KasSnippets - October 2014
REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
A KAS ROAD TRIP - DAY 2 !
Having spent the evening in Newcastle, Wendy and I headed off bright and early to the city of Ladysmith. Ladysmith is in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal, and is 365 kilometres south of Johannesburg. Important industries in the area include food processing, textile and tyre production.
There were road works for a long stretch of our journey which slowed us down considerably, but we eventually arrived safely and met up with Matthew and Gina and a long-time friend of Knit-A-Square, Joy Coetzee. Over a cup of tea we caught up with all that Joy is doing for the babies in and around the Ladysmith area and then boosted her efforts with bags full of your contributions.
We then handed the blanket packs out to the children and there were smiles all around as we spent time talking and playing with them.
Full Report : A KAS ROAD TRIP - DAY TWO !
Other recent reports : A KAS ROAD TRIP - DAY ONE !
KAS SENDS EMERGENCY HELP TO
KYA SANDS FIRE VICTIMS
For further details please click here
LEARNING POSTERS US $5
Support early childhood education in a creche, by providing them with learning posters.
Many pre-school aged children in South Africa are cared for during the day by community run day care centers or crèches. These organizations do their best to provide a healthy, safe, and educational environment.
Learning posters both brighten up these buildings, and provide important intellectual stimulation to developing minds. Your gift of two laminated learning posters helps many children, by enhancing their environment and supporting their early childhood education.
Your generous donation to the KAS Operations Fund, representing the cost of two learning posters, will help us to support crèches and day cares that provide a healthy learning environment for kids.
Link to KasShop : Learning Posters
COMING SOON - DOWNLOADABLE CHRISTMAS CARDS !
Don't hurry to buy your cards for Christmas just yet, KAS will have some available from the KasShop once the item is added! Here is a sample of the cards with the children!
THE GREAT KAS-KARD KONTEST
101 (or more) uses for Knit-a-Square Donation Cards
The Kontest has received over 500+ views and 26 commitments with descriptions of the dedications by members!
Please enter our contest before October 31, 2014 with your ideas on how you would use these cards. Winner will be by random draw and will be awarded a free download for a set of cards. Click here to enter :
KAS REACHES GREAT HEIGHTS FOR CHILDREN
A JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD !
This challenge is going to take us around the planet whilst reaching great heights & piles of squares - 178,000 to be precise, in order to reach the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town in South Africa!
We are going to need 50 squares for every foot climbed!
Currently the challenge has stalled due to the postal strike, and, our pile has reached
We have only travelled to China, Saudia Arabia, Norway, and, are currently basking in the Californian sunshine awaiting to break the 100,000 squares mark!
Here is our 151st target - Walnut Grove Radio Mast - USA
Here is the link to KAS Reaches Great Heights for Children
Andrea Palmatier's KasBlog
A SQUARE CAN BE SO MUCH MORE !
Have you ever wondered about the secret language we use on the Knit-a-square forum? Over time, we’ve evolved squares into warm garments to help combat a distinct lack of warm clothing. Thanks to KAS, little bodies can be warm, dry and protected.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN
SORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA
- THE OFFICE
THE POSTAL STRIKE SHOWS NO SIGN OF FINISHING, THEREFORE, SADLY WE ARE ASKING MEMBERS TO HOLD BACK SENDING AS ONCE THE STRIKE ENDS THERE WILL BE A MOUNTAIN OF PARCELS TO OPEN AND SORT!
We will post a NEWS FLASH on the forum main page and send a message to all members when a trip to the post office can be made - however, if anyone is experiencing storage problems, of course, send them to prevent your living room from turning into a postal depot!
The good news is that blankets have been returned from the stitching teams and the office is filling up again!
There are some photos of arrivals and amusing conversations regarding some of the squares at Sorted in Africa
& Stitch Witch News
To see more of the photos from the various Monday sessions please click on
JAM - Joint Aid Management South Africa
See the lovely pics of the handover celebration of Mothers Love Day Care. From just a cluster of shacks to now a solid and warm learning environment, the JAM Germany Makeover Team truly transformed Mothers Love Day Care.This will help to prepare the children for formal schooling. A great big thank you to you all!
MOTHERS LOVE FULL REPORT
The JAM Switzerland Team have now completed and handed over their third child care centre make-over! See the handover celebrations of Siyakhula Day Care! From a grey, cold and brittle structure to now a solid and warm learning environment. The team truly transformed Siyakhula.This will help to prepare the children for formal schooling. A great big thank you to you all! Siyabonga!
SIYABONGA Full Report
HELP JAM INTERNATIONAL FOUNDERS WIN THE
2014 HUMANITARIAN HERO AWARD
PETER AND ANN PRETORIUS, FOUNDERS, JOINT AID MANAGEMENT have been nominated for the 2014 Humanitarian Hero Award - please help by voting for these wonderful people and for JAM.
[Voting closes October 27th, but very easy.]
To read the full story click here
SPREADING THE WORD,
MEMBERS & GROUP NEWS!
LOVE KNITTING MAGAZINE
FEATURED KNIT-A-SQUARE IN THEIR
CHARITY KNITTING SECTION THIS MONTH
All in a very good cause
please go to Charity Knitting to see the feature
REPORT FROM THE GUMNUTS - AUSTRALIA
Hi KAS - With winter ending we have been busy preparing and mailing out the hundreds of squares, and other items, that have been consistently arriving to us.
This week we mailed out 150 squares, several jumpers, toys, and polar fleece baby blankets—bringing this month’s total to 390 squares and the annual target to be surpassed by 635 squares (totalling 2225}
A special mention of the month, and one that goes to the core of what we do, is to Meiya. Meiya is 11 years old and knitted for the first time, and a whole square. From one child, to another. Meiya’s square has taken pride of place on the very top of the parcel we just sent, and with it a special note saying where it came from and who did it. Very special.
To read the full report please click here
The Gumnuts Team also managed a Hand Delivery to South Africa
NEW MEMBER DAWN JOHNSON
from Wallington (UK)
Gave a presentation about Knit-a-Square to her church recently, giving out packs and patterns to help spread-the-word! With the help of a supportive friend - Rachel - they now have a team of ladies busy knitting away! Dawn has promised to update us as this project develops!
MEMBER MARY KRISTEL LOKKEN (Italy)
Creator of the KAS Chain Stitch Hexagon Sweater
You may have noticed that Mary has been missing from the Forum this past year, and, has been very busy with her work and writing stories for children. Well we are pleased to announce that Mary is the author of Max the Troll : The Quest for Mist, who lives next to Lustrafjorden in Norway!
This delightful book is available from Amazon, in paperback and kindle
and it is the first of a series - we may even get to see Max knitting, especially after he was pushed into the cold waters of the fjord by some naughty sheep! Max also has his own Facebook page!
What with Maudie and her Wool Girl stories, and now, Mary with Max the Troll tales, the question arises, do we have anymore budding or published authors in our ranks?
THE BLANKET ROOM COLLECTION !
The variety of blankets is wonderful to behold, please visit and see if you can spot your own squares!
Wendy Hardy and her daughter sewed this blanket together with granny squares sent by an overseas KAS member. Wendy's Mum knitted the cream ones, and, her daughter fell in love with it!
and the recipient wearing it!
KAS MONTHLY CHALLENGES
lead by Gloria Grandy (Canada)
The October Challenge was kicked off with Julie Andrews singing My Favourite Things to help us get into the mood! Gloria writes, "We all have favourite “stuff”… maybe even several favourite “stuffs”. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, places, and seasons. Everyone’s taste is different … that’s what makes each one of us unique and special! So come on and show us your “specialness” by making a square with your favourite something in mind!" So this month gives everyone a chance to add pics of squares you enjoy creating - and anything goes!
Here are just some of the great variety of squares created :
Here is a selection of the recent single colour squares - which are the backbone of KAS blankets and provide a wonderful frame for the above more exotic squares:
Please don't miss the end of the month either Gloria has a super special surprise for everyone!
The November Challenge will be
and the final challenge of the year is :
DECEMBER - UN-CHALLENGE - time to relax, have fun, and get ready for the holidays - Susan Haines
TALLY or ITEM COUNT NEWS
The Square Lists for September are now available!
Squares: 6,198 [177 blankets]
Sadly, the numbers for September are quite low because of the postal strike in South Africa. We are asked to hold our mailings as there will be quite a huge backlog when it is over ! [No word on when it will end.]
The graphs for beanies and tops are available at
NOVEMBER PATTERN OF THE MONTH
by Linda Maltby
Solid Square - a crochet pattern
Plain coloured squares are the backbone of KAS and this pattern is an excellent example of how a simple square can provide warmth for a cold child.
The square is easy to make.
Plus it has a tight weave which means cold air can’t penetrate the square.
By adding a contrasting colour, the solid square takes on a new dimension.
Spice up the solid square by using a bright variegated yarn.
Remember, your square will be joining other squares to make a cozy blanket for a cold child.
The Solid Square
is available in
The KAS Pattern Book
If you find another pattern in the book you would like to try,
please do !
THE KAS CUDDLE BUG !
Anneke (The Netherlands) was the first to produce a cuddle bug - this time a lady cuddle bug!
The gentleman and lady cuddle bugs meet on-line!
Anneke commented : I could not resist to make the KAS Cuddlebug, our new mascot!
The description of the pattern is very clear and easy to follow. Thank you so much Elaine! Creative juices start flowing immediately!
Thank you Elaine and Wendy for this wonderful design.
SQUARE HEART OF THE MONTH AWARD
Edited this month by Gloria Gandy
The Square Heart Award for October 2014 is for
Susan Donaldson - Scottish Borders, UK
In November of 2012, Susan became a member of the Square Circle Forum. Not so very long thereafter, she was lovingly crowned our Queen of the Grannies!
To read the rest of the award please click here !
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