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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Now that it’s sweater weather here in the Great Lakes Region, I’m all about the wool. Even though I have a couple of things to finish up in Calmer & Bali

[ giddyup Little Bad Muse ]

I am lusting after the sheepy smell and feel of some fine fine fiber in my hands. There’s always a moment in the early Fall where my obsession FLIPS full force.

Cant’ rush the feeling either even though it seems like Retail gets Seasonal earlier and earlier every year. Now I know when you’re ordering 1 million buttons and bows for mass production the machine must roll merrily along but somewhere in there is the hint of the contest. Do You really *feel* like seeing all those plastic pumpkins on the store shelves the exact second Labor Day is over? And because, as my ex-husband used to mock me, I learned everything I know on TV, just take a look at your televison schedule. One show will start 10 minutes before the other; or be premiered a week in advance of the regular scheduled programming. This, rather accurately, is referred to as a *spoiler*.

But there’s no spoiling going on over here unless you call Stash Diving an Olympic Sport. I swear, mamma, I got all that yarn with specific projects in mind. As it grew and grew (while I was sleeping) those projects just escaped me.

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So maybe it’s time to pay it forward. Red Wool! Energy!

This should be a wonderful Wake-Up-Call for me as I knit a scarf with my early cuppa on the dark autumn mornings – the color and yarn and intended vibe will complete a cozy circuit of good sure to start the day right. The Red Scarf Project, an effort put together by the OFA and sheparded for the knitting community by the wonderful Norma, is a great opportunity to reach out to our college friends with some Valentine’s Day Care Packages.

Especially our freshman! I don’t think there’s anything like that first term with it’s deadlines and homesickness and maybe even lonliness even in the middle of the crowd. My Busia (Polish for Grandma) used to send me $5 dollar bills every once in awhile. Written in the card: “Buy yourself a cheeseburger, honey. Love, Busia.” Those cards were always an Instant Ray of Light & Hope.

So here’s to the OFA’s Red Scarf Project and the care packages they put together for our college students. You can join other knitters HERE or start a group of your own – or just mail it yourself to the OFA!

I made a little button for our KIP group and some folks asked me to put their name under the banner so they could use it too!

If you would like this button with your group’s name on it, send me an email with your details and I’ll make it for you!

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Or, just take this one for your blog


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