Sensory Mitt Ministry


Since 2016, our sensory mitt ministry has created over 3,000 mitts that have been donated to individuals and groups both locally and around the country. We've established other groups of dedicated knitters around Louisville, and our active Facebook group boasts over 1,500 members from around the world.

This ministry has relocated to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 10200 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40223. For more information or to donate materials, contact Nancy Wissink at 502.758.5429.

What's a sensory mitt?
A sensory mitt is a double thick mitt made with embellishments attached inside and out in order to provide a stimulation activity for the restless hands of people with dementia, Alzheimer's or autism. Mitts can be sewn, knitted or crocheted.  The embellishments (we call them "twiddles") can be anything that's washable:  dangling yarn or ribbon, buttons, beads, appliques, crocheted objects (flowers, butterflies, etc.) and so forth.  Raid your junk drawer and let your imagination soar!

../images/files/more mitts.JPG   A sample of some of our mitts
Who can make mitts?
Anyone!  Whether you knit, sew or crochet, making a mitt is easy -- we'll provide the pattern and examples to work from.  Novice, experienced or expert, every skill level is welcome.  You can make mitts on your own time, but we've set aside an hour and a half each week when you can join a group of interested handicrafters, sharing ideas, techniques and fellowship.  Attend the group whenever you're available.
I'm interested!  When do I start!
Although our group is not currently meeting in person, we encourage you make mitts at home, at your own pace!  Interested volunteers may contact Nancy Wissink at 502.758.5429 to arrange to collect supplies, get creative support, and drop off finished mitts during scheduled times.
I don't knit, crochet or sew ... can't even sew on a button.  But I want to help...
You can donate yarn or material for embellishments ("twiddles"). We prefer anything except wool, please. 

Raid your junk drawer for twiddles!  Twiddles can be anything washable -- ribbon, buttons, beads, appliques, crocheted objects (flowers, butterflies, etc.) and so forth.