I’ll be the first to admit that I have issues accepting all the changes that my disability has forced upon me. Some are easier to accept than others; it is easier for me to ask my husband to tie my shoes, for example, than to deliberately reach for the large piece puzzles. I really hate the fact that my hands have problems with both sensation and grip on bad days. Thus, when my representative at The Jigsaw Puzzle Factory offered a 300 Large piece puzzle, I balked. I’m not that bad yet, really! My mind protested, but I know that while this blog is about my reviews and opinions; it is mainly about discovering things to make hobbies accessible.
So I waited for a day when my hands were sore and swollen, which after last week’s brick kit, wasn’t hard.
Whiskers At The Window reminds me of the puzzles I used to do as a kid. Not in a juvenile sense, but a fond nostalgia. I love the fact that the back of the box was given to the artist, Jane Maday.
The size of the pieces where certainly large! Better yet, each side has a different texture, glossy and smooth on the front, and matte and pebbled on the back.
On to the puzzling! The sorting went quickly enough, as this is only a 300 piece, and I’ve been doing 500-1000 pieces for a while now.
I forgot an important fact! This puzzle is ROUND! My normal boards are rectangular! I ended up having to have the Spouse-Critter set up the full-size card table and help me move my setup.
Amazingly, none of my cats were interested in this puzzle. My only interruptions were SC wanting my opinion on his current project.
All in all, I think I managed to assemble this in about three hours, which is a new record.
- Company: The Jigsaw Puzzle Factory
- Title: Whiskers At The Window
- Artist: Jane Maday
- Year released: 2017
- Pieces: 300
- Cut-Style: Grid-cut puzzle
- Finished size: 24″ round
- Bonus poster: Yes
- Made from recycled materials
- Made in USA
- Box: Sturdy medium weight, 8 x 8 inches
- Board: Medium thickness, recycled chipboard
- Cut: Cut with a steel-cut die, all pieces fully separated
- Image Quality: Excellent, great color saturation
- Finish: Slightly glossy
- Puzzle Dust: None!
- Piece shapes: A good mix of traditionally cut and irregular pieces
- Piece Fit: Good, but loose. You cannot pick up multiple pieces and move them
Disability Notes: I have to give my rep credit, this a wonderful puzzle. My hands didn’t ache after assembly, and the difficulty level was certainly up to adult standard. I can happily recommend a large piece puzzle for people with fine motor skill issues, or arthritis.
Where to buy: Whiskers At The Window is available on the The Jigsaw Puzzle Factory website for $14.99 USD.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary puzzle from the manufacturer in exchange for review. The opinions are my own.
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