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Comment by Amy on July 15, 2021 at 6:10am
KAS Podcast - Season 2, Ep. 12

In this episode, Athelé tells us about three distributions that she and Estelle managed to do before the latest level four lockdown occurred. Blankets, beanies, hand warmers and toys were handed out to vulnerable children in the settlements of Hammanskraal and Lion Park on behalf of our generous knitters around the world.

Much of the focus in the conversation is on what it feels like to be caught between one’s own comfortable lifestyle and the suffering of others. This is a “slice of life” episode, providing a window on the many difficulties our volunteers have to contend with and what, ultimately, makes the work so rewarding.

Comment by Amy on July 1, 2021 at 10:06pm

Castles And Picture Squares

Season 2, Ep. 11

Marion Davies lives within sight of the historic Conwy Castle in North Wales and shares with us her passion for crocheting picture squares to incorporate into the beautiful blankets that get distributed to orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.

She also tells Leanne about an unfortunate craft-related injury she sustained and how she manages to avoid further disruptions in her crocheting of squares. We can all learn from her experience. To be unable to knit or crochet for an extended period is extremely frustrating, especially when you see photographs of what others are producing on the forum!

Comment by Amy on June 27, 2021 at 7:13am

Our June issue is packed with information about quite a few distributions.  We have been working with NGOs and individuals to get the blankets out to children that need them as the nighttime temperature hover around freezing.

Patricia has done an amazing job hosting our theme this month, Hearts and Flowers.  Our contributors are so creative, and there is a feast of inspiration in this discussion.

Of course, we recap all the activity in The Barn and in The Blanket Room.  The updated Squares List can also be found in this edition.  

There is information about the July Theme, July Color of the Month and special events going on in South Africa during the month of July.

Please visit the discussion to find out all about our KAS activities this past month.

Comment by Amy on June 17, 2021 at 10:05pm

Blankets to keep out the winter chill

Season 2, Ep. 10

The term “informal settlement” is frequently used in describing where our vulnerable children live but the actual location, history and conditions relating to such settlements seldom get discussed in our reports. This episode goes a little deeper into the challenges our children face, both physical and developmental.

Georgie Purdon from the Angels Care Centre in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, chats to Leanne about a recent distribution of Knit-a-Square blankets to children under 5 years old. Together with beanies, hand warmers and toys, the blankets brought them delight and warmth ahead of a particularly icy snap.

Comment by Amy on June 9, 2021 at 5:03am

The April/May Square's List is available on the Forum.
Comment by Amy on June 1, 2021 at 9:55pm

Leanne's latest Podcast is now available...
Kindness in Action
Knit-a-Square is an amazing community of caring people, brought together by our shared commitment to keep South Africa’s vulnerable and orphaned children warm. This episode of the podcast celebrates our connections at every level.
Susanne Leverton was raised by her mother to think of others and spent her working life serving in the arid region of Central Australia as a remote nurse among indigenous people. Now in retirement, she lives on the coast and enjoys knitting picture squares and crocheting blankets to send off in the mail to the barn. We hear her story and the motivation behind her work in this episode.
Comment by Amy on May 23, 2021 at 11:16am

Gloria has done a fantastic job of putting all of the May news from KAS is one place.

The volunteers have done numerous distributions.  The Blanket Room has been full of photos.  The Barn has been a beehive of activity.

A look into past archive is there for a visit to Soweto, and there is a marvelous piece about going green or not when most of us grew up... 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.  It will provide you with a good belly laugh.

Please visit the Forum to read all the news:

Comment by Amy on April 26, 2021 at 7:48am

Our April edition of KAS Snippets has been posted.
Read about our Tasty Treat Monthly Theme, and see what our amazing contributors have created.
Learn about a special holiday in South Africa on April 27. The Barn will be closed this Tuesday as the SA team celebrates.
Our Blanket Room is bursting with so many wonderful blankets. Check it out as you may spot one of your squares in a special blanket.
Comment by Amy on April 21, 2021 at 10:48am

Friendships on the Knit-a-Square Forum

Gloria Grandy, editor of the KAS Snippets, joins Leanne on this week’s podcast to talk about the wonderful people she has met on the Square Circle Forum and how her life has been enriched as a result of helping South Africa’s vulnerable children. We hear about her deep friendship with Anne Powell and the origin story of the River John Square Knitters group. We also find out about Tunisian crochet, one of her special loves.

Gloria’s fa - Season 2, Ep. 5 - April 6, 2021mily wrote and recorded the delightfully catchy Knit-a-Square song, so that is included in this episode. If you like what you hear, please visit the KAS website, join the member forum and browse the discussions to see where you can best offer your crafting skills!
Comment by Amy on March 29, 2021 at 3:07am

The March issue of KAS Snippets is filled with all sorts of news:

Aunt Nellie has a great update from our KAS Shop.  She is always a delight and brings us marvelous bargains from the Shop.

We have a new and improved Packing Slip/Mailing Label.  We think you will find it user friendly and the ladies in The Barn think it will help improved the processing or our parcels they receive.

We highlight our one distribution from March.  We are so excited about the distribution season about to begin.

Our volunteers from Soweto are slowly returning to The Barn after a year of shut down due to COVID.

There is even more to discover in this issue, so please check it out.


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