KNIT-A-SQUARE WISH LIST 2016
Over the years Knit-a-Square has grown rather organically and kindhearted members have been sending an ever increasing variety of goodies, but it has become essential for Knit-a-Square to have an appraisal and re-evaluate its whole approach in order for the office team to comfortably handle the number of items arriving.
In future Knit-a-Square will ONLY be able to distribute squares, assembled blankets, hats, hand-warmers and cuddly toys. All other items, as mentioned below, will be distributed through a third-party and not directly by KAS.
The focus for the coming year, and for some time to come will be :
Squares for blankets - Hats & Hand-warmers - Cuddly Toys
In order to make life easier for the office team we need the following assistance :
HATS & BEANIES
ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT ARE WELCOME
TO HELP US COPE AND STREAM-LINE THE OFFICE OPERATION, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE LIKELY TO BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH A TRUSTED THIRD PARTY IN THE FUTURE :
Jumpers and Grace Vests : Have already been successfully distributed by Erica Lüttich from the Outreach Foundation. However, although Erica sent lots of photographs of the children wearing the garments, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible each time.
Toothbrushes, tissues and toiletry items : A third party distributor has yet to be identified, but church outreach departments will help.
Store bought or second-hand clothing : Will be distributed through Wandi and the Methodist Church quarterly outreach gatherings.
Underwear : All underwear will be given to the Rape Crisis Centre in Beoni which deals with many children up to the age of 14 in all crisis situations.
Socks : A third party distributor has yet to be identified.
KasCuddles & Baby Items : Will be distributed via Hotel Hope and Sister Susan at the Baragwanath Hospital Maternity Ward.
GENERAL POSTING & PACKING NEEDS
BONA FIDE GIFT
NO COMMERCIAL VALUE
1. The new Bryanston Post Office should open for business this week. Over the years we have had very few parcels go astray, even during lengthy postal strikes! The last strike caused an incredible back log, but eventually the parcels got through - in fact, the later parcels came first as they landed on top of the heap!
2. Please DO NOT add tracking to the postage - this will cause Customs & Excise to either open the parcels or send Knit-a-Square a customs duty fee. Usually, the fee is too high, so the parcels are sent back for re-assessment, then they are returned with a much reduced fee. However, this adds to the delays.
Often parcels can take six weeks to get on the 'received list', but the office team work hard to get it published every month.
3. For 2016, we would prefer not to receive scarves.
4. You can send batches of 5 squares, and, even crochet/sew them into a strip if you enjoy the process. However, we hope that we can raise enough funds regularly via the KAS Shop in order to pay the Gogos to sew the blankets - this provides them with some cash to buy some necessities and gives them the dignity of helping their own communities.
Yes, absolutely keep crocheting Leena!
Thanks for all this useful information... I see that scarves are now not needed. However I have 2 completed navy blue scarves donated. Is it worth still sending them. Also I have several Grace Vests.. should I send them still? Any advice appreciated.
Hi Grace, yes go ahead and post them. Ronda has a lot of navy blue scarves to share out - they came from the knitting classes. Also, the vest. Although we would like 2016 focus to be on squares, hand-warmers, hats and cuddly toys, KAS is still accepting garments. The main issue is due the variable sizes received and that they are often too large for the groups where Ronda distributes. Erica at the Outreach Foundation will be responsible for distributing garments, but we may not always get photographs. Be assured that the goodies are going to children in need still.
I am glad we can still send as I have a load of mixed stuff that I did not send before Christmas due to the post office situation. I have asked going forward we focus on the 4 items from the wash list, but I have the backlog here still.
I am in the same situation as Rebecca, having a couple of navy scarves and a mixed bag of knitted toys and squares plus a vest to send along. I am SO relieved the Post Office situation seems to be righting itself. That's truly an answer to my prayers! :)
I have not been on the site for awhile because the last I read we could not send because of the postal strike. I had made 7 navy scarves, weighed them, and wanted to mail. Am I understanding you do not need them anymore?
Thanks for answering.
Please send them Maureen - they will still get used along with many other navy blue scarves that are turning up late due to the postal strike!
Ok, I will send them. Can I just put them in the same box with hats and arm warmers? Also, is the navy blue scarf project over?
One more question on the wristers. Are we making them for ages 5-10 or smaller kids?
Yes Maureen, please send together with your other goodies. With regard the hand-warmers 5-10 is ideal as these children are hopefully at school and will need them in the cooler weather to enable them to continue to write. However, smaller ones are welcome too!
Joan, these are gorgeous ! What lovely soft colours. A girl is going to love this set :-)
Totally agree with Linda......gorgeous!!