This photographic album will provide a record of blankets made up from the lovingly created squares sent to South Africa from all corners of the globe. Various groups have laboured in SA to join the squares together to form these wonderfully warm blankets for the children to sleep under and to be used as wrap-round coats during the cold winter days.
The beauty of all this wonderfully generous work is that one square can be can be stitched together on four sides by squares made by members from many different countries - clearly demonstrating the caring capacity of people who work with yarn!
Once the first 95 blankets are posted, I'll go through the records and add others that have been created from members squares. Due to the passage in time it won't be possible to date all of these blankets, however, having recognised some squares from earlier in the year it is likely that 1 - 95 were posted to South Africa this year!
As requested, here is a little bit about Lorinda from Ronda : Lorinda is a new contact in South Africa (about 3 months ago) and discovered KAS on the web whilst working with projects through her church outreach - aimed at reaching out to orphaned and vulnerable children in the Sabie area. Lorinda said she would love to have some KAS items to distribute on our behalf.
Sabie is a small town on the Sabie River in Mpumulanga Province, which is in the east of the country and close to Kruger National Park - about 3.5 hours from Johannesburg by road. Sabie is close to a very large area named Bushbuckridge which is extremely poor and in which there are large squatter settlements.
Lorinda started off with some squares and a few beanies, but has since managed to arrange, on two occasions, for people from Sabie visiting Johannesburg, to collect beanies & jerseys and more squares. The team is working like a Trojan - as we can all see from the first 41 blankets!
Ronda commented that it is wonderful when people are enthusiastic and you can see that they are on the same page.....and of course, it's lovely to spread the joy into other provinces of South Africa!
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I'm right with you there, Lorinda. I have a big box where I put every little bit of yarn. If it can't be crocheted, it can be used to butterfly tails.
Chuckle ... I love that I'm not the only one who does that ... and the teeny tiny bits that are too short to even tie a knot go to stuff a ball or bear. It is actually fun trying to make sure every last bit gets used. My little Polish Grandmother would be proud. Keep stitching, and saving.
Keep up the good work! Nothing wasted :D
I have to confess :), the pieces I cut of when working away the ends, go into a bowl, this I put outside for the birds, Its amazing to see them taking those small pieces and using it in there nests. This way I waste nothing, and the little chicks have some extra warmth :))))
That is so sweet and a great idea!
Thank you Cherry
A great collection. My eye is really drawn to the two heart-based squares on the right.... the big purple heart with a bright orange surround, and the circle of smaller orange hearts in a wreath.
:) It is awesome how the blankets turn out,