April is (nearly) here (although my garden doesn't yet think so), and it's time to announce this months challenge!
If you were with us this time last year then you will remember that April was the first month that was made into a challenge, a tradition that has held on right the way around the calendar again. For those who we missed in April last year, here’s what April is all about in KAS.
“The April Challenge” is set up to be a personal challenge where you are in a race against yourself. The idea was brought upon my own ‘square a day’ pledge, where in order to keep up with my pledge I found myself making squares at school, on the bus, while studying – anywhere where I could grab enough time to add another row. April is all about finding and using those extra five minutes – it could be while the pot is boiling, in waiting rooms or on public transit, anywhere where you suddenly find yourself with a couple moments and not much else to do. You may be amazed at how fast those squares grow when you start looking for and using those little pockets of time.
This month, set up a pledge for you – it can be a square a day, a hat a week, two slip-overs in the month, three squares every weekend – whatever is workable for you, so long as it’s a pledge that pushes you slightly more than usual (barring any injuries please!) Now try to keep up with it -try to maximize the time you have available to you and start to look for those few minutes during the day where you could be working towards your goal. The April Challenge is all about knitting and crocheting in weird places! I knew of a woman who used to keep her knitting in the car and knitted at red lights.
And just to give you an idea of what sort of numbers are achievable by just a small amount of people, last year we made 763 items in the April Challenge, and the number of members we had at that point was no even a quarter of the number of members that we have this year, I think we should have no problem exceeding that number this year.
As of April 1st the Challenge is on. Keep me posted on the number of items you have made and we'll continue the count right through until the last day of the month. This is being posted in Ravelry as well, so if you are also a Ravelry member please do not count the same items twice.
total items so far: 1081
Kyla - 18 squares
Paulette Pronk - 110 squares, 1 go-over, 3 slipovers, 29 hats, 3 neck scarfs, 1 pair of socksAnne Powell - 60 squares, 1 KAScuddle
Christine Johnson - 84 squares
Elizabeth - 7 beanies, 3 slipovers
Margaret Wakefield - 10 squares, 4 beanies, 2 vests, 2 jumpers and a poncho
Alice Reynolds - 29 squares
Sue Gillman - 47 squares
Jeanne - 16 squares, 5 hats, 1 KAScuddle
Laurie C Hake - 67 squares
Rona - 32 squares, 5 hats
Elizabeth Pickering - 36 squares
Gelareh Taj - 3 squares, 4 toys
Jeni - 70 squares
Linda Maltby and David - 63 squares, 3 go-overs
J Wayne Scherffius - 6 squares
Cathy - 15 squares
Keli Jean - 12 squares
Connie - 20 squares, 3 hats
Suzanne DeFalco - 1 large go over, 1 baby sweater
Nina Vandervaart - nearly 2 go-overs, 3 hats, 9 squares
Linda Simmons and Edna - 23 squares
Jen Phillips - 11 squares and 8 hats
Diane McTigue - 50 squares, 1 hat
Jacqueline Sousa - 12 squares,1 go-over
Jacqueline Sousa's group - 80 squares, 2 baby blanket
Duane Kubiak - 30 squares
Margaret Wakefield - 28 squares, 13 beanies, 6 vests, 5 jumpers and 1 poncho
Ann Glendinning - 8 squares
Elaine Jones - 20 squares