Camp REAL

This week we had the opportunity to give some local kids an introduction to knitting and yarnbombing. We taught finger knitting at Camp REAL, a program put on by Newark Parks and Recreation. They were familiar with us through Knit the Trail, and asked if we'd be interested in being a part of this wonderful camp that gives kids fun summer mornings full of new experiences.

We met Sharon Bruen, who shared her enthusiasm for the program: "Camp R.E.A.L. is an eight week long free half-day summer camp for children ages 6 to 14 in one of Newark's lower income areas near Dickey Park. Camp R.E.A.L.'s focus is on Recreation, Exploration, Adventure, and Leadership; tools and traits that we try to instill in the campers through the summer."

 Knit the Trail trees re-imagined at Dickey Park!

Knit the Trail trees re-imagined at Dickey Park!

The night before we were going to teach, we used two of our giant tree blankets from Knit the Trail to yarnbomb the trees at the park. We wanted the campers to experience the surprise of yarnbombing before we explained their project to them. Since we were working with a wide age range, finger knitting seemed like the best way for the kids to try 'knitting'. They all learned pretty quickly, and some loved it so much they went home and taught their family. All their pieces were wrapped around the branches of a giant tree that can be easily seen in their neighborhood.

 Busy finger knitting! Red, white, and blue for the upcoming summer Olympics!

Busy finger knitting! Red, white, and blue for the upcoming summer Olympics!

 The youngest of the campers... and awesome finger knitters!

The youngest of the campers... and awesome finger knitters!

 Wrapping their knits around the branches.

Wrapping their knits around the branches.

It's special to see all their pieces come together into one colorful display. We hope they take pride surprising their families and friends with their yarnbomb. We had so much fun getting to know these kids and sharing our love of knitting with them.

For us, this really is the essence of what it means to be knit together in love. Being part of a community that encourages each other, reaches out in creative ways, and has fun together is one way we envision knitting connecting people's hearts and lives.

May is Lyme Awareness Month

by Lacey

One of the most exciting outcomes of Knit the Trail has been the connections we've made with other Newark yarn lovers. Mimi Eastman is one new friend who saw the trail yarnbombing and joined the NFL Yarnivores group, where I met her and got to hear a little about what excites her. She says her favorite things are to knit and raise awareness about Lyme Disease, which she does through her instagram and facebook page, Lyme Yarns. She invited the Yarnivores, ktog, and other women to contribute lime green yarnwork to be wrapped around the parking meters in downtown Newark for the month of May. Mimi also attached info about the Take a Bite out of Lyme Challenge.

Several of my friends and family have been affected by Lyme, and I'm thrilled to join Mimi in raising awareness. Symptoms are varied and Lyme is often misdiagnosed. Proper treatment early on is so crucial to prevent chronic struggles.

 Had to do some bobbles!

Had to do some bobbles!

Delaware has the 6th highest incidence of Lyme Disease in our country. Two new pieces of legislature have been introduced this month that would improve prevention, awareness, treatment, and coverage of Lyme. House Bill 290 will address the prevalence of Lyme-carrying ticks in our state and work with the DNR to mitigate that. House Bill 291 will create a healthcare education board. Accurate information and a proper perspective of the seriousness of the disease is necessary for healthcare professionals to best treat their patients.

 Victoria's colorful piece! 

Victoria's colorful piece! 

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Kate and I took a bite out of Lyme! Please join us (it's quite refreshing!), but more importantly, take a few minutes to learn more about Lyme Disease. Remember as you head out to enjoy the great outdoors to wear protective clothing and tick repellent. Inspect yourself (and your kids!!!!) for ticks and quickly remove them. Deer ticks are teeny-tiny, but a routine of checking daily is so worth it. Here's some more info:

http://lymediseasechallenge.org/learn-lyme-disease/

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2015/12/10/lawmakers-push-lyme-disease-awareness/77100338/

http://6abc.com/1321629/

Thank you, Mimi, for sharing your passion in a colorful way that helps our community!