Monday, 18 August 2014

A square squared

Summer is great for crochet commuting. At the bus stop, on the bus/train/tram, in the car (as a passenger only!). Often someone will watch for a bit, then say he/she cannot knit/crochet ... well only a wee bit, like a beginner's square or something. That's brilliant and all the skill you need to help someone in need. Plain or fancy, knit or crochet, every warm and comforting square is so, so useful and needed.

Your warm square joins other people's warm squares ...

as you can see from this photo of last week's sorting day at Knit a Square in South Africa.  Knit a Square receives squares knitted by people all over the world ...

 ... and local volunteers sew each square into a warm blanket that can bring comfort to a child or adult living in desperate circumstances. See more blankets KAS has made from donated squares in 2014 on KAS Blanket Room
Every square helps.  Follow us on Facebook.   Contact us using the form at the top right of this page. If you are in or near Edinburgh and want to join us or pop in to see us, a warm welcome awaits you.  If you are a local charity and think we can help you, we'd love to hear from you too.

Friday, 8 August 2014

A Festival of Craft!

It's Festival Time here in Edinburgh again.  The streets are alive with tourists, buskers and a wealth of shows and exhibitions to see and hear.  Our weekly get together turned into an exciting event in itself, with a riot of colour, ideas and  craft tips to show and share.

Ever had some rainbow or self-pattern yarn left at the end of a project?  Knit a doll for a child to love.  This glamorous girl is going to Knit a Square in South Africa  to help with their work with millions of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Hand Puppets in progress ... and hand puppets all ready to play. These have been knitted in pairs so they can double as gloves in cold weather.  Hand puppets are great as props for a child's imagination as well as being a friend to cuddle when feeling sad, lonely or afraid. Pattern link for knit and crochet version here.

Of course up here in Edinburgh we know people need hats and hand warmers in a rainbow of colour and shapes to keep heads and hands warm when the weather turns cold.

And there can never be too many squares. It takes 35 squares at 20cm or 8 inches each to make even a child sized blanket. A blanket can mean warmth, comfort, survival and perhaps hopefully even send a vulnerable person the message that someone cares. Squares are a great project for beginner and expert alike.

If you would like to join us at our weekly Wednesday afternoon get togethers, or are passing through Edinburgh and want to drop in, please use the contact form on the right.  All crafts welcome. We'd love to meet you.

Follow us on Facebook too.  We'd love to hear your comments and suggestions either here on the blog or on our Facebook page.

If you are a local charity and think we can help you through our craft, please contact us.  We'd love to hear from you.