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Station Cat, Sailors’ Barometer and Twiddle Muffs

We saw our dear friend off on the train this morning after a fabulous and very busy week and were not surprised to see that Hector, the Station Cat, was wisely in the office this wild and windy morning!

Hector, Redruth’s station cat

We have spent the day indoors listening to the hoolie blowing outside and watching the blue in our Sailor’s barometer get higher and higher.

Sailors’ Barometer

I have had a spare couple of Twiddle Muffs after making more than were needed last year, so A has taken them home with her, one for a mutual friend and another for her Singing for the Brain group where it should find a good home.

Twiddle muffs


Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Beauty, knitting, Photography, postaday2017



Wise Words and Twiddle Muffs

“There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city at night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize life like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful, I promise.” —Emery Allen ‪#‎TodaysMantra‬
I started working on Twiddle muffs sometime ago and you can read about them here
That one went to a local Care Home where my choir have done concerts and was well received, with some suggestions for improvements. I have now completed four more and, as suggested have added a few more things especially something to go in and out of the pocket on each one. Each has different textures and a variety of buttons and ribbons and crochet inside and out. They have been great fun to make and I hope will provide some entertainment for the Dementia patients for whom they have been made. I have made them for love of and in memory of my beautiful Mother-in-law, Madeleine






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Twiddle-Muff, Cookies and A Poppy

I heard recently of a project to knit Twiddle-muffs, sometimes known as Sensory bands, for people with Dementia and they sounded like a really good idea so I set about making one. My lovely gentle MIL, Madeleine,  had Dementia and used to fiddle with bits of her clothing and I have made this one with love with her in mind and memory. I think she would have liked it. I have incorporated buttons and ribbons, inside and out ,and have added a little pocket as suggested by another knitter. There are lots of textures in the chosen yarns and the stitches used. Now I have to find a home for this one and the others in the making, maybe with Dementia UK for whom we held the concert in Trebah Gardens last week.



2   I baked 101 cookies this afternoon as we have some workmen coming to the house tomorrow for 3 or 4 days and I like to give them home-made cookies with their tea.

Oat Crunchie Cookies

Oat Crunchie Cookies

3   Our first Poppy has emerged and is magnificent. There are eight more buds to be seen.

First Poppy of the season

First Poppy of the season


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