This photographic album will provide a record of blankets made up from the lovingly created squares sent to South Africa from all corners of the globe. Various groups have laboured in SA to join the squares together to form these wonderfully warm blankets for the children to sleep under and to be used as wrap-round coats during the cold winter days.
The beauty of all this wonderfully generous work is that one square can be can be stitched together on four sides by squares made by members from many different countries - clearly demonstrating the caring capacity of people who work with yarn!
Once the first 95 blankets are posted, I'll go through the records and add others that have been created from members squares. Due to the passage in time it won't be possible to date all of these blankets, however, having recognised some squares from earlier in the year it is likely that 1 - 95 were posted to South Africa this year!
As requested, here is a little bit about Lorinda from Ronda : Lorinda is a new contact in South Africa (about 3 months ago) and discovered KAS on the web whilst working with projects through her church outreach - aimed at reaching out to orphaned and vulnerable children in the Sabie area. Lorinda said she would love to have some KAS items to distribute on our behalf.
Sabie is a small town on the Sabie River in Mpumulanga Province, which is in the east of the country and close to Kruger National Park - about 3.5 hours from Johannesburg by road. Sabie is close to a very large area named Bushbuckridge which is extremely poor and in which there are large squatter settlements.
Lorinda started off with some squares and a few beanies, but has since managed to arrange, on two occasions, for people from Sabie visiting Johannesburg, to collect beanies & jerseys and more squares. The team is working like a Trojan - as we can all see from the first 41 blankets!
Ronda commented that it is wonderful when people are enthusiastic and you can see that they are on the same page.....and of course, it's lovely to spread the joy into other provinces of South Africa!
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Wow! This is just wonderful! Beautifully crafted!
that is STUNNING!!
Wow, this is just beautiful! Such lovely vibrant colours and the flowers and other pictures are gorgeous too, I would love to receive this blanket myself!
Wow - they're just so beautiful. You can almost SEE the love in them!
Oh these are just wonderful. Love all the red - must go yarn shopping - the duller colours in my stash can just sit and wait for a while
Another lovely collection of blankets.
The 4 red and white spiral squares in the second-to-last one were made by me in December 2012. :)
How nice to see the ones you contributed. Congrats!
Despite developing a flu-type cold, Ronda managed to give a long-standing talk for the members of the Benoni Rotary Club - supported by occasional prompts from Erin! Below are some of the blankets that were taken to illustrate the talk. Ronda also took a supply of beanies which Yvonne (known as Mrs. Beanie!) gives to the Salvation Army along with blankets at the gate for homeless people who come at night seeking some warmth. KAS supplied the Salvation Army with 15 blankets a few months ago!
Wow what spectacular blankets! I see several of my squares in the third from the top - racoon, bird of pardise flower,shamrock, butterfly and my skunk!! I'm so excited to see them.
That's wonderful, Anne - really exciting isn't it!