no tools = no memories

knitting a long scarf without tools
in honor of those
getting along in life without memories

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I will be running in the 2014 Kansas City Half Marathon on October 20th.

The Triumphant Finish
Action Sports Images

I can't believe they are going to let me do it again. Special thanks to the Kansas City Sporting Commission and their support for my Guinness World Record last year. This year I'll be running the half marathon and getting a trial run for my NYC marathon two weeks later.

New This Year:

Fingers!

No knitting needles, no crochet hooks, no tools. I won't be running with scissors this time.

This is in preparation for my NYC run where security restrictions limit the use of anything remotely resembling a weapon.

You may have heard of finger knitting, but this will be different. Common finger knitting uses four fingers of one hand like a knitting loom. I will be using my fingers more like knitting needles with anywhere from 10 to 16 stitches across.

Finger Needles!
Purling

Yes, I can totally teach you how to do this. Check out this video tutorial playlist on my Youtube Channel. It works really well and, I believe, may be easier for those learning to knit as it provides a more tactile and direct, unmediated, interaction with what makes the knit stitches.

Doing Without

I forgot my knitting needles and I am looking kind of out of place on the street. Does this sound like early dementia? In my favor are studies that show exercise and activities that engage the hands and pattern thinking help with brain health. Whether it is your own health that you are protecting or watching over your loved ones as they age; the threat of Alzheimer's Disease affects all of us. Please don't wait to be directly affected. I hope that my activities will help people focus on Alzheimer's research and care and support for those affected and their caregivers. Charity events and fundraisers are a way to remind you to contribute a small amount to something that you know matters.

Training

Check out my blog to see some of my experiments and training. Are you going to be running the KC Half? I'd love company. You could knit with me or talk with me about your Alzheimer's story. I am hoping to finish in just under 2 hours time. Look for me in the race and cheer, it makes a huge difference. You can also show solidarity by knitting while you wait for me to pass by. And don't forget to donate.