The Orphan Foundation of America is gearing up for Red Scarf Project 2007. This gives us a lot of lead time to make something before January. Please consider knitting or crocheting a scarf or two for this very worthy cause. The OFA will be launching the initiative at the NYC Knit Out on Sept. 17. OFA will receive the scarf contest donations, and students will model the winners in 8 categories.
Please read the guidelines carefully. Some of the more important elements that jump out at me are:
UNISEX COLLEGIATE-appropriate styles are requested, approximately 60" long by 5 to 8 inches wide
DO NOT MAIL BEFORE JANUARY, due to space constraints
ANY SHADE OF RED, and red combined with other unisex colors
They are LOOKING FOR A NATIONAL DROP-OFF SPONSOR -- Einstein’s is not able to assist this year and Barnes and Noble has declined. If you have any ideas or contacts, please let Annalisa Assaadi know. Her phone number is (571) 203 0270. I'm thinking there has to be a college-age-oriented sponsor out there -- a music chain, a clothing chain....Target...something. I'm disappointed in Barnes & Noble. They run the college bookstores at Colgate University, Hamilton College, and probably any number of others. But I also can understand what it's like to be a person, or a business, that is constantly being asked to volunteer resources. It does get to be burdensome, and the line has to be drawn somewhere. So hopefully some business will see the opportunity to bring in traffic during that very slow after-holiday month of January and step up to the plate on this one.
Here (assuming this works -- I've been having a plethora of formatting problems with this entry for some reason) you can download a Word document with the full info and guidelines about the project. There is even a free Lily Chin faux cable reversible scarf pattern at the end.
Feel free to print it out. Please pass the word around!
Here are the yarns I have reserved so far for this project. I've been saving them since the project ended last year.
I will donate and host a blogspace for people to showcase their red scarves for the project. Let me know if you're interested. Also, if you would like to knit a red scarf for the project but cannot afford the yarn, let me know in the comments or in an email and I will enter your name in a drawing for free red yarn from my stash to knit a scarf for the project. If you have yarn to give to somebody for this purpose, please let me know. We can try to match people with yarn as much as possible. Last year a few people knitted beautiful scarves with yarn I sent them, and it felt good for all of us. I'd like to continue the tradition.
AND I'd like a button. Anyone?
This is a project that touches my heart in a very big way.