South Jersey knitters can help improve the lives of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients with Twiddle Muffs
Recently a gentleman named Brett contacted me via Facebook to let me know about a project he coordinates for knitters in south New Jersey. It’s a terrific way to help elderly individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and it’s called Twiddle Muffs. Twiddle Muffs are a type of sensory band. It is a pocket or glove with attachments both inside and out. The attachments are a variety of items that patients can twiddle and fiddle with. The twiddling and fiddling provides a measure of soothing for these patients, who are calmed by having something to do with their hands.
How You Can Help
If you live in southern New Jersey and are eager to help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, knitting Twiddle Muffs is a terrific way to help. Brett sent me a copy of the knitting pattern used to make the Muffs, which I’ve reprinted below (along with a photo of several Muffs). Twiddle Muffs
6.5mm straight needles (US size 10.5) or 8mm circular needles (US size 11).
Beads, zipperss, ribbons, anything that can be twiddled with but not break.
Assorted yarn. Twiddle Muffs are perfect for using up leftover yarn, and the more colors and textures you have, the better!
1. Make the band: Cast on 40 stitches using 2 strands of DK yarn (or one strand of chunky yarn).Work in stockinette stitch for 11 inches (28 cm).
2. Continue with the body: Continue in stockinette stitch, using various textures and colors of yarn, until the piece measures 23 inches (58 cm). Cast off.
3. Decorate and finish: Attach beads, flowers, zippers, loops, or anything else people can fiddle with. Make sure they are attached firmly so they cannot easily be pulled off. Neatly sew sides together with purl side facing you. Turn work inside out and push the band inside the body. Neatly sew together the two ends.
When you have finished your Twiddle Muff, you can send it to Brett at this address:
22 Cochise Circle
Medford Lakes, NJ 08055
Brett will distribute Twiddle Muffs to seniors at A Perfect Family Circle as well as other similar centers in the area.
If you don’t live in South Jersey and would prefer to knit locally, contact senior centers in your area and see if they would be interested in Twiddle Muffs. (And if no one in your area is interested, Brett says that his organization is happy to ship supplies to anyone willing to make them.)
For more information about making Twiddle Muffs, you can send Brett an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a fantastic way to make a difference in the lives of seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Why not start a Twiddle Muff today?