Daily Archives: June 14, 2007

Red Scarf Project 2008 — breaking news!

This just in from our Roving Red Scarf correspondent:

There WILL be a Red Scarf Project 2008, but because of the literally overwhelming response for Project 2007, they are requesting scarf donations between September 1 and October 15, 2007. Yep, later THIS year instead of early next year! Read all about it at the link. (I think they could use money to defray mailing costs too, from the sounds of it.)

Here’s some notes from Norma and Karen, an OFA coordinator, after the conclusion of Red Scarf Project 2007:

Final total:

15,097 SCARVES (!)

For 2008:

We would like to ask everyone to concentrate on quality, not quantity, and we must reiterate some important things:

  • Unisex, unisex, unisex. (the majority of scarves received were more feminine than masculine, and that makes the task of sorting that much more difficult) Ask yourself if your son, your brother, your husband, your less-frilly girl would enjoy receiving the scarf you are knitting or crocheting. They will be posting links to a few free downloadable patterns (and we are asking you to bring some of these to our attention if you know of any, or if you are a designer, are you willing to design a unisex scarf pattern for the project?) and to try to stick to those patterns, or ones similar. Relative uniformity, without being boring, is the idea. They would like all their recipients to feel absolutely thrilled with their gift on all levels — fabric, style, color.
  • Soft. Very soft yarns, please.
  • No laceweight, super-chunky, or mohair yarns. (there are many people who find mohair too itchy, for example) Preferably DK, doubled fingering-weight, worsted weight, or light bulky yarns. It is hard for us knitters to remember sometimes that not all can appreciate scratchy wool, itchy mohair, and scratchy acrylics, but we must put ourselves in the mindset of the non-knitter. The OFA wishes the scarves to be substantial, drapey and warm, but not heavy and rug-like, and not scratchy.
  • No stockinette scarves or other stitches that are notorious for curling.
  • Save the Fun Fur for your chemo-cap knitting, please.

So I will leave you with this to chew on for now, and hope you will accept it with the great understanding that I am confident you will. “

There you have it, from The Norma herself. Start scoping out those soft, drapey yet substantial red yarns now!

Tour de Knit Chicago Day 3/ WWKIP Day

Day 3 Chicago:

Got up, went to the meeting, and knitted away on the prayer shawl to the end of the second skein.

I’m edging this with a complementary eyelash yarn to avoid fringing with Homespun, which is a lost cause (it frays immediately). I like it, but am realizing that I may not need all 3 skeins without the fringe, as the shawl may be ludicrously long if so. Here it is at the end of the second skein, about 4 feet long.


Cool! Always good when deadline knitting looks to be getting done earlier than expected! That is essentially never the case for me, I have to say.

Then I skipped out on what would have been a very excellent lunch at the meeting, if the day before was any guide, so as to be at WWKIP Day in a timely fashion.

**A side note (aren’t they all!): When I see WWKIP Day, I get it right away — WW is WorldWide like WorldWideWeb (saying which always makes me feel like Elmer Fudd somehow). And of course KIP is Knit In Public.


But when I see it abbreviated WWKIPD, the fact that it begins with WW and ends with D makes me read it as “What Would *** Do?” But nothing comes to mind for the initials in the middle, so I get brainlocked.

What would you put in the middle? I may be able to write haiku and country music parodies, but this is stumping me so far.

So, WWKIP Day was fabulous — incredible weather like June is supposed to have but usually doesn’t, beautiful setting, and the best people! You already saw my pics, but I’ll highlight a few things. Nat made buttons


and gave them to everyone who came. She also had the best T-shirt and cool tattoos,

awesome-t-shirt.jpg as did Karen! tat-photography.jpg

See their blogs as well as Bonne Marie’s and Mary‘s and Rachel’s and no doubt, others’ for many great photos and stories.

I wanted to stay and knit and talk and follow the patches of shade around all afternoon (then yarn crawl!), while the children enjoyed Millennium Park and the beautiful day (the following 2 photos taken by The Preteen):


but — sadly —

had to leave to go here

chicago-theatre-district.jpg oriental-in-afternoon.jpg oriental-lobby.jpg

and see this:


It’s a hard life!

“Wicked” was great. I rarely would say this about anything (I’m a readaholic, and prefer to imagine than to be dictated to), but I liked the show better than the book. Even my husband, who apparently is not in touch with popular culture other than music and didn’t know what “Wicked” was when I told him we had tickets, thought it was great. (My children, on the other hand, already knew some of the music, which was more than I did.)

Then we were starving (no lunch! I knitted rather than eating!) so we went here:mity-nice-diner-crop-2.jpg

(No, it’s not backwards, we were sitting inside the sign; but if you’re not as dyslexic as I am, here it is reversed through the miracle of computers: mity-nice-reversed.jpg

Then The Preteen had to get a quick shopping fix in filenes-escalator.jpgacross the street:filenes-basement.jpg

You know, a year ago she sneered at shopping and girls who hung out at the mall. Now, postpuberty, she IS one. Scary.

And we went ‘home’drake-light.jpg and vegetated.

Back to the future (today):

FO of the day, fingerless gloves that I worked on as I shop-walked on Tour de Knit Chicago Day 2 and finished shortly thereafter:


One thing I found out: panhandlers didn’t seem to bother me when I walked and knit (totally different story without knitting); I don’t know if they just figured my hands were busy, or if they realized I had spent all my money on yarn, or just that they were concerned that I was —

Not — Quite — Normal.