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The first year I panicked. Now, 3 years later, I just take it easily. I do the easiest things first and take the harder part without too much pressure. The worst part is finding room in the house to put everything. I've built up a large collection of stackable storage boxes and sort the squares into the different containers according to size and usefulness!

We started a Knit n Natter group last year and chose to knit and send items to Knit a Square. We sent a package away last Summer and noted it had been received within three months. We sent another parcel in May 2017 but it does still not appear to have been received now the September list is online. Can you tell me if there are any current delays with parcels being received as it is now five months since it was sent.

Very few items are ever mislaid. I have a similar problem this year: I sent off several parcels between March and July this year. All have arrived safely except one. In September, I sent off 2 parcels on the same day. Only one seems to have arrived. I know that these parcels could turn up next month, or a few months later. These are the only problems I have encountered in almost 6 years and dozens of parcels sent.

Thanks for that Valerie, I am slightly reassured now, I will just keep checking the lists and hopefully it will appear shortly.

Hi Linda,

It is worrisome when one thinks a parcel hasn't arrived. It will probably be received this month. As Valerie mentioned, very few parcels have gone astray in all the years Knit-a-Square has been receiving squares. I send 2 or 3 at a time and it is always a surprise when they arrive...never at the same time! In fact, one of the parcels I sent in May still haven't shown up on the list. The parcels may arrive quickly in South Africa but the SA postal system isn't the most efficient. 

Another reason may be the influx of new volunteers.  Here is Anneke's reply to a similar query. [This sender saw photos of the squares/hats she sent but they weren't listed on the Squares List]

The reason why your parcels have not been mentioned on the squares lists is that Ronda has new volunteers. During opening days it is rather busy and unfortunately the new volunteers have interpreted the packing lists as delivery notes, they haven't realised that these had to be kept aside for the administration and the squares lists. Sincere apologies from Ronda and the team. Kind regards, Anneke

When dealing with 200+ parcels a month and an average of 15000 squares to sort, I admire the work the volunteers do.  Hope this has helped !  Linda M.

Another thought...have you read the latest 'That Warm Fuzzy Feeling", the blog written by Leanne in South Africa ? The focus this week is on Ronda's weekly trials at the Post Office.  Makes for interesting reading and a greater appreciation of what goes on at the KAS office.


ks... I sent a large parcel of metal knitting needles from Australia to JayBay Recycling Project in South Africa and they arrived no problem
Are 100% wool hand warmers itchy? I figured I would use it for the squares but I wasn't sure about the hand warmers. Thanks.

It all depends on the wool, Denise. I have some 100% merino from Italy that is rather itchy and also have some 100% merino from Peru that is unbelievably soft. I guess you just have to feel the skein against your own skin and decide.

Thanks. I don't have the yarn yet. I was going to get some more expensive stuff for hand warmers because it's prettier. I'll have to decide.
Hi. Two questions. What is the current preference: that we send squares OR sewn-up blankets? Also.... should we wash the squares/blankets before we send them, if they have been exposed to dust, pets etc (I mean, sitting on open shelves :) - do the kids have comprised immune systems? (because of HIV) Thank you!



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