Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Knit A Hat For Syrian Refugees

The weather is very cold and the Syrian Refugees would really benefit from a knitted hat. If you've a little time to spare and an odd ball of yarn please knit a hat and send to the address at the base of this post.

With size 4.5mm (US7) needles cast on 90 stitches.
Knit 4 rows in K1, P1, rib casting on 1 stıtch at the end of the last row - 91sts.
Row 5. Knit
Row 6. Purl
Continue in stocking stitch (1 row k, 1 row purl) until work measures 6 inches from begining.

Decreasing:
Row 1 (knit 11, k2tog) 7 times - 84sts
Row 2 and all wrongside rows purl.
Row 3 (k10,k2tog) 7 times -77sts
Row 5 (k9, k2tog) 7 times - 70sts
Row 7 (k8, k2tog) 7 times - 63sts
Row 9, (k7, k2tog) 7 times - 56sts
Row 11 ( k6, k2tog) 7 times - 49sts
Row 13 (k5, k2tog) 7 times - 42sts
Row 15 (k4, k2tog) 7 times - 35sts
Row 16 (P2tog, p3) 7 times - 28sts
Row 17 ( k2, k2tog) 7 times - 21sts
Row 18 (P2tog, p1) 7 times - 14sts
Row 19 (K2tog) 7 times - 7 sts
Row 20 (P2 tog) 3 times, P1 - 4 sts
Row 21 k4tog
Cast off.
Sew hat seam together using flat seam stitch.
Thank you to Anne Grffin for sharing this knitting pattern and knitting the hats in the photo.


Please Help If You Can!
'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets  to receiving agencies.
'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.
Address - 'LILY' C/O Dianne Jones
                   Türkmen Mahlesi
                    Ünlü sokak No 10 D4
                    Kuşadası
                    Aydin
                    Turkey.



We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets, hats, gloves etc. 
You can also find us at:  https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Special Meeting To Help Syrians



Today I was lucky enough to be at a meeting hosted by the League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and The Humanitarian Forum, the meeting to coordinate aid delivery to the Syrian people was attended by representatives of Turkey’s IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), Red Crescent and Red Cross organizations, various NGOs and Syrian representatives. Representatives of the organizing bodies and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi delivered speeches at the opening session. Al-Arabi summarized the efforts of the Arab League, both within the organization and on the international arena, to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria and ensure the safety of the people. The opening speeches were followed by presentations about the situation and needs of the affected people inside Syria and refugees in neighboring countries. İzzet Şahin, IHH International Affairs Coordinator, also made a presentation on the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey. “Basic needs of refugees arriving in Turkey are met by the Red Crescent and IHH; however, the real problem is inside Syria borders. IHH is ready to deliver humanitarian assistance to the affected people in Syria through a humanitarian aid corridor.”
A number of workshops were held about delivering relief to the Syrian people, principles of relief aid, health and food aid.
A number of recommendations were issued to decision-making bodies and international NGOs. The meeting recommended:
    Neighboring countries to facilitate the access and delivery of aid to affected people in Syria and outside.
Humanitarian agencies to attend to the psychological support of conflict victims.
    Utilise all available opportunities to allow delivery of humanitarian relief.
    Cooperate with Syria-based registered, transparent NGOs for delivering aid.
    Promote collaboration between humanitarian agencies in the field and border areas.
    Assess and address the need of people for food items in Syria.
Humanitarian stakeholders need to improve their coordination mechanisms and partnership with private sector, civil society organisations and government agencies.
    Ensure safety of humanitarian workers wherever they are stationed.
    Mobilise the role of League of Arab States and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as leading humanitarian coordination bodies in the region.
The total number of registered refugees and individuals awaiting registration is 671,262 as of 21 January. This includes 5,417 Syrian refugees registered in North Africa. The number registered in Turkey as of 22 January is 156,801 in 16 camps with another camp about to be built. "We will continue to have a policy of open door and we will never close our borders," pledged Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
  In tomorrows meeting I will be rasing my point, I hope people will be listening!
I'll let you know how I get on in tomorrows post.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Help Cold Syrian Children


Photo: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra


As syria’s civil war continues unabated, thousands of children have fled across the border, terrified and desperate for safe refuge from the spiralling violence. These children have not found the protection and assistance they need – because winter is here and thousands remain without appropriate shelter. Winter has started its glacial spread across the region, but while the icy winds and driving rains pick up and temperatures begin to plummet, funding required to meet the needs of those most at risk is just not there.Thousands of children have already suffered through months of terrifying conflict and displacement, and are now at serious risk of succumbing to the cold. Children are particularly vulnerable to disease associated with the cold, and are in urgent need of protection as the bitter winter sets in.The plummeting temperatures and torrential rains could leave thousands of refugees facing serious health problems like hypothermia, frostbite and chest infections. This could prove deadly for the most vulnerable children – some of whom are already getting sick from the cold.

  So let's try and send them a little comfort and the knowledge that someone is thinking of them.
Help 'Lily' Love In the Language of Yarn Knit Squares to make blankets for these Syrian refugees especially the children. 
I realise the cost of sending items by post especially to Turkey can be costly. Therefore I am asking everyone PLEASE if you could knit or chrochet just 3 squares they would fit easily into an envelope and postage shouldn't be too great.  
Please if you could just knit or crochet 3 x 8inch squares, pop them in an envelope and send them to the address at the bottom of this page, we will sew them together to make blankets and a child with nothing will get a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!


Please Help If You Can!
'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.
'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.
Address - 'LILY' C/O Dianne Jones
                   Türkmen Mahlesi
                    Ünlü sokak No 10 D4
                    Kuşadası
                    Aydin
                    Turkey.



We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets. 
You can also find us at:  https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn