This page is for events, large or small, that have been organised to raise awareness of the work of KAS. Our lovely members often organise local events or get-togethers within their own particular groups and no one else gets to hear about!
It is about time we started blowing our own trumpets more regularly and a bit louder, and, share with all the world-wide KAS membership the steps being taken to raise awareness and recruit more knitters/crocheters/weavers etc,.
We and our partners, the Ladies of Soweto Comfort Club are team-working to make a difference to the lives of children who are hungry, unsupported and cold, plus many have no one to provide them with that essential ingredient to survival - love.
PLEASE ADD EVENT NEWS NO MATTER HOW SMALL AS IT PROVIDES INSPIRATION AND CONFIDENCE TO OTHERS TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE ONE INDIVIDUAL OR A TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS CAN MAKE.
To get things started I’m going to report on an event that recently took place in London, but only the UK Group were aware of it! Sorry no photos.........
>>>>>>>Have now added a replica of Robert's square knitted at the event - the original is already winging its way to Soweto! Wanted to add some colour to this discussion page and red and white stripes add vitality!
THE BIG BEAST – Pam Johnson’s knitting machine and its travels!
Back in early September Pam Johnson was given another knitting machine and generously offered it to KAS members. Where upon Kerry said she wouldn’t mind having a dabble as she recalled her Mum had one once and she enjoyed the whizzing back and forth.
However, the difficulty lay in their locations as the Big Beast was far too heavy to post. Pam J. resides in Shropshire NW of the UK, while Kerry is based in Basildon Essex which is in the South and she did not have transport at that time.
Pam J. mentioned she was visiting a friend in Warwick at some stage, so I (Pam Antink) jumped in with an offer that proved to be a turning point. We supply Rob, a market trader with herbs & spices which he collects weekly from our place in St.Albans. Rob lives near Warwick and readily agreed to bring the said beastie to St. Albans. In fact, Rob has proved helpful in giving out flyers to his customers who are interested in knitting. Pam and her friend lunched at a pub nearby to Rob and the transfer took place!
Over a period of 3 weeks Rob transported the various bits of the machine to our place, and with the arrival of each box I began to grow alarmed at the size! I always thought knitting machines were small table sized gadgets. Anyhow, I finally managed to trek through the snow down to Basildon to the recently married Kerry’s home on the 19th December. Thankfully, Kerry’s husband Toby was available to assist with the unloading, and, their cat had a great time examining the various boxes!
It was lovely to meet Kerry as she has been an early consistent supporter of KAS and I know that Sandy greatly values her background work and contributions.
Kerry & Toby have earmarked a room for the machine and with Mum’s help they’ll piece it together in early 2011. Once the BB is up and running Kerry has promised to e-mail a photo which will be added to this tale.
Although 250 miles were involved in the three stages of the journey, however, the real value is in the teamwork
of KAS members working together in order to continue making a difference.
PS : Pam J has now discovered yet another piece which she’ll be posting to Kerry very soon!