Please note: If you click on a bold title, in most cases,  it will take you to that discussion.

NEWS FROM THE BARN

 We recently had some packages arrive with declared values greater than $1 on them.  The Post Office in South Africa places a duty on these packages at face value.  Ronda and the volunteers have to return these packages to the senders as KAS cannot afford to pay these large fees.  Please be very careful when filling out custom forms.

While KAS is having distributions every week, we are going to spread out the distribution photos throughout the year so that we can continue to be inspired every month.  Thank you for your understanding.

Susanne Leverton, from Australia, has shared the most amazing pattern with us called the Clever Hat, and it has been a huge hit.  Here it is: Clever Hat - PDF (printer friendly)

CELESTIAL SENSATIONS ABOUND THIS MONTH

So many amazing creations have been posted in this discussion this month.  They are all out of this world. Check them out here.

KAS SHOP

Keep an eye on the Forum over the next few weeks.  Some exciting things will be happening!

- An invitation will be appearing to all members to take part in our 1st Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange our ‘just for fun – getting ready for Christmas” discussion (guaranteed calorie free, unless you bake and taste the recipes).

 

The KAS Shop will be going into high gear – loaded with gift-giving suggestions, several new items arriving on our shelves…

A mystery person might just show up here and there…..  can you guess who this is??

Free State Distribution in late August

July Distributions by Wandi and Vivienne

Yvonne's First Distribution for KAS

BLANKET ROOM

Our beloved Bev Jefferies has supplied the forum with hundreds of blanket pictures this month, all taken by Ronda and the volunteers in the KAS Barn.  We are truly spoiled by their efforts in showing us the completed blankets sewn in South Africa and those sent by contributors.

SORTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

It has been very busy in the KAS Barn this past month.  There have been birthday celebrations and engagement announcements.  The volunteers have sorted through the 7000+ squares from the St. Stithians donation.  Blankets and squares have been arriving and blanket packs and blanket distributions have been prepared to go to the gogos groups and children.

Check out all the action by clicking here.

SQUARE LIST

THE AUGUST SQUARES LIST IS AVAILABLE.

Because of the heavy workload for the small KAS Team, hats, hand-warmers and toys will not be recorded anymore, but please keep sending them because they are desperately needed. In the 2019 Squares List the names of the senders, number of parcels and number of squares will be recorded. Please fill in the Packing Slip completely.

 

Please note that the office is inundated with packages and items on a weekly basis. The volunteers do their best, but it's impossible for them to list every single item that is sent. All efforts are made to list every parcel received. We thank you for your understanding.

The focus for 2019 and for some time to come will stay as is:

Squares for blankets, hats, hand-warmers and cuddly soft toys.

To see more details, please click HERE

MONTHLY TOTALS:

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In August we received 167 parcels containing 14.960 squares, equal to 427 blankets.

Many other items were received, such as hats, hand-warmers, go-overs, cuddly toys and other goodies.

~~~~A HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS~~~~

FREE STATE SATELLITE START UP

As reported last month, KAS is branching out with some Satellite locations to provide even more blankets to children in need.  One weekend in September Mabel traveled the 300+ kilometers, to Free State, to show teachers how to sew together squares.  Please visit this discussion.

WARM FUZZY FEELING

Check out Leanne's blog for the sights and sounds of the KAS Barn.  It is almost as good as being there in South Africa.

MONTHLY THEMES 2020

Neons, Stripes and Single Colors are just a few of the suggestions for our monthly themes for the year 2020.  Then we have the Olympics, Use Your Stash and Music for another idea or two.

We would love to have your input into making 2020 a fun year of themes that celebrate the child in all of us, but more importantly, celebrate the children in South Africa.

Visit this discussion here.

FINANCES

Here is the KAS Shop report for August.

Our total for the month was $442.67

LOOKING AHEAD

October Monthly Theme - LUCKY CELEBRATIONS.......This could include lucky symbols e.g. shamrock for St. Patrick's OR a solid green square, numbers, dice, horseshoe, or anniversaries using golden yellow/silver grey colours (or a motif). It could cover birthday, Christmas, International Days (flags), festival days, etc., with picture squares, solid or patterned squares. Hosted by Susan Donaldson.

Our Shopkeepers are currently putting together the 2020 KAS Calendar.  Please keep on eye out for this wonderful item.

Knit a Square is starting its 12 year of operation.  We look forward to warming even more children and reaching even further than we have before.  Thank you to all of our worldwide contributors for making this happen.

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  1. One time donation
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Because of PayPal/banking fees, KAS asks that your donation be 5USD [or more].  Anything less, means your donation is eaten up with fees.  Thank you!

KAS FINANCES

Our goal is to remove the monthly deficit that Ronda and her team have to deal with. You can:

1. Make a donation whenever you are able.

2. Sign up for an ongoing monthly donation (subscription).

3. Shop at the KasShop!

Please follow this discussion for monthly updates, current financial reports and ideas on what we can all do to help. Click link : 

KAS FINANCES 2019

SHOP

NEW!
KAS Colouring Book

Featuring 3 original illustrations by South African artists

VISIT THE KAS SHOP HERE

SQUARES LIST

The OCTOBER 2019 Squares List is available.

Visit the
2019 Square Lists discussion

for the most recent lists.

For all other Square Lists, please visit our SQUARE LISTS page.

2019 THEMES OF THE MONTH

    

   Planning ahead??

 See the 2019

LIST OF THEMES

AND

WHAT OUR CHILDREN NEED.

KAS PATTERN BOOK

PATTERN OF THE MONTH

Free Pattern for

Framed Stripes Square

Click here to view the entire
KAS Pattern Book

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CREATECARE GLOBAL

"CreateCare Global has set itself two tasks. The first is physical: to bring hope, support and comfort to children for whom poverty and loss are everyday tormentors. The second, and in our view equally important, is to spread the message to the world."

Our thanks to CreateCare Global for supporting the Square Circle Forum and helping to spread the wonderful work that KAS does.

Learn more about CCG here.

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