by Kathleen Cubley May 21, 2018 1 min read

Did you know that when a foster child turns 18 he or she no longer qualifies for the foster system? At this point, kids are often turned out to find their own way.

Foster Care to Success is an organization that helps foster children, and one of their programs for 18-year-olds is the Red Scarf Project. This program extends a hug to these kids in the form of red scarves knitted by you and me and then donated to the project.

We love Vanessa Ewing's Cabled Pocket Scarf for this cause. It's a free pattern that's perfect for teens; the pockets are fun and stylish—and practical. And cable knits are always in fashion!

You could knit up several of these scarves in easy-care Berroco Vintage Chunky or Universal Deluxe Chunky. This is a quick knit on size 9 US to 11 US, and the recipient will feel the love of every stitch you knit.

We also have a luxury option, Plymouth Grande Hand-Dyed Baby Alpaca in color #38. It's a gorgeous blend of deep reds and burgundies.

We think teens would be thrilled with any of these options! For more details and to find out where to send your scarves, visit Foster Care to Success. You'll also find many other ways to help foster children.

This is such a worthy cause—we hope you will join us in supporting it.

Cheers,

Kathleen Cubley
Kathleen Cubley



Also in Alpaca Direct Blog

Knitting a Better Glove
Knitting a Better Glove

by Kathleen Cubley April 03, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.

One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Read More
How to Fix Common Knitting Mistakes (& the Simple Ribbed Hat Free Pattern!)
How to Fix Common Knitting Mistakes (& the Simple Ribbed Hat Free Pattern!)

by Kathleen Cubley March 27, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.

We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).

You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.

Read More
How to Knit Jogless Stripes and Make Izzy Dolls
How to Knit Jogless Stripes and Make Izzy Dolls

by Kathleen Cubley March 19, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store. 

Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.

Read More