|My first Twiddle Muff|
When I showed my mum, she liked it and explored a bit, but then put it down. I will leave it nearby to see if she wants to explore again tomorrow. Truly, she may be in the middle phase of the disease and doesn't need it as yet. I am seriously thinking of starting a charity knitting circle for this type of item. They can be found ready made, on the ALZ Store website but the cost runs around $40-50.00.
|Twiddle Muff from the ALZ store.|
The concept behind a Twiddle Muff is that it gives a patient with a diagnosis of dementia something to hold, explore, or stroke to calm themselves. The muff design also allows them to have their hands held in a cocoon of warmth whilst providing them with stimulation.
Yarn: Red Heart Worsted on size 13 needles, yarn held double
This was a quick project, but not so enjoyable to knit with squeaky acrylic. The items I added include three pompoms, two buttons, a string of beads, a fabric pocket, a fabric pouch, holding marbles and a ribbon of same fabric, tied in a bow. This design is really a spring board for your own ideas and the yarns you have on hand. It is best done in a bulky weight or by holding the yarn doubled or tripled. I would definitely think about how it will hold up in the laundry when choosing yarn!
|Flat piece and components before sewing.|
|Pocket, beads and ribbon.|
|Inside is a cushy pompom (and a bag with marbles sewn in).|
|Buttons from an old pea coat, to look at and touch.|