2024 BARN ACTIVITIES

12360193490?profile=RESIZE_710xThe first opening day for the KAS Barn in 2024 was January 9.  

This discussion will focus on all the weekly activities that take place on

Tuesdays as our volunteers gather together to open parcels, 

sort, organized, pack and distribute all things KAS.

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  • News from Ronda on February 15...

    Knit-a-Square loves Knit-for-Life. How we enjoyed opening 8 of your ten boxes this morning, savoring every item !!
    Thank you Elaine and Pam and everyone in your group.
    12385844466?profile=RESIZE_584xBlanket packs from Knit-for-Life.
    12385844278?profile=RESIZE_584xLarge squares matched and bundled for sewing … six in a batch.
    Found in K4L boxes, beautifully laundered and soft. Will be sure to send pics of the resulting blankets.
    12385844859?profile=RESIZE_584xOnly PART of Knit-for-Life’s large contribution.
    12385845265?profile=RESIZE_584xHappy workers.
     
     
    Wandi 1 and Wandi 2 went off in the van to deliver squares and collect blankets from the Chiawelo Gogo group.
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    Re-building the blanket pack pile after the two Wandi’s had left the Barn with squares for Chiawel!
    12385855089?profile=RESIZE_584xViv helping to build the blanket cake.
    12385855264?profile=RESIZE_584xPhotographed by Estelleand ladies on Tuesday 13th.
     
    … photographs will be done in the next two weeks and sent in early March when Peter and I are back home after our upcoming 10 days in Kruger Park …
    🫣 Yes … ANOTHER trip there to refresh our souls 🦓🦛🦏🦒🐘🐆🐊🦨 ❤️
    Thanks to Traute and Sally - two dear friends who came in to volunteer this morning ! I only managed to take a pic of Sally !
    12385855285?profile=RESIZE_584xOur friend Sallysurrounded by rainbow colours !
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    Thanks again to everyone who so generously supports KAS SA.
     
  • News from Estelle...

    Today, February 13,  was all about receiving beautiful blankets, toys and squares for the vulnerable children of South Africa.
    12381739277?profile=RESIZE_584xAntoinette your team are amazing and have inspired us to start collecting Christmas toys.
     
    Thank you Ronda for arranging for Bernard to meet me at the Post Office yesterday. We were all thrilled to have parcels to open this morning and once again grateful and amazed to see the cutest toys and incredible hand work our contributors have sent to KNIT A SQUARE.
    12381739289?profile=RESIZE_584xA fun parcel from Karla from The Czech Republic. They’re gorgeous.
    12381739494?profile=RESIZE_584xThe dearest little shoes from Crochet Care students from Texas.
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    12381739671?profile=RESIZE_584xThe softest baby toys also from Crochet Care.
    12381739685?profile=RESIZE_584xA stunning blanket and these gorgeous toys from Maria Gehlen from The Netherlands.
    12381740257?profile=RESIZE_584xThe softest puppies from Patricia Zimmerman and jewel coloured squares which are ever so neat as well as a scarf.
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    A blanket was included in Karla’s parcel - lovely design Karla!
     
    The following 3 are from Antoinette’s team.
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    We welcomed Ronda who popped in to collect all the loot we unpacked today and Ana Forssman with her 35 blankets. Unfortunately we ran out of time to photograph yours Ana but I’m sure Wandi 2 and the ladies will do them for us.
    • Oh Thank you so much for sharing these bountiful offerings.   I've devoured the detail in each picture a few times.   Such generosity, imagination + terrific use of textures and colour ⭐

  • New Opening Day in the KAS Barn.  Our volunteers will now be meeting on Thursdays.

    Here is the news from Ronda:

    Love from the KASbarn … now holding volunteer days every Thursday, no longer on a Tuesday.
     
    We had a small pile of post to open and were also very happy to receive delivery of 10 big boxes from Knit for Life UK - a GREAT treat.
    Looking forward to delving into the boxes next week !
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    We are all sweltering in a highveld heatwave,so thankful for our big, noisy fan in the barn !
     
    Welcome to Kathy who came in to volunteer this morning for the first time … and seemed to enjoy herself !
    12375341872?profile=RESIZE_584xKathy with a lovely Diane B blanket.
    12375341898?profile=RESIZE_584xKathy wrestling with a well-taped box.
    12375342859?profile=RESIZE_930xLovely items. 
    12375342689?profile=RESIZE_584x… such lovely colours.
    12375343093?profile=RESIZE_584xWandi 2 - full of mischief!
    12375343653?profile=RESIZE_584xWandi 2 is young enough not to suffer vertigo like the rest of us. 
    He and Wandi are restocking the shelves.
    12375343871?profile=RESIZE_584xBlanket pack collection - 4 bags going to Chiawelo Gogo group next Thursday.
    12375344452?profile=RESIZE_584xEnjoying being a volunteer these days.
    12375344088?profile=RESIZE_584xLove this view.
    Love and thanks to ALL our amazing supporters
    • Great photos, so good to see the shelves stacked high and so happy to see Kathy holding my blanket. 

      Double celebration for me, just had an email from Sandra Pillay at MNCP to say a parcel containing a blanket, beanies and handwarmers posted 8th June, 2020 has just been received!!!  The parcel was in a bit of a state.....but glad to know it has arrived.  Sadly though another parcel with some of my granddaughter's clothes posted March 2020 still hasn't arrived.

  • From Estelle...

    If it was Tuesday it must have been KAS day sitting around the same table enjoying lovely Carrot cake from Audrey and Sheldon….thank you.
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    As there was no new post to open we raided the Gogos bag so that Liz and Audrey could go home with a couple of bundles.
     
    Cathy Riley,  I found this photo of Britannia boxes that contained many hundreds of hand warmers made by your dear friend Margaret Bloor. Each shipment you sent to KNIT-A-SQUARE contained at least 100 pairs of hand warmers made by her…you will miss her Cath. 
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    Our Show and Tell today includes blankets made from contributors who have supported KAS for many years and Andreja Jagacic it’s time for a happy dance💃 Your box arrived from Croatia, with our last post so we kept your lovely blankets to post today.
     
    The following 6 blankets are from Croatia 🇭🇷 well done to your team
    Andreja. This is such a beautiful blanket.
     
     
     
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    Ada Breeuwer from The Netherlands her gorgeous trucks will delight any little chap.
    12372650479?profile=RESIZE_400xAmy's lighthouse crab beautifully stitched together by Liz.
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    All the pinks…one for a girl.
    12372651282?profile=RESIZE_400xAnd one for boy.
    12372651498?profile=RESIZE_400xA fabulous blanket from Liz put together with fantastic large and heart squares from Karla from The Czech Republic.
    12372652253?profile=RESIZE_400xAnother Karla/ Liz blanket the large square from Karla with a 3D mouse?
    12372651893?profile=RESIZE_400xKarla Liz loved all your matching hearts to stitch onto this blanket.
    12372652277?profile=RESIZE_400xBeautiful squares from Avenli Jolynn Pek from the USA.
    12372652483?profile=RESIZE_400xNow for Sheldon shows off his Nans lovely blankets.
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    Thanks once again for all your help Sheldon.
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  • Here are photos from The Barn on January 30, our last Tuesday in the Barn.  Starting next week, February 8, opening day will be on Thursdays.

    12369292292?profile=RESIZE_584xOur shelves are groaning with a bounty of colorful blankets. 

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    12369292888?profile=RESIZE_584xWandi with an amazing creation.  Does anyone recognized their squares?

    12369293473?profile=RESIZE_584xVivienne created this wonderful blankets from stripey stripes.  

    Just look at that amazing border!

    12369293676?profile=RESIZE_584xNorma has been busy filling up an IKEA bag.  Well done.

    12369294260?profile=RESIZE_584xWandi searching for yarn to send to the gogos for borders on blankets.

    12369294274?profile=RESIZE_584xHandyman Peter has rehung our sign...somehow it fell off the wall during the holiday break.

    12369294458?profile=RESIZE_584xThe tables are filled with sorted items.  

    Our volunteers are waiting for post as there seems to be a delay in getting parcels.

  • A very happy report from Ronda in The Barn.

    It was a joyful, productive day in the KASbarn today … we were all delighted to have Estelle in our midst ! She arrived with a car loaded to capacity with blankets, beanies, hand warmers and soft toys - the proceeds of several “opening” days in Bryanston in the last while.
    Audrey and Liz had sewn together around 40 beautiful blankets … and there were some glorious blankets from Sunelle, still faithfully working on her stunning creations for KAS despite having moved to the Cape !
    12365483288?profile=RESIZE_584xStelle with her welcome “delivery”!!
    12365483693?profile=RESIZE_584xSuch a lovely blanket from Wendy Hinson in Australia.
    12365484259?profile=RESIZE_584xOur blanket “cake” rising once more …
    12365484095?profile=RESIZE_584xHappy ladies … doing what we all enjoy which is opening your wonderful parcels!! 
    12365484658?profile=RESIZE_584xLindi and Wandi
    12365484670?profile=RESIZE_584xSuch lovely soft teddies from Sally Paterson … these will be used as “comfort bears” to encourage
    any child who is sad or struggling through something … like a “floating trophy” at carer’s discretion.
    12365484691?profile=RESIZE_584xSeveral parcels arrived from an overseas school - we did laugh at these attempts to “re-size” squares ! But won’t be using these.
    12365485058?profile=RESIZE_584xViv with two “faceless” soft toys, but with yarn provided she will give them features - look forward to “meeting” them next week !!!
    12365485262?profile=RESIZE_584xBest surprise … a visit to the Barn by my darling daughter, Erin.
    12365485093?profile=RESIZE_584xShelves filling up SO fast - how amazing ?
    Thank you to all our generous contributors, hardworking volunteers and talented Gogo groups / sewing friends
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    12365485469?profile=RESIZE_584xWandi’s “stash” for the week. 
     
    Please be advised everyone … our KASbarn opening day is being moved to a THURSDAY from 8th February 2024.
    This will free up both Norma and myself to attend the “Bryanston group” opening days as there will no longer be a Tuesday clash … and several other situations will “click” into place more readily too!!
     
    Happy days
    • Thank you - I spotted a couple of my completed blankets - always a thrill.    Keep up the good work folks XX

  • From Estelle in Bryanston....

    Welcome 2024 to a year of heaps of squares to be made into blankets for our needy children…thanks to all connected to KNIT A SQUARE to make this possible.
    Once again thank you Ada Breeuwer for the 2024 banner. It’s become a tradition for me to work around your fabulous squares…a tradition I love and am privileged to do.🙏🏻
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    Audrey, Sheldon, Estelle and Elaine
     
    It started off with a bang when Sunel Botes and her family spent the morning with me showing her latest collection of blankets. Wow!!! KAS appreciates your ongoing support Sunél even though you have relocated many hundreds of kilometers away. 🙏🏻 It was like the old days seeing your happy face in January.
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    We had our first get together of 2024 yesterday to open post which Ronda kindly let me collect from the Bryanston Post Office.
    What a treat to see Sheldon arrive with Audrey. Welcome back and thanks for being our model of the day.
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    Sheldon, Audrey, Elaine and Liz
    12360556069?profile=RESIZE_400x12360556099?profile=RESIZE_400xSoft and cuddly just what our vulnerable children need. 
     
    I’ve gone a bit crazy with Show & Tell but as it’s our first opening day I’m sure you’ll bare with me…these are not even all the blankets we received.
     
    The following 6 blankets are from Audrey’s collection of 15 blankets.
    That’s amazing 🤩 These are fabulous soft beautiful squares.
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    12360557885?profile=RESIZE_400xNot sure is this from Liz or Audrey?
    12360558100?profile=RESIZE_400xStunning… from Lorraine Yelland.
    12360558286?profile=RESIZE_400xFrom Liz
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    Another stunner from Lorraine Yelland.
    The following 5 are from Liz who also had a busy holiday making 16 blankets. 
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    Lovely geometrical squares from Anne Wolstenholme put together by Liz.
    12360560300?profile=RESIZE_400xI one of mine squares from St Stithians and Elaine Joubert.
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