October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re turning our thoughts to sharing comfort and sympathy to those in our lives who need it most. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women worldwide, and the second most common in the United States.
Whether you walk or run for the cure or donate to a chosen charity, support for breast cancer awareness is strengthened when we unite for a cause worth fighting for.
One of the best ways to support awareness of breast cancer is to support those around us who have been affected. Making a prayer or healing shawl is a thoughtful way of reminding someone that you have them in your thoughts.
Here are six of our favorite shawl patterns, all beautiful ways to show your support to whomever the receiver may be. Make one in pink, the color used to recognize breast cancer awareness, or use your favorite soft yarn in the color of your choice. No matter the look, the message and meaning of the shawl is what counts most.
|Crochet Tea Wrap made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl by Beatrice Ryan Designs* made with Pound of Love®||Knit Plush Stripes Shawl made with Homespun® Thick & Quick®|
|Crochet Modern Lace Shawl made with Martha Stewart Crafts™ Extra Soft Wool Blend||Knit Splendid Triangle Shawl made with Homespun®||Crochet Tranquil Comfort Shawl made with Homespun®|
*Please note, this is not a Lion Brand pattern.
Looking for more ways to support breast cancer research and raise awareness? Here are three products whose purchase also includes a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
|Crochet for a Cause Kit – 20% of the purchase prices goes to the BCRF||Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needle Kit – $5 donation to Breast Cancer Research||Knit for Life Kit – 20% of the purchase prices goes to the BCRF|
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
Please donate $10 to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of David Babcock’s upcoming New York City Marathon race. If every Notebook reader gives just $10, we’ll reach our goal of $3500 before the race!
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This week David wants to know – what do you find hard? Keep reading …
Lion Brand is sponsoring David Babcock, aka the Running Knitter, in not one but TWO marathons this fall! David is running to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and he needs your support – please donate today: http://lby.co/1Kl24cG.
David is the Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (over 12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he accomplished in 2013. In Kansas City on October 17th, he will attempt a second world record – the largest doily crocheted while running a marathon! Last year David ran the New York City Marathon in under four hours, setting a personal record while finger-knitting a scarf with the words, “I’ll remember for you.” Together, David and Lion Brand raised just under $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter and we’re going to do it again this year!
The Knitting Runner’s Training Diary Part #2
I’m training again for a marathon. Yes, it is hard. Like most people, I would rather be comfortable = not running. So why do something hard and uncomfortable? Short answer: because I can and it matters, plus it’s good to do hard things.
I like to find parallels between my running, learning more about yarn arts, and life. So while you may not be marathon training chances are that, as a visitor to this site, you are trying to improve your yarn skills. It is also safe to assume that most people are dealing with something hard in their life.
To keep myself motivated and moving I keep telling myself, “I can do hard things”. There are three key parts to this that I would like to share with you.
The worst time to decide to slow down, or quit, during a race is when it is toughest while you are running uphill. Make decisions when you are stable, cooling off, or at a rare resting point. Don’t decide when your knitting is knotted or your crochet is crooked. Frustration and despair are what we are training against.
I’m running races while doing crochet this year to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s and caregivers. If it was just me it would be easier to sleep in. I’m doing it for them and they are counting on me. Find a creative way to connect with a cause. Most hard things find you. If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease they might not thank you. Don’t confuse someone’s appreciation for service with the value of that service. For your yarn projects it helps to find a recipient with a good sense of humor. Pets tolerate less-than-perfect projects as well as they do successful ones.
It is hard to look good in a marathon race photo. Being positive and hopeful about your efforts is like a turbo boost. Smiling is not a way to hide your pain but a way to invite others to share the load. If your hard things are for someone you love let that love lift you up. Hard is important. It is how we get things done that matter. The things that do the most good are often the hardest. Does being better with your yarn really matter? Make it matter by connecting it with other people.
The Alzheimer’s Association uses flowers as a symbol for remembering our relationships with those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. For the NYC Marathon I’ll be making finger-crochet flowers while running. I’ll be making lots of flowers as I train. Everyone deserves a flower but I won’t be able to manage that but I can give away a few. Last year I shared training scarves with randomly selected readers who shared a story about their relationship to Alzheimer’s and yarn arts.
This year I’d like to hear about the hard things that you can do, leave your message in the comments below. It doesn’t have to be connected to yarn but we are all connected here through our yarn. I think you are awesome for working hard and working through it. You are becoming more talented, stronger, more able to serve, and more able to love. You deserve a flower and much more.
– David Babcock, the Knitting Runner
Share the hard things that you can do for a chance to receive a crochet flower.
We’re happy to announce that Lion Brand will sponsor David Babcock, aka the Running Knitter, in not one but TWO marathons this fall!
David is the Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (over 12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he accomplished in 2013. Last year David ran the New York City Marathon in under four hours, setting a personal record while finger-knitting a scarf with the words, “I’ll remember for you.” Together, David and Lion Brand raised just under $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter and we’re going to do it again this year!
A longtime fan of Hometown USA® for its bulky weight and quick workup, this year David will be crocheting during his marathons in Kansas City and New York City.
Read on to learn more about David’s plans for raising awareness for Alzheimer’s this fall.
The Knitting Runner’s Training Diary Part #1
Fall is nearly here and I am excited for the races that I have in the coming months. My first race will be another Guinness World Records attempt. This time I will be the Crochet Runner (does the news media know the difference?). I’ll be trying to make the largest crochet doily while running a marathon. I’m calling it the “Doily Dash”. I am hoping that the craziness of seeing a guy running a marathon while hard at work making a lacy doily will help us remember our grandmas and the continued need for supporting Alzheimer’s Disease research and caregivers. The Doily Dash will be in Kansas City on October 17th.
I’ll also be running the NYC Marathon on November 1st where I’ll be doing a “Flower Run”. There is a tradition in “Walk To End Alzheimer’s” events where all of the participants hold up a flower in remembrance of people lost to Alzheimer’s. For NYC, I’ll be finger-crocheting flowers while I run and giving the completed ones to race spectators as I finish them.
In these coming weeks I hope that you will join me as I train and prepare. Follow me as DoNotStaple on your favorite social media. Get the specifics on my website, KnittingRunner.com, and get everyone you know to donate to Athletes to End Alzheimer’s. Yarn-arts make a difference!
David Babcock ran the 2014 NYC Marathon in 3:56 (a PR)
and raised just under $10k for Alzheimer’s research.
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Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. In this post she explores the benefits of having pets and other animals in our lives and how we can craft for them as a way to heal ourselves. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
Pattern: Barkley Loves His BlanketEvery week I pick up a friend’s Golden Retriever and together we volunteer through the SPCA doing animal-assisted emotional support therapy. We visit hospitals, schools, housing shelters, community organizations, transitional living residences … and no matter where we visit, the energy of the room changes as soon as the puppy walks through the door. People relax. People smile. People play.
One of the most underlooked ways that animals can help us is through our knitting and crochet. Whether or not you have a pet of your own, you can find ways to crochet for animals that help to benefit them as well as yourself.
1) Crafting for Pets That Are Ill
It can be so difficult on us when our pets get ill, especially with a chronic illness. Animals with long-term illnesses require a lot of care and support. People sometimes reduce their hours at work or change their social schedules for years at a time in order to accommodate the special needs of a sick animal. We do this because we love them but we shouldn’t underestimate how stressful it can be for us.
Having a pet that is chronically ill can lead to the same kind of caregiver stress experienced by people who are taking care of elderly parents or special needs children. Knitting and crochet help to relieve depression in caregivers. Making items for your own pet in need can be a way that you give to them while sustaining yourself. It can feel especially healing to make something that will comfort the animal – a soft new pet bed, a cuddly new pet toy – because it really feels like the time that you’re taking for yourself is also giving to the animal.