Shelves of lots of reed scarves

The Unbroken Circle of Yarn

Written by Marcia Bradley

REd Sacrf1The old folk song “Can the Circle Be Unbroken” seems to speak to the unending flow of energy that sustains the Red Scarf Project at Antioch University Los Angeles. At the knitters’ lunchtime gatherings, Bernadette Murphy, MFA, can be seen helping Lisa Lepore, MLIS, with her technique, while Danielle Minobe’s face is shocked when she realizes she’s lost some of her stitches. Through it all, there is a feeling of calm determination among these knitters. When Barbara Spielberg, MA, was asked why she knits for this organization she was quick to say, “I can’t help it, these amazing students should be given as much support as they can get. I have to help.”

In early December, the group boxed up more than 60 scarves to send to America’s College Fund for Youth, an organization that helps young people as they migrate out of the foster system to enter college and look towards a better future. Each year, the organization sends the young people a box to help them through college loaded with supplies, food, contributions, and red scarves. AULA’s Sylvie Taylor, PhD, is really a power knitter—she made more than 30 scarves for this year’s shipment. Danielle Minobe’s mother-in-law, RedScarf4Beverly Minobe, paid for all her own yarn and donated more than 20 scarves.

Kudos to everyone! But it’s not really the numbers that matter to this group. What matters is the joy that Bernadette, Danielle, Sylvie, Barbara, Lisa, Martha, Dawn, and all the knitters share knowing that they can sit together in a circle at lunchtime, laugh as stitches fly and fall, and learn a little bit more about each other. This is made all the better because they get to share in a legacy of scarves that will travel across the country and create even more joy for young people in need. It’s an unbroken circle of red yarn that is worth every last stitch.

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