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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Baby blocks spelling "LOVE".

Sept 2013 Baby Blocks LOVE

My KAS poem with 'educational challenge' background.  Will need an 8" x 16" square instead of 8" x 8" to finish this up.  Is this OK?

Sept 2013 KAS Poem

Getting the hang of these letter squares now :)  I wanted to do KAS first, but I think I will take Anne's "recommendation" and work on the remaining letters of the alphabet!

KAS 2

Square number 2 is "G for giraffe"! 

confess this is a resurrected/salvaged square! I'd started it for the African animals challenge, but never got around to completing it, so I just had to finish the embroidery on the giraffe (partly intarsia, partly swiss darning), knit the G to go with it and voila, we have "G for giraffe" instead.

... and speaking of the "education" theme, it is my daughter's very first day at school today!! She looked so grown up in her school uniform (very proud mummy here). x

I echo Gina's congratulations.  It is amazing that it is only Sept 5th yet we are on page 31 of this month's  challenge  As usual I am overawed at the creative and inventiveness of so many knitters and crocheters.  Here are my latest two squares - one colour crayon triangles and the other Colours of Kenya.  The camera has played false again and that turquoise is really green, along with the flag colours of red, black and white.

 

 

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I found these "creche decorations" in our dollar store.  They are very heavy felt, about 16" tall. 

Here's a schoolbus

Here are D and E.

And here is a maze that my grandson Damon designed for me while he was visiting.  I told him I wanted something simple for little people, and this is what he came up with :) I think he did a great job.

I needed a break from the little stitches, so I stitched this one.  I drew in what is actually a bird and a birdhouse, (for those of you who, like my husband, are too kind to say "What is it?")  You may be thinking, "Boy! talent sure ran through her family!" And you would be right..  It did.  Very quickly.  Right past me !! LOL  I can knit and crochet, but I don't claim to be able to draw :):):)

Oh well, I hope some little fingers will be able to trace the path from the birdie to its house.

My prototype bear.  Approx. 6" tall when his feet are straight out.  Planning to make them in colors for the kids.

Sept 2013 Bear Prototype 1

Now, children, what have we learned today?

Well, I learned that:

1.  It is easier to think up the squares than to complete them.  (Good thing the challenge has been extended.)

2.  It is nearly impossible to embroider letters on garter stitch.

3.  There are cute iron-on motifs for the sun, with smiling faces and mini-sequins that sparkle, but there aren't the same cute things for moon or stars, so you must improvise.

4. Cameras are not nearly as much fun as yarn.

5.  Now you can all share my repetune ... Night and Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6M--07fGwU

P.S.  The buttons are sewn on with elastic, triple sewed, quadruple knotted, ends securely woven in.  I think they will last.

 

Here's a bunch of "crayon colored" squares I did all of these today- a new record for me! :)

"S" is for Stars & Stripes.

Sept 2013 'S' for Stars & Stripes

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