Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Special Olympics Scarves

Have you heard of the Special Olympics USA Scarf Project? It began in 2009 when Red Heart Yarns sponsored the project for the Special Olympic World Winter Games that were held in Boise, Idaho that year. The call went out for 5000 Red Heart Delft Blue and White scarves -- they ended up receiving almost 60,000 scarves from all the states and 12 different countries!

I have looked and looked for a photo of the scarf I made that year, but it's just not to be. I guess I lost it when my computer crashed. I made one that was the Delft Blue with white stars appliqued to each end.

In 2011, the scarf project went national and participating states hosted their own events, and put forth their own guidelines and "wish list" for the number of scarves they would like. Texas participates and I just sent off my scarves to Austin.

I was only able to make two scarves this year -- I think I waited too long to get started! Next year, I'll look for the color information earlier so that I can crochet a few more.

This year, the official colors were Cherry Red and Soft Navy in RH Super Saver, or Navy and Really Red in RH Soft which they added this year. I already the Super Saver on hand so went with that! I'm glad they added the RH Soft though -- I like it much better and will use it for future scarves.

This is an excellent project for knitting and crochet groups, church groups, Girl Scout Troops -- the list could go on and on. I hope that any of you who knit or crochet will consider becoming involved in this worthwhile project.

Information on the scarf program
If you click on "Media Resources" you will find photo galleries from this year and last year.
If you click on "Project Guidelines" you can see whether your state participates. This list might change from year to year.
The colors for the 2013 state games will be announced later this year.

I hope you will participate!!

♥♥♥ Today I am linking my scarves to Rednesday! hosted by It's a Very Cherry World. Hop on over to see some more awesome reds!



Rose said...

I hadn't heard of these project before. Thanks for sharing! Your scarves are beautiful.

just B you said...

This is my first time hearing about this awesome project! I used to volunteer at our local high school Special Olympics, so this is great to read about and see you working for such a great cause. Thank you for sharing. The scarves look great. =)

~ Kim
Visiting today from Etsy Blog Team

Lauren said...

Thanks for sharing! These are great.

Visiting from Etsy Blog Team :)

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Thank you so much for visiting my little blog.

Your scarves are so darling!

Thanks so much for sharing about this - I keep kicking myself for never learning to knit and crochet but I know my mother-in-law would love to participate and I will pass this along to her.

Happy Rednesday!

Erika said...

What a great project! The scarves are great and I am sure they would appreciate it even if you had made only one.

DearHelenHartman said...

Wonderful project for a worthy cause. Happy Rednesday, so glad I dropped in to see.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Wow...what an overwhelming response the first year!
This is a wonderful cause and your scarves are great! I'm glad to see Iowa on the list :)
I'll have to mention this to our local Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs!

Linda B said...

Your scarves are so pretty. Glad you could participate.

LV said...

Scarves all the thing now. Everywhere you go, the shops have plenty lovely ones. You did great job on yours.

Judy Nolan said...

What a great project! I'm glad you got involved.

ThreeOldKeys said...

these are so beautiful, and the cause is awesome. thanks for sharing on rednesday; i love learning about behind-the-scenes angels.

Anonymous said...

Oh how cute! I love this know...I'm a knitter:) I'll have to look out for this project next year!


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