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KasSnippets - September 2014

 

REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

KNIT-A-SQUARE VISITS NEO DAY CARE

Well, it may be the first week of Spring here in South Africa but last week we experienced bitterly cold temperatures, dropping below freezing at night and as a result, we have continued to distribute blankets.

 

I am thrilled to report that our stocks are very low which means that we have done a great job of getting your lovely warm items out to the children who need them!  There is a lot to be said for having much smaller premises too – we just do not have the space to store anything anymore and we have really had to up the number of distributions we are doing.  We will slow down a little now as the temperatures creep up, but we will carry on with a few distributions during summer in preparation for next winter and in order to fulfill our promises to at least 10 more day care centres for this year!!!.  

Now, it’s time to share our story and the delightful photos we took at the Neo Day Care in Finetown!

[ See further down the page the report on the work done by JAM Switzerland a couple of weeks following the Knit-a-Square distribution. Here is a taster of the transformation - look at the new wonderful sign being prepared ! ]

Don’t be misled by the blue skies and sunshine – temps are low and the wind is like ice!

 

Read the Full Report

Other recent reports : A KAS ROAD TRIP - DAY ONE !

 

KNIT-A-SQUARE SHOP

 

Our lovely Shop logo was created by Amelia Murray,

a member of the Canadian team of Wendy Lewis, Maddie Murray and Anne Powell!

ALSO NEW - an awesome little item in the Kas Shop  - DONATION CARDS.  These have just been updated and are better than ever. 

Find them at   

Set of 4 Donation Cards $4.95

 

For only $4.95 USD, you can download the pdf.file, and get the cards printed at your local shop for about 50 cents each, or print them yourself. You only need to purchase the pdf.file once and you can use it as many times as you wish!

We all have people in our lives who are ‘hard to buy for’ when a gift is required...... or sometimes we just want to say a little “Thank you”.  Christmas is just around the corner – these cards are perfect for giving ”little gifts” of appreciation to loved ones, family and friends.

The cards can be used as ordinary notecards or you can use the included insert to tell the recipients that you are purchasing an item (or more) from the KasShop, or making a cash donation, in their name, to improve the lives of our children in South Africa. The insert explains what Knit-a-Square is all about.

 

AND ALSO NEW - THE GREAT KAS-KARD KONTEST

101 (or more) uses for Knit-a-Square Donation Cards

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 :

THE GREAT KAS-KARD KONTEST

Please visit the KasShop, more items will be added very soon! 

 

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!

WE ARE HALFWAY THERE !

              

We have been 'pinging' back and forth between the East and West, and in the middle we had a lovely trip to County Sligo, Ireland, followed by Russia, New York and a mesmerising visit to the CN Tower in Toronto and finally India.

Here is our 147th target - Vaduz Castle

Liechtenstein

Here is the link to KAS Reaches Great Heights for Children

 

WHAT'S GOING ON IN

SOUTH AFRICA?

 SORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

- THE OFFICE

Ronda, Wandi, Cathy, Annette, Donna, Molly, Estelle, Kim

with Wendy and Lindi at the table!

 

Empty, empty empty !

 To view more office photos and arrivals of goodies please go to  

Sorted in Africa

 

67 BLANKETS FOR NELSON MANDELA

lead by Carolyn Steyn

 

The group won CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR!

Beating corporate giants Coca-Cola, Kelloggs, KFC and Knorr.

 The group trade in the "good wool" of people!

 Stitch by stitch they made a difference and will continue to do so in keeping people less fortunate than themselves warm in the cold winter months in South Africa and around the world in the name of our beloved Tata Nelson Mandela.

 

REPORT FROM MAMA N'TOMBI COMMUNITY PROJECTS

 Sadly the Jika Joe informal settlement has had another fire destroying 150 homes and leaving 450 people homeless. 

 Disaster Management has put up tents and provided each family with a few blankets and a sponge mattress. There were still some folk who spent the night out in the cold around an open fire. Our hearts go out especially to the little children and mothers with babies.

 However, on a brighter note, here is a lovely photograph of the ingenuity of a young local boy who has created his own guitar from recycled material!

To read more on this and other associate groups please go to

KAS FACEBOOK PAGE ON THE FORUM

The JBay Recycling Project for Children 

& Stitch Witch News

 

 

To see more of the photos from the various Monday sessions please click on

JBay Recycling Project for Children

 

 JAM - Joint Aid Management South Africa

With the help of JAM Switzerland the South African arm of JAM recently transformed two day care centres !

The most recent was the Neo Day Care Centre where Knit-a-Square recently distributed blankets, garments etc!

To read the developments in full, please click on the links under each photograph

 JAM - Neo Day Care Centre Report

JAM - Refuwe Day Care Centre Report

SPREADING THE WORD,

MEMBERS & GROUP NEWS!

We ordered some business cards and the printer, Stephen van Rensburg of Orange, generously made us 2 large banners and 8 small ones at no charge!

We strung one up with some wool at our

distribution this week just for fun!  We now have proper rope!

 

 

 

Anne Powell (Canada) is taking Knit-a-Square into the

Pinterest arena!

As you all probably know, we have two Pinterest pages.

 

One of them, Knit-a-Square South Africa is charity page directed at the general public and is an overview of how KAS works. This page is still being developed and expanded and I will have a lot more to say about it in a future issue of KasSnippets. You can find it at http://www.pinterest.com/warmkids/

The Pinterest page you are all probably most familiar with is the other one - Knit-a-Square Anne Powell. You can find it at http://www.pinterest.com/anne1464/

This is the page that has our monthly challenges and where I post all of your beautiful work. It contains a "Board" for each challenge. So far we have 11 Boards. If you click on the Board title, you will see everything I have Pinned there.

You can find the current board easily by using the link that we put into the introduction to the challenge each month. If you want to see all the boards, click on the URL above.

The page is getting a lot of attention. I thought you would like to know that we now have 71 "followers". Some are KASfolk, but many are not.

When someone "follows" a page, they often see something they like and "Re-Pin" the photo to their own page. This spreads KAS and our website address in ever-widening circles.

The people who "follow" us, also have "followers" who Re-Pin some of the KAS photos.

One of our followers has 12,599 followers of her own! Every time she Re-Pins one of our photos to her page, 12,599 more people see our website address.  On and on it goes....

 The UK Hand Knitting Association

have kindly updated our entry in their list of

Knitting Charities

www.ukhandknitting.com 

http://www.ukhandknitting.com/knitting_for_charity.php

 

Knit A Square has grown into a volunteer-lead, world-wide community numbering an estimated 12,000 people in more than 60 countries round the world.

Together we help to warm and comfort the orphaned and vulnerable children of Southern Africa and we'd greatly value your contribution to this knitting project. We ask the world's knitters and crocheters to send 8x8inch (20cm) squares to South Africa, where groups of volunteers and members of the various local communities help sew them into blankets for children. The blankets have a dual purpose of being used whilst sleeping, and, doubled as coats during the cold South African winter. Our next step is teaching women and the elderly how to knit & crochet - coaching and guidance have been requested by the communities to help them become more self-sufficient in the future.

Click here to find out more and learn how you can help

 

SPREADING THE WORD - BY MOUTH ! 

 

Arlene (Canada) knitted this lovely zebra which has so delighted this little boy. He can be seen in several of the distribution photographs holding the zebra tightly as it was so precious!

Whilst showing the photo to family and friends, Arlene mentioned that she had made the zebra. The effect was immediate and everyone really connected and engaged with the photograph!

One neighbour said she was going to tell her Mom (who knits) about KAS!

People enjoy looking at the photographs, but the value of sharing one that contains a personal creation, be it square, garment or cuddly toy, obviously has much more impact, and, is an excellent method of spreading-the-word!

RIVER JOHN SQUARE KNITTERS

NOVA SCOTIA - CANADA 

Gloria tells us how the group developed!

This summer I offered free knitting and crochet lessons on Friday mornings at the library here in River John, Nova Scotia, Canada.   I explained that I knit with a purpose ... my purpose being KAS!  I had the good fortune to meet and become friends with some terrific people. 

We were a bit slow getting started … just two the first Friday.   Ann  knew how to knit, but wanted to learn crochet.  Jean (who is 91 years young) already knew how to do both.  She is known for the beautiful crocheted table cloths she has made over the years.

The second Friday, Maureen and June joined us.

To read the development & progress go to River John Square Knitters

and since Gloria shared this report

Doris has created a KAS group who have just sent their first package of 60 squares with another one ready to go!

The group have called themselves 

River John Squarer Knitters !

GROUP FOCUS

by Anne Powell

MAITLAND WALKING FOR PEACE GROUP

 NEW SOUTH WALES - AUSTRALIA

Anyone who reads the squares lists will have noticed that we receive squares from an interesting-sounding group in Australia.

This group is a wonderful example of how we just never know who will turn out to be KAS supporters and how we should never hesitate to present the KAS dream to any group we belong to even if their apparent interest is not knitting.  It sure worked for Carmel!  Hats off this month to Carmel and her wallking friends.

Maitland Walking For Pleasure was formed almost 30 years ago by a group of people who decided to get together fortnightly and walk for pleasure. It is amazing how far you can walk when you are part of a group walking with different people chatting. From the initial handful of people who started the club the group has grown to about 60 members.

The walks can be anywhere up to 2 hours from Maitland with a picnic stop for lunch. This is where the knitting happens.

Carmel McDougall, Maitland "walker" and KAS member, has always been an avid knitter. When she saw an article on KAS she thought this would be a very worthwhile project to get involved in. So the call went out to all her walking knitter friends and the response has been wonderful.

Carmel says Postage is the biggest problem.The first lot of squares they sent were paid for by the club, then last November some of the members chipped in for postage. Last spring three friends from Maitland were attending a wedding in South Africa so they sent 3 parcels with them each containing about 20 squares, wrapped ready to post once they arrived in South Africa. That postage only cost about $5 Aus. From now on, Carmel says, she will be looking for couriers to take them over for her wherever possible.

Carmel reports "One thing more, we have a member who had never knitted anything before in her life; she is loving the fact that she has learnt to knit and gets a real buzz from it"


  

THE BLANKET ROOM COLLECTION !

A fabulous collection of photographs have been taken by Wendy and posted by Christine - do have a peep and see if you can spot your own valued contributions!

Wendy's lovely sister-in-law, Angela, crocheted this blanket together!


The Blanket Room Collection

KAS MONTHLY CHALLENGES

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE

A VERY VARIEGATED YARN

lead by Bev Jeffery (Australia)


Variegated is always popular and this month has been no exception! Here are some of the wonderful contributions this September :

SEPTEMBER 2014 CHALLENGE - variegated and white Hello, September! September 2014 - Variegated  September Variegated with Pink  september challange 063 Orange Confetti Sept 5 variegated squares for September challenge September Variegated Challenge Pink Rose Squares 2014 One + one September - Tunisian Honeycomb Granny Diagonal September Challenge September's Challenge September 2014 First batch My first photo!  September 2014 Challenge - Colourful variegatedSept. challenge 13 yellows September 2014 Challenge- A Very Variegated Month.

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: 

    

Solid blue with diamond patternsquares in progressSolid turquoise mitred TSSsquares sept21/9/14

 
and here are some of the September goodies!
       
 

2014 Challenge Themes

 The October Challenge will be 

FAVOURITE THINGS
 - lead by Gloria Grandy (Canada)

Here is the list for the rest of the year! 

NOVEMBER - BUGS, SLUGS & HUGS - Linda Maltby

DECEMBER - UN-CHALLENGE - time to relax, have fun, and get ready for the holidays - Susan Haines

2015 is not so far away !

Members and the Moderator Team are currently brain-storming, scratching heads and blowing out facial cheeks to come up with ideas/suggestions for 2015, please do add your 10 cents worth!

Challenge Themes for 2015

 

 

TALLY or ITEM COUNT NEWS

   The Squares Lists for August are now available!

Squares received in August totalled 13,579 (388 blankets) !  

The graphs for beanies and tops are available at

2014 Monthly Squares List discussion page

 

OCTOBER PATTERN OF THE MONTH

by Linda Maltby 

  

 Mitre Square- crochet pattern and knit pattern

      

 The mitre square offers the knitter and crocheter the opportunity to create the perfect 8” (20cm) square !

Starting at the corner and increasing means the square will always be the correct size

…as long as you remember to measure.

A mitre square can be very striking in a blanket.

 

The team in South Africa used 4 mitre squares to make an interesting centrepiece for this blanket.

 

Perhaps you would like to make a zebra square ?

                   The front end (crochet)         or               The back end (knit)

                

No matter how you make the mitre, know that a child in South Africa

 will appreciate the love that goes into every square.

  

                

                         The Crochet Mitre square    and    the  Knit Mitre square  

are available in the

KAS Pattern Book.  

ALSO TWO NEW PATTERNS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE

KAS PATTERN BOOK!

 

These 2 new patterns in the KAS Pattern Book will delight your inner child as well as a child in South Africa.

 

The first is an adorable crochet finger puppet by Elaine Jones (Knit for Life).  Done in rounds, it is quick and easy to make from your bits and bobs.

Imagine the possibilities if a caregiver had 5, or even 10, little puppets to use as a teaching aid.

  Bad Hair Day Finger Puppet

  

*****

 

The second is a sweet knit doll.  This 8 inch/20 cm doll will give lots of hugs and love plus be smartly dressed in her Jolly Jumpsuit.

The pattern was adapted by Kay Boudoukha and Craft Tea for Charity from a pattern by Wee Folk Art, who have graciously allowed us to use their pattern. 

Jolly Jumpsuit Doll

*****

To promote a positive self-concept in our children, please make the toys with dark complexions.

We would love to see photos of your version of the puppet or doll in the Forum Photo Gallery.

 

                 


 

SQUARE HEART OF THE MONTH AWARD

Edited this month by Gloria Gandy

The Square Heart Award for September 2014 is for

WENDY AND SYLVIA - AUSTRALIA

  


 

Both Mother and Daughter have delighted us constantly with their contributions.

Our Wendy joined the Square Circle Forum in July of 2011. One year later, in July of 2012, she made her 1000th square.

 

Bundle of 70 May 2014      Jumper 45      Hand Warmers 4       Jumper 48      Bundle of 71 Feb 2014

Sylvia has now completed Jumper No. 50 !!

Jumper 50

To read the rest of the award please click here

 

KAS FACEBOOK PAGE

      

IMAG0611 Very variegated bunny Sept 14 2 variegated teddies Ewe on blue lions

We have received an additional 116 Likes on the Facebook page so far during August-September taking our total to 7,825 !    We also copy the messages etc received on Facebook to the Forum for anyone who is not a member of FB.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

 

 So very true !