July is always a special month in South Africa.


  Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first black South African to hold the office. Mandela spent 27 years in jail for his anti-apartheid activities, finally being released in 1990.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.He is held in deep respect within South Africa as the "Father of the Nation" and is often known under his Xhosa clan name of Madiba

Mandela Day, July 18, the day of his birthday, has become an international day of recognition this great man.

 Madiba said “it is an occasion when each of us takes a step, through some act of community, to realize the power in us to change the world”

 Around the world, people recognize Mandela day by devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service – by making a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.

KAS in South Africa will be having a special event to mark this day. Here on the forum, we could do it by devoting 67 minutes to making a square, posting it here, and naming our country.  Wendy will be registering both events on the Mandela Day website.

As we honour Mandela this day, you might want to choose symbols of peace, love or freedom for your Mandela Day squares….. or rainbow colours to represent The Rainbow Nation of South Africa.


Africa is such a colourful continent that it offers lots of scope for wonderful squares.  I hope our Plain Jane square-makers will bombard us with squares in a riot of colours - You might want to use the S.A. flag for inspiration - green, blue, red, yellow, black and white


Some folks might want to use the marvellous South African fabrics for ideas.



Some of you creative souls will want to try special squares featuring the wildlife or African flowers.  Remember - these are for children, so simple childlike shapes are perfect.

I hope everyone will have fun with this challenge – I know the children will enjoy these squares because they will identify with the African themes.


Please remember to record the squares you make in THE DRIVE TO FILL RONDA’S KASVAN at http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/the-drive-to-fill-ronda...


Once again, our Gitta has stepped up and offered to create an album for this Challenge.  You can find it at

http://forum.knit-a-square.com/photo/albums/july-2013-challenge-a-c...  (Let's keep her really busy and try to fill TWO!


Laurie Fortier has created us a Pinterest page - don't miss it!


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African flower using flag colors.

July 2013 African Flower

Elephant Finger Puppet:  Will be making a bunch of these for slip-ins.

July 2013 Elephant Finger Puppet

This is a very silly looking ostrich....... but no apologies... I think all ostriches are very silly looking!  Item on my "bucket list" - ride an ostrich!

Madiba's Sunday Shirt - posted in Photos by Maridu

Madiba's Sunday Shirt

Here's my latest Cuddle and I made it fit this challenge. The South African flag colours are surrounded by a rainbow of promises. The back is all rainbow. It weighs a ton, though, and made my knee very warm whilst I was making it!

A quote from Nelson Mandela..... which makes a good motto for KAS


"It always seems impossible until it’s done." - Nelson Mandela


My goodness! I absolutely LOVE all the beautiful work everyone has done ... flowers, maps, colors, animals, animal prints, cuddles, hats ... the ideas and creativity are mind-boggling!  I was away for a few days, but I wasn't sitting on my hands.  It was an extremely HOT weekend and at one point I ended up sitting under an umbrella at the beach ... crocheting :-)

And Anne, the white square with the balloons really was good for my soul ... more than once... LOL !

For this square I used Gloria Grandy's Fun Square Pattern and the colors of the South Africa flag.  It really is a fun square to make.

The African Flower Pattern times 4

OK... here's my next finger puppet... a lion.

July 2013 Lion Finger Puppet

Robin, I love your finger puppets - so cute!

...I have an excuse to get my elephant charts out again :)

Cheater hats - I found these cute Zebra hats on clearance at the end of the season for $1.00 each.  They are lined with polar fleece and the mane goes right down the back.



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