Knitting for Mental Health.

I am participating in DateKnit, a knit-a-thon on World Mental Health Day – October 10th. Along with at least twenty other people, I will be raising money for RESTORE, and Oxfordshire charity that supports people with mental health issues to succeed in life. Dressed up in cocktail attire and hopefully dragging the Flan along, I’ll knit for at least three hours (depending on what time I get off work). It is because of this that I decided to reveal my name, all so that you can, if you so choose, support the charity.

You can find my JustGiving page here:

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Alternatively, if you’re in the UK, you can text ‘KNIT57‘ and the amount you want to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.

The money will go directly to Restore. The hope is that they will have enough to buy knitting supplies for a workshop week next month that I plan to volunteer at. When my knitting group’s founder suggested the charity, I thought it was perfect, as isn’t helping people achieve what they want to in life the purpose of an occupational therapist?

Anyway, I’m not exactly a brilliant knitter. I can do the basic knit stitch, and that’s about it so far. I’ve completed two projects this week (and crossed another item off my bucket list), a scarf for Flan and an iPad sleeve. I finally finished these two items thanks to the knitting group I found and attend for the first time on Wednesday. I’ll talk more about them later because there’s a whole other point I want to make with that experience!

So why “munchkin”?

Munchkins are cats with shorter legs. It’s a hereditary trait, and unlike with Scottish folds, it does not come with a set of health problems. Munchkins can do everything a normal cat can do. They just happen to look much cuter doing it!

Munchkin kitten!

A munchkin kitten.

But why have I taken this name to heart?

Because I like differences, and munchkins represent ‘differentness’ in an absolutely adorable way. Just because munchkins don’t match our idea of a ‘normal’ cat, doesn’t mean they can’t do things that ‘normal’ cats can.

munchkin!

A dancing munchkin!

Other cute animals that are slightly atypical and therefore dear to me are:

Scottish folds.