Nothing is more fun than a chance to get together with some of our Kas-sisters! Since Gloria was passing through on her way out west, we managed to arrange an afternoon at the mall in Newmarket.
What a blast! We traded lots of hugs, lots of laughs, lots of tips on knitting and crocheting, tips on the best way to send parcels.... and lots of KASchat.
Wendy made a video ( edited and posted by her daughters Maddie and Amelia Murray). By the way, you will notice that everyone is looking very industrious except me - I had good intentions but Wen and Glo absconded with my yarn so Glo could give Wen a lesson in Tunisian crochet.
You can find the video here
Gloria with her fabulous Toronto Maple Leafs illusion blanket which she is making for a special person in her life
Christine Steeves - truly a "kindred spirit"
Gloria gives a lesson
We are planning another get-together on May31 when Linda and Dave Maltby will be here. We are hoping Anne Connor will be able to join us (can't wait to meet her). If anyone is within driving distance of Newmarket, Ontario, and can join us, please message me and I will send you details.
Reply by Gloria Grandy on
Here I am in Dryden with my wonderfully warm and witty friend Jeanne!!! What a fabulous visit we had over coffee and H.C. :) We talked about family, KAS, sightseeing, magic loop, loom knitting, crocheting, and much, much more! There never seems to be enough time to fit everything in.
Here we are saying "goodbye". Strangely, I feel like I'm leaving someone I've known for a long, long time. Thank you, Jeanne, for sharing some of your time with me ... xo
IF YOU WERE WALKING THROUGH UPPER CANADA MALL AND SAW THIS, WHAT WOULD YOU THINK?
WHY IT'S ANOTHER MEETING OF THE CANADIAN KASFOLK OF COURSE!
Sunday, May 31, we did it again. In attendance - Wendy Lewis (who was hiding behind the camera), Anne Powell, Linda Maltby, Andrea Palmatier, and Anne Connor.
As usual, we had a great time chatting about KAS, trading yarn and knitting/crochet tips, and getting to know one another better. Linda gave me a lesson on making her Wheel Spoke Square (and managed to make a whole one while we sat there) and gave Anne Connor some hints on corners in crochet. Andrea was working on a gorgeous fuschia and green square, and me?... well I was so busy talking and laughing that I only manged about two rows of knitting!
We were all thrilled that Anne Connor (who makes those very beautiful 'floating stripes' squares) was able to join us this time. Who would have guessed that she speaks with such a lovely Irish accent?
Linda Maltby and Anne Connor
Reply by Gloria Grandy on
Okay ... short story :) You know our Bev. Sure! you all know our Bev. She's one of our wonderful KASsisters in Australia! Yes, that one! Well it seems she has sisters, and one of those sisters lives in Canada ... British Columbia, actually.
Well, we went to BC on our trip and guess who we met up with. Bev's sister Val!!! What an incredibly wonderful evening Don and I had with Val and her husband John. They are a fabulous couple and they couldn't have been more gracious hosts. We enjoyed every minute of our visit, and we were even invited back (so I guess we must have minded our manners okay, too :).
But the best part is that they have promised to visit us in Nova Scotia if/when they get there!!! Can't wait to see both of you again!!! Thank you again for your kindness and your hospitality ... xo
Here's Val and me being very good and posing nicely for the camera :) Actually, I'm holding onto Val so I don't fall backwards. If I go ... you go too, girl!!! LOL
Here we are ... well ... just havin' fun :))
And Val was kind enough to snap this panoramic view of Don and me :)
Thank you to Bev for facilitating our meeting ... xo
What a good time we had!! We met at noon at West Edmonton Mall for lunch and then lots of chatting afterwards. We all brought yarn but we were gabbing so much we never got around to doing any knitting/crocheting.
For Show and Share, Beth brought some of her gorgeous squares and beautiful dolls she made. I hope this link works. http://forum.knit-a-square.com/photo/3-dolls/next?context=user I brought a sewing project (not KAS related. *blush*) and Gloria gave us a quick lesson on how to do the honeycomb stitch in Tunisian crochet. For all of you who think it's hard...it isn't! Give it a go and see for yourself. I'm looking at you, Bev Jeffery! LOL
Hubby came with me, so Gloria's husband didn't have to sit and listen to too much girl talk...lol. Gloria and Don had many miles to make this afternoon so, sadly, the visit ended waaaaay too soon. Two hours just wasn't enough time.
Gloria says they're hoping to come out this way again next year. Gosh, I hope so!
Wonderful. What a fun time was had.
Unfortunately, Louise Tidman and I are unable to attend Heather's KAS UK Big Day Out on the 18th July, and decided that the next best thing would be for us to meet up, for our own little 'Big Day Out'. I was so excited, that Louise was willing to to drive to visit me, and that Jude, a prolific crocheter and support to Louise in their amazing work for KAS in Wiltshire, would be joining us!
It has rained all day, but it didn't dampen the joy in our meeting at all! After a cuppa and chat at my home, and a soggy walk in the garden, we went to Cowbridge, a market town near my home, had lunch and another chat...... and found that we had so much in common, and I learned more anout the wonderful KAS work that Louise organizes in her village. It sounded to me that the yarn, squares and many other goodies for KAS, takes over her home inbetween the large shipments that she arranges!
It felt like a small world, when I realised that Jude's sister in Cardiff, had been one of my nursing colleagues for years!
Like true KASers, we had to check out the local charity shops, and bargains were found by both Louise and Jude. The yarn shop was closed, but it meant there were more pennies to spend at another 'bargain shop' we visited on the outskirts of another nearby town. Louise is able to send so many diiferent items for the children in her boxes (not through the royal mail, or courier as Ronda would have to pay charges). So lots of lovely items were purchased for the children to enjoy and I was able to buy a few goodies for their next shipment.
We then returned to my home for a cuppa and cakes, and another chat before my lesson from Louise and Jude on how to make a granny square and snowflake, and a mini lesson from me on a crocheted PJ!
The day went so quickly, but it was wonderful to spend time with KAS sisters who are kindred spirits!
In the photo above, Louise and Jude gave me some yarn for a Go-Over.
REPORT: KAS UK Big Day Out - July 18th 2015
Posted by Heather Mensah on July 22, 2015
On Saturday July 18th, nine KAS 'sisters', who had never met each other before, came together in York, in the north of England, to knit and crochet together on Nelson Mandela Day
I am delighted to say that today I met Amy and her husband Richard fom the USA!
When Amy contacted me some time ago to say that she would be spending some time in the UK, as her husband Richard would be working here for a while and asked if we could meet up when she was in Wales, I was thrilled! So today we arranged to meet up for lunch, and met in a pretty rural setting in the Vale of Glamorgan. I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that we did a fair bit of chatting!
It was lovely to meet them both; Gloria has said that KAS members are simply friends that you haven't met, how true that is, we had a lot in common and the time flew by! Our meeting will be a memory that I will treasure.
I was delighted to receive a gift of some beautiful yarn from the USA, I will let you know when I use it.
Thank you Amy and Richard for spending time with me, I enjoyed meeting you both, I hope we will meet again.
Last month, while visiting family I had the opportunity to meet KASister Anneke.
We had a delightful day…chatting the whole time !!
Here we are with our husbands enjoying coffee and fresh mint tea in an outdoor café.
After our refreshments the men went bird watching on the polder while Anneke and I went….
to the wool shop !
We had a fun time checking out textures and softness of all the yarns. [I did buy a ‘few’ balls]
The shop owner, wearing the traditional dress, was charming.
I think Anneke spends a lot of time in her shop!
We ended, what seemed like a very short day, with a lovely evening meal.
Thank you Anneke and Kees for a most enjoyable day.
KAS COFFEE MORNING AND LUNCH
by Louise Tidman & Jude Sullivan
Louise Tidman lives in a village called Purton which is in the Wiltshire area of the UK. close to Swindon.
She is a very busy and valuable member of KAS. Louise runs along with her right hand lady Jude a knitting group for about 80 ladies, who support KAS with all of their wonderful goods.
Due to the success of our KAS coffee morning in March 2015 we decided to do the same again this year. Planning started in January 2016. The Village Hall was booked, a list of willing helpers was drawn up and tasks were allocated. Things were going to plan, then I had the bright idea of adding a two course lunch to the proceedings! I ran the idea by a few of the helpers who thought it was fantastic but who was going to cook the lunch during the coffee morning while we were all busy. That’s when I had my best idea to date……I contacted Sharon Fennell (fellow KASsister) and asked if she would be willing to help out. To my amazement she said YES!!
On the morning of the event Sharon arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed (At this point she had no idea what she had let herself in for!) and she set to work in the kitchen with my friend Sheila.
The Hall filled up nicely, the coffee was flowing, the biscuits were being eaten and the stalls were making much needed funds. The icing on the cake was when Chris Chiplen and her son Andrew arrived from Wales, it was wonderful to see Chris again and great for her to meet Sharon.
Photo: KAS Display.
Sixty lunches were served before Sharon had a well-deserved sit down and chatted with Chris and myself. Chris brought some of her beautiful blankets for us to see, they look great in photos on the forum but are truly spectacular when in front of you.
It had been a very busy morning, with plenty of fun and laughter along the way and I know Sharon and Chris were amazed by the friendliness and sense of community within our village……Oh, I almost forgot, we raised over £1000, truly amazing!!!
My first meeting with Sharon Fennell was at 8.30am prompt she arrived at my house to start what turned out to be a busy but fun packed day raising postage funds for KAS. Sharon arrived like Father Christmas with so many goodies plus a wonderful Easter Hamper raffle prize. Louise had already started to decorate the hall with photos, granny square bunting plus a display of some of the work our group had made. In no time at all 10.00am arrived and our first 'supporters' arrived for morning coffee. Chris Chiplen arrived with Andrew her son who had kindly driven her to Purton with the bribe of homemade cakes plus a two course lunch! Chris arrived bringing me more embellishments for my PJ’s plus some blankets which she had completed which were stunning.
It was a lovely atmosphere and we all introduced ourselves as we sold raffle tickets and asked people to part with more money to 'Name the Duck' which I won. His name is Cyril and he is going to SA to be loved by a KAS child.
By lunchtime 60 guests stayed to enjoy a two course meal and everyone congratulated us on such a successful morning. At this time we allowed Sharon out of the kitchen, she was last seen driving Louise home with a boot full of Teddies.
We are so grateful to everyone who made it a KAS fundraising day to remember. See you all, same time next year ? ! :)))
Photo: Four KASsisters, Louise, Chris, Jude & Sharon
Thank you, Anne, for pulling this together. I really enjoyed rereading all the encounters. A big 'Hello' to my KAS sisters from the shores of the Adriatic Sea.