AND CUDDLY TOYS
Have received a message from Ronda that they are now critically short of hand-warmers and soft toys. Also there is hardly any yarn left and absolutely no crochet hooks (size 4.00mm (US 6)), additionally plastic needles are running low. We are expecting some money from IBM, but will need to use most of this money to purchase decent smart phones for the distribution team.
Ronda says although the weather has warmed up, there will be the odd cold snap so do keep the squares, hats and hand-warmers coming!
Thank you all very much for any extras you are able to include in the wonderful parcels we receive every week.
LINK TO : REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
THE BLANKET ROOM
by Christine Johnson
There is another great batch of blankets to peruse and enjoy! Here are a couple of the most recent photographs received from the office team.
Link to : The Blanket Room
The August 2017 Squares List is available.
Please visit the website: www.knit-a-square.com
Click on 'Received Squares'
Graph “Squares” up until and including August
251 parcels were received and opened and the total contents were:
20.916 squares (equal to 597 blankets), 1.459 hats, 445 pairs of handwarmers, 572 toys and many other goodies (marked with a "x" under column "Other" in the Squares list).
SEPTEMBER THEME - RESULTS SO FAR
Diagonals are Forever and Sassy Stripes
hosted by Karen Gordon
Link to Diagonals are Forever
LITTLE LIBRARIES NUMBER 217
This is a little school where the male teacher (a rare occurrence in the townships) has been trained in story telling and Camille says that it showed!
There is a little clip on Little Libraries facebook page that shows what fun he had reading this new story to the children. Before LL's arrival they had about 5 books to speak of. The teacher said that he borrowed from the public library but because their opening hours are during school hours, he was struggling to get the books he needed.
Now he gets to read for over 4 months from his own little library without having to read the same story again.
Knit-a-Square has been developing a relationship for some time with Camille who created and organises Little Libraries. Camille has distributed blankets and hats when she has enough along with her libraries, supplied by KAS Cape Town area members. We will have some more interesting news in the future. LL are now up to Library number 220, and, you can find them on Facebook.
Link to KAS Connects
OCTOBER PATTERN OF THE MONTH
Grannies and Garters
Granny square - Susan Donaldson (UK)
Granny squares are popular with both novice and experienced crocheters. The KAS Granny has been adapted to minimize the spaces that are common in the traditional Granny. Fewer spaces mean warmer squares. Warmer squares mean happier children.
Granny squares – Sharon Fennell (UK)
Blanket of granny squares by Evelyne Lake (USA)
Garter stitch squares are a variation of our Plain Jane squares, they can be knitted using variegated yarn, or with stripes or in rainbow colours such as the square below by Rebecca Price (UK)
Variegated garter stitch squares - Bev Jeffery (AUS)
Variegated garter stitch square - Rachel Rebecca Abitz (GER)
Both patterns are available in The KAS Pattern Book
where other patterns are available, please try as many as you like.
THAT WARM FUZZY FEELING
Once again Leanne gives us a closer insight into the office and the volunteers! She has provided us with two reports, and, here are a couple of snippets :
I asked Athele how she had first got involved with Knit-a-Square. She shared that she had long been in the habit of doing what she could for those less fortunate than herself, but that when she moved to Johannesburg, it took her a long time to find a cause which was both appealing and suited to her schedule. Knit-a-Square came to her attention when it was featured in her local newspaper but she initially thought of it only as a charity to knit for. It was when she finally picked up the phone and spoke to Ronda, then visited the barn on an opening day, that she saw the role she could play. With her eye for colour and enjoyment of creating beautiful things with her hands, she focuses on combining squares in aesthetically pleasing ways. Most weeks, she also takes home a bundle or two to sew into a blanket edged with an attractive border.
Athele [pronounced Atherlay] has been a volunteer at Knit-a-Square for over 3 years.
This week we celebrated another birthday at Knit-a-Square, that of Lindi, and much fun was had taking photos of everyone to mark the occasion. There is such a lovely, friendly bond between all the volunteers that simply attending opening days is enough to lift your spirits! So many smiles and hugs, so much admiration of blankets and appreciation for packages sent from across the sea.
For once, Ronda was not inundated by phone calls and visitors dropping in to talk about receiving blankets or sewing up squares. I pulled up a chair in front of her desk and we shared a hot cup of tea with a poppy seed muffin on the side. She began to tell me about various companies that had been involved with Knit-a-Square over the years, supporting us as part of their corporate social responsibility [CSR]. It was an interesting story and one worth sharing.
To read the both full reports click on That Warm Fuzzy Feeling
NEWS EXTRA AND A LAST LAUGH
British International Preparatory School donated 200 of these squares to KAS - Wendy Hardy was there to receive them!
Parcel sent today by Airmail (30.9.17). Should arrive in about 2 weeks time (fingers crossed). Managed to get 9 pairs of hand warmers done. There is also 7 crochet hooks and 50 plastic sewing needles, along with 2 complete blankets and some squares.
Scored 4 more crochet hooks today at a discount store too. I would have bought more but 4 was all they had left in the right size.
Will continue making hand warmers and I will send another small parcel Airmail asap.
Wow Wendy......that is great!!! That would not have been cheap by airmail from Oz.....you're a star!! :))
I have given my mother a blanket's worth of squares (my dad came over to sort my boiler!) and told him to tell her about the toy shortage hopefully a few tragic teddies will be added to the parcel.
Thank you, Mary...that would be much appreciated. :))
Are we better off buying the sewing up needles and posting them, or sending money for them to be bought in SA? I have a feeling that I sent some from the UK last time..........
Ronda can only get the needles in silly small quantities - which makes them very very expensive Joan. The Gogo's need a lot of needles as they use them as 'pins' to hold the squares together whilst sewing - and they are much easier to remove.
Thanks for the information about the sewing needles - I will look to get some.
I sent three parcels of toys yesterday that were all made at or following the Teddy Day - 42 teddies, teddy puppets and dolls.
I have managed to get a pair of hand-warmers done and arranged an event via FaceBook to get my local friends working on some....... I hope that by the end of this month we will have a good number to send off.
Just managed to get three 100 packs of needles from eBay! Mind you - it say they won't be here till late October or early November!
It is a good job I just got a donation of cash towards postage costs :p
Thank you for the round up - as always a lovely read and how lovely that my square was one that was chosen to illustrate the squares of the month. I feel very honoured.
I have to tel you that Plain Janes and these Garter Squares are ones that I knit when out at the cinema watching a film. I can usually get about 1 1/2 done in a main film.
Is there a reason why Ronda still wants plastic sewing needles instead of metal? As I remember, several years ago some of our blankets were being assembled by prisoners in some of the jails and so plastic was necessary. Since we no longer seem to be doing this, could we not send metal ones? The plastic needles break easily, and the metal ones would last indefinitely. The cost is about the same. I have recently been able to find metal needles in a 2-pack for 97 cents CDN in Walmart, which is the best price I have found.