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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Feeling the February Love

How did we barrel head first into February, the love month? All things of the heart have found their foundation in the month of the Valentine. The holiday based on a couple of Christian Martyrs and popularized by no less than Chaucer? (Go to Wikipedia for the details).

The American Heart Association has adopted the month to highlight heart disease, the number one killer of women in the US. Higher than all cancer combined? Who knew. Now you know. At the Guild we knitters support the cause by knitting red scarves for the organization called Heartscarves. They in turn distribute the scarves to recovering heart patients to wear in unity.we do the same with pink for the Breast Cancer cause in October.

We were able to donate approximately 40 beautiful red scarves to our local contact person. She photographed them in a thank you. This is one of the bonus features of serving as the Philanthropy Chairwoman for the knitting Guild. I get all of the "heart"felt thanks. Warm and gratifying. So, thanks to all of you gifted knitters that take time to put the love into every stitch for a perfect stranger. What a wonderful way to celebrate the common cosmic connection we share.

If you would like to be part of this worthy cause, please contact me for a mailing address to submit your finished red scarf! Our contact has 3 new hospitals that would like to distribute scarves to their heart patients. Can we help answer the call?

Here is a simple, but lovely free pattern to get you started. Any and all designs in red are welcome. 5 inches or less in width, and approximately 5 1/2 feet long. The purpose is not warmth, as much as fashion and solidarity. Viva la Heart!

Simple Lace Scarf

-with size 10 needles and worsted weight yarn Cast on 20 stitches

-Knit rows 1-9

-Row 10: k1,*(YO,K2tog); repeat from * to last stitch,end by knitting 1.

-Repeat these 10 rows until scarf is desired length. End with row nine.

-Bind off loosely. Fringe if desired. Embellish with a tassle, beads, or ribbon.

Be creative and have fun.

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