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KasSnippets - October 2015

 

REPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

On 23rd April this year, Wendy and I collected Wandi to drive to Braam Fischer Informal Settlement in Soweto, to visit "Buhlebemfundo" Day Care, run by Ntombi.

Just the day before, along the very route we were to take, a pregnant woman had been shot dead in front of her 7 year old son in an assumed hi-jacking, outside his school. Having recognised the site of this hijacking as being along our proposed route, Wandi had very kindly asked Ntombi to arrange a police escort for us to the creche......just in case.

To read full report : Buhlebemfundo Day Care 2015

Other recent reports :  Arise!

KASCARE ARRANGE FOR KNIT-A-SQUARE SOUTH AFRICA TO SEND 100  BLANKETS TO AID THE SYRIAN REFUGEES SHELTERING IN TURKEY.

Sandy McDonald reports for KasCare :  

Yara Tlass from Watanili wrote to me with news and photographs of the distribution.  Some of the blankets as she explained will be taken directly into the war zone.  Her words are so heartwarming.

"We delivered the 'knit-a-square' blankets and hats to the most vulnerable displaced Syrian families on the Syrian/Turkish border. The reaction was so amazing and heart-warming.They were truly happy when we told them that these are hand-made and sent with love and care all the way from a beautiful community in South Africa.

To read the full report and see all the photographs 

please click here

 

 KNIT-A-SQUARE FINANCE 

UPDATE ON THE USA GROUP INITIATIVE LEAD BY

HELEN FLAGG

WRAP A CHILD IN A BLANKET

Our initial goal was $1600.  The total raised by all the caring hearts who contributed is.............$2888.29!   That's enough to pay for sewing up 2888 blankets for the children.  What wonderful news !  Now Ronda can clear the square backlog and continue to have money to pay the Gogos.  Ronda says that because it is summer there and very hot, blanket sewing is difficult, but the work will get done and without any concern as to where she will find the money to pay the Gogos for quite some time.  So.........again, thank you to all.  We can take pleasure and pride in a job well done!

For further information please go to US Fundraiser

 

 UPDATE UK
 Sharon Fennell started  Crowd Funding Page on the UK Group page to help keep the distributions going.

The U.K. Fundraiser page has now finished, we received £1205 pledges , plus £26 in cheques and also a further donation from my son's football club, which is about £70, so all in all about £1300 ($2000) for Knit-a-Square.

This means we have covered the distribution cost for over 225 children.

Thank you all so very, very much for your kind donations.

 

 

Christmas is coming !

 

CHRISTMAS HAS COME TO THE KAS SHOP

Spread the word and send Season’s Greetings with our 

KAS Christmas cards

Downloadable  pdf.file which you can take to your print shop or print yourself at home :   4 pack of cards - $4.95USD here 

Have some hard-to-buy for people on your Christmas list?  We have the answer – KAS Donation Cards here  downloadable pdf.file

4 pack of cards - $4.95USD

They are simple, plain cards that have ample room for any message you wish to send. They also come with a separate insert that can be used.

 

The insert has a brief description of what KAS is about

and then goes on to say

My gift to you

( ) Today, I have made a purchase from the KasShop in your name and will be sending the following items ________________________________________ to our children in South Africa from you.

( ) Today, I have made a cash donation to Knit-a-Square in your name. These funds will be used to support our work with the children in South Africa.

 

WISH LIST FOR 2016

Ronda with the help of the Moderator Team will be developing a Wish List for 2016. After several years of operation, now is the time to review how Knit-a-Square has been functioning and the way forward.

The entire Knit-a-Square operation used to function out of Ronda's living room and was often stored in hubby Peter's bar with the help of family and friends! Since 2009 the volume and variety of goods arriving is beginning to even outpace the volunteers based in the office. As an organisation we have grown rather organically and made many decisions from the heart. However, the variety of goodies being sent so generously is almost over-whelming

 Parcel 5            July 2015 Hats78-80            Handwarmers 50-51-52-53               Saint Germain 2015

Consequently, Ronda is asking that our major focus must be the items that impact greatly for the children. Knit-a-Square, will continue to distribute blankets, hats, hand-warmers and, of course, cuddly toys direct to the children!

 In order to stream-line the operation other items will be distributed by a respected third-party with previous connections to Knit-a-Square. Garments - jumpers, go-overs, vests will be distributed by Erica Lüttich from the Outreach Foundation. Erica did manage to send us some wonderful photographs of children wearing these garments, but this might not always be the case.

Baby items, including KasCuddles will be distributed by Hotel Hope and the Baragwanath Hospital Maternity Ward.

These decisions have not been taken lightly, but for the time being, they are a necessary step. Wendy, Ronda's wonderful side-kick is having to reduce the level of her commitment to KAS to focus on her own business and returning to full-time work as her daughter is attending University - and most of us know what that entails in terms of finance.

We will be discussing the nuts and bolts of the various issues, and, will issue the Wish List by the end of the year.

RONDA APPEAL !

Please could we have more medium sizes hats - just below adult size. She has plenty of large hats in stock, but could do with a slightly smaller size - however, not too small please!

Jan's Beanies

Yarn - any oddments are very much appreciated for crocheting around the blankets to make them stronger.

Crochet Hooks metric size 4.00 mm  (US G/6 or UK/Canada 8) - again for the Gogos to crochet around the blankets. Plus the wonderful plastic needles that some members arrange to be sent from China.

Stash Update

 

KNIT-A-SQUARE DELIVERS !

 The Van is “on the road again” !  We have been given the green light to send our parcels which means the virtual Van is in motion.  Please add your squares total to the discussion to help the Van shift into high gear to reach the Office. 

To add your squares to the total: please click here

 

 WHAT'S GOING ON IN SOUTH AFRICA?

SOUTH AFRICA POSTAL SERVICE

Sadly, there are still problems, and, the service has become rather erratic! These few parcels sitting in the middle of the floor are all that arrived this week............

On the plus side it did allow the volunteers to get some much needed tidying and those little 'to do' jobs that get set aside for when one has time!

The Bryanston PO is a flagship branch, which has no electricity as it is unable to pay its bill! The staff, who have become friends of KAS, are doing their best to keep a service flowing and are looking for smaller premises. Long term it does rather leave Knit-a-Square in limbo and all we can do is to keep members informed. The message is, keep sending, but add a prayer as well!

 SORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

- THE OFFICE

See more pics : Here

 

 

 

 DISTRIBUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

  Ronda : a lovely boy named Joseph was very forthcoming and he came back to choose his own blanket as the one Wandi had wrapped him in had PINK squares in it!! He specifically wanted a 'boy' blanket, but, he was happy with the hand warmers and beanie I handed to him. Then he spotted the big teddy with the Superman outfit on - his eyes nearly popped out of his head, it was love at first sight! I gave it to him and he hugged it to himself and said, "I love him so much - is he mine for always?" It was so touching, I could hardly speak.

Link to recent photographs

 

THE BLANKET ROOM COLLECTION !

 Christine Johnson is back posting the blankets - thank goodness!

The Blanket Room Collection

 THEME OF THE MONTH

for October 2015

Grannies & Garters

hosted by Susan Donaldson

has proved as popular as ever and we thank Susan for taking a sharing and lightening the load of the Moderator Team.


October 2015 Rainbow GrannyOctober theme - Half-and-Half Diagonals in GarterOctober theme - Granny squaresOCTOBER 2015 THEME - Grannies and GartersOct. Challenge19-23Diagonal gartersOctober Theme - Blue GranniesOctober Theme - Diagonal #2October 2015 Razzleberry Sparkle Granny28 Various coloured squaresOctober 2015 challengeOctober Theme 2015 - Grannies and Garters23/10/15 square no 5October Theme - half striped diagonal square - getting thereOct. Challenge 30Earlston Wed. Club 79-84October Theme - Grannies2015 October theme - Grannies and GartersOctober challenge 2015OCTOBER - GARTERS AND GRANNIES from River John Square Knitters



Here are some of the PJ's and other squares which will be needed to ensure these wonderful designs stand out!

October Theme -October Theme -Pink solids (2 squares)OCTOBER - GARTERS AND GRANNIES from River John Square Knitters2015 10

and here are some of the other goodies - hats & hand-warmers!

 Beanie No.3Hand Knitted Gloveshats - by Kay Collins - for CLMethodistHandwarmersHats by Evelyne Martin for Clear Lake Methodist

Link to theme of the Month discussion

        

MONTHLY THEMES FOR 2015

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

Themes for 2016 - help choose!

Bev has started a discussion for members to help select the Theme of the Month for 2016. Old favourites are likely to be in the running, but it would be lovely to have some additional suggestions. 

Without a doubt, the 'Themes' help spur members onwards and upwards in order to keep the squares coming and providing the children's blankets with creative and interesting squares!

Link for the Themes for 2016 discussion

TALLY  or ITEM COUNT NEWS

by Linda Maltby

The September Squares List is available. 

Visit  www.knit-a-square.com  Click on “Received Squares”  

Updated Graphs are available HERE

Tuesdays in September were very busy for the volunteers in South Africa.  They unpacked, sorted and bundled 33,993 squares.  Not to mention organizing the beanies, tops and toys.

This means there are 971 new blanket packs ready for the Gogos to sew into blankets.  As you read in the article “Wrap a Child in a Blanket”, people have generously donated to support the Gogos.  This is an ongoing expense for Knit-a-Square but it is one that has always been very important to Ronda.  Sewing the blankets provides the Gogos with a feeling of pride in helping the children in their communities.  As well, the money gives them the opportunity to buy a few basic necessities such as soap and toilet paper, things we take for granted.

 

 NOVEMBER PATTERN OF THE MONTH

by Linda Maltby

Knit Diagonal Square:

A Diagonal is a good way to achieve the 8 inch/20cm size

needed for a Knit-a-Square square.

Knitting diagonals in a half and half pattern will make a bold statement in a blanket.

Variegated yarn also provides interesting patterns.

Made mainly with diagonal squares, this blanket will provide warmth as well as interest for the child.

These diagonals, knit with only 2 colours, create a very striking blanket.

The Diagonal pattern

is found in the

 KAS Pattern Book.

 


SQUARE HEART OF THE MONTH AWARD

edited this month by Gloria Grandy

 

THE OCTOBER 2015

SQUARE HEART AWARD 

IS FOR

MARY &  CAROLA (Mary's Mom) - UK

Mary was welcomed to our Forum in September of 2011.  From then on, she has been warming the children and welcoming others to the world of KAS! 

 

 To read the rest of the award please click here

 

 KAS FACEBOOK PAGE

  My package of joy!      Sorted in South Africa      Sorted in South Africa      Cuddlebug
We have received an additional 102 Likes on the Facebook page so far during September-October period, taking our total to 10,525 !  
Also you might like to know that the KAS Song Video has now had 4,381 listens - all by different people!
 FINAL THOUGHTS

Image result for problem images

 'WHATEVER

THE PROBLEM,

BE PART OF

THE SOLUTION.

DON'T JUST SIT 

AROUND RAISING

QUESTIONS AND

POINTING OUT

OBSTACLES.

Tina Fey

Buhlebemfundo Day Care Centre 2015