I work with adults with intellectual disabilities. A huge challenge is finding age appropriate ways to use calming aids and methods. After being inspired by “fiddle muffs”
and other fidget aids, I developed this Owl themed handwarmer, with beaded edges.
The owl was made using a free Ravelry download called, “Owl Coaster.”
I attached a slightly adapted version to a single crochet base Handwarmer cuff made with super soft Bernat Blanket yarn from the Yarnspirations line in the color ‘dappled shadows.’
I then strung pearl beads onto some lavender yarn to create the edge. I used a single crochet stitch in each border stitch, with a pre-beaded pearl bead added into each stitch.
I then did one extra row of 2 single crochet stitches in each stitch so the beads do not get caught as the handwarmer is used.
The following message will be attached:
*We know you have had a few rough days lately, and we want to help in any way we can. Please use this Handwarmer to keep you warm this winter~~and when you get upset or sad, warm your hands and your heart~ think of the wise owl and the many ways that you can make wise decisions to respond to the way you are feeling~think of the pearls of wisdom to help you think of how to deal with what is upsetting you~use them to count to ten, then backwards again~you have the power to handle anything that flies your way *