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KasSnippets - December 2014

 

REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Early in June we headed off to Othandweni Day Care Centre, in Finetown.  We have found that when we start distributing in a new area, the word spreads and principals of all the other local Day Cares come forward asking for blankets, which might explain why, this year, we ended up doing a number of distributions in Finetown (you may have noticed?!)  We arrived at Othandweni and were taken aback by the large number of children being cared for in this tiny facility. 

 

Full Report :  The Tiny Othandweni Day Care Centre

Other recent reports : Getting Organised !

DISTRIBUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

More photos from the Good Hope Day Care Centre and

Othandweni Day Care Centre

Link to : Distribution Photographs

KNIT-A-SQUARE SHOP

 

 

 As we enter a new year, Ronda and the team in South Africa would like to thank everyone for the wonderful continuous supply of squares, tops, hand-warmers etc., and, of course, the financial support, without which, it would be impossible to function!

The team very much appreciated Helen's Shelving Fund Raiser, which has made a considerable difference to the office, enabling them to work more comfortably and efficiently.

We will be adding items to the KasShop during the coming year, but what really helps Ronda to continue working, is the comforting knowledge that comes when the precious monthly Subscriptions are being renewed. Having regular committed sums of cash arriving helps planning future expenditure, and, this year the team have felt confident enough to sign the office lease for another year! We will be very grateful for members to kick-off 2015 with a renewal of their regular donation by using the SUBSCRIBE button on the right-hand column of the page. 

If however, you prefer sending on an ad-hoc basis, please use the one-off DONATE button, or, you may prefer to visit the KasShop and purchase an item that you personally feels reflects your desires for the children.

 THE 2015 CALENDAR HAS BEEN PREPARED BY SANDY AND WILL BE LOADED INTO THE KasShop VERY SHORTLY !

Please watch out for the News Flash box at the top of the page.........

 

Link to : KasShop

 

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!

With the postal strike over, we have added a number of squares to those posted by forum members and have reached 109,900 ! 

We managed to knock just two heights off this month, Bluff Knoll Peak in Western Australia, and, Cairnwell Pass in Scotland. 

Our current target is 111,700 squares 

Here is our 157th target - Delphi - Greece

Here is the link to KAS Reaches Great Heights for Children

WHAT'S GOING ON IN

SOUTH AFRICA?

SORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

- THE OFFICE

The team get back to work, along with some smaller,

but very helpful and much needed hands!

See more pics in Sorted in Africa

The JBay Recycling Project for Children 

& Stitch Witch News

From JBay Folks:  Last trading day of 2014. Christmas gifts, treats from Nina's and balls from the Davies.

Another beautiful blanket from the Stitch Witches

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

through the recommendation of Knit-a-Square, linked up with

Mama Ntombi Community Projects !

and distributed some 370 pairs of TOMS shoes.

Thank you JAM for blessing the kids with shoes.

 To read and see more photographs 

please click here

 

We were also pleased to see that JAM International supply their wonderful nutritious porridge to the Good Hope Day Care Centre, who KAS delivered to earlier this year

 


Here is a delightful photograph taken from that distribution. This little chappie is absolutely mesmerised by his cuddly toy! 

 SPREADING THE WORD,

MEMBERS & GROUP NEWS!

 Thanks to Diane Kubiak (US) who spotted an article about KAS in the magazine, All You

The magazine featured this wonderful photograph, and, consequently a number of new members have joined the forum! Here are the kind words used to describe KAS :

If You Love Knitting
Check out: Knit-a-Square (pictured above)

Even beginners can help make blankets, scarves, hats and more for orphans in South Africa. Just knit or crochet 8-by-8-inch squares and send them to the charity, which will stitch them together into any number of cozy creations.

Link to : All You Magazine charity feature

 

 

 REA Hack Day learns to Knit

by Erica Smith

In Australia, realestate.com.au is a major portal for people in the realestate market. It also happens to be the place I work when I'm not knitting for KAS.

Four times a year, realestate.com.au dedicates two days to what is called a 'Hack Day', where everyone at the company stops what they normally do and form spontaneous teams, who come together to build something awesome related to property. Earlier this year though, they decided to do something a bit different with Hack Day; they decided to dedicate all the projects to charitable causes. And of course, I immediately pitched a day of knitting for KAS!

To see discussion : REA Hack Day learns to Knit

THE BLANKET ROOM COLLECTION !

Despite the postal strike, a substantial number of blankets have been added to the collection this month - take a peep and gorge on all the designs - no two blankets the same!

KAS MONTHLY THEMES

December Theme - The Un-Challenge

lead by Susan Haines

   To see Susan's introduction to this 'relaxing' theme,

please do go to Theme for December

 

Granny squareDecember 14 Un-Challenge4th Dec 2014Dec challenge 1Knitted Afghan blanket by Shirly Nash25 squaresButterfly, Butterfly, ButterflyGarden2 Beanies, 2 handwarmers, 2 squares etc etcNovember Mitre Square & December Checkerboard SquaresDECEMBER 2014 - THE UN-CHALLENGEMade by CarolynDecember 2014 - UnchallengeDecember UNCHALLENGEDECEMBER 2014 - THE UN-CHALLENGE AND THE PATTERN OF THE MONTH2014 Variegated Pumpkin SquareButterfly squareBundle of 42 Dec 2014December 2014 - Large Ball from Karin with love to KASDec Squares 201418 Grannies from Joan

 

              

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: 

 

 100 Beautiful PJ's     December 2014 - Unchallenge     DECEMBER - THE UN-CHALLENGE AND THE PATTERN OF THE MONTH     December 2014 - Unchallenge 

 
and here are some of the November goodies!
       
Bertie BearHandwarmers 29-30-31-32Slipover, T shirt, beanie & handwarmersTeddy and squaresKAS Cuddle

As promised the

KNITTED KAS CUDDLEBUG PATTERN !

The knit version of the KAS Cuddlebug is now available thanks to the team work of Christine Johnson (UK) and Karen Bennett (UK). It is a lovely, snuggly toy for a child and a perfect way to use up the small balls in your knitting basket.

There are many ways to embellish and personalise your Cuddlebug.  With numerous body sections and legs (with room for more) there is plenty of scope for adding numbers or letters or flowers or anything else that inspires you. 

Be as creative as you like with yarns….bright colours for visual stimulation or fluffy to create a very soft cuddly bug.  With a fancy yarn, please make sure the stitches are close together. If the stuffing should fall out, the children won’t be able to repair their toy and would be very disappointed.

Karen found a comment about the value of toys to traumatized children. This thought -provoking comment refers to children during World War II but it applies to our children as well:

“Some children may have passed through such horrors or be so weakened by illness or malnutrition that they have temporarily lost the creative art of play. A toy, which they may carry with them always, may do far more than we might imagine to restore health and confidence and peace of mind to a child.”

Link to KAS CUDDLEBUG - KNITTED VERSION

 NAVY BLUE SCARF CHALLENGE

For those of you who like to prepare, or even start before the gun goes off, here are the details of this forthcoming challenge!

We are asking for NAVY BLUE scarves measuring 100-120cm (40-47 inches) long, with 10cm (4 inch) tassels on either end. The yarn can be double knit or chunky. Gina is developing a pattern, or feel free to find one off the internet. They can be knitted in various stitches as long as the scarf will lay flat.

Knit-a-Square is linking up with a South African company for this particular project and we will have more details of this and other projects in the pipeline to share with you very soon.

MINI CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE

lead by Karen Bennett

This is an interesting challenge, as it is a member-to-member challenge!

The challenge runs from today and is open until the 2nd of January. There isn't a deadline for finished squares, although it would be lovely aim for the end of January. 

I'm the first participant. The next person to join me (second participant) will nominate a 'theme' for me to create one square by posting their theme in the discussion thread. Once I've made my square, I'll also post a picture of it in the discussion thread. 

The next person to join (third participant), will nominate a theme for the second participant, who makes a square with that theme, posting a picture of their finished square and so on.

 Karen has received her challenge from Nicole, Nicole is being challenged by Linda and Linda has been challenged by Anne......now we need someone to challenge Anne or whoever is next on the list!!!  Plus it will produce some more squares for a blanket!

Link to : Mini Christmas Challenge

MONTHLY THEMES FOR 2015

JANUARY - The Garden - anything from the garden - Christine Chiplin supported by Linda Maltby

FEBRUARY - Think like a Kid - Four legged friends, Counting Squares, Word Squares - all with African Flavour, - Anne Powell

MARCH - Colour Collision - Rainbows, Kaleidoscope, Nifty Neons - Elaine Jones

APRIL - One-Color Squares - PJs and Textures [Including Autumn Glory, Pretty Pinks, Ruby Reds ... and so on.] - Gloria Grandy

MAY - Variegated Yarn - this is one of the most popular and is enjoyed by the members - Bev

JUNE - Stripes & Zig Zags - another popular item - Pam Antink

JULY  - Christmas - Glorious Greens & Reds - Debbie Posmontier and Sue Gillman

AUGUST -  "Flags - the international KAS community" - Heather Mensah

SEPTEMBER - Fabulous Faces - Smiley faces, Animal & People faces - Robin Monsees

OCTOBER - Grannies & Garters - Susan Donaldson

NOVEMBER - Oceans/Land/Sky/Space - Valerie Zalewski supported by Linda Maltby

DECEMBER - Year End UFOs, Stash Busters, Plain Janes, Easy Peezies and other Favorites - Susan Haines

THE 2015 WISH LIST from Ronda, will be published mid-January

 

TALLY  or ITEM COUNT NEWS

by Linda Maltby

THE NOVEMBER SQUARES LIST 

The South African Postal strike is over.  However, the huge backlog means the S.A. team will not receive parcels in the order sent.  Do not be dismayed if your parcel is not on this list, it will be on the next one or even the one after that !

Click  HERE  to view the list.

[Remember the October numbers are zero because of the postal strike]

Squares:  4,911 [140 blankets]

 

Additions to the November Squares List info. 

Graphs for Tops and Beanies are here

Please remember to include the Packing Inventory slip  to help the team with sorting and recording. This will be crucial with the flood of parcels now arriving in Johannesburg.  

 

 

 

JANUARY PATTERN OF THE MONTH

by Linda Maltby 

  

also KAS Year of the PJ!

Plain Janes [or PJs],

as they are affectionately called,

are the backbone of KAS.

These are the squares that made the South African people realize that they were not forgotten. 

The world did care!

The term “Plain Jane” has a somewhat negative connotation. However, a modern definition is:

'Someone who is secure in her own

NATURAL beauty'.

This defines our Plain Jane squares very well. 

They are beautiful in their own right and do not need any embellishment.

Knit-a-Square started with a request for simple squares

to be sent to Ronda in South Africa.

Sometime later the phrase “Plain Jane” was used to apply to

any solid coloured square done in

  garter stitch                      or                single crochet.

This term stuck and ever since then we have fondly called these squares "Plain Janes"

.

If you haven’t tried a PJ square in a while, why not make a few ? 

They are easy and a wonderful way to wrap a child in love.

Knit pattern           and               Crochet pattern

are available in the

KAS Pattern Book.  

If you see another pattern you would like to try,

please do!

 

   


 

 SQUARE HEART OF THE MONTH AWARD

Edited this month by Gloria Grandy 

(in cahoots with Linda Maltby and Anne Powell)

 

Slight change this month, much to my embarrassment, I have been given a

SQUARE ANGEL AWARD


Normally, we have a rule that Moderators do not receive the Square Heart,  but some very naughty members of the Moderator Team decided otherwise. I very much appreciate their kindness and all the thoughtful comments. Although I'm not so sure about the angel hips! 

Pam Antink - St. Albans, UK


 

To read the rest of the award please click here

 

HELPFUL HINTS

New to the forum? Having trouble Navigating?

Click on the Helpful Hints tab in the Menu Bar at the top of any page and choose:

FAQ - all about squares

HOW DO I? - all about using the forum

POSTAGE - all about sending squares

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS - link to discussion if your question is not answered in the other three.

Link to : Helpful Hints

 

 

 KAS FACEBOOK PAGE

      

               

SAM_0151SAM_0155SAM_0091SAM_0159SAM_0157     

We have received an additional 181 Likes on the Facebook page so far during November-December period, taking our total to 8,443 !    
We also copy the messages etc received on Facebook to the Forum for anyone who is not a member of FB.

DECEMBER FUN

Anne Powell has been providing much fun and laughter for members this month, with What is your Dragon Name?

Your name might be Purple Claw the Hungry, Blue Scale the Proud, or the lovely Magic Flame the Radiant! Because it is reliant on using the first letter of your family name, some members who didn't like their first Dragon Name, switched to their pre-married names to find another one!!

Do join in, and add your name to the list!

Link to : DECEMBER FUN - What is your Dragon Name?

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

 Wandile Mkhwanazi

Birthday Girl - Wandi ! 

Ronda, one of our regular photographers (paparazzi), took this wonderful picture of 'our Wandi' a few days after her 62nd birthday celebration. It is such a lovely photo, just had to share it with everyone on the forum!




After a struggle to get them to pose properly, here are 50 knitted teddies from Pat of Watford (UK). Delayed sending these little chaps because of the postal strike, but, have been informed that more will delivered to St. Albans soon!

All waiting for cuddles!