KasSnippets - May 2015
KasSnippets - May 2015
REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
by Ronda Lowrie
A BUZZ OF ACTIVITY IN SOUTH AFRICA !
In the last couple of weeks we have started to receive Mandela Day squares and what better opportunity to share with you some feedback on last year’s Mandela Day, and, what we have planned for this year!
Some of the beautiful squares we have received recently!
The 18 July (Nelson Mandela’s birth date) has become a day on which South Africans, and people around the world, are asked to commit 67 minutes of their time to benefit humanity in some way. As a result, in the two or so months ahead of this date, we receive a number of calls from people or businesses looking for ways in which they can assist KAS as part of this initiative. Most groups choose to launch knitting campaigns and make squares for Knit-A-Square South Africa. Each year this campaign gains momentum and year-on-year we find ourselves involved in more than one project on the day or in the week leading up to it.
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NAVY BLUE SCARF CHALLENGE
by Pam Antink
The scarves are still rolling in from overseas and the total is reaching the 200 mark, please keep them coming! Now I'm settled in my new flat, there will be a chance to get out my Rigid Heddle Loom and give it a test drive!
Great news! A wonderful milestone and Knit-a-Square ambition was achieved with the first two courses held in April. These will continue twice monthly until the end of September. For some considerable time the South African women in Soweto have been asking to learn knitting & crocheting - which is not a natural craft to Africa. There was one brave gentleman who opted to learn to crochet! Now with the help of Med-Lemon we are at last able to achieve this aim!
Below is the wonderful photograph of Paulina receiving the first Certificate awarded for the Med-Lemon Knitting Course!
Her eyes lit up, and, she said,
“This is the first certificate I have ever had in my life”.
Paulina showed her certificate to every person who arrived at Vuselela and could not wait to show her grandchildren what she had achieved!
Well done Paulina from all the worldwide members of
To view photographs taken at the training sessions please go to the
Ronda has mentioned that they are desperately short of yarn!
As well as being needed to crochet around the blankets to make them stronger, Ronda has recently received several phone calls from retirement villages who have residents who love to knit, but cannot afford the yarn. Navy blue yarn would be very much appreciated as the ladies can help us with the navy blue scarf project! [Anyone who doesn't fancy making a navy scarf can get one made by-proxy in South Africa - just send the yarn!]
However, any oddments of yarn will help as the office stock has dropped to zero!!
Much needed yarn delivered from a shop in South Africa direct to the office - ordered via the internet by Mili (Croatia) - much appreciated by the office team!
Pay the Office Rent for a Day
by Anne Powell
Since the Pay the Office Rent discussion was posted on March 25, amazing things have happened. Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our members, we managed to cover the rent for 26 days in April and so far we have covered 26 days in May.
It would seem that members are as creative with ideas for rent as they are with squares.
Many individuals have paid for one or more days inspired by occasions like births, birthdays, anniversaries, in memoriams, Easter, or just a “gift” to themselves or a family member.
Some days have been paid for by anonymous donors. One UK donor, who has lots of family celebrations in October, has paid for the entire month!
Perhaps the most amusing idea came from Cath Riley who “collected” enough to pay for a day from her family - for all the years of spud bashing she has done for Sunday family dinners. (Whatever works, Cath – genius idea!).
For some KASfolk a whole day all-in-one-go was a bit much to sponsor, so they formed teams of five – each putting in the equivalent of $10USD to pay for a day. We have had Terrific Tenners Team #1 and Team #2, Fabulous Fivers (UK) Team#1 and Team#2.
Then along came the USA Nifty Niners who got together and put in $9 (or a whole lot more) and managed to raise enough to pay for seven days.
One of our groups, the Knit for Life ladies in the UK (Pam Johnson and Elaine Jones), used their amazing fundraising skills and were able to pay for seven days.
The creative ideas continued to flow, and Bev Jeffery included a Challenge in her April theme. The offer was for $1 for every four squares produced for the theme plus a few members got individual sponsors for their squares. As a result, enough funds were raised to pay for 10 days!!
For the month of May, we have another Challenge accompanying the PJ Theme and expect to raise $160 for 1600 squares towards the rent!
This program is making a huge difference to the operations of Knit-a-square South Africa. To find out how you can participate, please visit the discussion at
Check Helpful Hints on the Menu Bar for instructions on how to make a donation direct to KAS South Africa.
In May members purchased all the days in pink - 26 days rental paid for!
TO OPEN CALENDAR
in order to view the next 3 months schedule
KAS REACHES GREAT HEIGHTS FOR CHILDREN
A JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD !
We are nearly at the top!
Since last month we have climbed and toppled 14 mountains, and, now only have 7 more before we tackle our final target of Table Mountain in South Africa - due to the large number of squares received in April, we might even reach our target in early June!
Čerchov - Czech Republic 170,450 squares needed
Here is the link to add your squares : here !
WHAT'S GOING ON IN SOUTH AFRICA?
000 ZERO TOLERANCE ISSUE 000
Please help Knit-a-Square spread-the-word regarding
It is absolutely essential that the Customs Tickets stuck to the parcels has either a value "0" or "1" - anything more than '5' will attract the attention of the South African Customs Officers. Even though the packages are marked "No Commercial Value, Charity Knitting only" - this will be ignored, if the officers spot a high value or that the parcel has been insured.
Several parcels have been received recently with very high values indeed - which cost Knit-a-Square the equivalent of 2 days office rent!
Normally Ronda, leaves the disputed parcels at the depot until the customs people review them and settle for a more reasonable sum. Unfortunately the recent batch was collected by another company who duly paid the duty, then kindly delivered them to the KAS office, and, naturally the money had to be refunded to them.
One parcel had a written value of $50, which received a customs duty charge of 418Rand = $34.50 for 40 squares!
Whilst we recognise the value of the work and yarn involved, it is essential that everyone sticks to zero tolerance!!
SORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA
- THE OFFICE
See more pics here
Link to recent photographs
Mama Ntombi Community Projects
The Ezinketheni settlement does not have any creches or pre-schools. This week the MNCP Team under Katherine Jackson's leadership started an educational session with children who are not at school. They are also taught fine motor skills. Thank you to Katherine and the Team of Volunteers who assist in this project.
To read more please click here
KNIT-A-SQUARE BLOG by Andrea Palmatier
Have you ever wondered what 370 squares, five hats, two sweaters, two cuddlebags, one Go-Over, hand-warmers and countless slip-ins look like? An influx of squares and hours of work created a backlog that I finally packed, weighed and wrapped.
That’s right, nine packages, made (and filled) with love!
To read the rest of this blog and others by Andrea
THE BLANKET ROOM COLLECTION !
Put together by Christine Johnson
This month 20 pages of blankets have been added, with plenty more of the most recent blankets being added almost daily by Christine! Members are regularly drooling over the variety - everyone different!
THEME OF THE MONTH
MAY 2015 - SINGLE COLOUR SQUARES
PJs and Textures
lead by Gloria Grandy (Nova Scotia)
This month has produced some new acronyms for PJs :
Truly Remarkable, Undeniably Exalted Plain Jane
Pleasantly Embellished, Radiant Twin Plain Jane
members have been having fun deciding which category their squares are falling into!
Some of the contributions that have arrived so far :
Here are some of the variable squares!
and here are some of the May much needed hats & hand-warmers!
JUNE - Stitchtastic - a celebration of Stitches, 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
The April Squares List is available at www.knit-a-square.com Click on “Received Squares”
Updated Graphs are available HERE.
Hopefully the backlog, caused by the South African postal strike then the slowdown, has been cleared. Some parcels may still be arriving later than anticipated. Eventually all parcels will reach their Knit-a-Square destination.
Squares: 16,299 [465 blankets]
JUNE PATTERN OF THE MONTH
by Linda Maltby
Loom Knit Comfort Doll – the latest addition to the
The Loom Comfort doll by Denise Canela [LoomaHat] is a lovely toy for the advanced beginner loom knitter.
Approximately 8 inches/ 20 cm tall, this toy will be loved by a child in South Africa.
The children have so few, if any toys, to call their own. This doll will become a special friend to be hugged and provide opportunities for creative play and imaginative conversation.
With a few changes to the finishing touches, a girl doll can also be created.
Link to YouTube video : How to make a Loom Knit Comfort Doll
If you would like to try loom knitting, Denise has informative videos on her website :
for instructions by Lucy Wallace on how to make a square on a loom.
Once you have perfected the technique, perhaps you will create a loom knit doll !
is available in the
SQUARE HEART OF THE MONTH AWARD
edited this month by Gloria Grandy
THE SQUARE HEART AWARD FOR MAY 2015 IS FOR
In September 2012 Barb said,
“Hello from Alberta, Canada”
She has inspired many with her ability to create comfort from chaos ... like when she transformed this:
To read the rest of the award : please click here
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This drawing was created by one of the children in Kliptown to describe how they were all feeling that day!
Couldn't resist adding a couple of photos the Med-Lemon Knitting Course - it really is a step forward for Knit-a-Square South Africa!
Our very own Oti has developed into a wonderful Trainer!
The brave gentleman who is learning to crochet!