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’! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

However . . . there’s bad news. Shipping these scarfs would cost upwards of $40, which is entirely cost-prohibitive for our family at the moment! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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.ย  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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (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!ย  GOOOOOO . . . ๐Ÿ˜†

Progress Report

The Special Olympics Scarf Project continues. Unfortunately, it’s looking like I didn’t buy enough yarn to complete the 12 scarves I had hoped for. I think what I’ll do is make a poll with multiple options. Vote for as many (or as few) of the scarves you’d like to see made, and I’ll go from there, stopping when I run out of yarn (or time . . . hopefully it’s the former and not the latter).

I was able to complete both the Vegan Silk and Granny Flair Special Olympics Scarf patterns though, and I think they turned out quite well:

Right now, I’m working on the ‘Special Olympics Scarf’, and I’m enjoying the pattern so much that I’m going to be using it to make a blanket. ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember, the choices look like this: Bergamot Ripple, Bev’s Special Olympics Scarf, Crochet Ripple, Heart Sampler Square, Lemonade Scarf, Ripple Scarf, Two Tone Scarf

You can vote for as many as you like. I’ll close the poll on Saturday morning. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚


I’ve been making progress on the second Special Olympics Scarf (the Simple Argyle Scarf), but the progress has been slow at best. ย Note to self: do not attempt to learn a new technique when on a deadline!

So, what I’m going to do is put that one aside, and make the rest of the scarves. ย That way, when I’m done, I can re-evaluate how much time I have left over, and see if I have enough time to finish the argyle, or if I should frog it and make something else.

Looks like the Vegan Silk won for this round, so that’s next up. ย Once again, we’re voting for the following:

Bergamot Ripple, Bev’s Special Olympics Scarf, Crochet Ripple, Heart Sampler Square, Lemonade Scarf, Ripple Scarf, Special Olympics Granny Flair, Special Olympics Scarf and Two-Tone Scarf.

Thanks for voting! ๐Ÿ™‚