RSN’s Warm Hands, Hopeful Hearts project is all about engaging with the community by making a gift for someone on dialysis. Fingerless gloves, or mittens are a thoughtful, useful gift because you can get cold during a dialysis treatment.
Why do people on dialysis feel cold during treatment? Anemia is one cause and many people who have kidney disease experience a low hemoglobin. In addition, during a 3-4 hour hemodialysis treatment there is about a pint of blood that is circulating in the tubing through the dialysis machine. People on dialysis often report they feel cold. The fingerless gloves will allow them to be on their smart phone or tablet and keep their hands covered.
There are patterns and tutorials below. Once you create your pair of gloves we would like you to give them to someone you know who is on dialysis. Or you can create a fingerless glove making group. Invite you crafty friends and family members to join you by making fingerless gloves that you can give to multiple people on dialysis or to a local dialysis clinic.