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Do we need to knit squares together before we send them?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claire Leeson Nov 3, 2015. 12 Replies

I seem to remember before all the marvellous fund raising started that it was suggested that we should knit squares together before sending them, but then I also remember reading in a discussion…Continue

Yarn weight for hand warmers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claire Leeson Apr 5, 2014. 7 Replies

Could someone tell me if the pattern for the hand warmers is for two strands of yarn or just one.  I usually use two strands of double knit for making squares on 6mm needles, but am worried that one…Continue

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Claire Leeson commented on Louise Tidman's photo

August 2017 Terrific to Touch

"Very beautiful already.  There is going to be a very happy child in South Africa soon!"
Sep 1
Claire Leeson replied to Heather Mensah's discussion August 2017 theme - "Terrific to Touch!"
"Beautiful hand warmers! I too like to use varigated yarn it makes such gorgeous patterns."
Aug 16
Claire Leeson replied to Anne Powell's discussion QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AND HELP
"Thank you so much for that Bev. I can carry on knitting in the knowledge that I won't be upsetting anyone.  I love the meanings behind the colours, their clothes are always so beautiful."
Aug 12
Claire Leeson replied to Anne Powell's discussion QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AND HELP
"Whilst on holiday this year I went into a wonderful little wool shop and was having a conversation about KAS with the owner who very kindly let me purchase some end of line 50g balls of yarn for 50p each. During our conversation it came out that she…"
Aug 10
Claire Leeson commented on Pam Antink's photo


"Me too Diane, my needles clacking quite slowly.  Maybe I need to get my crochet hook out, I seem to be quicker with that!"
Aug 10
Claire Leeson commented on Karen Gordon's photo

Who can identify with this scene.....?

"I'm loving how organised you are.  I have quite a few things on the go at the moment and have to regularly take stock and work out my next move. In fact you have inspired me to get a bit more organised this afternoon.  Anything has…"
Aug 7
Claire Leeson commented on Sharon B's photo

Colors O fNew Mexico

"Beautiful colours and shapes. What a clever lady!"
Jul 2
Claire Leeson replied to Sue Gillman's discussion June Theme 2017 Sunrise to Sunset
"Wow you are a determined lady, well done for persevering it looks amazing.  Such gorgeous colours!"
Jun 25
Claire Leeson replied to Christine Johnson's discussion BLANKET ROOM 2017
"I use Wool Warehouse as well! The value of there yarn is very good and you can often get a coupon code and get money off."
Jun 18
Claire Leeson replied to Sue Gillman's discussion June Theme 2017 Sunrise to Sunset
"Wow this is beautiful Christine.  It certainly captures the colours of the sweet peas. Such a beautiful flower."
Jun 3
Claire Leeson replied to Sue Gillman's discussion June Theme 2017 Sunrise to Sunset
"Fabulous blanket! I've just learnt C2C crochet and love it but I think this could be a bit beyond me for the time being. How clever you are Louise."
Jun 3
Claire Leeson replied to Pam Antink's discussion HUGH'S HAVEN - KELVIN, JOHANNESBURG
"What a lovely report. Very heart warming to see the children's smiles."
May 17
Claire Leeson replied to Leanne Hunt's discussion That warm fuzzy feeling
"Thank you so much Leanne for these wonderful reports from KAS headquarters, they certainly leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling of achievement whilst I am knitting squares etc."
May 11
Sharon Fennell commented on Claire Leeson's photo

Latest parcel

"Well done Claire, a great parcel :))"
Apr 27
Louise Tidman commented on Claire Leeson's photo

Latest parcel

"Wonderful parcel of goodies for the children, thank you Claire.....please thank your mum for her input too, I'm not keen on the sewing together but it has to be done! :))"
Apr 26
Claire Leeson replied to Christine Johnson's discussion BLANKET ROOM 2017
"Such a lot of gorgeous blankets but I think I've fallen in love with number 23, so bright and colourful and such a beautiful pattern on each of the squares. "
Apr 26

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At 11:52pm on September 24, 2013, P. Jeanne Haessler said…

Welcome to Knit A Square from the middle of Canada! Sorry I’m a bit late with this, my health’s not been brilliant lately.  Am I ever brilliant? Ahem, I’m here and sincere now.  Greetings!  Please feel free to visit Discussions or join Groups to talk about things or go to Photos to see what some members are up to.  These are in a line on top of the page, just click on them.  As for the photos, talk about yarn artistry! Try not to be intimidated, I’m a plain square person myself but it’s lovely to view the more artsy squares.  KAS is a very positive group and all these squares and sweaters and hats etc. go to help the poorest of the poor, the South African AIDS/HIV orphans who are parent-less and being cared for by many good and kind folk in often desperate surroundings.  Our crocheted, knitted and sewn items can help give a child hope for the future because they are not forgotten, plus  warmth and a smile and often a toy to cuddle.  Glad you’re with us!

At 8:50am on September 23, 2013, Linda Maltby said…

Hello Claire, so glad you have joined us. Keeping the children in South Africa warm has brought together a world-wide group of caring knitters and crocheters. 

Looking for patterns?  Check the KAS Pattern Book for garments and squares for the children.  We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years old. 

Please visit “Helpful Hints” [see menu bar above] for information:

- Questions you may have (FAQs),

- How to navigate the forum,

- Postage information and

- Learn when your squares arrived in South Africa!

We have a monthly challenge as well.  This is a fun way to try new colours, ideas or patterns revolving around the theme. If you wish, you may create something new and different......it could be making a plain square using a new colour, a different stitch or trying a totally new way of knitting/ crocheting.  An 8”/20cm square is the perfect size for experimenting. The September challenge is all about Education !  Please join us here to see what others have made for ‘educational’ squares and then add a few of your own :-)

If you are interested in joining any of our challenges, please note: Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the challenge month.  Many of us use sea-mail and find parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive. Whenever your parcel arrives,  it will be appreciated and you are keeping children warm.

As always, making the basic square is a wonderful way to relax and still help the children.  Plain Janes, as they are affectionately called, are the backbone of KAS.  Since a blanket is created with 35 squares sent by people around the world, squares are needed all the time.

We would love to see photos of your work. Click on the photo option in the tabs above and follow the prompts.

Enjoy !



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