Welcome to KAS Jackie, from Clarkesville, Georgia! I can see already that you jumped in with both feet and you have kicked out some fantastic squares already! So happy that you joined our forum as well, as it is such an inspirational and supportive group. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!
I am originally from Michigan, so I have had the pleasure of touring Canada on more than one occasion! We have many wonderful Canadians here on the forum and I see you found one of the best, in Linda Maltby! She is an awesome lady and will be a great source of information for you.
Greetings Jackie from NW Ontario! Welcome to a worldwide network of loving happy people helping African HIV/Aids orphans and the poorest of the poor. Glad to have you with us! It's so heartening to know that in this global, often so impersonal world, we're actually making a difference, a REAL difference, in the lives of these children. Check out the Forum, in the header above, for the various discussion threads, and Photos for all the lovely photos of members' work and Groups where you can join groups from countries around the world, not to mention Patterns where you can get inspired with easy level patterns of things the children really need, the right sizes and shapes.
When you click on Discussions, the Featured Discussions grouping (in the Forum section above) shows the most important subjects at the moment, latest challenges, latest news etc. I also recommend the Café KAS Discussion section, which contains the Our Furry Companions and Yarnaholics threads. I am so much a Yarnaholic! Thanks again for helping the AIDS orphans in Africa!
Hello Jackie, welcome from a fellow Canadian ! So glad you have joined us. Keeping the children in South Africa warm has brought together a world-wide group of caring knitters and crocheters. You have joined at a very exciting time ! Ronda and the team in S.A. have taken possession of a building to house the many squares, garments and toys that arrive from around the world. This was made possible by our members, who responded so generously to the recent appeal. Read about it here
Check out the ‘Helpful Hints’ tab at the top of the page for information. “How Do I ????” and the “FAQ” category should answer any general questions you may have. If not, please ask.
Looking for patterns? Check the KAS Pattern Book for garments and squares for the children. We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years old.
When you are ready to send your parcel, visit both these sites for important information. Click Here for tips and here for postage rates.
Once your parcel has been sent, check the monthly squares lists. Every month, we list the squares, beanies and tops that have arrived in South Africa. To find the ‘Squares lists’ please click the ‘Discussions’ tab [in the bar above] then on “Tallies/Item Count” for an up-to-date listing. We also have a ‘Drive to Fill Ronda’s KASvan’ with squares and would appreciate if you would add to this challenge. We have filled the KASvan already and are trying to fill it again before 16 September.
We have a monthly challenge as well. This is a fun way to try new colours, ideas or patterns revolving around the theme. If you wish, you may create something new and different......it could be making a plain square using a new colour, a different stitch or trying a totally new way of knitting/ crocheting. An 8”/20cm square is the perfect size for experimenting. This month we are making squares with Stripes, Zigzags and Textures. Please join us here to see the lovely squares that have been made and then add a few of your own !
If you are interested in joining any of our challenges, please note: Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the challenge month. Many of us use sea-mail and find parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive. Whenever your parcel arrives, know it will be appreciated and that you are keeping children warm.
As always, making the basic square is a wonderful way to relax and still help the children. Plain Janes, as they are affectionately called, are the backbone of KAS. Since a blanket is created with 35 squares sent by people around the world, squares are needed all the time.
We would love to see photos of your work. Click on the photo option at the top of the page and follow the prompts.
"CreateCare Global has set itself two tasks. The first is physical: to bring hope, support and comfort to children for whom poverty and loss are everyday tormentors. The second, and in our view equally important, is to spread the message to the world."
Our thanks to CreateCare Global for supporting the Square Circle Forum and helping to spread the wonderful work that KAS does.