Did you know heart disease is the #1 killer of women in America?
You probably expected it to be breast cancer, but according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute “one in four women in the United States dies of heart disease, while one in 30 dies of breast cancer.”
I think that’s a good reminder to get ourselves checked out from head-to-toe on a regular basis.
In the last few years doctors have started to realize that women might not have the classic heart attack symptoms (pain in arm or chest, shortness of breath) that men experience. It’s important for women to learn what their risk factors are and the symptoms for which they should watch. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website has a wealth of information from questions to ask your doctor to healthy recipes.
What does this have to do with yarn?
Through the Stitch Red campaign, JBW has organized the fiber arts community to offer yarn, notions, and patterns with 5% of the process going to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth® and women’s heart health education and research.
We are excited that Debbie Bliss has signed onto the project with both a yarn and a pattern.
First up, the yarn. Rialto Lace is the newest entry into the popular Rialto family. This delicious 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool yarn comes in 429 yard (50 gram) balls. While there are 20 colors available, Color #8-Red is the official Stitch Red color.
Don’t you just want to reach into your monitor to pet it?
The Rialto Lace book showcases this yarn in shrugs, shawls, and those popular little lace collars.
While the patterns in the book aren’t official Stitch Red patterns, you still contribute whenever you make any of them in Color #8.
On the other hand, the “Knit Red” book is full of official Stitch Red patterns.
The book includes 30 designs from some big name designers. In addition to their patterns the designers each share a little story about why heart disease awareness is important to them as well as a tip about how they stay healthy. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty neat book. You can see a sneak preview of the book here.
Debbie’s pattern is this pretty Dolman Sleeve Sweater. The sizes range from a 36″ bust to a 51 1/2″ bust. It is knit using Baby Cashmerino in color #34-Red.
The “Knit Red” book will be available in June (they are taking pre-orders). If you don’t want to wait that long you have options.
This beautiful Square Back Wrap was designed by Brooke Nico using four balls of Rialto Lace in the official Stitch Red color.
The pattern is in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine. Pop over to your local yarn store and pick up a copy along with the yarn and do your part to start “sticking it to heart disease!”
Knitting and crocheting are great ways to combat stress by allowing yourself to slow down and relax. Since we all know how bad stress is for our health, allowing ourselves quiet time to work with our yarn is important to our well-being.
How else are you taking care of your health and your heart?