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Special Olympics seeks scarves for athletes

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

If you knit or crochet and are seeking a worthwhile project to be the recipient of your artful needle wielding, it doesn’t get any better than Special Olympics of Maine.

The following information was contained in a press release e-mailed to me recently:

Special Olympics Maine is seeking the help of crocheters and knitters for the Scarves for Special Olympics scarf project.

In November, Special Olympics International and Coats & Clark, owner of Red Heart Yarns, announced the launch of the 2011 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project, a nationwide initiative that gives knitters and crocheters the opportunity to contribute to the Special Olympics Program of their choice.

Special Olympics Maine is taking part in the scarf project by asking that knitters and crocheters visit the project website at www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org and then commit to making a scarf or scarves for Winter Games athletes and coaches.

The project is already under way and approximately 100 scarves have been received so far, but 800 are needed.

The scarves will be handed out to the 500 Special Olympics Maine athletes and 300 coaches during Opening Ceremonies at the annual State Winter Games on Sunday through Tuesday, Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1, at Sugarloaf USA.

Participating knitters and crocheters are asked to follow specific size and yarn color guidelines, but creativity in design and pattern is encouraged. Details on size and color may be found at www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org where details on choosing a program and how to ship scarves also is posted.

Special Olympics Maine is a year-round athletic training and competition program for persons with intellectual disabilities of all ages. In Maine there are more than 3,300 athletes who participate in the program. For information on Special Olympics Maine, call 879-0489 or visit www.specialolympicsmaine.org.

Here are guidelines for participating in the project:

ä Scarves must be knit of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 886 (blue) and color 512 (turqua) — use both colors in the scarf.

ä The scarf must be 54 to 60 inches long and approximately 6 inches wide. It may be knit or crocheted in any pattern. Free scarf patterns are available at the Special Olympics Maine website.

ä Place each scarf in a closeable plastic bag.

ä Include a 3-inch by 5-inch card with your name and mailing address in the mailing package so you will receive a hand-written thank-you.

ä Scarves must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 28. Mail to: Special Olympics Maine, Attn: Scarf Project, 125 John Roberts Road, Suite 19, South Portland 04106.

For more information, call Lisa at Special Olympics Maine at 879-0489.


The University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum will hold a St. Distaff’s Day event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the museum. It will feature a Spin-In, a Knit-In and a Stitch-In.

In medieval times, according to Mary Bird of the Friday Fiber Friends group that meets at the museum, St. Distaff’s Day marked the end of holiday festivities and the return of women to their spinning wheels and other housewife duties.

Bring your wheel, drop spindle, knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery or other project.

Bring a lunch. Beverages and a light dessert will be provided. The event is free.

E-mail mary.bird@umit.maine.edu for information.

These craft classes will be offered in the coming months through the SAD 22 Adult Education Program at Reeds Brook School in Hampden:

• Penny Rug Wool Applique, four weeks, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 23. $20, plus $25 for rug kit and materials.

• Snowman Lover’s Workshop, Part II, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. $5, plus $15 for materials.

• Valentine Fabric Heart Wreaths, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. $5, plus $15 for materials.

• Mommy and Me Valentine Cards, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. For children age 5 and up with a parent. $5, plus $10 for materials.

• Mommy and Me Easter “Eggstravaganza,” 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. For children with a parent. $5, plus $10 for materials.

Call the adult education office at 862-6422 for information.

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