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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Comparative pair

I'm still making sensory aids for people with dementia - we are now calling them sensory sleeves because twiddle muff can sound rude.

I was making them big, to fit 2 hands easily and using aran yarn and a big hook.  Then our crafting groups was given a mass of cotton yarn - ironically by a lady who is unable to craft anymore as she has dementia.  Even using two strands of the cotton together it is still much finer than the aran and I use a much smaller hook and make a considerably smaller sleeve, to fit over one arm.  We thought some people would prefer the feel of cotton and people vary a lot in size.

These 2 images are actually part of one photo so that really is the size difference.

Our first batch of sleeves is in use at a local dementia unit and they are popular so production continues.  I am enjoying the balance of repetition and uniqueness as I decide how to add buttons and texture to each using what I have in my stash.

Looking forward to all your unique pairs contributions too.

11 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

I do like this idea - different sizes and colours is always a good thing, everyone likes a bit of choice.

Sian said...

I think these are fantastic. And I do like the idea of some cotton ones for a choice of texture

Maggie said...

These are such a good idea. How nice that the cotton yarn is going to help people with similar problems to the lady who donated them.

Eileen T said...

I agree with the others ... these are a fantastic idea and I like the use of the different yarns to give a choice of textures.

Patio Postcards said...

I echo the comments above; such an amazing gift to give, not only your talent, time but the thoughtfulness. Maybe its time I learned to crochet. ... Mary-Lou

Karen said...

Not only are these a wonderful gift, but they are beautiful to look at as well. It's such a brilliant idea!

marshaleith said...

So nice of you to be making these cuffs. I used to crochet but haven't for awhile...I liked using the really tiny crochet hooks!

Prairie Jill said...

Such a lovely project!

Lady Ella said...

Good for you! Very worthwhile thing to do (and twiddle muff is most amusing).

bettyl-NZ said...

What an interesting idea, and creative, too!

Miriam said...

These are really lovely Helena even if they have had a change of name!