Eileen Hawes
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  • Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Susanne Leverton Feb 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Just wanted to say thanks everybody for welcoming me into this wonderful organisation! After picking up my knitting needles after 20 years, I made one square! (very rusty ha ha!) now I will have to…Continue

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At 4:37am on January 3, 2015, P. Jeanne Haessler said…

Greetings Eileen from the middle of snowy Canada!  Would you like some snow? I've got lots to share, lol.  Welcome to a worldwide network of loving happy people helping African HIV/Aids orphans and the poorest of the poor. Glad to have you with us!  To see and hear what we do I suggest listening to this great original song about KAS and how easy it is to get involved, written and produced by KAS members and supporters.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGvqcUZ4OGs&feature=youtu.be

 

It's so heartening to know that in this global, often so impersonal world, we're actually making a difference, a REAL difference, in the lives of these children. Check out the Forum, in the page header above, for the various discussion threads, and Photos for all the lovely photos of members' work and Groups where you can join groups from countries around the world, not to mention Patterns where you can get inspired with easy level patterns of things the children really need, the right sizes and shapes being mentioned.

 

When you click on Discussions, the Featured Discussions grouping (in the Forum section above) shows the most important subjects at the moment, latest challenges, latest news etc. I also recommend the Café KAS Discussion section, which contains the Furry, Feathered and Fishy Companions and Share A Yarn threads. I am so much a Yarnaholic!  Thanks again for helping the AIDS orphans in Africa! 

At 6:11pm on January 2, 2015, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi  Eileen.

That sounds like a great life...that's all my hubby talks about wanting to do.....selling up and travel around and just work, wherever. I am much more cautious and couldn't bear to be away from our family (our sons and two of my sisters)......maybe one day.  :))

Thanks for joining KAS and I hope you enjoy knitting/crocheting once again....its always a fun thing to do....and the warmth and love that we show the children through our squares and other items is so important for them. Happy New Year. :))

At 12:53pm on January 2, 2015, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Eileen.

A warm welcome to you from down here in Bridgetown WA. Its GREAT to see another West Aussie in the forum. I hope its not been getting TOO hot up there in Kalgoorlie.

At 12:32pm on January 2, 2015, Gloria Grandy said…

Hello Eileen.  Happy New Year to you!  Welcome to Knit-a-Square from Nova Scotia, Canada.  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.

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 (Photo tab), 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.

If you have’t already seen it, please have a look at our very own  Knit a Square Song.  We hope you will like it and share it with all of your friends :)

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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 is extremely important that 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 enjoy.  You are among friends.

 
 
 

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