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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Lorinda, you really work at making the whole blanket 'work'. Thank you so much for the extra mile.
Thank you Mili
Ah, Lorinda, these are wonderful pictures of great, colorful blankets. so many interesting textures and patterns and colors galore. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
Thank you Sharon, so many childrens lives will be changed by receiving these blankets
Some really lovely blankets here, such pretty colours and patterns. I love the Alphabet blanket!
I see some from the Under the Sea challenge too.
They're just GORGEOUS!!!!!!
All the blankets look amazing. The Seaside one is so fun, the alphabet is beautiful, fluffy granny squares give extra texture, and the variegated with solids is a great combination. I'm really loving the applique elephants -- each one so colorful, and bright.
What wonderful creations - love the elephants, the seascape motifs and the vibrant alphabet squares.. set off so well by the plain janes. Congratulations to everyone Involved. It is so rewarding to see how our many squares are turned into lovely warm, cheerful blankets. . .
Awwww, what a great square "I Love South Africa". Somebody very warm hearted sent that one. These are all such cute blankets I am really happy to see them, all the designs and bright colors. Yes, the alphabet blanket is gorgeous. I've got a soft spot for the elephant one I admit. These photos point out how crucial the "plain" janes are as they really make the blankets pop and tie all the color schemes together so well. Thanks for the photos, Pam, a true feast for the eyes!