Back in the arms of a good friend

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Pattern: Zipper Scarf by Vanessa Hailey
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids (100% acrylic), colorways Cherry Red and White
Hook: J/6.0 mm

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be strong in the attempt.”

That is the oath the athletes take at the beginning of each Special Olympics tournament. These intellectually disabled individuals gain dignity through competition, and become visible as human beings to their communities and governments.

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In 2010, a project to provide a scarf in blue and white to every athlete at the Boise, Idaho World Winter Games set a goal of 2000 scarves. Months later, the organizers had been inundated with more than 60,000 scarves, all hand-knitted or crocheted, all using the official colors and yarn, from crafters all over the world. People clearly hungered to provide something special, to be a part of something special, to contribute a personal touch to an athlete far from home.

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Sending a scarf is sending warmth. It’s more than a souvenir; it’s a message that the recipient is valued — is worth the giver’s time. The time I spent crocheting this lengthwise scarf was minimal, maybe two or three hours over a couple of days. Through it I was given the chance to practice a new craft, a new stitch, a new skill. It’s a privilege to pass that gift along. Craft is all about being strong in the attempt. I hope this scarf delivers that message to someone who needs it.

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