Scarves from Indiana

4 scarves set out next to each other

We’re so thankful to receive these 4 beautiful scarves in the mail this week.

They came from a family friend in Indiana. It’s so neat how word of this project spreads and people are able to join us.

As I opened the box I found myself examining the scarves and wondering “just how did she do that?” Sometimes I can figure out the pattern and sometimes I can’t. Either way it’s really fun to see all the different ones.

It takes a village

Photo of 5 white plastic bags full of packaged scarves
114 scarves packaged and ready to share

Today we handed over 114 scarves that are packaged and ready to offer comfort. I said “handed off” instead of “delivered” because one of the awesome members of the YWCA staff came to pick them up from me. It was really helpful to have them picked up!

These scarves came from lots of people in several states. Some donate 1 or 2, while some need multiple grocery sacks to get all theirs to me. I really appreciate each person that has donated.

I’m thankful for our “village” that makes this project possible. Here are some of them:

  • People who crochet or knit scarves and deliver them.
  • People who mail scarves from other places.
  • People who help with the packaging.
  • People who help get the scarves to the staff so they can be distributed.
  • People who tell others about the project so new people can join. (There’s always space and need for more scarf makers)
  • Those who have shared yarn or money to buy yarn or packaging materials.
  • People who help make the website and the Facebook page work to share info

What an encouragement it has been to see so many people come together in an effort to offer some comfort to people at a really tough time.

Travelling scarves

One of our volunteers brought these scarves by for us to package. Her family member came from another state to visit and brought them with her to donate.

It’s so encouraging when word spreads about this work and new people join in the fun.

A Great Start!

I’m thankful for the ladies that have been busy crocheting over the last few months.

So much great work here!

This pile is 39 scarves ready to be delivered to the YWCA. It was just 4 volunteers who made them. They’re a beautiful variety of patterns and colors, ready to offer comfort to people at such a hard time.

As always, we’d love to have your help making scarves! Please join us if you can. We’re all working at home right now and then passing them off for packaging and delivery.

Busy crocheting!

After a call from the YWCA requesting more scarves I got busy working on finishing up a few that I’d started months ago.

As you can see, we’re very flexible about the color and pattern of scarves that we receive and package for distribution. The width should be 5″- 8″ and length should be at least 65″.

If you can knit or crochet I hope you’ll join us. The supply is quite low and the need is approximately 45 scarves per month. Since we started in January of 2010 we’ve been able to provide enough scarves just in time for each survivor to receive one. We’ve had a few volunteers that have had to step away recently, so I’m really hoping that sharing this info will result in some new (or renewed) interest in joining us in this good work.

I’ll be glad to meet up with you to receive completed scarves, just send an email and we’ll work out the details.

Scarves needed

The YWCA contacted us because they have distributed all the scarves we’ve delivered except for 10. We need help.

If you knit or crochet, or know someone who does, this is a great time to join us!

Though we haven’t been having group meetings in months due to covid concerns, we have continued to package and deliver scarves. Those have been so appreciated by the YWCA as their work supporting people has continued in spite of the pandemic.

Any color or pattern is great, we just ask that they are acrylic yarn and 5-8″ wide and at least 65″ long.

You can contact us to make arrangements to drop off any scarves that you create.

Oklahoma State Fair

“Back to Fun in 21” is the slogan for this year’s state fair. We hope you’ll consider joining us by registering to donate a scarf to be displayed at the fair.

Registration has begun and continues until 5 p.m. on Sunday. August 15th.

Items must be dropped off at the fair during these times:

Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you’re able to register and create a scarf, but need help dropping it off, please just contact us and we’ll try to make arrangements to get it from you and drop it off at the State Fair.

All the details about the creative arts competition at the fair are available here.

New Year, New Pattern?

As we begin a new year it seems like a great time to try a new pattern. So, I thought I’d reach out and ask for you all to share ones you like.

You can send it by email, or post a link on our Facebook page.

If you happen to be looking for one and don’t know where to start, I’d encourage you to check out Yarnspirations, they have some great choices. There are lots of other great resources online, feel free to send those along as well.

Please keep in mind that just about any pattern is fine, we just need the scarves to be 5-8″ wide and at least 65 long.

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