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Anna Bar­num of Water­loo, Ont., writes, “Mak­ing these knit­ted hand-warm­ers (below) is a craft I have been do­ing for about a year and a half now. They are called Twid­dle Muffs. I use bits of left­over yarn to knit them, then use but­tons, bows and so on to dec­o­rate them. They are ef­fec­tive in min­i­miz­ing ag­i­ta­tion in peo­ple with Alzheimer’s and de­men­tia. Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from these con­di­tions can be quite fid­gety and this gives them some­thing to fid­dle with and pro­vides sen­sory stim­u­la­tion. Some friends have do­nated their yarn to me as well, and many peo­ple have con­trib­uted to the ‘em­bel­lish­ment’ sup­ply. I have do­nated most of the ones I’ve made—about 90 or so—to my lo­cal Alzheimer’s society. They are a joy to make and a worth­while use of my time.”

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