Saturday, September 13, 2008

Special Olympics Scarf

A lady from my knitting group alerted us to the Special Olympics Scarf Project. The Special Olympics World Winter games will be held in Boise, Idaho February 2009. The organizers have requested 5000 scarfs to present to the athletes as a gift and to help raise community awareness regarding their cause.

I am crocheting a scarf for the project. The deadline is in January but I got the urge to get started last night. There is a great group on Ravelry that have inspired me to get going. They have 516 members right now and already have 142 scarfs completed and sent. I've not done much charity knitting. I seem to find other ways to help out because sometimes charity knitting just takes awhile. But charity crochet is up my alley. And I love how this scarf is turning out.

If you're interested there are only a couple of rules.

  • The yarn must be Red Heart Yarn Color 0885-Delft Blue and 0311-White Length: Approximately 4 ½” x 50” . I'm not a fan of this yarn but they want all the scarfs to be the same. And it must be washable. It really wouldn't be that bad if it had some softness too it. All that said I think it was a good choice on the organizers part to pick something that is readily available across the country and inexpensive.

  • Once finished, place scarves in plastic bags with your name and address on a note card along with a personal note to the athlete and mail them to:
    2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Scarf Project 3150 W. Main Street Boise, ID 83702

Simple right! I can't wait to see pictures of the athletes sporting their individual, yet similar scarfs.


Ellen said...

Wow, this is a great idea...hmm, might have to pick up some Red Heart and give it a try. :)

cinnamongirl93 said...

That's a really nice idea. The photo of all of the athletes will be quite a statement.
I am not a fan of Red Heart. Almost everytime I have used it I have gotten huge yarn barf (knots) that I can't undo.
I can understand why that was the yarn pick. Your right about being able to find it anywhere.

Wool Winder said...

I think I'd like to do this too, as soon as I get a chance to go shopping for the right yarn.