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Mailing squares

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bev Jeffery Jun 15. 5 Replies

This is my first time sending squares and I was wondering how many squares people send at a time.  Also I live in Canada and was wondering how much difference in cost it is to send by air mail or by…Continue

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Bev Jeffery replied to Mary Verbeek's discussion Mailing squares
"Thank you, Glo and Linda for your 'Canadian expertise'.  :)) Love. love, love how we are able to help each other out.....K-A-S sisters rock!!"
Jun 15
Mary Verbeek replied to Mary Verbeek's discussion Mailing squares
"Thank you so much Bev, Gloria and Linda that was very very helpful!  I was anxious to send out my first batch but originally I wasn’t even thinking it could be sent by seamail (I did read about the 2 kg but I assumed it would be air…"
Jun 15
Linda Maltby replied to Mary Verbeek's discussion Mailing squares
"Hi Mary, Glo has given you very good advise.  It is exciting yet 'terrifying' to send off that first parcel.  We, in Canada, all use seamail as airmail is too expensive and as parcels are arriving all the time in South Africa, it…"
Jun 15
Gloria Grandy replied to Mary Verbeek's discussion Mailing squares
"Hello Mary.  I am a member of the River John Square Knitters in River John, Nova Scotia, Canada :)  We package our squares in 2kg packages and send them "small packet".  As a rule, we get about 60 squares in one package ...…"
Jun 15
Bev Jeffery replied to Mary Verbeek's discussion Mailing squares
"Hi Mary.  I usually send by seamail and the more I send at once, the cheaper it works out, but I know this is not the same for every country. Perhaps Linda, Glo or Anne (all Canadians) may be able to answer this one.  :)) I'll send…"
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Mailing squares

This is my first time sending squares and I was wondering how many squares people send at a time.  Also I live in Canada and was wondering how much difference in cost it is to send by air mail or by boat.   See More
Jun 15
Bev Jeffery left a comment for Mary Verbeek
"Hi Mary. I found this in the postage section.... Wrap your squares and crocheted or knitted items in a plastic bag or buy Tyvek bags or postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. I don't know what Tyvek bags…"
Jun 11
Mary Verbeek left a comment for Bev Jeffery
"Me again.  I was wondering what is the best type of packaging to use to mail the squares (e.g. padded envelope)?"
Jun 11
Mary Verbeek left a comment for Bev Jeffery
"Hi Bev I think I am on the right track.  I’ve sent the picture by email to the forum as I am not sure how to attach it here.  They are made up of leftover yarn (double thickness).   I am anxious to mail out my first…"
Jun 11
Bev Jeffery left a comment for Mary Verbeek
"Mary, the themes are just for fun......any squares, as long as they are not too holey/lacy (we need them to be warm) are perfect and so appreciated. Thank you.  xo"
Jun 10
Mary Verbeek left a comment for Bev Jeffery
"They are 8 inch squares.  The patterns just don’t fit your theme.  Thanks for all the info!"
Jun 10
Bev Jeffery left a comment for Mary Verbeek
"Hi Mary. We try to keep our squares as close to 8"/20cms as possible to assist the volunteer sorters and sewing ladies in South Africa. However, they do have a fabulous lady there, called Barb, who does a fantastic job of taking any 'odd…"
Jun 10
Mary Verbeek left a comment for Bev Jeffery
"Hi Bev Thank you very much for your email.  I just want to make sure you accept any squares as I have already made quite a few before receiving this email.  I was also wondering how many squares would be best to mail at one time."
Jun 10
Bev Jeffery left a comment for Mary Verbeek
"Hi again. To assist you in the packaging and sending of your parcel/s, I have included a link to postage information, which includes a packing and mailing slip. http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/postage-information-1 Thank you for joining…"
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Bev Jeffery left a comment for Mary Verbeek
"Hi Mary. A warm  welcome to the Knit A Square forum.  :)) Knitting or crocheting an 8" square or two or possibly even a few is a wonderful gift for the children. They love to receive their blankets, created from squares, which come…"
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At 11:27am on June 11, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Mary.

I found this in the postage section....

  • Wrap your squares and crocheted or knitted items in a plastic bag or buy Tyvek bags or postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof.

I don't know what Tyvek bags are....lol. I do know it's important not to cling wrap them because it can make the squares sweat and smell by the time they get to Africa.

I put mine in a (new) black plastic garbage bag, roll the open end down to fit the amount of squares then put this bag into another black plastic bag and cover with clear packing tape, so that it doesn't tear. This tip was given to me by a fellow Aussie. Wendy did send me a pic of this, but I can't share it with you, as it was a long time ago and I have probably deleted it. I tend to send 3-4 kilos at a time and found the postal bags here were not big enough, but I see that your best postal rate is for parcels much smaller, so either a padded postal bag (as long as it has a plastic padding inner) or placing them in a sealed plastic bag and then putting them in a large,tough cardboard postal envelope is probably best, I think.  :))

At 5:20pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Mary, the themes are just for fun......any squares, as long as they are not too holey/lacy (we need them to be warm) are perfect and so appreciated. Thank you.  xo

At 3:27pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Mary.

We try to keep our squares as close to 8"/20cms as possible to assist the volunteer sorters and sewing ladies in South Africa. However, they do have a fabulous lady there, called Barb, who does a fantastic job of taking any 'odd sized' squares and collating/ turning them into beautiful blankets.

Here is a link to our 'blanket room', where you will see a selection of blankets from each week. http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/blanket-room-2017

Regarding how many squares to send at any one time, it varies from country to country, depending on how their postal system works. If you would like to click on the link re postage that I sent to you, then scroll down that page, you will see some tips and yet another link (lol) specific to Canadian postage and how best to send and the size of your package.

Thank you for your inquiry and please do not hesitate to ask, if there is anything else I/we can help you with.  :))

At 2:08pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi again.

To assist you in the packaging and sending of your parcel/s, I have included a link to postage information, which includes a packing and mailing slip.

http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/postage-information-1

Thank you for joining our forum.  :))

At 1:21pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Mary.

A warm  welcome to the Knit A Square forum.  :))

Knitting or crocheting an 8" square or two or possibly even a few is a wonderful gift for the children. They love to receive their blankets, created from squares, which come from kindly, caring folk such as yourself, from over 60 countries all over our world.  PJs (Plain Janes as they are affectionately known) are the backbone of all our blankets. These are single colour squares that are in garter stitch(knitting) or single crochet as they are very solid and provide a contrast to a picture/striped/patterned square or two that may be added to a blanket.By clicking on the KASpattern book tab at the top of the page or our other square pattern discussion  http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/member-s-patterns-squares you can also find lots of patterns provided by our fellow K-A-Sers. If you would kindly check out our wishlist, you can see what items we are currently focusing on.
http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/wish-list-2017

Clicking on the 'Helpful Hints' tab at the top of the page, will possibly answer many initial questions you may have .Any other questions...please ask...we love to help. :)) 

If you'd like to see what other KASers have been making please click on the photo tab at the top of the page....and feel free to add photos of your creations...we would love to see them. Just click on 'add photos' and follow the prompts.

If you want to see the most active discussions at present, please click on the 'main page' tab and they are listed in the centre of that page...just pick one and click on it. It is a large website, but with so much fun and info.

Each month we have a fun theme to inspire and motivate us. If you would like to see this month's theme, please click on this link: http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/june-2018-theme-think-girls

F.Y.I here is our 2018 themes list....these themes are just for fun and there is no pressure to join in. ANY squares you would like to make are most welcome and much appreciated. :))

http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/our-themes-for-2018

 
 
 

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