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9/11/11

CELEBRATE!

My beautiful new niece Norah June Scheumann

Today seems an important day to resurface – a day of reflection, gratitude, and hope.  I watched one tribute video on YouTube with various slides and video from this fateful day 10 years ago in order to reflect and recall with purposeful intention.  And now I have an obligation to continue moving forward and live my life to the fullest, for those I have lost, and for those who are right here by my side.

Due to personal circumstances, Project Scarf has been quiet for a while, but rest assured we are percolating along, even if I am not blogging.

So, here I am, and I have LOTS of thank you’s and contributions to share.

I will go in order, so for those whose thanks are the longest overdue, you will get them first 🙂

Thank you to Audrey J., from South Plainfield, NJ, who sent 4 colorful sections totalling 45 inches:

Audrey J., South Plainfield, NJ

Next, received on August 31, 2011, from Natalie E. (also from  South Plainfield, NJ) 5 beautiful sections totalling 144 inches –  that’s 12 feet exactly, also know as 4 yards…Thank you Natalie!

Natalie E., South Plainfield, NJ

And in case you’re wondering about the South Plainfield theme, this is the hometown of my dear hubby.  I have his awesome mom Barbara Dalto (otherwise known as “Nonna”) for getting her church ladies knitting for Project Scarf.  Thanks Nonna, for your never ending support, patience, and tolerance for every scheme I come out with, regardless of how crazy it is.

Next, we have two internet followers whose submissions both arrived at my door on September 2, 2011.

Kathleen (Bode) S., from Elmhurst, IL. has been a faithful Facebook follower and supporter.  Kathleen sent a 15″ portion made with leftover yarn from a Dr. Who Scarf  (we could tell just by looking at the colors…my daughter is a huge Dr. Who fan.)

Kathleen Bode's Dr. Who "mini"!

Thank you Kathleen, not only for your contribution, but for all of your support and posts on Facebook.

And last but not least, Joanne V. from Schenectady, who read about us at timesunion.com, sent a gorgeous variegated green and white scarf totaling 51″ in length.

Joanne V's handiwork

Here is what Joanne had to say:

“A good idea.  My knitting slowed when the project didn’t fit the Book of Records requirements.  I like to knit scarves but use larger 15, 17, or 19 needles.”

Thank you Joanne, for submitting anyway.  We have decided that the Guinness Book of Records requirements were too limiting, and we want EVERYONE to be able to participate. So, although we may not be “official”,  we will still be having a great time, making something beautiful together, and warming up a lot of people in need when we’re done.

 

Joanne went on to say:

“Betsy, this is a wonderful project and I am happy to have been a part of it.”

 

I am happy you are, too, Joanne – thank you from Project Scarf!

 

Well – that’s it for now…keep on knitting everyone, and go give someone you love an extra hug today.

Peace,

Betsy

 

 

 

First of all, in mentioning the length of P.S. in my earlier posts (93 feet and 9 inches, soon to be over ONE HUNDRED!), I forgot to mention that the DIAMETER is now over 18 inches (here’s proof):

3 feet across!

 

Kind of fun to see it against one of my very first photos:

And so it began...

 

Next:

Project Scarf has been to TWO theatrical productions over the past two days!

Last night, P.S. came with me and sat on a blanket at Tallman Mountain State Park in Orangetown, NY, where my star actor son played the Duke of Exeter in Shakespeare’s Henry V.  This amazing production was put on by the Children’s Shakespeare Theater, (they can also be found on Facebook) directed by the magical Diana Green.  Everyone did a great job, and it was a blissful setting for knitting and theater-going, with PERFECT weather.  If you’d like to see pictures of these talented young thespians, click here.

 

Then this afternoon, Project Scarf had the pleasure of accompanying me to the Penguin Repertory Theater in Stony Point, where we saw Shipwrecked! It will be running through September 4th, and tickets are selling fast, so if you are local, get yours soon! Many thanks to Artistic Director Joe Brancato and Executive Director Andrew M. Horn (all around cool, talented guys) for inviting us as their guests today.

 

 

Thanks!

And another knitter has joined the ranks of Project Scarf:

Ann M's fuzzy artwork

 

Thanks to Ann M., of Edison, NJ, for sending our first Project Scarf section of “fun fur”!  I think I may just need to knit up some more to go with it!

Ann had this to say about Project Scarf:

“I think it’s a great idea. Good luck!”

Ann will be added to our Project Scarf “Wall of Fame“, and will have the distinct honor of bringing Project Scarf over it’s 100 FOOT mark!  (Once I attach it, my family is demanding a 100 foot party…I’m all for it.  Sounds like a great reason for a party to me!

 

Thank you Ann!

Update

Sorry it has been a while folks…life has been, shall we say, for lack of a better word “busy”.

Meanwhile, Project Scarf continues to grow, both in length and fellowship.  Gratitude is my word of the day, week, month, year, lifetime.  Scarves keep coming in, kind words keep coming in, and stay tuned for another article!  This one will be in OM Times, written by the fabulous and multi-talented Leila Cook.  I’ll post the link as soon as it’s up.

So, I have attached storyteller Kate Dudding’s gorgeous sections, pictured here:

Kate Dudding's P.S. submission

And then I laid out the entire scarf to measure.  First, I learned the hard way that it is best to roll it up backwards, rather than just unrolling the whole thing (which resulted in a twisted, tangled MESS.)

P.S. being unrolled for measurement

Next, I had to lay it out in sections, and actually used my husband’s work tape measure, rathy than my flimsy (TOO short!) knitting tape measure.

Measurement in progress

Next, I labeled every 10 feet, as another thing I have discovered is that my short term memory must be going.  I cannot tell you HOW many times I have lost count and had to start all over again!  And voila – we are up to…

93 feet and 9 inches!

Inspiration

Kim MacGregor organized this flash mob of 200 dancers to launch the “feel good” movement, “I Believe She’s Amazing” in honor of her friend Erika Heller who passed away May 28th, 2009 at 31 yrs. old…this is her living legacy. The amazing choreographers and dancers pulled this together in just one-6 hr rehearsal the day before the shoot.

(The song is I Believe by Yolanda Adams, from the soundtrack to the movie Honey starring Jessica Alba.)

Check out Kim’s website: http://www.IBelieveShesAmazing.com  You can also subscribe to her blog, and read more about her mission by clicking here.

Just for Fun

Here are a few other things I’ve come across over the past few days that I’d like to share with you.

My new friend Leila Cook works with Humanity Healing.  Here is how they describe themselves:

Humanity Healing is a Nondenominational Network committed to Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Healing and Growth through Education and Spiritual Activism.

Spiritual Activism is expressed by Compassion in Action.

We believe that when we help others through compassionate action, we Heal ourselves and through us, Humanity as a whole.

Humanity Healing logo

You can read about this beautiful logo by  clicking here.

Leila also writes for an online magazine called OM Times.  Their subtitle is: “Holistic Living – Spiritually Focused – Green Adventures”.  The layout is beautiful and easy to navigate – check out a sample issue by clicking here.

Some other fun random stuff:

A new blog I’m following, is called “Loom Dude“, which is a blog for guys who knit.  I’m always looking for info about grown men who knit, because I always get boys interested in joining my KnitLit Program at school, and I like to show them REAL examples of guys who knit.  (It is SO cool, by the way.)

Sense of Fashion is an online marketplace for independent fashion designers to sell their own stuff.  Here is what they have to say about themselves:

Sense of Fashion goody

The Sense of Fashion Vision
We are the marketplace for fashion.

And like any real marketplace, we are alive: upcoming designers meet trendsetter fashionistas, photographers and stylists exchange views and recommendations as fashion bloggers exchange concepts of personal style,  while shopping, selling and setting new trends.

For designers, Sense of Fashion provides an online shop with built-in marketing tools, a live clientele base and access to clear and open communication with buyers, fans and other designers.

For trendsetters and fashion fans we provide a stage to display original styles, favorite designers and shopping decisions.

To shoppers we offer a variety of unique fashion items from all over the world, and the opportunity to discover young talent just as it breaks through, as well as the chance to buy items which will one day be collector items, alongside one-of pieces, vintage and curated collections from boutique owners. 

TTFN!

At last measure (which is NOT the most current), P.S.was up to SEVENTY SEVEN FEET AND ONE INCH!

That is the height of the Tsunami in Japan last March.

 

Phew!

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