Knit-a-square On the Go Day 2011

by Dawne on January 22, 2011

Knit-A-Square On The Go Day is fast approaching.  I’m sharing here for those of you who may not have heard of KASOTG Day before. The idea couldn’t be simpler: sit and knit/crochet for knit-a-square in a public place and invite passerby to join you and help add a few inches to a square.  That’s it.  How small or large  your event is results from your own choices. Every KASOTG Day  helps to shine a light on the children and their struggles.

Sandy included an email I sent to her in the May 2010 issue of  the Square Circle Ezine that you might like to read.  Today I am bringing you the experience from Emma’s perspective.  Emma was my co-organizer for the event.  As you read these words written by a 14 year old, who was new to knitting at the time, I hope you will be inspired to begin planning your own KASOTG Day.

Emma and Amelia knitting for Knit-a-square during a KASOTG Day 2010 event.

Saturday, May 1st, 2010:  we arrive at the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market at 7:30 am to begin setting up. At 8:00 am, we are set to begin the very first Knit-A-Square-On-The-Go Day in Nova Scotia!

Hi, my name’s Emma and I’m a 14 year old home-educator. This past May, a family friend (Dawne) and I co-organized a Knit-A-Square-On-The-Go Day for N.S.  A few months earlier, she had approached me about  holding this event in our community to raise awareness about Knit-A-Square and its projects.  Being very passionate about social justice issues, having had different experiences participating in similar fund and awareness-raising events previously, and hearing from Dawne about the great work KAS does, I felt it was definitely an organization I wanted to support.

There are plenty of knitters everywhere, and Nova Scotia’s no different! We knew that by sending out info to various local knitting groups and websites, as well as telling friends, and involving passers by, there would definitely be people interested in this event. After a little persistence (I never heard back from one of the locations I contacted), I found a location that was willing to donate a table and some chairs to us at their farmers’ market, for no charge! I made posters, Dawne printed off pictures and sent me information, and I put together a display board. We had contacted friends, posted info for people to read, and quickly our day began to approach.

Dawne, Dave, and my family got to the market (early!), set up, and waited for people to start trickling in. After my parents left, Dave “networked” with market-goers about KAS. Dawne, Amelia (my sister) and I sat. We knit. We talked. We waited. As people started to arrive at the market, we began reaching out to them as they walked by: “Excuse me, do you have a moment?”, “Good morning! Do you know how to knit?”, “Hi! Would you like to help us knit a few rows, to help warm AIDS orphans in South Africa? ” Some people had booths of their own, a few didn’t know how to knit and politely said they didn’t have the time to stop and learn.  Others, such as a mother and her 3 year old daughter, approached with interest and helped knit a few rows. The 3 year old, who had never knit in her life, was soon adding stitches to her needles. Soon, more people stopped by to see what we were all about, and left with an awareness of Knit-A-Square. Friends stopped by with already finished squares, ready to be shipped, and needles in hand ready to help create some more. And so, the hours went by with strangers coming in for a closer look, learning about the organization, and sometimes contributing a row to the small pile of squares.  Friends sat for awhile, chatting and knitting for as long as they could stay. By the end of our day (around 1:00 pm), we had finished 6 squares, and had collected over $25.00 to donate as well!

Overall, it was a great opportunity with really nice support from our community, and it was terrific to have been able to help organize it! I would definitely encourage anyone who’s interested in KAS’s projects to look for something like this in your area or, better yet, create one of your own! By creating squares and raising awareness about Knit-A-Square, you are helping to make a cold child warm.

Smiles,
Emma

And there you have it!  A bit of determination, coupled with compassion and good friends make for a successful event.  Will you give serious thought to hosting an event this *May 7th in your neighborhood and be part of this world-wide initiative?  Since it’s inception in May of 2009 the KASOTG Day idea has steadily grown.  Join us on May 7th and be part of the action!

*If May 7th doesn’t work for you just aim for sometime in that week…. we’re flexible!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam Antink January 27, 2011 at 22:12

Thanks Emma, for your words of encouragement. The photo shows how much effort you put into the project and by greeting people you demonstrated how willing most people are to be engaged.

sandy January 28, 2011 at 00:39

How could folk resist such a cheerful smile and so simple a task? Do you think that by the act of knitting just a row, they are imbued with a sense of the orphans that they might not have had before? I hope so.

Jeanne Haessler February 5, 2011 at 17:19

Emma this is super to read about and as you show us, so simple to set up. Way to go all of you for every bit of effort you put in to this. It’s showing people who think they “don’t have the time” that one can make the time if one chooses to. Bravo on a job very well done!
Jeanne:)

Emma February 14, 2011 at 23:38

Thanks Pam, Sandy and Jeanne for your comments! I really hope that my post/our experience, can inspire someone into action! Something as simple sitting and knitting a row can make such a lovely difference!
Smiles,
Emma

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