What does knitting have to do with Alzheimer’s?
What is knit-bombing, you ask? It’s a form of street art in which public objects such as trees, fire hydrants, telephone poles and statues are covered in knitting or crochet. It started as a way for artists and crafters to bring communities together in conversation around public spaces adorned in vibrant yarn creations. Knit-bombing has become a recognized way to make an artistic statement that’s bright, bold and fun.
So, what’s up with knit-bombing and Alzheimer’s disease?
We think it’s a creative and reassuring way to help people understand and overcome their fears of dementia. The knitted figures you see in our ads symbolize there is still life after diagnosis. Early diagnosis helps people and their families plan for the future - it keeps their lives from unravelling.
Love to knit, crochet or sew? Help us raise awareness, one stitch at a time! Use your talent and imagination to support someone you care about who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia with these ideas:
- Knit or crochet a Forget Me Not flower. They’re quick and easy. Download a free pattern to get started.
- Give a knitted Forget Me Not to someone who has or is affected by dementia, or knit a bunch of flowers to raise funds for your local Alzheimer Society.
- Post and share a photo of your Forget Me Not on Facebook.
- Organize a knitting bee in your community to raise needed funds for your local Alzheimer Society. Let us know and we’ll post your information on our Facebook page so knitters can find each other. You can even ask your local craft store to donate yarn.
- Knit or crochet a comforter yourself, or get a group together and have each member create a section. Up the ante by hosting a quilt-making challenge at work, at school, in your home or community, and donate any funds raised to your local Alzheimer Society.
- Organize a knit-in or knit-a-thon in a public space to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Invite your friends, family and colleagues. The more, the merrier!
Remember, no matter how simple or elaborate your creation, you can use it to help spread awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – and bring warmth and a smile to someone living with the disease.