Today’s anniversary of 9/11/2001 is, for me, different from the others. I’m not feeling quite so somber, so overwhelmed as in years past. I’m glad it’s raining here.
It’s as good a day as any to issue a couple of bulletins about Exciting Charity Knitting Opportunities That You Won’t Want To Pass Up.
Red Scarf Season Is Early This Year
If you’ve been living under a rock that has no broadband, you might not know that the beloved Red Scarf Project is starting–and ending–much earlier this year. Deadline is NEXT MONTH! This is rocking my world because in my world, January is a much scarf-knittier month than September. But I really love the idea of knitters showing tangible love to college kids who have aged out of foster care. It’s such a good thing, such a sweet gesture of human kindness.
So I said, oh all right, Norma, and cast on a nice unisexy garter stitch scarf (pictured above). I am knitting it on the bias (to give the project that essential something to scream about when I mess it up). I started with a sample ball of Classic Elite Waterlily, in Bramble. Whatta yarn! I love the way the color mottles. Almost imperceptibly, yet it mottles. Plus it’s all squishy and springy and beautifully spun and–oh. I guess you wool knitters are used to those qualities in a yarn. For me it’s a novelty, the springiness especially. When I was close to running out of the Waterlily, I started striping it with a skein of Knit Picks Swish Superwash in Clematis Heather. Swish is 100% merino wool. (Hello–have you heard about this “merino wool” stuff? It’s awesome! So soft! So perfect in the department of stitch definition. I have it on good authority that the name is derived from a breed of sheep known as “Merino”.)
I think this concept of “wool” could really catch on with the knitters. Although I doubt they’ll ever show much interest in the specific sheep breeds. That would be bizarre.
For all of the details on the Red Scarf Project, hop on over to Norma’s fab site. She will tell you everything you need to know.
Afghans for Afghans
Afghans for Afghans, dear to our hearts, is still chugging along with its wonderful, challenging work delivering handmade woollen clothing to children and adults in need in Afghanistan. I love this organization. It is so small, yet so mindful of its mission and so dedicated to giving people what is actually needed. What is needed right now is handknit wool clothing for children aged 7 to 14. Go here to read about A4A’s fall campaign to assist specific schools and institutions serving kids in need.
Also, if you happen to be looking for a new destination for knits that you made for the Dulaan project, think of afghans for Afghans. I don’t think they thought they’d still be in business in 2007, but they are still needed, so they are still urging on knitters and shipping handknits.
This just in: Commenter Allison reports that there is a Ravelry raffle going on to benefit Afghans for Afghans:
Wait, there’s more! Those on Ravelry can join Fans of Afghans
for Afghans group where we have a raffle for this campaign. Or
if you’re on the Ravelry waiting list, just enclose a slip of
paper saying “Ravelry” with your item and the good folks who
sort things will let me know. Deadline for Canada is 10/1; 10/12
for the US.
Now I have to go back to cooking up a little tutorial on something near to my heart, and to literally cooking up two epic meals for Rosh Hashana, which starts tomorrow night. Wish me luck as I try to locate the tablecloths. It’s been a while since I hosted an epic meal. The Mother of All Briskets is chilling in the fridge.