In this video, Jane Pauley introduces viewers to Betsy Lee McCarthy, knitting extraordinaire. McCarthy was such an avid knitter, in fact, that she left her high-paying day job at age 57 in order to launch a new career – and one that she considered her life-long passion.
Making the transition wasn’t easy, but McCarthy was finally able to make financial sense out of her life-changing decision. She wrote the book Knit Socks, and it sold an astounding 65,000 copies.
And although McCarthy hasn’t officially retired, she is teac
hing the craft to many who are. Take individuals who receive in-home care, for example. Knitting can be an incredibly therapeutic hobby and even for those with Alzheimer’s. The AARP website suggests finding simple knitting patterns for individuals suffering with the disease.
Just as it’s been a joy for McCarthy, it can be a joy for your aging loved one, as well. Just watch the video and see the smiles that knitting can create.