about purple stitch project

Purple Stitch Project (PSP) was founded by designer, author, and on-air personality, Vickie Howell, who is best known as the host of DIY Network’s Knitty Gritty and the spokesperson for the yarn company, Caron International.

In 2011, Vickie’s youngest son, Tristan was diagnosed with epilepsy after an EEG test proved that the tonic clonic (“grand mal”) seizure he’d had in front of his big brother had not in fact, been a fluke. Since then it’s been an emotional roller-coaster of anti-seizure drug side-effects, alternative treatment options, academic challenges, and dealing with the emotional strife a child feels when he’s not in control of his own body. Tristan is a brave kid, though and is getting better every day.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S., but for any one kid who has the disorder it can feel pretty isolating. Vickie noticed this feeling in her own son, and began work to help him feel less different and alone. While reaching out to form a community for Tristan, she met other children with varying degrees of seizure disorders. She decided that she wanted to do something that would help raise their spirits, so she drew from what she’s knows best: the handmade world. Thus, the idea for Purple Stitch Project was born.