Knit-a-square relies on contributions of squares, hats, handwarmers and toys… and financial donations. Yes, financial donations! Without them, it would be impossible to organize, sort and deliver the massive influx of love that is received at the KasBarn.
• A postal charge of $3.75 US for every parcel received;
• Rent for the KasBarn;
• Fuel for the KasVan;
• A stipend for the gogos ($2 US per blanket) and another for Ronda’s ‘Right Hand.’
There are several ways you can help financially:
1. Make a donation whenever you are able.
2. Sign up for an ongoing monthly donation (subscription).
3. Shop at the KasShop!
Shopping at the KasShop is a great way to support Knit-a-square. It doesn’t matter what you buy – whether it’s by donation to wrap a child in a blanket or toward fuel for the KasVan, or for a downloadable gift for yourself, a friend or loved one – every penny you spend here is a direct donation to KAS.
Is there something you would like to see on the 'shelves' of the Shop?
Do you have an idea for a downloadable item we could create that might appeal to shoppers?
Please share your thoughts and ideas here.
The Shop Team will do our best to bring your ideas to life so they can raise much needed funds for Knit-a-square and the children in need.
Glad you got a calendar too, Chris!! It really is a beautiful one. No waiting in a long checkout line and no waiting for the mail. Just download and get creative!!!
I know it looks great when it's coil bound ... great for my kitchen :)
But I also wanted one for my desk so I printed it smaller ... 4 months to a page ... made a little cardboard easel and stapled my calendar pages to it. It worked perfectly!
Now I want one for my craft corner so I can have the monthly themes at a glance - right where I need them. Stay tuned ... :)) xo
Love your idea for the desk calendar, Glo. very creative!
When I printed it off and saw how great the calendar is, I decided that I want to give one to some of the ladies who knit so many squares for me. Unfortunately, I can't afford to have 10 or 15 coil bound, so I had to come up with another solution.
I found Report Covers with a detachable plastic spine at Staples (our stationary store) priced at only $2 for a package of 6. At our dollar store, I found some matching blue craft cord. ($1)
I inserted a length of cord in the spine, then all the calendar pages, and here is the result:
Since once we have downloaded the calendar,we can print off as many as we wish, I am able to produce these for pennies per calendar.
Some good ideas Glo and Anne :))
My goodness Anne, what a great idea! And so simply done - great for making several of them. One of these beautiful calendars is the perfect gift for your knitters.
It seems there is no end to the ways we can put these together. I made one for my ‘Kraft Korner’ :)) I used a knitting needle that long ago lost its mate, 3 large locking stitch markers, a point protector and a bit of scrap yarn to knit an I-cord. You can use any color yarn you like - I just happen to prefer blue ;))
I cut a piece of cardboard for backing, put 3 holes along the top of it and my calendar pages using my trusty 3-hole punch. I ‘clipped’ them together with stitch markers and ran the knitting needle through. I fastened the I-cord to the needle, placed the point protector over the end of the needle to keep the cord from slipping off and hung my new Kraft Korner KAS Kalendar :)))
And just one of the great feature of this year's calendar is that each theme is right there at the top of each month :) ... xo
Glo, that is a GENIUS idea!
Every day, extra yarn is needed in the KasBarn.
Sometimes squares arrive with no tails. Other times, squares need to be upsized to 8” by our volunteers. But the most urgent need is enough yarn for the gogos (grandmothers) to crochet an edge around the blankets to stabilize them.
Hidden costs, like extra yarn, are one of the things that keep the KAS budget stretched to the limit. Although some yarn does arrive at the barn from time to time, the need is usually greater than the supply.
Purchasing a virtual Basket of Yarn is one way we can help Ronda offset the costs of extra yarn. You will also save yourself postage dollars by not purchasing and mailing it yourself.
When you choose a virtual Basket of Yarn, you will enable Ronda to buy the real yarn at a discounted price in South Africa.
Your $5.00 purchase of this small Basket of Yarn will supply the KasBarn with roughly five 50 gram balls or three 100 gram balls of yarn.
. Your $15.00 purchase of this medium Basket of Yarn will supply the KasBarn with roughly sixteen 50 gram balls or ten 100 gram balls of yarn.
Your $25.00 purchase of this large Basket of Yarn will supply the KasBarn with roughly twenty-six 50 gram balls or sixteen 100 gram balls of yarn.
An excellent item to start 2019 - Ronda and the team love to provide the Gogos with supplies of yarn to sew the blankets together!
I love this idea so have just bought a little - and I will continue to do so whenever I have £ to spare - every little helps ❤️
I too love the idea of this item. Like most KAS folk, I love buying yarn, so I can imagine the delight of the KAS team in SA who will be able to purchase yarn to finish off the blankets! I’m afraid I am not one of the folk who follows the suggestion ‘use your stash and send some cash’ (to SA), as buying yarn and crocheting for the children gives me so much pleasure. But each time I buy yarn, I can buy a little less and also purchase yarn in the KAS shop for KAS SA......... a perfect time to remember !
What a great idea! Just bought a medium sized basket. Love doing this since I have not been sending squares due to postage cost from US. Hope this is a great succes.
Thank you Alice. :))
I used to send yarn every now and then, but postage is high in Australia, too (though at least we have the cheaper surface mail option) so I haven't sent yarn in a while. It really does make sense to send the funds for Ronda to purchase the yarn AND in the colours required.
I love the idea that by sending 'virtual yarn' to Ronda she will be able to take advantage of South Africa's lower prices, we save postage dollars and Ronda can avoid those blasted parcel fees.