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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

15 Responses to “Tuesday, October 3, 2006”

  1. Michele says:

    Even worse, I saw Christmas ornaments in a store here in NYC on Sept 21st!!

  2. rachel says:

    That’s some RED yarn ya got there! Will it be a cabled scarf?

  3. amisha says:

    mmm…the first wool project of fall! i *love* that color. the reds and oranges just charge me up! i got a bag of rich burnt orange rowan polar in the mail yesterday and had to put everything on hold to cast on. and i’ve just started a new magpie tweed sweater that’s got winter winds written all over it…

  4. Becky says:

    Oh oh oh! Red wool…red wool…I’ve got some red cashmere. Must turn it into a scarf!

    P.S. Totally cracking up on the Federlines doing their funky bad muse dance. Hehe.

  5. Tracey says:

    I know the feeling, I call it “squirrel mode”. Your fingers start twitching for that lovely woolly goodness.
    I still need to pick out the red yarn for my red scarf. What an awesome project. I used to send my friend care packages at college.
    I love your Busia!

  6. Ann says:

    Ahhh, Bonne Marie, you are just a breath of fresh air, I tell you.

    Your grandma sounds like a doll.

  7. Bonne Marie says:

    RED CABLES – so much fun – WHO is reading my mind from across town?

    {Michele – I am sorry you had to be traumatized by those ormanements so early – it sounds almost as bad as the WEEKS/MONTHS the Billy the Bass was at the register at my local grab’n’go store…}

  8. laughingrat says:

    It is so nice to be back in knitblogland! The Red Scarf Project is a reminder of how kind knitters can be. What a lovely idea!

  9. Chris says:

    Cute button – it’s already saved to my server and gracing my sidebar. Thanks!

    Yeah, I saw Xmas stuff recently. Eeek!

  10. Maureen says:

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Now to choose some red yarn (or maybe black, navy, gold, or one of the other unisex colors that’s welcome.)

  11. lorinda says:

    I got choked up reading about your Busia. That was beautiful.

    And yesterday in Chicagoland was NOT fall weather, was it? Crazy.

  12. meg says:

    I’m in on that!
    Do I ever miss my Grands. They did things like your Busia did, too. Now it’s time to turn around & act like them to someone else. ((hugs))
    Your new design is beyond gorgeous! Someday, someday I’ll catch up with all these projects I’ve got on needles. I don’t care if it is chilly, I’m going to finish CeCe! :o)

  13. Wanda says:

    Love the red stuff. I’m planning to make a scarf this year for the Red Scarf project as well. I think it’s important for students at college to receive mail of some sort and know there’s someone that is thinking of them.

  14. Oh, my heart is breaking. Really. I nearly cried when I saw the labels on your red wool. It took me back to my time of living in Norway where, not only did I purchase some of the very same brand of wool, but I bought it at a small village shop in that particular region of the country. It was late afternoon, already dark, snowing lightly and I was in a bit of a rush because I had a train to catch . . . really – the entire, wonderful day just washed over me at the sight of that yarn. Thank you.

  15. sandy says:

    Your Busia was a wise woman indeed! I have to admit to teary eyes.
    I’ll be knitting a scarf for a lonely college student.And wondering how I can tuck a 5 dollar bill in for a cheeseburger!
    :)

 
 
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