Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. Women are five times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer, but a lot of women don’t know their risks, the signs of a heart attack in women or what they can do to improve their heart health. Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool wanted to help change all that, and she got together with some of her famous knitting designer buddies to produce Knit Red, a book full of patterns — stitched in red, the color for heart disease awareness, of course — for lovely sweaters, shawls, mitts, socks and more, as well as tips for healthy living and heart-healthy recipes to try.
The book raises money for The Heart Truth, an initiative of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. It’s a great cause to support, but this is a wonderful book in its own right, full of beautiful patterns you could knit in red or not. Lots of great designers are included here, such as Deborah Newton, Debbie Stoller, Debbie Bliss, Kim Hargreaves, Jared Flood, Martin Storey and Norah Gaughan.
It’s a beauty, and it can be yours.
This giveaway runs from now until the end of next Thursday, June 28. To enter, leave a comment sharing how heart disease has affected you or offering a heart healthy tip (here’s mine: knitting is great for relaxation and can help lower your blood pressure!). One winner will receive my copy of the book. And maybe some red yarn. We’ll see.
Thanks and good luck!