Walk to end Alzheimer's, Topeka KS

Saturday June 7th, 2014

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Lion Brand® Yarn

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The Topeka Yan 'n Yarn Team

A Team of Knit & Crochet Walkers

I was invited by Karen Taylor of Yak 'n Yarn, a new yarn shop in Topeka to join their team while they walk and knit or crochet along the route. Karen describes the event here:

The purpose of the event is raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Emerging evidence suggests there are steps you can take to help keep your brain healthier as you age. Knitting and Crocheting are excellent hobbies to keep your brain alert.
You can visit their facebook page here: Yak 'n Yarn

Here is the link for fundraising just for this event in Topeka: Donate to the Heart of America chapter

Karen and Denis
On the walk
David and Karen

A Walk to Remember

A two hour drive through rain ended in a sunny morning in Topeka on Saturday for the local "Walk to end Alzheimer's" event. I was invited to walk in the event by Karen Taylor who has recently opened her yarn shop, the Yak 'n Yarn, in Topeka. I met the team walkers just before the race. Out of our group of 14 there were at least 5 who had lost a family member to Alzheimer's.

Taylor was quoted in the local paper saying that her mother, 'did remember how to crochet, something she did in her years with Alzheimer's'.
There were seven of us who did yarn-work while we walked the two mile course. I decided to do finger-needle knitting and was able to knit-up about 30 inches of scarf.

Teaching a fellow walker before the walk
Results from Karen, David, and Elvira

Teaching Finger-Needle Knitting After the Walk

After the walk we met at Taylor's yarn shop and I taught five of the group my method of finger knitting. There was no needle-clacking, but plenty of yaking. By the end of our half-hour they decided that it was, 'easier than it looks' and ,'kind of relaxing when you just let your fingers do the work'.

David teaching finger-needle knitting
A spontaneous workshop at Yak 'n Yarn
Quick Learners

Here are some links to some of the articles from before and after the walk: http://cjonline.com/news/2014-06-07/alzheimers-walk-time-remembrance http://cjonline.com/news/2014-06-04/knitting-runner-take-part-alzheimers-walk