Seven-mile scarf challenge wins international support

A group of knitters in Brisbane, Australia, are helping to raise funds for Rachel House
A group of knitters in Brisbane, Australia, are helping to raise funds for Rachel House

A Gateside woman’s dream of creating a seven-mile scarf in aid of charity has captured the imagination of crafters all over the world.

Knitters, crocheters and sewing enthusiasts from as far afield as Queensland, Australia, and Colorado, USA, have joined in the challenge to make a scarf stretching from Gateside to Rachel House, the children’s hospice in Kinross.

So far some 300 scarves have been donated - and just over 7000 more are needed to complete the giant garment!

The project was the brainchild of retired teacher Sandra Farrer, who was inspired by a group from Wales who made it into the Guinness Book of Records with a scarf measuring an incredible 33 miles, raising thousands for their own local children’s hospice.

All the scarves measure 1.5 metres long, and will eventually all be sewn together at a 24-hour ‘stitchathon’ in October.

Then they’ll be separated again and the individual scarves sold off to raise funds for CHAS, with the more elaborate and creative pieces being auctioned at a charity dinner.

“We are now getting some felted, quilted and patchwork scarves, so it is all very exciting,” said Sandra.

“I am very humbled by the beautiful workmanship of the scarves we’ve been given.

“I am also making new friends with like-minded people and hearing their stories, which is very rewarding.”

A number of businesses in Fife and Kinross-shire have offered their premises as storage space, and there are various places where scarves can be handed in.

They include the YMCA in Cupar; Rascals’ Nursery in Kelty; Tikasam Crafts in Burntisland; Sainsbury’s Kinross; Tesco in Edinburgh Road, Perth and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Cupar, as well as any CHAS shop or office. Now Sandra is seeking free venues where she can promote the appeal and demonstrate techniques.

“We were given three scarves from Cupar YMCA, or Sainsbury’s Kinross, from Mary, Isa and Billy,” added Sandra.

“We are desperate to know who Billy is and if he is our first male knitter!”

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