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Knit Red Book

Knit Red Book

by Laura Zander

When a friend and a family member faced health crises, Laura Zander was shocked to learn that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. and kills more American women than all types of cancer combined.

With her new awareness, Laura, the founder of Jimmy Beans Wool, launched the Stitch Red project to benefit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's The Heart Truth® campaign. In typical "Jimmy" fashion, Laura's project is all about taking charge, moving past the problem, doing something about it.

With her persuasive passion, Laura invited the entire fiber-arts industry to participate: dozens of companies and individuals (including yours truly) have responded gladly with designs and products. We think Laura is all heart. 

The Knit Red book, one component of the Stitch Red project, is "more than a knitting book," it's an appeal to women to take charge of their heart health. While the risk of heart disease starts to rise between the ages of forty and sixty, it can begin at an early age so "it is never too early or too late to take action."

Knit Red includes practical information that can change your health, including tips, resources, recipes and knitting patterns. In her foreword, Deborah Norville reminds us that "knitting can actually have a beneficial cardiac effect, reducing stress hormones, lowering blood pressure and heart rate."

The 30 beautiful projects in Knit Red are an excellent place to begin.




Above, left to right:
'Reversible Wristers' by the Churchmouse design team.

'Multipattern Mittens' by Jared Flood take one 50g skein of Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

'Mohair Twist Sweater' by Sarah Hatton in sizes S (M, L, XL) takes 4 (4, 5, 5) 25g skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

Knit Red. Hardcover first edition; 130 pages; 30 projects. 5% of our sales will be donated to The Heart Truth.



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