Hello, my charity knitting friends!
Last year, the scarves we knit overwhelmed the organization that distributes them to orphans who have aged out of foster care.
So, this year, we are instructed to only knit a certain number of scarves, to avoid the "scarf storm"
(They received over 15,000 handknit scarves last year!!!)
Here's the website with the details:
And here is NormaKnits blog about it:
They are accepting scarves from September 1 through October 15, 2007.
(Update for 2008 scarves: Deadline is DECEMBER 15th)
Here's a general guide for making your scarf:
Make it so either a guy or girl could wear it. They don't have time to look at each scarf, and decide who should be receiving it. If it's in a non-gender-specific color, it works either way.
laceweight, super-chunky, or mohair yarns. NO FUN-FUR!!
Use DK, doubled fingering-weight, worsted weight, or light bulky yarns.
Warm and Comfy
They want the scarves to be substantial, drapey and warm, but not heavy and rug-like, and not scratchy.
Simple, Nice Design
No stockinette please, because the scarf will roll in on itself.
Help with Shipping to Students
I think if we each gave a dollar or two, along with our scarf, that would help to defray the postage costs of mailing the scarves to the students. (Just put a couple bucks in an envelope marked "Shipping" in with your scarf.)
Here is the address for mailing your scarf when it's ready:
Orphan Foundation of America
Attn: Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive, Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20191
If you can't commit to making a scarf, you can still help by sending a donation to OFA at this link: http://www.orphan.org/index.php?id=9