Stitch Red and Knit Red

So I know I mentioned the Knit Red book here a few times before and that I have a design (my first published piece) in the book as well. Super exciting! I got to hold the book in my hands for the first time today.  It's beautiful, and amazing and I am so honored to be a part of it.  I can't wait to share more of it with you all!

The book is actually part of a much larger campaign that Jimmy Beans Wool (the amazing place I get to go to work everyday) has started to bring Heart Disease awareness to women in the US.  It's the #1 killer of women in the US (yes, even ahead of breast cancer) and what most women don't know is that the symptoms present themselves much differently than in men and because of that often goes undetected for far too long.

Stitch Red has partnered with over 70 yarn and knitting vendors to create Stitch Red products from which 5% of the proceeds will go to benefit The Heart Truth campaign (you know, the little red dress logo on the Diet Coke cans)? You can find out more about the Stitch Red and the connection to the Heart Truth here.

Heart disease is an issue that is really near and dear to my heart (pun intended).  My dad has long suffered from heart problems, the result of genetics combined with agent orange exposure. (Yes, it causes cancer AND heart issues, who knew?) Also, high cholesterol runs in my family.  My grandmother, one of the most fit looking octogenarians I know has long been on cholesterol medication.  This is my future, and I am so thankful that modern medical research has done so much to educate us about our heart health.

In any case, I hope you all will take a look at what Stitch Red is doing in support of the Heart Truth, and whether or not you are a knitter or crocheter, or just someone who cares about their heart health, you'll read up on what you can do to protect yourself.  Be proactive, not reactive.

I'll leave you with this video blog that I was interviewed for at the Stitches West conference at the end of February.  Jimmy Beans Wool was there to promote Stitch Red (hence the red apron).  My interview takes place about 2 minutes and 40 seconds in.  Emily from Mother Daughter Knits was so nice to feature us!  Thanks Emily!  Sorry this took me so long to post! :)

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

Kristen