at 2 Bags Full announced a year-long event called the Pink Scarf Project a few
months ago that I really wanted to take part of.Only…I don’t knit or crochet.I saw no reason to let this stop me.
Scarf project is basically an event Vicki is holding to collect hand-made or
store-bought pink scarves for donation to victims of breast cancer.You
can read about it here.It’s like a big,
warm hug from the rest of us. The goal? To bring a smile to someone's face that is fighting her own battle.
Someone like this inspirational lady:
(disclaimer: I don't know this woman, nor do I know what sort of cancer she is fighting. I do, however, know that she is amazing)
see why I wanted to send a scarf.
contemplated sewing a scarf, but somehow I failed to get thrilled with this idea.Instead I put the Pink Scarf Project in a
special place in my mind with the label “be watchful”.Because if you’re a creative type of person,
something will come up sooner or later if you’re keeping an eye out.
other day I noticed a woman in the grocery store wearing what I can only refer
to as a ‘ring scarf’.Basically, she had
tied some shiny lace yarn to a metal ring, that she looped around her head,
through the ring, and there let it dangle in all its yarn glory.Rather than stitching, she was going solely
on the beauty of the yarn itself.
worked. Oh, it worked.It was one
glamourous isn’t exactly my style, but I can appreciate it just the same.And I can definitely use the idea.
you, and here’s how:
Yarn. Ring. Let's do this.
all, you’ll need a ring.I found some
at my local hardware store in many different sizes (I recommend 2” or
bigger).They are actually called “harness
rings” and they are quite inexpensive ($1.59 Canadian).
you’ll need some yarn.I fell head over
heels in love with some thick and thin multi-coloured yarn I found in the
discontinued bin (eek!) at our local craft store.I grabbed the last two and I knew I had
finally had my pink scarf. I didn’t
think that the ring was particularly attractive, so I experimented to find a
way to hide it.What finally worked was
a variation of braiding.I secured 3, 2
metre lengths of my yarn to the ring and started a braid, BUT instead of simply
putting my yarn into the middle like you typically would, I looped it around
the ring once, and then placed it in the middle.Then I picked up the next length, did the
same, and so on until the ring was covered.
works very well, but if you can still see a bit of naked ring poking through, just
scrunch up the braid to cover it and keep on going. The scrunching won’t fall out because you are
making a ring, after all.
cut up my first ball of yarn into roughly 2.6 m (102”) lengths. Placing the ends of each length together, I
found the middle and secured them, at the middle, to my ring with a cow
the lengths were attached, I surveyed my scarf.At this point, this is what the lady in the grocery was wearing.But…the yarn seemed to almost beg me to braid
it, just a little.
did.The super-soft acrylic wool mix
glided through my fingers, soft as Evening’s baby hair (I wish there was a way
to share this texture with you!)and the
colours and mixture of thick and thin, once braided, was absolutely
gorgeous.I couldn’t stop.
cut up the second ball of yarn, and for this you’ll need to count, because once
you’re braiding, you need to make sure you end with a number of lengths that is
divisible by three.
scarf was really speaking to my creativity, a mixture of the softness, the
beauty of the braids in such lively and vibrant yellow and pinks, and how it
felt like the softest hair…I really hope that whoever receives this scarf can
sense something of it and it can bring them some sort of small comfort.
planned on keeping the ends even, but by the time I was finished, I liked the
bohemian, gypsy sort of carefree nature to the uneven ends, so I left them as
they were.We could all use something carefree in our lives.
somewhere in the braiding of this beautiful yarn, I ended up naming the scarf ‘the bohemian fairy tale’, and I surely hope it
adds a touch of fairy tale to the woman that it touches.
have some gorgeous pink yarn you don’t know what to do with and like me, you don't knit or crochet?Why don’t you make a scarf, just like this
one, and join up with the Pink Scarf Project?Click here for more details, or just send it to