The United Nations' (UN) International Literacy Day annually falls on September 8 to raise people's awareness of literacy issues in the world and so we have decided to use EDUCATION as our theme this month.

 

SO WHAT’S THAT ALL ABOUT???

 

OF COURSE -  AS ALWAYS, IT’S ABOUT THEME SQUARES.....

How do you put education into a blanket??? How about alphabet squares???..... or number squares with counting dots?...... or squares with simple words?........ or squares with geometric shapes??? I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Remember - these are for little children, so they need not be elaborate... they just need to be fun and bright.

 

AND IT’S ALSO VERY MUCH ABOUT PLAIN JANES.....

As always, our greatest need is for plain jane squares to go with the embellished ones..... So, all you plain jane knitters, think about bright, crayon colours this month and please post your squares here - we want to see them! In so many of the photos, the brightest things in the creches are the blankets made from our squares.

 

BUT IT’S ALSO ABOUT SLIP-INS AND FUN STUFF .....

We’ve all seen, in the distribution photos, some creches where a huge effort is being made to give the children a head start before they go off to ‘real school’.... and we’ve seen others, which are so short of supplies that they seem like somewhat dismal places. You can see in this photo what a difference receiving these little extras makes to the care-givers.

 

This is a great month to consider adding slip-ins of much needed supplies, so if you find some, post a photo in the discussion.

For those of you who want a change from making squares, you might consider making picture books like these from Helen Flagg’s group.

For inspiration, you might want to check out Andrea Palmatier’s wonderful downloadable set of flashcards here

 

AND IT’S ABOUT OUR BREAKING NEWS .........We have a new addition in the Shop this month. For a just $5.00, you can provide a ream of paper (500 sheets) or a set of exercise books for a creche in need.

If you are able, please consider making a donation here. This is an inexpensive way of providing much-needed paper for the children, and since it is so heavy to mail, you will save the postage costs.

Since this item appeared in the Shop a couple of weeks ago, 40 Reams of Paper have been purchased by our members. Hopefully, since our focus is on Education this month, the total will have risen by the end of September. Watch for an update!

A creche with 25 children will use up a ream in a month - even if they only get one sheet per day.

 

Our wonderful Laurie Fortier has already set up the Pinterest page for this challenge......  it's just waiting for your creations at

http://pinterest.com/forstew/knit-a-square-september-challenge-educ...

 

Thanks to Gitta our Education Photo Album is up and running at

http://forum.knit-a-square.com/photo/albums/september-2013-challeng...


NOTE - THIS CHALLENGE WILL RUN THROUGH TO OCTOBER 6

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Well, off we go KASfolk....... back to school (at least in the northern hemisphere0

I hope you will enjoy this month's theme.  I know it sounds a bit odd... but the secret is "to think like a little kid" and remember the things that delighted you back then.

Here's my first "word square" which also appears above. The duck has a 'flappy' wing which really doesn't show up.

 and here are some slip-ins I found in our dollar store - such fun to have an excuse to buy these things when you don't have any little ones at home anymore

I love shopping for slip-ins!  Here's my first contribution and like Cherry I'm going to need to crochet quite a few squares to balance the parcel :-)

And a crayon square in what I would call  'cobalt' blue.

Starting off this challenge with A is for Apple.

Sept 2013 Apple

P is for Pink as well as for Piggie.

Sept 2013 Piggie

A little birdhouse and birdie to represent geometric shapes - circle, square and triangle. The background square is actually a pretty pale yellow, but isn't showing up right in this picture.

Sept 2013 Birdhouse Shapes

What a wonderful start to the challenge already!  You KASfolk are just amazing. 

I am so excited because I actually found some slip-ins for this challenge ... not much by any standard, but I struggle to find things to slip in, so this is a big deal for me ... LOL.

 

Also, my first square for this month ... can you guess what my favorite class was?

Some 'colour' squares

A homemade alphabet book - dollar store photo album, flashcards and a bit of construction paper.  I never outgrew my need to cut and paste.

Would knitted play balls count as educational, do you think?  I made this one using up yarn remnants following a pattern I got from a link from LoomaHat's website - http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/loomed-ball.html   

Sample of the slip-ins I've been sending.  But I do cut off or black out the prices.

Sept 2013 Slip-ins

A math square.

Sept 2013 One & One

Some of my Plain Janes.

Sept 2013 PJs

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