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KasSnippets - January 2015

 

REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

On a freezing cold day at the beginning of June 2014, we headed off to Finetown once more … and, thanks to a large group of volunteers on that particular occasion, we were able to visit three schools. 

Our first stop was Evergreen Day Care and Pre-School.

 

 

Full Report : Our visit to Evergreen Day Care and Pre-School

 

Other recent reports : Playing Santa with the Sharp Kidz...

NAVY BLUE SCARF CHALLENGE

Knit-A-Square partners

with South African business!

Knit-A-Square is excited to finally reveal details of the navy blue scarf project we have been hinting at for the last few months and to share with you details of another very exciting project at the same time!

Following two successful ‘GSK Scarves for Schools’ drives in 2013 and 2014, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) approached KAS with details of a similar, but bigger and better campaign for 2015 and we are delighted to have been invited to get involved.

The idea is to ask our contributors, as well as the people of South Africa, through various campaigns, to help us knit 6 700 navy blue scarves which will be distributed to underprivileged school-children by April this year, ahead of our winter. 

Learners cannot concentrate in class when they are very cold.  Many learners come from informal settlements where some of them live in shacks and do not have appropriate clothes to wear when the weather turns cold.  GSK and KAS are asking you to assist in keeping as many of these learners as warm as possible.

Various needy primary schools in Soweto, have been identified as the potential recipients of the scarves and the principals, staff and children of those schools are eagerly awaiting the handover of the promised scarves, which will make a significant difference in the learning process to all who receive them.

Thanks to our unquestioning contributors, we have already started to receive navy blue scarves and have been furiously knitting ourselves.  But, we have also been knitting scarves for another purpose….

TO READ THE REST OF THE EXCITING REPORT GO TO :

SPECIAL REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA

DISTRIBUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Link to : Photographs from KAS Distributions - 2015

KNIT-A-SQUARE SHOP

 

In preparation for Anne Powell's forthcoming February Theme,

Think like a Kid - Four legged friends, Counting Squares, Word Squares - all with an African flavour!

  We thought we would feature the Learning Posters

as this months focus for fund raising.

$5 buys 2 Learning Posters

Many pre-school aged children in South Africa are cared for during the day by community run day care centers or crèches. These organizations do their best to provide a healthy, safe, and educational environment.

Learning posters both brighten up these buildings, and provide important intellectual stimulation to developing minds. Your gift of two laminated learning posters helps many children, by enhancing their environment and supporting their early childhood education.

Your generous donation to the KAS Operations Fund, representing the cost of two learning posters, will help us to support crèches and day cares that provide a healthy learning environment for kids.

Link to Learning Posters in the 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!

Since we left Delphi in Greece, KAS has only conquered one other height - The Stawamus Chief Mountain in Canada! We are currently visiting Scotland and it is quite a hike! The squares held up during the postal strike will be filtering through by the end of January, so we can start taking bigger strides again!

Our current target is 119,600 squares 

Here is our 159th target - Beinn a' Bheithir (Mountain of the Thunderbolt) - Scotland

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 parcels have not only been arrivin
g by the dozen, but two visitors who discovered Knit-a-Square at Hobby-X last year turned up with a pile of squares and goodies.

Margie and Brian

See more pics in Sorted in South Africa

The JBay Recycling Project for Children 

& Stitch Witch News

The team are making preparations for the first trading day of 2015 on 26th January.

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

JAM International have set themselves the aim of feeding one million children in Africa during 2015!

Mama Ntombi Community Projects !

MNCP managed to provide a Christmas treat of a much needed delicious meal, a toy and goodie bag of sweets for 750 children and 100 adults.  There were also lots of fun activities to keep the children entertained and enthralled. Amongst these activities we had face painting, bubble fun, balloons and a Nativity play.

 To read and see more photographs 

please click here

 

 

SPREADING THE WORD,

MEMBERS & GROUP NEWS!

 

Our January Garden theme at www.pinterest.com/anne1464/knit-a-square-january-2015-the-garden/ is attracting lots of attention and people are re-Pinning their favourites to their own pages. Every time someone does that, our web address appears in a new place. We have 65 people following for January and 61 of those are not KAS members, so word is spreading and we are being looked at!

Our Knit-a-Square S.A. page www.pinterest.com/warmkids/ now has 156 followers of which 121 are not yet KAS members, and things are being re-Pinned from there as well. The most looked at board on this page for the past month has been KasSnippets - 104 people who are probably not KAS members are reading Snippets and learning about us!

GROUP FOCUS

 

KY CROCHET MISSION

BEREA - KENTUCKY - USA

                                     

For those of you who visit the Forum, the name Penny Whittemore will be familiar. Penny joined KAS in 2014 and has been busy ever since! Here is a link to view her fabulous contribution : Penny Pics

to view what Penny and the KY group have accomplished including KasCuddles, many many squares, toys, finger puppets and Pocket Pals.  Penny flew (hopped or slithered??) into the November Theme Bugs, Slugs and Hugs with enthusiasm and she is creating a special blanket for our kids.

Penny reports that she tried to learn to crochet as a child but couldn’t get the hang of it. She started crocheting in March 2014, and in April 2014 she had a stroke so learning to crochet became a kind of therapy, but was able to continue despite the difficulties.

But, this busy lady did not stop there!

In March 2014, she formed the KY MISSION GROUP at Scaffoldcane Full Gospel Church in Berea, Kentucky, where her husband is the Pastor. As Penny describes it, "In my younger days I was a weaver so I had tons of yarn left" and she certainly has put it to good use!

She and her mother hold meetings once a month at the church where this group of about 15 get together to knit, crochet, share patterns, discuss ideas for the monthly themes, package up squares to send, and top it off with a big home-cooked lunch! Even some kids help by rolling yarn into balls to be distributed to the members.

Several ladies in the group go around the community teaching others to crochet and knit and hand out KAS brochures to spread the word. Penny is hoping that by next year, the group will grow in their community.

Hats off to Penny and the entire KY CROCHET MISSION GROUP 

for your commitment to KAS.

Some of the group members.

Penny is third from right and her Mom second from right.

The group now have their own website page at :

KY Crochet Mission


GLENROSE FRIENDS

by Christine Chiplen

January Garden Theme

I had a lovely afternoon yesterday, visiting an inner city music studio, where two sisters, Jayne and Joyce teach piano and violin, mainly to children and young people. They also run craft workshops during school holidays.

I had recently visited their mother who has been very poorly, and talked to her about KAS. After I had gone, she wondered what they could do to help KAS, and suggested the cutting die they used in their craft sessions could be used to make some felt shapes for use on my squares.

So when I visited the studio yesterday, expecting a few felt shapes, I was very surprised to meet a very enthusiastic Jayne and Joyce and a lovely variety of lovely felt animals, butterflies, trees, flowers and many other lovely, colourful shapes waiting for me!

The studio is called Glenrose, and so Glenrose Friends will be supporting KAS this year.

To read the rest of this blog please go to : Glenrose Friends

KNIT-A-SQUARE - MELTON MOWBRAY

Rebecca 'KoKo Cat' Price has been very active on Facebook promoting Knit-a-Square Melton Mowbray, as well as fund raising and gathering squares for KAS. She created the group in October 2014 and has already attracted 45 followers! The group meet at the More Coffee Shop in Melton Mowbray (UK). They have two lovely postage sponsors, Mark of the More Coffee Co (an independent coffee shop : http://www.morecoffeeco.com) and Gwenne of Foxwise Accountancy. Already by mid-January they have 98 squares ready to go!

Andrea Palmatier's KasBlog

FIRST FRUITS OF THE HARVEST

The holiday Kwanzaa was created by the American Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 as a way of reinforcing African culture and heritage and reconnecting Africans throughout the world with the traditions and building blocks of community. The number seven holds a special significance – the celebration is seven days long, there are Seven Principles (the Nguzo Saba in Swahili) and seven symbols, including one called The Seven Candles. The last day of Kwanzaa (Swahili for first fruits of the harvest) is the first day of the new year, January 1.

To read the rest of this interesting blog, please click here

THE BLANKET ROOM COLLECTION !

Christine has started a new 2015 blanket collection and already there are 5 pages of blankets to view. Karen was delighted to spot 6 of her Mum's squares knitted last June in one blanket, think she'll be one happy Mum! Here is the blanket.

KAS MONTHLY THEME

January Theme - The Garden

lead by Christine Chiplin

After the lull of Christmas and end of year festivities, members absolutely burst into life with this topic! Below is just a small selection of the squares posted on the Photo tab, and, we are delighted that more members are posting the PJ's, representing different aspects of the garden.

Knit-a-Square has named 2015 The Year of the PJ !

   To see Christine's introduction 

please do go to January Theme - The Garden

 

 Garden Lizard Ridge - Xmas mini challengeMini Christmas Challenge & Garden ThemeJanuary The GardenJanuary - The Garden - My Mother's RoseGarden Theme Jan 2015Treasure Isand inspired squareTOADSTOOLSJanuary 2015 Theme - Waterlily and yellow flowerJanuary Garden Theme Rows of DaffodilsJanuary 2015 Large garden squareJanuary Theme 2015 - The GardenJan Challenge 13Caterpillar SquareJanuary 2015 Mod FlowerJanuary - The Garden - from Myrtis (RJSK)January theme - The Garden4.JANUARY 2015 THEME - toad in my gardensquaresMade by JudeJanuary Theme 2015 - The Garden

            

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: 

January Garden Theme Freshly Cut LawnJanuary - The Garden - AppleJan. Challenge 5-7Made by Sue10 squaresJanuary Theme - The GardenJanuary Theme 2015 - The GardenNothing mocking about this "Mock Cable" square!January Garden ThemeJanuary - The Garden - A Patch of Something ??              

and here are some of the January goodies!
       
KAS Cuddle  TATTY TEDDY  January Garden Theme  Mini Bus for knit a square  Handwarmers
 
MONTHLY THEMES FOR 2015

 

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

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

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

 

TALLY  or ITEM COUNT NEWS

by Linda Maltby

We hope to have the December figures in early February. Gina is unwell, and, needs a much needed break to help her recovery. Ronda & Wendy will work on the database for the time-being. Additionally, the focus has been on unpacking and reduce the enormous back-log of parcels created by the long postal strike.
Apologies for the delay.

 

 

FEBRUARY PATTERN OF THE MONTH

by Linda Maltby 

  

ABC Squares - Crochet pattern adapted by Rachel Andrus(USA)

Pattern reproduced by written permission of
Caron International

Creating an alphabet blanket for a child, besides providing warmth, will encourage the child to explore the alphabet and help with their learning.

The puffed letters give the child an opportunity to examine and remember the letters in a very tactile form.

Creating the squares in the colours of the South African flag adds another dimension to the blanket by presenting an opportunity for a caregiver to discuss the country where they live.

The Instructions and Graphs for the ABC squares

are available in the

KAS Pattern Book.

 

A new addition to our KAS Pattern Book !

Happy Scrappy Dolls – a sewing pattern by Anne Scott (UK)

 Knit for Life co-ordinators Pam Johnson and Elaine Jones, approached Anne after seeing and hugging her dolls.  Anne graciously allows us to use her doll pattern to create a friend for a lonely child. 

Elaine Jones commented when meeting the dolls at Yours Live 2013 :

When Anne first handed me a Happy Scrappy doll at Yours Live! I couldn't believe how soft and cuddly it was.  They are so very simple but it's easy to imagine a child clinging to one of these.  Actually, not just children; it was really quite difficult to get Pam and Carol to part with them!  I'm planning to make some myself. We were so grateful to Anne for allowing us to post the pattern.”

The beauty of this doll is that it can be made from any scraps of material although using fleece makes it very soft to handle. 

Boys as well as girls need a special friend to provide comfort and help them cope with their world. A football [soccer] doll will provide hours of imaginative play especially if the doll’s jersey is in yellow and green…the colours of the South African team.

Decide whether you want to make a girl or a boy or perhaps both. 

Then have fun designing a very special doll.

Choose material with a brown skin tone to reflect the appearance of ‘our’ children.

The children appreciate receiving dolls that look like them.

The pattern instructions and doll pieces are available HERE.

Other toy patterns are available

in the

KAS Pattern Book.

 

    

KASCUDDLES MEASUREMENTS

        

October 2013 KAS Cuddle 19Kuddle from Group (KY Crochet Mission) #1cuddle 7CuddleJanuary Garden Theme      

For a few years now, KasCuddles have been keeping babies warm during the cold South African winters. The office stockpiles the Cuddles until a large quantity have been received, at which point they are given to retired nursing sister - Sister Susan. 

For 40 years Sister Susan worked at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital which is one of the largest hospitals in the world, occupying around 173 acres (0.70 km2), with approximately 3 200 beds and about 6 760 staff members. On average 80 – 100 babies are born at "Bara" everyday and because of the lack of space, if the mom and baby are healthy, they are discharged immediately and do not stay over. Sister Susan recalled having to wrap these newborns in cotton wool to send them home. Imagine her absolute delight when we are able to supply her with KASCuddles made with love by KASfolk.

(L to R) Sister Susan with Wandi and Ronda.

Although we do not have photographs on the Cuddles being given to the mothers for their children, we know the mothers are very thankful for the generous hearts of people around the world.

Because these Cuddles are meant for newborn to 15 months, it is important to follow the measurements given in the pattern. 

A helpful hint is to measure the circumference as well as the length when you are part way through and also when finished.

Please read the pattern Knit Link or Crochet Link carefully and make note of the dimensions.

The patterns are available in the KAS Pattern Book.

UTHANDO PROJECT PATTERNS 

   

 The Uthando Project, which started in Australia in 2004, designed, made and delivered handmade dolls for the children in KawZulu Natal (KZN), South Africa. In ten years they have produced 36,570 dolls and they hope to celebrate 40,000 very soon.

The Uthando Project would be delighted for Knit-a-Square members do download as many patterns as you would enjoy making!

We have created a discussion in Members Patterns where all the various links to the patterns can be found :

The Uthando Project

 SQUARE HEART OF THE MONTH AWARD

Edited this month by Gloria Grandy 

 

The Square Heart Award for January 2015

is for

Our Team of Volunteers in

South Africa

It will soon be seven years ago (yes! just seven!) that a plea went out to the world for squares to be sent to South Africa where they would be made into blankets.

That call was answered in spades.  Squares were sent from every corner of the world.  We sent them … you sent them … they sent them … dozens of them ... hundreds of them … thousands of them! 

We sent squares, beanies, go-overs, vests, handwarmers, and toys.  Whew!  We did it!  And we’re still doing it!

To read the rest of the award please click here

 KAS FACEBOOK PAGE

    


Knit Cuddlebug 2 (Jan 15)Dec. Unchallenge....Scrapbag CuddlebugDec. Unchallenge......2nd Scrap Cuddlebugmy first cuddlebugScrapbag CUDDLEBUG. Number 3Knitted Cuddlebug 3 (Jan 15) (2)       1st KAS CuddlebugCUDDLE BUG number 5Scrapbag CuddleBug number 4Knit Cuddlebug 4 (Jan 15)     

   

We have received an additional 299 Likes on the Facebook page so far during December-January period, taking our total to 8,742 !    
We also copy the messages etc received on Facebook to the 

Forum for anyone who is not a member of FB.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

January 2015 The Garden

Good news story from South Africa


 Instead of begging at traffic lights in South Africa as so many do, Jozi offered to teach people Zulu words for 1 rand per word!

His story went viral on Facebook, result :

Jozi's Traffic Light Teacher, now known as 23-year-old Veli Moses Mackenzie, has been awarded a bursary to follow his dream by studying audio technology at the Academy of Sound Engineering!

now

what will Knit-a-Square inspire?