"Whoa......what a put down!!! It is not unlike the famous words of poet Robert Burns, which I shall suitably Anglicise as not all KASers will be familiar with the Doric in which it was penned!!
Oh would some poor the gift to give us
To see ourselves…"
"On seeing a magpie, one of my friends always salutes says, "Good morning Captain, how are your wife and children?" while another friend says, "One for a girl, two for a boy, three for sorrow and four for joy". Neither of them…"
"What a lot of beautiful children - marvellous photos. I've spotted a few of 'my' hats so I'm delighted to know they've arrived. Now I just need to shed a few of the mince pies I'm wearing and kick- start myself into a…"
I might add that this year's tree is 2ft tall and sitting well out of reach at the back of a high table. My granddaughter is quite disgusted but she wasn't the one crawling around the carpet retrieving broken baubles and chewed…"
"Ooooh, that brings back memories of last year when my two Border collies failed to greet me ecstatically at the front door and I just knew they had been up to mischief! Yes, you've guessed.....the newly decorated tree had 'fainted'…"
"I have three bookshelves of early stages and reading courses for beginner readers which I used to teach my granddaughter to read before she started school. There is also a quantity of nursery rhyme and story books which Fleur has outgrown and I…"
"Thank you Estelle, No 3 was one of mine and I noticed a bag of hats and handwarmers elsewhere that were in the same parcel. Hopefully the second parcel that was posted at the same time will also arrive safely. It's always such a thrill to see…"
"Bless you all for your kind, caring messages. I have eased up quite considerably and the pins and needles and numbness are lessening somewhat but I just don't know what to do with my hands!! I feel all twitchy without my needles and having a…"
"Well said Rebecca. Poverty on such a scale is just unimaginable to us in our comfortable lives and it takes stark pictures such as these to convey any idea of just what grim and desperate lives some poor souls live. I hope KAS will return to…"
"I can't believe the size of those cabbages!!!! I feel really inadequate when I think of the mingy, caterpillar ridden efforts I produce and I have access to every spray and compost on the market. I think I'll give up and stick to knitting!!"
"I understand that the children are usually allowed to take home their toys but what about their hats and handwarmers? It seems such a shame that they are probably only really warm while in their creches and their home circumstances make their lives…"
Hello Marjorie. Welcome to Knit-a-Square from Nova Scotia, Canada. A desire to share and to help keep the children in South Africa warm has brought together a wonderful group of caring individuals from all over the world. We are delighted that you have joined us.
This is where we receive information from Ronda and the volunteers in South Africa (South Africa Reports), have our questions answered (Helpful Hints), find patterns (Kas Pattern Book) share photos (Photo tab), conversation, and an occasional good laugh (Share a Yarn) with other Forum members. There are many ongoing discussions (DiscussionsCategories) for you to follow and/or join, and other specific groups (Groups) that may interest you. Just browse through the tabs at the top of the page, and I’m sure you’ll find whatever information you need.
The KAS Pattern Book includes patterns for garments that have been designed by KAS with the specific needs of the children in mind. We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years, as this age group is in need of warm garments and blankets.
Our main focus is 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm) squares for blankets. It doesn’t matter if they are simple knitted or crocheted squares (Plain Janes, we love to call them) or fancy squares. What does matter is that they measure 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm) and that they are warm. Plain Janes are the backbone of KAS. They provide the framework for a few fancy squares to create individuality in a blanket. Since it takes 35 squares to make one blanket, squares are always needed.
If you have’t already seen it, please have a look at our very own Knit a Square Song/Video. We hope you will like it and share it with all of your friends :)
Every square you send will be received in South Africa, stitched into a blanket by the wonderful volunteers there, and lovingly wrapped around the shoulders of a vulnerable or needy child, giving him or her warmth and the assurance that someone cares.
Each month we have a different theme/challenge. These are for fun and inspiration, and you are welcome to join in any or all of them. You will find information regarding all of these (including the current ones) under the DiscussionsCategories tab at the top.
Regarding postage, many of us use sea-mail and find that parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive in South Africa. Since parcels are arriving all the time, this is perfectly okay and we encourage you to use the least expensive way to send. Also, it is extremely important that it is clearly marked on our packages “Knitted Squares for Charity Only – No Commercial Value”.
So please sit back, relax, put your feet up, grab your yarn and hook/needles and enjoy. You are among friends.