Knit-a-square in City Press, South Africa

by Dawne on January 29, 2011

There was a lovely article about knitting this week in City Press, an online South African newspaper.  Most notable for charity knitters, and knit-a-square supporters especially, is the section entitled Compassion one square at a time. There are some lovely quotes from our very own Ronda and Lindie!

Lindie with beautiful sweater. Photo taken by Tracy Timberlake.

Author Mariechen Waldner quotes Lindie as saying:

“Its like a drug,” Ngwenya explains, “When you are making a blanket, you think about the child who will receive it and that makes you happy.”

Speaking of the journey that Knit-a-square has been for her Lindie says:

“I have learnt a lot. A needy person is also a child of God. And we have to help each other.”

There can be no doubt that thousands of fiber enthusiasts are indeed helping the children as evidenced by the outpouring of love filling up various rooms in Ronda’s house.

Ronda is quoted in the article as saying:

“We have received 170,000 squares from approximately 40 countries, worldwide,”

A picture is worth a thousand words so enjoy these:

A global outpouring of love indeed! Photo taken by Tracy Timberlake.

Another room in Ronda's house full of love for the orphans. Photo taken by Tracy Timberlake.

Ronda continued by explaining to the reporter that our blankets “are just the currency to get to the children to tell them exactly how beloved they are. We tell them they are the future, unique and special”.

As we’ve said before a handmade square, even of the simplest pattern, is a Currency of Hope. If you aren’t yet a knit-a-square supporter I urge you to consider sending a few squares* as you have time and resources. Our joint effort transforms squares into a one-of-a-kind piece of art; a perpetual hug for children who dearly need it.

*Postal instructions and address can be found here.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Zanny January 29, 2011 at 21:47

City press article just tremendous. The more words about KAS written for all to see, the more squares, and the more blankets for thousands more orphan children who will be warmed with HOPE by them. Yes Ronda, dear sister, you are so right – these are the children who will one day guide South Africa to becoming a land where all it’s people can live together in peace and love enjoying prosperity in all senses of the word.

Bridget January 30, 2011 at 13:06

I must salute these wonderful people, Ronda and her team, who have made this all possible. So important to give the children, our future in Africa, hope for the days ahead – they are indeed, unique and special.

Rona February 1, 2011 at 05:01

Thank you all for all that you do for the children!!!


Laureen Leps December 13, 2011 at 14:01

I am starting up a business and looking for excellent knitters from a rural area. I am interested in helping those less fortunate to create jobs for them too.

Many thanks

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