New knitting book to benefit women’s heart health

Knitting, women, heart health and the color red have combined to create a book that’s good for you.

“Knit Red: Stitching for Women’s Heart Health” by Laura Zander has as its mission raising awareness of heart disease as it pertains to women and raising funds to benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign for heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. A portion of proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Foundation.

Heart disease if the number one killer of women in the United States and needlearts industry if made up of 98 percent women, according to Zander, founder of the Jimmy Beans Wool company.

Thirty designers, including Debbie Bliss, Nicky Epstein and Debbie Stoller, have wrapped themselves in red, so to speak, to craft for the cause. Even a few male designers — Barry Klein, Jared Flood and Martin Storey — have taken needles in hand to contribute to the cause. In addition, the designers share their stories about how they or their loved ones have been affected by heart disease.

The designs, all done in shades of the most remarkable reds, include sweaters, caps, bags, mittens and mitts. shawls, socks and an afghan. The result is a compendium of projects that will satisfy knitters of all skill levels. Add to that the books Heart-Healthy Living section featuring facts about women and heart disease, exercising your heart and heart-healthy recipes and you end up with a must-have book to add to your collection.

It’s difficult to choose a favorite design from the book, but I find myself leaning toward the Graphic Tunic, the Snowboarder Hat and the Leaf Lace Sweater.

Oh, and have you ever wondered where to find a pattern for the Red Dress logo? This book has it.

Look for “Knit Red: Stitching for Women’s Heart Health” at your favorite bookstore or online. The cost is $19.95. For information, go to

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