I pledged 5 scarves for the 2011 Special Olympics for Illinois - I have finished 10!
This is just a quick shot of the box I had planned on filling.... and noting that I ended up having to use two boxes. I'm excited to be able to participate in such a wonderful project. Anyone who creates knows that if your output is less than your input (what you make vs. what you send), then you end up with a big mess!
So it is good to be able to create and know that it is going to go for something worthy. Someone will smile when they see a scarf I made.
It's just exciting.
There are still plenty of states that have not met their deadline or their goal - so if you crochet or knit and want to donate your time to create a scarf then follow this link and check out the details. Basics: make a scarf in the designated colors and mail it.
So - this is my contribution for IL. Once I get this semester started and I can see what sort of obligation I need to make to each class, I'll be crocheting some more for other states that are in need.
Up-cycling (or recycling for simplicity) is important in today's day and age. It is always nice to make something from another item rather than just tossing into a recycle bin and hoping that it's taken care of properly.
This is a video tutorial on how I make plarn - or plastic yarn. Please enjoy and leave a comment. If you like the video - I'd appreciate a "thumb's up" for the effort.
I genuinely feel that anyone who can should contribute to charity in any way that they can. For a person who crochets or knits, this means you can help make someone's day a little brighter. This could be in the form of crocheting for animal shelters (pet beds, sweaters, toys, etc), homeless shelters (scarves, hats, mittens, afghans, etc), nursing homes (walker/wheelchair bags, lap throws, hats, etc), hospitals (scarves, toys, premie clothes, baby blankets, etc) .... the list goes on and on.
One program that you may not know about is the Special Olympics Scarf Project. The donated scarves are to be created out of very specific yarn colors and similar dimension. The colors this year are Red Heart Super Saver Blue and Red Heart Super Saver Turqua.
I will be donating some scarves to this year's project. I am making them in honor of two people: my cousin Mikey and my childhood friend Lee Ann.
I encourage all who can to visit the website, find a state to sponsor, and pledge at least one scarf. You do not have to be an expert - a simple scarf pattern will do. Each state has a different deadline and number of scarves needed. If your state's deadline has passed or they have received all the scarves they need, please find another state and donate to those athletes. Remember - the scarves are about unity - it doesn't matter what state you donate to... just donate.