Twiddle Muff News
The League is now adding a label on to each twiddle muff made by an LJW member which says “Handmade with love by the League of Jewish Women”. Now all recipients and their relatives are aware of who made and donated the twiddle muffs. Any LJW member making Twiddle products please call me so that I can give you a supply of labels which also acts as an additional twiddly bit.
On June 19 2019 the BBC One Show did an item about Twiddle Muffs and information is now on their website. It includes a knitting pattern for the twiddle muffs and a crochet pattern so this is for members who might be interested in having a go. For those already making muffs and who are happy with the pattern they are using; please continue.
Twiddle Muffs, provide sensory stimulation for dementia patients, whilst also keeping their hands warm and snug. According to the website Twiddle Muffs have also been shown to have benefits for patients with learning disabilities and those who are receiving chemotherapy.
The One Show were asking for donations to go to Doncaster Royal Infirmary. The League have sent a batch of twiddle muffs and twiddle cushions to them already.
Knitting Pattern for Twiddle Muffs
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.
Continue with stocking stitch but use up oddments of various wool textures (such as chunky, mohair, ribbon etc.) until the work measures 23 inches
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 to decorate the muff, inside and out, with ribbons, beads, flowers, zips, loops, pompoms, buttons, etc. Knit a separate pocket for a favourite photo or a hanky. Be creative, but make sure each item is securely attached.
To crochet a Twiddlemuff using double knitting (DK) yarn (that is yarn that recommends the use of 4mm knitting needles) use a 6mm hook and whatever stitch you fancy with about 40 stitches to the row.
Add textured stitches such as bobbles or thread beads and buttons onto your yarn and crochet them in as you go.
When starting a new ball of yarn, knot the ends together. This will add an extra bit of fluff for twiddling.
When you have finished, sew or tie on your bits and bobs on one side only.
Fold in half and sew the top edge to the bottom edge. then fold in half and sew again and you are done.
Washing instructions: hand wash at 30°C – carefully! Leave to dry flat. No dryers!
The League is currently supplying twiddle muffs, twiddle bags, twiddle cushions and twiddle blankets to order for the Dementia Departments at Royal London Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospice. Items have also been sent to UCLH, Mount Vernon, Northwick Park Hospital and a number of residential homes. North West Region have also been making twiddle blankets and muffs for hospitals and homes in the Greater Manchester area. We have now sent to Doncaster Royal Infirmary too.