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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For some reason  maths themes keep round in my head for this challenge.   'Fun with Fractions' is my latest ear worm!  I hope I can do some more, but it will be quite challenging to knit enough clarity into the relevant words and symbols for smaller fractions within an 8 inch square.  Another learning curve ahead for this knitter  . . . wish me luck!

I was moving things around here and found this poor little square had fallen behind some things.  It was my very first attempt at stitching on single crochet.  I had intended it for the August theme but forgot about it.  Looking at it now, it does have some very pretty crayon colors ... red, yellow, black, white ... so I thought it would be okay for this month :)

More "named" colours

Extra thanks to Gloria for reminding me to search for those 'lost' squares.   I made each of these squares earlier, thinking that I would do a series of each type ... well, then I got distracted by some other idea, and these were put aside and nearly forgotten until today.  Since the challenge has been extended, I might eventually finish others to match these. 

I hope the one on the right is okay for the challenge...the crayon colors are supposed to look like building blocks

Variation on pattern of the month.

Sept 2013 Heart

Three balloons with corkscrew tails.  3 is my favorite number :-)

Sept 13 '3' Balloons

These are some learning cards I've been making by cutting out sections of magazines and gluing them to index cards These are VERY fun to make! :) They're fine to send, right?

Here is how I've used some iron-on motifs ... they are ironed on, but also stitched with tiny stitches to ensure they remain on the square.

Numbers 3 and 4

Primary colours

Two more squares.  .  The idea is for children to have fun counting the stripes on the diagonal, though they are in bright orange, not muddy mustard as they appear here!   The crochet one reflects the colours of Scotland, though again  the dark purple and the dark blue look too similar here. . 

First row of my ABC blanket:

ABC Blanket; Row 1

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