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Jimmy Beans Wool is leading an initiative, “Stitch Red“, to bring attention to heart disease, the #1 killer of women in the United States. The program is part of a broad campaign to help women understand risk factors and to encourage them to adopt healthier lifestyles for their long-term benefit.
Stitch Red is supported by a majority of manufacturers and vendors in the Needlearts industry who are creating unique “Stitch Red” products for which 5% of gross profits will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in support of The Heart TruthÂ®, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, sponsored by the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Additionally, Jimmy Beans Wool has written a book, Knit Red, which features 30 celebrity designers sharing patterns and personal stories and will be released in June of 2012.
A heartwarming profile of a knitting group in Calgary that is making dolls for children in Malawi. Since 2005, they have made over 10,000 dolls. The initiative is part of the work being done by Lifeline Malawi, a medical charity started by a Calgary physician. The dolls fufill a dual purpose: they are used as packing materials to protect medical supplies in shipping, and they are given to the children attending the Lifeline-run clinics, to bring some joy and smiles.
The New York Times reviews a number of children’s picture books, including the beautifully illustrated “Extra Yarn“, about a little girl living in a monochrome world who discovers a box of brightly colored yarn, and learns to knit.
This truly amazing and highly amusing article from the archives of the Guardian in the UK is a must-read. The article, published in 1961, proudly touts the miracles of nylon yarns, reports that 2/3s of teenagers are knitters, but notes a disturbing trend of “problem grandmothers” who don’t knit.
A friends brings our attention to the fab blog of French textile designer Camille Dupuis, who is doing amazing things with wool and knitting. I particularly like the lion, but all her stuff is wonderful. (The blog is in French, but there is much to look at.)
And in other world news, Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia, is a knitter.