Vickie Howell + Juvenile Epilepsy = the Purple Stitch Project

Do you know anyone with epilepsy? More importantly, do you know a child who has epilepsy? I didn’t know this, but Vickie’s youngest son has epilepsy, and she’s started a great group to help raise awareness and support for kids who feel isolated by their symptoms. Great cause for sewers, knitters, and crocheters! Sarah E. White at about.com has more info on The Purple Stitch Project after the jump…

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Vickie Howell is kind of the personification of the adage that if you want to get something done you should ask a busy person (or a mom). The knitwear and crochet designer, mom of three, yarn designer and all around crafty gal is also the force behind the newly launched Purple Stitch Project, an effort to bring crafters together to raise awareness of, funds for and bring comfort to kids with epilepsy.

¬†Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder (after strokes and Alzheimer’s)? and the Epilepsy Foundation of America says it affects about 300,000 kids in the United States. But having seizures, not understanding what’s happening to your body and treatments that can have their own side effects is pretty scary and isolating for a child of any age. The Purple Stitch Project is asking knitters, crocheters, sewers and stitchers to make comfort items (in purple, the epilepsy awareness color) that will be donated to kids with the disorder to help remind them they are not alone.

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