In the sidebar of my Facebook page, for weeks on end, there was an ad for a nursing school that blared, "Nurses are in Urgent Need!"
After a while I couldn't stand it anymore, and I wondered in my profile: "Of what?"
Several people responded to my musing in exactly the way those of us in the naughty corner might respond. *cough* (you know who you are)
Oddly enough, after I wrote that, some editor apparently picked up on it and fixed the shoddy grammar so the ad then read something to the effect of, "Nurses Are In Short Supply." That's....somewhat better. The twitch over my right eye seems to have lessened by a little.
But this is serious, folks.
We urgently need scarves.
Or, This is URGENT: WE NEED SCARVES!
Or, scarves are urgently needed.
Or, there is a serious shortage of scarves.
Or, if you prefer, Scarves Are In Urgent Need!
Or rather, we are in dire need of scarves.
As of the unpackaging event held for the OFA last Saturday, the total number received stands at 1,287 scarves.
They need 3,000+
If you are able to eke out a scarf, or another scarf, before the December 15 deadline, (or even somewhere close to the deadline will be acceptable) I hope you will consider it. Remember the guidelines, but please don't be paralyzed into inaction by the guidelines. The goal is a nice, unisex scarf, and the preferred color is red BUT there are hundreds of shades that are unisex... just stay away from pink and lilac. And there are dozens of unisex designs... just stay away from the lace.
Here they are again: 5 to 8 inches wide, 60ish inches long. Unisex. Sport, DK, or worsted weight. (bulky or super-bulky will not fit into the shipping boxes)
Mail completed scarves to:
Orphan Foundation of America
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
I'm still working on my fourth -- the seed stitch one -- and I think I can probably get another one completed before the deadline. I will knit on mine all Thanksgiving Day, because I will be at my mom's house and I can't very well knit her sweater in her presence, now, can I? But I am IN SERIOUS NEED! (...of my friends coming forth and knitting scarves, and spreading the word to anyone you can think of who will make a lovely scarf to send in.)
Go read Gale's thoughtful post here. She's offering for you to STEAL! Steal her poster both for your blog and take it in to your local yarn store!
Thank you, everyone. I know you have done so much already, and I really appreciate it.
This photo is not exactly a non sequitur:
...but is a little skein of heaven that the fine folks at Fibre-Isle Fine Yarns in Prince Edward Island sent me so I could testify firsthand what wonderful stuff their two donated prizes are in the Red Scarf Fund fundraiser. It is bamboo-merino-bison laceweight. People. You want this. You can't have my skein -- there are limits to my altruism. But they donated TWO kits for the fundraiser which include this gorgeous yarn and a pattern and -- Well, here in this post is the full description. Go take a look at it again. (In fact, if you want to refresh your memory of all the wonderful prizes in the fundraiser, browse through this category.)
I don't even knit lace, but I'm going to with this one, I'll tell you. In fact, I might just cast on immediately. I know exactly the pattern I'm going to make in it -- Spiralucious. I bought that red yarn at the VT Sheep & Wool Festival to make it, but when I wound it up I was very disappointed -- it ranged from the lovely burnished red I saw in the skein, to many yards of hidden mauve that didn't even go with the red. God, how I hate space-dyed yarns. Trying to use that for that lovely pattern would completely obliterate the pattern, and honestly -- MAUVE with the red? No, no, no. Totally wrong. Fibre-Isle to the rescue! Thank you, Sylvie and Jacques!
And thank you again to all who are knitting scarves, have knitted scarves, and have donated to the fund. I am thankful for you all.