Hello everyone. What amazing good you are all doing. I don't yet know how to knit or crochet, but have just been looking at some youtube videos. So I'll be able to join you soon in making squares.Continue
"Thanks Linda. I hate sewing up if I don’t have to.... it’s just that i saw an old post where the local ladies were inundated with squares to sew up.... obviously that situation has resolved :) No I wouldn’t wash the squares for my…"
"Hi. Two questions. What is the current preference: that we send squares OR sewn-up blankets? Also.... should we wash the squares/blankets before we send them, if they have been exposed to dust, pets etc (I mean, sitting on open shelves :) - do the…"
Hi Aprile, thanks for posting your photo in the Pretty Pastels discussion. Our operating system, Ning, needs some outside help when it comes to using iPads/iPhones. I see Louise has already directed you to the Helpful Hints and the Puffin browser. The Puffin browser will give you more options especially for adding photos.
I'm not sure about your other question, would you explain a bit more. Thanks.
Please do not fret Aprile - you will get there in the end, and, we very much appreciate you persisting to help the children! Any time you need help you can post a question on Questions Anwsers and Help and members will rush to provide advice! Why not ask if anyone knows an easy to follow video! Here is the link :
Hello Aprile. Welcome to Knit-a-Square from the Atlantic Coast of Canada … beautiful Nova Scotia, to be exact. A desire to share and to help keep the children in South Africa warm has brought together a wonderful group of caring individuals from all over the world. We are delighted that you have joined us.
Good luck in learning to knit and crochet. YouTube does have a lot of great instruction and I'm sure you'll be creating squares in no time at all! In the meantime, if you need assistance with any part of it, you will find that you've joined a wonderful group of people who will be only too happy to answer any questions you might have. Like Pam, I look forward to a photo of your first square :)
This is where we receive information from Ronda and the volunteers in South Africa (South Africa Reports), have our questions answered (Helpful Hints), find patterns (Kas Pattern Book) share photos (Phototab), conversation, and an occasional good laugh (Share a Yarn) with other Forum members. There are many ongoing discussions (DiscussionsCategories) for you to follow and/or join, and other specific groups (Groups) that may interest you. Just browse through the tabs at the top of the page, and I’m sure you’ll find whatever information you need.
The KAS Pattern Book includes patterns for garments that have been designed by KAS with the specific needs of the children in mind. We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years, as this age group is in need of warm garments and blankets.
Our main focus is 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm) squares for blankets. It doesn’t matter if they are simple knitted or crocheted squares (Plain Janes, we love to call them) or fancy squares. What does matter is that they measure 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm) and that they are warm. Plain Janes are the backbone of KAS. They provide the framework for a few fancy squares to create individuality in a blanket. Since it takes 35 squares to make one blanket, squares are always needed.
Every square you send will be received in South Africa, stitched into a blanket by the wonderful volunteers there, and lovingly wrapped around the shoulders of a vulnerable or needy child, giving him or her warmth and the assurance that someone cares.
Each month we have a different theme/challenge. These are for fun and inspiration, and you are welcome to join in any or all of them. You will find information regarding all of these (including the current ones) under the DiscussionsCategories tab at the top.
Regarding postage, many of us use sea-mail and find that parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive in South Africa. Since parcels are arriving all the time, this is perfectly okay and we encourage you to use the least expensive way to send. Also, it isextremely importantthat it is clearly marked on our packages“Knitted Squares for Charity Only – No Commercial Value”.
So please sit back, relax, put your feet up, grab your yarn and hook/needles and
"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.