In 2009, when Ronda put out the call for squares, she had no idea how much love would come pouring in from all over the world. In the beginning, it was manageable. She worked from her home, had a few volunteers, and used her own vehicle to make distributions. Things hummed along nicely.
Then Knit-a-Square began to grow. It grew because people everywhere wanted to share their time, their talent, and their love to help ease the suffering of the millions of children in South Africa. We have consistently sent our items to Ronda and she has consistently delivered them to the children. Thank you, Ronda!
So much KAS love arrived on Ronda's doorstep that her home could no longer hold the mountains of squares and items that kept arriving. More volunteers were needed. Sometimes they were found, sometimes not, but the flow to the children never stopped.
Knit-a-Square has grown to such an extent because of love. We love KAS; we love the feeling of helping the children; we love to knit and crochet and our donations are loved and appreciated beyond imagining ... both by Knit-a-Square and by the children and their care givers.
2016 - 2017
Sadly, Knit-a-Square finds itself in a very difficult situation. Money is needed in order to keep going. Having to rent space to deal with the enormous post each week is expensive … but absolutely essential. Fuel must be put into the KASvan in order to distribute blankets to the children. There are postal costs and customs charges.
We know from the outpouring of love that has come in from everywhere that you have the best interest of the children at heart. In order to keep Knit-a-Square moving to deliver all this love to the children, can you help?
Choose one or more of the following and rest assured that not one penny is ever wasted!
1. Make a purchase from our KAS Shop. All proceeds directly benefit the children.
2. Make a direct donation to Knit-a-Square. Just click the 'donate' button on the right-hand side of this page.
3. Click [HERE] to sign up for an ongoing monthly donation. This is the best way to give Ronda and her team security and peace of mind in knowing their operating costs are always covered.
4. If you want to help and spread the word to others, we are very excited to introduce our our NEW SHOP ITEMS ... our very own KAS MERCHANDISE created by and ordered from CafePress. 100% of the profits go directly to Knit-a-Square. Just one more way to help support KAS and the children.
!!!!! NEW !!!!!
Visit the KAS Shop
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The KASbarn is a hive of activity on opening days.
Be sure to keep checking the photos to see if you can spot your own work on the sorting tables as our volunteers gather to open the mountains of parcels arriving each week.
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There is no end to the display of beauty in our Blanket Room.
So many contributors have been 'over the moon' when they spotted their squares and/or blankets [HERE]
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Here are a couple of distribution reports to show you where your work is going and how much it means to the children.
Here is a distribution report written by Vivienne Molefe, a new board member and the first one to write a distribution report off her own bat.
Vivienne and her brother drove all the way to Warrenton in the Northern Cape, which is an area to which KAS has never been before - after loading up his small sedan at the office.
So, we see this is a ground breaking event in more ways than one.
Vivienne's report continues [HERE] with some lovely photos ...
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What a joy to be able to personally hand out blankets, beanies, soft toys to cuddle, hand warmers, knitted tops, stationery and books to this very needy group of children with Estelle yesterday, a fellow volunteer at the marvellous charity, Knit-A-Square, for whom I'm blessed to do voluntary work.
Fourteen children are cared for by a real live angel who has dedicated her life to caring for abandoned children at Hugh's Haven, in Kelvin, Johannesburg.
Continue reading and see more delightful photos.
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The April 2017 Squares List is available.
Please visit the website: www.knit-a-square.com
Click on 'Received Squares'
Graph “Squares” up until and including April
In April, 68 parcels were received and opened, and the contents were:
3,487 squares (equal to 99 blankets), 219 hats, 231 pairs of handwarmers, 81 toys and many other goodies (marked with an “x”under column "Other" in the Squares list).
To see more graphs and details, please click [HERE]
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Since March 2017 we have raised $17,484. This is a combination of donations, monthly subscriptions and shops sales.
We now have 111 monthly subscriptions, providing a regular monthly income of $1,395.
The annual running costs for KAS is approximately $30,000 so whilst the regular income has increased hugely, we still have a monthly short fall just to keep going,
Winter is now setting in South Africa and the team are very busy with the winter distributions. Your support means we can keep our children warm.
Without all the support you have all given, we could not have got this far.
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Bev tells us ...
JUNE PATTERN OF THE MONTH
Knitted Two Stitch Rib Square
Helen Flagg (USA)
Another delightful pattern to knit. This square, as well as being warm, will provide the children with a tactile pattern to explore. Use colourful yarn to add a bright square to a child’s blanket.
Helen Flagg (USA)
Louise Tidman (UK)
This two stitch rib pattern doesn’t appear to get used very often so I had a go at knitting one myself, see photo above. I used two strands of DK yarn on 6mm needles and cast on 31 stitches. It's an easy to follow pattern that knits up fast and makes a warm and cosy square.
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Chris says: "When ever I'm about to take a photo of a completed blanket, Jess gets excited, then lays down on the blanket! So each blanket passes the Jess test :))"
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by Leanne Hunt
After a month’s break from Knit-a-Square, thanks to restoration of our floors at home, it was good to get back to the blanket room today. The morning was cool and bright, measuring 14ºC at 9am. It’s mild for autumn, although the weather forecast is predicting a very cold snap starting this weekend.
For once, there wasn’t a huge pile of unopened parcels in the corner. Evidently, the volunteers have been hard at work clearing the backlog from the beginning of the year. So, the morning began slowly with tea and muffins, while some of the team delved into 2 big, intimidating-looking boxes left over from last week.
Joel, our trusty driver, was at the post office collecting the latest batch of mail when the local postmaster came in with two of his staff. Of course, Ronda knew his face well from having collected parcels of knitted items from his post office for years. However, it was the first time he had come into the Knit-a-Square home. Not only that; he came with a proposition. He asked if he and his colleagues could participate in our work by running a workshop to teach new volunteers how to sew up blankets. Ronda readily agreed, and the first workshop is scheduled to be run later this month.
Read more about how Knit-a-Square is growing and gathering interest
from around their community
and meet Mabel, another of our truly wonderful KASangels.
Excellent, and, as always, so informative - thank you so much Glo!
Thank you Gloria for this wonderful edition of Snips. You have drawn together the amazing assortment of KAS news and presented it so well in a lovely, interesting, informative,colourful newsletter, it's great!! The fund raising has been marvellous, but a shortfall of about $1100 a month is still a worry. I do hope that readers will be able to help if they haven't done so already.
I was so thrilled to see a few of my blankets and the photo of the litle girl with Sergei the meerkat toy that I sent during Amy's toy theme. Then I saw the photo of my little dog Jess..... you made my day, thank you!
How amazing that at last the Postmaster has satisfied his curiosity. What a good story. Thank you for a superb round-up of news Gloria.
Thank you for the update - I wish I could afford to support you financially. It must be such a strain having to try to stretch the money each month. I am so glad that the postmaster came to see what was happening and had a great offer for you - I hope the workshops go well!
I love the idea of KAS "branded" items - I will see if next month's money will stretch for me to get something!
Glo, what a marvelous way to sum up all that is KAS this month. Fabulous photos and stories about our KAS items and people that make KAS work from crafters to volunteers, from postmen to the darling children.
Glo, thank you for another wonderful edition of Snippets....we've seen so many gorgeous blankets, squares and other items this month, it's a joy to log in and see so much beauty, thank you for condensing it all into one easy to read article for us. :)))
Wonderful edition Glo! Love the "Quality Control"! xo
I just printed off the Two Stitch Rib square pattern and will give it a go though I'm enjoying doing the diagonal ones atm. This report is super. I particularly love the photo of the one little one trying to take the pink hat off the other one's head. That's marvellous to hear that the Post Master and his colleagues are willing to help. Their hearts just expanded to include KAS, love that. :D
Ah lets admit it, Jess is an adorable Diva. She looks so cute posing and she knows it, lol. Mabel has a super smile. A really lovely read, thanks Gloria!
Thanks Gloria for this lovely inspiring newsletter! I'm definitely going to try the June pattern of the month!