Much Joy Had From Fiddling With Dementia Sleeves

I was at a ladies’ lunch last week and amongst our busy throng were several avid crafters and hobby nuts.  They have a go at absolutely anything.  Strangely no one ever seems to need patterns or instruction packs.  When I begin a project, I’m there poring over the script checking I’ve got every bit of equpment listed, I always knit the tension squares and measure my seam allowances.  I always pin and baste the seams and darts too.   The latest ‘must make’ item is an open ended sleeve that has many different types of yarn and textiles knitted into and sewn on to it.  Then various buttons, little zipped show pockets, stips of lace and knitted bobbles are added.  These sleeves are for folk with dementia who get great comfort from fondling and fiddling with all the different textures and layers of lace etc.  What a brilliant idea for those scraps!