I loved your squares that got featured, but I could not link to leave a comment to tell you. That variegated square is exceptionally pretty. I like the plain red ones too with the garter and stocking stitch alternating sections. The children will love the textures!
I have been wanting to comment on your pretty squares in the photo section, but you have your 'settings' set in a way that doesn't allow anyone to do so. You may have your settings set in this way because you choose not to receive comments....and you are free to choose this option, but if by chance you would like to receive comments and didn't realise your settings didn't allow you to do so, I can explain how to alter them if you would like? :))
How delightful to be in London England ! There is lots to see and do. Glad you're still managing to make squares as well. Some of the most gorgeous blankets are made up of plain coloured squares or 'Plain Janes' as Knit-a-Square likes to call them. I like making plain squares as it is relaxing and I don't need to fuss over a pattern :-)
Hi again, just read your first comment :-) How nice to be spending time with your daughter. I'm curious. Which London are you talking about....London, Ontario, Canada or London England.....or is there a London in the US ??
Hi Diana, thanks for posting your squares on the 2015 Tally. Good way to spend your summer vacation !
Would you mind adding your squares total to the Knit-a-Square Delivers ! challenge. We are trying to move the KASvan from the Post office to the Offices. It is just for fun but it takes quite a few squares to get there ! Thanks again, Linda
Hi Diana. The checkerboard pattern is so much fun to do! You are right, the border has 6 rows bottom and top and 4 stitches on both sides and I used the garter stitch. The number of stitches depends on the type of yarn you use. E.g. the yellow and red squares are knitted on needles number 5. I casted on 31 stitches divided as follows: 4 for the garterstitch border, then 23 for the checkerboard pattern then again 4 stitches for the garterstitch border. Start row 3 of the pattern with 4 garterstitches, then purl 3, knit 1 and so on. Have fun! :)
Greetings Diana from up in Canada above MN! Sorry I'm late, blasted head cold! 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! To see and hear what we do I suggest listening to this great original song about KAS and how easy it is to get involved, written and produced by KAS members and supporters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGvqcUZ4OGs&feature=youtu.be
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 being mentioned.
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 Furry, Feathered and Fishy Companions and Share A Yarn threads. I am so much a Yarnaholic! Thanks again for helping the AIDS orphans in Africa!
Hello Diana. Welcome to Knit-a-Square from Nova Scotia, Canada. A desire to share and to help keep the children in South Africa warm has brought together a wonderful group of caring individuals from all over the world. We are delighted that you have joined us.
This is where we receive information from Ronda and the volunteers in South Africa (South Africa Reports), have our questions answered (Helpful Hints), find patterns (Kas Pattern Book) share photos (Photo tab), conversation, and an occasional good laugh (Share a Yarn) with other Forum members. There are many ongoing discussions (DiscussionsCategories) for you to follow and/or join, and other specific groups (Groups) that may interest you. Just browse through the tabs at the top of the page, and I’m sure you’ll find whatever information you need.
The KAS Pattern Book includes patterns for garments that have been designed by KAS with the specific needs of the children in mind. We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years, as this age group is in need of warm garments and blankets.
Our main focus is 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm) squares for blankets. It doesn’t matter if they are simple knitted or crocheted squares (Plain Janes, we love to call them) or fancy squares. What does matter is that they measure 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm) and that they are warm. Plain Janes are the backbone of KAS. They provide the framework for a few fancy squares to create individuality in a blanket. Since it takes 35 squares to make one blanket, squares are always needed.
Every square you send will be received in South Africa, stitched into a blanket by the wonderful volunteers there, and lovingly wrapped around the shoulders of a vulnerable or needy child, giving him or her warmth and the assurance that someone cares.
Each month we have a different theme/challenge. These are for fun and inspiration, and you are welcome to join in any or all of them. You will find information regarding all of these (including the current ones) under the DiscussionsCategories tab at the top.
Regarding postage, many of us use sea-mail and find that parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive in South Africa. Since parcels are arriving all the time, this is perfectly okay and we encourage you to use the least expensive way to send. Also, it is extremely important that it is clearly marked on our packages “Knitted Squares for Charity Only – No Commercial Value”.
So please sit back, relax, put your feet up, grab your yarn and hook/needles and enjoy. You are among friends.
"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.