Our newest Knit-a-square challenge

by Dawne on February 16, 2011

Just a quick post for those of you who may not be members of the Square Circle Forum, or our Knit-a-square group on Ravelry, about our latest challenge.

Meet iThemba – our first KasCare bus from the challenge:

More than halfway there!

The premise is simple yet inspired. We are working collectively to supply a busload of children with hats and blankets this February – April in preparation for this winter in South Africa. Less than two weeks ago this bus was completely empty!

Imagine a bus full of people, sometimes animals and various bits of cargo. Add a few more people and more boxes and bags and you’ve got an iconic African bus. Buses do not move until they are full, and when I say full I mean F U L L. What a wonderful way to show gratitude for gasoline, eh?

“Our aim is to fill the bus with 35 children, each with their own KAS blanket, and hat knitted and crocheted with love by all of you wonderful people. It will take 1225 squares (which makes 35 blankets) to fill the bus, and 35 hats.” Kalai McDonald

Today I read a post from a Square Circle member, Ann G, that is positively inspired:

As the first of our brilliant little buses gets filled with our children, just as a little bit extra to our challenge I have sent through PayPal, a dollar for each child’s ticket on the bus. Just a little extra to the little Hope bus. A couple of my colleagues at work helped. Ann G

Brilliant idea Ann and I’m so glad you shared. Wish I had thought of it myself!

For those new to Knit-a-square please take a moment and read our postal FAQ for everything you need you know about sending squares and hats to South Africa.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

sandy February 18, 2011 at 00:46

Anne, your idea is just plain inspired. What I love about the bus is that it is a true collective. Comes back to a most favorite saying attributed to Harry Truman, “it is amazing what you can accomplish if no one person takes the credit”.

There are so many synergies here: The average number of children in a creche (day care centre) is 35. Our bus takes 35 children, with 35 children each made up of 35 squares.

A new goal could be a fleet of 35 buses taking blankets to 35 creches, each creche sponsored = 35 Adopt a Creche donors.

Pam Antink February 18, 2011 at 18:25

Ann is an absolute diamond for coming up with the bus fare concept – like you Dawne, wished it had crossed my mind, or, even brain!

kathryn patty March 29, 2011 at 15:15

i have knitted over 35 squares and it has been fun. i did not know about the yard and 1/3 to sew with but i will add that to all of them before i send them. is that ok?

Kathy F May 7, 2011 at 13:55

I just mailed my first box to Africa- containing 42 squares- I couldn’t find anywhere to post this info for the latest challenge – so am posting it here-
I am knitting and crocheting with my great niece- she is learning and I am improving my skills – great fun and such a wonderful cause! We hope to send more in a few weeks-
Kathy and Amie

Arfisher May 1, 2012 at 03:32

I need to purchase 200 J/10 6.00mm crochet hooks for this project. Where can I buy these in bulk?

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