"When she first was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she crocheted
all the time, a way to help keep her brain active.
His crochet needles keep pace with the sound of his voice, never pausing for a breath but clacking continually until yet another beautifully patterned square emerges that will eventually be connected to a lap, a dog, or perhaps even a twin bed.
Whitaker and his other low-vision friends in Athol and Orange have crocheted for them.
He also has an order to crochet a Patriots blanket, with a slightly lighter shade of blue in rows five and six to signify the football team's championship.
Mrs Armstrong, who used to work at Morrisons before being made redundant, even wrapped all her Christmas presents in crocheted bags.
USEFUL: Julie Armstrong and Danielle Moir with some of the crocheted bin bag fashions.
She said: "I always loved to crochet and immediately thought I could do something with that."
She crocheted six hats - and they were snapped up by nurses.
The designer looked to his home town of Merthyr Tydfil for help after one of his crochet workers injured her hand in the week before his London Fashion Week show.
It was also hard on the eyes because the wool was so fine.'' Carol spent the next three evenings producing the stars with one of her finest crochet hooks, ready to be picked up in time for the London show.
Although Alex is learning the skills of crochet, it took all of Carol's experience to meet Julien's brief within a tight deadline.
Crochet a chain of 4 stitches; join ends with a slip stitch.
Now, make 1 double crochet in every stitch around and around until hat is 7 inches or so.
To make a rug, you'll need lightweight 45-inch-wide cotton or cotton-polyester in four or five contrasting colors or patterns; also scissors, a tape measure, a size 10 1/2K crochet hook (about $1.50), a bias tape maker (optional, about $3), and a needle and thread.
As you crochet, turn raw edges of fabric strips under to resemble bias tape (you can do this by hand or use a bias tape maker); folded fabric will keep the frayed edges from showing on the finished rug.