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
Julie Goldblatt

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