Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Knit-a-squillion update

I will be doing regular updates on our part of the Knit-a-Squillion challenge  to keep us in touch and motivated. I know that together, we can make this happen!

You already read last week how generous my friends Lynette and Sonya were to blog about Knit-a-Square. I then had a new Etsy friend invite me to do a guest post on her blog. Alyssa and her sister Ashley make beautiful accessories for babies and children. Please stop by their shop Kadydid Designs and visit Alyssa's blog. She's sharing a recipe for raspberry white chocolate muffins today. I definitely have to go back and try that!

You see that I have made a button (thanks again to Sonya!) to spread the word about the challenge. You don't have to knit or crochet to add the button to your blog. Spreading the word is as important a part of the challenge as making squares is. So I want to thank those of you who have added the button to your blogs, Sonya, Alyssa and another new blogging friend, Carolyn, who has a beautiful blog on Wordpress. Thank you all so much! If you have grabbed the button, please let me know, so that I can share your blog here!

One of the things that inspires me the most about Knit-a-Square is that it is a family organization. Mother and daughter, Rhonda and Erin, live in South Africa. They were devastated by the plight of the children, but they didn't throw up their hands and say, "It's too big of a problem. We can't do anything." In 2008, they shared the horror of the situation with their family in Australia, wife and husband Sandy and Roger, daughters Kalai and Cressida and Sandy’s, mother, Zanny. Together they came up with this extraordinary idea.

In 2009, they received 54,000 squares and 4,000 knitted garments, just one year after having the idea. Today we, and I proudly say we, because however we help, we are a part of KAS, we are more than 5000 people from 40 countries in the world who knit, crochet or donate time or money to help the orphans of South Africa. No one will ever convince me that a problem is too big or that there is nothing I can do! What the McDonald family has done is extraordinary!

Kalai, Sandy and Cressida McDonald

It is natural then, since KAS was begun and is still run by a family, that a whole community has developed around the Knit-a-Square mission. If you have visited the website you have seen that in addition to all kinds of important resources, there is an ezine, The Square Circle, written by Sandy McDonald to keep us in touch by stories and photos of the children of South Africa. There is also a very active Circle Square forum filled with wonderful and friendly people that you can join.

Mary Anne is one of these lovely people that I have met in the Square Circle forum. She blogs about KAS and other crafting and has been crocheting squares for the children for some time. After she sent her last package to South Africa,  Rhonda sent her an email thank you letter. Yes, the Rhonda who is at the heart of KAS sends personal notes to everyone who writes to her! Isn't that amazing?  In Mary Anne's post that you can find here, she shares Rhonda's letter with us. Thank you, Mary Anne for letting me share it with my readers!

So, let's get going! Knit, crochet, felt, donate, spread the word! Tweet, Like on Facebook oh, and there is a group on Ravelry too.

Will you join us? Let us know !


Fellowship By Design said...

Beautiful blog Laurie! I "pinned" the last photo above with a few words about KAS. Hopefully that will be another avenue for spreading the word!

Additionsstyle said...

What a wonderful event for a great cause. I will add your button to my blog to help spread the word.
Everyday Inspired

Isobel said...

Great Cause, Laurie - have grabbed your button and put it on my blog (www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com and will post a few words about the Knit a Square family when I'm next posting - hopefully in the next couple of days.

Am not in the knitting or crocheting mode these days, but know folks who are and some of them follow/read the blog!

Laurie Fortier said...

Valerie and Isobel, thank you so very much! I am truely grateful! It will make a difference and you will know that it was thanks to your generosity!!

Taylor Lynn said...

I read about this project on Sonya's blog; my mom and sisters have been making squares, and I knitted one as well. I think what you're trying to do is absolutely fantastic, and you're so right - no issue is too big to tackle!! It's so amazing what KAS has accomplished; I hope to make such a big difference someday as well. Thank you for spreading the word about this amazing project - I've just added the button to the sidebar of Perfectly Sensible Nonsense!

Laurie Fortier said...

Thank you so much Taylor Lynn! You are wonderful! It's so important to realize that we don't have to do something big to make a big difference!

Taylor Lynn said...

You're welcome, Laurie! As you probably noticed on my blog, my new year's resolution for 2012 is to make a difference in the world, and I've had to remind myself several times that even doing some small is helping to bring around change. :) It's important to remember! :D

Keep up the good work! <3 Hugs!

Mary C. Nasser said...

This is such an inspiring post!
Love when we can use our creative abilities to help others in need.

So nice to meet you through the Etsy Blog Team.
I am your newest blog follower! :)

All the best,
Mixed-Media Map Art

Laurie Fortier said...

Thank you so much Mary, for reading and following!

I love your artwork and do follow you. I have been having touble lately balancing writing and following, but I promise to stop by more often!

Melinda said...

I absolutely agree, no job is too big to tackle and we can all make a difference in a small and meaningful way. I just finished up square number 8 last night... still crocheting! :)

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