I crochet and knit...used to cross stitch, but haven't in a number of years.
My parents taught me to knit when I was about 5 years old, and I've made a number of things with it. My favourite thing to knit are mitts though. They're quick, you can make them nice and intrequite and useful. My mom likes socks
I taught myself to crochet when I was a little younger (18 I guess). I'm ok at it and like doing things like afghans in crochet (most recently one for my grandmother which she keeps in the livingroom).
I also taught myself to cross sitich and then taught my mom and sister. My sister's pretty addicted to cross sititching right now, and is in the process of making herslef a series of pillows.
Hilda: you should see if you can have the blanket back and use it to curl up with the in evenings. I know it was a gift, but I know that if my parents couldnt use something I made for them and I could they'd gladly give it back (especially if I promised to make one that they COULD use). Just a thought.