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      From: Betsan <betsan@...>
      Date: Sat, May 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM
      Subject: iknitlinks Newsletter May 2010
      To: Ruth Heer <ruthmheer@...>

      Be the change you want to see in the world

      Welcome to the iknitlinks e-newsletter

      May 2010

      We have lots of things you can get involved in this month. They range from helping out with the research to helping those with learning disabilities, knitting on the run and even contributing to a Guinness World Record attempt! Knitting is certainly breaking out of its traditional boundaries in a big way. 

      The British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting

      We had a very productive four days at The British Pain Society's Annual Scientific Meeting in Manchester last month. We were a little apprehensive at first because the other stands were large, purpose-built affairs populated by the big drugs companies. There were loads of freebies and even a specially designed Wii game to draw the health professionals towards the drugs stands. To put it simply, we were the only people using blutack! However, we'd planned the stand well and it stood out brilliantly. The backdrop was covered in lots of speech bubbles with quotes from knitters about how they use knitting to manage pain and these really struck a chord with the health professionals attending. We took along a large knitted throw and some vibrant yarn to illustrate the effect that colour and texture can have on raising feelings of wellbeing, so the stand attracted a lot of attention because it looked so different and colourful. We got a tremendous response, and as a result have a number of pain specialists and departments who are interested in starting up knitting groups. We'd like to match these departments up with volunteer knitters in their areas, so if you're interested, please contact Betsan at Betsan (at) Stitchlinks.com. Other health-based areas in which we are interested in developing groups are mental health (particularly depression and stress), addiction, palliative care, hospices and care homes, so please get in touch. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve the quality of life of many.

      Knitting and Memory
      We now have details of the Cardiff University study which will look at the effect of knitting on memory. It will take place on June 2nd - 18th. The psychologists concerned hope to run three experiments which each require 30 different volunteers, so we need to find 90 volunteers who would be willing to give 90 minutes of their time. Please contact Betsan for a list of available dates and time slots. Thank you to those who have already pledged some time to this study.


      Knitting Survey

      The knitting survey developed by Cardiff University and Stitchlinks has successfully negotiated the ethical committee hurdle and has full clearance to go online. Our plan is to test and pilot it in May and early June with the aim of getting it live online on June 21st to coincide with the end of the memory study mentioned above. Reminders will be posted on the iknitlinks and Stitchlinks websites. We need to find as many knitters as we can muster to fill this out as it is only online for a limited period.

      Make one for Mencap

      Get knitting to make money for Mencap! This is a collaborative project between I Knit Links, Mencap and The Knitter magazine. Working in partnership The Knitter and Mencap will be organising fundraising events to raise money for people with learning disabilities. Mencap provide services and advice, challenges prejudice and campaigns for the changes that people with learning disabilities want. Check out their website for more details of how you and your group can get involved with this worthwhile cause.


      I Knit London Tea Party

      A date for your diary! 19th June will see a tea party at I Knit London. These tea parties, now legendary, gather lots of knitters together to knit, chat, drink tea and eat cake. They also have a great purpose behind them. This particular tea party is about raising awareness of the projects and charities that we are involved in. We will be drawing your attention to the Mencap campaign and asking you to think about how you can get involved. Come and join us for a lovely afternoon of tea at the shop in Waterloo and don't forget to bring some cake and knitting! 


      Race for Life

      Jog, walk or run to help beat cancer. This is a race, walk or jog for women only and is Cancer Research UK's flagship event. Many knitting groups are taking part in the event - some are even knitting as they walk. It's quite straight forward to sign up and take part. You need to choose your event and location and raise money on-line where you will find lots of fundraising ideas for your groups. The information on the website will tell you what to expect on the day, what to bring with you and a timetable.

      Visit www.raceforlife.org to find out more.

      A Really REALLY Long Scarf for Sleeping Beauty!

      Hall for Cornwall theatre in Truro has launched a Guinness World Record attempt to help Sleeping Beauty knit the longest scarf in the world. At the end of this world record attempt, the scarf will be made into blanket for Cornwall Care and Friends of the Elderly, ensuring that what is a community endeavour remains as a useful community resource. The target is 34 miles and you can be a part of this. They would love to hear from any knitters who would like to contribute. For an information pack, please email info (at) reallylongscarf.org.uk.

      You can keep up to date with progress at www.reallylongscarf.org.uk.

      Books about Knitting

      Knitting by Anne Bartlett is a work of fiction about friendship and knitting and is available from most bookshops. When Sandra is widowed in her early 40s, with no children to distract her, and an unsatisfying career as a college lecturer, she feels she needs a new direction in her life. This comes in the unlikely shape of Martha, a woman she meets completely randomly when they both stop to help in a medical emergency in a shopping mall. Martha has also experienced grief, but appears to have worked it through. She is also a keen, talented, but almost obsessive knitter who lives and breathes her skill. Sandra is fascinated by her work and eager to develop other strands to her career, so decides to organise an exhibition on the history of women's clothing and textiles, asking Martha to help her by creating replicas of various items. What follows is not a conventional friendship, nor a conventional healing, but it nevertheless changes Sandra's life very much for the better.

      Let us know how you get on with this good read! 

      Knitting and Activism

      If ever you needed to be told or reassured that knitting has a calming effect on the mind and enables you to think more clearly and develop your thoughts, this is the woman for you.

      Dorothy Height passed away last month at the age of 98. She was an activist in the US civil rights movement and observed Martin Luther King delivering his 'I have a dream' speech. Throughout her life she fought injustice and racism. Advocating equal rights for US citizens became her life's work and this was recognised by the many awards she received. In between fighting for civil rights for black people in America, Dorothy found time to knit. At a civil rights conference once she was admonished for knitting while the debates were taking place. She boldly retorted that knitting kept her more awake and more alert than the other delegates! 

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