8 June 2015

two down

Since my last post I have managed to finish two of the four projects I was working on. The first was another crocheted shawl for my friend Faye...hopefully it will be with you soon. The second was something I saw on facebook, a call for knitters to make sensory bands for patients in the later stages of dementia. The scheme was launched at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and the Integrated Dementia Services Project Manager explains, “The sensory band was designed to help people find comfort in tactile stimulation which they may be missing, especially when they are away from home. The bands can be reassuring and help people to feel more relaxed and safe". For more information about the scheme and for a pattern click here.
Basically the band is just a knitted tube, which I did on dpns, using two strands of dk yarn.

I tried to use colour and texture for stimulation and had great fun with different yarns, stitches and add-ons such as buttons, ribbons, beads and icord, which were sewn on both the outside of the band and the inside.
A great and easy project to knit and hopefully it will bring comfort to a dementia patient.

Till next time, Ali.


  1. What a brilliant idea Ali!!!
    V x

  2. I like the dementia tube. I saw the appeal for these, but couldn't really picture them until now.

  3. Wow Ali - you are busy!
    Love your sensory tube - very inventive additions and textures - and beautiful to look at too!
    I'm sure it will bring calm and comfort to both the person who uses it, and their carers and family.
    Another shawl too - fab!
    Keep up the great work!
    Ali x

  4. Absolutely brilliant idea . My aunt with early dementia loves wearing her scarves , she knits them herself and is always fixing them around her neck . Now I know why

  5. A wonderful idea Ali !....(I love the colours you've chosen too ♥ )
    Hope you're having a good week!
    Susan x


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