This time of year all good things have one measurement: the New River Gorge Bridge. After all, Bridge Day is Oct. 20.
But October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And here, that awareness takes the shape of a soft, multi-pink hand-knitted and crocheted scarf, which now measures longer than the world record span at 4,000 feet.
According to organizers of Terri’s Tribute, source of the world’s longest pink ribbon scarf, it’s time to pay a visual tribute to sisters lost and friends surviving breast cancer.
“Knit or crochet, it’s easy, it’s meditative, and it’s relaxing,” said Dana Treadway, one of the Terri’s Tribute founders. “No piece of the scarf was meant to be perfect. It was meant to be simple, heart-felt handiwork.”
The scarf was started in February 2010, one month after Terri’s Tribute was founded. The organization has two solid goals, to raise money to ensure that Terri’s kids and other kids who’ve lost a parent to breast cancer can afford a higher education; and to raise awareness about breast cancer with a visual tribute.
When scarf pieces were first darned together, they totaled 32 feet. The next time it was measured at one of the annual blood drives in Terri’s memory, it was 100 feet long. When it was unveiled at the Lewis Center in May 2010, it had grown to 1,000 feet.
Last October when it was displayed at Tamarack, it measured one half-mile, and had been seen by nearly 40,000 people. Over 200 women and four men from 27 different states have contributed pieces to the scarf.
For the third year the world’s longest scarf will again be on display at Tamarack during October. Handcrafted pink ribbon products made in the Mountain State will be on sale once again, including candy, tie-dyed shirts, earrings, ornaments, pendants, hats, glass ring holders, scarves, socks, and sweatshirts.
Artisans individually donate percentages of their proceeds to breast cancer causes they support.
To further enhance the effort, Tamarack celebrates American Craft Week Oct. 5-15 featuring numerous artisans, who will demonstrate and explain their work.
Throughout the month guests are welcome to sit in the “Pink Pod” by the entrance and knit or crochet additions to the scarf while they rock.
Whether or not guests participate in the handcraft, they may leave tribute notes to honor loved ones lost to breast cancer or those fighting the disease. All the notes are compiled into a scrapbook and many are displayed on the scarf.
The scarf, which takes four staff members nearly a week to hang, will officially go on display Wednesday at 11 a.m. with a kick-off ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tamarack. Survivors, friends, family members, medical professionals, caregivers and others are welcome to attend.
On Oct. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. V100 personality and breast cancer survivor Jeanne K. will host a live remote to publicize breast cancer awareness and the scarf.
No RSVP is necessary to attend the ribbon cutting. For details about artisan demonstrations, photos of last year’s event and instructions about adding to the scarf, visit tamarackwv.com or ‘friend’ Tamarack on Facebook.
E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-256-6843. To learn more about Terri’s Tribute, e-mail email@example.com or friend Terri’s Tribute on Facebook.