Rot Schal Projekt

Got your attention? It’s that time again when we see red. Red scarves that is! Scout posted about Norma posting about the Red Scarf Project (did you follow all that?). The deadline is coming quickly, so get out that red yarn and get going. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just something to show that you care. It may be just a simple red scarf to you, but it could mean the world to a recipient.

What you need to know

Scarves will be accepted September 1st – October 31st

Scarf Size: Approximately 60″ long and 5″ to 8″ wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front.

Style: Think unisex collegiate. Ask yourself if your son, brother, and/or husband would enjoy receiving the scarf. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape and tie easily.

Yarn: Preferably DK, double fingering-weight, worsted weight, or light bully yarns. No laceweight, super-chunky, or mohair yarns as there are many people who find mohair too itchy. The yarn should be soft.

Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red. Other unisex colors, including black, navy, teal, olive or gold are also welcome.

Finished and tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, burger bucks, books of stamps, etc. (Visit the site linked above for free tags to print out.)

Mail Scarves to:

Orphan Foundation of America
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166

(P.S. If you help spread the word and let Scout know, you get entered into a contest for some swag. You should spread the word anyway, but it’s definitely a bonus!)

Edit: Please see the comments below for a friendly reminder from Doug Sprei for submission quantities.


2 thoughts on “Rot Schal Projekt

  1. Hi there, thanks for cascading the message! A friendly reminder: OFA is asking knitters to limit their contribution to no more than five scarves per person. That will go a long way toward helping us manage the incoming flow with our small staff and pool of volunteers. A few years ago, we got overwhelmed with 15,000 – plus scarves and it was more than we could handle, though quite a chaotic thing of beauty to behold 😉 .

    With best wishes,

    Doug Sprei
    Director Communications
    Orphan Foundation of America

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