A recent article in the Times brought to our attention the fact that memories of pets can coax dementia patients’ smiles. This article went on to give details of nurses and volunteers at a hospital had done to help their patients’ suffering from dementia. They said ‘The effect of knitted pets is hard to quantify but if it raises a smile with a patient then, honestly, there is no better feeling.’
We are starting by trying to knit a small version of our office dog, Bess. If this is successful we are going to try and knit some of the breeds once owned by some of our clients.
We have knitting pattern books for 25 dog breeds and 15 cat breeds and have produced a list of clients’ pets to knit so far we have a Cavalier Spaniel, a Springer Spaniel and a Jack Russell to knit and also a list of willing knitters so we are very excited!