The travelling scarf idea is this:
X number of people agree to participate, and each contributes a length of knitting to a scarf when she receives it. I'll start things here, then send what I've done on to The Next Person. Next Person adds what she wants, sends to Next Next Person. And so on.
The scarf would almost have to be striped; not everyone might feel comfortable doing some patterns --- for instance, yours truly with cables. But all would certainly be given free rein to be creative within your stripes: Fair Isle or patterned stitch. . . Or knit a length of solid color. Do what makes your needles sing.
The issues to be resolved are:
The weight of yarn to use.
Whether to use a pattern, or just freestyle it.
What the final length of the scarf should be (someone needs to be The Finisher.)
What to do with the finished scarf --- donate? Give it to someone who contributed to it?
Should we make more than one? Let it be a sort of ongoing project all year --- with several scarves to donate or sell in November/December?
Cost. The longer the scarf gets, the more it is going to weigh. Which means The Finisher will have to pay more getting the scarf back to me than I, The Starter, did at the beginning. Would everyone be willing to pay their shipping, whatever that may be?
Reactions? Suggestions? Participation?
*OF COURSE, someone has already done this: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/traveling-scarves. I like the idea of everyone in the group getting a scarf. . .