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In case you don't know, Keep the Fleece is part of the International Year of Natural Fibres to promote natural fiber use and raise money for Heifer International.

Handknit Heroes is about knitting superheroes who save the world.

You see where I'm going with this, right?

We're making Keep the Fleece the focus of our charitable efforts this year. As a result, proceeds from our Mask Design Contest go directly to benefit the Heifer Project, we're sponsoring one of the KTF contest categories, and we're participating in the Worlds Longest Scarf project. And we’d like to invite you to join our super-heroic team of scarf-creators! 

Here's how to participate:

  • Go to Heifer.org and join the team Handknit Heroes.
  • Sign in if you have a heifer.org login, or sign up and make a pledge goal.
  • Solicit friends and family to sponsor you to knit on the scarf: $1 per row. $10 per inch. They can donate directly on your Heifer.org page, or you can take donations and send them in.
  • When you're ready to knit on the scarf, email us with your address. The fundraising minimum to knit on the scarf is $10.
  • You'll get the scarf in the mail with some yarn. You can use that yarn, or pick your own super-heroic yarn to knit with. You can knit, crochet, weave, even macrame the scarf, but all the yarn used must be made of 100% natural fibers! The scarf is 9 inches wide, so consider that when selecting a needle for gauge. It’s ok if you don’t match perfectly. The edge of the scarf will definitely narrow and widen with varying stitch counts, stitch styles, and gauges.
  • As you work on the scarf, add to the journal with information on the yarn and stitches you used. You can also write your thoughts about the scarf, the project, and the ways in which knitters really can save the world. If you want to write fan mail for Ana, Alex, Sue, or Jen, that would be cool, too.
  • If you raised $10, knit up to 10 rows or 1 inch. If you raised $100, knit 100 rows or 10 inches. If you raised $15, knit 1.5 inches. Get the idea? $1 per row, $10 per inch.
  • When you’re done, put the scarf’s live stitches onto the stitch holder and send it and the journal back to Stephanie within 2 weeks of getting the scarf. Why 2 weeks? Because we want this scarf to go around collecting donations as much as possible before it heads off to be joined to the rest of the Worlds Largest Scarf in October!

Yarn Shops are especially encouraged to sign up and join the Handknit Heroes team. We'll send the scarf with your order to pass around the shop and raise money and awareness (and you can keep it a little longer)!

If you find yourself raising more money after you've already knit on the scarf, you can either re-request that the scarf be mailed back to you, you can sponsor another knitter, or you can knit a second scarf to mail in, which we'll graft to the Handknit Heroes scarf. If you don't want to knit on the scarf but still want to participate, you can simply raise money to sponsor the scarf, or donate natural fiber yarn to the project.

Our goal is to knit a 100-inch scarf and raise $1000 by September 1st. The scarf is due back at Keep the Fleece HQ by October 1, and I want to make sure it gets there in time! The scarf will be joined to many other scarves for the final unveiling at Rhinebeck in New York on October 15.