This is where you can find all of Leanne's episodes for 2021, Season 2
Episode 1 - Finding Freedom Within Limitations
Episode 2 - A Spell In The Park
Episode 3 - The Rewards of Reaching Out
Episode 4 - Reflection On A Year Like No Other
Episode 5 - Friendships On The Knit a Square Forum
Episode 6 - Where Our Blankets Go
Episode 7 - Celebration To Cheer The Children
Episode 8 - Volunteers At Work
Episode 9 - Kindness In Action
Episode 10 - Blankets To Keep Out The Winter Chill
Episode 11 - Castles and Picture Squares
Episode 12 - Keeping It Real
Episode 13 - The World Needs Our Help
Episode 14 - Dangerous Conditions
Episode 15 - The Backbone of Any Blanket
Episode 16 - Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting
Episode 12 Notes:
Tuesday July 13, 2021
Much of the focus in the conversation is on what it feels like to be caught between one’s own comfortable lifestyle and the suffering of others. This is a “slice of life” episode, providing a window on the many difficulties our volunteers have to contend with and what, ultimately, makes the work so rewarding.
Another interesting Podcast, Leanne , thank you. I enjoyed hearing Athele very much.
Thank you Leanne for another fabulous Podcast. Athelé certainly has “the gift of the gab”. Her accurate description of our distributions, our personal feelings and the children’s reactions are spot on.
Grace Weir has been a member of Knit-a-Square for 11 years, and her friends in Dorchester, Dorset have helped her contribute many blankets and accessories for distribution. As she shares with Leanne her love of yarn, knitting, card-making and a range of other crafts, her enthusiasm for helping others is infectious.
You are probably aware that a spate of violence and looting has engulfed KZN and Gauteng lately. This, in addition to the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, is putting enormous strain on poorer communities. Please keep South Africa in your prayers and help in whatever way you can. Even sharing this podcast with a friend is an act of kindness, since it is a way of telling others how they too can make beautiful handmade blankets, beanies, hand-warmers and toys for our most vulnerable children.
July is Mandela month in South Africa, but this year’s Mandela Day was marred by social unrest. Listen to what the volunteers at Knit-a-Square have to say about it, now that things are returning to normal, and experience some of the lively atmosphere in the barn as they open parcels, fold blankets and sort squares.
Leanne welcomes feedback on the podcast and is always on the lookout for members who will come on as guests. We love to hear about the special interests of our members around the world. Please get in touch if you have a story to share or just want to make a suggestion for a future episode.
In this episode you will also find details on the measurements of squares and how to prepare them for posting. Sometimes puzzling problems arise, such as when a square turns out much too large or a blanket edging looks more like a frill. Leanne has some solutions to offer from her own experience which may prove helpful to listeners.
Thank you Estelle and Amy! I mailed these squares in early June, and I'm excited to see they arrived in the barn. :)
Episode 16 Notes:
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Leanne’s daughter Tammy joins her on today’s podcast to chat about their morning at the barn. Tammy is a psychologist in training and has experience working with patients with anxiety. She shares some interesting findings regarding knitting, crocheting and other fibre arts.
This is the final episode of season 2 of the Knit-a-Square podcast. You are welcome to go back and listen to previous episodes from seasons 1 and 2, and if you have any suggestions for future episodes, please get in touch.
For knitting patterns you can visit the KAS Shop for a free to you KAS created booklet with 35 square patterns.
Thank you Leanne and Tammy for an amazing podcast! Just before listening, I had been tentatively planning to visit the Barn, so everything Tammy said on the subject just confirmed my intention. I will be leaving South Africa in the near future, and always promised myself that if this day came, I wouldn't leave without a visit to KAS - now all I have to do is sort out the practical side of things!
I think many of us can also relate to what Tammy had to say about the therapeutic aspect of crafting, and it has certainly been a lifeline for me in recent weeks and months. Just made a note to myself to seek out a knitting/crochet group when I'm settled in the UK, since it's confirmed that crafting in a group has additional benefits :))
A visit to the Barn is a must if you are able.
The love, excitement, colors and tremendous experience will stay with you forever.
Let me know if you need Ronda's phone number.
Thanks Amy, that would be a great help.