Bettie McLawhorn Thomas
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  • Zionville, NC
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mailing difficulty

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosanne Salcido Jul 28. 2 Replies

I have 35 squares, a toy and 3 skeins of wool to send. I packaged according to the instructions. I took the package to the post office. I put the package slip inside the package. I also put the…Continue

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Rosanne Salcido replied to Bettie McLawhorn Thomas's discussion mailing difficulty
"Hi, Bettie--    I'm just another member who happened to come across your post, so I'm not writing this in any "official" capacity.  It seems no one got back to you on this, so I will share what I do about…"
Jul 28
Bev Jeffery replied to Bettie McLawhorn Thomas's discussion mailing difficulty
"Hi Bettie. I know that in the US you only have airmail for parcels, unlike here in Australia. I will ask one of our members from the US to answer this query for you."
Nov 26, 2019
Bettie McLawhorn Thomas posted a discussion

mailing difficulty

I have 35 squares, a toy and 3 skeins of wool to send. I packaged according to the instructions. I took the package to the post office. I put the package slip inside the package. I also put the address on the outside. I was told I need a customs slip. I have no idea where that is. I was also told my 4 lb package would cost $69. I feel like I've done all of this for nothing and that it would be better to keep the squares, etc. and donate money. Do these blankets really cost close to $200, given…See More
Nov 26, 2019

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At 3:09pm on November 26, 2013, Cherry Ames said…

Typically 7-1/2 to 8-1/2 inches squared works fine. I struggled with getting it right in the begining too, hang in there. When you do get it right, you might want to stick with that yarn weight and hook/needle size so you can have better chances of it coming out the same size. Also a swuare that starts in the center if you crochet would increase your chances.

At 4:46am on November 17, 2013, Debbie Posmontier said…

Welcome, Bettie, from near Philadelphia. Happy to have you with us!

At 2:12pm on November 16, 2013, Cherry Ames said…
Welcome Bettie! We're all happy you've joined us here on the forums. Everyone's very friendly, so if you have any questions, don't be shy! We'd love to see some pictures of your squares when you can, and you can look at what other knitters have made by clicking on the "Photos" tab in the upper right hand corner. Happy knitting!
At 11:42am on November 15, 2013, Linda Maltby said…

Hello Bettie, so glad you have joined us. Keeping the children in South Africa warm has brought together a world-wide group of caring knitters and crocheters.  As the name implies, we focus on sending 8” x 8”(20 cm x 20 cm) squares to be made into blankets to provide comfort to the many children in need.

Looking for patterns?  Check the KAS Pattern Book for garments and squares for the children.  We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years old. 

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We have a monthly challenge as well.  This is a fun way to try new colours, ideas or patterns revolving around the theme. If you wish, you may create something new and could be making a plain square using a new colour, a different stitch or trying a totally new way of knitting/ crocheting.  An 8”/20cm square is the perfect size for experimenting. The November challenge is Toys and Games and Teddy bears ! Do you have a special memory of a favourite toy or game from your childhood? That could be a wonderful inspiration for squares!

At the same time we are running a second challenge: KAS Reaches Great Heights for the Children has us making squares to reach the height of Table Mountain in South Africa.  That is 178,000 squares !   Click here to join us by adding your squares and a photo, if possible, to the total.

 If you are interested in joining any of our challenges, please note: Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the challenge month.  Many of us use sea-mail and find parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive. Since parcels are arriving all the time, please use the most inexpensive way to send.  Whenever your parcel arrives, it will be appreciated.

Making the basic square is a wonderful way to relax and help the children.  Plain Janes, as they are affectionately called, are the backbone of KAS.  Since a blanket is created with 35 squares sent by people around the world, squares are needed all the time.

We would love to see photos of your work. Click on the photo option in the tabs above and follow the prompts.

Enjoy !

At 10:44am on November 15, 2013, Susan Haines said…

Welcome to KAS from Knoxville, TN! So glad you've joined us!



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