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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Here are a few slip-ins I found at the dollar store.  I bought 3 puzzles and will send each puzzle in a zip-lock baggie for easy storage.  The animals are very sturdy plastic and I am adding a laminated math sheet called 'How Many' that I have created.[see attached file] 

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As usual I am so impressed with the KAS community - here we are at page 74 for this month and we are only half way through September. 

 

My latest square in my Country Colours series - here is the flag of Gambia.

 

 

Another tag team square - with a "Shapes and Colours" mini quilt

Man in the Moon :-)

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE 2013 Man in the Moon

If only I could find a camera that takes good indoor photos! My lovely sparkly midnight blue looks black here! Anyway, here is the next batch! 

P is for Pig

This month was not only an education challenge for the kids, but one for me.  Inspired by Denise (aka LoomaHat), I bought a loom and started making hats for the kids.  Here is my collection so far.  It's really fun to do and it doesn't take a lot of skill or time. 

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE 2013 Loom Hats

This is the last set in the series 1-10.  The daisy petals are not stitched down to provide a 3-D effect. These numerals were fun to do but took a lot of time !  Christine, you might recognize the circles in number 10.  These are some of the crocheted circles that came in the bag of donated yarn many moons ago. I didn't get around to making squares with these as the centres so I set them aside and promptly forgot about them until I saw Anne's dots with her numerals !   

Now I'm going to work on some crayon coloured PJs.

I'll add the graphs for 0-10 in the Members' Patterns discussion.

At last I managed to get the colours right! Enlarge it to see the sparkles properly! 

L is for leaf

"C"ute little "C"ar.

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE 2013 Car

I have two little pencil squares to add, and some cute little books for slip-ins.

So sorry, you can hardly see the cute little buttons shaped like pencils due to my very minimal photography skills.

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