Recently an acquaintance told me about a knitting/crochet project for the Special Olympics. They have a program called 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project. The project is sponsored by Red Heart Yarn.
This past March I took a beginners knitting class and had a lot of fun with it. Here is the post where I first started knitting. In this post you can see the baby doll bath robe I knit. I have wanted to practice knitting but can’t seem to come up with things to knit – things I need that is. I have a hard time putting effort into something I can’t use or don’t need.
I was thrilled to learn about this knitting/crochet project. It gives me a great opportunity to practice knitting, practice reading pattern and mostly I am knitting something that someone actually wants! I found free patterns at Red Heart Yarn here. If you can’t find one there you like, you can always search the internet for other pattern, use one out of any book, or make your own up pattern. There is no rule on what pattern to use, only the colors of yarn you need to use.
There are “scarf project guidelines” that go along with this project. There is also a list of states in this area and the deadline for each state (they don’t all have the same deadline). Just click on your state and it will take you to a the program page for your state including where to send your completed scarf.
Below are the official yarns and colors for the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project:
Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red 0319
Red Heart Super Saver Soft Navy 0387
Red Heart Soft Navy 4604
Red Heart Soft Really Red 9925
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to work with the Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart Soft Yarns – or a combination of both – please just use both a red and a blue in your scarf design!
There is also a “Frequently Asked Questions” section. Check that page out to if you have any questions. Here are the Guidelines For Texas. They are looking for approximately 3,010 and our deadline is January 30th, 2012. That is a lot of scarves! I took a peek at a few other states and found the number of scarves needed really varied. Minnesota needs 1025. Washington state needs 1000. Ohio needs 625. Maryland needs 1000. Pennsylvania needs 1746. Alaska needs 200.
At some point, they will start posting how many scarves each state has received. If your state has reached its goal (or your state is not participating), just pick another state that is in need of scarves and send it there.
I am half way through my first scarf and my goal is to finish three completely scarves. I hope to finish more than that, but I had to set a goal for myself (an obtainable goal!)
Are you a knitter? What type of things do you like to knit?