Over the years we’ve been doing this Threads of Compassion project we’ve seen a lot of different scarves. Some seem very simple while others seem very complex. The beautiful thing about it is that they all serve the same purpose, offering a bit of comfort to someone at a terrible time.
So, we’re wondering: do you have a favorite pattern? You know, the go-to one that you use time and again, maybe with different colors, but the same pattern. This is the one that you’ve done so many times it doesn’t require much concentration once you get going. It’s familiar and comfortable to create.
Some of us may be feeling a bit stuck in a rut with doing our familiar one over and over again. And, though there are lots of resources available that have great patterns, hearing from other people about their favorites would be great.
So, if you have a favorite, or just one you enjoy making, please share in the comments, a link to the pattern would be great if you have it 🙂 Let’s all see if we can benefit from trying something new in the next few months.
To get us started I’ll share one: it’s called the corner to corner pattern and you can see instructions including a video at The Crochet Crowd. This is one that took me a bit to learn at first, but once I got the hang of it I found that I loved it. I even used it for a scarf that went to the fair this year and brought home a ribbon.
Whether or not you plan to make it out to the Oklahoma State Fair this September, we hope you’ll send a scarf. Yes, we want your scarf, whether or not you can come 🙂
For the first time, Threads of Compassion OKC has been included as a charity in the creative arts competition. It’s pretty cool: participants register, knit or crochet a scarf, deliver the scarf to be displayed, and then at the end of the fair all the scarves to go to Threads OKC. So cool, right?
It’s pretty simple, registration all happens online, there is no fee, and you drop off your scarf September 1oth or 11th. If dropping off is a problem, contact Jessica and she’ll help make arrangements to get the scarf dropped off for you.
You can see the instructions in the Needlecraft Guide, along with our listing on page 13.
Have you ever tried to wear something that’s too small for you? Maybe you’ve worn it in the past, but your size has changed and you put it on to find that what used to make you comfortable and confident-feeling is no longer a good fit at all. Maybe you grabbed the wrong size at the store and got home to find that there’s no hope of it fitting. Or, maybe over time and use your favorite item has shrunk. Frustrating, huh?
So, with these scarves that we are donating to survivors we want a moment of “yay, I feel good wearing this”, not a moment of “this sure is pretty, but how in the world am I supposed to wear it?”
Threads will take scarves of any color or pattern. We don’t specify how they have to look. But, we do have one requirement for our scarves. You may have noticed that they need to be at least 5″ by 65″, and you could be wondering why…
There is a reason. We want something that anyone can wear. Since we all are different sizes and have different style tastes, we wanted something that anyone can use if they want to after receiving it. So, while there may not be anything magical about those exact numbers, there is something important in having a standard. The work we are doing is important, it’s impacting people at a significant moment and we want to add something good and useful, not just beautiful but unable to be worn.
As we package scarves and find ourselves struggling about what to do with one that doesn’t come close to meeting that guideline we take a moment and try to put ourselves in the place of the recipient.
Imagine sitting in the hospital following a traumatic event and being offered an item of comfort. Great, right? Now imagine you open it and it’s a well-made beautiful piece of work that is 2 1/2 feet long and 3 inches wide. What started as an uplifting moment turned into a moment of wondering what in the world am I supposed to do with this item?
So, let’s keep working together to offer comfort. Let’s put our creativity to work to knit and crochet beautiful items that survivors will enjoy. Let’s keep making them at least 5″ by 65″.
Yes, I’m working on a scarf on a day that it has been hot, hot, hot. The high today was 97, making it the kind of day that I try to be outside as little as possible. Yet, I continue to work on scarves for this project.
In some ways a scarf is a perfect summer project – it’s easy to move around, very portable, and doesn’t grow to a size that is uncomfortably warm to work on. It can easily be carried along on a trip and worked on when a few free moments present themselves.
In addition to being easy to work on in the summer, our scarves are needed in the summer! Last year two of the summer months saw a need for at least 50 scarves per month. Yep, 50 lives changed in less time than it takes to gather the supplies and choose a pattern for a scarf.
And, just when I wonder – should I keep crocheting scarves, should we keep packaging them and getting them to the YWCA…I come across someone who has received one or knows a recipient and they tell me how meaningful it is to receive a scarf following such a traumatic event. Knowing someone has gone before you and cares that you know you’re not alone can make a huge impact at a really tough time.
So, yes, let’s keep making scarves in the summer! They are needed now as much as anytime during the year.