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Thanks Linda. Will do so!

I posted two parcels in March. Only one has appeared on the received list. The missing parcel contained 14 hats, 6 hand warmers & 2 teddies. Is there anyway I can check if you have received but not recorded the parcel before I contact the UK Post Office?


Hi Jayne, it is worrisome when one thinks a parcel hasn't arrived. It will probably be received thIs month. Very few parcels have gone astray in all the years Knit-a-Square has been receiving squares. I send 2 or 3 at a time and it is always a surprise when they arrive...never at the same time! In fact, the parcels I sent in March still haven't arrived. They may arrive quickly in South Africa but the SA postal system isn't the most efficient.
Hope this helps
PS The volunteers will be thrilled to find all the lovely items when they open your parcel.

Totally agree with Linda. I remember the first two parcels I ever sent parcels to K-A-S. The second was recorded three months after the first....and they had both been sent at the same time. I have also had a couple of parcels that have never shown on a list, but I've also had 15 jumpers once appear in my name that I have never knitted/sent. The volunteers do the best they can, but mistakes/omissions can occur.

Also, you may like to check the list of names in other countries, as sometimes a person's name can be accidently put under the wrong country.

Thank you for the reassurance, Linda. For the first time in 5 years I have a parcel that doesn't seem to have arrived yet. I'm trying to figure out which one as I've sent 10 over the last few monthe, but it's diffficult as the squares tallies doesn't relate to my packge lists.


Hi Maggie.

Plastic sewing needles would be most welcome, thank you.  :))

Here is the link for the 2017 wishlist.

Thank you so much, Maggie. I know they are always needed.  :))

Whilst on holiday this year I went into a wonderful little wool shop and was having a conversation about KAS with the owner who very kindly let me purchase some end of line 50g balls of yarn for 50p each. During our conversation it came out that she had been told by a missionary at her church that it is not good to use white in any form in Africa as it is seen as a sign of death.  Apparently white is usually worn to funerals.  I don't normally use white myself unless I'm adding it to another colour when I use two strands of yarn.  Can you tell me if this is correct?

Hi Claire.

I also remember that years ago, someone brought up the question of red because they had heard that red was not a colour to use and Ronda made inquiries and found that it was perfectly okay for the children. I think the consensus was that ANY colour is perfectly fine.  :))

Here is a 'copy & paste' of something that I found online......

The following is a list of some of the main colors found in African clothing followed by their meaning to the African people. There can be variations in the meanings depending on the people group you are studying; however, in general these are the most common meanings behind commonly used colors in Africa.

Gold: Gold is an extremely popular color. It represents wealth and fertility.
Red: Red represents tension in the spiritual or political world and is viewed as the color of blood.
Blue: Blue represents love and peace, it symbolizes the sky, and is a harmonious color.
Green: Green represents prosperity and life and is also a medicinal color.
White: Spirituality and purity
The Africans took the meanings and spirituality of the colors in their cloth very seriously.

Thank you so much for that Bev. I can carry on knitting in the knowledge that I won't be upsetting anyone.  I love the meanings behind the colours, their clothes are always so beautiful.

I generally avoid all pale pastels and white but because I think the blankets are not going to be washed frequently as to keep them looking good stick to clear bright or dark colours.



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