Knit-a-Square show

Knit-a-Square

Summary: If you love to knit or crochet, and if you've ever wished you could do something to brighten up the lives of children affected by HIV-Aids and poverty in Africa, you've found the perfect podcast.This is where you learn about Knit-a-Square, the non-profit organisation which is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and hear updates from 'the barn' where we sort squares and combine them into blankets for distribution to crèches and orphanages.You can find show notes at www.knit-a-square.com/kas-podcastWhile you're there, take a look around the KAS website to see how you can get involved in our work. Knit-a-Square is run entirely by volunteers. Everything we do, including this podcast, is in aid of warming vulnerable children in South Africa. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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 How to stay sane during a pandemic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:03

Today's podcast guest is Liz Geldenhuis, a local volunteer whose passion is sorting squares and sewing them up into blankets.Liz shares how she came to be involved in charity work and then a member of Knit-a-Square. We hear how she keeps herself busy during lockdown and the role that Knit-a-Square plays in keeping her busy and sane in spite of social isolation. Please remember, if you are a new listener and want to know more about how to contribute to Knit-a-Square, you can find details about knitting, volunteering and donating on the website, www.knit-a-square.com. Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Clever tips for creative knitters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:31

This week, Karen Gordon from the north-east of England chats to Leanne about the very important role that knitting has played in her life. Having had mobility problems from childhood, she learnt to make garments for herself then switched to knitting for charity. She describes how Knit-a-Square gives focus to her knitting and what it means to be able to help and encourage other members on the forum.Karen also shares some great tips on where to find new yarn and other extras at affordable prices. For anyone who has not yet attempted the monthly themes for squares, this episode is sure to provide some valuable motivation! If you wish to make a donation to Knit-a-Square and/or support an upcoming distribution, please look for the "Donate" button on the KAS website or the "Shop" tab on the Facebook page. KAS finances are reported on regularly for all members to see. Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 A tough distribution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:31

In this episode, Leanne chats with Athelé about her recent visit to one of the roughest and most dangerous "squatter camps" she has seen.We hear about the dreadful conditions in which orphaned and vulnerable children sometimes have to live and the amazing people who help the community at JikaJoe with food, medical care and other basics for survival. If you want to see photographs from the distribution, please visit the Square Circle Forum on the Knit-a-Square website or look up Athelé Oosterbroek on Facebook. If you wish to donate towards future distributions like this, or the work of KAS in general, look for the "Donate" button on the Knit-a-Square website or make a purchase from the KAS shop on the Knit-a-Square Facebook page. Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 A summer harvest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:48

This episode features an interview with Mili Kus, a long-standing member of Knit-a-Square and an olive farmer on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. With charming grace, she describes her natural surroundings,, work in the olive grove, and passion for charity knitting. If you would like to participate on the podcast, please send me an email, telling me a bit about yourself and your involvement in Knit-a-Square. Our community is already strong, thanks to the Square Circle Forum on the website, and the podcast is just one more way for us to connect and support each other. Show host: Leanne Hunt .Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Celebrating our local volunteers. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:10

In this episode, Leanne chats to Ronda and Estelle to get a detailed update on post from overseas, numbers of squares coming in, and numbers of blankets, beanies, hand-warmers and soft toys going out. We hear about Ronda's move to her new home, the local companies and knitting groups that have risen to the occasion to support Knit-a-Square during the pandemic, and Athelé's distribution at the Jika Joe settlement in Pietermaritzburg. If you enjoy the podcast, please take a moment to rate and review it in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or whichever app you use to download your episodes, as it can help other knitters and crocheters to find us. Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Knitting yarns | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:28

In today's episode of the show, Leanne chats to Roger McDonald who has been involved with KAS from the start. As Sandy McDonald's husband and business partner, he helped conduct research for setting up the website and wrote poems that inspired and delighted members of the Square Circle Forum when it first began. Prepare to be entertained as Roger talks about his childhood with a grandmother who handled her needles like a magician and reads extracts from his as yet unpublished volume entitled "Knitting yarns". Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Twelve boxes of squares on their way! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:20

In this week's episode, we hear from Cath Riley of Liverpool, a long-standing member of Knit-a-Square who has used her crocheting skills and community connections to send hundreds of blankets' worth of squares to South Africa. She chats about her choice of shipping method and describes the process of gathering the squares ahead of despatch. We also hear from Vivienne, a volunteer living in Soweto, who talks about her involvement with the children at a local community outreach project and how they are managing during the lockdown with the closure of schools. Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Mandela Day and the Soweto Gospel Choir | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:56

This is another bumper episode, full of news about the various ways in which our members continue to touch the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. In the first half, Leanne reports on the effect of COVID-19 in various areas around Gauteng. Ronda reports on six different Mandela Day activities that took place on 18 July. We hear about how the work is continuing during lockdown. In the second half, Sandy McDonald and Debbie Posmontier share their memories of Knit-a-Square's partnership with the Soweto Gospel Choir to provide blankets for the children at Nkosi's Haven in 2010. Many of you will remember this amazing venture, but if you are new to Knit-a-Square, prepare to be delighted and inspired! If you are a knitter or crocheter and want to send squares to South Africa for the first time, please find the postal address and packaging instructions on the website, www.knit-a-square.com Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Fancy a bit of armchair travel? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:21

As South Africa enters its fourth month of lockdown, the weather is turning bitterly cold. Regular distributions are out of the question but our volunteers at Knit-a-Square have found ways to hand out blankets, beanies, hand-warmers and toys to the children in spite of the restrictions. In this episode, Leanne interviews Bongi about her visit to an orphanage in central Johannesburg. Then she chats to Athelé ahead of her trip to Clarens in the Free State, and follows that up with a report on how that trip went. All in all, this is an episode full of cultural contrasts and scenic detail. Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Meet the creator of the KAS website | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:34

This is a jam-packed episode guaranteed to warm your heart. Leanne introduces us to Ronda's niece, Sandy, whose early connection with knitting and interest in the internet inspired her to invite knitters around the world to contribute squares for blankets to warm vulnerable children in South Africa. Sandy recalls how the website brought people in from all over the world, and shares some of the wonderful ideas and projects that helped form our highly active and committed community. In the second part of the show, we hear from Ronda, Athelé and Estelle about efforts on the ground to distribute blankets, beanies, hand-warmers and soft toys as winter bites down in Gauteng. Be sure to have some knitting or crocheting in your hands as you listen to this bumper episode! Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence.Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Explore the Square Circle Forum! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:57

In the first half of the show, Leanne chats to Lindi, Knit-a-Square's longest-serving volunteer, who shares about life in Soweto during the lockdown and her work distributing blankets. In the second half, she chats to Andrea, one of our hard-working moderators, about the Square Circle Forum. This is our membership platform which is easy to join and full of interesting conversation threads. This is where you'll also find photos of completed blankets and distributions. Show host: Leanne Hunt. Email address: leanne@knit-a-square.com Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Keep making those squares! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:25

In this episode, Leanne includes an interview with Amy Pettigrew who runs the Knit-a-Square Facebook page and is a moderator on the Square Circle Forum. She chats to Ronda and Estelle about their dauntless quest to find squares for our volunteers to sew together into blankets, and provides information about some knitting-related events to keep you all inspired and motivated. Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Join us for a knit-along! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:16

Hear from KAS board member Wandi what a typical distribution looks like, and how the generosity of our members across the world allowed volunteers to care for their extremely needy neighbours. Find out too about the KAS KAL as Rebecca Price explains how she came up with the idea for the knit-along and where to find instructions for the different types of squares the finished blanket will contain.Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence.Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 These are the days of distancing and face-masks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:37

Like you, we have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but to date it has mostly been on the level of operations. Under the lockdown regulations, we have been prevented from gathering at the Knit-a-Square barn to proceed with sorting and distribution. All the volunteers are at home, either knitting and sewing up blankets or caring for family members.In this episode, Leanne reflects on how awareness of the virus and the need for social distancing have forced us to suspend operations temporarily. We hear from Ronda, Estelle and Athelé about how they are spending their time and what is on their minds.Also included is a handy idea for using up stash on Knit-a-Square projects. learn how to join scrap yarns with a magic knot, create magic balls of light and dark tones, and alternate these light and dark tones to produce eye-catching spirals and surprising colour combinations.Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [Youtube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence.Production and editing: Natali Williams, LIME Virtual Business Support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Welcome to the barn | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 32:48

The Knit-a-Square barn is what we affectionately call our work space. Basically a large room with good light and ventilation, it has a long table where we unpack parcels, sort squares and pack blankets for distribution to vulnerable and orphaned children.Theme music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones. [YouTube Audio Library] © Creative Commons Licence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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