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16 November 2016

While Rome burns!

We've been fiddling!!! 

The source of that phrase (fiddling while Rome burns) is the story that Nero played the fiddle (violin) while Rome burned, during the great fire in AD 64. Bit bizarre really as there was no such thing as a fiddle back then!!  No proof that this happened but we'e definitely been fiddling on Tuesday mornings!!!

Anyway, I digress. If you take a look at the picture below you'll see seven fiddle muffs that the Tuesday morning group have made over the past month or two. 

This is the group that got together last year to make bunting for the street party that we had in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday.  We enjoyed it so much we've continued to meet!!!

If you want to know what fiddle muffs are then I suppose I'd better explain! Patients with dementia/Alzheimer's often get fidgety and like to touch things and play with them. The muffs are made (knitted or crocheted) and then objects attached so they've got something to play with - both on the outside and the inside. They can be anything from cotton reels, pieces of ribbon, velcro, curtain hooks or any item which has texture. Yesterday Sue and I took these seven muffs to a local home for patients with dementia. We had a very warm welcome from the staff which was lovely. Next project? Knitting and crocheting squares for blankets. 


8 comments:

  1. Interesting. Had not heard of such muffs.

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  2. I'd never heard of fiddle muffs, either... very clever!

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  3. When my son was at school he'd fiddle with things... tapping pencils on the desk was his favourite... The teacher had a stash of different things, blue tack, bags with beans or something in, anything for him to fiddle with that Didn't Make a Noise!!

    They are excellent!!

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  4. I'm glad you explained, I might have thought they were to protect a violinist's wrists! Good idea and a good to support the community.

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  5. What a sweet idea and gift!! :) I had never heard of them before.

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  6. Lovely idea. Thanks for the explanation; I had not heard of these, either.

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  7. Anonymous7:16 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I've never heard of these but it makes perfect sense.
    StephanieW

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  8. I saw a news story about this on the telly last week. A great project for your group. Bravo

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