This is a playful two sided muff for my gran. I knit it with some foundling wool at the thrift shop. One side is a variegated green and the other a fusion of reds and purples. My Gran will be 95 in the spring and has the early signs of dementia. Apparently these muffs help keep those with dementia calmer by allowing for the hands to fidget in a warm place.
I picked up the instructions on Ravelry.com. With chunky wool – a mix of colors and textures is best. Cast on 88 stiches and make the whole muff about 20 inches long. Knit to your hearts desire – the more stiches and variance in the texture the better.
Then comes the fun part.
The bobbles, bits and button that are large, shiny, smooth, bumpy and just fun. Chains, zippers, laces, and other nice things that will survive an industrial wash or two are good too.
So I delved into my stash for these bobbles. Once I had chosen the bobbles, button and such, I threaded groups together in random colorings and textures. I found some nylon/cotton kitting ribbon that I uses as my Gran would love the color. I used a doll makers needle – the really long one in the center of the photo above for most of this treading.
I pulled some cotton laces into a long squiggly thing .
Threaded together buttons to form a couple of chains for her old fingers to find in the warmth.
Next I picked up a threaded set or a button and sewed it firmly in place by weaving though a few kintted stitches and then though to the back where a placement button was waiting for the tie off.
The shot below is the underside of the placement with the button and knots. It is ok to leave the long bits, they will add to the texture and weight and that is good.
So, when I had attached all of the bits that I had set up, I then folded the two ends and attached them securely with a slip stich using the tail of the knit.
Apparently this playful muff will distract her from the frustration of loosing her memory. So, I hope at least.
Thanks for reading. Pass it on, care homes in Canada have found that these really do help.