A stitch at a time, the area's most avid knitters have created one-of-a-kind scarves that offer support and kindness to the athletes who will compete in the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho next February.


Last week, members of the Victor Valley Knitting Guild met at Broadway Cafe in Hesperia to collect more than 30 of the blue-and-white scarves. Each was crafted with special attention and distinct designs.


"Thirty-one were given today," said incoming club president Nancy Bonyear. "We have 60 more. We're trying to reach 100."


Bonyear discovered the project on the web site of Coats and Clark, one of the pasttimes best-known textile/thread manufacturing companies. The company requested that participants use its white and delft blue Red Heart Super Saver yarns.


Bonyear suggested the group, which is more than 30 strong, participate in the project during a recent club meeting.


"We voted on it, and everybody just embraced it."


Participants can knit the scarves, which takes about eight hours to complete, or crochet them, which takes half as long.


The club regularly generates creative ideas to showcase the members' knitting and crocheting talents. The women and one or two male club members make items for the Moses House, Rose of Sharon and the Barstow Veterans Home, to name a few. Community projects coordinator Thelma Barrow collects the items.


But the Special Olympics project is especially satisfying.


"We're all excited about it," she said.


Beginning on Jan. 5, the Victor Valley Knitting Guild will hold its monthly "Knit-Wits" session in the Sterling Inn's craft room. (Previously the club met at the Prem Reddy Library near Desert Valley Medical Center.) The group meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.


"We welcome new members all the time," Bonyear said.


For more information on the Victor Valley Knitting Guild, call 240-7331.