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.
Your scarf should be soft (any material), unisex design, and approximately 60 inches long by 5 to 8 inches wide. Machine washable is a plus, but it is not absolutely necessary.
Mail it to:
Orphan Foundation of America
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
..but not until September 1, 2009-December, 2009.
Please read all the info in this blog. Most of your questions will be answered here.
Also, please check out the Red Scarf Ravelry group.
If you still have questions that remain unanswered, please email me at email@example.com
A long-time reader-buddy, Jennifer, has donated some scrumptious prizes for the Red Scarf Contest, which isn't so much a contest as a drawing: Knit a scarf, tell me about it, I put your name in a hat at the end of the mailing period, I award prizes. Pretty simple, really.
Jennifer is sending some lovely skeins of Fyberspates yarn, photographed here.
I'll let Jennifer explain in her own words:
Hi Norma! I don't know if you remember me, but you helped me figure
out the description "pudding-shaped island". Now I'm writing to you
from London, where I am taking a few months' break from my real life in
Florida. Puddings everywhere!
The Red Scarf project was in my
thoughts at Ally Pally, where I picked out the yarns for the scarf I
plan to knit. I also couldn't resist getting a few skeins for you to
give out as prizes ... I was looking for a UK yarn blogreaders might
have heard about but not had the opportunity to try. In the end, I
chose Fyberspates because a) it's hard to resist hand-dyed, b) the
popularity of Knitcast and the Knitting Olympics's Team Wales makes me
think knittters would like Welsh wool, and c) I recognized the name as
an advertiser in one of the online magazines (she thought it must be
Anyway, I have two lots of yarn to add to the kitty.
The first 2 photos below are my attempt to capture a spring-like skein
of sock yarn: 100 grams/425 meters, 75% wool + 25% polymide. The next
2 of photos do absolutely no justice to the yarn--each skein is 100
grams/134 meters of 100% Bluefaced Leicester. The colorway is so
delicious that when my partner (motto: "Grey is my favorite color")
saw it for the first time, he blurted out "Is that for me? Can it be
my scarf?" Plus of course both prizes are embued with lovely Ally
Pally vibes to promote good knitting mojo!
Julie-Noolie finished another scarf, a pretty multi-color crocheted one.
And Tee finished a stunning double-sided cable one. Yum!
Check out the gallery for their photos. On that topic, I now believe I am up to date with photos in the gallery. If I have inadvertently overlooked yours, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, everyone! I'm so gratified and proud of everyone's participation.
Oh, I'm all teary-eyed. Look what I got from Lyssa:
It's that red scarf time of year again. Since last
year when you sent me some yarn to make a scarf for the project, I have
graduated from college and gotten a good job (woo hoo! I can afford to
buy yarn now!). I have also relocated to North Hollywood, CA. I read
about the push to get Panera to sponsor, and I'd like to hold a
red-scarf knitting night at the Studio City location (12131 Ventura
Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604) to meet new friends locally and help out. This will be Tuesday, November 7, gathering 7pm.
you could post this to either the red scarf blog or your main blog, I
would really appreciate it! I hardly know anyone around here yet.
Thank you, Lyssa
I'm so happy I could burst. Last year Lyssa was a student and left a comment that she didn't have any red yarn, but she'd be happy to knit up some of mine if I sent it to her, and I did and she did.
Now she's paying it forward in a very big way and is going to host a red scarf knit night at the Panera near her. (heh, before my post urging about writing Panera, she did not know there was one near her, but she found out she has one pretty close) If you're in her area, please join her for her Red Scarf Knit Night, and please let me know all about how it turns out. Pass it around!