Lydia Project

Photo shows close-up shot of balls of purple yarn.The United Methodist General Conference will be coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference.

Photo shows rolled-up bright purple scarf.We intend to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf, to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to drafty, air-conditioned rooms. 

United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota were invited to help us knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves and we are delighted that this ambitious goal was exceeded in February 2019. We are calling this initiative the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16

Although we do not need any additional scarf commitments, we want to make sure you have what you need to complete the scarves already pledged as well as instructions for packaging. See below for both sets of instructions. 

Project Details:Photo shows a bright purple scarf hanging on a stone wall next to a trailing vine plant.

  • Scarves should be hand-knitted or hand-crocheted. Since this is a Minnesota event, please use solid purple yarn, like the colors of the Minnesota Vikings or Prince. Royal purple and bright purple are great. Please avoid lavender color and do not use variegated yarn.
  • Please use acrylic yarn that could be washed if needed.
  • The pattern can be the creator's choice. Finished projects should be 6-7 inches wide and at least 60 inches long (think about wrapping a scarf around your own neck to stay warm in a drafty room). If you add fringe, which is optional, please be sure that the scarf itself is at least 60 inches long before the fringe. You can also download suggested patterns below.
  • Your congregation should have received a tag for each scarf you committed to making; the tags have a space for the creator to write his or her name and church, and to put a dot on a map of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area that indicates the creator's approximate geographic location. Use a piece of purple yarn to attach a tag to each scarf.
  • As the scarves are being created, invite the creators to be in prayer for General Conference 2020, and for the recipient of their scarves. 

Suggested Knitting Patterns

Suggested Crochet Patterns

Packing Details:

  • Each scarf should be individually packaged in a gallon-size plastic bag that can zip closed. Squeeze all the air out of the bag before sealing it.
  • Scarves should be packed in groups of 20. Please use lidded boxes that reams of paper come in. This will be a tight fit, and it will help if all the air is squeezed out of the bag! If you need to use tape to keep the box shut, that is okay.
  • Securely affix a label to the long side of each box. Fill out the pertinent information (church name/location, number of stitchers that were involved at your site, plus your name and contact information, in case we need to get in touch with you.)
  • Circle ONE of the options at the top of the label – if there are 20 scarves enclosed, circle 20. If there are less than 20, indicate how many in the “partial” section.
  • If you are sending multiple boxes, you can indicate “box 1 of 5” or “box 2 of 5” etc., so an accurate count can be kept.
  • Make arrangements for your box(es) to be delivered to your Annual Conference with your clergy or lay delegates.
  • Save one scarf out of your box for the worship service at Annual Conference. The scarves will be blessed by the conference and one person from each congregation will bring a scarf forward as part of the blessing.

Label for Boxes with Scarves

Questions? Contact:

MaryAnne Korsch

Deacon, First UMC, Duluth / Member of GC2020 Host Operations Team / (218) 343-8813

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058