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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Six little birdies only just fitted on a square...

Added by Elaine Game on September 21, 2013 at 2:29am in the Photo section

Glad it wasn't one more because there was no air space for another winged birdie in site.. have to find smaller critters for the next few... wings and tail are not completely sewn down and can be wriggled by little fingers..

This interactive froggie will let a child play with the plastic zipper to hide and reveal his little tongue.

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE 2013 Interactive Froggie

My calendar told me that Saturday, September 21 is the UN International Day of Peace.  And online I found this:

2013 - Focus on Peace education

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has dedicated the World Peace Day 2013 to Peace education in an effort to refocus minds and financing on the preeminence of peace education as the means to bring about a culture of peace.

 

Red square: Crocheted by Anne Powell, drawings by Mia, stitched on by Wendy!!

Over half way through now! 

This is "KASLove".
I decided to split my original 8x16 square into two; this one with the poem and added hearts to form KASLove.

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE 2013 KASLove

Before school started in September, our local stores were offering these items at drop-dead give-away prices.  I couldn't resist

Another "count the stripes" square.  I started this in the evening light and thought had picked out some forest green wool (left over from the Christmas challenge) to well with the pechy pink.  I knitted over half the square.  but in the morning when I looked,discovered I had picked up navy blue wool instead of green.  Oh well!  That's the second time I have done that this onthh - the other in mistaking navy blue for black wool, and as it was for a square based on a flag, I had to take it out and redo it with the black - just to be accurate.  A lesson here!

Also some more granny squares, though I know they are not particularly to the Education theme.

 

 

I used the 'crayon' looking edging to tie this into the education challenge.  But it was more an education for me since I could practice my knitting with a new pattern in the center of the square.  

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE 2013 Crayon Edge

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