Over Thanksgiving we went to my hubby's grandmother's house for dinner. Gmom K is over 95 and has a hard time seeing. But that hasn't stopped her from knitting. She brought out her knitting basket and asked if I could fix a baby blanket she's been working on for months - if not over a year. At some point, she pulled it out of her basket, and not being able to see, pulled the needle out of the stitches. She tried picking them all up again - and did an amazingly good job of it, except for 1 small edge section that's about 1 1/2 inches square. She somehow managed to unravel most of that section, and attempted to put it back together. She asked if I could fix it.
I could easily have frogged (ripped out) about 5 rows and picked up the proper stitches. But I thought that would be too heart breaking for her, and I just couldn't do it! She's over 95, can hardly see, and is still trying to knit - and succeeding pretty darn well! Instead I dug around in her basket until I found a crochet hook. Then I did my best to carry the stitches from one place to the other. It isn't pretty, but it's fixed. I wound up with 2 extra stitches, so I knit a row, Knitting 2 stitches together twice. Then I knit another row, just to even out the knitting so she only saw one stitch at a time on the needles.
I then told her how many stitches she has on her needles and we put a point protector on the needles so she can't pull the stitches out like that again, or at least that's the theory. She was so excited that she started pulling out all her past projects to show off. It was neat. All the cousins were giggling over the doll clothes, sweaters and blankets they remember her making them when they were children.
As mentioned, the baby blanket fix isn't pretty, or perfect. But the great-grandkid that gets this blanket will have something hand knit by their Great-Grandmother - when she was their Great-Grandmother. It wasn't made when she was young and then handed down through the generations. There's something cool about that.