A Twiddle Muff is an arm cuff to be worn by anyone with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is for twiddling, fidgeting, fussing about, fixating. Something to channel a person’s nervous energy so to speak.
Recently I found out that one of my friends father has this horrible disease and it has progressed rather fast with him. So I hurriedly finished this Twiddle Muff so I can send it to his family members who are taking care of him. And I would like to say his daughter is an animal hero as she is not only taking care of him but his two dogs also! She already had two or three dogs and a cat I think so some people didn’t think it was a good idea but she knew it was the right thing to do. So my hat is off to her!
If you would like to make a Twiddle Muff to donate or for someone you know, it’s just a round cuff that is usually knitted but could be sewn. The point is to have many textures and fiddle bits on it. Larger bells than I had to put on mine might be a good idea to keep up with loved ones who tend to wander off.
The list of add-ons is endless:
Large flat beads, rounds beads, ribbons, fabric, heavy plastic, burlap, leather, chain etc. Just make sure everything is securely attached to the muff and inspect it every so often to make sure nothing has come loose.
Any item that might pertain to a person’s past hobby or entertainment that can be easily affixed.
And this is a great project for a newbie knitter as mistakes are no problem. It doesn’t matter what the muff looks like only what it feels like. I didn’t even bother cutting off the ends of the string that I used to tie some of the things on with, I just knotted them until there was no more end, something else to fiddle with.
So get to knitting everyone!