I can't believe it is nearly a year to the day since I last wrote here... my life isn't that different overall, less good in some ways of course, but as for knitting/crochet/projects I found a few more purposeful uses for my work.
An excellent organisation called Knit for Peace is happy to receive knitted items to send to groups and organisations that request them, here in the UK and overseas - they also are happy to receive leftover yarn as part of their work is to set up knitting groups to help people become independent/self-suffcient. You can read for yourself what they do. My first ever entrelac crochet baby blankie was their "knit of the day" not so long ago!!
Via Twitter I found out about an attempt at a Guinness record yarnbomb at a hospice in Essex in August... this was for crocheted items and I thought it would be fun (and good for finger dexterity) to learn how to make flowers and fruits etc so... made a bunch as you can see if you click on this link .webpage - note the inclusion of items in the Parkinson's UK house colour!!
I used YouTube a lot to find crochet flower patterns to follow-along to and soon realised that I had to make sure my medication was optimal if I was trying something new. If my medication wasn't optimal, I found it hard to follow instructions (intellectually as well as physically) and even found myself in tears on more than one occasion.
The concept of "wearing off" is mostly applied by health professionals to motor symptoms, but, frankly, I find my almost-perceptible cloudiness of mind and the other non-motor symptoms that worsen as my medication effect declines almost more treacherous and undermining.
So.. when knitting or doing crochet, if you are already on medication, and you find yourself becoming "less competent", my tip is to try again once your meds are topped up!!
Some of my favourite projects this year have been the dog jumpers I made for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home... also in "our" Parkinson's UK colour!! Click this link to see what I made!
Via Knit for Peace or who knows what other organisations there are, both locally and nationally, I think many people, with/without Parkinson's can regain a sense of purpose and self-worth by knitting/crochet-ing small projects for others.
Anyone else still knitting? I haven't lost sight of my "parkinson's knitting" idea.. just haven't quite found the right niche for it, so for now I just include the right Parkinson's UK-colour of yarn as/where i can!