Patterns at Hand: A Photo Journey (Hardcover Book)


Few challenges in life place more stress on a family than the care for a loved one with dementia. Through Patterns at Hand, you’ll have the perspective of someone who’s been there: Barbara Ivey, the adult child of a mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I made a lot of mistakes, I overstepped. I got confused. I missed things.”

Yet Barbara also looks back and recalls that everything she did…was perfectly done, in love.

In this pictorial journal, you’ll enjoy the patterns that Barbara’s mother Chris crochets—the granny squares usually found joined together in heirloom afghans.

Each square photographed for this book carries in its caption a touch of wisdom, memory, or thought on the family dynamic. This changes stage by stage, as Chris crochets asymmetrical pieces, each one its own mesmerizing thing of beauty. Each one interwoven with threads of a family’s love.

A Decade-and-a-Half of Personal Experience

This profoundly touching and beautiful book speaks to the adult children who are learning to adjust to the arrival of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or other forms of dementia. From Patterns at Hand, all will glean insights from a decade-and-a-half of experience.

Understand just why those seemingly little things can become huge hurdles. Consider ways to understand what you can’t know.

Know the lifesaving value of support and how to find it.

A Message to All of Us

In this message of hope to family members, Barbara Ivey is also sending a note to us all—to live and enjoy life with our Loved-One with Alzheimer’s. Now is the best moment we’ll ever have.

Its 24 pages illustrated by photographs and the drawings of artist BO Haynes, Patterns at Hand is published by Perfect Thing (2017). Available in hardcover; 9” square.

170 in stock

SKU: SQ5015542 Category:


HARDCOVER PHOTOBOOK. 24 pages. 9″ x 9″

ISBN: 0998264105, 9780998264103. Printed in the United States.

Additional information

Weight .875 lbs
Dimensions 9 × .4 × 9 in

3 reviews for Patterns at Hand: A Photo Journey (Hardcover Book)

  1. parkerweb

    “This beautiful book made me misty-eyed and smile at the same time. I recommend it to any family member of someone ‘on the journey’.” – Bill Shillito, Executive Director, Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust

  2. parkerweb

    “Barbara Ivey has put together, within the pictures and pages of this book, a resource for caring, caregiving and support for the growing community of people effected by Alzheimer’s disease. I recommend this book as a resource and a comfort…” – Dawn Maybeck, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor

  3. parkerweb

    “Words and photos combine to show that beyond the losses of Alzheimer’s and the strength of Caregivers, is a wholeness founded on love. I would recommend it to Caregivers who are beginning to ‘hit the wall’ and need to reframe, focusing back on the individual instead of the disease.” – Rev. Derek M. Wolter, Director of Spiritual Care, Lutheran Home, Wauwatosa, WI

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