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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Sharon, I can't answer for the Russian join.  I've never tried it.  I can say that the magic knot is what I have always used and with great success.  There are, of course, certain applications where it is not ideal, but for what we do, it is perfectly okay.

I've watched videos of the Russian join and admire those with the skill and patience to do this particular method :))) ... xo

Thank You Gloria.  

I guess I better stick with what I know, at least for now.

I use the Magic (or Weaver's) Knot most of the time too. I think the Russian join can be useful for joining in another skein of the same colour, especially if rows are long, and you leave the doubled ends longer than the Magic knot and knit them in which strengthens the join. It is a bit fiddly to use with very short lengths of yarn.

Thank You, Christine .... I wondered whether the whole point of Russian Join in wool yarn was that it would almost felt itself into one strand.    Either way, I think I'll stick with the knots.

I often use short lengths of yarn to make a chain stitch square.   I use Magic Knot to join, and trim the ends, but leave them hanging.   It makes a funky texture that is almost fluffy, perhaps similar to the twiddle muffs that seem to be popular now.   I haven't ever heard that this was any hazard for children, so feel reasonably safe doing it.    Would appreciate any advice on that score, too.

Great Job Gloria.   I especially like the Knit ladders pattern.

Three great squares Glo, my favourite is the front square as i I love the colours and texture.  :)) 

Gloria, all squares look very interesting but the last one I love most!

I love this idea and I'm going to pass it on to my knit and crochet group at church. 

You are on a roll this month, Gloria, with wonderful varied squares.  Love your snowflake squares, and the effect created by your new techniques.  

the rest of this should read 'seems to get any smaller?'  Another mystery is why nothing seems to be working this morning!!!!!!

Lesley, you have made so beautiful squares from your odds and ends! I have a similar pile of different yarn so I started a scrappy blanket on Sunday. I hope to finish it till Christmas!



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