You all know about the Red Scarf Project, right? This is Norma’s charity of choice and it’s a fine one. I could try and write great things about this project and why it’s so important but Norma has already said it much better than I could.
The Red Scarf Project, a project of the Orphan Foundation of America, or Orphan.org, collects scarves to send in Valentine’s Day care packages to college students who have aged out of foster care. These brave young people are going it on their own and trying to improve their lives and the community by attending college. The care packages are welcome tokens of encouragement to young people who otherwise receive little to no mail.
I lifted that right off Norma’s Red Scarf Project blog but I don’t think she’ll mind. And I don’t think she’ll mind that this year, instead of sending money as I have for the past 2 years, I’m sending scarves. Here’s the first one.
The pattern is Mabel’s Scarf by Larissa Brown and the yarn is Berrocco Ultra Alpaca in a beautiful tomato red. I only used one skein and it could perhaps be a might bit longer but I’m hopeful it will make a college student warm and happy this Valentine’s Day.
I love the geographical pattern and think that makes it very unisex – something that’s very important for these scarves. Another thing that’s important about these scarves is that they be of excellent quality. Oh hell, I’ll let Norma say it again.
Please remember QUALITY. This is not for beginner knitters or crocheters.
The goal is for gift-worthy tasteful unisex collegiate scarves for middle class American college students — something they would feel proud to wear, just as if they were your own college-age son, daughter, or grandchild — using the following guidelines:
- Soft yarns, a drapey gauge, evenly knit or crocheted (but not anything that could be interpreted “lacy”)
- Does not have to be machine washable (but please include washing instructions)
- DK or light worsted weight is the preferred weight (can be fingering weight doubled)
- NO BULKY or SUPER-BULKY (it does not fit in the care package boxes)
- 5-8 inches wide
- 60-70 inches long
- RED! is the MUCH PREFERRED COLOR. Other tasteful UNISEX colors are acceptable, but RED is PREFERRED. Absolutely NO PINK or LAVENDER, and no colors that the general public might not like. Yellows, oranges, and certain shades of green are examples of what I’m talking about. Some people (me included) love those colors — others really get turned off by them.
- NO LACE. NO FRILLS. NO ROTINI SCARVES. NO FUN FUR.
- UNISEX, please.
- No felted scarves.
- No used scarves.
So that’s the deal with the Red Scarf Project 2009. Scarves can be sent from 9/1 – 12/15 and I plan on knitting another scarf or two to go along with this one. I’m hoping that some of you will join me and make a hard-working college student warm and happy.