Since 2016, our sensory mitt ministry has created over 1,600 mitts that have been donated to individuals and groups both locally and around the country. We've established other groups of dedicated knitters around Louisville, and our active Facebook group boasts nearly 1,400 members from around the world.
What's a sensory mitt?
A sensory mitt is a double thick mitt made with embellishments attached inside and out in order to provide a stimulation activity for the restless hands of people with dementia, Alzheimer's or autism. Mitts can be sewn, knitted or crocheted. The embellishments (we call them "twiddles") can be anything that's washable: dangling yarn or ribbon, buttons, beads, appliques, crocheted objects (flowers, butterflies, etc.) and so forth. Raid your junk drawer and let your imagination soar!Who can make mitts?
A sample of some of our mitts
Anyone! Whether you knit, sew or crochet, making a mitt is easy -- we'll provide the pattern and examples to work from. Novice, experienced or expert, every skill level is welcome. You can make mitts on your own time, but we've set aside an hour and a half each week when you can join a group of interested handicrafters, sharing ideas, techniques and fellowship. Attend the group whenever you're available.I'm interested! When do I start!
Currently, a group of dedicated folk come together to make mitts and embellishments on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. at Calvin.I don't knit, crochet or sew ... can't even sew on a button. But I want to help...
If you cannot come to a group, you can make mitts at home, at your leisure. We can provide a pattern and the materials. Contact us.
You can donate yarn or material for embellishments ("twiddles"). We prefer anything except wool, please.For more information or to donate materials, contact Nancy Wissink, Director of Senior Ministries.
Raid your junk drawer for twiddles! Twiddles can be anything washable -- ribbon, buttons, beads, appliques, crocheted objects (flowers, butterflies, etc.) and so forth.
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