Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Scarf a Day

Camy here! Some of you may know that I am the coordinator for the ACFW Genesis contest for unpublished writers. The Genesis would not even exist without the hundreds of judges who volunteer their time to judge the entries each year. This year we had over 550 entries! Each entry is judged by 3 judges. Our judges agree to judge anywhere from 3 to 21 entries each!

Because I’m so grateful to our judges, I decided to try to make scarves for all of them who are going to be at the ACFW Conference in September. I’m guessing about 200 judges will be at the conference, and I have five months. I figure, if I do a scarf or two a day, I’ll make enough for all my judges who will be at the conference. As of today, I have a dozen or two scarves already made.

I’m not making really intricate scarves, but I’m using some neat yarn from my stash and making quick scarves with large needles (size US 35). I’m also using a size S crochet hook for some Tunisian crochet scarves. Most of the scarves I’ve made take less than an hour per scarf, even the ones with a lace pattern. The big needles help the work go quickly, but the scarves still look really nice and squishy.

My point? What can you do to show someone your appreciation? It doesn’t have to be anything big. Each of these scarves only takes 60 minutes of my time, and I make most of them when I’m in front of the TV. But I know the judges will appreciate the time and the thought that went into making scarves for them.

Who would you like to say thank you to? What can you do to show them your appreciation?

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is her humorous contemporary romance novel, Single Sashimi, and her romantic suspense, Formula for Danger. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders dogs, knitting and spinning wool, running, Asiana, and other frivolous things. Sign up for her newsletter for giveways!

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10 comments:

Camy Tang said...

BTW want to win one of my scarves? Check out my auction item on the Brenda Novak Diabetes auction:
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/bidding.taf?_function=detail&auction_uid1=2168323

I'm auctioning an autographed set of my Sushi series, a copy of Formula for Danger, AND the fuzzy blue scarf the character Stephanie wears in Formula for Danger! AND a 30 minute phone call from me for you, your writer's group or your reader's group! Bidding starts 4/30!

Camy

Julie Garmon said...

That is sooooo incredibly sweet, Camy. You're such an inspiration to so many. Grateful to call you a friend--even if it's an internet friend.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Now I wish I'd had time to judge this year.

A Camy Tang scarf. Yeah!!

Camy Tang said...

Aw, thanks so much Julie! You can be my internet friend anyday! :) I hope I see you at the ACFW conference this year?
Camy

Camy Tang said...

Next year, Lena! I'll hit you up for the semi final round!
Camy

Sarah Anne Sumpolec said...

No fair!! sniff...sniff..cna't afford the acfw conference. It's my van's fault...it needed new tires and new brakes...

seriously - what an awesome thing:-)

Camy Tang said...

I'm so sad you won't be there, Sarah! :( Dumb van.

Camy

Julie Garmon said...

Yes, Camy. I'll be there--with more pecans. :-)

Tonya said...

Great idea Camy! I'm a knitter & crocheted myself! However don't think I've ever used size 35 needles! Have you ever tried knooking? It is knitting with a crochet hook, looks like knitting but a little faster & more portable BUT it sounds like you're a speedy knitter

Camy Tang said...

Julie--Yay! I am munching your pecans as I type! :)

Tonya--that sounds really neat! I'll have to look that up!

Camy


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