Sunday, February 28, 2010

Seaman Scarves Fund-raiser on March 2 at Cape Ann Brewery

The pattern is ready!!!

In a previous blog I talked about using the very old, traditional knitting pattern for Seaman's Scarves as a possible fund-raiser here in Gloucester. The Seaman's Scarves are used for endeavors such as  Christmas at Sea, a project The Seaman's Church Institute. Ever since 1898, during the Spanish American War, The Seaman's Church Institute has sent thousands of packages to mariners at Christmas time. Included in the packages are hand-knit items donated by knitters from around the country. These include watch caps, socks, vests, and, of course, scarves, in addition to lip balm, hand lotion and toothpaste and brushes. Last year over 10,000 garments were sent by knitters and thousands more were needed. (They also offer information on how citizens can help our mariners who are the victims of pirates at sea.) Their web site offers a list of free patterns in PDF format for both knit and crocheted patterns for the items they need.

Subsequently I designed 2 original Seaman's Scarves. One is in Aran Style:
 

And the other is Guernsey Style:

 

I am writing the directions for these scarves and Tuesday night, March 2nd, at 6:30, I will be at Cape Ann Brewery with the patterns. Knitters are invited to come and "purchase" a pattern for whatever donation they would like to make. Cape Ann Brewery has graciously offered to match whatever is donated and the proceeds will be donated to the fund for the children of Matteo Russo, a Gloucester fisherman who was lost, along with his crew in January of 2009. I will be present to help knitters get started on the pattern, if they wish (bring worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles) and I'll help anyone who is interested with either of the patterns.

This should be a great time -- an opportunity to learn something new, do some good for our community and have an excuse to drink Cape Ann Brewery's scrumptious product. I look forward to seeing you there....

Thanks for reading.

2 comments:

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Is there any kind of an online option to purchase the patterns?

Kathleen Valentine said...

I'm trying to figure out what is the best way to handle that....

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