Thursday, January 27, 2011

the state of the red scarf address

Is that not a beautiful stack of red scarfery ?
Collected at my hangout  Knit New Haven,  sent off to the Orphan Foundation of America for the Red Scarf project. To synopsize: the OFA does support and advocacy for foster kids who are now in college. Among the OFA's activities is sending care packages to 2500+ college kids for Valentine's Day.  Each includes a handknit scarf, donated by knitters; a personal touch that truly matters to  kids who have no "from home" to call.
If you're sort of smacking yourself in the head and saying "oh noooo, I meant to knit one but ran out of time",  no worries.  There's next year.  Even better: the scarf goal was met, but donations to the Red Scarf Fund are way down . These kids are on stripped down stipends, and the fund helps with small needs as well as emergencies that crop up: your printer's out of ink, your glasses break, you lose your dorm key card and need to pay $35. to get a new one, you have a job interview but no tie... even simple things like needing cough drops and chapstick become a problem when you're on a super tight budget.
So, here's my suggestion: if you meant to knit a scarf but didn't, hit the donation button here with whatever you might have spent on yarn and postage. See?  No knitters' guilt.
Ok now let's talk scarves. I knit the one around the (ahem, thanks Dave) awesome model's neck. It's  just a stretch of mistake rib in Brown Sheep Lambs Pride,  Wine Splash. Really liked this yarn. Glad I have a half skein left to play with.
Every year I'm struck by the wide variety of patterns & yarns people choose, and how many I ooh and ahh over. There's a crocheted cotton one on the bottom that'll be perfect for a wool sensitive student.  And you can't blame me for being thrilled to see the Lamar scarf, in the center, knit by Stacey of Fresh Stitches.
Now, back to work.  Is anyone else suffering from extreme procastination-itis with a side order  of monkey-mind this week?

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Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

EXCELLENT model...just a hint of a smile with a twinkle in his eyes! Dave looks fantastic in red. He should wear it often.

So glad that I made a scarf this year too! Once again, thanks for the push!

6:55 PM  
Anonymous April said...

Thanks for the update. I always wonder what goes on after I've sent out a scarf.

Can't wait to make one for next year.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I just sent my mom in CA this link and she told me that she and her knitting group had already done this too! Very cool.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

Nice modeling job - or is it just the photographer. I've got monkey mind and too much work and all I want is to listen to an audio book and start a new knitting project. Thanks for the update.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Bullwinkle said...

So that's what its called: monkey mind.

And I thought it was some weird from of snow blindness. /sigh

5:55 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

That's a lovely pile of red scarves!

7:26 AM  
Blogger AudKnits said...

OFA sounds like it does such great work. Thanks for the terrific post!

A great job styling the model, by the way, with the hat that ties in the scarves so beautifully. :-)

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Cathy R said...

You know? I've never heard of "monkey mind" before, but it definitely describes me these days.

I've got my yarn picked out for this year's scarves. I'll go send a donation for last year. Thanks for the reminder.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Thanks DAVE - what a great model (love the red cap). Thank you for the reminder to start now for the Red Scarf project.

7:25 AM  
Blogger gayle said...

What a gorgeous heap of red!
And monkey mind sounds about right...

1:09 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

So cheery to see this pile of red in the middle of the long white winter. I did donate earlier, and the group sent a wonderful thank you note. But I still hope to get a scarf done for next year (and a donation!).

3:48 PM  
Blogger kelli ann said...

Love the pile of soft red warmth and comfort, in the midst of this Arctic New England winter... Good work knitters!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting about the fund too. I always read your posts every year and kick myself for not thinking to knit a scarf. I feel so much better being able to help in some small way.

10:47 AM  
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