Mary Verbeek
  • Female
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Canada
Share on Facebook Share

Mary Verbeek's Friends

  • Anneke
  • Andrea Palmatier

Mary Verbeek's Groups

Mary Verbeek's Discussions

Mailing squares

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rebecca Price Oct 1, 2018. 10 Replies

This is my first time sending squares and I was wondering how many squares people send at a time.  Also I live in Canada and was wondering how much difference in cost it is to send by air mail or by…Continue

Gifts Received


Mary Verbeek has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift


Mary Verbeek's Page

Latest Activity

Mary Verbeek replied to Linda Maltby's discussion QUESTIONS, ANSWERS & HELP
"Thanks for your quick response.  I am looking forward to continuing with making the squares.  We all need to keep busy in these difficult times.  Take care.  "
Apr 24
Mary Verbeek replied to Linda Maltby's discussion QUESTIONS, ANSWERS & HELP
"I know we can’t send squares right now and there’s a lot of uncertainty.  I want to keep making the squares but is there a possibility that KAS may not continue in the future?  "
Apr 23

Profile Information

Comment Wall (5 comments)

You need to be a member of Square Circle Forum to add comments!

Join Square Circle Forum

At 11:27am on June 11, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Mary.

I found this in the postage section....

  • Wrap your squares and crocheted or knitted items in a plastic bag or buy Tyvek bags or postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof.

I don't know what Tyvek bags I do know it's important not to cling wrap them because it can make the squares sweat and smell by the time they get to Africa.

I put mine in a (new) black plastic garbage bag, roll the open end down to fit the amount of squares then put this bag into another black plastic bag and cover with clear packing tape, so that it doesn't tear. This tip was given to me by a fellow Aussie. Wendy did send me a pic of this, but I can't share it with you, as it was a long time ago and I have probably deleted it. I tend to send 3-4 kilos at a time and found the postal bags here were not big enough, but I see that your best postal rate is for parcels much smaller, so either a padded postal bag (as long as it has a plastic padding inner) or placing them in a sealed plastic bag and then putting them in a large,tough cardboard postal envelope is probably best, I think.  :))

At 5:20pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Mary, the themes are just for fun......any squares, as long as they are not too holey/lacy (we need them to be warm) are perfect and so appreciated. Thank you.  xo

At 3:27pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Mary.

We try to keep our squares as close to 8"/20cms as possible to assist the volunteer sorters and sewing ladies in South Africa. However, they do have a fabulous lady there, called Barb, who does a fantastic job of taking any 'odd sized' squares and collating/ turning them into beautiful blankets.

Here is a link to our 'blanket room', where you will see a selection of blankets from each week.

Regarding how many squares to send at any one time, it varies from country to country, depending on how their postal system works. If you would like to click on the link re postage that I sent to you, then scroll down that page, you will see some tips and yet another link (lol) specific to Canadian postage and how best to send and the size of your package.

Thank you for your inquiry and please do not hesitate to ask, if there is anything else I/we can help you with.  :))

At 2:08pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi again.

To assist you in the packaging and sending of your parcel/s, I have included a link to postage information, which includes a packing and mailing slip.

Thank you for joining our forum.  :))

At 1:21pm on June 10, 2018, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Mary.

A warm  welcome to the Knit A Square forum.  :))

Knitting or crocheting an 8" square or two or possibly even a few is a wonderful gift for the children. They love to receive their blankets, created from squares, which come from kindly, caring folk such as yourself, from over 60 countries all over our world.  PJs (Plain Janes as they are affectionately known) are the backbone of all our blankets. These are single colour squares that are in garter stitch(knitting) or single crochet as they are very solid and provide a contrast to a picture/striped/patterned square or two that may be added to a blanket.By clicking on the KASpattern book tab at the top of the page or our other square pattern discussion you can also find lots of patterns provided by our fellow K-A-Sers. If you would kindly check out our wishlist, you can see what items we are currently focusing on.

Clicking on the 'Helpful Hints' tab at the top of the page, will possibly answer many initial questions you may have .Any other questions...please ask...we love to help. :)) 

If you'd like to see what other KASers have been making please click on the photo tab at the top of the page....and feel free to add photos of your creations...we would love to see them. Just click on 'add photos' and follow the prompts.

If you want to see the most active discussions at present, please click on the 'main page' tab and they are listed in the centre of that page...just pick one and click on it. It is a large website, but with so much fun and info.

Each month we have a fun theme to inspire and motivate us. If you would like to see this month's theme, please click on this link:

F.Y.I here is our 2018 themes list....these themes are just for fun and there is no pressure to join in. ANY squares you would like to make are most welcome and much appreciated. :))



The Donate button provides 2 options:

  1. One time donation
  2. Monthly subscription               [click the box]

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!


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 Colouring Book

Featuring 3 original illustrations by South African artists



The MAY 2020 Squares List is available.

Visit the

2020 Squares List Discussion

     for the most recent lists.

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



   Planning ahead??

 See the 2020






Free Pattern for


Click here to find more free patterns from

Members Patterns - Squares




"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.

© 2020   Created by Sandy McDonald.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service