In the book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas  by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch stole Christmas from the people of Who-ville. 

In South Africa, disease and poverty stole childhood from millions of children.

Can we displace the Grinch in a child’s life?

Just for a moment?

Christmas gift making is starting early ! 

Ronda requested more time to prepare the blankets before the holiday season arrives.

Besides themed squares, we also need many, many Plain Janes to complete a blanket.  Please do not be deterred by the fancy square.  We would love to see how you are using Christmas colours to warm a cold child.  A square made with red, green and/or white would be quite striking.  Variegated Christmas yarns also make interesting squares

A few reminders: 

  • Please securely butterfly  a 20”/50 cm tail to each square and bundle squares into lots of 5 or 10, to help the sewers in South Africa.
  • Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the month.   When your parcel arrives in the next few months, know it will be appreciated and that you are keeping children warm.
  • Would you upload your photos to the photo page as well as to this challenge. (Not sure how to add a photo? Click here then scroll to “How do I add a Photo to a discussion” )
  • After uploading your photos, please go to The Drive To Fill Ronda’s KASvan and add to the squares tally.

Marvellous Mary has set up Flickr.  Great place to see all the photos together and spread the word !

Gracious Gitta has set up the Christmas Album. There are so many wonderful squares that Gitta has opened a Second Christmas Album

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Now at Day 4:   Four calling birds.....

Another red/white combo.   I know someone else did two strands together before.  I did it because I wanted to use larger needles.

This is the orange of the flower of our Australian Christmas Tree. They are an amazing seasonal sight.

My next set of 'sparklies'.

Candle Flames in Red .... and maybe the Candlelight Carol to accompany

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMKYbSCXh8c    

Enjoy.

Wish my compter keyboard had a musical note... anyway here is my version of "We Three Kings..."  Figures are washable Ecofelt

I picked up a bag of about 15 or 20 four-inch crocheted cream-colored squares at a thrift shop.  I've decided to try to "pretty" them up for Christmas  And believe it or not, I even have some matching cream-colored yarn in my yarn stash ... (which, if you could see my yarn stash, wouldn't surprise any of you ! LOL)

And, dear hero, I even posted them here all by myself !  ;-)

A cute puppet from Grace Weir:   "My first for the June challenge... I am a late starter here but will make more of these puppets".

snowman hand puppet

Another Christmas Poinsettia flower.

So much creativity and craftmanship and love in all of the work posted.  Thanks to everyone for sharing their ideas and outcomes so freely.  I have been doing glittery and boucle pj's so far, but am now inspired by your efforts to get going with pattern and colour for this challenge.  In the meantime, I was in our local Poundland store and saw these. Two soft balls for £1.00 and 2 skipping ropes for £1.00.  The balls are very light (75 g together) and the skipping ropes just a little heavier at 115g for both,  but still good for posting. I am hoping that they will make good Christmas gifts as they are toys that work better when shared, so can be used by a group. Happy Knitting/crocheting everyone! (It's the closest seasonal greeting I can think of to wishing you a Happy Christmas!)

Here is a lovely Christmas tree from Mary Anne. "I had a lot of fun with this one, as you can no doubt see! I had a few buttons already, but then when I went to the fabric store and they had buttons 50% off...well, I couldn't believe the adorable Christmas buttons I found! Right down to the Christmas bulbs on the tree! Since I only used a few, I will be able to make a few more trees to spread around :) If you look close, you can see a little train in the bottom right corner! What's Christmas without a train set to go around the tree?!"

Oh Christmas Tree.....

Here is a sparkly reindeer prancing along happily.

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