Happy New Year! 

Welcome everyone to the KAS Monthly Themes for 2016

To bring our themes together this year under 'one umbrella' our focus is.......

Colour Their World

Our aim is to brighten the lives of the children with our squares; colour, colour, colour.... in every monthly theme!

All members can contribute.....and have fun!

 

 

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 Mandela Squares

Ronda has requested that during January we make our special Mandela Squares, so that the squares reach the SA team by the end of March. This allows time for them to be included in the blankets ready for distribution to the children on Mandela Day 18th July. Even very young children recognise the colours of their SA flag and enjoy having a special Mandela square in their blanket. So let us see what we can do……

 

   

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January 2016 Theme - Our Beautiful World

We live in a beautiful world, filled with colour and wonder: rainbows, sunsets, blue skies, snow-capped mountains, lakes, green grass and vast blue oceans. All around us Mother Nature reveals her beauty through the changing seasons.

In spring, the fresh green growth of leaves and delicate pink and white blossoms appear on bare branches; daffodils share their golden splendour; colourful birds are busy in the garden building their nests and fluffy white lambs frolic in the fields. In summer we enjoy the golden sunshine and gardens bursting with colourful flowers; delicate butterflies and buzzing bees can be seen enjoying their bounty. 

The summer sunshine draws us to the natural beauty of the coast, where children explore the wonders of the seaside, rock pools and wonderfully shaped sea shells just waiting to be found in the sand. The countryside has its own charm, fields ripe with crops of corn and barley; meadow flowers swaying in the breeze and the sight and sound of animals with their young.

In autumn we enjoy the trees clothed in their magnificent colours of rust, brown, red and gold that reminds us that winter is just around the corner! Perhaps for us, winter gives us the opportunity to stay in our cosy, warm homes knitting and crocheting, while outside the icy winds blow, the rain falls or snow turns our world white!

Our world is beautiful; but only Mother Nature can really show us how beautiful, so I have gathered 35 glimpses of Our Beautiful World in Mother Nature's Blanket that I hope will inspire us all to create beautiful, colourful squares for the children's blankets..........

 You can click on the images to enlarge them if you wish

 

 

The cold South African winter is hard for the many orphaned and vulnerable children who don't have adequate clothing, or the warmth and comforts of a home. So let us get busy knitting and crocheting plain or fancy squares, hats and hand warmers, inspired by Our Beautiful World, to  keep these children wrapped in warmth and help Colour Their World.  

 

 

Linda is kindly looking after the albums for Our Beautiful World theme, please click on a link below to browse:

Album 1     http://forum.knit-a-square.com/photo/albums/2016-january-our-beauti...

Album 2     http://forum.knit-a-square.com/photo/albums/2016-january-our-beauti...

 

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Sunshine and wildflowers on a wet, windy, and grey day here in Dartmouth, NS. 

Here is Jude's cute duck.  I love his movable wing, I'm sure a child will too.  :))

Our Beautiful World

Today has a nautical theme...... Jo has used cross stitch to make this lighthouse, boat and seagull.  She also knitted the background in matching nautical colours....Thanks Jo :)))

Jan 2016 Our Beautiful World

A snowflake. Louise taught me how to make one during her visit with Jude in the summer.

We haven't had snow yet this year, this photo was taken two years ago. I was standing on the edge of my front garden path looking across the village green to the church. Snow looks so pretty, but unlike our Canadian friend's snow it's visit is brief!

Completed blanket ready to send off.  All the colours of the rainbow :)

Joan what a beautiful blanket! Colours, patterns and design are all so well thought out and then finished off so nicely with the border, a gorgeous blanket for a child :))

What a beautiful blanket, Joan!  So well laid out and perfectly sewn together. xo

A stunning blanket Joan, a riot of colour.   :))

Thank you ladies :)  I will be sending more of the same squares with this blanket so hopefully they will add a splash of colour to other blankets.

Cherry blossoms

Anne, how pretty, I love cherry blossom!! Your delicate pink blossoms look lovely against the deeper pink  variegated background square....gorgeous!

What a stunning square, Anne!  Your colors go together so well, and your cherry blossoms are so pretty and delicate-looking. xo

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