It all started in February 2011. Our son and his Canadian wife and their baby daughter visited us from Canada. We went to an Alpaca farm in Ridgley Tasmania to buy a scarf. We finished up buying wool and I taught my daughter-in-law to knit.
I had previously tried to knit for Africa and had a pink hat in the cupboard that was not good enough to send. It actually fitted my granddaughter so she wears it with pleasure. That pink ball of wool beckoned me.
After the visitors had gone I decided to give knitting for Africa another go. I googled 'knit a square' as I had heard of this idea. I choose knit-a-square.com because I did not have to sew the blankets together.
I started knitting but did not join the forum for a few months. It was amazing to have encouragement from so many lovely people.
At the time I started the squares I also decided to photograph the process to make a book for my granddaughter. I had made her ten books previously using digital photography and water colour artwork. Well the book was printed in Japan via my MacBook Pro and then I wrote another one. I asked Sandy and Kalai if I could put 'visit www.knit-a-square.com' on the back of the second book. They agreed.
I am retired and I live on my savings and one day I was in the local shops. I had fifteen dollars in my wallet. I asked myself what should I do, buy some food or mail my parcel of 500g to Africa. I posted the parcel and had vegemite sandwiches for dinner. I thought I have to find a way to finance that postage. I buy wool in various places and some friends have gifted wool to me.
I devised a plan to publish the two little books into one with forty pages and a cardboard template to cut out a wool-girl. I decided to put the knitting pattern under "knit patterns" for the outfit on the KAS website, to encourage visits there.
The characters in the book have a life outside the pages and they live that life on the Community forum on-line in the cyber-world of KAS.
I have had amazing fun knitting the squares and some small vests etc. It has been a positive influence on my health and well being and while it might seem there is some risk in financing a book, CD of a slideshow of the book, and greeting cards to raise funds for KAS. It spurred me on when I read about Ronda Lowrie's almost bald tyres on her blanket-carrying car.
Thank you to all the community members who have given me love and encouragement and to Team South Africa and to the McDonald family.
Look out for that pink ball of wool when you read "Wool-Girl and the Balls of Wool"
Maudie Bryan - I swim, I beach-comb, I bush walk and I knit squares for Africa.
Maudie this is my third attempt to tell you your parcel arrive so this will be brief
lso I have an idea about postage to SA so we will wait and see
www.tassiestore.com has sent me an email saying how I can put a YouTube video linked from the website. I will do that when I work out what to say!! There has been more traffic to the site lately so that is good.
I sold another book this week.
Well things are on the way up. One Tuesday a young man representing www.tassiestore.com will be coming to make a You Tube video of Wool-Girl and the Balls of Wool regarding why I made the books. So I will have to get a pile of books and cards
ready and concise KAS facts and see how I go. I can hopefully put a link in here when it is live.
That is amazing ! You are a real KAS angel Maudie and I hope it goes well for you.
Thank you Susan dear.
tassiestore's facbook page with soon have a video of my promoting Wool-Girl and the Wools of Wool.
Chris dropped in this morning and filmed me with the squares, the book and the cards etc.
It will about about 1.5 minutes on tassiestore's You Tube channel.
So you're a film star, Maudie? Great work!
H H ha we will see when it is on line. I will go and check now. :)
Here is the new video
Oooo Maudie that was fun, you did well ! Very clear pictures of wool girl book. I hope it boosts sales.
Thank you Sue. I just realised that in the first bit I actually said that Knit-a-square collects the squares...... a slip of the tongue. I guess I would be unlucky if it misled someone. I have put a comment under the video apologising and stating that the knitters mail the squares to South Africa.:) I hope I can sell some more.