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Red Scarves, Away!

The Red Scarf Project began accepting scarves on September 1st. But it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally got around to washing, weaving in the ends, and mailing away the two I knit earlier this year. One Mistake Rib scarf, and one in Brioche Rib.

Red Scarf Project mailing

The Red Scarf Project is one of the few knitting charities I still participate in.

Let’s face it, if someone just needs some warm clothing, there are a lot of ways to obtain it. America is practically awash in unwanted clothing. You can get it for a pittance at a thrift store. Pittance and a half at a place like Target.

A hand knit item’s greatest strength isn’t in the fact of its basic existence. It’s that someone took the time to think about it, plan it out, and knit it stitch by stitch. It’s the love, in other words.

And conveniently, the love is exactly what the Red Scarf Project is looking for.

These are kids who have aged out of the foster care program and gone to college. That is a tough road row to hoe, believe me. A lot of kids never even make it out of the foster care system. And to go to college, too? Wow. WOW!

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that any kid who makes it to college can afford a thrift store scarf. A scrap of warm clothing, that’s not what they need. What they need is to know that someone, somewhere out there cares about them and believes in them.

And that’s not something you can buy at Target.

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