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So glad you have discovered KAS.... your Aran squares will be just fine.... we sometimes use DK or DK with a strand of 3 ply for thickness... but as long as the squares are a good weight and about 8" they are all valued and used in South Africa. Glad you are coping with the tablets... I have still got health problems and we are not sure if they are connected with the statins or if its something else... cardiac wise I have been given the all clear thankfully.
Hello Annie.... what a small world! I do remember you in hospital although you were not there for very long.... I didn't realise you lived in Weymouth though.... how are you getting on and have you had any more problems? KAS is a wonderful thing to support and I get lots of inspiration from this. Are you knitting or crocheting or both? Grace x
Welcome Annie to KAS from a fellow KAS member in Dorchester!!
Greetings Annie from across The Pond in the middle of Canada! Welcome to a worldwide network of loving happy people helping African Aids orphans. Glad to have you with us. It's so heartening to know that in this global, often so impersonal world, we're actually making a difference, a REAL difference, in the lives of these children. Check out the Forum, above, for the various discussion threads, and Photos for all the lovely photos of members' work and Groups where you can join groups from countries around the world.
The Featured Discussions grouping (in the Forum section) show the most important subjects at the moment, latest challenges, latest news etc. I also recommend the Anyone Want to Chat Discussion section, which contains the Our Furry Companions and Yarnaholics threads. I am so much a Yarnaholic! Thanks again for helping the AIDS orphans in Africa!
Ah, I am not a prolific knitter Annie, but I know lots of ladies who are! Elaine Jones on the forum and I have founded a UK charity called Knit for Life - see www.knitforlife.co.uk
We have about 60 knitters who pass their work on to us and we send it where it is needed - primarily to KAS but we also get prem baby clothes which go to the local baby unit, among other things. So many ladies love to knit but now children are grown have no-one to knit for so we provide that outlet. We had to found a separate charity in the UK for various reasons but it has the blessing of KAS and they are our prime recipient.
Lovely that your grand-daughter is interested in the knitting.
Hello Annie, so glad you have joined us. Keeping the children in South Africa warm has brought together a world-wide group of caring knitters and crocheters.
If you haven’t already, please read through the welcome message on the forum main page for helpful hints and things that might interest you. The FAQ category should answer any general questions you may have. If not, please ask. http://forum.knit-a-square.com
Wondering what is needed besides squares ? Here is a link to Ronda’s wish list for 2013 : http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/kas-wish-list-guideline...
Looking for patterns? Check the KAS Pattern Book for garments and squares for the children. We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years old.
You might like the Monthly challenge. This is a fun way to try new ideas or patterns. Every month, a theme is chosen, and if you wish, you may create something new and different.
February’s challenge is Transportation. Have a look at the discussion for ideas on what you can make.
Many people are using 'Ecofelt' to make the cars/trucks/spaceships and then sewing them onto the plain squares. This is an easy way to give added interest to a square. Plus the children will be delighted !
If you would prefer to work with Plain Janes then have fun with colours that remind you of transportation. Since it takes 35 squares to make one blanket, squares, especially Plain Janes are needed all the time.
If you are interested in joining any of our challenges, please note: Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the month. Those of us who use sea-mail find parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive. Whenever your parcel arrives, know it will be appreciated and that you are keeping children warm.
We would love to see photos of your work. . Click on the photo option at the top of the page and follow the prompts.
Always exciting to get a new member in the UK - welcome from Shropshire. I hope you enjoy knitting for KAS - or do you crochet?
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