KasCuddle Step 4 – final step

September 30, 2010

A special thanks to all who have joined our KasCuddle Knit-A-Long!  We know the team in South Africa will be delighted to receive each and every Cuddle! If you are still working on your KasCuddle please do not worry. Work at your own pace, enjoy the process and finish when you finish. We’d love to [...]

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Part Two: Oliver, a special needs school and the dump families

September 24, 2010

In July 2009, Cedarwood College a special needs school ‘adopted’ knit-a-square, in as much as their whole school community produced a staggering 4,000 squares in just under 5 weeks. At the time, we were enjoying the first avalanche of arriving post as a result of the article in the Lion Brand ezine. Anyone involved in [...]

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Part One: Oliver, the dump families and a special needs school

September 23, 2010

A little background first about Oliver and KAS. In the very early days of knit-a-square.com (late 2008), we were introduced to Oliver Quambusch, founder of Hotel Hope, through Ronda who had been invited to be on their board. We were finding our way, trying to work out how we would make and dispatch blankets once [...]

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KasCuddle KAL Step 3

September 22, 2010

More from Helen, our fearless KAL leader.  (Thank you Helen!) Time to join the collar so we can knit in the round for the body of the KasCuddle! To complete this joining, you need to grasp your circular needle and bring the two edges of the collar side by side as in the photo.  When [...]

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KasCuddle Body – with Stripes!

September 22, 2010

I have decided to add in some stripes in the Cuddle I am making for the KAL.  In adding stripes, I must join my yarn to my main color.  Usually this is done at the beginning of a row, but, of course, in knitting in the round, one must begin somewhere!  Where to start?  My [...]

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South African Girl Plays Major Role in the MDG Summit

September 22, 2010

Twelve year old Nthabiseng Tshabalala, a school girl from Soweto, Johannesburg is in NY this week to address world leaders during the UN Summit to accelerate the Millennium Development Goals. The target date is 2015 so there are only 5 years left.  It’s time to get serious about building a better future for all. Nthabiseng [...]

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Happy International Day of Peace

September 21, 2010

“The International Day of Peace, observed each year on 21 September, is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on young people around the world to take a stand for peace under the theme, Youth for Peace and Development.” * I love the slogan: Peace=Future, The Math is Easy. [...]

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KasCuddle KAL Steps 1 & 2

September 18, 2010

Step 1:  Cast-On To begin the Cuddle you will cast-on 78 stitches using two strands of yarn held together as one strand throughout the project. Using the Long Tail Cast-On method measure 6.5 feet (2 meters) of doubled yarn. This will be your long tail.  (The rule of thumb is to measure 12 inches for [...]

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Words from a volunteer on the ground in South Africa

September 17, 2010

What follows is an excerpt from a blog posted by Tracy Timberlake on the Square Circle Forum.  (You will need a membership to Ning to view these links.  Fear not, membership is free.) Having the opportunity to pitch in at Knit-a-square headquarters clearly made quite an impact on Tracy.  Her words paint a brilliant picture, [...]

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A Special Knit-A-Long for knit-a-square!

September 10, 2010

Hello, and welcome to the KasCuddle Knit-a-long!  I am Helen Flagg, a member of the Square Circle Forum, and I will be your guide through this KAL.  Just what is a KasCuddle?  It is a knitted baby sack made for warming young babies in South Africa. In January I asked Sandy, one of our Knit-a-Square [...]

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