Strangling Vine (RAOK Pattern 1)

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  1. 1 Natalie July 6, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    This is such a cool idea! I love this pattern… I’m heading out tonight with friends.. I’ll be on the lookout for an opportunity for a RAOK!!

  2. 2 Ruth July 6, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Very pretty, Nicole! I like the idea of a RAOK pattern.

  3. 3 frecklegirl jess July 6, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks so much for thinking of little ole us! So sweet.

    And that is one gorgeous pattern!! πŸ™‚

  4. 4 Mariss July 6, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    The pattern is really nice. Ironically, I did 2 small RAOK today, but hadn’t planned on telling anyone. Since they’re both so small, I put 2 in, hoping they may count!

    1. Helped a flustered woman on the bus get 2 large bags filled with stuff out of the aisle and near her seat, since she was having a lot of trouble.

    2. Saw an elderly woman who looked kind of sad and lost while walking by a park. I stopped and made sure she was okay, and she was.

  5. 5 Kerin July 6, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    I have a friend who is recently divorce and is raising her two semi-adult children. She’s a new knitter with modest resources. I packed up a care package of yarn for her from my stash. Good stuff, too. Nice yarn that I just knew was going to languish in my stash. And then I packed up an envelope with some patterns and the latest Interweave Knits.

  6. 6 Kate July 6, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Here’s my RAOK: I went in and gave free QuarkXpress lessons to my local nonprofit music program. Kind of a teach an Executive Director how to use a layout palette and they will go forth with affordable (and legible) newsletters. Plus I cleaned up their office computers. Does that count?

  7. 7 Sherri July 7, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I am an active member of a charity group called Heartmade Blessings ( and we specialize in RAOK’s. All it takes is a request and our volunteers come together to make comfortghans for anyone going through a difficult time (illness, death etc.)

    We also do comfortghans for the families of soldiers who are killed in the war. We do comfortghans for both Canada and the US.

    As of last year we had made enough 12″ squares to cover a football field!

  8. 8 Faith July 7, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Mailed an unexpected letter to someone who faces some trying times in the months ahead.

  9. 9 Lori July 7, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Hi, Please send the pattern to me. I’d love to try it. My RAOK was chasing down a dog that got loose during the fourth of July fireworks. I must have covered two miles searching for it and trying to lure it to me. I’m a runner, so the two miles didn’t kill me…. but I was wearing sandals. Anyway, I had to do it or else I couldn’t face myself.

    Hope that RAOK works for ya.

    Thanks so much.

  10. 10 Debbi July 7, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Such a kindness to us that you would offer your pattern!
    My neighbor was weeding her flowerbed this morning and I stopped by to give her a hand. She mentioned an upcoming wedding and I offered to watch her 6-yr-old while she went, for free.

  11. 11 Mary July 7, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I like that scarf. I think that I would
    do serveral for gifts. So please send me the pattern.

    Today I went out with a friend and advised her on some yarn and pattern for a felted purse.

  12. 12 NatalieMarie July 7, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    That is such a beautiful pattern.

    OK, so I went out and did my RAOK – and in your honor I did something difficult for me… I gave my 40% off coupon for JoAnns to a lady I saw in the store (she was stressing aloud over forgetting hers and needing it for her purchase)


    Karma karma karma…I just gotta wonder when I’m gonna get all my GOOD karma back! Still waiting…

  13. 13 Kelly July 7, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    An essay I wrote, just today, about a RAOK that dropped on me. Thank you, Nicole, for your inspiration of fiber and giving.

    Stuff We Are Made Of

    I am an old newlywed. I teach, I knit, and I love, love, love to dance in the kitchen with my husband. I am pretty settled in my domestic ways. I love my antique dishes and linens and the fact that my kids are old enough now that I have banned plastic from my kitchen almost completely. My silverware matches, my glasses coordinate. I am a closet domestician who loves to bake.

    My new husband, on the other hand, has an eclectic cache of plastic everything and not so, well, you know, domestically coordinated kitchenware. When we married we found we owned two of many things, kitchen appliances, televisions, ironing boards, and an extra bed. I have designated this the Summer of Purge and am determined to let go, mostly of his stuff.

    I have felt burdened by all of our stuff in the basement and am ready to clean house physically and emotionally to give a good foundation for this new life. During a National Writing Project institute this summer, a friend shared that her new in-laws lost their home to a fire. While a collection envelope was created, I thought how fortunate for me. I have all this stuff and they have no stuff. Serendipity.

    I began to pack up stuff: pots, pans, dishes, electronics, a Christmas tree strand, a string of lights, and more. With every packed box, I felt lighter, better, liberated from stuff. Our new friends showed up with a trailer yesterday. We piled stuff on. Something that surprised me was their genuine smiles, easy conversation, and warm hugs. I couldn’t help but wonder how I would feel if I were them. Would I be so gracious? So kind? So quick to smile?

    This act was not random. It was planned. We knew the house had burned. We began to collect items to give and plan to give more of whatever stuff pops out of the boxes in the basement. I think a random act of kindness comes at a moment of surprise, not so much to the recipient, but to the giver. This happened to me yesterday while wrapping drinking glasses in tissue to tuck in a box. I decided to bake cookies and place them, as a surprise, in a large donated pot.

    With every cookie my daughter and I formed in our hands and rolled in the sweet sugar and cinnamon, I thought about how wonderful life is to provide these opportunities to give and to love, even those we don’t know. I felt giddy with kindness, but more than that, I felt significant in this world while standing barefoot in my kitchen, warm from summer, warm from the oven, baking Snickerdoodles, wearing a polka-a-dot apron, and learning about the stuff we are made of.

  14. 14 Beth July 7, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Hi! I have a pretty good ROAK, I think. I adopted a kitten from a shelter today! He is almost 3 mos. old and I think his name will be Patrick. I’ll be posting his picture as my Ravelry avatar soon so look me up (I’m bethknitsandnaps there). And, in case anyone is worried, this wasn’t entirely random…I’ve been thinking seriously about getting a companion for my other kitty for a while now. I just wasn’t exactly planning on doing it today, but, you know, when you fall in love…

    Anyway, I truly love your pattern and I hope the adoption of a sweet kitty qualifies me for it! Thanks.

  15. 15 Shorty July 8, 2007 at 1:16 am

    I love your pattern, and would like to make one for myself.

    My RAOK happened a few days ago. I too am in love with Ravelry, and donated what I could. I also helped a family member, financially, who is having a hard time at the moment.

    Thanks for reminding me that I need to do more RAOK. Not for any type of reward, but just because!

  16. 16 Sandra Woodall July 8, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Your scarf pattern is beautiful. I am a dreadful tightwad, but for that scarf I will buy silk. I try to keep my RAOK collection current. Today I made a point of complimenting my husband on his recently finished household projects and the skill he brings to them. (the man made me a swift! Is he great or what?). Otherwise, I try to compliment grocery store stockers and sweepers on the great work they’re doing. I shop for other people with my store card, so the store thinks I’m some kind of great shopper and sends me little “I appreciate this employee” cards which I try to give out to cheerful checkers, helpful stockers or bakery or deli workers. & etc.
    I hope that qualifies as trying to make the world around me happier. I never do as much as I’m sure I should, but I try not to pass up any obvious chance to improve someone’s day.
    You have done something wonderful in offering your marvelous scarf pattern – – which I am sure took you rather more than 5 minutes to work up – – in return for goodness to others.

  17. 17 Robin July 8, 2007 at 1:53 am

    I love your pattern….(not that I have time to knit it…)

    Here is my RAOK:

    My friend called me up to say one of her 6 wk old twins was in the hospital with a fever. I told her I already had the day off and I’d do whatever was needed.

    I stayed with the other twin while she brought her older one to childcare, and later in the day I watched the 6 week old for a few hours (including a feed, and diaper change)

  18. 18 Kathy July 8, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I am so excited to receive this pattern – gorgeous! My RAOK: I was leaving work, walking through the long hallway to the parking garage. I passed an older woman who was breathing fairly heavy and muttering something under her breath. I stopped and encouraged her to sit down, and asked if she would like me to find her a wheelchair. She declined the wheelchair, but talked with me for a few minutes about how long of a walk it was to the pain clinic and back. I validated her feelings (I’m a social worker! It had to happen!!)

  19. 19 Rhonda July 8, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    I helped a friend move, and I surprised her and her husband by buying them lunch. Then my husband and I cooked them dinner, since their kitchen was still in boxes. The moving was planned, the lunch and dinner were my random acts of kindness.

  20. 20 Sally Ingram July 8, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Thie Strangling Vine is a very pretty pattern. I am into lace knitting these days and I want to try this.

    Sally Ingram

    My RAC is donating yarn and possibly needles, if they need them to a local charity. I’m waiting for an email reply as to the need for needles. I will actually be able to deliver the items in person since I live about 35 miles from the College. I visited the college with my daughter last tuesday but did not know that they had a knitting project.

    United World College Knit for Charity
    P.O. Box 256
    Highway 65
    Montezuma, NM 87731
    Contact: Elizabeth Morse
    +1 (505) 454 1705
    fax: +1 (505) 454 4275
    World Wide Web:
    We are a non-profit school with a strong service ethic. The UWC Knitters are seeking knitting supplies so that we can create blankets, hats, and slippers for homeless and domestic violence shleters in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas, New Mexico. We are also knitting caps and blankets for area hospital wards: caps and blankets for premature babies and chemo therapy patients, and slippers for those who need them.

  21. 21 Lisa July 8, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    I drove 8 hours to move things into my daughter’s first apartment, while she is training for her first job in D.C. for a month. She is starting her job in Chicago the day after her training and has no furniture, etc. Her tiny little studio now has a functioning window a/c and her kitchen is stocked. No furniture tho’
    Gorgeous scarf!

  22. 22 Nancy July 8, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Beautiful scarf!
    My RAOK today was to give this elderly gentleman who seemed befuddled by the not having the correct amount of bus fare a he got on. I gave the driver the fare the gentleman needed.

  23. 23 Atrapos July 9, 2007 at 3:48 am

    Amazing Pattern!

    Last night my boyfriend and I decided to take a break from our LAN party (a party thing where people sit around and play computer games while consuming large amounts of caffeine) and go get some 2am Denny’s breakfast. When we got there, there was an old man sleeping in a corner booth with a cup of coffee and some half-eaten toast in front of him. After we finished eating our “breakfast” he had still not woken up or moved. I decided to pay for his coffee and toast πŸ™‚

    Something little, but nice.

  24. 24 Carla July 9, 2007 at 9:33 am

    I’m not sure this RAOK is really so random, but this summer my husband and I (we’re 30, no kids) agreed to have my younger brother come live with us to finish his senior year in high school. The high school he currently attends has a lot of violence and not great academics, and we live in a great school district. It’s going to be a huge change for all of us – we have a small house, and we’ve never raised a teenager before, but we’re glad to do it for him. He’s a great kid, who will really blossom in a better environment.
    Thanks for doing this – it’s nice to be reminded of all the great things people do for each other!

  25. 25 Charlie July 9, 2007 at 9:51 am

    My ongoing RAOK is very small, but I have started knitting hats for the Innocent Smoothie people in the UK.

    Basically, they put woolly hats on their fruit smoothie bottles at christmas, and for each one sold, they donate 50p to Age Concern, to help keep elderly people warm during the winter. So far I’ve knitted 2 1/2 hats, but I only learnt to knit 6 weeks ago, so I’ve a long way to go.

    The website is if anyone else wants to join in.

  26. 26 Heidi July 9, 2007 at 11:10 am

    I used your suggestion and donated to Ravelry.

    What an awesome idea to have a RAOK pattern. It takes just a little to make someone’s day or help someone feel better. And we get warm fuzzies in return.

    Thanks in advance for the pattern!

  27. 27 Jewels July 9, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    I always see this one lady around where I work sitting outside reading a book. So I secretly crocheted a pretty bookmark (I noticed her using a scrap piece of paper for a bookmark), and I bravely gave it to her, just introducing my gift as a kind gift to a stranger to make her day. I think she thought I was a bit strange, but when she saw I was sincere and walked away without wanting something back, she smiled and started using it. Kinda cool.

  28. 28 Becky July 9, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I’m not sure if this counts but I know a lot of people wouldn’t have taken the time or even noticed. Sunday before church I realized I had used the last of the toilet paper in the ladies bathroom closest to the congregation hall. I also noticed that there were no more paper towels. I got my husband to guard the ladies room and went looking for supplies (we are new and don’t know the church very well yet). I found both kinds of paper and restocked the room while my husband made sure no one got stranded in there without paper.

    Beautiful pattern and thank you for writing it!

  29. 29 Roni July 9, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    ha…what timing, I’m making dinner tonight for my very sweet sister who’s always taking care of everyone else!

    Miss Nicole….you just continue to amaze me every time I read your blog….which I must admit is very very often! Nice job girl!

  30. 30 Lindsey July 9, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    I am blown away by 1. your generosity and 2. your wonderful idea. We all should spend more time doing RAOK for others. As many people have seen here it really doesn’t take much time or even money to do something that can make someone else’s day. I have an ongoing ROAK. I always have something on the needles for someone else. Right now i am working on scarves for the Domestic Violence Shelter. These scarves will be given to the women who have chosen to leave their abusive situations. many of these women leave with nothing, they have nothing to call their own.
    I am also in the process of organizing a knit-a-thon in my city. During this time we will knit for various charities and all things completed will be donated. i had no idea how much work this project will be! i love it though!
    I am so looking forward to your beautiful pattern. i hope one day to be good enough at lace to work on lace scarves for the shelter!

  31. 31 mshanane July 10, 2007 at 12:43 am

    I drive my niece to and from her volunteer activities everyday because her mom has MS. So not only am I doing that I am instilling volunteerism into my my family and extended family.

  32. 32 Cathie Underwood July 10, 2007 at 6:06 am

    WOW, what a fantastic ideak – RAOK. I am going to knit squares for Afghan to donate to my Church. I am also going to start on another Socks for Soldiers.

  33. 33 Angeluna July 10, 2007 at 6:50 am

    Promoting RAOK with a beautiful scarf pattern is such a lovely idea. Let’s see, I bought tickets to the Harry Potter midnight premiere for someone who will love it but couldn’t afford it. And, encouraged by you, I finally put pen to paper and wrote a real letter to a kind soul in India (long overdue). And I promise to give a donation to Ravelry, with pleasure. I will add one more promise, although it will be later in the year, a promise to do another red scarf (did one last year following your pattern).

    Thank you!

  34. 34 Cyn July 10, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Hey – just popped over from your comment on my blog (thanks for adding me!), and I remember this scarf! Saw it in progress on Ravelry (which, you’re right, is the best place in the world). It turned out beautiful! Love the RAOK idea.

  35. 35 Mary July 10, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Beautiful scarf. I saw this a few days ago, thought about things, then actually forgot it for awhile. Which I guess means the RAOK I did earlier today was really selfless. I volunteered to take a project off the hands of a couple people at work that I know are swamped right now. A couple other people were shocked given my own workload that I did it, but they have it worse right now.

  36. 36 susan July 11, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Oh again with the generosity! Thank you for offering this up. Lets see today was my day off so I did a few RAOK. I loaded up a box of books (paperbacks) and dropped them off at the local senior center on my way to town. I also popped in to my son’s college and took him to lunch. His team mate was there and has no family locally so I invited him along and made his day. (The school cafeteria is closed for the summer and they have to forage for food)

  37. 37 Callie Karen July 11, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    I love the pattern! My RAOK was being a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. I also made a couple of squares for Warm Up America, and I also am knitting a slew of premmie hats for Stitches From the Heart πŸ™‚

    I’m looking forward to knitting this pattern πŸ™‚

    Callie Karen

  38. 38 Jodi July 12, 2007 at 8:23 am

    The scarf turned out beautifully, Nicole. There’s some sea silk on its way to me, so the pattern’s up just in time.

    I am going to send a parcel to someone who was left parcel-less in the last Knitters Tea Swap.

  39. 39 Michele July 12, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Love that scarf – would love the pattern. I am currently knitting up a pair of 9-5 socks using some Trekking; will send a photo when finished.
    My roak: I live in NYC. The subways are not at friendly to Moms with strollers. This morning I helped a Mom carry her stroller (with baby in it) up the stairs to street level. Before I got to the stairway, I watched several men pass her by and not offer to help!

  40. 40 melanie July 12, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    I made a donation to Ravelry – it’s such an amazing community that I want it to suceed!

  41. 41 Kitty July 14, 2007 at 8:05 am

    After I read this post, I went and made a donation to the ASPCA.
    The pattern and the yarn are lovely. Thank you for your kindness in giving out this pattern for free.

  42. 42 Kitty July 14, 2007 at 8:07 am

    ps I made the donation because my earlier RAOK (helping someone carry up their stroller up the subway stairs) was done before I had read the post.

  43. 43 kd July 14, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    a lovely pattern and a lovely idea! i’ve donated to ravelry – jess and casey are fantastic. i spent the day with my husband’s 93 year old nana so his mum could take a day out with a friend, and i had tea ready for my mum-in-law when she came home.
    thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  44. 44 vera July 14, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    What a gorgeous pattern. And such a wonderful idea too. :0)

  45. 45 barbara July 15, 2007 at 2:23 am

    It’s contagious! I went walking and picked up litter. I saw a lady look at what I was doing, she ducked back into her house and came out with a bag to help with the picking up.

  46. 46 Carol July 15, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I helped a couple of tourists find their way, not by telling them but by showing them…I hope they like the city!!!
    As well I’ve signed up to do the CIBC Run For A Cure (a run for breast cancer research) and am making the first (oops maybe second) donation.

  47. 47 Floderten July 16, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Last week some girls from my old class and me went out for a “girls night on the town”. I offered to stay sober so that I could drive. I picked them all up, drove us all to ‘the city’, and later that night (morning?) I drove them all home, even though we’re all scattered all over the country – and I didn’t charge them any gas money or anything. πŸ˜‰
    This may not seem like a big deal, but where I come from the bus hours are crap, it’s impossible to get home from ‘the city’ any later than midnight – and if it is, it’s expensive like you wouldn’t believe. So they were all really, really happy that I made that “sacrifice”. πŸ˜› Heheh.. It was a fun night nevertheless!

  48. 48 Lorna July 16, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you so much for offering this beautiful pattern!

    My ROAK comes from one I received yesterday…My vegetable-gardener neighbor gave me a batch of purple hull peas and okra from her garden, and today I cooked the peas and fried the okra. So good, yum! I took the goodies to my elderly neighbor and we shared a wonderful lunch and visit!

    I feel silly talking or bragging about an ROAK since such things should be a part of everyday life, don’t you think?

  49. 49 Amanda July 16, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pattern. Plus, it was just the kick in the pants that I needed to go donate to Ravelry. What Jess and Casey are doing is so incredible for knitters and being part of that…well…it’s good.

    I’m also taking dinner on Friday night to a friend who just had her first baby. She and her husband deserve it so much and I want them to be comfy and content.

  50. 50 kayt July 16, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Inspired by you, my daughter and i spent the afternoon finger painting (she did that mostly, since she is well 2.), and packin’ up a care package for a friend of ours entire army unit. while they are in training in GA. Making sure that all the solider had some stationary and some fun pictures and treats. This is an uber awesome idea!

  51. 51 Meg July 16, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    My RAOK: Saturday I had to drop off some paperwork at a business associates’ house for my husband. The associates’ wife has a newborn and a two year old. I played with the two year old and read her some books so her mom could give the baby a bath.

    This is a fantastic idea!

  52. 52 somebunnyslove July 19, 2007 at 2:21 am

    My RAOK: I have proudly donated $50 to Ravelry so far. And I hope to donate more when the site goes “Live” after testing!
    Bunny hugs,
    (somebunnyslove on Ravelry)

  53. 53 Rena July 19, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Your pattern is lovely! Thank you for offering it.
    I helped a lady at AC Moore during our Knit In find some yarn and helped her with some patterns for prayer shawls. She has Parkinson’s and needed some patterns adapted to her needs. I gave her my coupon to use on her purchase. It felt good to help her, knowing she wanted to help others.

  54. 54 Katy July 20, 2007 at 10:00 am

    What a pretty pattern and what a great idea! I think there needs to be more RAOK in the world.

    I helped a woman with two toddlers and a heavy stroller get on the bus and then unload everything when it was time to get off. I also helped get her to her the correct bustop so that she could continue on her journey to the zoo with the kids πŸ™‚

  55. 55 nancy July 20, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Your pattern is gorgeous and I can’t wait to knit it. I do a variety of charitable activities. I have a weekly class to teach cancer patients and/or their caregivers to knit, knit baby hats for a local hospital, knit chemo hats, knit squares for Warm Up America, and help with clerical work for several non-profits.
    In advance, thanks for the lovely pattern.

  56. 56 Wendy July 22, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Okay, my RAOK is lame, but here it goes. My husband was busy with a big sale of ebay. He was getting very stressed and could not replace the ink cartridge in the printer. I stopped knitting and did it for him without complaining. I told you it was lame.

    Also, yesterday I finished two knitting projects that are gifts. A baby blanket and a purse for my SIL. The purse is pretty random considering it’s a just because I thought of you when I saw the pattern not for a birthday or anything.

    Please accept my lame RAOK, I really love the pattern.

  57. 57 Debbie July 22, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    The scarf is really pretty, and I love the Handmaiden Sea Silk. Thank you!

  58. 58 Debbie July 22, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    The pattern is so pretty. Thank you for the pattern! I spent an hour on the phone with my sister, trying to help her with her problem with a grandson. He’s in a bad home life, and I offered to have him (my nephew) come and live with me, so I can try to give him a chance. I never like to talk about any nice thing I do, but for the pattern. . .I will!!

  59. 59 Debbie July 22, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    The pattern is so pretty. Thank you for the pattern! I spent an hour on the phone with my sister, trying to help her with her problem with a grandson. He’s in a bad home life, and I offered to have him (my nephew) come and live with me, so I can try to give him a chance. I never like to talk about any nice thing I do, but for the pattern. . .I will!!

  60. 60 Karin July 22, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    What a wonderful pattern and what a great thing to do to get us to do a RAOK. I sent a donation to Ravelry. It’s a great site took a lot of work to get up and running.

    Please send me the pattern,



  61. 61 Jody July 23, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    This is such a great idea!! Thanks for the pattern and the reminder to do good deeds. I just donated to ravelry!

  62. 62 karen July 24, 2007 at 5:33 am

    I was looking for knitting patterns yesterday and came accross this pattern, it looks beautiful. I sat thinking of what good dead I could do, I was gazing out at my front garden, I tend to get a little angry when I do this as I try to keep my garden neat and tidy, yet next do neighbours garden is a terrible mess and the weeds come tumbling into my garden. I don’t get on with next door very well, a very long story which she ended up with police being involved. So we don’t speak, she recently found out she has MS, the thought struck me yesterday as I was mooching out the window, time to let bygons be bygons and for me to make the first move. I knocked on her front door feeling quite scared, I asked if she wanted me to do her front garden for her, she looked very sceptical but said yes. After a couple of hours of weed pulling and lawn mowing she came out and offered me a coffee.
    Thankyou for not only a pretty scarf but also for helping me to be able to break the ice with next door.

  63. 63 marisa July 25, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    My (slightly lame) RAOK for you lovely pattern happened this morning in the airport on our way home from the UK. I gave a girl we met in the check-in line five pounds to buy some breakfast from the cafe in the departures lounge, since she had spent all her sterling and had no cash left. True, she wasn’t starving or homeless or anything, but it’s something I would have been grateful to receive if our situations had been reversed. And considering the food we were served on our (bargain basement) flight, it might not have been such a little thing after all!

    Hope that counts! You’ve inspired me to think up some more little things I can do for people, too. hmmmmm….

  64. 64 pam July 26, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    My RAOK was to give a lift to an elderly hitchhiker a couple of days ago. He had obviously been to the store for groceries, so I pulled over to give him a lift. It turned out that he needed to go a couple of miles down the road, so he did need the lift. I don’t usually pick up hitchers, but something told my heart to do this. It wasn’t until later that I realized that this was a RAOK that might qualify for your pattern.

  65. 65 Joan Callaway July 28, 2007 at 10:47 am

    You are truly a delight! I’m a retired 76 year old who tutors children who have no learned to read,write or do math at grade level, so my RAOK this week is working with a new student, who is very nervous about going from 6th grade into JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. When his mother called, it didn’t occur to me this was a RAOK, but I think it probably qualifies.

    Any one of my granddaughters (one an RN, another a junior at University of Oregon, and yet another starting at UC Berkeley this fall) would love this scarf. It has a great drape to it.

    TIA…your comments about your internship struck a cord with me. You learned exactly the right things to ask.


  66. 66 Betty Gonzalez July 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    I taugh my children as they were growing up to be patient, whether they are waiting their turn in line or traveling in the vehicle. The RAOK that I can recall this week was opening the door to the post office for an elderly woman walking with a cane. I watched as she entered, thanked me and slowly headied towards the P.O. boxes while I turned and walked in another direction.

    At the checkout stand in the market, I let two different customers go in front of my order since they had one or two items. I know I don’t like to wait behind a big order, so I figure they don’t as well.

    This scarf pattern is just so beautiful and I thank you for sharing it. I’m getting back into knitting and this scarf would make a nice gift for a friend.


  67. 67 Judy July 29, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    My ROAK is sad and hard to talk about. My daughter-in-laws cat, who she has had since it was a baby, became very ill over the week end and it needed to be put to sleep. She was so upset she couldn’t stay with Buttons but didn’t want her to leave this life alone. I held, stroked and whispered to Buttons as she left this world. It was difficult but my DIL appreciated it and I hope it gave her and buttons some comfort.

  68. 68 E. July 30, 2007 at 1:30 am

    I really love this pattern πŸ™‚ I like to fill my life with RAOK’s. Today, I paid for the lunch of a co-worker who was having a bad day (even after she was mean to me earlier, lol).

  69. 69 evilsciencechick July 30, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    If you’re still checking comments, I would LOVE this gorgeous pattern!

    Just got into ravelry and gave a $25 donation. Would have done more, but I’m unemployed right now 😦 When I find a job, they’ll get more! I’m loooving the ravelry!!!

  70. 70 erika July 31, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    A gorgeous pattern worthy of a couple of RAOK:

    something simple: saying “bless you” to a perfect stranger after they sneezed while walking through a lobby

    something to share: a was reading a blog where a woman was having on leash problems with her rescue dog — I posted two articles on dealing with the issues in the comments on her blog

    something for my husband: he asks for so little, so I agreed to spend a little of our windfall $ on golf lessons for him

    something else: helped a woman who was on the wrong bank of elevators to get to the floor she wanted

    somethings old: sent old yarn to Hungary for a charity knitting group; donated to ravelry, adopted a couple of issues of vogue knitting for ravelry as an editor

  71. 71 Megin July 31, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    I am sending off a huge bunch of yarn to a woman who can’t afford any for her projects. She’s thrilled at the windfall!

    I also emailed my friend who is struggling in her doctoral work — to offer an ear, support, anything.

    Thanks for this opportunity for some RAOKs!

  72. 72 lily August 1, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I love the pattern! Today, I made a donation to help animals in shelters find homes.

  73. 73 Cynthiacc August 1, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Here is my rak. I recently attended a convention of doll collector’s in Detroit. After one presentation, an older woman was having trouble with her scooter, and I volunteered to help her get settled and going ( the battery had died, she said and she had plugged it in to re-charge) In speaking with her, I realized that she was very disoriented, unsure of the time of day, etc. I talked her into going back to her hotel room to rest, though she wanted to go get ready for breakfast ( it was 9pm). We went to several floors, till she was able to tell me which floor was the correct one, after that we tried to determine the room #. Finally got her back to her room, and told her roomates my concerns. She was very lost, but boy could she put the pedal to the metal on that scooter! She was hospitalized the next day, sadly she was out of state, but her family was suppose to fly to Detroit to be with her. She was thought to have had a possible stroke earlier in the week. So that is it, I got her safely home to her room

  74. 74 Deknittuh August 2, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    I have been waiting for the opportunity to finally post and today I got it. My highschool does this program for Jewish kids from Israel and American Jews kids to meet. I wasn’t able to go because I am not Jewish, but I saw one of the students lost in the square today and because he couldn’t speak english he had a hard time getting around. I made sure he got some cool CD’s and home safetly.

  75. 75 Debbie August 3, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    I am very interested in this pattern. I will work on my RAOK this weekend and let you know on Monday. This pattern will be part of my RAOK. Thanks.

  76. 76 Janet K August 4, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    I knit a hat for my daughter, who is going to camp next week. Her friend saw the hat and loved it, so I am in the process of knitting her one too. The best part is, neither one knows I am doing this, so it will be a surprise that I will deliver when I drop them off at camp.

  77. 77 Michele Baxley August 5, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I am a random act of kindness! Sometimes taken advantage of, but it is my nature to do for others. I do something everytime I leave my house!

    Last week went to my LYS and the owner (who was having a special event on a Sunday) had customers lined up the link of the store. I asked if I could help bag for her. I worked for two and a half hours because she needed help.

    I made a crocheted ball for a dog that had been abused because everytime he saw my yarn he had to smell it. Then I was told that Alpacas are very healing animals, so I surprised his owner with a crocheted tennis ball. It is his favorite!

    I am a mom of teenagers, pet owner of abandoned animals, homeowner, business owner, wife, crafter, etc. I just wanted to thank you for reminding others that nice deeds do not go unpunished. Good deeds come back to you! I had a flat a few years ago, hundreds of miles from home on New Years Day (without a coat on). Before I could decide what to do a man was asking me where the jack was. He was finished in less than 10 minutes, wouldn’t accept any money. Just said “take care” and left! You are that anonymous man! Take care and spread the joy!

  78. 78 Janis August 8, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I work with mostly women – and they have been experiencing quite a baby boom! In between larger projects (and your gorgeous scarf definitely qualifies as one!), I’ll knit up a baby hat or a washcloth to get some quick knitterly gratification. I try to keep a few of these small items on hand for last-minute gifts. After reading your post, I contacted my OB/GYN’s office and asked the staff if they could use some handknit baby hats to give to low-income patients. Turns out that they have a program for moms in need, and to encourage these usually first-time moms to show up for their pre-natal check-ups, they will give them diapers and other baby care items. Now they also have some hats to give away. πŸ™‚

    Nicole, you really made me stop and think about the things we do for one another. Having once “been there” and having been the beneficiary of unexpected help along the way, I am so grateful for every chance where I can do something for someone else. Thank you for creating this RAOK “challenge”!

  79. 79 Paulette August 9, 2007 at 12:39 am

    My daughter’s co-worker’s wife just had a baby. Actually, he is about 6 weeks old now. But they didn’t have the monies to purchase a vehicle that they could all fit in. The baby was in the front seat of the van with the mom, sitting in a lawn chair in the back of a cargo van. I had a Ford Aerostar which was old, but still runs great, which I used for my family for 19 years. So, after thinking a bit about it, I gave them the van. I didn’t want it anymore, I probably couldn’t have much money for it, and they needed it. So, now they can go places safely, all of them, and I don’t have the van sitting in my driveway, and can now park my baby (79 450SL mercedes) in my driveway. We all win!!!!

  80. 80 escapistknits August 9, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    What a great idea! My RAOK was to carry my elderly neighbour’s grocery up the steep hill to our houses for her.

  81. 81 Lizzie R. August 9, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    My ROAK today was to send a donation to Ravelry (where I first came across your beautiful scarf pattern, and then I donated postage money to (this is a great organization that knits hats for our deployed troops -t hey also send care packages, etc).

    Thanks & regards!

  82. 82 Pat August 14, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I love this scarf! Yesterday at the church I picked up the name & sizes of a 10 year old girl, today I will buy an outfit of school clothes for her. I am also in the process of knitting a chemo-cap for a one-year old. My heart breaks just thinking about a baby having cancer.

  83. 83 joani August 15, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, I did a few raok today. I wrote an apology to a very creative young woman whose feeling I unintentionally hurt.
    I wrote to all of my friends to not shop at because they sell magazines that promote animal fighting and hide behind their “first amendment” rights while really selling these items because they make a profit from them.
    I completed a knitted teddy bear (pretty cute I must say since this was my first!) for a child with AIDS in Africa. I already make “pet blankets” for homeless animals in shelters, but I’ll be adding teddy bears to my charity knitting. Cute and fun and I get to do something meaningful in this crazy world.
    Thank you for your great idea!

  84. 84 Sharon August 15, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    A couple of days ago an older lady was a couple of people ahead of me in line at the grocery store and was obviously short of money for her groceries. She was searching her purse and coin purse. I feel really bad for people that are on a fixed income trying to make ends meet. I passed $20 to the cashier and asked her to use that to pay for the groceries. I was kind of hoping to remain anonymous so the woman wouldn’t feel bad, but the cashier tried to hand the change back to me, and I made sure she gave it to the lady instead. It’s so sad when people can’t even afford basic groceries.

  85. 85 Vixen August 16, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    HI, great idea! I hope more people decide to “give away” patterns this way.

    My Random acts of kindness actuallys started several years ago when my now 9 year old was in headstart. The classroom is all carpeting except for a tiled “aisleway” around the edge of the room where coats where hung and the sink for washing up was. One day when I stopped in while dropping off my son I noticed that the carpet was wet in spots where some of the children had tracked in snow and that other children were sitting in their circle area with their boots on and of course some of the boots were wet causing their clothing to get wet.

    Since the county is about 98% unemployed and the Headstart was for “underpriviliged and needy” children who needed a boost before starting kindergarten or a few like my son who was very smart but had learning difficulties (he was born almost completely deaf). So I knew most of the kids probably didn’t have a pair of shoes to change into at school or they didn’t remember to bring them (like my son who would to this day forget his head if it wasn’t attached!..LOL). So I knitted my son a pair of slippers to keep in his backpack to change into while at school…my mom when she found out what I was doing, thought it was a great idea and between the two of us we made about 45 pairs of slippers enough for both classrooms and two sessions AM & PM. They were an instant HIT! The Teachers thought they were the neatest thing making it so much easier to keep the carpets dry and cleaner. The teachers had to watch the kids closely as the slippers had a tendency to be left on when the boots where put on and went home with the kids…LOL

    A couple of years later my mom happened to run into one of the teachers in a store and she went on about how they were STILL using them even though now they were starting to become very worn. So we started knitting up more and donated them to Headstart again and now every couple of years we make a new batch and my mom takes them in to the school for me and my son have moved 200 some miles away.

  86. 86 Elaine August 17, 2007 at 9:08 am

    My RAOK is that I emailed my father who I have been estrangfed from for many years.

    Love your scarf pattern. I have one skein of the same yarn and have been trying to find a great pattern to use it on.

    Thanks so much!

  87. 87 Elaine August 17, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    My RAOK is that I emailed my father who I have been estranged from for many years.

    Love your scarf pattern. I have one skein of the same yarn and have been trying to find a great pattern to use it on.

    Thanks so much!

  88. 88 Deb August 17, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    I’d love to give the pattern a try. (For my homework, I have donated to Ravelry and sent some knitted items to the chemotherapy unit at my local hospital.)

  89. 89 Andrea August 18, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    I love the pattern and the color of yarn.

    I did 2 ROAKs…
    I sent a box of craft goodies to an aunt who gives so much of herself to her family.

    I also baked some zucchini bread to surprise a neighbor with….much better than giving a gignormouse zucchini to some unsuspecting person!

  90. 90 Linda August 18, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    I have been helping an old man who has terminal lung cancer. I drive him when he needs to go somewhere. I help him get healing herbs. I encourage him. I arranged for him to have meals delivered each day. I listen. I cry with him. But I didn’t feel like there was an “I” involved. We are all ONE, all are myself.

  91. 91 Bex August 19, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    I gave the guy standing on the corner in the rain selling the Big Issue some money. I didnt want to buy the magazine, but here he was in the rain trying to sell those mags. He deserved it. I told him to go buy something hot to eat when he finished cos he would need it ;).

    (I also knit squares for Wraps with Love)

  92. 92 Robin August 23, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks so much for your pattern and the RAOK plan. I was in a cleaning mood today and decided to clean out some of my yarn stash… I’ve been talking about donating yarn to nursing homes for awhile – when I did it before these little old ladies were delighted to get yarn and needles(if they needed them). Some of them hadn’t knitted for years and wanted to talk about when they learned and who taught them. I even went into my “stash-that-must-not-be-touched” and put some of that in also…heaven only knows I have enough yarn. (My greed is shameful me thinks).
    It’s in a bag in my car and will be delivered to the nursing home tomorrow morning. Pass it on…

  93. 93 Christie August 24, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Great scarf pattern. I’m going to use some seasilk for it for a Christmas gift for my mother. Great idea – RAOK as payment. Love it. For my RAOK, one of the gals in my knitting group has a non-profit business called stiches for britches. I don’t usually knit baby things but I’ll knit a hat and booties for her babes in need.

  94. 94 Marianne August 25, 2007 at 7:55 am

    I just came home from a trip on the bus where an old lady fell just outside at a bus stop. 2 people from inside the bus ran out to help her. The bus driver didn’t care – he started the bus. I ran to him and made him stop so they could get back on.

    Hope this will do – I’d love to have this pattern.

    Marianne, Denmark

  95. 95 Indigo August 26, 2007 at 10:10 am

    What a wonderful idea!

    I’ve been donating scrap yarn to local schools and have started a piggy bank for donations for Make A Wish, all my change at the end of the day goes into the piggy bank.

    I’m planning on donating to Ravelry too. What a wonderful job they are doing.

  96. 96 CatBookMom August 26, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    What a great idea! I love vine lace, and I’ve done a couple of simple scarves using it, plus Classic Elite Yarns has a new free pattern for a vest with this lace pattern.

    About RAOK, I try to do them often. Yesterday DH and I took one of the ladies from my seniors’ charity knitting group to the Josh Groban concert in Anaheim.

    Fran is 82 and was diagnosed with colon cancer some months ago. She is a feisty single lady, and it is so sad to see how the surgery and the chemo treatments are affecting her. She has family members in SoCal, but no nearer than 50 miles or so, so I try to call her every few days and give her rides to the doctor when she’s too tired to drive herself.

    Fran has been a huge Josh Groban fan for as long as I’ve known her (4 years), and when I saw the tickets go on sale some months ago I thought she would really enjoy the show. He didn’t sing any of her favorite songs, and we were way too close to the speakers, but we had a wonderful view. It was a lot of activity for her, and she was pretty tired when we got home about midnight, but I think she really had a good time.

  97. 97 Jen da Purse Ho August 27, 2007 at 2:44 am

    this scarf is so beautiful!

    as far as RAOK…i did do something today. πŸ™‚

    When i went to the grocery store today, i was loading up my car w/ my groceries. An elderly lady in the spot next to me had quite a few groceries and was moving slowly. So i went to her and helped her load up her groceries. I want to think i helped her by doing that. I would have offered to follow her home to help her load the groceries into her house, but i didn’t want to seem like a psychopath. πŸ™‚

  98. 98 Joan K August 27, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    I would love the pattern. It’ is beautiful!

    I have donated money to Ravelry and I’ve made 33 hats for Dulaan (Mongolian Prisoners and Orphans).

    I am also teaching a friend of a friend how to knit.

  99. 99 thorngrove August 29, 2007 at 9:00 am

    What a lovely pattern and an even lovelier read of everyone’s RAOK! This has put a smile on my face.

    My RAOK was 1. donating money to Ravelry and 2. this morning one of our company’s clients who was here for training had her mobile phone run out of batteries and no-one in the company had a charger for it. I have a USB connecter/software on my PC however which charges the phone at the same time so I used that to recharge her phone for her, which she was pretty happy about.

  100. 100 Elizabeth August 29, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I would love the pattern.

    My ROAK was giving a lady some of my tickets so that she and her daughter could ride the carousel at the Mountgomery County Agricultural Fair. ( Yes, we have an agricultural fair just a few miles away from Washington DC, complete with 4-H competitors, cattle, goats, etc.. πŸ™‚

  101. 101 Stacee September 2, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    I have 1 ball of sea silk and this looks perfect for it!

    My ROAK – I stopped on my way to work and gave a woman a ride to her church. She was just standing at the side of a deserted stretch of road waving her arms. She barely spoke any english but she knew the word for church and with luck I found the church down the street. Her family was waiting for her outside the church doors and were very glad to see her.

  102. 102 Sara September 3, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    What a lovely pattern and a lovely idea! I saw this post a couple of days ago and have spent the weekend packing care packages for students in my step-daughter’s dorm who are from overseas. She’s going to deliver them this evening. We’ve had fun putting them together and will try this again, perhaps around finals time.


  103. 103 Martha September 3, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    I would love to have the Strangling Vines scarf pattern – – – very beautiful – – – scarves are my favorite item to knit.
    As for ROAKs, today I made a large number of stitch markers out of charms and split rings to give to my steady knitting friends on Wednesday. I am also part of a charity knitting group that knits and crochets lap robes for the hospice run by one of our hospitals. At present, I am knitting a laprobe with garter stitch border and blocks of knit and purl on the interior.


  104. 104 Beth September 7, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Your scarf is beautiful! For my RAOK, I made a donation to Ravelry today. (That was a good suggestion you had!) Thank you!

  105. 105 Diana d'Or September 11, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    I noticed a fellow Craftster has been down in the dumps lately and since I had done a swap with her previously and knew her address, I sent her a special care package acouple days ago. Hopefully her package of knit baby goodies gets her out of the eight month funk.

  106. 106 heidi September 13, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    what a lovely scarf!

    I received an email from someone I’ve never met asking for career advice (they found me through my website), and I replied with some strategies and words of encouragement.

    (and my friend who told me about this website should get credit for a RAOK herself!)

  107. 107 amber September 14, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Great idea πŸ™‚

    I’d love to knit this pattern.

    Today I went to my local animal shelter and walked their dogs for a few hours.


  108. 108 Jan September 18, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    This is a great idea and a beautiful pattern. My knitting group has done a lot of charity work over the years. For my RAOK for this particular pattern, I drove a coworker home because it was pouring rain and he takes the bus to work. He was reluctant to impose, but it was raining sooooooooo hard, I insisted.

    I’m looking forward to getting the pattern. Thanks so much.


  109. 109 gemma September 19, 2007 at 1:03 am

    I regularly make lap rugs for my Mum’s Probas group to present to local nursing homes …. its an ongoing thing, but I usually manage three or four rugs each winter, along with all the usual stuff for family members. I also knit one of a kind hats for the homeless, one on the needles right now, should be finished in two nights of boring tv watching ….. cheers, and thanks for the prompting to do good.

  110. 110 Sue September 20, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    What a pretty pattern! Okay – for my RAOK, I took the very first pair of mittens I’ve ever knitted off the needles. They are black wool with a really pretty purple/gray/black mohair through them. I was oh so proud of them and they fit perfectly, I just donated them the local shelter. Oh they were pretty and my very first ones! They will keep someone else’s hand nice and warm this winter.

    If I can manage this pattern, perhaps I’ll donate a scarf as well! πŸ™‚

    Paying it Forward, not only a good movie, but a great concept.

    Thank you!

  111. 111 Nell September 21, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    I donated some of my stash yarn to the local elementary school for craft projects.

    Thanks for the great idea.

  112. 112 Jo September 23, 2007 at 6:25 am

    This pattern is absolutely gorgeous…..Please send me the pattern…I love the color you made the scarf in…..I checked out your site also,great info…..
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  113. 113 Barb G September 23, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Like the look of the pattern. Lace is a fave of mine.

    Last week I made a date w/ a friend of mine for Tuesday evening to talk about her “crisis of faith.” She says I will know what to say to help her. Pray that the words come to me. I love her very much & want to give her some comfort. She has been there for me when I needed a shoulder to cry on.

    What a lovely idea to cultivate good deeds!

  114. 114 Janet September 24, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I would love to have the pattern. My RAOK was cleaning out the garage and giving two boxes of English books, one box of games, and one box of toys to the International School.

  115. 115 Marina McIntire September 24, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    I would also love to have the pattern. I’ve sent off two red scarves to the RSProject. I’ve got four squares ready to send for an afghan for you-know-who. I’m finishing off two sweater-vests also for a4A.
    More personally, I encouraged a woman friend not to be afraid to step up to a wonderful relationship with a new man. She’s been trying to push the river (what if? we’ll never be able to….). She needed the encouragement. We’ll see what happens.

  116. 116 Michelle September 29, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    A friend of mine was having a really bad day, so I went online and bought her a bunch of spinning fibers and had them sent to her to cheer her up. Everyone loves mail surprises!

  117. 117 jo October 2, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    I was at my daughters swimming lesson and noticed a woman at the side of the pool trying to get someone’s attention – followed her gaze to see her daughter had somehow gotten out of her depth and into difficulties while the instructor was with another child (with his back to her and at least 3 or 4m away). The girl was only 4 or so and I leapt straight into the pool fully clothed (jeans, boots, phone – the lot) to grab her without really thinking. The girl was OK – coughing and spluttering and crying but OK. The mother had another baby with her and was extremely grateful (pool staff were simultaneously grateful that I’d jumped in and appalled that the situation had occurred in the first place). Don’t know if it quite fits into the RAOK as it wasn’t exactly intentional but instinctive, though if I’d had a chance to think about it I would have done exactly the same thing – though may have removed my phone from my pocket first ; )

    Lovely idea BTW – to pay for a pattern with a RAOK : )

  118. 118 Linda October 5, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    I would love the pattern. And I love the idea of the ROAK!

  119. 119 Thomasean October 6, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I am at work right now. We are having a potluck tonight.

    One of the people who will be working tonight was not here last night when we planned the potluck.

    I brought the stuff she was supposed to bring because I didn’t want to bug her at home.

    She is being so mean and evil to me right now. She does not know that later she will be having a good potluck meal tonight and didn’t have to do a thing but show up.

    I’m glad to be able to do a RAOK. I’d always rather be the giver.

    Thanks for the pattern. I’m gonna make it in a bright pink.

  120. 120 Stephanie Horner October 9, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Hi, your scarf is very beautiful and I would love the pattern.

    I did do a very nice radom act of kindness this morning! I work in a hospital. A friend that works here as well had another friend that was very very ill with asthma and was turned away at many offices because of her inability to pay the bill. This person is new in our country with no medical insurance and a low paying job. I talked to this person, “Grace” on the phone and told her she really needed to be seen. She sounded horrible and had not slept for two days. I paid for a taxi to bring her to the hospital I work at and I was able to get her seen that day for free. I am now in the process of helping Grace fill out paperwork to be able to get some future help with her medical bills.
    I think I did a good thing!

  121. 121 Anna Stein October 12, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I lend all my son’s baby things that he’s grown out of to friends who are having kids. They can use them, then return them and everything gets to live several lives.

    Where would you suggest adding beads to the pattern?

  122. 122 Alyse October 15, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Today I did a surprise birthday party at work for a co-worker who thought we had all forgotten his birthday. Does this count?

  123. 123 amber October 16, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    I never got the pattern (I’m post #109 from above). And for good measure… today I donated some money to the humane society.

    I’d love to knit this πŸ™‚

  124. 124 Sabina October 21, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Hi there

    I love the fact that you are encouraging folks to be kind. Since it’s a pretty entrenched habit to make sure that there are random acts of kindness in my every day life, the only hitch in this one is that today I woke up in a hazy-brain-sore-throat-ed state…


    Even going to the pharmacy to buy soothing remedies for my sick-y self provided lost of opportunities for random acts of kindness — opening doors for folks, helping people find the things they were looking for, donating some money towards a local charity, buying a treat for the store clerk, who has come a long way from the time I met her at the women’s shelter 10 years ago…

    Using your pattern for a shawl for a silent auction in December seems rather appropriate… I hope that would be okay with you…

  125. 125 Beth October 22, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Such a scarf beautiful to match a beautiful idea.

    I deliver food to Seniors in my area, would love to knit a few of them to deliver with the food during the holiday season.

  126. 126 Lisa C. October 22, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    This scarf is so pretty and I did get a hank of Sea Silk last Xmas that I could make it in. My RAOK was sending three hats to Afghans for Afghans. This is such a fun and generous idea.

  127. 127 dawn October 25, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    Today I found out my neighbor had her baby 4 months early. She only weighs 2 pounds and mon can’t find any clothes for her. I’m always sewing for me neices bitty baby dolls and told her to take a few dresses to see if they would fit. They do and I will be making more plus sweaters for little Emma.

    I would love to get your scarf pattern as I knit for the homeless shelter each year and am always looking for new scarf, hat and mitten patterns.

    Thank you for your generosity,

    Dawn T.

  128. 128 Jennie VH October 26, 2007 at 11:47 am


    My son’s Y-Kids is having a Halloween party next Weds and they asked for a $5 donation. I donated $10 in case there was a family that didn’t have the $5.

  129. 129 Kathy D. October 28, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    That is such a beautiful scarf. I would love to have a copy of the pattern.
    I have two RAOK for today. A friend had to take her husband to the hospital this morning, so I volunteered to take over her duties at church.
    This evening I spoke to another mother when I dropped my my children off at a social event. She was stressing out over how busy her life is and that she has no time to relax. I volunteered to drive her daughter home after the event so she could relax and not worry about going out again this evening. I actually have to go now and pick them up.

  130. 130 dawnsrays October 29, 2007 at 9:50 am

    I knit hats every year for the Rad Bad Beanie project. I love the idea that one of my hats may brighten a kids day (if nothing else it helps keep their knoggins warm on those trails). I think I will use the pattern you send as a prayer shawl for someone in need.

  131. 131 Lucy November 1, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    I think your pattern is beautiful and I would love to knit it. My Randon Act of Kindness for today was tidying up my classroom after school ended, picking up all of the paper and pens and rubbish on the floor, picking up all the chairs and straightening the room to save the cleaner some work. They may be small, but I try to do a RAOK every time I see the opportunity.
    Thanks for sharing your skills with us in this beautiful pattern!

  132. 132 Dorothy November 1, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    I would like your pattern for this lovely scarf. My raok is to babysit tomorrow night with my 19month grandson so his folks can treat themselves for a dinner by themselves.

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  134. 134 Deborah November 5, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Cool idea (encourage giving) and gorgeous scarf. I donate frequently to church drives (depending on month – cereal, mens tube socks, canned goods, back to school drive, book drive, and holiday boutique, food baskets and star tree gifts. Our church is doing something every month) I am in the end stages of a charted cat sweater to be raffled. It’s been a learning experience. I also do the knitted/crocheted hats for youth. I’ve promised myself knitting something lucious FOR ME after the holidays, of course!

  135. 135 Dawn November 7, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    I love your scarf pattern — and happen to have splurged on some Sea Silk that has been looking to become something pretty.

    Spurred on by your thought I have decided to gift a lacy silk chenille scarf I have just finished knitting to a friend who loves handmade items but can’t make them herself. It will be a surprise gift received by mail for no other reason than I am sure it will make her happy. She is always giving generously to others. Thank you for inspiring me!

  136. 136 Becky November 7, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    I made a mix CD today for a friend who’s reeling the wake of a breakup, and is now pretty alone in his city. I’d love to send some pretty scarves to other of my far-flung friends–thank you so much for making this pattern available!

  137. 137 Jo-Anne November 10, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Hello, Nicole. Your scarf is stunning! I love the way it drapes and the pattern is so pretty. The world would be a much happier place if more people followed your example of random acts of kindness.

    I help my daughter with housework and gardening as she’s still recovering from a serious car accident. Both my husband and I also donate to thrift shops in our area and donate to the local food bank.

    Please send me the pattern for this lovely scarf. Thanking you in advance. Keep up the great work and continue to share your giving spirit.

  138. 138 Cheri November 11, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Please send your free Strangling Vine Scarf Pattern. RAOK- While getting a pizza a man came in and was buying a pizza and a bottle of soda. Since the purchase was under $10.00 he couldn’t use his debit card. I gave him $3.17. I told him to pay it forward.

  139. 139 Suzanne Gwynne November 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    First, thank you so much for your tuts – the dyeing how-to rocks! I love this pattern and have some Denim Silk (Rowan?) in navy which would look great done up in this pattern. I hope I can do it justice as I am a new knitter; I feel more comfy crocheting, unlike you mentioned in an earlier post. πŸ™‚
    Tomorrow and another day next week, I am helping the ladies at church to pack up Holiday Care Packages for the soldiers in the Middle East.
    This is a great idea – a great idea foor spreading good cheer and giving actions.
    Thanks again,
    Suzanne G in NC

  140. 140 trek November 13, 2007 at 9:17 am

    My roak is a chocolate Halloween care package that I am sending to a teacher friend in another state. She’s a knitter and spinner and so deserves a bit of the chocolate now and again.

  141. 141 Valerie November 14, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    My RAOK is taking a neighbor who is experiencing financial difficulties some yarn from my stash to elevate her spirits. She enjoys knitting and often doesn’t have funds to buy more yarn.

  142. 142 Lady O November 14, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    What a neat idea!

    I’m watching my younger sibs (ages 3, 7, 10, 14) so my parents can go away for the weekend.

  143. 143 Marina November 16, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I am going to send a handpainted skein of yarn to a friend that is moving out of the country in 2 weeks. Both her kiddos have been ill, and from talking to her, it has been a rough go.

  144. 144 Trish November 20, 2007 at 12:45 am

    I feel odd writing about my raok because I was raised to believe you aren’t supposed to toot your own horn but…

    Today, I finished a complete layette, (mostly sewn, some knitted) for the young couple who take care of my lawn every two weeks. The are away from their families in Mexico and expecting their first child in one week. I felt so badly for them being away from the people they love and need that I wanted to help them in some way. I hope I have.

    I would love to make your pattern for the young woman having her first baby. I’m sure she would love it.

  145. 145 Alice November 28, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I am a true believer of RAOK………and will even use this pattern for just that…….thank you for giving the way you have. always alice

  146. 146 Sarah November 28, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    I played an anonymous benevolent prank on one of my friends. It’s a secret, so I will be vague here as well, but it has made him laugh a lot and he can’t figure out who did it. I don’t think I’ll ever tell him. πŸ™‚

  147. 147 Ruth November 30, 2007 at 10:21 am


    I really love the look of this pattern! I’ve been trying to do a RAOK that I feel is worthy, and though I’ve come up a little short, I think all of the tiny RAOKs might add up okay. I did my housemates chores last week because he was away, and I covered some extra shifts at work for collegues who couldn’t make it, despite being exhausted from working two jobs. I’ve used my credit card to prebook tickets for a cinema trip for my friends and I’m sending one of my journal-friends a Christmas package that she knows nothing about (yarn, of course!). Plus, the scarf will be my Christmas present to my step-mum, who isn’t expecting a gift from me this year.

    Thanks in advance for your lovely pattern!

  148. 148 Deb December 2, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Coincidentally, I am taking part of the RAK challenge on Sheri of Loopy Ewe’s blog.

    Today I helped a woman who was didn’t quite have enough cash on her to pay for everything she was buying. I’ve calculated wrong in the past and it always seems to happen when you have left your wallet at home or something like that and it was just a small amount that it was really no trouble.

  149. 149 stacey December 2, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    I like the RAK quality here – we have purchased and will donate some toys to our “Toys for Tots” campaign at my daughters’ daycare. I promise to never walk by a Salvation Army bucket without donating something – my kids now want to give too – this is good. I have donated to Ravelry – but I will donate some more.

    I am exciterd about this pattern because I have the most lovely skein of seasilk with no project…and I will likely gift the scarf once I am through πŸ™‚ I am also keeping track of some RAK’s for the Loopy Ewe challenge.

    Coincidentally, my daughter was the receiver of a sweet thoughtful deed – one of her buddies grandma’s just knit her a hat – out of nowhere, and being a knitter – wow, do I get and appreciate that sweet thing!

  150. 150 Lydia December 2, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    I ordered a wine / pasta basket for an old friend of my mother’s, who lost her husband this year to altzheimer’s, and is now living in a retirement community in Florida. She will be so surprised, I think, because she doesn’t have any family in the world, just the folks at the retirement community. She surprised me once about 10 years ago during a difficult time, and now it’s my turn.
    I have one single skein of Sea Silk and thought your pattern would be lovely…… Happy Holidays! Lydia

  151. 151 Jane December 3, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I donated to Ravelry, something that hadn’t occurred to me before I read your post for this scarf…I also added $$ to my monthly utility payment that goes into their fund for low-income folks, but I decided to do that about 15 minutes before I read your post, so it doesn’t really count.

    Nice design, and wonderful idea – I think more things should have an act of kindness as their price tag!

  152. 152 Heather Sullivan December 5, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I am knititng a scarf for an aunt who has had some difficult times since her husband passed away. I am hoping it will cheer her up.

  153. 153 M J Moriarty December 5, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    I donated to Ravelry, which is so worth it!
    Please send me the pattern to your lovely scarf.

    Thanks so much for adding this incentive to improve karma all around!

  154. 154 Leigha December 8, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    I was on Craigslist, and I answered an ad for a new mother who had nothing for her four week old son. She’s really young herself, and her husband is overseas in Iraq. The baby was sleeping on the futon with her, and she only had a few little onesies for him. I dug everything I had from my son’s first year, and I gave her the portable crib that we aren’t using (we have two, so I had a spare!). Her friend told me that she actually cried when she saw all of the clothing, baby nursery bedding, and toys that we gave her. I’ll be handing off our swing and bouncer to her next week, too, since my little girl has outgrown them.

    I would have done it anyway, but getting your pattern out of the deal is just icing on the cake. πŸ™‚

  155. 155 Lisa December 8, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    I made fruitcake and cookies and took plates to a few neighbors who are shut-ins or no longer able to make (or afford to make) some christmas goodies and I visited a while with each of them – which is more of a treat for some of them than the sweets. I helped an older lady do her Christmas cards, I don’t think she can read – at least not very well and she was quite worried that her church friends would think badly of her for not sending cards. Her husband died in the spring and I think he did pretty much everything. Nothing that much for me but she was so happy. Sometimes we all forget that little things to us may mean alot to someone else.

    I love your pattern and I am looking forward to making it.

    thank you for sharing it

  156. 156 Arlene December 10, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Your scarf is lovely…thank you for sharing your pattern. I can’t wait to make it.
    Last Thursday I took an elderly friend who no longer can drive to see her eye doctor, then to get her prescription filled for new glasses…will follow up when the glasses are ready. There are many opportunities in our daily lives to give someone a hand if we just pay attention to the needs of others.

  157. 157 Erin December 16, 2007 at 3:13 am

    I love this pattern and would like to make it for my Grandmother for Christmas. I’d like to give her something a little special because if she hadn’t taught my mother to knit, I wouldn’t be knitting today. πŸ™‚ My random act of kindness was to drive my friend to the local emergency room and wait for her to find out why her eyes were suddenly swollen shut. Luckily she just had a minor allergic reaction to something in her eyes. I hope this counts as a ROAK, even if it wasn’t really random, but was unplanned. I really like your idea for random acts of kindness, we have been celebrating ROAK since November at my school and its glad to see it spreading around.

  158. 158 Dorothy December 17, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    HI–I submitted an roak #134 and have not yet received your free pattern of the scarf.

  159. 159 Marion (Perisnom) December 20, 2007 at 9:03 am

    I love this pattern and would love to receive it.
    My act of kindness was to make some little gifts for the kids of people here in town who dont’ have enough money to buy presents for their kids.

  160. 160 June December 24, 2007 at 1:43 am

    Hi, if you’re sending out the pattern still I’d love to have a look at it = )

    RAoK: I went back into the mall to hold open several doors for a woman who had too many bags and a baby carriage. It’s not much, I know, but I’ll definitely continue to do more RAoK. Thanks = )

  161. 161 fuguestateknits January 2, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Again, thank you for another lovely pattern – I’m going to knit this up for a dear friend in a color that is perfect for her – in linen:) Hope that counts as a good act!
    Take care,

  162. 162 R. Moore January 4, 2008 at 6:05 am

    I see now you’re too busy to email out, but RAOK are too good. Today I got one that made me feel worthy of downloading the pattern.

    I went to the bank, eager to deposit a check into my account and then go yarn shopping (oh, the addiction!). I stood and waited for the woman in front of me to finish. She seemed to be having trouble with the screen and finally left, apparently confused, and headed for the tellers. In her frustration she left the screen up, unfinished, with her card still in the machine. I desperately mashed the buttons (it was in Spanish, which I know only the tiniest amount of) until it spit out the card, which I grabbed and ran after her with. At first I thought she had gone to the parking lot, but thankfully that was not the case.

    Only the smallest thing, but I know it could have caused her heaps of trouble if no one had been behind her.

  163. 163 fkillam January 8, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I just donated to Ravelry yesterday! They are doing an amazing service for the knitting/fiber community, and when I saw the donate button I went for it. Your bee-you-tee-full scarf pattern has become a(n?) RAOK from you to me!

    This pattern is like the stone tossed into the pond, a single act causing many new and wonderful responses.

    Thank you for your good work!
    πŸ˜‰ Frances

  164. 164 Heather Sullivan January 15, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I was wonderin gif you were still sending out pattern. I submitted an ROAK on 154 and haven’t received the pattern. I finished knitting a scarf for my aunt who loved it. tonight i am taking dinner to a friend who has been feeling sick for a while.

    thanks in advance for the pattern.

  165. 165 Kaite January 22, 2008 at 9:41 am

    What a beautiful pattern!

    I made a pair of mittens and a scarf for the nephew of a friend (who is a bigger guy, and hard to find mittens for)–not sure if that counts as a random act of kindness! I also arranged with my work place to be free whenever a funeral comes up at my church so I can cantor (we have a very small parish, and sometimes the family doesn’t have a singer in mind already.) That’s usually a completely random act of kindness. Well, sort of–they do have to listen to me sing. πŸ˜‰

  166. 166 Emma January 24, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for this pattern. I shall knit this as a surprise, no reason, gift for a friend to lift her spirits.

  167. 167 Julia in California January 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I edited a pattern on Ravelry in honor of your scarf.

    Last week I made fingerless gloves for the church staff because the furnace is on the fritz. Luckily we live in California, but still no furnace makes an uncomfortable workplace.

  168. 168 Susan in Ontario February 3, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    My ROAK is that I visit a older(82) woman who is an avid knitter and we sit and talk knitting and patterns. She is not able to get around much so having visitors is a treat for her. I purchase wool when I can and give her little gifts of it so that she can keep on knitting anything her heart desires.

    I will be going over again in a few minutes to show her my Rustic Arrow Socks and talk more knitting. She has come originally from England and has wonderful old patterns from there.

    I will be knitting this scarf for her to wear to her doctor’s appointments.

    Thank you for having a wonderful imagination and creating something so special for everyone to use.

  169. 169 yvettefoster February 16, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Well I know you asked for things we did after finding the pattern… but the last week has been busy… I adopted a cat before it got to the local shelter (He was not fitting into his last home at all) and just about the same time found out about the Chemo Cap Challenge…. so I have finished one cap and have 2 more on the needles and got 3 more people knitting or Crochet Caps to day… I hope that this might become a regular project… and one I have done before and will be doing again.

    The other question I have is where is the Download button???

  170. 170 Melise March 5, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely pattern. I have some Sea Silk that has been waiting for a pattern, and I think this is it. I have just joined the RAOK group on Ravelry, and just got a notice that my first mailing reached its intended recipient, and I have a couple more ideas in the works…just haven’t gotten them ready to be shipped yet. But, my RAOK to thank you for this pattern is to donate a little bit to Jess and Casey. I am in some difficult financial straits myself right now, but Ravelry has made SUCH a difference in my knitting life that I am amazed that I didn’t think of it by myself before this.

    As for RAOK in general…like I said, I have recently fallen on some difficult times in my personal life, and I have found that the RAOKs that I have done in the past are repaying me. A friend that I stayed with when she had ankle surgery and couldn’t drive or even get out of her apartment without help–she offered me a job and negotiated for a higher salary for me than I even would have asked for on my own, when I needed to find a new job and quickly. Another friend whose son is applying to college, took me out to dinner to thank me for helping him with his applications (my alma mater is his first choice), and ordered enough food for me to take home food to eat for the rest of the week–it was the end of the month, and I was down to $30 in my bank account and was scrounging for food in the house…but she didn’t know that. I have always believed in generosity and friendship for its own sake, and continue to do what I can…but I have to say that I am blessed to see that the good karma is “repaying” me now.

  171. 171 Lexie March 17, 2008 at 10:25 am

    hi, i have been searching the net for a pattern like this for two weeks(my standards are high!) and this is it. i have two RAOKs which i hope will surfice. The first is that this deeply loved yarn that i had been searching for a pattern to suit, will now become this scarf for my mother in law who’s terminally ill and about to have her last load of chemo, it’ll hopefully keep her warm through spring and let her know she is loved.
    The other RAOK is that i am pledging a few hours a week to the pagan federation(in the uk)to offer support to people in hospital who need a chat or a visitor.
    i hope you feel i am worthy of your pattern, i am very grateful to be allowed to use it. Thanks x

  172. 172 Nancy March 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for this. I was going to make a donation on Ravelry…then started thinking about baking cookies for my co-workers for Friday. But, after reading everyone’s comments, I’m going to do both!

  173. 173 Heather April 3, 2008 at 3:04 am

    HeHa on ravelry. Thanks for the pattern!
    My good dead: I take recycling from the office home with me to put in my household bin. Our whole office building doesn’t recycle. I think it’s shocking.

  174. 174 patronknits May 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    today was my official day off at work but I went in so my co-worker would not be by herself (others were on vacation!)…I would really love to make this pattern & have some lovely handmaiden to use…was wondering what I would do with it!!! so thanks in advance!

  175. 175 Chris May 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you for the pattern. I hope to use the knit picks lace sampler yarn that should arrive in the mail any day. My RAOK is taken from your snail mail idea…I just received my Son’s little league pictures and instead of putting them in the drawer and forgetting about them, I will send one to each of his Great Grand Parents. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world…

  176. 176 blackcats June 6, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for the pattern! I am going to teach a friend of mine to purl so she can make a sweater she fell in love with. Plus plant some flowers to make the world a prettier place.

  177. 177 Meagan June 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    My random act of kindness happened at the post office. I just happened to still be there after they had closed, and a lady came in needing stamps. I just happened to have a whole bunch of stamps with me, so I told her to take whatever she needed and refused to let her pay me anything. I just told her that it was random act of kindness and to “pay it forward.”

    Thanks for such a wonderful pattern!!

  178. 178 Maribeth July 4, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I spent the morning cooking two kinds of chicken soup for my friend who just had a hysterectomy after discovery of early ovarian cancer. She is feeling grumpy today so my RAOK is delivering some soup and letting her bitch as much as she wants and maybe mowing her lawn if it’s not too wet. Thanks for the beautiful pattern – I am really enjoying seeing it unfold!


  179. 179 Carol July 16, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Many years ago I taught myself to knit using a simple 2-needle mitten pattern. Feeling ever so ambitious, I bought a simple sweater pattern book and some purple wool from a local mill with some my my Grandmother had given me for Christmas. The intention, as you can see, was to knit myself a lovely purple sweater (it was the nineties). Well now it’s 10 years later, my Grandmother is gone, I never did knit the sweater and I have hung onto the wool for sentimental reasons.

    My next intention with this wool, since there is too much to get rid of, is to knit socks for the local homeless shelter (I am currently on a sock kick). Winters are cold here and I know the purple socks will be appreciated despite their bright colour.

  180. 180 Lizzie July 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    What a beautiful scarf! I hope my act of kindness is worthy!

    My husband takes his bar exam in two weeks and he is CRAZY stressed and exhausted. He was really unhappy two days ago, so I gave him a massage for almost forty minutes! My fingers were sore, but it was totally worth it because he felt so much better and more relaxed afterward.



  181. 181 Betty July 21, 2008 at 3:33 am

    RAOK are wonderful…..mine is to donate / help others on a semi-regular basis. Future one πŸ™‚ is to donate an exercise bike to the psychiatry unit at our local hospital. Another is to continue to give to the local animal no-euthanasia shelter. Thank you for the pattern!

  182. 182 Sally Villarreal July 24, 2008 at 12:50 am

    I finished mine today.

    My ROAK was donating to the “Night of Too Many Stars” telethon last April. (The telethon benefited autism education.)

  183. 183 laquetha August 8, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    This is great to do a random act of kindness. I just got back from working in an orphange in Trinidad. I wanted to bring the babies back home with me. I will be on the look out to do another random act of kindness. You know I will write some of my friends notes. I will send them out tomorrow.

  184. 184 Vikky November 8, 2008 at 11:09 am

    talk about serendipity. I was sitting with lace weight yarn in hand looking for a pattern to make a scarf. The scarf will be donated as a door prize at a fund raiser for a brunch we hold for single mothers in need. I’m using cinnabar zephor for a christmas scarf tht can be worn at other times . thanks

  185. 185 Vikky November 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Hi i’m already back . I cast on 63 stitches of the lace weight so two more repeats. and it makes a nice lace scarf. as I was doing it hubby asked is that for your prayer shawls. I said no. then thought well… grabbed some supper wash worsted and cast on 120 stitches for a shawl. It is about 20 inches wide. So now I have two projects with this pattern. It’s so easy to memorize yet looks like more difficult. I printed it out three times . Once to actually have the pattern and the other two to cut just the chart for the knitting bag if I need to look at it to remember.
    I hesitate to write this part but . Some one had given me a pound of white superwash. I often dye it but I didnt’ before I started this one. I decided not to pull it out. I give white shawls to comfot those who have just lost someone. white for purity and the angles. at christmas well I’m sure there will be a need.

  186. 186 Karen December 5, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Well, today is definitely my RAOK day. I’ve been home all evening making salt dough Christmas ornaments (I have 60 in my oven right now) to raise money for our town’s church bell tower repairs. That might not seem so random, if I were a church member!

    I live in Spain, outside Toledo in a quaint little village (population 300 and a bit). The stone church’s bell tower is in desperate need of repair, and the parish budget is 1,302.25€ short. I am not Catholic, but the church is such a local landmark, with a real working bell that is heard throughout the town. It cheerily announces mass every day, tolls slowly at the death of villagers, and also doubles as an alarm for the fire brigade. The town wouldn’t be the same without it.

    I just hope the ornaments sell!

  187. 187 katherine February 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    my RAOK is to make this scarf with my handspun camel yarn for a friend who is having a liver transplant soon. hopefully this beautiful scarf will make her feel beautiful while she is recuperating.

  188. 188 Cathie March 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    my RAOK is that I donated a bunch of stuff that I wasn’t using anymore to our local Humane Society thrift store called Paws and Claws. I also shopped there today, which means they win both ways.

  189. 189 amanda May 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful scarf, and thank you. I’m a serial RAOK’er from way back! I get people thanking me for bootees I made for their baby and the person is in their 20’s – for cakes I made for their family’s funeral and I can’t remember doing it. All kinds of things. I have a scarf to deliver to a 7 year old girl who is having an operation on her neck today, a lace singlet going in the mail for a struggling uni student who doesn’t know its coming, a pink vest for a baby who’s mum has post-natal depression, and an embroidered cushion for an immigrant turning 40 and missing her family.

    Do I qualify? I’ve got wool to make one of these scarves for me, and another for someone else — but I don’t know who yet!

    Thank you

  190. 190 Kare August 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the pattern. I am currently heading a knitting club that is on a mission to knit 100 scarves for woman at shelters, half-way houses and who attend a local free OB clinic. We are 80 scarves in and starting to need new patterns. This looks great and just what we need to loose the boredom.


  191. 191 Arpdesign October 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I am planning on knitting this scarf to send to people in need in Kenya

  192. 192 Arpdesign October 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful pattern

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