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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Are you a Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Local?

Well, we have news for you! Mark Huttner of Johnny Skein and Cindie Venem of Knits & Kits Needle Arts have joined forces against heart disease and are hosting a Stitch Red Launch Party on September 11th at 5:00pm - 8:00pm in Lake Geneva, WI! If you're nearby or up for a short road trip, we highly recommend you join these two for a spectacular launch party. P.S. You'll be able to purchase the kit for Johnny Skein's Heart Beat Beret Kit at the party - it's one of our newest Stitch Red products from a new partner! Here's more info:

Stitch Red - Sticking it to heart disease

Two local businesses have partnered to knit their way to help eliminate heart disease, which is the lead cause of death for American women and men.

Stitch Red is a national heart disease awareness campaign supported by the needlearts industry to benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Manufacturers and designers are creating one of a kind yarns and patterns. Local yarn stores are supporting the Stitch Red cause by carrying Stitch Red products and hosting Stitch Red Knit Nights.

Cindie Venem of Knits 'N Kits Needle Arts, LLC and Mark Huttner of Johnny Skein Workshop, both local Lake Geneva businesses, have teamed their efforts to help increase awareness of heart disease. 

While the campaign is designed and directed toward bringing awareness to women and heart disease, Mark understands this disease all too well. Three and a half years ago, he experienced a heart attack and subsequent five bypass, which makes this topic near and dear to his "heart."

Mark Huttner of Johnny Skein Workshop designed and packaged an exclusive Heart Beat Beret knitting kit for this campaign and Cindie Venem of Knits 'N Kits Needle Arts LLC will exclusively carry the Heart Beat Beret knitting kit.

Both of these local entrepreneurs have committed to donate 10% of the proceeds to benefit the FNIH. The Stitch Red Campaign concludes June 30th, 2013. Knits 'N Kits is currently the only retailer in Wisconsin supporting this cause!

The consumer is encouraged to participate by:
  •  Asking your local yarn store to carry Stitch Red products.
  • Spread the word.
  • Collect donations for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).
  • Attend a Stitch Red Knit Night event.   
Mark your calendars for the Stitch Red Launch Party Knit Knight on Patriot Day, Tuesday September 11, 2012, 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Knits ‘N Kits is sponsoring a “Meet and Greet” with the designer, Johnny Skein.  Drop in to meet Johnny, view the completed beret, and pick up your kit.  Not only will you keep your head warm this winter, but you’ll also be helping a wonderful cause!  So you say you don’t knit?  No worries – 10% of all proceeds from the evening will go to FNIH!

A special thank you to Linda O’Connor, the model, and the other local Lake Geneva businesses that have shown their support in this effort:  A+ Graphics and Printing Services and Wanda DeVries Photography.

For more information about contributing to this great cause, visit either of their websites (www.knitsnkits.com or www.JohnnySkein.com).  Please browse the websites and be sure to visit and “Like” both of them on Facebook.  You’ll gain more information on the design, kit, event details, and informational links to a healthier you.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Mark or Cindie.

1 comment:

  1. Johnny Skein here...

    Thanks so much for the mention Casey. We had a great night and before heading to bed that night I posted on Johnny Skein facebook...how humbled I was for my friends. They made it a success! Whether they bought a kit or not, the support was amazing and I really appreciate them.

    We have been plugging along and hope to sell a few more Heart Beat Beret Kits in Detroit this weekend at the Third Coast Fiber Arts Festival and have even more to donate to FNIH. This is a great cause and as a having undergone open heart surgery, I am honored to be part of this.

    Thanks again Casey and hope to talk with you soon.