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By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea

You and me, you and me, oh how happy we’ll be!

 

I am thrilled an honored to be leading my first challenge this month! It is no coincidence that I asked to host the Sea, Seashore & Shells challenge. For me there is nothing more peaceful and rejuvenating than being at the seashore. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salt water, the call of the seagulls, the warmth of the sand, it is simply my most favorite place in the world!

 

So what does the seashore evoke for you? The choices for squares are limitless!

Boats, lighthouses, sunrise and sunset over the water, beach balls and sand toys, kites, colored fish, sharks, whales, birds and more.

Please don't feel that you have to be an expert knitter or crocheter to show your squares here. Winter is on it's way to South Africa and the children need as many squares as we can send! Every challenge is just a fun way to keep our creative juices flowing. Best of all, all colors are found at the seashore, so any color Plane Jane will be perfect for this challenge!

Whatever sparks your creativity, please post photos of your squares here and on the photo page.

Mary Kristel Lokken and Gitta Seyfert are helping us record this challenge in two photo albums, Mary on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58924216@N00/sets/72157633131080405/

And Gitta here on the forum

http://forum.knit-a-square.com/photo/album/show?id=3276523%3AAlbum%...

Many thanks Mary and Gitta!!

Just a reminder:  Please securely butterfly  a 20”/50 cm tail to each square, to help the sewers in South Africa.

I would love to know if you recognize the song I quoted. My mother used to sing it. Apparently it was written in 1914 and made into a Broadway play in 1954. This verse is the only one I know!

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You may have read the sad news in the KasSnippets that one of our KAS members, Jan, passed away in February. Linda Maltby who features a pattern of the month from our KAS Pattern Book (among other things!) has chosen Jan's pattern for the month of April:

 

Jan B. was an active and supportive member of the forum. We are saddened by the loss of such a wonderfully creative woman.   Jan generously knit warm squares, cozy Cuddles and beautiful tops to provide comfort to the vulnerable and orphaned children.

We celebrate Jan’s contribution to KAS by featuring her

Block Stitch square pattern

as the

April Pattern of the Month

You can find the pattern here http://www.knit-a-square.com/support-files/knitted-square-block_sti...

I chose to start our April challenge off with Jan's square in a nautical color theme as my tribute to her.

I made the variation of the square that you can find on the second page of the pattern. I am absolutely addicted to this pattern! It is very easy, but gives a beautiful "must have been so hard" look! ;) Not to mention it has a lovely texture for the children.

I also wanted to mention the neat trick I learned from Rachel A. here on the forum. Rather than tie the butterfly to the square, you can fasten it with a plastic needle. It is faster and helps out the sewers in South Africa!

I didn't submit any thing for the March challenge. I think the miserable weather here didn't do anything to inspire me. However, here are 2 squares for April. Willy the whale was on a hot water bottle cover. The cover was so flimsy as to be useless, but I fell in love with Willy and cut him out for future use. The April challenge has provided just that use.

Two friends saying "Hello"

Kelp is a type of seaweed that grows in "forests" in the oceans of the world. I was fortunate enough to live in California for four years and we could see the sea otters floating in the kelp.

I asked my daughter Cathy to help me with this challenge. She crocheted some fish and seaweed that reminded me of kelp. This is what we made. The square is from the KAS pattern book. You can find it here. Diagonal squares are a lot of fun. No needle size or number of stitches to cast on to worry about. You will always get a perfect 8" square!

OOOH!  Already the squares are looking beautiful and making me smile. 

While we are working in Australia, we have a view of Gulf St. Vincent from our apartment, so these squares are my interpretation of the sea and the sunsets.

Got some scrumptious yarn today at the market in wonderful colors that remind me of the seawater. The green yarn in the upper right corner, which I already had, slipped into the photo hoping for a cameo as kelp.

I see a couple of hexagon sweaters and a hat or two in there...

:-)

 

Waves:

It is hard for me to choose my favorite thing about the seashore, but lighthouses are definitely on the top of my list. There is so much room for the imagination to wander around lighthouses, desolate, isolated and yet so important for the lives of so many throughout history. This is a very famous Canadian lighthouse in Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia taken on our trip there in 2001.

Do you live near the ocean or have you been on vacation? We would love to see photos. They can be wonderful inspiration for our squares and garments and it is fun to see different beaches of the world!

I made this square over the long weekend ... edges look a bit wonky in the picture, but I think the wonderful ladies in South Africa can make it fit.

Here is another nautical colored square from Jan's pattern. It really is red and white.Sorry for the awful lighting!

If you would like to make this pattern, this square is made from the main pattern. The squares in the photo on the pattern page are made from the variation which can be found on the second page of the pattern. If you are making this square and have any questions, please let me know. I'll be happy to help!

http://www.knit-a-square.com/support-files/knitted-square-block_sti...

Today, I have moved away from the crashing waves on the shore into a quiet little cove where shells have washed onto the sand. 

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