Fid­gety fin­gers

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

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.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ.

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.

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