The Red Scarf Project
I’m just astounded. I won the beautiful prize from Mason Dixon for my Red Scarf Donation. Did I mention I am astounded? I’m shocked. Did you see all the lovely goodies? I’m just shocked. I can’t believe it and I was just looking at the beautiful patterns in the Mason Dixon book at knitting yesterday. One of our regular group members, who’s funny self could use a blog because the world really does need to see knitting at Fandom… but hey no pressure… you know who you are :)… is making a baby kimono from the book and I thought that and some other patterns were lovely.
I’m a firm believer when you give, it makes room for good things to come back to you in your life. So you know when I found the Red Scarf Project earlier this year, I was bummed when I missed the deadline. Well reading Norma’s blog I noticed it was back up again. I wanted to make a donation and while I don’t ask, I do like to run things by Monsieur Purl and I knew it would touch his heart as it touched mine. I was on the OFA website and was all teary, which is not hard for me to get, but there was this one girl on there that said something to the effect of “no matter what happened to me, I always knew I would go to medical school and be a doctor.” OK – where’s my credit card? You too? Still time to donate. Go to Norma’s Blog. Don’t forget it’s a tax deductible donation.
When I was listening to the speech about who would actually qualify for assistance by this wonderful organization, I realized Monsieur Purl would’ve qualified when he was going to college. Due to many helping hands he made it through to where he is today and believe me, hasn’t forgotten.
While I went later in life and had already worked for a time, I knew there were many loving people who helped me along with support of all types. It got me thinking again that college and education is really not a solitary event and those young adults that have the OFA in their life, may make it through just because they know someone cares. I may have the diplomas on the wall, but many can help claim in the success. I can tell you when I was writing my final paper to get my MSOM, at my wits end and out of words, my knitting buddies were ready to jump in and help. That meant a lot to me. I had to do it by myself, but just knowing they were there to cheer me on and get me through made a world of difference.
Anyway, I didn’t mean to jump on a soap box, but I never intended on winning any prizes and it’s just choked me up a little again to think about how generous people are and how I hope the love I knit into my scarf will help someone along to the life of their dreams.