Hi Danielle. Thanks so much for the friends invite and my apologies for the delay in responding. Welcome to KAS - you have probably discovered already that this is probably the friendliest forum on the web! Whereabouts are you? I'm about 15 miles south of Shrewsbury, right on the Welsh border. Pam Johnson, my friend and co-trustee of Knit for Life is in North Shropshire, just outside Oswestry. It would be great if we could meet up sometime.
Where in Shropshire are you? I love my home here in France. The funny thing is that it's very much like the counrtyside where <i lived in Shropshire. There's another member of KAS who lives in Shropshire. You can find her in the members list; Elaine Jones. She's a mine of information and has an association called Knit for Life.
Don't worry about having enough squares. There is no magic number for the amount to send. Some people send off just a few over a year. Others wait until they have a considerable amount so that they get more value from the very high postal rates. This is my situation as I have several retirement homes with residents who knit for KAS and I'm the collecting point for them. We're not obliged to do anything that we don't want. There are several places that you can consult on the square circle forum to find out what's happening. Just look at the Discussion Categories. You'll find Lots of info on the number of squares being sent, the total amount of squares sent since the beginning of the year. There's also a monthly theme for squares. This is not an imposed theme. It' there to help those of us who want inspiration from time to time. I've been a member of KAS for almost 4 years and still haven't discovered all there is to find. If you have the slightest query, put it on the forum and there's always someone who will willingly help you. A ggod thing to look at from time to time is the photo post. You'll be able to see what we're all doing.
A warm welcome to Knit-A-Square (KAS) from South Wales, we are not as far apart as many of the other KAS members!
KAS is a wonderful world-wide community of caring people who knit and crochet, to help keep orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa (SA) warm during their very cold winters.
Through the forum and the tabs across the top of the page, you are able to:
- Find the important information that you need before posting your parcel, including the PackingSlip that needs to be included inside every parcel .This also has the important details of how to label your parcel to prevent volunteers in SA being charged to receive it. Here you can also ask any questions you may have (Helpful Hints).
- Share in a variety of discussions either by following or contributing. You can learn what is happening in South Africa and see photos of unpacking, and sorting, completed blankets and distributions to the children. Each month we have a different theme; these are for fun and inspiration. Please join in if you wish (Discussion Categories).
- Access the free pattern book. The garment patterns have been designed by KAS to meet the needs of the children, most of whom are 3 -9 years old. There are also plenty of lovely patterns for squares too. It is worth having a look, as it explains the importance of leaving a 20” tail on each square and how to ‘butterfly’ the tails before sending (KAS Pattern Book).
- See the photos of other members work and share your own. This is inspirational! (Photos).
- Relax, chat and have a laugh with other members (Share a Yarn).
- Join groups if you wish (Groups).
- Purchase items, which not only help KAS financially, but provide additional items for the children (KAS Shop).
Our main focus is making 8” x 8” (20cm x 20cm) squares for blankets. These can be knitted or crocheted in any stitch, as every square is valued whether they are plain or fancy! Most importantly, they need to be the rightsize for the volunteers in SA to sew together into lovely warm blankets for the children. There are 35 squares in each blanket, all made by caring people across the world who want to keep vulnerable children warm. Volunteers in SA distribute the blankets and warm garments to the needy children, who are then wrapped in warmth and the assurance that someone cares.
I hope you enjoy knitting / crocheting for the children and the fellowship of other like-minded KAS members across the world.
KAS supplied blankets, hats, handwarmers and toys to over 5,500 children in 2017. If Ronda’s wishes come true, in 2018 even more children will receive the gift of warmth and love from around the world.