Hi again.... I called the Special Olympics Winter Games contact number and talked to a nice lady. There was a bit of a language barrier and I'm not sure she understood exactly what I was asking as far as how many scarves they had and if they needed more, and then I also didn't quite understand what she meant about people having picked up yarn there to take home and make scarves, and something about 1000 scarves.... maybe Coats and Clark donated some and they had enough yarn there for 1000 scarves and you could come and get it if you wanted to or something.... needless to say, it was sort of an interesting conversation....
Anyway, it didn't sound like they even had gotten any finished scarves in yet, but it was pretty clear that 5000 scarves are a lot of scarves and they probably could use more, so she said feel free to send some in.
I also did a search for the SOWG scarves and did find some blogs, etc., such as Mystery_Gyrl said, and they are very nice. I went to the Coates and Clark site and the patterns they have there are for scarves that are 5-1/2" wide by 50" long, but the SOWG site stated their guidelines were 4-1/2" by 50". I noticed on some blogs that they all seemed to vary in width from 5-6" and length from 50-60" and one place even mentioned that there was leeway in the size. I'm sticking closer to the 4-1/2x50... less yarn, more scarves!
I have made three so far and am working on a fourth. I found a lot of the Delft blue at WalMart, so picked up several skeins along with some white. If I get tired of making them, the blue is a beautiful color and I could always make a sweater for my grandson or something with what's left... or save it for next year's Winter Games, though I don't know if it's the same colors every year or not. I think the Coats and Clark site had something about the scarf project that contained pictures of a bunch of people looked like they were in a stadium all wearing these blue and white scarves, so maybe that was from last year.... anybody know about that? I could always call the committee again and ask. If so, then we could get a jump on making scarves for future years too.
Anyway, just letting you who are interested know that it sounds like they still want scarves, so knit or crochet away!