A simple red ribbon is one of the most widely recognized symbols of HIV and AIDS and the people who live with these conditions. The symbol was presented by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in 1991. The individuals in this group wished to remain anonymous, keep the image copyright free and create a symbol to raise consciousness of HIV and AIDS. The red ribbon was originally intended to be worn as a badge, but is now used in a wide variety of ways.

Leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi spent almost 15 years under house arrest between 1989-2010 due to her opposition to the country’s military rulers. In 2012, the Burmese politician was named by the UN as a Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination in its continuing fight against discrimination and stigma of people living with HIV.

“Respect for the human rights of people living with HIV must be promoted,” Aung San Suu Kyi said earlier this year. “We also need to protect the people who live on the fringes of society who struggle every day to maintain their dignity and basic human rights. I believe that with true compassion—the invisible cord that binds us to other human beings regardless of race, personal status, religion and national borders—we can get results for all people.”

I’m sure you will all agree this last paragraph really hits home for what KAS stands for and is shown by all the beautiful work each and every one of you contributes.

So, how are we going to incorporate this into Decembers Challenge?


Red squares, perfect for Plain Janes, fancy squares with red somewhere within the pattern, squares with a red ribbon (Pam has said this is OK, no stigma).

So, quite simply, RED is the aim of this challenge. I know you will come up with some brilliant ideas to get the colour red into a square, but don’t forget, Plain Jane red squares are also just as important so please don’t feel intimidated if you cannot do fancy patterns,

EVERY square really is equally important and desperately needed for the children

Remember;  HAVE FUN

Here are some photos of landmarks that turned red for 2011 World Aids Day

Table Mountain, South Africa


Niagara Falls, NY


Sydney Opera House, Australia


The London Eye, UK


Empire State Building, New York, USA


So, lets make this RED challenge just as much fun,

but I bet we can make some masterpieces of our own!!!

Here is the album featuring all of the wonderful Red squares

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I haven't had much spare time over the last week, but I did manage to mindlessly knit a few.  This is where that variegated yarn comes in handy.  I knit ... the yarn makes the pattern :))  Also, I did manage to steal a few minutes a couple of times to do a slip stitch pattern.

Carol:  Thank for so much this challenge.  It's really surprising how many different shades of red there really are !!!  I've discovered I like every one of them ... dark red, rust red, bright red, light red, cranberry red, burgundy red ... the list goes on :)))

There is nothing remotely red about any of these squares, I'm afraid, but I just had to share them. My husband bought me a new crochet book from Christmas and I've been trying out some of the intermediate patterns. 

The one on the left is my first attempt and came out a bit misshapen so I made some adjustments to the pattern - the one on the right is better. 

I fell in love with this pattern and will definitely use it regularly (it's one of the easy ones). Again, the first attempt was a bit wonky and I needed to adjust the pattern to get it even. 

And here are the last two with these colours. I was going to photograph them on a red background just for the excuse, but my sense of colour propriety just wouldn't allow it! 

I'm definitely pleased that my crochet skills are developing! Not quite ready for the more advanced patterns yet, though, I don't think! 

These 13 beautifully knitted plain janes were waiting for me in the KAS basket at church the other day - just in time for the December challenge - from my friend Millie Cyr who leaves me a stack every couple of weeks.

One more thing for December, a red and black slip-over!  Thick and warm; 30 inches around the chest :)

December13 Slip-over

December Challenge

Half white and variegated and half red and variegated....should have made it all white...the variegated kinda got lost in the red half.
Realised I was not going to get another four squares made AND stitched, so 'borrowed' Robin's idea and put 'hope' into one square. :)) YAY! The last challenge of the year and I finished my squares before the month ended.....that's gotta be a

Thank you so much for a fun end of year challenge, Carol. :))

Here are 3 more squares in the "chocolate box" pattern I have just learned - with some red this time! 

And this pattern taught me how to do "popcorns". 

And finally, I had a go at this pattern with bobbles in it. Quite pleased with myself, actually! 

My final contribution to this discussion - a chunky slipover made in variegated red yarn. 

I wish you all a healthy and happy 2014.

            Such beautiful squares!   Everyone has been making the most beautiful squares with such a wonderful variety of reds!   I won't clutter your inboxes with individual comments, but I hope each of you know how lovely your work is, and how much I enjoyed looking at them all, and imagining them in their blankets.    Thank you to Laurie for the Pinterest page that helped me to enjoy them en masse, and to Carol for hosting this fun challenge.   I've learned a lot from my friends here, just as I do every month!

Here are my final squares for this month ---- um!  well, for December ... it is still December if I cheat just a little and use my US time zone, although it is already January 1 here in Australia. 

You may notice that some of these squares were inspired by squares that you made during the month ... apologies if they are pale imitations.

And, I'm going to sneak one more little project into the mix, even though it doesn't contain red.  Like Heather, my husband bought me crochet and knit patterns for Christmas, and this little owl was one of the first crochet patterns I saw in the new collections, so I had to make it right then!  (and you know I will get birds into the mix however I can) ... so here's Whoobie the Owl.

May you all enjoy a happy and healthy New Year, and may KAS continue to grow and thrive in 2014.  Keep Stitching!



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