Recent weeks have seen some new faces at KAS on our Thursday opening days and we just love the enthusiasm and energy of new volunteers and contributors.  It always amazes me how KAS attracts just the people that are needed for the different stages of the organisation.  Believe it or not, many of us that have been around for years, cannot actually knit and it is always wonderful when people who have a passion for the crafts of knitting and crocheting join our team.

(On Monday a group of us got together at the KAS office for our first crochet lesson – watch this space!)

Trish recently brought her mom, Wendy, along to help unpack and she has been knitting beanies and squares for us.  She will donate the squares once she has made 35.  She also showed us how to make a fleece blanket without having to stitch or sew anything – an amazing pattern indeed and once the blanket is complete it will be donated to KAS.

Yvette has been associated with KAS since she was first introduced to us through G4S.  She came to drop off some of the beautiful blankets she has crocheted with all the odd pieces of wool we have received and from some unpicked odds and ends.  They really are magnificent, have a look at her latest contribution of blankets:


She was immediately bitten by the unpacking bug and stayed for a few hours to help make up blankets packs and I am pretty sure we will see her again.

Also joining us for the first time was an old family friend of ours, Tracy.  Tracy took one look at the odds and ends that needed to be unpicked and immediately set to work doing what she called therapeutic unpicking!


Our American volunteering team increased when Stephanie joined us for opening days and I have to say that these ladies do a fabulous job of opening and documenting parcels.  Look at all our busy volunteers!!!!!


Two new contributors, Sheona and Kate recently dropped off some knitted squares and marvelled at the whole KAS operation.


Kieren from the Baragwanath Comfort Club also visited and collected nine bags of items to distribute through the organisation she represents.   She emailed to say, “I so enjoyed visiting your new KAS 'home' and seeing all those donations from around the world, was just amazing!  Thank you so much for the 9 big bags that you sorted, labelled and packed for me. The 'cuddles' will definitely be a big hit again as they are just perfect for all the babies who sleep on hard cold floors. We really appreciate all your contributions!”


Kieren with the bags for Bara!


The mail we have been receiving is on the increase and for two weeks now we have collected massive deliveries to open and document. 


Sorting the mail by country....


Thank you so much for your generosity. Have a look at some of the lovely items we have opened recently:

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  • ohhhhh I just squealed with excitement to see two of my Cozy Jackets in the picture bottom centre (earthy autumnal tones on top, bright purples etc: underneath) I always enjoy looking at the opening pics as they are so amazing, but to see something you have made is very special indeed! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the wonderful narrative about what is going on, just great to read  xx

  • Thank You, a thousand times over for these reports.   It is so thrilling to see these photos and read these reports.  

    Each person is doing such great work that we just want to give them a great big hug.    It is so nice to read that more and more people are helping out, and what wonderful work they are doing!   Beautiful blankets made with such loving care, and never a scrap wasted.   The volume of work that is accomplished is truly amazing, and each report seems to show the growth of the organization.  

    And now they are having a crochet class, too!   Wow!  Wish I could be there to watch, learn, maybe help out a bit, but mostly I can't wait to see what treasures they will produce!  

  • Thank you Ronda for reporting these things to us! We love to hear the details, somehow it makes it all feel more real. I love all of the photos, everything is so cute!!

  • Ronda, what an uplifting report!  Thank you so much for sharing so many photos that tell us so much.

    Yvette is a master craftsman.  Just fabulous blankets.  Look at the green blanket and how pretty it turned out. And a big thanks to Tracy for being so patient.  

  • Ronda, Thank you for this interesting report! What a stunning bankets made by Yvette! I loooove these! Also I am curious to see the fleece blanket once finished! xoxo 

    • Me too. I want to see the completed fleece blanket...I am wondering if it's that great idea of cutting the fleece to blanket size then cutting a fringe all around it.  It never unravels and it's a very quick warm light throw.  Two sewn together and then fringed would be heavy and wonderfully warm. :)

  • Wow!  What a great report!  LOVE Yvette's blankets - stunning!  I also love to see any and all the pictures shared with us, as we get to see items that we may not have seen in the forum yet.  I do so love the way KAS draws such wonderful caring people together for this cause!  Hooray for KAS and all it represents!!  So proud to be part of it!

  • What is unpicking?

    • Unpicking is what some refer to as 'frogging'.

      • Ah, I see.  I thought the point was to knit squares not take them apart!

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