Welcome Everyone to the March challenge - Around the World in 31 Days.

KAS receives squares and other beautiful items from wonderful, caring KASfriends, from fifty-four countries all over the world. Wouldn't it be lovely to create some squares and through them, share with friends the beauty and unique qualities of our different countries?

A pizza in Italy? An African Bee-Eater Bird? Now they would create some very colourful squares.

As always, Plain Jane squares are our most needed squares, so let's show each other the beauty that exists in every part of our world through colour, colour and more colour.

IMG_0165 Bird of Paradise        IMG_0840  Blue Wren


So come on everyone, let's put our thinking caps on, start knitting/crocheting and let the world discover the beauty of where we live. I'm EXCITED!!

Anne has very kindly set up our Pinterest page, which can be found here: http://www.pinterest.com/anne1464/around-the-world-in-31-days-knit-...

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March 2014 Challenge - Around the World in 31 Days

The Golden Wattle...the National Floral Emblem of Australia, beautifully needle-felted by my friend, Kym...square knitted by me.

I had a carefully PLANNED sequence of squares for this theme (and we all know how my planning goes...lol).......and I have decided to start with this one...thank goodness for friends like Kym.  :))

My apologies Maudie dear, on not having this discussion up and running earlier for you to post your square.....I look forward to it with MUCH anticipation. xx

Ooh, ooh, ooh...look what I just found in the 'photo' section. Maudie's BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, square.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! This is an amazing square, Maudie!!!

March 2014 Sunrise in Australia

The Koalas are ready for another day and for the first day of Autumn. We do not have Koalas in Tasmanian as a native animal but they are here in the wild life parks.

March 2014 Challenge - Around the World in 31 Days

Australia. This was going to be my introduction square...just didn't make allowances for how long it would take to sew. (I'm a notorious last minute gal). 

There is a song on youtube which I feel gives a good outline of the history of this country. I actually wish it was our national anthem, rather than Advance Australia Fair. Here is the link to 'I am Australian'.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjkrjYitgeA 

SOUTH PACIFIC - what every poor frozen Canadian is dreaming about right now


Bluenose SmileThere is much debate as to where the term "Bluenoser" originated, but it has been the nickname of Nova Scotians (and occasionally New Brunswickers) for a very long time.

Some African inspired colours for granny squares.

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th in the US.  It is names after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.

March 2014 Challenge - Around the World in 31 Days

The first of three sets of Australian flags.
This is the Aboriginal flag (centre square) and two striped pjs.
The Aboriginals were the first Australians.......... approximately 40 000 years before European settlers arrived. If you would like to read about the flag's origins and the representation of the colours and design, please click here:http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/fastfacts/aboriginalflag.html

More CANADA........

 MOOSE. ...The beaver is our national animal, but the moose is our largest, weighing up to 700 Kg. The males have antlers measuring up to 150 cm., which are shed in November and grow again the next summer.

It is estimated that there are between 500,000 and 1 million moose in Canada, and they are found in every province.

This year, today (March 4th) is Mardi Gras here in the US.  Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc.

I couldn't get hearts from the last challenge out of my head, so I'm linking the two in my first 'stop' in South Africa. I love the colours of their beautiful flag! (The green yarn is a bright emerald green, but doesn't show well here) 

A couple of South African Grannies... 

... and a bit more practice on the mitre squares (this time using the pattern from the KAS pattern book! 



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