January 10, 2007
As you know (all too painfully well), it can take me a month or two to mail the most essential item. The Post Office is three blocks away. There are lines there. Plus it requires a LOT of organization. You have to know the address of the recipient for example. (This means you have to FIND the address.) I am packaging-deprived. My markers are all dried up. I still haven’t memorized your zip code for some reason. I have a whole list of these excuses. Every one valid.
But sometimes, even a sloth has to Rise to the Freakin’ Occasion.
Here is the address to which you may send a scarfy expression of your love for humanity:
Orphan Foundation of America
Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive, Unit 130
Sterling, VA 20166
Deets: I used the stitch pattern for the Baby Genius Burp Cloth again, alternating stripes of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted Weight and Noro Silk Garden. I used two skeins of the Silk Garden and one of the Lamb’s Pride, quitting when the Lamb’s Pride ran out and there were still a few yards of Silk Garden left. It’s about 5 feet long.
This is the same recipe I used for The Erik, a scarf for Joseph’s teacher.
Erik in The Erik: isn’t he the cutest, muffled in such a handsome scarf? Don’t you want to muffle a cute young person yourself?
Why knit for the Red Scarf Project? Much has been made of the Fear of Norma that afflicts our tribe. I have it particularly bad because of my past life as a trial lawyer. I think I actually genuflected at a court reporter once. I couldn’t help it; she was too important to my life. Don’t mess with court reporters people, I’m begging you.
But I’m really not afraid of Norma, at least not since I met her in person and realized that I could take her out with a well-placed hip check. She’s a slip of a girl! The real reason for my love of the Red Scarf Project is that it is a direct way to be supportive of a young person who is making the best of a tough deal in life. And who probably is really cute and can make my knitting look all stylish and stuff. Plus, we know I like the zen of a nice mindless scarf. January is the month to mail them in! I’ve got a couple more on the needles, but just in case I don’t finish them all (yeah like that ever happens), I’m mailing them one by one.
PS The scarf doesn’t have to be red. The project requests unisex colors and styles, but I understand that girly colors and lace are okay too. It just makes it a little trickier for the volunteer sorters and packers, if they have to make sure a girly scarf goes to a girl. I was all over the unisex theme this year, and I do have a red one on the needles, but there are a lot more stash possibilities if it doesn’t HAVE to be red.