Fun scarves

These 5 are some we received recently. They’re a beautiful variety of stitches and colors. I’m so thankful for the crafters who join us in this encouraging work!

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.

A Reminder

This time of year it’s natural to wonder if scarves are a good idea. With a heat index of over 100 and warnings about heat stroke, do we really think that giving someone a scarf is a good idea? In a word: yes.

As you can see from this message we received on this day four years ago, the scarves are a good idea, whatever the weather outside.

This morning I watched a sexual assault victim choose a scarf, open it and revel in its softness, read the tag, and cry tears of relief. No matter how many times they’re told in words that they are not alone, sometimes the thing that helps that realization sink in best seems to be the tactile experience of choosing and putting on their scarf, and being told that without knowing them, other survivors care about them and wish them well as they move forward. I was asked to thank Threads of Compassion OKC on behalf of that person. Thank you. ❤

Scarves Needed!

photo of scarves

Do you have time to make one or or a few scarves?

I’m asking because one of our contacts at the YWCA reached out to me Friday to let me know that they are out of scarves. I have some here that should get them by for a bit, but it’s time to make more.

If you can knit or crochet, please join us in making scarves. Any pattern or color is fine, please use acrylic yarn and make them at least 5″ wide and 65″ long.

Completed scarves can be dropped off in the office at the Memorial Road church of Christ building in Edmond, or we can make individual arrangements.

Thank you for joining us in sharing comfort!

It was good to get together

One of the best things about Threads of Compassion is the people! I love the encouragement that comes from working together. Having to cancel our meetings due to social distancing requirements has been a disappointment.

So, today it was great to get together online! There were just 6 of us, but it was great to see each other’s faces and get to share about what we’ve been doing. It was nice to realize that none of us is alone in not feeling super-productive even though we have some extra free time. Somehow it’s a relief to realize that others are just kind of barely making it at times too.

We don’t know yet what next month will look like, but we do know that for now, our work goes on, scarves are still being distributed at hospitals, and survivors are still being comforted by our work.

So, please, hang in there with us. Pick up your yarn and hook or needles as you can and let’s have some scarves ready to package when we can all get back together.