Special Olympics 2014 Scarf Project: All Done !

The last of the 2014 Special Olympic Winter Games were held last weekend, and with that, the 2014 SO Scarf Project is done!

Thank you to all the crafters out there who generously contributed your time and skills to make a scarf for the athletes!

Looking forward to seeing you back for the 2015 Scarf Project … Yes, we’ve started that already, with five states already announcing their colours!  More on that later … for now, we’ll take a break and a rest …

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Special Olympics 2014 Scarf Project: The Final Four

The final four … only four state programs with deadlines in February and March:  South Dakota on 20 February; Utah and Washington on 21 February; and Alaska on 1 March.

This scarf is for SO Utah – Dark Orchid and White/Aran.


Sorry for poor quality again – the only time I have time to take photos is at night.  Mornings are such a rush, even on weekends.  And if I don’t take the picture and post soon, it’ll never get posted …

Anyway, I decided to do this in crochet tapestry.  It’s just a simple three dc in orchid; change yarn to white and 3dc in white; change yarn to orchid, all the way to the end.  Crochet in the pattern for three rows, then alternate the colours for another three rows.


The whites ended up looking like stars, or snowflakes, which was a delight to see.  I had almost given up on the pattern, it was starting to feel a little tedious to me, so I broke up the pattern and crocheted three rows of dc, before starting up the pattern again.  It doesn’t look so bad now.  I’m thinking to alternate that with white as well, but we’ll see where my whimsical mind takes me.  I’ve got so much on my mind these days, that even though I start off with a pattern in mind, it changes three inches into the project …

We’re making a big push this last week to get scarves done and sent to the four states. Complete information can be found on this page.

2014 Special Olympics Scarf Project: Winter Games

Many 2014 Special Olympics Winter Games took place over the last two weekends, while more will be taking place throughout this month. The last state program (Alaska) will hold their winter games in early March.

Here’s some photos of the athletes and their scarves, which were made by crafters from all over the US.  Maybe some from abroad too.

SO Texas received 1,350 scarves, and all who wanted a scarf received one.  Yaaayyy !  That is good news indeed, as they had the largest numbers to meet.  Here’s a collage and a written thank you note from an athlete.

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Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Texas

Seeing all the scarves worn by the SO Kansas athletes and how good they look, I am inspired again to make more scarves.  To see more photos of SO Kansas athletes and their games, click here

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Picture courtesy of Special Olympics Kansas

SO Kentucky received a final count of 905 scarves, which was more than their goal.  There was a really big push by the crafters in the last week, and they ended up getting almost twice more than their goal!

Picture courtesy of SO Kentucky

Picture courtesy of SO Kentucky

This diagonal pattern scarf for SO Wyoming caught my attention … I want to try making one of those now!  To see more photos of SO Wyoming and their opening ceremony celebration, click here.

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I am struck once again that the scarves do not need to be a complicated stitch or pattern to look good … even stripes in two or three colours look great anywhere!

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Indiana

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Indiana

And that’s only a few of the states that participated in this year’s Scarf Project.  At last count, crafters have knitted or crocheted 3,488 scarves for the project, with more being made by the end of the month.  That’s a good feeling … it really shows how generous crafters are.

And more good news … Four states have already announced that they will be participating in next year’s Scarf Project!  So if you didn’t get a chance to make a scarf for this year’s Games, there’s next year’s project to work on.  So come on over and join us!



2014 Special Olympics Scarf Project: Done with January

… and SO Ohio with a 1 February deadline. *whew*
While we didn’t meet the numbers for all the state programs, I think we came close to their goals.  I’m still waiting for the final count from some of the State Programs.

On to the February and March deadlines.  You still have time to join in and make a scarf or two.

Here’s what February looks like ….

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We can settle down a bit in the next three weeks, before the next deadline on 20 February, for SO South Dakota.  And coincidentally, their chosen colours were Denver Blue and Orange.  So for all of you Denver Bronco fans, you can enjoy your Super Bowl and play with your blue and orange yarn!  Isn’t that great?

Here’s a great scarf made by iKnit2Purl2 … Go on over and see what else she’s making!




Have a great SuperBowl weekend, all!



2014 Special Olympics: Jamie Anderson and a Mention

My blog page on the Special Olympics Scarf Project was mentioned in Knitting Daily!

They had an article about Olympic athlete Jamie Anderson, a professional snowboarder who will be competing in the Sochi Games next month.

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Jamie Anderson – Image courtesy of Knitting Daily

She crochets, and her favourite projects are accessories – hats and scarves!  That’s her in the picture, wearing one of the hats she crocheted.

There’s a link on the box on the right about more information on the Special Olympics Scarf Project – that’s me!  So many thanks to Knitting Daily  for helping to spread the word about the project. Perhaps next year, more state programs will participate – and we’ll have enough crafters to meet their goals.

Come on over and join us – we have until March 1st to help the state programs meet their goals!

And good luck to Jamie in her search for gold!





2014 Special Olympics Scarf Project: On the Home Stretch

The January 2014 deadlines are coming and going.  Scarves are pouring in to the state offices.  Hopefully, they’ll meet their scarf numbers for the year.

The last deadlines to pass were SO Kansas and Kentucky.  At the last update, they still needed about 150 scarves to meet their goals.  I haven’t heard what their final totals are, but I think they got close to the number that they wanted.

Next deadline coming up is for SO Arkansas, Delaware and Texas on 24 January 2014.
SO Arkansas has about 200 more to make their goal.  SO Delaware and Texas are kind of struggling to make their goals.

Here’s some scarves and headbands made by the Knit and Crochet for a Cause Facebook group members.

2014 Special Olympics Scarf Project

Come on over and join us for the homestretch.  Details on the Scarf Project can be found here.






2014 Special Olympics Scarf Project: 3,401 Scarves to go for January

Whew!  I managed to get updated numbers for the states with January 2014 deadlines fast approaching, except for Wyoming.  Who happens to be the first January deadline on the 15th!


Scarf for SO Kentucky by MonicaRose51 (Ravelry)

Wait .. isn’t this scarf gorgeous?  The pattern is the Reversible Cables Scarf, from the Lion Bran site.  You’ll have to sign up as a member (free) of LionBrand.com to access the pattern.

Someday I’ll learn how to knit cables.  Really.  I bought the cable needles when I started to really get serious about learning how to knit, but have not tried it yet.  Someday.

So back to the topic … here’s where we stand with the January deadlines.  The 2014 Scarf Project page has also been updated.

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Come on over and join us … We’ve got 3,401 more scarves to go …