SCARF SHORTAGE ALERT

Hello! Technician Jenn here bright and early on a Sunday morning. Just to fill you in, I recently had some MAJOR back surgery, and am laid up at home, but I can still type. To get to the point: The Wrap Up Project does not have enough scarves for a scarf-bombing in December.

Now, you may ask…..how do I know this? Angelia Reed, WUP founder and her daughter Kyra, WUP’s #1 scarf-bombing participant, came to visit me at home a few days ago. How sweet of them! We actually had a really good conversation and the company was lovely. Of course, WUP business came up, and Angelia had been going through bins in her storage unit, and there is a bin and a half of scarves and hats, not even enough to do a December scarf-bombing.

A bin and half. Yikes.

Now, granted, our drop off points haven’t been checked for this month yet, but still, this is a sobering reality. We really need to you to guys out there to start making scarves for WUP.

Knitters? Start knitting. Grab some bulky yarn and big needles. You know you can whip up a scarf in a few days binge watching something awesome. Crocheters? Same thing, grab a huge hook and you can knock out a scarf in even less time, while binge watching something equally awesome. Weavers? Yes, it takes you the longest, but get those looms warped, and fire up a sweet audio book. Don’t do any of those things? NO EXCUSE. If you have scissors and able to get some fleece fabric, start cutting while listening to your most excellent tunes. Here’s a no-sew fleece scarf tutorial.

The key? Everything needs to be handmade. No store-bought items, please. And, if you need to be reminded of WUP’s Scarf Sizing Requirements, here they are below. I’ll even throw in the hat sizing.

Scarf/Hat Requirements:
Items can be made using any craft the maker chooses.  They can be any color, fiber, style, or stitch pattern.

Here are the minimum size requirements for items:
Scarves – Scarves should be at least 3” wide, and at least 30” long.  They need to be long enough to comfortably fit around a person’s neck, and long enough to tie around something (a tree, post, pole, etc.).  Remember that scarves are versatile and can be used as a neck warmer, a head covering, or as a head rest/pillow.

Hats – Use the following guidelines:

  • Newborn: 14” circumference
  • 3-6 month old baby: 17” circumference
  • 6-12 month old baby: 18” circumference
  • 12 month – 3 years: 19” circumference
  • 3-10 years: 20” circumference
  • Pre-teens and teens: 21” circumference
  • Adult woman: 22.5” circumference
  • Adult man: 22.5-24” circumference

There you have it. It’s time to get to work. Let stuff that storage unit! Until, next time, this is Technician Jenn.

It’s 90 degrees. In October. Time for Scarves!

Ugh! Can you believe this weather?! I can’t. Summer won’t let go, and it’s 90 degrees outside. Still, it IS October, and that means we are gearing up for another scarf-bombing season….our sixth!

We hope that you have been making handmade scarves during the spring and summer to get ready. Be sure to take them to one of our drop off locations.

In preparation, there are few events we’d love to see you at. Be sure to respond if you are coming on the appropriate events’ Facebook page. Have you liked us on Facebook? You should!

  • October Tagging Party: Come on out to Kegel’s Produce and help us tag items to be put out for scarf-bombing!
  • October Scarf-Bombing: We’ll be at San Juan Bautista Preschool to put out scarves.
  • Sit and Stitch: We’ll be meeting in the center of Park City Mall to knit and crochet, chat, and watch the mall goers. You don’t have to craft to come. Just come on out to introduce yourself.

That’s what is going on for October. Fall needs to hurry up and get here!

October Scarf-Bombing Wrap-up

Last night on October 24, 2017, the Wrap Up! Project ventured into Lancaster and Columbia to scarf-bomb.  It may have been a warm day, but the night was cool, and people were out and about.  It was a great time to have a scarf-bombing!

Cub Scout 58 from Willow Street came out and lent their time and talents to distributing scarves last night.  Thanks, guys!  You did a great job!  We always welcome groups and members of the community to come out and help.

Cub Scouts helping out!

Cub Scout Pack 58 members

All of our volunteers who came out last night did a great job!  Even the furry ones!  Thank you guys for your help.

Dog in a scarf!

Here are a few more photos of the scarf-bombing around Penn Square and Columbia Presbyterian Church.  Read more in Erin Negly’s great article today in LNP!

 

As for me, Jenn the Tech Gal, I was walking to work today and saw two people happily walking along with two of the scarves that were put out last night, tags fluttering in the breeze.  It felt so good to see that!  We are making a difference.  YOU are making a difference.  Keep up the good work!


Have you heard about our upcoming event at The Speckled Sheep on October 31, 2017?  WUP will be having a Sit and Stitch, and you are invited!  LNP will be there to cover the event, so we would love it if you’d come out!  Be sure to RSVP and let us know you are coming on our Facebook event page.

 

Upcoming December Scarf-Bombing!

Ack!  Where did this month go?  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no scarf-bombing in November, BUT…the next one will be Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA at 7pm.  We will then head on over to Columbia Presbyterian Church afterwards.  Check out the Facebook event for more details!

All of us at The Wrap Up! Project want to wish you and your family a happy, safe, and WARM Thanksgiving!  We appreciate and are thankful for all of our awesome volunteers, drop off businesses, crafters, EVERYONE who has supported us for the past three seasons.  We can’t do it without you, and we are so happy with the way this endeavor has grown over.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Upcoming Events

WUP has a lot on its plate in the next few weeks, so we’d like to inform you of a few upcoming events, and we’d love to see you there!  We need you to help with tagging items, coming out for the first scarf-bombing in Ephrata, and help us raise funds by dining out.  Below are the details for each event.

Tagging Party on September 30, 2016

We did blog about this a while back, but we want to remind you that the party will be 7pm-9pm at Kegel’s Produce in Lancaster, PA.  Interested in helping out tagging donated items, noshing on goodies, and chatting with other yarnies and volunteers?  Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

Iron Hill Brewery Give 20 on November 7, 2016

Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster, PA is hosting at Give 20 for WUP on November 7, 2016 during the hours of 11:30am-11pm.  What does that mean?  If you present a coupon to your server when paying your bill during that time frame, Iron Hill Brewery is going to donate 20 percent of your check total to WUP.  How cool is that?! Get coupons here, and hand them out to family and friends!  Let us know if you’re coming on the Facebook event page, too!

That’s what’s on the plate for those of at WUP.   We are still in need of SCARVES.  This is an exciting time as the season starts next month!

WUL Season 3 Preparations

We’ve got a lot to talk about, people, as we are getting underway for WUL Season 3 scarf-bombings.  Preparations need to be made, and we need YOUR help!

As for right now, we have 119 scarves, 236 hats, 1 pair of fingerless mitts, and 1 knitted ear muff.  We would like to have about 300 scarves to get the season going, so we can put 100 out at each location.  We need 180 more scarves!

In the meantime, let’s start with what needs to be done with WUL Season 3 preparations.

Ephrata, PA

WUL is looking to start scarf-bombing in Ephrata, PA every other month during the season, as long as we have donations.  What we need in Ephrata is:

  • A Business as a Donation Drop-off Point.  We need a good business in Ephrata to act as a drop-off point for donations.  Do you own a business there or have a suggestion?  Let us know at info@wrapuplancaster.org.
  • A Point Person.  We are looking for a volunteer to act as a point person for Ephrata to pick up donated items, arrange for drop-off locations, and find good scarf-bombing locations.  Feel like you are a good fit for this volunteer position?  Email us at info@wrapuplancaster.org!

Planning Committee

Next on the agenda, is that WUL is looking for volunteers to be on a planning committee.  This would be a monthly meeting, and a desire to help plan the direction of WUL, such as helping us become a non-profit, raising money, how we can have an income stream, and expanding the project.  If you think you fit the bill, e-mail us at info@wrapuplancaster.org.

Other News

If you need yarn, WUL has a small stash that would be gladly given to someone to make scarves with.  Contact us at info@wrapuplancaster.org if you are interested.  Remember, Lancaster Creative Reuse, and The Art of Recycle in Ephrata, PA are excellent places to get cheap yarn that would be perfect for scarves!

Second, we would like to thank the Red Rows Knitting Guild for their recent monetary donation!  We appreciate it!

That’s the new you can use for WUL as of right now.  Please consider not only donating scarves, but your time as well.  We need YOU to be involved and active in WUL.