New Years Update and Charity Knitting for 2017

Happy New Year!

I hope this January finds you all in good health and able to do a lot of knitting! I wanted to give you a quick update on what's been going on here at KnitOasis HQ over the last couple of months as well as announce this year's charity focus.

Thanks to what I'm calling "that wind and rain event" (the rest of you might know it as Hurricane Matthew) we had to move out AGAIN while repairs were made to flood damaged portions of HQ. It wasn't as bad as LAST year, but still. Ugh. Needless to say, we are really hoping we are all finished with natural disasters here for a while! 

We have managed to put everything back together again and even as I type this, our favorite handyman is here to touch up a few things that the sheetrock contractors should have fixed but since they were so nightmarishly horrendous we had to send them away early before they could do any more damage (but that's a whole other story--live and learn!). And YES, the county we live in has been addressing the drainage issues that have contributed to our flooding, thanks be to God.

Because of being displaced during the Fall months again, I have now missed the mailing deadline 2 years in a row for the Red Scarf Project. Isn't that horrible? I mean, honestly. After designing patterns for it and promoting it, the least you'd think I could manage is sticking the things in the mail. This just gives me the proper motivation to make the Red Scarf Project my charity focus for 2017, which is where YOU come in!

I would love to be able send a great big box of scarves to Foster Care to Success this Fall and I will need your help to do it! 

Here are my goals for this year's charity knitting focus:

  1. Bring attention to the Red Scarf Project.
  2. Design a new pattern.
  3. Find all the scarves that people have given me that should have been mailed already. (!)
  4. Encourage all my knitting friends (YOU!) to knit at least one scarf for the Project in time to be mailed September 20, 2017.

Here are the patterns already available as free downloads. (For techniques you'll need for Take the Trolley, there are some tutorials here.)

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Pictured clockwise from top left: 1) Take the Trolley, 2) Brickworks, 3) Thousand Mile Journey, 4) Altimeter

So how about it? Who's ready to help me knit some red scarves?