June: The Month of Younger Ones

African-Child-logoOn June 16, 1976, about 10,000 black school children marched the streets of Soweto, South Africa in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the inferior quality of their education and demanding the right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of children were shot down by security forces and more than a hundred people were killed during the following two weeks of protest, not to mention the countless number who were injured.

June 16th has been celebrated since 1991 as the Day of the African Child, to honour the memory of those killed and the courage of those who marched. It also brings a reminder of the continuing struggles with health, education, protection and inequality. The Day of the African Child is this month’s challenge on the KAS forum.

wwkipeuropeCoinciding with the Day of the African Child is World Wide Knit in Public Day, from June 14 to June 22. WWKPD has grown from a single day to a week-long celebration and serves as a way for knitters/crocheters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. I don’t mind crocheting in public. Many people will stare, mostly because they’re transfixed by how fast my fingers move. I’ve encouraged more than a few people to learn, taught two people how to crochet and spread the word about KAS to as many people as will listen.

Also of note are some June factoids. The first is that June is the month with the longest daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest number of daylight hours in the Southern Hemisphere, where South Africa is. The second interesting tidbit is that the name June is fabled to come from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones,” as opposed to maiores (“elders”) for the month of May.

When I took all of these things into consideration, I immediately wanted to make a Hexagon Sweater for the June challenge. It’s a perfect way to honour the children of South Africa, I can work on it anywhere and it keeps the little ones warm during the darker winter months.

Hexagon Sweater

I picked up this fantastic green yarn on our last trip to the U.S. and paired it with a beautiful periwinkle-lavendar (actually called Lavender Blue on the label). Hopefully these vibrant colours will brighten a dark night.

More StashLast night I was also lucky enough to receive a HUGE bag of donated yarn by someone who was looking to contribute to a charitable cause. I can’t wait to sift through this bag of varied colours, textures and fibres. It’s almost like Christmas all over again!

Have fun with this challenge and be sure to check out some of the amazingly creative squares fellow members have made, from the African Flower pattern to educational squares to African colour themes!

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About Andrea Squared

I've been a crocheter since I was 7 years old and I've been knitting since 2013. My life is filled with love and joy from my two boys, Mason and Evan, my dear husband and our Australian Shepherd.
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12 Responses to June: The Month of Younger Ones

  1. Beth says:

    Another great blog post Andrea!
    Great colours for your hexagon sweater!
    That huge bag of donated yarn should keep you busy crocheting for sometime!

    • Thanks, Beth! I went through the bag and there are a lot of keepers. It must have been someone’s stash because there were some oldies in there. I felt like I was taking a trip around the world; there was wool from West Germany(!), New Zealand, and Switzerland, to name a few. Alpaca, virgin wool, acrylic, oh my! 🙂

      • Annie says:

        Hi Andrea,
        Enjoyed your post! And beautiful hexagon sweater… Wonder if you’d consider posting the part about the kids to the Discussion Category: The Kids’ Lives.
        Happy crocheting,
        Annie

    • maureen fast says:

      Did you use the chain stitch for the hexagon sweater? Is there a way to use single or double crochet without having holes?

      Thanks,
      Maureen

      • Hi Maureen! Yes, I used the chain stitch. If you would rather use a plain stitch, I would opt for single crochet so you don’t have holes. I think the chain stitch was used because it creates a very dense, warm fabric.

  2. Jan Ellis says:

    I have been inspired by KAS because I didn’t realise quite how ignorant I was about the plight of the children in SA – I don’t know whether to feel ashamed or naive- however I have to say that your blogs are also really inspirational and this one is no different. I can only say thank you Andrea.

    • Thank you, Jan! I’m not sure what to say except thank you for the kind words. I’ve been wanting to blog more frequently but sometimes the words just aren’t there. I feel honoured that you treasure what I have to say.

  3. Pam Antink says:

    As always an interesting and thoughtful blog Andrea – sorry I’ve been a bit dim and have at last realised I can link it to my Facebook page – silly me!!!!

  4. wfih says:

    Lovely post. I’m a little intrigued by the picture / pattern / the way it’s folded. It looks fun to hook – is there a link please?

  5. wfih says:

    ah..jumped the gun – I have it now, thanks! 🙂

    • No problem! It is a bit bulky to work with because it has six corners and I found it difficult to start but once you get going it’s relatively quick. I really liked how the colour change looked with the chain stitch, highlighting the ups and downs of the row. 🙂

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