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Old 07-17-2007, 07:17 AM   #1
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Red Scarf Project NEW Deadline December 15th!!
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:
http://www.orphan.org/index.php?id=40

And here is NormaKnits blog about it:
http://nownormaknits2.typepad.com/no..._in_error.html

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:

Unisex
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.

Soft
No 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

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Old 07-17-2007, 07:41 AM   #2
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dd and I have been waiting for something like this. Do you have a yarn and pattern suggestion? Thanks
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Last year, I made a scarf using two strands of soft TLC yarns held together throughout, and used this pattern.
http://www.ballostringdesigns.com/fr...bensscarf.html
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I am going to try to make a few, and I called my friends who helped out on the Dulaan project too. I will let you know when I hear from them.
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Well, shoot. I have 2 waiting to be donated that are super bulky. I guess I'll find another organization. I think they make great scarves and aren't too bulky, but what do I know. I just walked 2 miles to school everyday in -0 temps for 2 years in college!

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Red Scarf Project Deadline in September!!
Hi,
I just finished my first scarf for The Project. I want to try and knit at least two or three. I'll try to post a picture later. Can't believe they received over 15,000 scarves in such a small time frame. I can just imagine how the room(s) must have looked (the great red sea). Tsunami . . . hmmmmm. Hopefully, with an earlier deadline the scarves get to be used during the mid-winter months.
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I have one braided cable scarf ready and waiting to go for this project. I saw on Norma's blog that they are asking everyone to register - where's the link to register?

It's probably obvious somewhere but I'm missing it.
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Sandy,

Thank you so much! I really like that pattern. I am going to a Stitch n' Pitch baseball game in August and have been looking for a project to take with me. I don't want to take anything too large or complicated. I think this will be perfect!

Please count me in for a scarf. I had to laugh when I read on the website that they request you send no more than 5 scarves -- aren't knitters great?

Since this is my first post in the Charity Knitting forum, I want to say 'hello' to everyone. I have been viewing KH for the past two years. I finally decided to join when I saw the Charity Knitting forum. I'm so happy and excited about this forum!
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Originally Posted by lissalue View Post
I am going to try to make a few, and I called my friends who helped out on the Dulaan project too. I will let you know when I hear from them.
Cool!

Originally Posted by kellyh57 View Post
Well, shoot. I have 2 waiting to be donated that are super bulky. I guess I'll find another organization. I think they make great scarves and aren't too bulky, but what do I know. I just walked 2 miles to school everyday in -0 temps for 2 years in college! - Kelly
Hold onto those scarves. I'm SURE we'll find a place to use them!


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Hi,
I just finished my first scarf for The Project. I want to try and knit at least two or three. I'll try to post a picture later. - Katrina
Woo Hoo!

Originally Posted by suziehomemaker View Post
I saw on Norma's blog that they are asking everyone to register - where's the link to register?
It's probably obvious somewhere but I'm missing it.
I haven't seen one yet. Maybe it was just a thought, and they decided against it. Time will tell.

Originally Posted by McKnitty View Post
Since this is my first post in the Charity Knitting forum, I want to say 'hello' to everyone. I have been viewing KH for the past two years. I finally decided to join when I saw the Charity Knitting forum. I'm so happy and excited about this forum!
How neat! Thanks so much for joining!! It warms my heart to know that the charity knitting section caused you to join. I asked Amy if we could possibly have a section for charity knitting, and she agreed right away! I was so glad, because it was getting hard to find our charity knit-alongs in the middle of all the other messages. Now, we have a place all our own. Welcome to the forum, AND to our charity knitting section.
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OTN: Sockintine Socks, Ankle Socks, Slipper Socks, Willa Top, Baby Blanket, Baby Burial Outfits, Baby Sweater, Pure Silk Tank, Ballet Camisole, HP Scarf.
Shandeh - Knitting just a few things now? My Lord! Now that's a WIP list!
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