THE BARN -2023

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  • Just wondering if there are some issues with the KAS website, specifically the "discussion categories"?  I am not seeing any new posts through the website beyond July 31, 2023.  Thanks, Brenda 

    • Hi Brenda,

      We're having issues with the forum. You can find everything you need at the new forum address:

      Hope this helps.



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      Welcome to our KAS community of over 10,000, who lovingly send 8” squares to make hand-made blankets for the South African AIDS orphans.
  • Here is Estelle's report from Tuesday, July 25.

    Opening Day at the KASbarn July25 2023.
    As you can see from our tables it was another busy day at the barn. We have had hundreds of very welcome squares from schools lately which all have to be counted, sorted and bundled. The Gogo groups are always eagerly waiting to collect them.
    12161930071?profile=RESIZE_710xSee what I mean about squares to sort and size….we all need to get cracking and clear those tables. I didn’t get a pic of your neat piles Sheldon Bolle thanks for all your help today especially moving all the heavy boxes and bags.
    Some of the beautiful blankets that have recently arrived at the barn. Norma and Wandi loving Kathleen Bergmans exquisite creation - Clear Lake Methodist Church.
    The following four beautiful blankets shown by Vivienne 
    are all from Andreja’s Croation team.
    Love this❣️
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    Great job sewing this one together Audrey.
    I think I know someone else who will love this blanket…what do you think Bev?
    12161932856?profile=RESIZE_710xRonda helping Samke adding her 36 blankets to the cake.
    12161932867?profile=RESIZE_710xSamke and Phumzile.
    12161933052?profile=RESIZE_710xElaine and I had the delightful job of repacking and sorting the yarn cupboard.
    Just handling all that lovely new yarn donated to us by
    Party Day on behalf of the SA Nursing Council is thrilling! 🤪
    Thanks for the pic Ronda.
    12161933093?profile=RESIZE_710xA blue flower badge for Vivienne….
    busy little bee, model of the day and your sense of humour!
    Lindi, Wandi and Themba did a distribution in Protea Glen and collected 45 blankets from the Proteas South Gogo group…super pics from Lindi thanks.
    12161934057?profile=RESIZE_710x12161934087?profile=RESIZE_710xSee more photos in our Distribution Discussion.
    After a long exhausting distribution Lindi comes back to barn smiling.
    Enjoy your time at Ngwenya Liz especially those amazing sunsets.
    • Oh, how wonderful this set of photos is!   I see lots of squares, beautiful blankets, packages of bright yarn, smiling faces and children wrapped in warm blankets.    What more could a person ask!!!

  • So many exciting things from Mandela Day 2023.  

    Here is Estelle's report...

    Opening Day at the KASbarn July 18 2023.
    Happy Mandela Day to one and all. Today was all about getting 73 blankets to these dearest, beautiful children. Wandi, Ronda, Themba and I made our way to Soweto for the most heartwarming, happy and successful distribution…this made possible by our generous contributors. We are truly blessed. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
    We left Vivienne, LIndi, Sheldon and Liz holding the ‘barn’. They had the pleasure of opening new post and were visited by Party-Day Moloi and her colleagues who donated a most generous gift of yarn.
    12150473461?profile=RESIZE_710xParty-Day Moloi’s fantastic yarn donation.
    12150473288?profile=RESIZE_710xChristmas has come early again.
    12150474059?profile=RESIZE_710xViv opened a BIG box containing 11 blankets and many squares
    from your team in Croatia, Andreja.
  • News from Estelle in a very cold Barn.  Nightly temps have been at 0C, and Johannesburg and the surrounding areas had snow on Monday, July 10.  Brrrr.

    Opening Day at the KASbarn July 11 2023.
    We have had two bitterly cold days in Johannesburg with snow falling for the first time in about 10 years.
    12144219267?profile=RESIZE_710x12144219291?profile=RESIZE_710xEstelle and Vivienne display and model a jacket from a knitting club in Chalus, France.
    Being involved with a charity like KNIT-A-SQUARE makes one immediately think of the children and homeless people who suffer as a result of the freezing weather. We are blessed and grateful to be able to distribute the blankets and squares joined into blankets made by our generous donors and volunteers. Long may it last!
    12144213056?profile=RESIZE_710xA beautiful Mandela Day blanket Wandi made using Amy's LOVE square and large centre square. Absolutely LOVE the colours of our flag.
    Those are the cutest hotties I’ve seen…they could even match our Rainbow Nation blankets!  The ladies are holding the hotties.
    12144213656?profile=RESIZE_710xWhat an amazing parcel to open…..thank you Ada Breeuwer for the exquisite blanket, your signature toys and super squares.
    12144213674?profile=RESIZE_710xThese delightful Eli’s and squares were also in Ada Breeuwer’s parcel. Christmas will be here before we know it. 
    12144213276?profile=RESIZE_710xMiz Viv wondering if anyone has perfect squares to match these squares.
    12144213696?profile=RESIZE_710xElaine has an eye for finding partners for the lovely squares arriving in the post and from our faithful local contributors. Our tables are filling up with colour again.
    12144214059?profile=RESIZE_710xBeautifully knitted squares from Lesly Robinson.
    12144214072?profile=RESIZE_710xThree super blankets and fabulous squares from Antoinette’s team.
    12144214091?profile=RESIZE_710xIt’s gorgeous Wandi another blanket made with love. Thanks to all the knitters and crocheters who make these lovely squares.
    Love this one Liz.
    12144214693?profile=RESIZE_710xAnother masterpiece by Sharon B from the USA🇺🇸. I wish you could have heard the Oohs and Ahhs in the barn Sharon…it’s exquisite.
    It was a busy, cold day in the barn with the power continuously tripping causing much irritation waiting for the water in the urn to boil. However we managed to pack for the Mandela Day distribution and for some collections.
    Vivienne and Wandi both did weekend distributions and sent us delightful photographs.
    The following pics are from Vivienne’s Saturday distribution in Soweto.
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    • Glad to see that my latest package arrived in time for the cold weather, and maybe for the Christmas in July distributions.   But, OH!, those fabulous squares and blankets and toys from Ada!  I couldn't stop smiling.

      • Every week I enjoyed the pictures of the Barn. I see that my parcel already did arrive. Within 3 weeks, for me in Holland, it is in record-time!

  • July is a month filled with different celebrations all across the world.

    The KAS Barn is celebrating with lots of new post arriving in The Barn, and being blessed by our amazing volunteers.

    Here is Estelle's report:

    Opening Day at the KASbarn July 4 2023.
    The new post from many of our loyal supporters and new followers was most welcome. Thank you. It’s like Christmas all over again opening parcel after parcel not knowing what we will find, then hearing a volunteer almost yelling “Wow look at this! “
    12130771088?profile=RESIZE_710xAlways great to get new post.
    12130771487?profile=RESIZE_710xSuzanne your fabulous parcel with the 8 stunning blankets and matching beanies arrived…the pics will be posted next week.
    This was originally posted in early 2022, so happy it finally arrived in The Barn.
    12130772479?profile=RESIZE_710xYou’ve got a lot to smile about Vivienne -
     another 10 magnificent blankets from Sandra Jones.
    12130772676?profile=RESIZE_710xNorma with one of the 7 lovely blankets she brought in this morning.
    Gorgeous squares from Sharen Stennett.
    12130772878?profile=RESIZE_710xAnother parcel from Sharen opened by one of her biggest fans - Sheldon.
    12130773276?profile=RESIZE_710xElaine happily edging Liz’s Christmas blanket.
    12130773295?profile=RESIZE_710xNow what have you got planned for that square Liz?
    12130773097?profile=RESIZE_710xAnother bundle completed…eventually another warm child!
    12130773695?profile=RESIZE_710xWhat do you think Viv? Amy has spoilt us again with her beautiful squares and blanket.
    12130774300?profile=RESIZE_710xThanks Amy for the KAS knitting bags, the new volunteers will be delighted with them. 
    12130774462?profile=RESIZE_710xSome polar fleece blankets for our older children and adults.
    12130774660?profile=RESIZE_710xRoll call… oops I forgot something!
    Lindiwe Ngwenya, Wandi Amelia Mkhwanazi and Themba Jobe distributed 75 blankets in Soweto this morning - thanks for the photographs Lindi.
    See more photos in the Third Quarter Distribution Discussion.
    For the rest of us it was a normal, busy, happy morning.
    An interesting yarn art display.  Thank you Elaine for this information
    • A beautiful display (the coral yarn art). Lots of lovely blankets arriving too.

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