Join with us in this community art project promoting mind and brain health.
Knit or crochet neurons that will be used to create a giant “human brain” display at the Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) of Charlotte. Your handmade creations will be featured with neurons crafted by health care professionals, patients and community members, to weave a giant virtual textile ‘neural network’. This display will help create awareness for brain health. The display focuses on the principle that yarn craft, with its mental challenges, social connection, and mindfulness, helps to keep the brain and mind sharp, engaged and healthy.
We have about a year to collect the neurons. LCI needs about 1,650 so we hope we can successfully meet our goal. When there is a definite date on when LCI plans to install the neurons, I will post it.
Since we really want to show our support for this project, we will be offering a FREE demonstration on all of the options for how to knit small circumferences in the round (double pointed needles, two circular needles, magic loop and add FlexiFlips) at our next "Crafting for a Cause" event on Sunday, November 4th. The event is FREE, but please register so we know how many people are attending. To register or to read more about "Crafting for a Cause", please click here.
What is a Neuron? Neurons are electrically excitable cells of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The billions of neurons in your body connect to each other in neural networks. They receive signals from every sense, control movement, create memories and form the neural basis of every thought.
How You Can Help:
Knit or Crochet a Neuron.
Donate Knitting Needles or Crochet Hooks. (can be any size)
Donate money to LCI Charlotte to help with supplies for this project
Atrium Health Foundation 208 East Blvd Charlotte NC 28203 704-355-0933
This would be a great opportunity to donate yarn from your stash or needles/hooks that you no longer use. Help us bring awareness to brain health and make this project a huge success!
Patterns to create your own neuron: Click here. (Please Note: The website the patterns are on is an old website and is no longer being managed. Discussions on this website say there is no longer a need for neurons. They are referencing an old project and does not apply to our need.)