The Red Scarf Project is off and running for 2011 and I have actually completed one already.
You don't know about the Red Scarf Project?
Begun by Foster Care to Success (formerly the Orphan Foundation of America) in 2005 when they collected 3,500 scarves to send to their clients on Valentine's Day. The next year they collected and distributed 15,000! The project keeps growing but so does the need.
I cannot imagine being 18 years old, with no family, being literally dropped on the street by your foster family and having to fend for yourself.
I cannot imagine trying to finish high school, find a home, shop for your own food and make all those life changing decisions that young adults make without any support from an adult.
I cannot imagine being a friend of a Knit at Night Guild member who was dropped form the program in the middle of their senior year of high school who spent those critical last months of high school sleeping on friends' couches. The KANG member related that this friend of hers received one of the Red Scarf Project scarves and how much it meant to him that someone he did not know would make something for him and send a word of encouragement.
I may not be able to imagine all these things but I can make a scarf, send a word of encouragement to some kid in these circumstances.
My first scarf, of what I hope will be several this year, is a simple 2 X 2 rib made from Knit Picks sport weight Stroll yarn in Holly Berry. Here's how it turned out:
I used two skeins for the body of the scarf and some of a third ball for the fringe. Excluding the fringe it is about five feet long. The yarn was easy to work with but I was a little disappointed that there were so many joins in each skein. There were at least eight in one of the balls and another 6 in the second ball. In general, that should not be a problem but each join is a potential weak spot and I do worry that repeated washing could make for an unexpected unraveling... or maybe not.
Grab your knitting needles or crochet hooks, review that guidelines and make a scarf. Heck, you might even learn a new stitch pattern or opt for the tried and true like I did. In either case you could make a real difference in the life of someone you don't even know and what could be better than that?