Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Red Scarves for Heart Health
I enjoy keeping my hands busy while talking with family or watching a movie. (If my hands are full of a craft, I can’t fill them with food. ) Unfortunately, I’m not very good at reading a crochet pattern. (Which is weird, because I read to learn everything else.) Consequently, when learning a new pattern, I make a scarf. I have so many crocheted scarves, I’m sick of them. But I really need to keep crocheting to keep from gaining any (more) weight. What’s a girl to do?
I tried to make baby afghans, thinking to donate them to a crisis pregnancy center, but remember how I can’t read patterns? I refuse to show you a picture of my one attempt at a baby afghan.
My husband, who works at a hospital, found me the perfect opportunity to make my scarves and bless someone else in the process. WomenHeart, The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, provides local support for women living with heart disease. Local chapters deliver handmade red scarves, along with the WomenHeart “Red Bag of Courage” to women in hospitals throughout the country. The scarf and the packet of information remind women that they’re not alone in dealing with their illness.
The yarn must be any shade of red, and the scarf should be 4-5 inches wide and between 50-70 inches long. That’s it. It can be any pattern you choose. (What a terrific way to learn new patterns.)
You can find out more information here http://www.womenheart.org/?page=Programs_HSGetInvolv and here https://www.facebook.com/groups/172473329576212/?ref=ts&fref=ts .
This would be a great way to introduce knitting or crocheting to a daughter or granddaughter. Fun. Easy. Heartwarming. (No pun intended.)
Any other ideas for ways to bless others through easy crocheted or knitted projects?