Love knitting? Stockton needs you !

Do you knit? Have you heard of Twiddlemuffs?

They are a knitted muff with items attached. People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. The soft knitted muffs contain strands of textured ribbons, lace, flowers and various fabrics attached both inside and outside. It provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and at the same time keeping hands snug and warm. They are also very useful for covering cannulas, a dementia patient may fiddle with a cannula but if a Twiddlemuff covers it they will ‘twiddle’ with that instead.

We are hoping that volunteers will come forward to put their knitting skills to good use and help us to create Twiddlemuffs as part of a Stockton wide project. The project will be launched on World Alzheimer’s Day 21st September to raise awareness of dementia and our local Dementia LiveWell Hub . The Project will run from September 21st – December 19th and the Twiddlemuffs can be handed in to all public libraries in Stockton or the Dementia LiveWell Hub on Thorndale Road in Thornaby. All Twiddlemuffs donated will be sent to local care homes and North Tees Hospital.

1. Materials
• This muff pattern is perfect for using up left over and odd balls of wool so don’t forget to raid your stash for supplies!
• Needles: 8mm circular or 6.5mm straight needles.

2. Directions
Cuff: Cast on 45 stitches using 2 strands of double knitting wool
or 1 strand of chunky wool (one plain colour works best).
Work in stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row) for 11 inches.
Muff Body: Continue with stocking stitch, but us up oddments of various textures of wool such as chunky, ribbon etc. until the work measures
23 inches (two strands of double knit for two rows each gives a lovely assortment of colours).Cast off.

3. Finishing
• If working with straight needles, lightly iron the long strip, then neatly join the sides together using edge to edge stitch (with the knit side facing out)
• Turn inside out and push the one-colour cuff up inside the muff body
• Sew the two ends together, again using a neat edge to edge stitch.

Now is the time if you want to decorate the muff, inside and
out, with ribbons, flowers, lace etc. be as creative as you like, you could even add a little pocket. Please ensure that anything you decorate the muff with is securely attached and not a swallow hazard if it becomes detached.

When complete, please donate your Twiddlemuff to either any of Stockton Borough branch libraries or to the Dementia LiveWell Hub.

Please contact Karen Morris Tel: 01642 526518 if you need any further information.