In this story Marja talks about joining a sewing and craft group in her community, and how it has helped her to meet new people. Marja tells that making crafts is an important hobby and it is empowering to work with hands and to get some concrete results. In recent years Marja has dedicated more and more time to crafts because she has retired and her husband has died and she lives alone. In Sotkamo, where Marja lives, there are good opportunities to participate in crafts courses together with other people in a local community college. Marja tells that she has found new friends. She tells that working with hands helps her in keeping the daily routines. She doesn’t know any other activity that could have had the same effects.