Friday, November 10, 2006

W is for Worthy Causes

In my life, one constant that brings me peace (most of the time, hehe) is knitting...

Knitting soothes me when I'm frazzled, keeps my brain occupied and keeps me learning new skills, all very good things.

It brings, by way of Knitbloglandia, companionship of like minded friends from all walks of life and all parts of the globe.

Knitting gives me so much that it seems only natural to give something back via knitting. Luckily Carole and Margene are two of those like minded friends!

Once again, these lovely ladies are hosting....

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November 18 - December 2

Here's a quote from the Knit Unto Others website:

This KAL was started as a way to stay grounded at this time of over-consumption and excessive giving. It is sad to see children, adults, students and others around the world suffering for lack of warmth or basic needs. The basics of life are very hard for some people, right here in this country to come by. A warm hat, scarf or mittens can do more than warm fingers and ears, it can lift someone up and show that someone cares. Do what you can from November 18-December 2 and join our Knit Unto Others campaign.

Take a minute to surf over and look around for more info including charities that need our won't be sorry!

A worthy cause that particularly resonates with my heartstrings is

(this button links to - you know what to do!)

Our very own Norma, owner of one of the biggest hearts (and the sauciest vocabularies!) in Knitbloglandia has championed this cause since last year and kindly set up a website with lots of info, scarf patterns, prizes!, and pics of completed scarves here: Red Scarf Project Blog

Why knit a Red Scarf? Here's a quote from the website:

The Red Scarf Project, a project of the Orphan Foundation of America, or, collects red (and other unisex-colored) scarves to send in Valentine's Day care packages to college students who have aged out of foster care. These brave young people are going it on their own and trying to improve their lives and the community by attending college. The care packages are welcome tokens of encouragement to young people who otherwise receive little to no mail.

Just to make it even easier I've gathered a few of my favorite scarf patterns off the net.

I'm partial to seaman's style scarves for warmth without the bulk so I'll be knitting this scarf: Matthew's Scarf

Here's a few more I like alot:

Rainy Day Scarf

Irish Hiking Scarf

And a plethora of scarfy patterns sure to please any chilly neck:

Scarf Pattern Resources

So consider doing a little charity knitting for those who have little to cheer them, it's the feel good WIP of the season!

The P-Man thinks orange is a much better color but red is his second favorite!
So knit something for others, you'll be so glad you did and so will they!


Carole Knits said...

Thanks for the Knit Unto Others plug! I'm so glad you're joining us!

La Cabeza Grande said...

(Applause!) Knit Unto Others is another of the great, giving efforts of this community. Between this, Dulaan, the Red Scarf Project and Heifer International (among others), makes a girl proud to belong.

margene said...

Thanks for the shout out Debi! Knitting for others is a great way to keep perspective during the Holiday season. Thanks for joining us!
You describe Norma so well;-)

Carol said...

Nicely said Debi! {{P-Man}}

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you posted about the red scarf project. I just recently heard about it and it touched me so much. I've been looking for the perfect yarn, the perfect pattern, etc etc etc. I just think this is a wonderful project!

THanks Debi. You're the best.

Anonymous said...

Knit unto others as you would have them knit unto you! That should be the 12th commandment.

Yeah, yeah, even entre-LACK socks. Now I can't talk shit about entre-LACK anymore...

Cathy said...

Absolutely right Debi!

Anonymous said...

I am happy to say I've been planning/shopping for the Red Scarf since you mentioned it in an entry last month (or was it September??). In honor of my Perry Penelope and P-man, it is going to be in an orange-red superwash - a truly lovely color :)

This is next up in the agenda of small projects! Thanks for leading us all down the good path, Debi!