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« on: October 05, 2017 03:03:13 AM »


What the heck is a Twiddlemuff??
A Twiddlemuff is a double layered knitted (in this case - could be crocheted!) cylinder, covered with lots of textures of knit and twiddley bits such as buttons. They have been shown to help patients with Alzheimer's. During early stages patients often have restless hands and can be quite agitated - twiddlemuffs give their hands something to do, and this can actually be enough of a distraction to help ease up stress and let them think a little more clearly or remember the word they were previously stuck for. During the later stages, patients can't engage with daily tasks that use their dexterity, so having a twiddlemuff gives them something they can engage with to help maintain dexterity, and a source of visual and tactile sensory simulation. NHS trusts here in the UK ask for donations of them so you can send them directly, or the charity Knit for Peace also accepts and distributes them.

I decided to make mine in honour of my Grandma and Nan. They both were knitters, who developed Alzheimer's. I loved them very much and wish they had had something like this to play with, so I hope this goes to someone's Grandma to help them.

I collected loads of my dk weight yarn ends and used Russian joining to turn them into one big ball to knit from. (This project has been something I intended to do for a while, so I did that in August, and started to knit my muff in mid-Sept) Then I just got happy playing with loads of different stitch patterns - loops, smooth linen stitch, moss, ribs, lace holes.... Once I'd  knitted a long tube, I doubled it in on itself, joined, and covered it in buttons from my stash. I tried to find ones with different surface textures and shapes.

This was a really fun and easy project, I'd recommend it to newbie knitters as a good way to learn or practice some basic stitches - and more experienced knitters can use it as a stash buster (especially to use up odd little bits), to try new techniques and let their imagination go wild!
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017 05:23:37 AM »

What a great idea for using those pesky odds and ends of yarn all while helping out those in need.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017 05:45:04 AM »

Fabulous and fun project for a good cause. Thanks for the information as well.  I did not know this about alzheimer patients...it makes a lot of sense and something as simple as this must add to their quality of life.

It is also a very beautiful mix of colors and textures...nice job!
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017 05:53:26 AM »

This is a lovely project. I'm going to look up the Canadian society and see if I can donate such a thing to them. I've been wanting to learn how to knit, this looks like the perfect opportunity Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017 07:03:54 AM »

This is fantastic, my hub's nana had Alzheimer's and I think this may have been a good distraction for her.  I wish I would've known about these back then.

Not to mention it's REALLY pretty!  And you get to practice some new stitches!
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What wonderful idea! 
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2017 04:31:13 PM »

Wow, beautiful and so functional, too.  Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017 04:38:32 PM »

Not only are you the stash busting queen, you also have the biggest heart. Thank you for sharing your Twiddlemuff project and also for being a wonderful person. You Rock!
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2017 08:00:39 AM »

I love this!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2017 10:41:25 AM »

I love this!  Cheesy
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