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RoseByAny
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Posted - 04/09/2008 :  3:52:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a long-time knitting student who is blind. She likes to learn about all kinds of crafting things (I also taught her to spin on a wheel and she does sculpture and other artwork as well) and took a crochet class. Unfortunately, she confessed to me that the crochet teacher spent a good bit of time telling her all the things she couldn't do because she was blind, and trying to convince her that every person who crochets without sight learned it as a fully sighted person, and it was impossible to learn as a blind person already.

She's getting ready to move out of state, and I'd like to be able to suggest some resources she might use to continue with her crochet learning. Any suggestions?

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llinn
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Posted - 04/10/2008 :  4:55:42 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't really help with resources, but knew a nun a long time ago who had been blind since birth who crocheted very well. She used several tricks to keep track of her yarn. If she wanted to work in colors, she would leave one color in the pull skein it came in, wind another color in hand balls, and use a ball winder for the 3rd color. Then she could tell by feel when she needed to start a new color what each one was. She also used containers (cut off empty soda bottles, McDonald's pumpkins, tupperware) to keep each working color in so she could leave, come back and figure out where she was. She did fine.

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RoseByAny
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Posted - 04/10/2008 :  5:08:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I taught her to knit, and she's been blind the whole time I've known her, so we both know it can be done. It's just the crochet teacher apparently doesn't know it!

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Lanea
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Posted - 04/15/2008 :  07:00:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't have any helpful suggestions, really, but want to congratulate you and your student on persevering and encourage that short-sighted (excuse the bad pun, please) crochet teacher to be more adventurous in her teaching methods and polite to her students. What a rude thing to say!

A good friend of mine has done amazing work researching accessibility and teaching methods for people with a variety of sensory and dexterity challenges, and she also happens to knit and crochet. I'll ask her if she has any great tips.

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SaxDragon
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Posted - 06/02/2008 :  10:53:13 PM  Show Profile Send SaxDragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
www.cs.cmu.edu/~rowan/marjorie-crafts.html
(hopefully that is the correct link to Copper Dots Craft Books In Braile - has quite a list, including knitting and crochet).

There are ads in some magazines recently for audio book format patterns (knit and crochet, I think, but maybe just knitting). If I had a mag handy I'd look it up.
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