SQUARES SQUARES SQUARES!
Squares as always are what we need the most.
To make our lives easier, please only leave a tail 50 cms long. We bundle the squares into 50's and they can get into a terrible mess with very long tails. We would appreciate it if these tails could be neatly butterflied and laid on top of the square and all other ends stitched in.
Send the squares flat with the tails neatly wound on top of the square. Folded squares or rolled squares with the tails bound take a long time to flatten and sort.
Neaten the ends. Some squares arrive with the end just snipped off and this may lead to a blanket unravelling.
Be creative - it is lovely to include one creative square in each blanket among the plain jane squares, so if your mood is creative do send us embroidered or other creative squares if you feel like it. They add yet another dimension to our beautiful blankets. And please send brightest colours, even luminous, where possible. However, all squares will be used no matter what the colour. We totally understand that using up old yarn is a common situation. Here is a link to the challenges to help with your creative sparkle, please join in! http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/categories/challenges-1/listFo...
Please include a note with your name, address, email address and a list of the contents of the package.
Yarn - please use yarn (either wool, acrylic, bamboo or cotton) which is soft or softish to touch.
Square vests – please do not use the pattern from the website. The pattern will soon be removed and replaced with a Slip-Over pattern or a simple vest /tank top pattern, longer in body length.
Newborn items – sorry for the confusion in this regard. We most definitely DO want newborn items, but our current stock is unbalanced in favour of small items at the moment so before the coming winter it would help enormously helpful for us to receive items in the pre-school/creche (2-8 yr) age group bearing in mind that this is the age-group to which we have greatest access.
Slip-Overs - these garments should definitely be made in soft, yielding yarn as they are either warn directly against the skin or are stretched over other items for added warmth. They can be made thicker (with two strands of yarn) but perhaps then they should be knitted or crocheted on bigger needles. There are very specific instructions under the SLIP-OVER category on the forum.
Hats – at this point we need these items for children two years and older, again in line with our stock requirements going into winter. Please make sure that some of the hats are large enough to fit a two year old (proportionally a two year olds head is almost the size of an adult, so please keep that in mind when you are knitting/crocheting away!) – sizes medium and large preferred for the next few months.
Jerseys, cardigans, jumpers and baby clothes – again sorry for the confusion! Please keep sending these. We need them. Cardigans are perfectly acceptable in fact Ronda says “we love and adore these items”. As she explained, the very tiny sweaters as per the website pattern tend to have a high neckline which is not comfortable for very small babies. But “own” pattern items, specifically designed for infants are most welcome – plus bootees and mittens. We have a large collection of teeny beanies at this point.
We love these! Please keep knitting them. Here is a link to the knit-a-long that we had last year: http://allfororphans.com/kascuddleknit-a-long/
Please send all of these items to OUR knit-a-square address, here is the link to our postal instructions page: http://www.knit-a-square.com/postal.html
Please ensure that NO VALUE, NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE and FOR CHARITY ONLY is placed on your custom labels and parcels. We have to pay a small mandatory handling fee on any box, so if your squares will fit, please send them in a package rather than a box.
Plastic rain ponchos - these are the most desired of all the 'slip-ins'. We will use every rain poncho sent for the children in the informal shack settlements. The rain comes in deluges and everyone in a shack would be saturated during a rain storm. The ponchos will be used during summer and winter to stay dry inside and outside.
Stationery - pencils, erasers, sharpeners and ball point pens are most welcome.
Toys – the toys go down an absolute treat as you would have seen from the photos on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Knitasquare . Please keep sending them!
As always KAS needs your donations, even just a small amount of money per month makes a big difference. Here is the link to our donations page. Every cent is used in South Africa to allow Ronda and our amazing volunteers to do the work that they are doing: http://www.knit-a-square.com/knit-a-square-donate.html
Two new projects:
The first one requires funds for Ronda to buy school shoes for Africa Ablaze. Africa Ablaze are currently running a rural school shoe appeal. We do not want shoes sent because they are too heavy, expensive and will definitely incur duty. However, funds donated to KAS can be used toward this appeal, so if you feel like giving some rural children school shoes, please donate here: http://www.knit-a-square.com/knit-a-square-donate.html
The other project we are working with is Aurora Schools project, which is to try and beat the Guinness Book of World Records largest hand-made blanket which is 2500 sq metres (MASSIVE) by Mandela Day THIS year! We have promised them knitting needles and double-knit, or other suitable yarns, to get them started in March. We are getting publicity through their effort and have also promised 250 - 400 blankets to fill in IF required on the day, and also we will help them lay out and cobble together (loosely) the 35-square blankets so that they may be UNcobbled afterwards and distributed. Therefore, knitting needles and yarn are greatly needed as well as plastic and steel wool-sewing needles! (Please send these items to the usual KAS address).
So there you are, the official 2012 wish list. Thank you all for your patience, and please remember, this is just a "wish list" a guideline for what makes our lives easier. It does not matter if you have not done these things, please still send the goods anyway they will all be used!
Just a thought – we are promised SUCH a cold winter here, if people want to pop just one undervest (singlet ?) and one pair of sox in each parcel they would be very welcome indeed.
I have about 6 vests in stock, but of course they sit here waiting for sufficient numbers to gather before I can distribute them.
The sox are flying out – they are extremely popular !
Again, sizes 3 – 10 yrs in all items are the most useful just now.
Just a little reminder for the kind people who purchase them please to remove any price tags or plastic clips - as Customs regards these a saleable products, and, therefore subject to Duty!
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Wendy...This is so wonderful for you to have better prices!!! Praise the LORD for all blessings!!! ♥Cathy
Thank you Anne for having Helen email me!!! My daughter and I spent all day together...and she made 3 squares and I got one made and am on my second one! Thank you so much!
Hi, Cathy! I read Rachel's A.'s response to your post, and she's quite right. We do have to send everything from the U.S. by air (Priority mail) and it IS expensive. I now use polyethelene bags, about 24"x24" to mail soft items like squares, slipovers, KASCuddles,hats, and sweaters. I can get 80 squares in one of these bags at a cost of about $60.00.(I buy the bags through ebay.) But I DO use boxes. I do not feel comfortable mailing pens, pencils,books,toys, and other "hard" items in the polyethelene bags. My standard size box is 18x18x10 and if I pack it really full to the brim, the cost will be about $100.00 by weight. I wish there were some magic option to lessen the U.S. postage costs, but they continue to be high.
Have you considered asking friends who do not knit or crochet if they would like to help support KAS by making a postage donation? We do that a lot at church and people are glad to help. Do you have a women's group at your church that might like to help with postage? How about a civic club?
We really don't know if we will have another group sponsor postage from the U.S. like Planet Purl and Jigsaw have done in the past. My best suggestion is to see if you can get some outside help to sponsor the postage costs.
Thank you Helen~! I appreciate all your information~ I will be deciding what I'll be doing this next month. I was just so discouraged yesterday, but today I'm back at it, and so it my daughter...and my cousin that lives in California. Even my cousin got really discouraged.
I'm afraid I do not really have anyone to ask to donate toward the mailing. My church, including me, have a misson called Knit One Pray Too where we make shawls. So all their support goes there. I will be praying about this situation, and see what to do. Laurie Fortier has offered for me to send them to her in Canada, and that might be feasible.
Thanks again for your encouragment and especially about the box information! Cathy
I would also be happy to help. I am doing a KAS challenge on my blog trying to get 500 squares for June 1 which I will then send to SA. I am also doing fund raising to help with the postal fees. It really is quite reasonable to send packages from the US to Canda. It's cheaper than within Canada if you can imagine!
You can find my address on this blog post. Anyone who would like help with the postage costs is more than welcome!
I love this! If I can get a batch ready on time, I'll definitely send it to you. That will save me loads of money on postage!
Do you know by what date we would need to send the squares for them to get to you by June 1st? I know that postage can take a while, but I have no idea how long it would take from the US to Canada.
You can send them to me anytime! I'm using June 1st as a motivater, but as long as there is a need for squares, I will be sending them!
That is awesome. Thank you so much!
Are you sure you won't be overwhelmed by the number of things that arrive =)?
I would be sooo happy to be overwhelmed!! :)
LOL...ask and you shall receive! :)
All right then! I'll do my best =)!