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Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Project from the Heart - The Boston Marathon Scarf Project

National Crochet Month...what a great excuse to do more crochet - like I need an excuse, right? I've been busy keeping up with my CALs, and I've added some new projects to my queue, which I'll share with you soon! I can't seem to help myself really. The are so many great things out there to make, and so many great people to make them for.  One of my newest editions: the Old South Church Scarves for Boston Marathon Runners. 

I am a helper, I always have been. So when something comes along that pulls at my heartstrings, I'm all over it. Such is the case with the scarf project.  The Old South Church, in honor and rememberance of those lost at last year's Boston Marathon, started a project to collect knitted and crocheted scarves to "wrap each runner in love".  On Easter Sunday, the Old South Church will hold a Blessing of the Athletes during their morning services (which they have done since 2008) and present a scarf to each runner present.  I can't think of a better way to show my support and prayer for safety and strength than by something homemade from the heart.

I decided to use Red Heart Super Saver in #324 Bright Yellow and #385 Royal for my scarf. I did a simple ribbed pattern of double crochet, alternating five rows royal, three rows yellow, two rows royal, three rows yellow, and finishing up with five rows royal.  I had a TON of ends to weave in, since I didn't do it as I went along, which was very time consuming.  I think it turned out great though, if I do say so myself, and I hope it will bring a smile to a runner's face.

Wouldn't you like to make a scarf to bless a runner in this year's Boston Marathon? Check out the Old South Church facebook page, the Ravelry group Boston Marathon Scarf Project, or the church website for more information.


  1. I love this scarf. It is odd that even living here in Missouri, I have a connection to this event. The sweet and wonderful author of one of the textbooks my students use, was impacted greatly by this tragedy and we all have watched and learned from him and his family as they try to put their lives back on track. I was in Boston this last November and walked where people suffered on my way to and from my conference. I was saddened. Am heading over now to check out the project. Thank you, as well, for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  2. What a wonderful way to bring love and comfort to the site of the tragedy! I think a scarf is a perfect way to promote warmth and healing. Also, great looking scarf :)

  3. Kelly, I had the same feeling when we went to NYC a few years ago, and we walked past the World Trader Center site. There was a calm, reverence in that place. I almost can't explain it. Even with the busyness of the city, it was almost the buildings themselves and the everyday noises knew the tragedy of 9/11. I couldn't hold back my tears. I will never forget!

  4. A beautiful scarf and a heartwarming sentiment.