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Square Circle, Issue #007 -- lots more news
April 07, 2009
A little more about that happy day!
While there is still so much colourful news from the first sewing bee, I hope you will also read about Ten Thousand Homes. They are a Christian based organisation operating in South Africa who have asked if knit-a-square can extend it's knitting project to help warm some of the children they look after. These heartening and hopeful stories of their children, like little Sweetness will surely both touch and inspire you, and anyone you tell about them.
STOP NEWS: The squares are arriving very safely, in envelopes packets and boxes. If they are registered they are routed via customs and Ronda has to pay duty on them. Please do not register your parcels, just put on the outside, FOR CHARITY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. Thank you.
SQUARE CIRCLE ISSUE SEVEN:
Have your squares arrived?
Forum - the race for April
Square a day journal
NEW ON THE SITE:
TIP OF THE ISSUE
Thanks to the Oooh la la Knitting Group, from Tezarkana, Texas who sent us this photograph and lovely message, which made Jo very happy.A little more about that happy day!
Apart from wishing you could have been at the event itself, it would have been special to have shared with you the photographs to help illustrate the atmosphere and happiness of the day. I wonder if any of you recognise your squares in some of these blankets or indeed the blanket young Jamey was given?
Kugenka (in the middle) from Soweto Comfort Club looks out for this little HIV AIDS affected family, Kedibone, who is completely blind, Trudy and David. Sonja, who also volunteers for SCC, sewed this blanket and wrapped Kedibone in it which the entire family will share.
Daniel learns to knit and Hannah teaches little Batilele to draw
Daniel (Ronda's grandson) was so taken with the whole idea of knit-a-square, he insisted Erin (his mother) taught him to knit. I'm waiting to hear when his first square will be done, but as he is only 6, this is will be inspirational for all young children, especially boys!
While he was busy learning to knit, this beautiful little girl, Batilele (Bat-ee-lay-lay), who is looked after by her guardian and GREAT grandmother, Naomi Maele, (on the left), attached herself to his sister Hannah, who gave her some drawing lessons.
Batilele and her Great Grandmother, reflect the huge responsibility that has come to rest on so many African grandmothers and great grandmothers, parenting at a much older age, without the support from their children who have so often fallen prey to HIV AIDS.
Soweto Comfort Club Ladies
Soweto is about more than poverty and home to hundreds of thousands of child headed families and AID orphans. There exists a wonderful sense of 'community spirit' in Soweto. For example, wedding receptions are impromptu affairs and very often on a 'bring and barbeque' (braai in South African parlance) basis, so that as many friends as possible can come along and celebrate - no restrictions and no costs involved.
Like all sprawling urban cities, Soweto scenes range from squatter towns to public amenities like this lovely public park right next to Regina Mundi church in Soweto. The church featured prominently in apartheid days as a refuge for 'enemies of state' and has bullet holes in the walls to this day to prove it. It's the biggest church in Soweto and heaves every Sunday, with the most fantastic atmosphere.
Heart-felt and heartening stories from Ten Thousand Homes
We are really excited about this project. Ten Thousand Homes is a young and vibrant children's charity working in South Africa to create more than just a home for the children. They have asked us if we could extend our knitting project to some of their children, and provided us a list of names.
Their video, recently released, aptly describes both the sadness and the hope.
For all of us, it is the message of hope that best fuels our desire to help. You will see in the faces of the children, as in the stories on the site, that given just a little in the way of education, home life, friendship and care, they respond with laughter and a willingness to learn, which may help to pave a future for themselves.
Please watch the video, and read more about Ten Thousand Homes and the knit-a-square project. Sweetness will make your heart ache, but she will also persuade you that we can, and must, help. Petros will fill you with joy and a sense of great hope. For these and all children who receive a gift of the hat, vest or blanket, it will mean more than warmth. It may give them a sense of belonging to a wider world, just a little glimmer of future possibilities.
Ten Thousand Homes have provided us with a list of names of children for whom we can make either a hat, vest or blanket. It is on the site together with a contact form. If you wish to knit and crochet for this project or toward a blanket for a specific child, please use the contact form. Kerry and Kalai have agreed to co-ordinate the list and let everyone know as we fulfil it.
Must have tee-shirts
We have a knit-a-square store! We have designed several t-shirts for young children, teenagers, women with the knit-a-square message or the Square Circle logo. I really hope you like them and would love - you guessed it - feedback!
What's going on the groups
There are some very lively conversations going on in the the forum and the ravelry.com group The most exciting is Race for April started by Kyla, being administered by Kerry and taken on board brilliantly by lots. Thank you all.
Here is Kerry's report as at 7.45pm GMT 6/4/09.
Bellalou- Ravelry- 15 (1 hat)
So there we have it! 96 items in 6 days. That's an average of 16 items a day!
What a fantastic effort. I hope you will all join in this race and look forward to reporting on the total in the ezine at the end of April.
It is well worth joining the groups, as there are some wonderful photographs of great work, many shared patterns and just a sense of a developing community, all committed to making this project of ours work.
What do you call someone who is not a knitter
Laura posted in revelry.com
"Is there a word for non-knitters/crocheters like muggles in Harry Potter?
Along with a whole lot of ways non knitters/crocheters could help without lifting a needle/hook:
1. donate yarn, needles and hooks to people who can and will work on the squares (seniors who cant afford supplies but make beautiful squares might appreciate this)
2. donate envelopes and shipping supplies
mail in squares on someone elses behalf 3. post flyers at local community centers or churches
4. make an announcement at a local SnB session
5. make an annoucement on your fave social network sites or your blogs
And in answer to her muggle question, here is one of several responses from Roger (my husband).
I will post the rest to the ravelry group and the site when the knit wits page is up. We challenge you to come up with the best new terms to be announced in April's ezine.
New on the site
I've been busy! Most importantly, PLEASE visit the heroes heroes page. These are the stories of the people who in these early stages have championed this project with energy and commitment. They are all doing extraordinary things.
Kyla who pledged a square a day as a busy, young college student, plans to visit South Africa when she has all the squares done and is now organising the first knit-a-square-on-the-go day at a local high school craft fair. Kyla also keeps a Square-a-day Journal and has been recruiting knitters wherever she goes.
Kerry who both created the forum and administers it and is doing a great job, initially had the idea of a-square-on-the-go for the i-knit-weekender craft show in London in September and is keeping a wonderful tally of the April Race.
Laura who started the ravelry.com group and continues to contribute regularly although she is just about to have her first baby. We all wish her well and look forward to letting you know in the next ezine.
Debbie who started the first school Square Circle and has a very committed band of young girls madly knitting squares, many of which have already arrived in South Africa.
Veronica, who aged 12 has already engaged people in her school and church to make squares and raised $100 that she may use to buy yarn and needles for poorer people who cannot afford to knit. (Two wins here, which is just great).
Jill, who has been so generous with her time in sending crochet patterns on the turn, when so many of you were asking if you could crochet.
Mary, who has contributed so many free crochet patterns and photographs, and is a great support on the forums and the group.
Several of you, including Kathy and Hedy, have made personal pledges of a hundred squares or more and have involved others in the same goals.
And many, including Paulette and Deacon Joy who have done a lot of investigation into the best way to mail parcels and boxes from the USA and whose information will soon be on the site to help you.
If we are to succeed at making 10 000 children warm this year, it will be in no small part because of the wonderful community spirit that you have created and continue to foster. You are a hero if you are knitting and crocheting squares, thank you.
WE HAVE PEOPLE SENDING SQUARES FROM 17 COUNTRIES.A site map
The site has doubled in the last 6 weeks. I was getting completely lost myself. So here is a site map that tries to group the various aspects of the site from the project itself, the charities we work with, the community, patterns and so on. Please give me feedback. I greatly appreciate any comments that will facilitate more blankets for more children.
Parent and Teachers' Resource
I hope that you will take the time to read the page (especially if you are a teacher - I would love someone to actually review the book). It is on sale for $17.95.
Free Crochet Patterns
Great new vest pattern - courtesy of Mary.
Frequently asked Questions.
PR and Press
A Survival Guide
If a young one in their family had a cold, for example, without medication or knowledge, how would they treat it? I thought perhaps eucalypt leaves (gum trees abound in South Africa) in a bowl of hot water may help.
Tamara from Mexico has given me a range of ideas already and lots of research to do. Perhaps we could compile a small knit-a-square illustrated, manual to go with the blankets, to which you have contributed any ideas you have. Just a thought.
If you think it is a good idea, please post a topic to the forums and contribute there.
Before you go onto look for your name in the long lists below, I will sign off for now, wish you a very happy Easter, April race and many thousand of stitches xxx, with love and blessings, Sandy
The squares and garments that had arrived up to 27 03 09
Many hundreds of parcels had no names on them. Ronda has done her best to capture every parcel as it was opened and so it is not in alphabetical order. We apologise if there are any errors in the spelling of names or number of squares but ask for your generosity in accepting the speed at which much of this had to be done. We have not recorded vests, pullovers and hats in this list. We will publish that next ezine, when our record keeping is a little more mechanised!
Here you are then:
Received from the USA 08-11 March 2009
Alice Reynolds 3sq, 3sq, Nanci Ziegler 1sq, 3sq, Ms M Wendy Watson 4sq, Nancy Burkitt 6sq, L Hissiger 2sq, 3sq, 4sq, Ms Cynthia Kandel, Judy Baer 3sq, 3sq, 3sq, Marilyn Moran 3sq, D Tonino 2sq, Welsh 2 sq, Irma McConnell 3sq, Richard/Jean Dousay 1sq, Marcy Stong 1 sweater, 1sq, Kay Hunter 3sq, 3sq, 3sq, Kathy Bittle 1 sq, Kaija Alford 3sq, Catherine Hovey 2sq, Mary Chapdelaine 3sq, Phyllis Wood - 4 sq, R Forbes 4sq, Phyllis Albers 3sq, Susan Bawden 1sq, Gale Sokol 8sq, Sibyl White 3sq, T Belangia 4sq, Jeanne Sample 1 sq, Cecilia M Viegas 5sq, Ms Christine Patch 1sq, Melissa Langer 4sq, Carol Weston 1 sq, Susan Brickowski 5sq, 5sq, M J Byrne 3sq, Joan Emmanual 3sq, Carter 2sq, 2sq, Susan A Stein 3sq, Debra Carpenter 4sq, 4sq, 3sq, 4sq, 4sq, Micheline N Eldridge 4sq, 4sq, Claudia Green 3sq, Roberta Union 3sq J Daniels 3sq, 3sq, Donna Overton 3sq, Mrs Elaine R Cooper 3sq, Lucretia Vanolst 3sq, Janice Kirkwood 2sq, Alma Barocio 1sq, Anon Penn Valley CA, 1sq, Mrs Pat Clark 3sq, Gary & Shirley Hickey 3sq, 3sq, G Reekie 3sq, Lucy Gedrites 3sq, Gayle De Groot 3sq, 2sq, Plunkett Bornoke Carm Charnas 1sq, Ms Nancy Horney 3sq, Marty Brosnan 5sq, Culbreth 3sq Karen Fontana 8sq, Sheilah Vaccariello 6sq, Jane Woodruff 13sq, 14sq Karen Mondshour 4sq, Maya S Patel 6sq, Laurie Hake 20sq, Yvonne Shreck 3sq, 1sq, St. Andrews Knitting Group, Joan Adis and Gloria, Michigan 7sq, Katherine C Sabia 3sq, Janice Hill 4sq, Barbara Wyka 2sq, Mr/Mrs Richard Wyka , M Lorch 2sq, Ms Jeanne L Olson 3sq, 3sq, 3sq, Eileen Hosey 4sq Ms Libby Christie , Oceanside Middle School 4sq, 4sq, 4sq,4sq, Jane Woodruff 8 sq +, Bob and Roxy Thorpe Rumpf 2sq, Ms Arlene P Walsh 3sq, Mr/Mrs Walter F Brickowski 1sq, Valeree Phipps 4sq, 4sq, Cynthia Reamsnyder 17sq Mrs Barbara Levine 2sq, 3sq + more, Ms Betty J Ramsey 4sq (+2 books) Florence Blum 6sq, 6sq, 3sq, Nanci Tousignant 3sq, 3sq, Geraldine Yee 17 sq, Swarthout Family multiple env. + sqs !!, Anon, Kingsford MI - 3sq, 3sq, 3sq
Received from USA 14-18 March 2009(br> Rossman 3sq, Ms Lynn Terrien 3sq, Maureen Kaskel Wenger 4sq, Kaye Garner 1sq, 3sq,3sq, Mrs Sonia Van Zyl 3sq, Wendy Harrington 4sq, Ms Susan A Stein 3sq, Miri Waterhouse 1 vest, 3sq, 1 sweater, M Pelgrim sq, Patti Swilley 1sq,2sq, Mr/Mrs Michael Swilley 4sq,3sq, Lauren Stanton 1sq, 1sweater, Kathryn R Crouck 1 sweater, 3sq, S Nielsen 5sq, Bill & Joyce Tucker 3sq, 3sq, Marnie Marino 6sq, Eileen Hosey 4sq, Nancy Schlimmer 2sq,3sq,3sq,3sq, Carolyn Benes 6sq, Mary E Amundson 5sq, Gail L Betzig 11sq, Gloria Barbiero 3sq, Anon Conway Arizona 6sq, Pam Howser 1sq, Jacobsen 3sq, Rita Bator 3sq, Nancy Wisman 3sq, Faye Cheesman 3sq, Joann Buettell 3sq, C A Kunsman 4sq, Arcata Bay Llamas 3sq, Geri Anderson 1 vest, 2sq, 5sq, 1 sweater, Kathy Braun 5sq, Jeri Clark sq, Sonja Cartwright 3sq Patricia Parent 1sq, 1sq, Barbara Corey 3sq, Arlene Szabo 1sq, 1sq, 1sq, J Pannaman 1sq, Mary Smith 3sq, Convery 6sq, 4sq, Alyson L Desens 3sq J Elliott 6sq, Judith R Sargent 4sq, Jim & Beverley Clark 3sq, Anon. Carbondale IL 3sq
Recd from USA 20 23 March
Opened after 23 Mar
Last minute list from Ronda :
UK: Karen Gentleman - 4, H Strachan - 13, Rev R. Almond 3, Sutton Baptist church 11, Anon. WR24VG England 6, A Gilbert 4, Angela Moss 3, Pam Lee 4, Sarah Nixon 1, Elaine Jones 3 , Jean Andrew - 2, Julia van Aardt 2
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