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Another year is coming to an end. For me, it was a year of trials, but also joy. Gratefully,  I retain more of the memories of joy than the scars of trial, thanks in many ways to all of you!

There are no words to express my gratitude to all of you extraordinary people who have joined me in the KAS cause, but from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! We received an astonishing total of 1000 squares, 500 hats and, at least, 500 other items, sweaters, hand-made toys, stuffed toys, rain ponchos, scarves, KAS cuddles, books and more between February and October this year! This is, once again, a testament to people’s generosity and the magic of KAS. “If you tell people, they will knit!”

Please know that all all your fantastic creations have been received and are being sent a few packages at a time. They will all reach South Africa before winter 2013 arrives. If you join the KAS forum, you will be able to see photos of your squares and of all the extraordinary work of KASers from all around the world along with other wonderful information. I leave you with the latest KAS video where you can see and hear the children we are striving to help, one square at a time.

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Knit-A-Square Challenge update

The plight of Southern Africa’s aids orphans is heart breaking and depressing when we stop at awareness. When we take the next step, action, like the McDonald family, the heartbreak is still there, but the depression turns to joy.  When we realize that we, as individuals, can help and that there are so many extraordinary people willing to join in, it fills me with hope for the children and renews my faith in human beings.

I have received  several packages in the last few weeks. Every time one arrives, it feels like Christmas! I never cease to be amazed at your generosity, but also your incredible talent. All the articles I receive are absolutely beautiful, as you can see!

Rachel sent 5 squares, 1 gorgeous, thick, Kascuddle, 2 hats for Kareemah, two other hats, 1 pair of socks, and these fabulous laminated books. Squares are the main focus of KAS,  but many other items are appreciated. You can see the current wish list here.

From Rachel

Rachel’s hats for Kareemah

Rachel’s KasCuddle

Mary and Joan are an extraordinary mother-daughter team who sent me three boxes chock-full of 118 beautiful crocheted squares.

From Mary, Joan and Lisa.

Kristal is a young woman who started a group to teach children to knit. They sent us 25 lovely squares.

Lisa sent 37 gorgeous squares. That’s more than one whole blanket!

My mix up! Mary, Joan, Kristal and Lisa.

I apologize to Mary, Joan and Lisa. Your squares got mixed up before I got my pictures taken. I hope you see your squares here. I have them all. Don’t worry. I just didn’t remember which ones belonged to whom!

Marcie, who is the proud owner of 5 cats like me (it’s nice to know I’m not alone!), sent 33 squares, 3 hats and one go-over. They are all just beautiful!

From Marcie.

Thank you all so much!

I made one square. That brings our total to

264 squares

3 hats for Kareemah

5 hats

1 slip over

1 KasCuddle

7 pairs of socks

Alphabet books

We are well on our way! You can find out more about this challenge here.

Everyone who contributes will receive coupons from my yarn shop Hands with Hearts as a token of my appreciation.

If you don’t knit or crochet, you can still help! Please spread the word. Talk about KAS at work, school, in your religious and other community groups. One of the most important things we can do is to get more people involved.

Please “Like” the KAS Facebook page!

Feel free to contact me with any questions:   likemyhat63@gmail.com

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In my welcoming blog post last week, I announced a new Knit-a-Square challenge. I’m asking you, your family, friends and co-workers to help me raise 100 red and white hats and 700 squares by October 1st. And you have already responded!

I received a box from Maggie with 45 gorgeous squares and 6 pairs of socks. Look at the amazing creations. Isn’t the lion adorable?!

Thank you so much, Maggie!!

I made one square from hand dyed, hand spun Shetland wool made by a lovely woman in Edinburg. Her Etsy shop is called Little Theorem.

I also made one red and white hat for Kareemah’s kids.

So, one week into our challenge and we have 46 squares, 6 pairs of socks and 1 hat. Fantastic!!

Now, I know that most of you reading this are like me, living in the northern hemisphere. We just marked the beginning of summer and here in Canada we have been having a heat wave. I have to remind you that in South Africa the situation is the opposite. Winter has just begun in South Africa and they are expecting it to be quite harsh. I know that when we think of Africa we imagine the Sahara and lions on the plain, but that is only part of Africa. South African winters are cold, rainy and snowy, with freezing temperatures at night.  I have made the point before that children need blankets for security, not just warmth. In the case of our aids orphans they need both!

So please join us! Squares are the main focus of KAS because they are easy for us to make and inexpensive to send, but other items are welcome: hats, socks, sweaters, underwear, stuffed toys, pencils, paper and more. See the details here.

Thank you so much and don’t forget to “Like” the KAS Facebook page!

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