Red Scarves (finally) on their way!

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I did it! I finally mailed off the scarves that had been waiting to go to the Red Scarf Project for the last 3 years. With all that has happened here at KnitOasis HQ the last few Autumns, I’m cutting myself the slack I think I need to be able to just BE HAPPY ABOUT IT and not beat myself up over how LONG it took me to box them up.

I admit one of my motivators was an awesome knitting group that contacted me with the fruits of their own knitting for the Red Scarf Project. Here is the email I received:

Hi Tamara! My name is Mary Ellen Graham and I live in Upstate NY. I saw on the internet about the Red Scarf Project for Foster kids. Love it! My daughter and her husband have fostered children for many years. They were even fortunate to be able to adopt one that they had received at 8 days old. This project caught my interest. 
Last year ( Oct. 2017) I joined a group of women who wanted to learn to knit. We have a great person who was willing to share with us her talent and love of knitting. 
When I saw your project, I decided to do it and I shared the info with the women in my group. Everyone jumped on the band wagon! We have knitted and I have collected about 12 scarves. Some followed your pattern. Others wanted to do their own thing. I hope they will be acceptable. They are all redscarves. 
Our group has all levels of knitters. We all just love the cause and wanted to help out.

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Aren’t you inspired? Want to join in as well? My most recent design for the project is the Sandy Scarf, available through Ravelry. And to celebrate my getting my box mailed (!), from now till Dec. 15 (the deadline for sending in more scarves this year) you can get the pattern for half price!

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Charity Knit 2K17: A new pattern and a SALE!

Usually when I design a new pattern, I show it to my son and ask him what it makes him think of. From there, I come up with a name. This isn't a hard and fast rule (there are the PG Wodehouse inspired names, for example the Aunt Dahlia) and is open to change and interpretation. When I was working on my second knit of this new pattern, I showed it to a friend, told her my typical technique for naming and she immediately said I should name it after her. "Call it the Sandy Scarf" were her exact words, I think. I'm not sure if it was the cocktails talking that made her say it or the wine talking that made me say, "OK, the Sandy it shall be!" 

The Sandy 

Designed to appeal to a fairly universal audience, to lie flat and look as reversible as possible, this year's scarf features simple knits and purls in the design. I think it's eye-catching up close but even more importantly when it is worn.

Knit one up in a shade of red and send it either to me (I'll be collecting for the Red Scarf Project until September 15, so I can get them in the mail Sept. 20) or send it directly to:

Foster Care to Success Red Scarf Project, 21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130, Sterling VA 20166.

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Scarves are accepted at Foster Care to Success only between Sept 1 and Dec 15 every year, and need to measure 5-8" wide by 60" long. 

You can get your copy of this year's scarf here on Ravelry. 

In honor of the release of the new pattern and it being Valentines Day today, I am having a sale in my Ravelry shop from now until Sunday, Feb. 19. No coupon code needed--all patterns 50% off!

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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.
  5. MAIL THEM ALL BY 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?

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Free Pattern Friday--the latest for the Red Scarf Project--Take the Trolley

Well it's finally here! I prefer to have my latest Red Scarf Project pattern completed earlier in the year, but it's still just March and above all else I LOVE how it turned out!

I love how the bobble ridges run the length of it, like trolley tracks.

I love how the bobble ridges run the length of it, like trolley tracks.

This pic shows the back side as well--no bobbles to show off but still looks quite presentable!

 

Ready to knit your own? Here is the pattern or you can get a free pdf download from Ravelry here.

Take the Trolley by Tamara Goff

Materials
US size 8 (5 mm) needles
KnitPIcks Brava Worsted 100% Premium Acrylic (218 yds/100 gr), 2 balls in colorway Paprika.


Notes:
(for videos showing these techniques, see:
http://www.knitoasis.com/blog/2016/3/new-video-tutorials-bobble-ktbl-ptbl )

Mb= make bobble: k1, p1, k1 all in the same stitch, then pass one stitch at a time over the first stitch.
tbl= through the back loop

 

CO 39 sts
Work 4 rows seed stitch for border
Row 1(RS): (k1, p1) twice, k1, p2, Mb, p4, k1tbl, p2, k9, p2, k1tbl, p4, Mb, p2, (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 2 (& all even numbered rows): (k1, p1) twice, k3, p1tbl, k4, p1tbl, k13, p1tbl, k4, p1tbl, k3, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 3: (k1, p1) twice, k1, p2, k1tbl, p4, k1tbl, p2, k9, p2, k1tbl, p4, k1tbl, p2, (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 5: (k1, p1) twice, k1, p2, k1tbl, p4, Mb, p2, k9, p2, Mb, p4, k1tbl, p2, (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 7: as row 3
Row 8: as row 2

Repeat these 8 rows until piece measures almost 60”. Knit 4 rows seed stitch for border. Bind off loosely.

There you have it--a scarf for the awesome kids helped by Foster Care to Success or anyone else you deem knitworthy. Let me know what you think and don't forget to post your pics on Ravelry linked to the pattern, in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page or anywhere else you show off your knits with #knitoasis so I'll be able to find it!

Looking for other Red Scarf Project ideas? Check out my Free Patterns page for the last 3 patterns I designed plus a few other things as well.

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