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Local woman's crochet pattern in book to raise heart health awareness

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Tanis Galik, local crochet pattern designer, holds the "Crochet Red — Crocheting for Women's Heart Health" book open to page 34, where the pattern and sample she made for inclusion in the effort to education all on the number one killer of women. Kathleen Kline / Tehachapi News

February is heart health month. Many take this month to bring awareness to others about taking better care of their own heart health. Local designer and artist Tanis Galik has joined the Stitch Red campaign to bring awareness about the disease that is the number one killer of women, according to the 2012 National Vital Statistic Reports.

One of Galik's crochet blanket designs was selected to be included in the "Crochet Red, Crocheting for Women's Heart Health" by founder of the campaign Laura Zander (published by Sixth & Springbrooks, NY).

The 44-inch by 50-inch red and gray "Gingham Afghan" pattern was designed and made by Galik, gained inclusion in this first edition. The mostly double crochet stitched afghan is designed for anyone who is a novice at crocheting. It can be made and enjoyed by anyone with some crocheting experience and/or made and given as a gift to someone, Galik admits.

The Gingham Afghan pattern has been described as one of Galik's, "Innovative and show-stopping designs [that is] the trademark of this Northern California artist..." by Zander.

"I was honored to have this pattern selected for such a worthy cause," Galik said. "And it makes me happy to see the response my pattern from those who have already made it." Galik's pattern is getting reviewed as one of the favorite projects in the 30-project book.

Galik, who was "taught by my grandmother when I was about five," to crochet "relearned it as a teenager high school" and has been crocheting ever since. She has been designing patterns professionally for five years now.

If you aspire to learn crocheting or know a woman who crochets this is a wonderful book to add to your crafting library as it helps teach about heart wise choices while slowing us all down a little and reminding us that the women in our lives need to take care of themselves. The book can be found on Amazon for $14.08 with a portion of the proceeds going to the National Institutes of Health.

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