At the very start of Pass it on Skills people asked about learning how to knit. There are notably a lot of knit and natter groups locally but these groups tend to be occupied by people who already know the craft and could be scary for a newbie!
Therefore it felt important to be able to pass this skill on and not assume any prior knowledge. Beginners knitting commenced as a four week course lead jointly by Karen Morely and Mary Oliver. The course was designed to take members through everything you needed to know in order to start ones very own knitting project from yarn to needles to the tricky slip knot.
The first beginners knitting ended in the group practising increasing and decreasing through making Christmas tree decorations. A second rotation of beginners knitting has since finished and the group has continued to meet on a social basis. Knitting and crochet have been important skills on which other projects have been based for example keeping winter warmer and twiddle muffs
Pass It On Skills was just 19 days old when our first group got together to share and learn a skill - Crochet.
One of the Pass It On Coastal members had donated wool to start the group off and then helped lead the session. Our three patient teachers were Caroline Dent, Tincey Bate and Claire Stevens,
Julie, Fiona and Megan, balls of wool and the all important crochet hook.
Joanna Bates later reported, "It was the first ever pass it on event and it was fantastic."
At the end of November Julia posted a link to an article on Twiddle Muffs, thinking it might be an interesting project for the knitting group.
I have just been to a 2 day dementia course and seen these amazing Twiddle Mitts.
They are a knitted mitt which can be used to cover canulas so the patient is not pulling the canula but twiddling with the mitt instead. They can also be used as a distraction for dementia patients who often like to twiddle with things.
The hospital are crying out for more to be knitted as they are single patient use so the patient will go home with it on discharge.
Anything can be attached, buttons, bells, beads, keys, small teddies as long as they are attached securely.
The idea caught people’s attention, and within a couple of days a care home had volunteered to host the group and a date had been arranged for to start at the beginning of January 2016.
Having been involved in the crochet group from the beginning, Julie was keen to get involved with the Twiddle Muffs and wrote this after the 3rd session.
Having struggled to learn to crochet on my own for a couple of years I was thrilled to join the newly-formed pass it on skills crochet group and finally crochet a granny square! The monthly meetings are relaxed and informal and I have made new friends who share my interest in learning about and passing on their crochet skills. I love seeing everyone's creations each month as their confidence and skills develop.
I have loved joining the weekly twiddle-muff knitting sessions held at the local care home where my mum lives. Sharing the knitting sessions with the residents and watching them rediscover their knitting skills has been very special. As a group we have also produced a range of gorgeous handmade twiddle-muffs which will be used by people living with dementia in hospitals and care homes.
Really enjoyed today's session