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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You may recall that last year Beaulieu College Outreach students helped the team to open the giant back-log of parcels choking up Ronda's garage! They decided that this year they wanted to make another contribution to KAS, and, to this end were supplied with blankets packs to stitch into blankets - here are the wonderful results!
What a wonderful contribution these students have made, giving their time to stitch blankets! It's good to see the boys pitching in right beside the girls. Service to others has to be one of the best lessons to be learned in school. I imagine most of these kids will remember the experience and carry it forward into adulthood. Good for them!
How I agree with you Anne.
a big thank you and well done to all these students you have put together some beautiful blankets
Agree with Anne....and I see they have sewn together Jenine Nash's beautiful 'watermelon ' squares/blanket, following her design. Great work!
I can only echo your thoughts, Anne. And giving to others makes a person happy, research shows, so these youngsters are gaining something important, too.
Are those Linda Maltby's spoke and flower squares? Aren't they great? Love them!
Thanks you to the students for the beautiful blankets. It is a big job to stitch them together and they all look wonderful. I like the way they have blocked the colours , very modern !!
Oh how WONDERFUL! What a great way for them to give back and learn new skills as well! Such beautiful young men and ladies; I am so proud of them! Ditto to everything Anne said as well ;) Terrific job!
These wonderful young people are to be commended for their efforts and generosity of spirit in helping the KAS team and I want to thank them so very much for stitching my squares into a blanket - the bright pink, green and white one on this page - it was such a thrill to see it completed - I sent a photo of the pattern with the squares and they have done it exactly to plan.
It's so wonderful to see the kids get into sewing the blankets together!