Need a purpose for your next knit or crochet project? How about taking your obsession for a charity turn by knitting up a scarf for the 2011 Special Olympics Scarf Project?

Red Heart Super Saver You can knit or crochet an uniquely handmade scarf in the official colors for the 2011 Winter Special Olympics to support your state. Each state needs a different number of handmade scarves for their athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters. Each state will also be competing in a variety of different sports like Floor Hockey, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, and Cross Country Skiing.

Shipping details and project deadlines vary for each state. So choose a state for more information on details and deadlines. Some state deadlines have passed so check out your state. New York isn’t on the list! So I might be choosing Arizona. ie. Arizona needs 900 more scarves and the deadlines are:

Please ship your scarves no later than January 21, 2011.
Deadline to receive scarves is January 28, 2011.
54 – 60 inches long x 6 inches wide.

The U.S. Special Olympics and Red Heart Super Saver partnered to run the U.S. Special Olympics Scarf Project for the last four years.

The program became so popular that donations outpaced the number of Special Olympics winter athletes and supporters. It was as important to us, as we know it was to you, that each and every scarf made it into the hands of the intended recipient – an athlete or supporter – something we cannot ensure going forward, due to the high volume of excess scarves. Special Olympics will distribute the extra scarves received in 2012 during the 2013 winter games season.
–Red Heart