Welcome to Katherine Harriet's 'Twiddle Mitt Project' - a community project which calls out to people who love knitting, to make Twiddle Mitts for people living with Dementia.
So what are Twiddle Mitts?
These are simple knitted cuffs, to which a range of items, including ribbons, buttons or beads, can be sown and which provide something people living with Dementia can hold and ‘twiddle’, helping to reduce anxiety and promote calm.
Katherine Harriet supports many clients who are living with Dementia, and thanks to one particular client, who had the idea of making twiddle mitts for some of our clients with Dementia, these have become a big hit with smiles all round.
Kathy De Mattia, Director of Care, at Katherine Harriet, says "The Twiddle Mitts were so well received by a few of our clients living with Dementia, that we now want to give them to more of our clients. Reducing anxiety is incredibly important for the wellbeing of people with Dementia, and a simple idea like a Twiddle Mitt has shown to have a great calming effect."
A client's daughter sent us this:
"Please will you thank the lovely lady who knitted the hand warmer for Mum. She loves it."
We are launching the Twiddle Mitt Project, where we are calling out to residents of Hereford who love knitting to make a Twiddle Mitt to donate to people living with Dementia.
If you would like to make a Twiddle Mitt, please see the Instructions opposite, and send your Twiddle Mitt to:
Katherine Harriet (Bespoke Home Care)
Suite 2B Penn House
9-10 Broad Street
Or alternatively, drop it in to our office at this address. Press buzzer '8' on the door outside. There is a lift in the building.
Thank you for supporting our Twiddle Mitt project.
How To Make A Twiddle Mitt
Needles: 6.5mm straight needles or 8mm circular
Beads, zips, ribbons, anything that can be ‘twiddled’ but will not break, be sharp to touch or brittle.
Cuff cast on 40 stitches using 2 strands of double knitting wool. You can also use 1 strand of chunky wool
Work in stocking stitch (knit a line, purl a line) for 11 inches (28cm)
Continue with stocking stitch and use up any oddments of various textures of wool. For example: chunky, mohair, snuggly, Eskimo, ribbon and chenille
Knit unit work measures 23 inches (58.5cm)
Neatly sew the long edges together with purl side facing you
Turn the mitt inside out
Push the cuff up inside the mitt body and neatly sew together the two short ends
Now it’s time to decorate your memory mitt. Here are a few things to consider: choose a good variety of decorations, such as beads, and colours
Include bits and bobs on the inside too. Agitated hands can then be soothed and kept warm at the same time.
Try to include at least six decorations on the outside and four on the inside. You can add more if you like
Make sure everything is sewn on tight so it cannot be pulled off, and that there are no loose threads.
Photo caption: Katherine Harriet Mentor Francine Jones, with a Twiddle Mitt for one of her clients.