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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!
Spend time out of doors and eat veggies from your own garden!
I had a scary time during my pregnancy where my blood pressure kept rising. You feel so helpless because in cases like that there isn’t much you can do. Plus, you feel fine – yet your health is in danger. I try and make the effort to do some sort of exercise each day – even on busy days I can usually fit in at least 10 min.
I have lost both my parents to heart decease. I try to keep my weight down, exercise and knit to relax.
I just lost my Father to a heart attack among other problems he had. Renal Failure.
So I am quite worried about myself and my other Family members.
Knitting has been my sourse of relaxation…………
Unfortunately I am familiar with heart disease. last Sept my father suffered a stroke. Then this past February my mother had an emergency thoracic aortic dissection. I am fortunate that they are both doing well as can be expected. Two yrs ago while out of the country my father suffered a heart attack. Then I have a young niece who just turned one last week and she was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (essentially half a heart). I myself have deep vein thrombosis (which is more vascular).
Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and promote heart health!
Both my father and my husband’s father died at an early age from heart attacks. Almost all the siblings in my family suffer from high risk factors for heart attack. We are really aware of the risks it poses and the huge part genetic factors play.
Lost my brother to heart disease st 41 and it contributed to my Mom’s passing. Knitting and exercise are just some of the ways I try to keep it at bay.
I had a heart attack at age 34, when my son was 10 mos old! I have a rich family history of heart disease so I wasn’t surprised that it happened just that it happened so early. Women should be aware of what is going on in their bodies and pay attention to those early warning signs. Take care of yourself, make time for yourself, breathe!
Daily Walks with your Best Buddy.(Mine is a German Shepperd/Wolf mix Dog Named Sheba.After that we both need lots of Water & relaxation.Then we both get ready for some quality Knitting time out on the sunny Observation Deck with some inspiring Music & a Waterfall ……Birds a tuning in as well.I make sure we both stay well hydrated…with Water for my Girl & green Tea for the Hostess .It does the Body good….
Your Heart is thanking you for it.
Two month from today my mom will be dead 37 years. She had a heart attack at age 50, the night before returning home from a trip to Europe that she’d always dreamt of. Because she did not seek immediate help, the damage done was so massive that her only hope was a heart transplant. She was not a candidate and she died 3 years later at age 53. I was 18 then.
What has this taught me? Genetics stink. You might not be able to change things but you can make things better or at least give yourself half a chance. So, I am within normal limits of my ideal body weight, I walk regularly, I eat a low fat/low refined sugar/low sodium diet with lots of fiber from fresh fruits and veggies. Not only does the walking help me to keep my weight down, but it exercises my most important muscle-my heart, and helps control blood sugar by making you more insulin sensitive, and helps reduce stress. And I knit which makes me happy and relaxes me as well!
On a Friday after noon in November of 2009, I was bringing my mom home after a 2 week stay in the hospital and a 1 week stay she collapsed right at her doorway. She passed away early Monday morning. I stitch and knit red and even have a blogged dedicated to her.
I would love to add this book to my library. Thanks for your generosity.
High cholesterol has been an issue in my family tree. Due to knowing this, I have pushed our pediatricians to ensure that when our boys hit puberty they should have a fasting cholesterol test done. Sure enough, one did have high cholesterol! We’ve lowered the percentage of fat in the milk that we buy and have increased the fruit and vegetables in our diet.