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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Hi Tracy, Its indeed crocheted together. Just a bit faster than sewing it together, and such a blessing to be part of the program. blessings
I would image that that makes them more sturdy too! GREAT JOB!
Plus the crochet around the entire blanket :D
I am so happy coz I think my squares are in so many different blankets(if I'm not mistaken):) Feels like I am reaching out to that many children even though I am so far away. Bless you for the work you all are doing and I will keep doing my part.
This is super! Thank you for doing this, Pam!
Pam, this is such fun... to see some of the blankets assembled and to look for ones we have made. I found 2 of mine from the May challenge.
It may already be somewhere on the forum, but can you give us a few words about who Lorinda is???
This is just wonderful Pam. What a fantastic record this will be.
I have really enjoyed looking at all the blankets - its great to see the squares joined together - such a wide variety of colours. Beautiful!
I spy 4 of Anne Powell's squares ! One in each corner....bees and hive, blue flower, robin's nest and robin. These lovely squares are from the May challenge.