Sheila Gardner
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  • Largo, FL
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At 8:51pm on November 18, 2013, Valerie Zalewski said…

Hi Sheila. I certainly don't mind you asking. The price is always a big problem as I live in an area that is economically challenged. It's a mainly agricultural area, so no one goes hungry...but there's not much cash around. We vary the price according to size. The very small mice and owls at 2 or 3€ (between 2,50$ and 3,50$). The teddies and other animals are from 6€ to 12€. The hats are 8€ (10$).  The most expensive item at the moment is a cot blanket which we've priced at 15€ (18,50$). We try to keep prices low. Most of the yarn is donated at the moment. The yarn I buy I count as donated yarn also, and the other members of the group do the same. With the fundraisers we try to make enough money to cover the costs of postage to South Africa based on an average of 4 parcels a month.

I just love your hand puppets!

Have a good fundraiser. Let me know how it goes.

At 2:18am on April 11, 2013, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Sheila

Happy Birthday.  :))

I love the cute puppy dog pic.

At 3:24pm on March 13, 2013, Debbie Posmontier said…

Welcome, Sheila, from suburban Philadelphia. I was in Naples last weekend...what a nice change to see sunshine and feel warm breezes. Lucky you to live in Florida! Glad you've joined us!

At 7:39pm on March 12, 2013, Gitta Seyfert said…

Welcome to KAS Sheila and warm greetings from South Africa :)

At 2:51am on March 11, 2013, P. Jeanne Haessler said…

Greetings Sheila from up in snowy Canada just above MN! Welcome to a worldwide network of loving happy people helping African Aids orphans. 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, 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.

The Featured Discussions grouping (in the Forum section) show the most important subjects at the moment, latest challenges, latest news etc. I also recommend the Anyone Want to Chat 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! 

At 4:16pm on March 8, 2013, Linda Maltby said…

Hello Sheila, 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.

Right now there is a postal strike in South Africa, please check here for information before mailing your parcel.

If you haven’t already, please read through the welcome message on the forum main page for helpful hints and things that might interest you. The FAQ category should answer any general questions you may have. If not, please ask.

Wondering what is needed besides squares ? Here is a link to Ronda’s wish list for 2013 :

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. 

Every month, we list the squares, beanies and tops that have arrived in South Africa. To find the ‘Squares lists’ please click the Forum tab [in the toolbar above] then on “Tallies/Item Count” for an up-to-date listing.

KasSnippets has been e-published and I thought you might find it interesting to read. 

We have a challenge for each month.  This is a fun way to try new colours, ideas or patterns. A theme is chosen, and if you wish, you may create something new and 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’s challenge is the Four Seasons.  What colours come to mind when you think about the seasons in your country ?   For me, here in Canada, winter will be blues, greys and whites.  Then we have the much anticipated spring with its pinks and bright greens.  Make as many squares as you like in the colours that remind you of your seasons.  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 it takes 35 squares to make one blanket, 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.



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