Some news from Ronda:
"Price increases seem to be out of control at the moment, but perhaps after the election on 8th May, things might settle down a bit.
Everyone seems on edge just now.
We have been obliged to buy some large knitting needles to help manage the Redefine Properties project – plus large crochet hooks for the gogo groups who will be involved."
It does seem that expenses are growing. Here's the expenses breakdown for March:
On Saturday April 6, even with rainy weather and a low turnout of children, our Mass Distribution of Blankets was a huge success. Many thanks to Tracy, her family, friends and church for taking on the task and caring for so many children in South Africa.
Click [HERE] for a great report and some fabulous photos!
Click [HERE] to order yours.
While we like to receive squares that measure 8 inches X 8 inches (20cm X 20cm) nothing is ever wasted at KAS. If your squares happen to fall short (or long :) of our measurements, they will always be put to good use. Several of our volunteers are incredibly skilled at creating beauty from odd sized squares ...
In the words of one of our members, "Thank goodness for these fantastic women. They certainly work magic with these mismatched squares."
ITEMS YOU MAY BE MISSING
[Reposted from the December Challenge thread by request.]
My December Project...
The December 2010 challenge caught my attention in a way that none of the other challenges had. Like most people, when someone asks "What does the world need most?", the first words which pop into my head are "World Peace". (Thanks, Miss Congeniality!)
But that didn't really feel enough for me. It's not something tangible, it's not something which I have any direct control over, and most importantly, it's only an end goal. End goals are great, but it's strategies which get you there, and I really wanted to come up with something that was a bit closer to a strategy.
What I really wanted, and what I really felt the world needed, was for every person in the world to have their minimum needs met, so that they are able to be the best possible person that they can be. That's a tall order, and I'm neither a social scientist not a philosopher, so I decided to have a hunt around for some inspiration along that theme. Eventually, I stumbled across Manfred Max-Neef's Fundamental Human Needs. It is a list of nine things which are the basic requirements for all human beings to be happy. They are universal, in that they are not based on one particular culture or economic system. They are not sequential; you don't meet one then move onto the next, they all interrelate. They are also, conceptually, quite simple. They are ideas that everyone is already familiar with.
KAS KAPTION IT KONTEST
The winner of last month's Kaption It Kontest is
is to be in tune with your partner."
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AND THANK YOU TO EACH ONE OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED.
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This month's Kaption It Photo
Join the fun and write a "kaption" for this photo.
Our judges will choose their favorite and the winner will get to choose
one of our gorgeous downloadable KAS Art Prints from the KAS SHOP!
Simply type your suggested captions below in the comments section. Our judges will pick them up, make a list, and choose a winner.
Hosted by Valerie
This month, our contributors are sharing their love for yarn, their love for crafting, and their love for the children. Pop in and have a look around. Who knows ... you might be inspired to make just one more square ... or try something new!
Thank you, Marion, for putting our
Free Pattern of the Month to such good use ...
TOE TAPPIN' FINGER SNAPPIN' MUSIC THEME!
Pattern of the Month 'cause she just knows how much
our volunteers need them to complete blankets for the children
because all your little PJs are going to play a BIG part in Bev's May theme.
Watch for it!
To see more details, please click [HERE]
Just like the buses you wait forever then two come along at once!
Earlier this month, John and I went to Lancashire for a 4-day break and one of the days we took the train to Blackpool. My plan was to find Lollyslil Wool Shack where a lot of us buy our wool online. I told Cath Riley I was going to her wool shop and she suggested we meet up the following afternoon at the wool shop. I was, of course, was carrying my KAS Tote bag which Christine Chiplen gifted me which would give Cath a clue, I thought.
The minute Cath walked through the door it was as if we had know each other for ages. It goes without saying that Cath won the ‘how much more wool can we buy’ competition, although Joan Humm thought as I travelled by train I could fill the carriage!
Conveniently there was a coffee shop near, so we had coffee and carried on our conversation about all thing wool-related. We had a super afternoon but we suddenly realised that they were waiting to close the coffee shop!
A week later, Diana D was visiting her daughter in the UK so I promptly invited her to Purton to join our knitting group. Diana bought her ticket from London to Swindon but on her day of travel the Climate Change Protestors hampered everyone’s travel plans - including Diana’s!
At 4pm Diana eventually arrived in Swindon - too late for knitting group but not too late for a pot of tea, a good natter and a quick trip to a Charity shop and …surprise, surprise … we didn’t buy a thing!
After a quick visit to my bungalow it was time to go back to Swindon to catch her coach back to London, but not before she left a raffle prize for next month, flowers for me and a bag of KAS goodies for me to post with my SA flag blanket.
We had even done ‘Guess the weight of the Cake’.
Sorry … Audrey is eating her cake!
Opening day at the barn this week was busy and noisy. Some days are like that. People pop in with bags of blankets or squares and spend time chatting with Ronda or admiring the items that are being photographed. Tango, my attention-seeking guide dog, usually gets lots of pats and tummy scratches too, I have to add!
The volunteers were excited because the mass distribution we had been working towards went off well. Several of the volunteers actually attended the handout and witnessed the delight on the faces of the children who received their gifts. The distribution came at a good time because a cold front swept over the country on the weekend, bringing heavy rain and chilly temperatures.
Our next big target now is Mandela Day in July.
Oooooh - I forgot I had entered the Kaption Kontest!
What a lovely chatty Snippets this time - thank you!
Congratulations Rebecca. Your caption was my favourite. It's so funny.
Here in France, a film has just come out all about a group of middle-aged, paunchy men who have to train to enter a competition in synchronized swimming. Your caption reminded me of that.
Thank you, Rebecca :) And congratulations! I know you'll love the Flower Series Note Cards. They really are beautiful and great to have on hand for any occasion at all ... xo
Glo, what a fantastic Snippets. I found so much stimulation in reading it. Thank you.
Thank you, Valerie. We had some great contributors this month :) ... xo
It was lovely to meet up with Jude. We had a good chat about all things KAS and I loved every minute. Can never get enough of this. Incidentally I thought I was very restrained in the wool shop Jude! I definitely haven’t got anywhere to put any more. Hope to meet up with many more KAS sisters.
Cath, next time perhaps you could come to Purton? Any KAS sisters are more than welcome to visit us in Purton, Joan Humm, Diana D and Chris Chiplen (and Andrew) survived the experience! Val and Ros (Bev’s sisters) were brave enough to visit! Need I say morexxxx. Jude
Jude, thank you so much for your wonderful account of your visits with Cath and Diana. Thank you, too, for sharing news and photos of your Purton knitting group! It's always so nice to know what our KAS friends are up to ... xo
Cath, it was so nice to 'meet' you here.
I am chuckling about your wool shop purchases. I know how it feels to not have anywhere to put any more, but just have to have that color, or a sale too good to resist, or just one more of that kind ... hahaha KAS sisters seem to all suffer from the same affliction - Yarnitis :)))
I agree that meeting up with our KAS sisters is a lovely experience ... xo
Gracefully Jude and John welcomed me to Purton and to their home . It was a very special moment that I won't forget. I'll be back soon.
What a treat to 'meet' you here, Diana! So glad you were able to get together with Jude and John ... a very special couple indeed! xo
Thanks . Jude knows how to bring people together. Lucky me.