KasSnippets August 2015
KasSnippets - August 2015
REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
by Ronda Lowrie
We're on TOP of it!
From our early days of receiving eight parcels a week, Knit-A-Square South Africa has grown to the point where we collect, on average, a truck load of mail from the Post Office on a weekly basis. In July of this year we received 27 513 squares alone!
As you can imagine, we are delighted, but the logistics of unpacking, sorting and then distributing all these items is proving to be beyond what we can operationally cope with. So, we have enlisted some help!
Erica Lüttich from the Outreach Foundation assisted us with advice when setting up the MedLemon Knitting Schools and she came to the rescue once again.
This wonderful cardigan came from the needles of Evelyn Martin at Clear Lake Methodist in Houston (USA). The vibrant young lady can hardly contain her joy!
Full Report : We're on TOP of it!
Other recent reports :
The Pay the Rent Appeal Update
On August 12, we celebrated Ronda’s 70th birthday by presenting her with this month’s rent: paid and wrapped with a bow ! The donations spilled over into September and we are well on the way to paying for next month as well. Because of two generous donors, the rent for October and November has been paid.
Thank you everyone for supporting the work in South Africa. Without Ronda and the volunteers, our squares would not be keeping children warm.
To read and add your own best wishes to Ronda’s birthday ‘card’ please CLICK HERE
A Month of Communications
(KAS Ops Support) US$15
Co-ordinating all of our ‘on the ground’ volunteers in South Africa is a big job. We have volunteers to pick up and transport squares, others who unpack, sort and record the contents of the packages, a small army of people who sew the squares into blankets, and of course, there are those who drive around the country distributing those blankets to the kids.
To make sure that this all happens smoothly, we need to keep in regular contact with all of these people on the phone and through email.
Your generous donation to the KAS Operations Fund, representing the cost of a month of mobile phone access for a coordinator in South Africa, will help us to keep everything running like clockwork
To make your purchase please go to the KasShop
KNIT-A-SQUARE DELIVERS !
Join us for a ride in the KASVan ! We are adding our squares to move the Van from the Post Office to the Knit-a-Square Office. So far the Van has been putting along at a leisurely pace. We have turned the corner and are making our way closer to the new Office. The Van is so happy to be able to drive up to the garage sized doors to unload squares and load up blankets. The volunteers are also delighted that they don’t have to carry the bags up and down stairs.
Every 250 squares the Van moves 100 metres (328 feet).
The winter months mean more distributions which keeps the real Van busy, carrying blankets to the children. Wonderful to see the warm smiles on the children’s faces coupled with the warm hats and blankets.
To add your squares to the total: please click here
WHAT'S GOING ON IN SOUTH AFRICA?
SORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA
- THE OFFICE
See more pics : here
Link to recent photographs
SPREADING THE WORD,
MEMBERS & GROUP NEWS
Pinterest Update from Anne Powell
Our Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/anne1464/ continues to attract attention. Each month, I start a new "board" and post photos of all the squares made for that month's theme.
So far I have posted over 2500 photos to the various boards and we have 165 followers, many of whom re-pin some of them to other sites. From there, they could well go on to even more sites.
Each photo carries this message:
"To learn more about our organization go towww.knit-a-square.com. To meet our members and see more of our knitting and crochet go to
Each photo that is re-pinned spreads the news about Knit-a-Square South Africa far and wide and even attracts new Forum members.
If you have a Pinterest page of your own, please consider re-pinning some of your favourite squares! To receive notices of new Pins, go to our page and click "follow"
THE BLANKET ROOM COLLECTION !
Put together by Christine Johnson
A gorgeous mixture of blankets from January onwards!
THEME OF THE MONTH
for August 2015
Hosted by Heather Mensah
Flags - The International KAS Community
Heather has encouraged an amazing array of 'flags' this month, and, it was her first experience of leading a theme! Above is her own contribution - tackled with her usual enthusiasm and energy! Here is a selection of the wonderful creations representing the nations of the globe.
Here are some of the PJ's which will be needed to ensure these wonderful designs stand out!
and here are just a few of the other goodies!
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 July Squares List is available.
Visit www.knit-a-square.com Click on “Received Squares”
Updated Graphs are available HERE.
In July, 27 513 squares were unpacked, sorted and made ready for sewing.
The blankets made with squares from around the world are being distributed to many children during the cold winter season.
SEPTEMBER PATTERN OF THE MONTH
by Linda Maltby
Teddy Bear Hand Puppet
Free crochet pattern by Andrea Palmatier (Canada); free knitting pattern by Shelley Pearson (UK)
If you go out in the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise….
For those of you who know the song, “Teddy Bears' Picnic”,
this hand puppet will have you singing along.
The puppet is quick and easy to make whether with needles or a hook. It will provide hours of enjoyment for the children. As an added bonus, the carers can also use it as a teaching aid.
Children [and adults] the world over love puppets.
Dig through your stash to create a unique and colourful
teddy bear (or kitty cat)
Or let your imagination run wild to fashion another fun
However you choose to make it, have fun with the pattern and delight a child with your puppet.
The puppet patterns are available in the
SQUARE HEART OF THE MONTH AWARD
edited this month by Gloria Grandy
THE AUGUST 2015
SQUARE HEART AWARD
CAROL S. AND SUE - AUSTRALIA
In July 2009, we welcomed Carol and her mother Sue to our
Square Circle Forum.
Since then, their wonderful contributions have been flowing into the hands of the volunteers in South Africa.
To read full report please click here
KAS FACEBOOK PAGE
Look at the gorgeous hat Emily learned to knit.
Thanks Knit-A-Square and MedLemon for an amazing project. These women feel so empowered!