A SAFARI THROUGH AFRICA

This month we will travel across the continent of Africa with most of our attention on South Africa.

We will explore the treasures of the Egyptian pyramids, the wonders of the Okavango Delta, the majesty of Victoria Falls, the flowing waters of the Nile River, the smells and colors of a Moroccan Bazaar, the sands of the Sahara Desert, the snow capped mountains of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the beauty of our beloved South Africa.

Our squares, blankets, toys, hand-warmers and beanies can show us the colors of this continent from the people...

...to the animals...

...to flags...

...and designs...

In past years, Knit a Square has had many distributions on Mandela Day, July 18. We try to have many blankets and items that focus on South Africa, animals, colors and culture.  Our theme is early enough so that we can post our items to be included in this special event.

Since gold can be found in many of the countries in Africa our Color of the Month (COM) is gold/yellow.  Our Pattern of the Year is the Plain Jane, a square of one solid color, usually made with a single crochet or a garter stitch, but they can also be made with other textured stitches.

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For the entire year, 2021, we are going to be celebrating and creating PJs as our Pattern of the Year.

Here is one example of a T.R.U. E . PJ.  Truly, Remarkable, Undeniably, Exalted Plain Jane.  This square is made with either the knitted garter stitch, or (as shown here) the crochet single crochet.

For January, the Color of the Month is Gold/Yellow.  

Stay tuned to learn about P.E.R.T PJs.

Perfect example, Amy. May I just add that those of us over here know this stitch as double crochet. 

Right you are Patricia about the UK terms.  I will have to remember that for future reference.  Thanks for pointing it out to us.

A Beautiful Golden square, Amy

Totally agree, Sharon.

Chris has started us off with a great example of some of the animals found in  Africa.  Here is a list of 20 different animals only found in Africa.

African Elephant, Cheetahs, Kudu, Rhinoceros, Lion, Ostrich, African Civet, African Wild Dog, Hippopotamus, Zebra, Giraffe, Dik-Dik, Wildebeest, Grey Crowned Crane,

Mantled Guereza Monkey, Hatebeest, Warthog, Spotted Hyena, African Buffalo and the very elusive Okapi (pictured here)

Some information about this unique animal: he okapi (/ˈkɑːp/Okapia johnstoni), also known as the forest giraffeCongolese giraffe, or zebra giraffe, is a native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of West Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi has striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe.

 

Can you let us know if you have seen any of these animals on the list?

In the 60s and 70s my friend's cousin was in a local band called The Elands. We didn't know this word but found out it was a type of African antelope. I've never forgotten it and find that it often pops up in crosswords so a lesson well learned!

What a unique name for a band...one you will always remember.  I wonder if they knew what it looked like before they named themselves after an Eland?

No, it's not really the image you'd expect a wannabe pop band to be aiming for!

A close encounter I had with an elephant in my youth. I love the way he seems to be smiling.

This is such a precious photo.  The little elephant looks to be about a year old, and yes he is smiling.  I hope you where smiling as well.

Cute!!

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