The Warm Hug Project provides donated handmade knitted or crocheted shawls to both men and women living with dementia. When the hugs of Caregivers, Nursing Home Staff, or Family are unavailable, The Warm Hug Project shawls are there to wrap the memory-impaired person in a soft sanctuary of reassurance. Shawls will be given out to memory-impaired units in nursing homes around the country. For more information about dementia and/or Alzheimer's Disease, please go to the Alzheimer's Association website: https://alz.org
Knitting and crocheting are ideal for groups as well as individuals. It can be virtual or in-person -- getting together to chat over tea, watch a movie, hear a book on tape, have a glass of wine, or simply being together while each is knitting a shawl. FUN and PRODUCTIVE! I bring out my knitting while watching TV or in the car for long drives (it also keeps my hands out of the fridge!).
And it's SO EASY! No need to know complicated patterns (although you can do those if you wish) or even how to purl -- just the simple knit stitch plus one added stitch on each row . Please watch attached short video for how to do this (please see "How It Works" page).
Just as we are unique in our make-up, so are handmade objects -- mistakes and all. The Warm Hug Project does not expect each shawl to be perfect; we simply ask that you do your best!
My Mom gave the BEST hugs! Then it was my turn to share the love as she fought Alzheimer's Disease.