Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Charity Knitting: The Red Scarf Project

Thanks to everyone for the Duduza dolls! We will send them out early next week, so there is still time to make one if you hurry!

Our next charity knit will be The Red Scarf Project.

In 2005, Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) started The Red Scarf Project, an initiative to send Valentine's Day care packages, and handmade scarves, to college-bound foster youth. Last year, the OFA was overwhelmed with submissions, so this year there are a few new rules, including a much earlier deadline: early October!
We'll collect scarves at The Knit Nook, but we will send the scarves Wednesday, September 26 so they will reach their destination in time.

You can also send your scarves directly:

Orphan Foundation of America
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166

Guidelines for Knitters (or Crocheters!)

Scarf Size: Approximately 60" long and 5" to 8" wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front.

Style: Think unisex collegiate. Ask yourself if your son, brother, and/or husband would enjoy receiving the scarf. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape and tie easily.

Yarn: Preferably DK, double fingering-weight, worsted weight, or light bully yarns. No laceweight, super-chunky, or mohair yarns as there are many people who find mohair too itchy. The yarn should be soft.

Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red. Other unisex colors, including black, navy, teal, olive or gold are also welcome.

Finished and tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying "Handmade for You" with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, burger bucks, books of stamps, etc.

For free scarf patterns, or to read more about the Red Scarf Project, click here.


The_Add_Knitter said...

Such a great project, I hope it goes well for you guys!

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