer do. Even though we live in a retirement community, there are things I don't want to ask maintenance to do. Recently, my daughter came over and took down, washed, dried, and re-hung my lace bedroom curtains. It looks so pretty now and I think of her everytime I look at them. My son came over and cleaned our small aquarium and brought new fish. My husband enjoys watching them so much. Our other fish died of old age (we think). You can knit something, too, but it's so nice to have someone do something you want to do, but can't. Think about that, too.

I could not get the pattern for the scarf mentioned above that is a chain of hearts. It only refers to a magazine where it was printed. I'd like to make my own...
I'm not 90 yet (only 82) but what I appreciate the... (show quote)


Yours is a wonderful suggestion. I think so many of us rack our brains trying to come up with the 'perfect' gift when a little time spent doing jobs the elderly can not (or should not) do any longer is much more meaningful to them. I'm 73 and very leery about climbing up a ladder due to issues with dizziness. I would also love an offer to rake leaves in the fall and shovel snow in the winter. When my mother lived alone in another state, I asked her to write things down that she needed me to do when I visited.
I wrote this before I finished reading all of the responses and I see that I am echoing previous suggestions.
Jan 2, 2017 11:40:09   #
angel210 (a regular here)
 
How about a shoulder wrap with pockets. Pick a stitch pattern (lots online). knit or crochet 24 inches wide and length as long as you wish. Pockets either added within the project or patch pockets. Pockets are great for tissues.
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