Yoo-hoo! Just a short shout to show off my 2009 contribution to the Red Scarf Project. The deadline is approaching (December 15), and I almost didn’t get it together this year. But this is such a good cause, so positive and life-affirming, so we-all-been-there-or-somewhere-like-it.
So it seemed like fate when our charity-minded London pal Juliet lobbed me, out of the blue and across the Atlantic, a lovely hank of Scrumptious DK by Fyberspates, a beautiful glowy-red silk and merino blend. It goes just great (or so I think) when combined in 2-row stripes with some chunks of Noro Silk Garden I already had.
Now, the folks at Red Scarf have tightened up their requirements this year, and I’m worried that some of us are a little discouraged by that. I understand and applaud the idea that we knitters should knit what is needed, and not view charity knitting campaigns as a dump-ortunity for yarn that nobody has loved since the Great Eyelash Yarn Craze of 1996. (I think Ken Burns is doing a documentary on that era, by the way.) But the guidelines actually are making me nervous about my ability to hit all the marks for a sufficiently hi-kwalidy scarf. For example, I think I might get into trouble on that requirement about not using colors that the “general public” might not like. (I think I pretty much ONLY use colors that the general public is not crazy about. I mean, this is sort of what I like about knitting!) I also wonder why they are so strict about not using heavier yarns. [Edited to add: I have been EDUCATED in the comments–there is a very good reason having to do with the size of the box they have to fit in.] I had 4 hanks of Misti Alpaca Chunky, in a perfect, unisex wine-red, but I was scared to use it! When I see all the chunky scarves in the windows of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, I don’t get why it would be so bad to knit a scarf with a chunky yarn, especially something as yummy-yummy-yummy-I-got-love-in-my-tummy as Misti Alpaca. But I understand that I am not driving this bus, and I want to do what is wanted and needed for this great project. So I’ll think of something else for the fat-gauge Misti. Bless my heart, you know? Just trying to matter!