Friday, August 23, 2013

Knit/Crochet A Square Today For Syria's Children!

The number of registered child refugees fleeing Syria's violence has topped the 1 million mark in another grim milestone of the deepening conflict. Roughly half of all the nearly 2 million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of 11, according to the U.N. refugee and children's agencies.


Photo by UNHCR/A. Branthwaite 

This one millionth child refugee is not just another number, this is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend. Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatized, depressed and in need of a reason for hope. Please help LILY to send a little comfort to each Syrian child.


A hand made blanket is more than a means of warmth to a child who has nothing. It sends love, and helps provide a sense of security and comfort to a Syrian refugee child who has been made homeless by war and sends a message of concern and hope. The thought that someone cares, and that this beautiful, handmade blanket was created especially for them.

Please consider making a square or two today. Any spare wool you have can be knitted / crocheted / woven into eight inch squares and then we'll stitch them all together into a blanket. Our blankets are lovingly sewn together from squares made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different countries around the wold.


Squares Needed: 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm) Knitted or Crocheted or woven. (we will make good use of any size but 8'' is best)
Any Design, Any Colour, but Straight Edge please. 
Acrylic if possible (or whatever you have in your stash!) 
When sending squares could you please enclose: 
Your Name & Your e-mail address so I can let you know I've received them.





Refugees fleeing Syria urgently need our help. 

Help us make a difference today!


'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
Cumhuriyet Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2
Kuşadasi
Aydin 
Turkey.
We now also have a  branch in Jordan, the address to send squares to Jordan is 
'LILY' C/O  A Mencke
P.O. Box  2842
Jubeiha
Jordan, 11941

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Knit / Crochet Blanket Squares For Syria's Children

After more than two years of conflict, the situation in Syria remains dire. Families have been torn apart, communities ruined and schools and hospitals destroyed. More than three million people have now fled the war in Syria and are living as refuges throughout the region with anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 refugees leaving the country on a daily basis - on average around 100,000 people leaving Syria every month, around 50 percent of these refugees are children. That's the official refugee population.
So, when you look at that totality in Syria you've got basically around a third of the population that is on the move or living away from their usual place of residence. Which is just a phenomenal state of affairs.

When Syrian children and families finally arrive at a safe place, they are traumatised, scared, and vulnerable. Some children are unable to talk - they are just so profoundly traumatised by what they've seen, this could involve seeing a loved one killed in front of them, they may have been living under the sustained shelling for a good deal of time or seen their house destroyed.


'LILY' is doing all it can to bring a little comfort and warmth to help these Syrian children but we need your help!
Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends of left over yarn. Any spare yarn  you have can be knitted or crocheted into eight inch squares and then we'll stitch them all together into a blanket. No waste! also a great stash buster and a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!




Knitting Instructions
FOR ONE 8"/20 cm SQUARE, you will need:
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn 
 worsted weight , double knit or 8 ply
Size 4 mm needles  6 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
 Cast on 32 - 40 stitches ( depending on tension, try to make your stitches neither too loose nor too tight to help ensure uniform squares)
 Row 1: knit
 Row 2: knit. These two rows form the 'garter' stitch knitting pattern for your square but you use any stitch you prefer, be as creative as you like. Continue knitting  until you have knitted a square
 To ensure you square is 8"/20 cm either use a tape measure .

 Cast off
 Use your yarn sewing needle to sew in all the yarn ends using a darning method

VERY IMPORTANT 
Leave a half meter length of your yarn attached to your work after you have cast off. This will be used to join the squares together.
 but if you're changing colors work in your other tails.  DO NOT TIE AND CUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE KNOT, THAT IS GUARANTEED TO COME UNDONE.  Knot if you want, but leave a tail and work in your ends.


You can also find us at:  https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn




Refugees fleeing Syria urgently need our help. 

Help us make a difference today!

'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
Cumhuriyet Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2
Kuşadasi
Aydin 
Turkey
We now also have a  branch in Jordan, the address to send squares to Jordan is 
'LILY' C/O  A Mencke
P.O. Box  2842
Jubeiha
Jordan, 11941

Monday, August 5, 2013

Please Help Us Reach Our Goal!

We have been asked if we can provide 2,000 blankets for the children in a Syrian refugee camp near Adana, Turkey. We hope to be able to send the blankets by the end of September when the weather will start to become a lot cooler especially at night when you are living in a tent. So far we only have 110 blankets towards our target.

PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!

If everyone reading this could knit or crochet just 3 squares we would reach our goal easily. 

Every Tuesday  a dedicated team of 'LILY' supporters get together to sew the squares into blankets, while others take squares home to sew.  These blankets  provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to the Syrian refugee children who have been made 
homeless by war and will send a message of concern and hope. Your participation is important in sending this message of hope, the thought that someone cares, that this beautiful, handmade blanket was created especially for them. It doesn't really matter what it looks like: even the most basic knitted blanket patterns will yield perfect results – a smile.


I realise the cost of sending items by post especially to Turkey can be costly which is why we are asking for just 3 squares ( of course we'll also accept more). If you could knit or crochet just 3 squares they would fit easily into an envelope and postage shouldn't be too great! (mark the package 'Knitting For Charity - No Commercial Value').
It really will make a difference to a child's life!



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



Help us make a difference today!



'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
Cumhuriyet Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2
Kuşadasi
Aydin 
Turkey


We now also have a  branch in Jordan, the address to send squares to Jordan is 
'LILY' C/O  A Mencke
P.O. Box  2842
Jubeiha
Jordan, 11941