While going through my usual list of knit blogging reads, I stumbled across a reference to the Red Scarf Project in one of the Keyboard Biologist‘s latest entries. The project benefits Orphan.org‘s Care Package program for foster kids who’ve left the system and gone off to college. I remember how cool it was to get care packages from home when I was in college, because it was a reminder that there were people out there who cared about me, and were cheering for me and supporting me from far away.
I just happen to have a bin full of bulky red yarn sitting in my stash, with no purpose in mind, so I think this weekend I am going to pull it out and get started on however many scarves that yarn will create. If you’ve got some red yarn in your stash, why not whip up a warm and cozy red scarf or three for some kid out there who doesn’t have a family of their own to send them care packages and remind them that they are loved. Or even better, why not use this as an excuse to hit your local yarn source and stock up on red yarn (I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of it available in the next month or so, for the holidays). Scarves knit up so quickly and there’s so many fun unisex patterns out there (think of this an excuse to drag out your stitch dictionaries and try something out!).
The Red Scarf Project blog has all the necessary information (such as suggested sizes, where to send the scarves, and most importantly, *when* to send them). The plan is to send off as many red scarves as possible in January, so they can be included in the Valentine’s Day care packages (hence the request for the scarves to be red).