Good/Bad/Hopeful? News

Wow, I’ve been silent on this here blog for a while, haven’t I??? I’ve been busy: reading (a few book reviews are coming up soon!, and STITCHING!)

Which brings me to the good news: I finished 8 scarves in my ‘Special Olympics Scarf Project’! πŸ™‚

The first scarf I worked on was the ‘Cancer Awareness’ scarf . . . which I couldn’t complete until I was closer to the end of a skein of the yarn (because of how it needed to be put together). I think it turned out pretty well:

The second scarf I worked on was the ‘Simple Argyle’, which turned out to not be so simple after all! I think the idea of tapestry crochet is an interesting one, and maybe I’ll eventually make a foray into it, but it was too tedious to try whilst on a deadline! So, I ended up making the ‘Ripple Scarf’ pattern as scarf ‘#2b’:

I’ve already showed you the ‘Vegan Silk’ and ‘Granny Flair’ scarves, so on to scarf #5, which was the ‘Special Olympics Scarf’:

(Not sure why this one refuses to rotate, no matter what I try!)

Next up is the ‘Crochet Ripple’:

Then, the ‘Heart Sampler Square’:

And last, but not least, #8 was ‘Bev’s Special Olympics Scarf’:

I think I need a new camera . . . not sure what’s going on with the colours in this pic . . .

And, here’s all 8 together! πŸ™‚

I was so excited to be able to package these up and send them off to help up warm up the athletes in this year’s Special Olympics! πŸ™‚

However . . . there’s bad news. Shipping these scarfs would cost upwards of $40, which is entirely cost-prohibitive for our family at the moment! 😦

I was so disappointed when I found out that news yesterday. I had worked so hard on this project and wanted to help out with a cause that I’ve a vested interest in . . .

This is where the hopeful news comes in . . . I’m going to offer these scarfs to you if you want them.Β  I want to raise money for the Special Olympics, but, due to the copyright and designer requests on some of the patterns, I cannot mark them as for sale.

That said, I CAN offer them to you for free, and if you want to make a donation to the Special Olympics (or a Downs Syndrome foundation), that is up to you! πŸ˜‰ (I will have my hunky tech guy post a ‘donate’ button on this site if you’d rather donate the money directly to me, and I will in turn send that same amount on to the Special Olympics . . . )

So, the scarfs are up for grabs . . . ready? set!Β  GOOOOOO . . . πŸ˜†


6 thoughts on “Good/Bad/Hopeful? News

  1. They turned out so good! You did a great job on them Kate!! I don’t feel right about you giving one to me for free but I also am not able to help you ship the scarves. Can you hold onto them until you do have the money then ship them? They would be very lucky to have your scarves. πŸ™‚

    • I think maybe I wasn’t clear on what my intentions are . . . it’s long past the deadline for shipping scarves for the 2011 Special Olympics games (I think the last state’s deadline was 9 March). And the 2012 games will be boasting a different colour scheme for the scarves. So, I’ve got 8 blue/turquoise scarves sitting around . . . and I hate for them to go to waste.
      I wasn’t asking for help shipping the scarves . . . I was just suggested that if you WANTED to (totally optional), you could send a donation to your local Special Olympics programme (or a Down Syndrome foundation) . . . but that if you want a scarf (donation irrelevant), one could be yours.
      Is that clearer than mud? πŸ˜†

  2. Clear as mud. πŸ˜€ Lol, no, I did understand. I am not in need of a scarf but maybe you could donate them locally? To a hospital or a shelter etc. πŸ™‚

    So, are we due for another blog update soon? πŸ˜‰

  3. Hi,

    I saw your comment on deb’s crafts (, where you thanked her for the nice pattern. Can I ask you a question about that, because I am a beginner in crochet and I don’t understand the pattern. For one reason or the other, I can’t leave a comment on her blog about it.

    The pattern says that in row two there has to be a dc in every dc and a V stitch in every V.

    But a V stitch (in the previous row) is constructed by dv-ch-dc, so technically it consists of three stitches in the second row.

    Must I do a V-stitch in every three of those stitches?

    Or one V-stitch in the chain 1 space of the V-stitch and a dc in each of the surrounding dc’s?

    Or a V-stitch in the top of the chain 1 space? And a dc in each of the surrounding dc?

    Hope you find the time to answer.

    Best wishes,

    (potamotrygorgeous at hotm@il dot com

    • Great question! You do a V-stitch in the ch 1 space. Basically what the pattern is asking you to do is to increase by 2 stitches (hence you dc in each ‘side’ of the V-stitch) in each of the 4 ‘quarters’. These will eventually make up your armholes.
      Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your crocheting! I’ve made that pattern twice now, and love it! πŸ™‚

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