How do I describe my red scarf? It’s a beautiful candy apple red, either crocheted or knitted (I think crocheted, but I’m not knowledgable enough to know for sure) by a good friend who is a Betty, Betty Bear. I tend to think that everyone who reads this blog is already a Betty, but if you don’t know jump to the bottom where I will explain.

Back to the scarf. It’s hard to explain, almost like Jennifer Lawson’s red dress, it’s almost like a shield, a costume, a mask. It lends confidence, protection. It’s magic. I think the magic comes from it being made by a Betty, although some things not made by a Betty are also Magic. Maybe I’ll take a picture so you know.

Anyway, It’s been very cold here and I know have a 10 -15 minute walk to and from my car everyday. I work at a college where the parking is not close to the building where I work. Although because I work in a museum of art I’m now very important and that makes up for the parking. Also walking is probably good for me.

I wear my red scarf every day. I wrap it over my head and it keeps my ears and neck warm. It’s cheery and makes me happy. It’s sort of a all purpose make things better scarf. And I think of Betty Bear every day, and how lovely it is to have friends to make you magical things like my candy apple red scarf and the toe warmer Glynis made me when by leg was in a cast and my toes were exposed to the snow. I’m so incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful friends.

I recently decided I would make a matching hat for my scarf. It won’t be quite as magical as the scarf because it won’t have been made by Betty Bear, but it will still be beautiful – and Betty Bear told me what yarn and color and even lot number so I could match it exactly. I will have a vibrant hat to match my vibrant scarf -and perhaps when people see me walking it will make them happy too. Wouldn’t that be magical?

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What’s a Betty? Well a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away a writer named Lucy March started a blog about changing her life. A bunch of wonderful people started following the blog and named themselves Betties. The number one rule about being a Betty is Unconditional Positive Regard. Which means that even when you have a differing opinion you treat each other with kindness and respect and always credit other Betties with the best possible motives. It turns out that when you all are allowing for differences and treating each other with kindness and respect wonderful things can happen. You should try it.

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KarenB (Betty Bear) February 3, 2014 at 10:45 am

I’m so glad you like it! It’s a simple pattern – knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat. Cast on a multiple of three (I think Kate’s was 18) and go. It had a mantra as I knit for Kate: courage, strength, love. One word for each stitch. Just like knitting a prayer shawl.

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KarenB February 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

Oh. My. God. David Tennant in the scarf I knit. Please, please, please send me that picture!!

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