having recently discussed our needs with Ronda, this is the updated list of priorities that we have at the moment:Squares
: Top Priority as always. We have had a request from a creche for 120 blankets which is another 4200 squares, plus the original 55,900 squares in our latest challenge of which we have already knitted/crocheted 17,550 so, the total number of squares needed is:42550 SQUARES Jumpers
: We currently have enough baby jumpers to keep us going.
We are really focussing on creches at the moment which means children from about 2-6. Please can we ask that all jumpers that are knitted/crocheted from now are with these age groups in mind. Also remembering that a two year old head is quite big. An issue that we have had in the past is not being able to fit the beautiful jumpers over the children's heads. Any of our great members have a solution for this?350 JUMPERS Hats
: We would LOVE to hand out a hat to each jumper that we give to the children.350 HATSKasCuddles
: The KasCuddles are very popular. We are focussing on creches but often there is a baby that could definitely use a KasCuddle. Ronda's main request is tat they are slightly wider at the bottom so that the baby's legs aren't squashed.50 KasCuddles
And a note from Ronda - With all the new, quite large sewing groups
coming on stream, we have now run out of wool sewing needles – both the plastic ones and the steel ones. People like to
use the plastic ones to anchor the squares because they don’t slip, but the steel/metal ones for the actual stitching because they do move through the wool more smoothly. Sorry to be a fusspot !!!
The gogo-group in Kliptown, which won’t receive squares for several weeks yet I wouldn’t think, depending on how quickly we can get Pimville towards their “saturation point” but when they do, apparently some of the gogos would prefer to crochet and knit squares, and then pass them along the line to be stitched up. Therefore, the odd ball of wool – fairly plain sort of wool but the colours can be exotic – plus knitting needles and crochet hooks will be most welcome. The contributors have been wonderful at sending these but most have been handed out so there are only 5 crochet hooks and 4 prs very large knitting needles here.
The normal sewing equipment can definitely be stopped … I handed quite a bit to Heloise because she was working at the homeless shelter for girls, run by Jaye Bradley (Stefanie’s friend) – Umsindiso Ministries. Apparently she was running a sewing group there and was teaching them to embroider – I don’t know whether she is still there, but she did say she was very grateful for the needles, cottons, pins etc. etc. But we don’t need more at this stage, thanks.
I wonder, also, whether the ladies and gents might – every now and then – pop a large, plastic dustbin liner (garbage bag) in with their squares, if they have a tiny bit of extra space ? I am back to having to buy the wretched things because the green East Rand Plastic ones have completely run out now !! I realize what a HUGE bonus it has been to have had the use of those – but sadly Peter’s contact has left the company now !!!
: please use yarn (either wool, acrylic, bamboo or cotton) which is soft or softish to touch. Scratchy, stiff or too thick yarn is unyielding and uncomfortable on the skin. Many of the children do not have full undergarments to wear under such clothing or they are wearing many layers, so loose, soft stretchy garments are more useful.Please sew in the beginning tail of the squares and leave a 1 metre (1 yard) tail attached at the finish.
We would appreciate it if these tails could be neatly butterflied and laid on top of the square. Please send the squares flat with the tails neatly wound on top of the square. Folded squares or rolled squares with the tails bound around them take a long time to flatten and sort. We would be very grateful of the ends could be neatened. Some squares arrive with the end just snipped off and this may lead to a blanket unravelling.
DUTY - please ensure that NO COMMERCIAL VALUE is placed on your custom labels and FOR CHARITY ONLY. OTHER ITEMS
Plastic rain ponchos - we have enough of these for the moment.
Stationery: pencils, pens, erasers and sharpeners, please keep them coming!
And a reminder: Please go to this link to see the details of the Jo-Ann competition:http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/craft-for-a-cause
A great way that all of our fabulous members can help to fund raise for KAS.
Thanks every one!
*** One final thing, I just received a note from Ronds to say that although all the lovely hair clips, that you are sending are so sweet but unfortunately they just don't work in the children's hair. So rather than spending your money on those things let's spend it on some of the others!