Tuesday, February 14, 2006

red scarf project: the sequel

Instead of wishing I'd been there to see and photograph all the Red Scarfs sent to the Orphan Foundation for Valentine's Day care packages, I headed south.
Because I realized , why not, its do-able, and I'm a febavenge_2 .
This is Tina, who coordinates scholarships for the Orphan Foundation, with two of the college students who receive care packages from the Orphan Foundation. The young woman on the left graduated recently.She said getting the packages while she was in school really meant something to her, she loved them. Are you smiling yet? I grinned all day long.

I'm here to tell you: Norma was right. As she predicted in a post I can't find now,there was plotzing at the sight of all the fuzzy scarlet splendor.

Also oohing, and aaahing, some out right coveting, petting, admiration and above all, appreciation for the knitters. Much of which happened in fast forward, as close to 2000 care package boxes were packed by an army of volunteers. That's a lot, and I mean towering piles of fed ex boxes lot, of care packages.

There was no way to know which were from knitbloggers but a few times I recognized a scarf I'd seen posted, it was like a celebrity sighting.


You 'd like these folks. If you knit a Red Scarf, be glad. There's a former foster kid who's in college somewhere in this country today, enjoying it.
Want to see a few more*? Click here.
The models are all Orphan Foundation students, alumni, volunteers or staff.
Please enjoy them but don't download them or post them to your own blog or server.
They're copyrighted material.

If you want to show them to someone else, just send them over here. Thanks!


Blogger Norma said...

OHMYGOD, OHMYGOD, OH MY FREAKING GOD!!! That is the BEST DAMN VALENTINE'S DAY PRESENT I EVER SAW!@@@@ I see one of my scarves there! I see Carole's! I see Mamacate's. I'm crying right now. You are my hero. Thank you so much for going there and helping and documenting. I'm going to go update my Valentine's Day post to link this one. I ....am....PLOTZING!!!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thanks for documenting this, Gale! It's fabulous!!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

Thank you so much for this post! I see my scarf and I'm so pleased. And so many others and they are gorgeous! Like Norma, I'm crying.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mahalo from the bottom of my heart! Your photos are wonderful. As I knit my scarf, it felt very personal--just between me and the recipient. The pictures of so many other scarves remind me of the pleasures of being part of a collective effort.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Thanks so much for sharing these with us. Plotzing all around on Valentine's Day -- what could be better?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I can see my scarf in there, and I'm all misty-eyed ... you send these things off sort of into the void sometimes, you know? It's wonderful to see the scarves all grouped together, and all those great folks working together to get the scarves out to the kids ... what a fantastic Valentine's Day present for everyone involved.

1:21 PM  
Blogger hillary said...

Wow!!! I totally wanted to go and help pack it all up but work interfered. How inconvenient! I am so glad that you went though. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy seeing all of those scarves.

Thanks for the pictures!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous nona said...

What a wonderful and varied collection of red scarves. The teens are going to love these!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

Fantastic! I'm actually jealous that I didn't have time to participate this year. I know about it now, though, and will start collecting red yarns throughout the year, for next year's scarves. I love that braided cable one, I need to figure out that pattern.
(Norma, you're so cute.)

2:22 PM  
Anonymous mamacate said...

Beeyooteeful! Thanks so much for showing all that knitterly love in one place. Lovely photography!

Norma, actually mine didn't make it in there, but great minds clearly do think alike, there were a few that are quite similar to the one I made. I hope someone's day is a little brighter knowing we knitters care.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

I think I saw my scarf in the image gallery!!!! I'm so excited!!!! Thank you so much for taking pix!

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking these great photos and sharing them with us. I was so glad to happen upon Norma’s blog at the beginning of the year and then to discover this great project. How awesome is all of that! Like one of your commenters here said, it felt like you were having a connection to someone you may never meet as you knit the scarf -- the young person will feel loved and cared for and wrapped in warmth and that’s always a beautiful thing.


5:13 PM  
Blogger MBT said...

Thanks for posting the pictures, I am so thrilled to see them live and in person!

8:16 PM  
Anonymous AnnP said...

What a great bunch of photos and what wonderful knitting! Everyone deserves a big pat on the back! Thank you, Gale.

9:15 PM  
Blogger kt said...

Gale, have you had a camera surgically attached to your hand yet? I guess that it would interfere with the knitting, but holy cripe, I LOVE your photographs. Whatta gal, going in and having fun and documenting this wonderfulness.

Happy Valentine's Day, you wild February Avenger, you!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

I am so glad you could send so many! Those are some beautiful red scarves! It is nice to know they are well received! Will have more for next year for sure!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

This is such a great project. I'm so glad you were able to take pictures! I'm knitting a red scarf next year for sure.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous adelaide said...

I'm sure I see mine! Thank you so much. I'm going to get an early start for next year.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

I didn't find out about this until it was too late to knit some, but I'm crying now just thinking of all the plotzing over the scarves. What a great thing! Thank you so much for photographing them.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous marie in florida said...

got here from zenneedle. add my thanks also, lovely pix of the scarves. i didn't see mine, it was shades of blue, i got in on the project a little late so i finished a UFO and sent it; but that's ok. i'm sure some lucky kid is enjoying it. hope to do this again next year.
marie in florida

7:09 PM  

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