Sunday, November 29, 2009

Red Scarf Project and Contest

Stephanie wrote:

Every year I try to knit a few things for charitable organizations. A few days ago I was taking stock of my charity knitting and couldn't think of one thing I had knit for charity during the last year. Not good. I vowed to knit something for charity before the end of the year.

Along comes Anne with her Red Scarf KAL (Ravelry link). Anne is knitting a scarf and hosting a KAL for the Red Scarf Project. This project, spearheaded by Norma, donates red scarves to foster kids in college who no longer have a family support network. This year the Project is behind schedule in collecting donations. I've knit for this unique, worthwhile cause in the past and am on board to knit again.

You might want to check out the KAL - there's a prize involved. Pick up your needles, red yarn and get to work. The deadline is December 15.

My knitting progress has been piecemeal. I always envision hours of uninterrupted knitting time over a long holiday weekend, but it never happens.

I did manage to dump my stash and choose a selection of yarns that will make their way into holiday gifts. And I found red yarn for a scarf. While my list of holiday knitting may seem daunting, I find it reassuring to at least know what I'm up against.

I have given Bittersweet some attention.



I'm ready to turn the heel and get on with it.

It's that time of year when we think of knitting gifts. Since I'm always looking for new project ideas, I've decided to run a contest. Leave a comment with what's on your list for holiday knitting. If you don't knit for the holidays, mention what you're currently working on. The winner, chosen at random, will receive the winter installment of our mitten club. The contest closes on Sunday, December 6.

15 comments:

livnletlrn said...

I've just about finished my donation for the Red Scarf Project. Also using the Woodland Shawl pattern to make a wrap for my Gram to wear when she gets chilly at home, with a pocket on each end and a knit cardinal sitting on an I-cord branch with leaves. At least, this is the plan. Still need to knit the I-cord and leaves, then assemble all and hope it turns out half as good a gift in real life as it is in my imagination. :-)

Megan said...

I haven't decided on all my gift knitting yet. I can't think too much about it until after the semester is over. I am planning on at least making knitted ornaments for some family gifts.

estacam said...

My holiday knitting is all about socks. Still have 3 pairs to go and I'm hoping to get in 2 pairs of mittens. Wish me luck!

amy said...

i'm making hats - mostly red and white, stranded versions. i've already made 4!
I'd like to make about 4 more.

Marissa said...

Currently knitting the Shalom Cardigan in Rowan Cocoon for the shop I work in part time. Also have going Glynnis socks for my mother in law for christmas, plus loads of other things!

Michele in Maine said...

Let's see - socks in progress, almost done, two cowls, maybe two ishbel shawls (for sisters). Then some sewing! How come no one knits for me?

ChristyH said...

I just finished what I thought was my last pair of socks for gift knitting but alas I was worng and need to knit another pair. No gift knitting for me next year. I will just give when I am moved to. Bah Humbug. ;0)

lisa said...

Not knitting too many gifts this year. I am almost finished the second stocking for my newly married son and his wife. Just finishing the snowflake design and I'm there. Otherwise I have the Mondo Cable Cardi on the needles as well as a baby sweater.

Suzanne said...

I plan to knit two pairs of socks - for my parents, a sweater for a friend, and then throw in scarves and cowls as carry-along projects.

trek said...

I used to knit for Christmas presents. Now I do not unless my child makes a special request - too many people who did not appreciate all of the hard work and care.

I've got a cardigan in progress (body needs blocking and seaming before picking up for sleeves) and a pair of slipper socks for around the house.

Charissa said...

I'm making house socks for my parents - one pair done & one started! And I'll make a pair of socks for each of my girls when they get home from college

Suzane said...

I'm so slow with my knitting - last year my parents got knitted items, so this year my sister is the victim (hehe). My sister is getting mitts and a scarf. I am also attempting a Christmas stocking for her little dog. I plan to put in some doggy treats and a toy or two. If only I can finish in time!

Tracey said...

my holiday knitting WIPs include some french press slippers (1 done, 2 to go), fiddlehead mittens (just started), a harvey vest (1/2 done) and a red riding hood cape (just needs a button). and i finished a pile of hats in november that i gave to local groups that distribute hats to the homeless.

Jessica said...

I've got five hats, three cowls, two pairs of felted slippers, a scarf, and a pair of fingerless gloves. Oh, and some knitting friends are going to get some of my handspun!

Kate/Massachusetts said...

I think I'm late to the party! Anyhow, I am knitting a Baktus scarf with a barberpole type handspun that absolutely would not behave in ANY pattern until I started this Baktus. This pattern if perfect for it. Here is the link:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Eskimimi/baktus-scarf

Also, google the name for some really beautiful finished scarves!