We appreciate that December is a busy month as we all get prepared for our Christmas and holiday celebrations. This months theme is designed to help you relax ad just wind down a little. Before the start of 2018 new and exciting themes.

Can you believe that 2017 is nearly over ?

Here at KAS we have had yet another super busy year, helping to keep thousands of children warm.

It has been a wonderful year with fabulous themes hosted by our moderators and members, with so many fantastic makes from all our crafters.Squares, toys, handwarmer and hats in their hundreds. There has been so much creativity in the colours, patterns and designs. Our crafters never cease to surprise us with the next idea they pull out of the hat. So that leads us to our monthly theme.

We must all have those little balls of scrap yarn, that been left over from our previous monthly theme or home projects ?

So, lets dig into the bottom of all those project bags and storage boxes and pull out all those odds and ends and get them used up. ( You never know what Santa might bring you !)

Whether it be a multi-coloured square, cuddly toy, jazzy handwarmer, stripy hat, lets use up all those odds and ends.

 Most importantly lets have some fun !!!

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A great introduction, Sharon, to spur us to action, and as ever there have been some wonderful - and original -   contributions.  

This is beautiful, Susan ... xo

This is a beautiful square, Susan.   I love the white stripes.   Such a great idea.

Lovely square Susan....your white stripes really stand out.  :))

A lovely square!

Well I did it!  I had a bag of "totally too short" yarn ends (I have a really hard time throwing yarn away :) and I decided to tie them all together and see what I could get out of it.  I got out my hooks and needles and started.  For the top left, I used my double-ended hook and cro-knit.  For the other two I used my swing needles.  The top right is just plain knit every row, and the bottom one is the swing knit ladders from the Members' Patterns.  

As I was tying the yarns together, I was really wondering how they were going to look.  Since with both these techniques you work from two balls of yarn, I put the darker yarns together in one ball and the lighter yarns together in another ball.  It worked out perfectly!  And it was FUN!  I didn't know what color was coming up next so it kept it interesting :))) xo

Gloria, your imagination and creativity leave me breathless! Three super squares!  Now I know what to do with those short yarn ends - I can't throw them away either :))

Oh super, Lesley!   I can't wait to see what your yarn ends turn into :))  My Mother always used to say, "Waste not, want not"  ... xo

Lovely squares as always Gloria, and one of my favourite ways of using up odds and ends. From time to time I join all my short pieces of yarn together (usually with a weaver's knot or the Russian join - both on Youtube) and make a very large random ball. For those of us who don't have swing needles or have learnt cro-knit any ribby pattern will do - I like Helen's Six Stitch Rib pattern from the Pattern Book. This is so quick and every square is not only different but a surprise to the knitter which pleases my little mind. Thank you for reminding me Gloria, it's time I made another batch.

Thank you for these suggestions, Christine!  All great ideas.  I imagine all of us have little lengths of yarn that we just can't throw out, so this is a really good way (and this month is a good excues) to use them up :)

By the way, if you don't have swing needles but you still want to try the technique, you can use either circular needles or double-pointed needles :)))  I just like having the swing needles with the moveable ends to remind me which row I'm on (speaking of 'little minds" ... tee hee hee)  However, you can also use point protectors for the same purpose ... xo

Thanks Christine. I learned something new and extremely helpful to help join yarns together in a secure and neat way. I watched the video of the Russian join. Thanks, again

Question for those more knowledgeable than I am.    When I tried Russian Join, it was very tricky to do, and then it pulled out!   Does it only work for wool or mostly-wool yarns?

I regularly use the Magic Knot (basically 2 square knots pulled together), and have never had one pull out when tied properly.   But the Russian Join defeats me.



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