Here we are, Heather, and Amber, and we haven’t hosted a knitalong before… so here goes!

The basic idea of this knitalong is to use your skills to contribute to the Orphan Foundation of America‘s Red Scarf Project. We may be a bit slow on the uptake, as many people have already discovered this project, but, well, we’re just discovering it, and looking for other people to participate!

Disclaimer: We are in no way affiliated with the Orphan Foundation of America.

So, the first of the guidelines is to follow their guidelines.

To join, sign up with WordPress and send [heather knits at g mail] or [amber cox at g mail] the email that you used to register. You’ll receive an email confirming that you have posting access. If you have a blog, send us your link and we’ll add that to your name in the sidebar.

The main points to highlight are to make a scarf in unisex designs and colors that is long enough to wrap around and tie, and mail in during the month of January for Valentine’s Day packages.

It would be great if this KAL became a year-round project, but we are starting it in November so that there is time to send something in for January 2007.

To encourage you all to join up, we will be offering some prizes to be determined, but to begin with, we can offer

— a couple skeins of handspun yarn
— perhaps some hat kits (ball of Noro Kureyon plus pattern)
Priscilla has contributed a skein of peach colored Alpaca With a Twist’s baby alpaca/silk blend (100g/875yd of laceweight lusciousness) – photo here.

If anyone would like to contribute prizes, please email one of us and we will add those to the list.

To be eligible to win a prize, all you have to do is:
1. Join.
2. [Post.]
3. Knit.
4. Photograph.
5. Mail scarf to Red Scarf Project by the end of January.
6. Post photo of your mailed in scarf by Feb 10.

If you make more than one scarf, you’ll have one entry per scarf for prizes.

Maybe we’ll make up some special prize-winning categories too – best original pattern? most scarves? Let us know if you have other suggestions!

As for posting, please post your progress, links to patterns, or other relevant topics – you do not need to limit yourself to a finished-object post. The main rule of thumb is to limit the size of your photos to approx. 375×500 (a Flickr Medium).

Also, this site can serve as a platform for other knitting for causes, so please feel free to make suggestions!