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Hi Everyone.

My apologies for posting this discussion a little late this year. There has not been enough hours in the day, of late.

Thankfully, a few weeks back, our dear friend, Chris Chiplen contacted me regarding an idea for our 'umbrella'. Our umbrella is the theme/thought that connects our monthly themes together and inspires us to create squares, hats, toys and handwarmers for 'our' children in South Africa.

You may recall that Chris provided our 'umbrella'  for this year....."Think Like A Kid', which has had us creating squares, toys, handwarmers and hats that a child would love and enjoy. Personally, I think Chris has outdone herself for the coming year......and here it is...our KAS Umbrella for 2018........


Lots of squares, blankets, hand warmers hat and toys.
Our love and care in every stitch.
Volume...... so there are always enough items for every needy child.
Every child receiving our knitted and crocheted items will know that they are valued and loved.
Well, being so impressed and more than a little cheeky, I asked Chris if she would like to suggest some monthly themes....what a gal....she provided heaps!  Along with some very good suggestions from our Mods, I have compiled a list for you all consider. I would also LOVE it if you would provide feedback on the list.....AND provide some suggestions of your own, where possible. (I know I've lost my 'thinking cap' at the moment!)
Bearing in mind that I am rather late getting this 'out there' and that some folk like to organize themselves for a few months or a year ahead when planning their crafting, or yarn purchases, I will look to finalizing a list of themes on November 20th.
Mother Nature's Marvels - the seasons, oceans, gardens, flowers, birds, 
     animals etc.
All things African - Nelson Mandela, African colours, Flag, African animals, 
      Football team, etc
     (Theme early in the year to reach SA in plenty of time for squares to be sewn    
     into blankets for Mandela Day in July)
 Celebrating Yarn - textures, weights, plain colours, variegated, neon etc
 Love at Christmas - All things Christmas (Made in time to reach SA and be
      included in blankets before December).
Sharing Our Favourites - whether it be a pattern, stitch, technique, colour, 
      or embellishment (can include all favourites...grannies, CtoC, Tunisian etc).
Think Girls! Colours and 'girly' embellishments 
Think Boys! -  Colours, cars, trains, planes etc
 The Nations of the World - flags and national emblems, perhaps other  
      things that we associate with a particular country e.g. Africa / lion;  India / 
      snake; Canada / bear etc.
The Wonder of Learning -  counting, ABC, colours etc. 
Jewels - precious or semi precious stones (I'm thinking of the variety of 
      colours of the stones and using them to make jewelled blankets, hand 
      warmers etc). Ruby reds, emerald green, sapphire blues, violet amethyst
Plain Jane Boost! - Let us boost the numbers of PJ's, the backbone of KAS.
Happy Scrappies - using up scraps from our yarn stash to make room for new stash 
       for the New year!
Bold and Bright - Bring out all your neons and super bright colours to make those blankets really POP! 
 Autumn Glory -  reds, oranges, yellows and browns.....and/or pic sqs that reflect Autumn.
Teddy Bears Picnic - Toys, teddy squares...
Warm Hands, Warm Hearts - Handwarmers, 'heart' squares, pjs in pink and red.
Dazzling Diagonals and Stunning Stripes - Diagonals and striped squares add pizzazz to any blanket
Thanking you in advance for your support and participation.
Bev xo

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Thank you, Patricia....I think this would produce some lovely and very varied squares, etc and as you say, seeing what others prefer to knit/crochet.  :))

Well, well, I have leant something new !  I have never heard of seaside rock before !

To add to your knowledge Sue, and absolutely nothing to do with the Themes; one of the main things about seaside rock was (well, still is although I doubt if it is as popular these days) that the name of the resort was written in it, all the way through. So people would bring back a stick of rock from their holidays as an edible souvenir. It came in many flavours but I only liked the peppermint.

Thank you Christine, peppermint would be my fav too!

Hi Bev, its me again! I was thinking that all 'All things African' could be included in 'The Nations of the World', enabling us to have another theme :) Also, I love the suggestion 'Autumn Glory', but this could easily sit in 'Mother Natures Marvels', as I feel it is one of 'her' greatest! It could of course be a monthly theme on it's own, but again, it would free up space for another theme......... not that I'm greedy! :))

I like the title 'Happy Scrappies';  I instantly thought of some of the gorgeous 'scrappy teddies' and other lovely toys I have seen members make to use up their bits and not forgettingof course the delights (apart from all those ends) of scrappy squares!

I can't get the tune out of my head 'I do like to be beside the seaside', a good idea for a theme Lesley :))

I hadn't thought of 'happy scrappies' as being anything other than squares, Chris....good thinkin'!!

Yes, I am thinking there will be a little 'squishing' to be done, as there are soooo many great suggestions and it would be nice to fit them all in.  :))

Thank you so much for all your suggestions.  xo

I love all these ideas, Bev!  You're right about Chris ... she's definitely a marvel :)))  What a terrific umbrella for the upcoming year - LOVE for the children! xo

I love all of these ideas too Bev.  My brainwaves are working overtime at the thought of all the beautiful squares to be created.

Thanks Glo and Maggie. xo

Hooray for everyone.....for their suggestions and support...it sure makes it easier.  :))

Lovely ideas - here is an ideas from me as well........

How about Spring is Sprung?  Lots of bright greens, yellows and spring flower colours.  Perhaps paler blues with fluffy white clouds?  Blossom colours could make some nice squares as well........

Well Bev, so many great suggestions but sadly only 12 months, you have a difficult task ahead!
I wondered if the lovely Spring suggestion would fit in 'Mother Natures Marvels'; as it another of natures wonderful seasons.
'Bold and Bright' and 'Stripes and Diagonals' are the favourites of many members, so could they possibly both fit in 'Shariing our Favourites'?
I think 'Teddy Bears Picnic' would be a great way to boost toys as they always seem to be short of them in SA. Perhaps in the explanation other 'toy friends' could be included.
Similarly, 'Warm Hands Warm Hearts' would boost the much needed hand warmers, or perhaps each month giving hand warmers a special mention to promote the need?

Good luck Bev with your 'squishing' the list! :))

The idea of a teddy bears' picnic is brilliant!  If it was in the summer months in the northern hemisphere we could all hold a picnic and get our knitting friends to make a teddy to bring!!!



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