Hello, my charity knitting friends! :muah:
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" :teehee:
(They received over 15,000 handknit scarves last year!!!)
Here's the website with the details:
And here is NormaKnits blog about it:
They are accepting scarves from September 1 through October 15, 2007.
[SIZE=3][COLOR=red](Update for 2008 scarves: Deadline is DECEMBER 15th)[/COLOR][/SIZE]
Here's a general guide for making your scarf:
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.
No laceweight, super-chunky, or mohair yarns. NO FUN-FUR!!
Use DK, doubled fingering-weight, worsted weight, or light bulky yarns.
[SIZE=3][I]Warm and Comfy[/I][/SIZE]
They want the scarves to be substantial, drapey and warm, but not heavy and rug-like, and not scratchy.
[SIZE=3][I]Simple, Nice Design[/I][/SIZE]
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