Twiddlemuffs. This is not some sort of an exclamation like ‘‘fiddlesticks!’’, though twiddlemuffs do provide wearers with something to fiddle or twiddle with.
A muff is a handwarmer and Palmerston North Heartland Lions Club member Wendy McCrae explained that a twiddlemuff is a handwarmer with in-built accessories.
‘‘It’s a double thickness knitted hand muff with bits and bobs attached inside and out. It is designed to provide a stimulation activity for the restless hands of patients suffering dementia.’’
The 43 members of McCrae’s all-female Lions Club involve themselves in a number of community projects, including the recent Bra Artz fundraiser for breast cancer patients.
Now the club is looking for donations of knitting wool, large buttons, beads, cotton reels, zippers, and any sort of three dimensional ‘‘doodad’’ so they can create 100 twiddlemuffs in 100 days for donation to rest homes.
‘‘To do this we need help from the public to either knit some or donate wool or bits and bobs to sew on them,’’ McCrae said.
The 100 days are up on December 22, with instructions available from McCrae, 356 5458 and Ann Dowds, 358 4365.
The basic construction is a 28cm by 58cm rectangle in stocking stitch with various textures and colours with extras attached.
‘‘It’s a good way to use up leftover wool.’’
Later, the club will hold a sewin to stitch up the knitted panels.
‘‘We already have Feilding’s Ranfurly and Palmerston North’s Peppertree keen to have some twiddlemuffs, and if others would like some, let us know,’’ McCrae said.
Palmerston North Heartland Lions Club members from left Wendy McCrae, Jeanette Izod and Ann Dowds are on a mission to promote the club’s knitted twiddlemuff project.