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Downunder and land of the long white cloud

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Oct 3
Amy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Catch up on everything KAS in this month's issue of the Snips. Mail is coming into The Barn and blankets are going out. We have photos from Athele about an incredible distribution to JikaJoe at the beginning of the month and photos of a…"
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Amy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Thanks Wendy for this incredible news."
Aug 18
Wendy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Whoo Hoo! As of 14 August Australia Post is now accepting parcels by Sea Mail only for South Africa! I will have a bundle of 8 blankets and goodies to send this…"
Aug 18
Amy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"June 16 2020 – Explore the Square Circle Forum! In the first half of the show, Leanne chats to Lindi, Knit-a-Square’s longest-serving volunteer, who shares about life in Soweto during the lockdown and her work distributing blankets. In…"
Jun 17
Wendy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"I checked the Australia Post web site today (Friday) and they are still saying no parcels to South Africa. I hope this will change soon, I have a huge pile of goodies I need to send before I get caught in an avalanche! :)"
Jun 6
Amy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Gloria has put together another amazing issue of the Snips that will keep you up to date with the Knit a Square community. Leanne has a new Podcast where she is interviewing KAS members. There is some news about the little activity in the KAS…"
May 25
Sandy McDonald replied to Gloria Grandy's discussion FORGET ME NOT ~ KAS Sisters Forever
"Lovely to see your name Helen.  So sorry that you have been unwell, and very much hope that you are fully recovered.  It was a happy memory, the KasCuddle.  Thank you x"
Apr 15
Sandy McDonald replied to Gloria Grandy's discussion FORGET ME NOT ~ KAS Sisters Forever
"We've recently heard from Ronda of Anne's untimely passing.  This is a wonderful tribute to her as a person and the work she put in so tirelessly for KAS over the past 11 years. We recall her joining the community in February…"
Apr 15
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Anne Powell commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"GOT THE CORONAVIRUS BLUES?  SELF-ISOLATING GETTING YOU DOWN? Check out the two new discussions on the forum to see how you KAS Sisters are surviving the crisis and let us know how you are doing,              …"
Mar 27
Amy commented on Sandy McDonald's group Downunder and land of the long white cloud
"Update from Ronda about Corona Virus Things are hotting up in SA regarding Covid-19 - the president due to speak in an hour or two and we suspect it will be the lock down talk.  I have already asked a Lindi, Wandi, Mabel and Nani to make this…"
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"Check out this month's issue of the Knit a Square Snippets. There is a great round up of the 2019 year...distributions, virtual blanket success and much more. January 2020 has been very active on the Square Circle Forum.  Our monthly…"
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Spain wins. Orphaned children win.

Posted on July 11, 2010 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Anyone with a deep concern for the plight of vulnerable and orphaned children should be interested in the outcome of this Soccer World Cup final. Undoubtedly the winning team of this international contest will receive massive publicity from all over the world. With a UNICEF ambassador for children on the team and seven others from this remarkable Barcelona club, one would hope that some of the media adulation, should they win, will fall on their extraordinary connection to suffering children.… Continue

The home that Stefanie built

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

We arrived through streets that once were the domain of the exclusively white, professional classes during the Apartheid days, and now teemed with school children, all black, in varying degrees of school dress.



At first glance they seemed just like any other carefree group of school children, but there was something mean about these streets, a place you would not wish to loiter or break down in your car. …

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Introducing Dawne

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

It was always intended to reach a wider audience about the wider issues surrounding orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa and what help we can bring to make a difference. The plight of the children is recognized by some world bodies and governments. However, the solution is not in sight either for the orphans already so compromised by the suffering they endure or for the children yet to be born in decades to come. To continue, click here.

Encouraging our new members, growing, nurturing and energising our community

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

Kalai has just written in Cafe KAS that overnight we achieved our 1000th

member, Anne Hart from the UK. Well done Anne and well done KAS!



We have 1003 members today to be exact, but only a percentage of our

members are active in the forum discussions. People are busy and have

so much to fit into a day, so we are massively grateful that you find

the time to knit/crochet, and 'post' of the two varieties - parcels and

words in the forum! And we understand if you… Continue

A balance for KAS

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 7:14pm 13 Comments

Hello dear Kasers



There has been a discussion about postage issues in Canadian Corner, which brought to mind reflections which I thought to share with you all.



Hope you are following our South African journey with us www.allfororphans.com although I am already days behind! We have been pretty hectic meeting and greeting and parcel

opening.



Firstly I just want to tell you that the warmth and love and gratitude

here in… Continue

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At 6:18pm on February 6, 2016, Kathy Chantrell said…

Hi Sandy,

There were no problems with the sites originally but have gone onto patterns today and have the message that there are malware issues.

Kathy

At 5:26pm on August 29, 2013, Mary DeRome said…

Hi Sandy I am a relatively new member of this wonderful forum I have a couple questions for you As well as knitting I  make scrap patchwork quilts and jackets would it be helpful to tops and quilts for the children I would flannel on the inside for warmth and colourful on the outside one benefit would the speed with which they could be made. I'll keep knitting until I hear from you

At 4:16am on December 22, 2012, Laurie Fortier gave Sandy McDonald a gift
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A blessed Christmas to you extraordinary KAS women! Your kindness and generosity inspire me beyond words.
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At 11:27pm on February 8, 2012, Grace Weir said…

What brilliant news Sandy ... I have another batch of squares to post so JIGSAW here they come!

 

At 3:45pm on July 30, 2011, Di said…
I'm about to send off 60 squares but feel concerned (once again) that they may not arrive; although I've been through all the lists from July 2010 - March 2011 many times, I can't find any indication of my contribution posted from Oz in June last year.
At 6:00am on April 8, 2011, Laurie C. Hake said…
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While working on squares this AM, I happened to catch a PBS Special called "A Walk to Beautiul".  I believe it was filmed somewhere in Etheopia at the "Addis Ababa" Fistula Hospital.  Besides being a wonderful story, I noticed at least 4 women in knitted or crocheted blankets made from various colored squares.  Is someone else doing the same project?    Is this possible?  If anyone else has happened to see the special, would appreciate a response - thanks, Laurie

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At 11:42am on April 6, 2011, Barbara Hawkins said…

Hi Sandy, 

Linda Maltby's discussion on Granny Squares are back gave me much food for thought.

On her link was a photo of Cate Blanchett wearing a granny square dress which was made and designed by an Australian company.  I suggested in my reply to Linda that Cate may like to donate her dress to KAS when she was finished with it, but as she was wearing it at a red carpet do it maybe on loan.

Well my thoughts were could we contact Cate Blanchett and or the manufacturer of the dress even if we don't get the dress to auction for KAS funds it could be a way of raising our profile.

This is just an idea off the top of my head and unfortunately I have not thought it through in detail.  I would love to know your thoughts and if you think I'm just mad as a hatter please feel free to say so.

Many thanks for all you do for KAS, love, Barbara

 
 
 

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