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Thanks Karen...that's a lovely thing to say. xx

Yes, they do say patience is a virtue, but some days I just don't feel very

Ha, love it........ Nobody is perfect ❤️ ha, ha. I'm lol-ing, out loud!! .

Question concerning hats - The requested pattern on your site states to use DK weight yarn , but then says to hold it double. Is that accurate and would worsted weight work just as well? Also, is any pattern ok as long as it would fit a child? Are there any colors that are not allowed for safety reasons?

You're very welcome to knit any kind of hat you desire to fit a child, in any colour your heart and wool supply provides ❤️!   

USA light worsted yarn is the same as UK DK, and worsted is slightly thicker and consequently would work slightly bigger/thicker when knit.

Good luck and enjoy your knitting.   If you've any other issues please don't hesitate to ask for advice again... K

Hi Jacqulyne. Although it's been quite a while since I have knitted hats for KAS (I prefer to knit squares), the hats I have made have been in 8 ply yarn.

Personally, I think the main thing is to take note that it is requested that the hats be almost adult sized, not toddler sized, as they are distributed to 3+ years children.

Thank you for asking and as Karen has said, any further questions or clarification, don't be afraid to ask.  :))

Hi, I have been sending co-ordinated packs of handwarmers, a hat and toy. But I notice on the distributions that the toys appear to get given out separately. So,my question is should I be making my items as a pack as are they going to be split up on arrival at the barn.

Also, I posted a question in January but have not had a reply. Should I be emailing questions directly.

Many Thanks

Hello Jane, I'm sorry your question was overlooked earlier in the year.     An oversight I'm sure.     Perhaps no-one was on hints advice at the time as moderator roles were reorganised mid February.     This is the correct place/page to ask any questions and advice.     Hats and handwarmers as a set could be joined together loosely with yarn to try + keep them together.     As you can imagine the vast numbers of items received in the barn cannot guarantee this, but doing this may help.      II'll look into the solid toy query and get back to you soon.   Kx

Hi Jayne.  I think that there was a discussion some years back that hats and handwarmers would not or not necessarily be given out as sets, as not every child would be able to be given a coordinated set and to avoid arguments or envy among the children, they would be given random handwarmers and random hats. It probably also works the other way where they may give the children coordinated sets and then the children might swap hats or handwarmers with a friend, just so they can have two different colour combinations/designs.

Regarding the action toys, cars, etc., I am thinking they may be quite heavy to post, as things made from hard plastic and/or metal, usually are. (Expensive for you)Do you perhaps have a local children's charity who would welcome them?

If you sent them to South Africa, I'm sure they would find a home in a creche, however, with the limited time that the volunteers have to process the mountain of squares, toys, hats and handwarmers each week, they try to stick to these four main items, otherwise they may receive many generous selections of different 'goodies' that they then have to find a place to store until they can find an appropriate creche to distribute them to and it takes their volunteering time away from sorting and sewing, members warming 'goodies', which is their primary goal.   :))

Having enquired about the more solid toys it seems best to send soft toys only.     Firstly there is the postal expense and weight percentage to consider for your value for £ sending these items.   Secondly, the sorting of toys in S Africa is a massive sifting process which really cannot withstand another category purely on a space capacity.  

Concensus is that soft toys only would be more appropriate/appreciated.    For certain your local charity shop would be delighted to receive such items - leaving you more weight and space for knitted items in your next parcel - everyone wins!   Great ✅

Hi KASers, why are my photos uploading sideways instead of upright? They are right side up on my tablet. Has anyone else experienced this? 

I'm sorry Deborah I'm baffled as to why this would happen...... Your crafting is great though ✅

Hi All,

I searched by couldn't find the answer. Are slightly used stuffed animals welcome? My kids are all grown and we still have many "in great condition" stuffed animals in smaller sizes like Beanie Babies. I'm just looking for a place to donate them. My crochet talents don't extend to animals.




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