2016 SO Scarf Project: One State Done!

SO Iowa is the first state to meet their goals of 600 items for the 2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project. They sure have a lot of active crafters in Iowa!



There’s three other states with deadlines coming up in December – SO Arkansas for earwarmers/headbands only; SO Oklahoma, SO Tennessee, SO North Carolina.  And then what I like to call the Red and White states – all have the red and white combination as their chosen colours – SO North Carolina with a deadline in December 2015, and SO Indiana, SO Nebraska, SO Maine with deadlines in January 2016.

Crunch time … with the end of year festivities and holidays, there won’t be much time to pick up hook and yarn.  Even now I’m pressed for time to even get a row done …

Anyway, please do help spread the word on the Scarf Project, and maybe we can give this a kickstart before the end of year activities buries us all.

Complete information can always be found here.

Or join us over on Facebook and Ravelry (links on the right bar).

See you there!

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Splash of Colour at Lake Louise 

It’s been a busy period here, running and driving around … You know how it is, you’re the cabbie driving the kids around .. Don’t they ever get tired? I do! LoL

In between, I pick up hook and yarn to settle down even if just for a few minutes. And of course, for instant gratification, hats are quick, easy portable projects.

Good thing too, because an office colleague of mine asked if I could make some hats for her. She was going to a family reunion up in Canada, and wanted to gift the hats to them. No problem, I said.  There’s always an extra hat or two in the bags …

And here are some of my hats, all the way to Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada. Isn’t that scenery just beautiful?

It’s always good to see your creations being used, isn’t it?

I’m still smiling … At the hats and the scenery.

2016 SO Scarf Project: The Final Fifteen

SO Washington is the latest state program to join in the Scarf Project, and that brings us to fifteen states participating in the Scarf Project.

2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project

One or two may decide later to join in, but for now, I think we’re good with the current fifteen.

Time to get those hooks and needles busy!  Complete details on the Scarf Project can be found here.

You’re welcome to join the Facebook group  – Knit and Crochet for a Cause – and on Ravelry – Special Olympics State Scarf Project  –  meet the other crafters who are also working on this project and show off your completed items.

See you there!

2016 SO Scarf Project: Working on the Houndstooth

The featured pattern for our group (Knit and Crochet for a Cause) is the houndstooth.

Perfect for practising the weaving pattern on the loom.  And slowly, one by one, I’ve been working on the pattern on the loom.  This is what I have come up with over the summer.


After several scarves in the 2L 2D pattern, I wanted to try working on one with bigger ‘houndsteeth’.  So I tried doubling the colour strands on the warp – the red and white one.  It didn’t work.  It just made it thicker, or denser, but not bigger.  Well, it kind of elongated it too. lol


Then I thought maybe a 4L 4D pattern, with a 2×2 on the weft would make a bigger houndstooth.  It didn’t work either.  Those are the orange/green/purple and black ones.  It sort of looks like a houndstooth, but it isn’t really.

After the fourth time of experimenting with the pattern, I got tired of it and mixed it up now with other combinations.  This blue and white started out with the squares pattern, then evolved into a clasped weft instead.


*sigh* So I’ll continue with my experiments.  I asked in the weaving forums, and it seems that I need another heddle, or two, or three, and pick-up sticks (for a 2-shaft RH) to get the correct houndstooth pattern.  That’s ok … for now, I’ll stick to the 2×2 and practise some more, this time with different colour combinations …


That should keep me busy …

Information on the Special Olympics Scarf Project can be found here.
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Box of Goodies is Here! 

All the way from Lithuania!  I saw these colour ways posted in a yarn destash group on Facebook and was instantly drawn to them.  Nice, earthy colours, with a touch of blue, for the sky. 

They came all the way from Lithuania, from Twice-Baked Yarns.  It was described as fingering weight, but I think it’s more of light fingering, with four plies of thread together to make up a strand. 

At first I was thinking that I would make a woven blanket with this.  Those balls of leftover yarn would make a good weft. 

But now that I see the true colors and felt the type and weight, my mind is now thinking to make a shawl or wrap with it. Yes, I know, another shawl. 

So I’ll just sleep and mull over this until the weekend, and maybe by that time I’ll know what to do … Maybe I can do both … Hmmm …. 


2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project Update

Now that summer is winding down, thoughts turn more and more to the cold winds and the cold weather items that we can all start working on, right?  If you’re looking for a quick project to start you on your cold weather knitting and crocheting, check out the Special Olympics Scarf Project.

The newest addition to the Scarf Project is SO North Carolina, who has agreed to participate. Thanks to Karen, from SavvyFrills.com, who contacted them and got all the information.

Here’s the other highlights:

  • SO Alaska announced their colours – Light blue and Buff/Tan.
  • SO Kentucky is not participating this year :(  They said that they got so many scarves last year, so I suppose they’ll be using those up first.  Hope they’re back next year!
  • Quite a few states have started to receive scarves and other items.  We’re on the way to meeting their goals!
  • One other state may be joining in, but they haven’t confirmed anything yet.  I’ll post again when I get their colours, if they do decide to go ahead with the Project.

Here’s the updated list of the participating states.  The complete information is available on 2016 SO Scarf Project.

Do join in and support the cause!
If you’re on Facebook or Ravelry, check out the groups and join in as well.

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