Happy New Year!

by Dawne on January 1, 2011

A very happy New Year to one and all!

As we head into 2011 with personal goals and challenges, and continue our collective efforts to warm the orphaned and vulnerable children of South Africa, I thought it would be fun to start the new year with a fun little challenge. In how many languages can we express “Happy New Year”?

Knit-a-square supporters are in 30+ countries across the globe working both locally in small groups and globally through vibrant online communities, like the Square Circle Forum on Ning and the knit-a-square group on Ravelry.  Wherever we are we share a common goal: a hope for a brighter, safer and warmer tomorrow for the forgotten citizens of South Africa. Can we represent that hope for a brighter/prosperous/happier/safer tomorrow in 30+ languages?

I am familiar with English (hahaha, of course), Spanish and French:

Happy New Year!
Prospero Año Nuevo
Bonne année

What language(s) can you add to this list? Leave your contribution, please, in the comment section so we can all start the new year off learning something…. well, ‘new’.  Speaking of learning something new… what about new patterns, new techniques? Any knitting or crochet resolutions this year?

New Year’s Day has always been a day for my family to enjoy a quiet day at home together.  I usually have quite a bit of knitting time between meals while the children (well, teens) are off enjoying their Christmas presents after the happy busy-ness of holiday visiting.  Thanks to a good friend (and excellent knitter) I will be spending time this year exploring new stitch patterns from a Stitch-a-Day calendar she gave me for Christmas. My current favorite is Anemone* though that is subject to change as I delve deeper.


Dawne's variation on Anemone

Thank you all for helping to make 2010 a successful year for knit-a-square and for the promise of your continued support in 2011 and beyond.  Without your monetary donations and knit/crochet items we could not reach out to the children the way we do.  We would not be able to go where the children most need us; to the outlying areas, the shack settlements and creches (daycares).  Every smile on the face of these precious, grateful children is only possible because of the selfless efforts of many, many people including YOU!

Wishing everyone health, happiness and prosperity for you and yours in 2011 and beyond,

Dawne, on behalf of KasCare and the South African knit-a-square team

PS – If the Square Circle Ezine didn’t land in your email inbox in 2010 you missed out on some wonderful stories and photos. Click here to read back issues and to subscribe.  The Square Circle Ezine is an up close and personal connection to the children of South Africa that you don’t want to miss.

*Thanks to Jan B. over at the Square Circle Forum for recognizing this pattern stitch.  You can click here for the pattern and start your own square, if you choose.  The square example in this pattern is worked in 2 colors, though 1 color is also lovely.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary January 1, 2011 at 19:03

Buon Anno! (Italian)
Gleðilegt nýtt ár! (Icelandic)
GODT NYTT ÅR (Norwegian)

Anne January 2, 2011 at 14:24

Here’s a whole bunch! not sure what they all are – maybe someone can help identify! ;-)

Bonne année!, Happy new year!, Feliz Ano Novo, Счастливого Нового Года!, ¡Feliz año nuevo, 新年快乐, Ein gutes neues Jahr, あけましておめでとうございます, Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!, Boldog új évet!, Gelukkig nieuwjaar!, La Mulţi Ani!, İyi seneler / Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun / Mutlu Yıllar, Gott Nytt År!, Onnellista uutta vuotta, שנה טובה!, Godt nytt år, Štastný nový rok, Sretna Nova godina!, عام جديد سعيد !, Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούργιος χρόνος, Šťastný nový rok, Щастлива Нова година!, Manigong bagong taon, BUON ANNO!!!!

Pam Antink January 6, 2011 at 13:36

Yoko who works with us says:

Akemashite omedetou Gozaimasu

However, this is probably the informal version.

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