Helen from Georgia who has already sent me these 9 beautiful squares! Thank you Helen!!
Beth from Missouri
Dara from New York
Jessica from Michigan
Carol from Georgia
Cathy from Ohio
Maggie from Chicago
Welcome and thank you to all of you from me and Knit-a-Square!!
Sophie, one of my daughter Cathy's friends from college has found a real passion for knitting squares. She has already given me four, and this week Cathy brought home four more! Thanks so much Sophie!
Many of these people are also spreading the KAS word through family and community groups. This really is the next most important thing to making squares. There are more than enough of us in the world to warm these children! If you haven't liked the Facebook page yet, please hop over and do so! This is their gorgeous new landing page photo!
This is why I feel compelled to talk about blankets today. When promoting Knit-a-Square, we are often asked, "Why do they need blankets?" One reason, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is that it can get very cold in South Africa. The second seems quite obvious. Would you ever - no matter how much you might enjoy rugged, extreme camping - would you ever sleep without a blanket?
Everyone needs a covering to sleep well, but blankets are more than that. Think back to your childhood. Was there an object that you absolutley had to have in order to sleep? Even for the most loved, most secure children who grow up in warm homes, who lack nothing, security objects are essential for their development.
These are my children's security objects. I lost many hours of my life searching for them, but gained many hours of peace and sleep once they were found! The yellow blanket(well it was yellow!) is in my son's closet, but the three others are still slept with. I was glared at and interogated by the kids as I took their things from their rooms to photograph. "Where are you going with that? Well hurry up and bring it back!"
|22 year old blankie!|
|Our 20 year old wasn't a blankie girl. This bear replaced her bunny that was tragically lost in a Home Depot when she was 5.|
|17 year old blankie!|
|12 year old blankie!|
The blankets we are helping to make will not just keep the orphans warm. These blankets will help them develop a sense of self, a sense of security. They will provide comfort and solace in a reality that must be cruel beyond our imaginings. These blankets will, I hope, stay with these children as they grow to remind them that they are loved and that they are not alone.
This weeks totals: