I received two such packages this week!
From Laura, these beautiful squares, 7 of them and 2 skeins of wool for making more! Thank you so very much Laura for your generosity!
And an incredible family effort, a box of 20 squares!! Our blogging friends Melinda and her daughter Taylor, Melinda's Mom and her two other daughters, Riley and Jordan all worked together to make these beautiful squares! Thanks so much to all of you!!
Our total this week:
82 squares! That's 2 + blankets !!!
Some information to share:
Let me say first that for my part of the Knit-a-Squillion Challenge, there are no rules, no requirements. You send me items. I ship them to South Africa. You receive coupons from Hands with Hearts. If you live closer to SA than Canada (or for any other reason) and would rather send the squares directly there, please do. My ONLY goal in promoting Knit-a-Square is to get as many warm items as possible to the children of South Africa!
Every year KAS takes an inventory of what they have and and what they need and compiles a Wish List.
This is the official Wish List for 2012 from Kalai Mcdonald.
SQUARES SQUARES SQUARES!
Squares as always are what we need the most.
To make our lives easier, please only leave a tail 50 cms long. We bundle the squares into 50's and they can get into a terrible mess with very long tails. We would appreciate it if these tails could be neatly butterflied and laid on top of the square and all other ends stitched in.
|Photo by Rachel A., KAS website|
Neaten the ends. Some squares arrive with the end just snipped off and this may lead to a blanket unravelling.
Be creative - it is lovely to include one creative square in each blanket among the plain jane squares, so if your mood is creative do send us embroidered or other creative squares if you feel like it. They add yet another dimension to our beautiful blankets. And please send brightest colours, even luminous, where possible. However, all squares will be used no matter what the colour. We totally understand that using up old yarn is a common situation. Here is a link to the challenges to help with your creative sparkle, please join in! http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/categories/challenges-1/listFo...
Please include a note with your name, address, email address and a list of the contents of the package.
|Don't you love Hello Kitty? Square and photo by Karen Ann Evans|
Yarn - please use yarn (either wool, acrylic, bamboo or cotton) which is soft or softish to touch.
Square vests – please do not use the pattern from the website. The pattern will soon be removed and replaced with a Slip-Over pattern or a simple vest /tank top pattern, longer in body length.
Newborn items – We most definitely DO want newborn items, but our current stock is unbalanced in favour of small items at the moment so before the coming winter it would be enormously helpful for us to receive items in the pre-school/creche (2-8 yr) age group bearing in mind that this is the age-group to which we have greatest access.
Slip-Overs - these garments should definitely be made in soft, yielding yarn as they are either warn directly against the skin or are stretched over other items for added warmth. They can be made thicker (with two strands of yarn) but perhaps then they should be knitted or crocheted on bigger needles. There are very specific instructions under the SLIP-OVER category on the forum.
|Photo from KAS FB page|
Hats – at this point we need these items for children two years and older, again in line with our stock requirements going into winter. Please make sure that some of the hats are large enough to fit a two year old (proportionally a two year olds head is almost the size of an adult, so please keep that in mind when you are knitting/crocheting away!) – sizes medium and large preferred for the next few months.
Jerseys, cardigans, jumpers and baby clothes – Please keep sending these. We need them. Cardigans are perfectly acceptable in fact Ronda says “we love and adore these items”. As she explained, the very tiny sweaters as per the website pattern tend to have a high neckline which is not comfortable for very small babies. But “own” pattern items, specifically designed for infants are most welcome – plus bootees and mittens. We have a large collection of teeny beanies at this point.
Please ensure that NO VALUE, NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE and FOR CHARITY ONLY is placed on your custom labels and parcels. We have to pay a small mandatory handling fee on any box, so if your squares will fit, please send them in a package rather than a box.
|Isn't it extraordinary to be a part of this? photo from KAS FB page|
Plastic rain ponchos - these are the most desired of all the 'slip-ins'. We will use every rain poncho sent for the children in the informal shack settlements. The rain comes in deluges and everyone in a shack would be saturated during a rain storm. The ponchos will be used during summer and winter to stay dry inside and outside.
Stationery - pencils, erasers, sharpeners and ball point pens are most welcome.
|Distributing to the children - photo from KAS FB page|
As always KAS needs your donations, even just a small amount of money per month makes a big difference. Here is the link to our donations page. Every cent is used in South Africa to allow Ronda and our amazing volunteers to do the work that they are doing: http://www.knit-a-square.com/knit-a-square-donate.html
So, there you have it! Another week of giving, receiving and being part of something extraordinary! Thank you all so much!!