i couldn’t be more excited to be releasing this new scarf pattern—everything about it feels like a win, from its super-quick knitting reversible stitch pattern to its completely unisex appeal—sleek and handsome, it’s bound to be right for at least one person on your last minute gift list.
but even more than all of those, i’m excited because this is our red scarf fundraiser pattern—it’s that time of year when we devote december sales from one pattern to raise money for our knitspot scholarship, which goes to one student who participates in foster care 2 success programs.
foster care 2 success helps students who are aging out of the foster care system to navigate a continuing education and advancement into independent adulthood. they provide guidance and counseling, classes in life skills, scholarships, and other types of support that a family would normally provide.
last year’s knitspot effort began as a way to raise a little money to send in for the postage fund, but when we tallied the proceeds, we realized we had enough to create a $2500 scholarship. we decided right away that we’d make this a yearly event.
many of you are aware of the red scarf drive, for which knitters put together care packages that are distributed to students on valentine’s day (the 2012 drive is coming to a close, but if you act quickly, there is still time to send a scarf or help out with postage). this scarf will be going out in the mail tomorrow, along with a few gift cards.
speaking of last minute, if you do want (or need!) to knit something fun and quick to give or keep this week, this pattern is your candidate—i got my yarn last monday, cast on that night, and even with my VERY limited knitting time, finished it up on saturday.
oh, and if all that isn’t enough, did i mention it’s a cowl, too??
yep, at the last minute i said to myself why not?? everyone loves a cowl, right??
i called on our good friend barb and, angel that she is, said she’d be happy to knit a sample, so we were in business. that barb, she’s always doing something nice for someone, isn’t she great?
just like the scarf, it’s completely reversible; shown above, right side out and below, wrong side out. nice, right?
there are also two sizes for each. personally, i can’t decide which i like better, the scarf or the cowl, hmmm
shown above, the small scarf in skeinny dipping journey worsted, a lush, 4-ply superwash merino in colorway crime scene. christine has sold out of her current stock in this colorway, but is taking preorders on the next batch; convo her on etsy for details.
proceeds from all sales between now and january 1, 2013 will be earmarked to fund a knitspot scholarship for foster care 2 success.
much gratitude to to christine at skeinny dipping for her inspirational red colorway and to kristi at shalimar yarns for giving us a completely viewpoint in blue. as always, it is SO wonderful to collaborate with people i like so much!
and of course, many thanks to adorable helena, who let me interrupt her sunday afternoon for a modeling session. i know she enjoys it but i’m sure i enjoy her refreshing presence much more. i hope she know how much we appreciate her delightful attitude.
ok, now let’s get the ball rolling and make a scholarship happen!