WELCOME ONE AND ALL
To our January 2020 Theme
THE LONGEST TIME
We all have those balls of yarn that just never seem to get used.....
they languish.... sad, lonely and forgotten 
in the bottom of a knitting bag, a storage box or crate....
waiting, just waiting,
for their moment to shine.....
Their time is NOW!
Perhaps it's the dreaded (for some of us) fun fur.....
Stylish Handwarmers
Perhaps it's a colour that never seemed to fit with the rest of your stash
Perhaps it was a different type of yarn, bought with much excitement....until you got it home......
Or, as in my case, yarn  was bought, then more yarn was bought, then more yarn was bought...and these poor little 'original' guys simply got shunted to the bottom of the stash pile.
(no, this is not my stash..haha)
Please, give them, their 'moment in the sun'...their moment on your hooks, looms or needles.
To start off this New Year, the Pattern of the Month (PoM) is.....Wendy's Slip Stitch square (one of my faves)The pattern can be found here......
Diana D. has so very kindly knitted one for me, to share with you all.....
Diana found that with the yarn she used, she required 50 stitches to make an 8 inch square. Please check your measurements when making.
As we create our squares this month...and indeed throughout this year..... let's remember our umbrella for 2020, thoughtfully created by Chris Chiplen....
Sometimes a photo can say so much more than words can express.....
Please remember these joyful faces as we knit and crochet in the year ahead.
We have the ability with our love, imaginations, needles, hooks and yarn to brighten the lives of vulnerable children in South Africa, as we make and send squares, blankets, hats, hand warmers and toys to Ronda and her wonderful team of volunteers to distribute to the children.
So let us bring JOY to as many children as we can in 2020!
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Happy Knitting. Crocheting and Looming!!!

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Oh my goodness, Chris, if I'm any judge, your sister will love the colors in this gem of a blanket.  I do, too!!!  Well done ... xo

An inspired choice, Chris...the variegated and blue go PERFECTLY together. 

I love the fine lines and border of the blue. It adds definition, while allowing that gorgeous variegated to shine. I just bet your sister will give it a big tick of approval.  :))  xo

This is a very special blanket Chris. 

12 double strand hats.    8 blue variegated ones are made with Turkish wool I've had at least 3 years.     I've had the minty mix wool a while + have avoided using it as I'm not a fan of knitting pastel shades - so doubling it up for hats for this theme has suited me fine ❤️

I love both sets, Karen, they're all so pretty. When I made some squares using primary colours a while back, it just didn't feel like my work because they weren't colours I would normally choose - but I would choose your minty green! I suppose we all have our favourites that we like to go back to even if we do break out occasionally.

LOVING your minty hats!! Pretty blues, too.  :))

I have some yarn that looks very similar to your minty, but is thinner than 'the norm'. I bought it a few years back, but can't bring myself to knit it....yet.....hahaha.

WOW!! So many hats. I never have bought mint color yarn, pretty though. 

They are so gorgeous Karen! Such marvelous work. 

The bit in the middle is neglected yarn!

Well, I'm glad it finally found its place, Pam. It is looking very comfortable in that gorgeous tangerine (?) border.  :))

Camera strikes again Bev, it is actually a vivid scarlet!

I hear you, Pam ;)  I've always found red to be a difficult color to photograph accurately.  I always say it doesn't matter though because the children will see the true colors and love them!  xo

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