‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Warm Winter Project.

The number of children orphaned each day in the world is around 10,000. More than half of the orphans live in the streets where they face many threats and risks. Unfortunately, orphans are kidnapped every day in many parts of the world, they are abused by prostitution gangs, organ mafia, begging networks and missionary institutions. Every orphan who is taken care of means that we will have a brighter future.

A plea from ‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn!

This weekend I will be visiting an orphanage in Kayseri, Turkey with a group of volunteers. The orphange is home to 140 children at the moment, I will be  taking with me a parcel for each child. I have been busy knitting a ‘Lily’ Bear for each child, our volunteers have been busy knitting and crocheting and have been wonderful and donated hats, scarves and gloves for each child in the orphanage.
At present there are 5,166 orphans in orphanages throughout Turkey.

Knitters and Crocheters I need your help with our Warm Winter Project!

 We need hats, scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters etc. for orphans and children of low income familes. Age groups are 0-3yrs,  3-6yrs, 7-10yrs and 12-14yrs. Boys and Girls. We have teamed up with several organisations who will also be providing shoes/boots, stationery materials, coal and wood for heating, blankets, stoves, electric heaters, foodstuffs and other winter necessities. To help orphans and impoverished children spend the winter happily and in health.

Can you help?

We will be distributing knitted and crochet items throughout the winter months.
For more information on ‘LILY’ to can find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn over the next couple of weeks we wiil be adding patterns and information so please check in regularly and please ‘Like’ us so you will receive up dates.

Please Help If You Can!

Here’s a free knitting pattern from Patons to help get you started.

  • Patons® Astra (50 g/1.75 oz)
Boy’s Version (all sizes)
  • Main Color (MC):
    • (Blue) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast A: (Variegated) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast B: (Orange) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
Girl’s Version (all sizes)
  • Main Color (MC):
  • (Red) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast A: (Variegated) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast B: (Yellow) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
Knitting Needles:
  • Hat and Scarf: Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension.
  • Mittens: Set of size 4 mm (U.S. 6) double pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension.
  • Scarf: 6 x 46 ins [15 x 117 cm].
  • Hat: To fit child 2/4 yrs (6/10 yrs).
  • Mittens: To fit child 2/4 yrs (6/8 yrs – 10 yrs).
22 sts and 28 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.
Alt = Alternate.
Beg = Beginning.
Cont = Continue(ity).
Dec = Decrease.
Inc = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch.
K = Knit.
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together.
M1 = make one st by picking up horizontal loop lying before next st and knitting into back of loop.
M1P = make one st by picking up horizontal loop lying before next st and purling into back of loop.
P = Purl.
Pat = Pattern.
Psso = Pass slipped stitch over.
Rep = Repeat.
Rem = Remaining.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
RS = Right side.
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Tog = Together.
WS = Wrong side.
The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.

Stripe Pat
With MC work 4 rows.
With A work 4 rows.
With B work 2 rows.
With MC work 2 rows.
With A work 4 rows.
These 16 rows form Stripe Pat.
First Ear Flap
With MC and pair of needles, cast on 10 sts.
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd row: P1. M1P. Purl to last st. M1P. P1.
3rd row: K1. M1. Knit to last st. M1. K1.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, then 2nd row once. 24 sts.
Work 12 rows even in stocking st, ending with RS facing for next row. Break yarn. Leave sts on a spare needle.
Second Ear Flap
Work as given for First Ear Flap. Do not break yarn.
Body of Hat: (Joining row). With MC, cast on 8 (9) sts. Knit these 8 (9) sts. K24 across Second Ear Flap. Turn. Cast on 35 (39) sts. Turn. K24 across First Ear Flap. Turn. Cast on 8 (9) sts. 99 (105) sts.
Purl 1 row.
With A, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). Purl
2nd and 3rd rows: Knit.
4th row: Purl.
Last 4 rows form Texture Pat.
Beg with 9th row of Stripe Pat, cont in Stripe Pat and rep last 4 rows of Texture Pat 7 times more, dec 2 (0) sts evenly across last row. 97 (105) sts.
Shape top: Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:
1st row: K1. *K2tog. K10 (11). Rep from * to end of row. 89 (97) sts.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: K1. *K2tog. K9 (10). Rep from * to end of row. 81 (89) sts.
5th row: K1. *K2tog. K8 (9). Rep from * to end of row. 73 (81) sts.
6th row: Purl.

Cont in same manner, dec 8 sts on next and every following alt row 5 (6) times more. 25 sts.
Next row: K1. *K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. 13 sts.
Break yarn leaving a long end. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew back seam.

Braid: (make 3).
Cut A, 15 ins [38 cm] long. Take 12 strands tog, fold in half and knot into fringe at end of each earflap and at top of Hat as shown in picture. Braid each Fringe. Knot securely and trim ends evenly.

**With MC and set of four knitting needles, cast on 28 (36-44) sts. Divide sts on 3 needles as follows: 12 (12-16) sts on 1st needle, 8 (12-16) sts on 2nd needle and 8 (12-12) sts on 3rd needle. Join in rnd. Place marker on first st.
Beg with 1st row of Stripe Pat.
Proceed as follows:
1st rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around. Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing for 11/2 (2-2) ins [4 (5-5) cm] and inc 4 sts evenly across last rnd. 32 (40-48) sts.
Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, knit 6 (8-10) rnds.**
Shape thumb gusset: Cont in Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:
1st rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts. Knit to end of rnd.
2nd and alt rnds: Knit.
3rd rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K2. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
5th rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
7th rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K6. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
9th rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K8. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd. 42 (50-58) sts.
11th rnd: K28 (32-36). Slip last 12 sts onto a safety pin (thumb opening). Knit to end of rnd.
12th rnd: Knit, casting on 2 sts over slipped sts. 32 (40-48) sts.
***Cont in Stripe Pat, knit in rnds until work from beg measures 6 (7-8) ins [15 (18-20.5) cm].
Rearrange sts as follows: 16 (20-24) sts on 1st needle. 8 (10-12) sts on 2nd needle. 8 (10-12) sts on 3rd needle.
Shape Top: 1st rnd: 1st needle: Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. 2nd needle: Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to end of needle. 3rd needle: Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Dec 4 sts on every rnd, as before, until there are 8 sts. Break yarn, leaving a long end.
Thread end through rem 8 sts. Draw up and fasten securely.
Thumb: With MC, K12 from safety pin.
Pick up and knit 2 sts at base of thumb.
Divide these 14 sts onto 3 needles.
With MC, knit 9 (11-15) rnds.
Next rnd: (K2tog) 7 times.
Next rnd: (K2tog) 3 times. K1.
Break MC leaving a long end. Thread end through rem 4 sts. Draw up and fasten securely.***
Work from ** to ** as given for Right Mitten.
Shape thumb gusset: Cont in Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:
1st rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts. Knit to end of rnd.
2nd and alt rnds: Knit.
3rd rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K2. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
5th rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
7th rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K6. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
9th rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K8. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd. 42 (50-58) sts.
11th rnd: K26 (30-34) sts. Slip last 12 sts onto safety pin (thumb opening). Knit to end of rnd.
12th rnd: Knit, casting on 2 sts over slipped sts. 32 (40-48) sts.
Work from *** to *** as given for Right Mitten.
With MC and pair of needles, cast on 33 sts.
1st row: (RS). Purl.
2nd and 3rd rows: Knit.
4th row: Purl.
Last 4 rows form Texture Pat.
First 4 rows of Stripe Pat are complete.
Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, rep last 4 rows of Texture Pat until work from beg measures 46 ins [117 cm], ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off knitwise.
Fringe: Cut A 10 ins [25.5 cm] long. Take 4 strands tog, fold in half and knot into fringe 3/4 inch [2 cm] apart across each end of scarf. Trim fringe evenly.
Colorful Winter Set Pattern

Feeling Guilty About Your Yarn Stash?

I usually don’t feel a lot of guilt about my stash, because it gives me great pleasure and lots of options for providing you with free patterns. This morning I decided to do the job I’d been putting off for a while – sorting and tidying my stash,  it is getting to the point where I don’t have much more space for storing yarn without my husband realising how much I have!  :).

Here are 7 tips for getting over any yarn stash guilt you may be feeling.

1. Get something on the needles.

Probably the easiest way to alleviate yarn stash guilt is to start knitting something from the yarn you just bought as soon as possible after walking in the door with your new purchases.

If you need to do a little research before picking a project, do so, but try to have some of your new yarn on the needles before the end of the week, even if it’s just playing around with stitches or making a gauge swatch.

This gets your brain thinking that the yarn you just bought wasn’t to go into your stash at all–you’re actually using it!

2. Practice the one in-one out rule.

This is a really difficult concept for knitters who love to stash, but if you’re running out of space for your treasures, take a rule from the clean closet crowd and vow to always get rid of something when you bring something new into the house.

If you’ve been stashing yarn for long there’s no doubt there’s something in your stash you aren’t proud of or would never use in real life. Post your castoffs on Freecycle (or sell them on eBay), give them to a friend who is learning, or find a knitting charity or community group that will accept your extras. Don’t forget ‘Thoughful Thursday’ here on this blog where I will be featuring charities that would benefit from your knitting.

3. Go on a diet.

Yes, you’ve binged on yarn and you’re feeling bad about it. One interesting way to alleviate the guilt is to stop buying yarn and start working projects only from your stash for a predetermined period of time.

Going on a yarn diet can be a challenge, particularly if you need to knit a gift and don’t have the right yarn in your house. But if you find yourself thinking that you own more yarn than you could possibly ever knit, take some time away from the yarn store and see what you can do with the yarn you already have.

Check in here. Over this next month I will be covering many free patterns for ideas on how to use even small quantities of stash.

4. Try a swap.

If you have friends who knit and who also have large stashes, try a yarn swap. Everybody brings, say, 10 different skeins of yarn they’d be willing to part with, and then all the yarn gets mixed together and people can take what they want.

If you don’t have knitting friends, see if there’s a local  knitting group you can get involved in. We knitters need each other!

5. Knit more.

Just like people on real diets need to exercise to see results, people on yarn diets need to work the needles to see a reduction in stash. Try not to just get projects on needles, but to actually finish them as well.

6. Knit for Charity.

See yesterdays post for some charities that need your knitting.

 7. Get over it.

It’s a shame to have a lot of yarn that isn’t getting turned into beautiful objects, but if just having the yarn brings you happiness, that’s good, too.

As long as your yarn budget isn’t eating into your food budget and your family members don’t need to fear death by a tidal wave of wool whenever they open a closet door, feel free to stash away.

Knitting Rules

If you feel guilty about your yarn stash  pick up the hilarious knitting book, Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks. The chapter “Yarn and How Not to Feel Guilty About It”will make you laugh until the tears come.

Here’s a quote from the book:
When someone says, “You sure have a lot of yarn.” You say, “This? No,no, This is just what I need for the week. The real collection is in my rental storage space.”

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Helpful Tips When Knitting For Charity

I think one reason we all knit for charity is because the need is literally everywhere. The need for charity knitting is as far away as the other side of the world, and it is as close as our own downtown areas and even our own neighborhoods. 
 Do you find, either occasionally or more often than not, that you would like to touch members of your own community with your charity knitting? I know I do. 
Knitting for someone else who has a greater need than yourself often helps put your problems in perspective. Many knitters enjoy knitting for charity, but if you’ve never done it before you may not know where to start. 
 I want to offer you some options to consider when you would like to donate your charity knitting projects a little closer to home. 

Stuffed toys: Make stuffed toys such as teddy bears, monkeys, and dolls, and offer them to places such as fire houses, hospitals, social service departments, and police departments. Such toys can be genuine godsends for children in traumatic situations, such as long-term illnesses, fires, and cases of abuse and neglect.

Hats and scarves: Most towns have homeless shelters, and I have yet to hear of one that will turn away a box of knitted hats and scarves. Particularly in areas where winters are extremely cold, these are a tremendous help to shelter residents. Domestic violence shelters will often take them, as well. 

Blankets: Afghans can also be donated to homeless and domestic violence shelters. Lap blankets and baby blankets can be donated to hospitals, where they may be used for babies, especially preemies, and those recovering from amputation surgery. 

Chemo caps: Hospitals of all kinds, especially those with cancer centers, will always be glad to accept donated caps for people who have lost their hair from chemotherapy. 

Premature baby clothing: Any hospital with a labor and delivery floor will likely be thrilled to accept hats, layette items, and blankets sized to fit preemies. 

Remember, before you take a trip to a local shelter, hospital, or fire/police department, be sure to call them ahead of time and ask if they will accept whatever you have to donate. Some may have guidelines; others may not be able to accept the items in question for one reason or another. Most, however, will be very glad to accept whatever you have to offer!

Another thing to keep in mind is that the need for garments or knitted items is all year round and not just in the winter time. Shelters and hospitals are often overwhelmed with donations at the holidays, but still need items throughout the year. There are nunerous international organisations who require knitted items and may have a local Office near  you or a collection point not too far away. 

Links to other ‘Thoughful Thursday’ posts you might like:

‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn
Knit A Square
Military Heros
Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
Cure Caps
Hugs for Homeless Animals
Loving Hands
Teddies for Tragedies
The Mending Hearts Project
Knit With Love
Keeping cancer victims warm
Lisas Stars
Bridge and Beyond
The Pink Slipper Project
Click for Babies
Upon Butterfly Wings
Recovery Buddies
Purple Stitch Project (PSP)

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ ‘LILY’- Love In the Language of Yarn.

It’s just 7 months since we started ‘LILY’ – Love In the Language of Yarn We provide hand knit and crocheted items for children mainly orphans but any child in need.

Our first assignment is to help provide blankets for the Syrian refugees in Turkey.
As we are a small and new organisation we set a target of 100 blankets and put out a plea for knit or crocheted  8inch squares which will then be sewn together to form blankets. The response has been awesome! We soon met the target and upped it to 250 and in a short time we busted that target too! Todate we have sent 1,292 blankets to enough to give every refugee child in Two camps a blanket and we have another 704 blankets completed and over 2,000 squares, almost enough to supply a third camp. Thankyou! 

But please remember there are now over 10,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, 60% of these are women and children, and very soon the weather will change and it will be cold!

For our second assignment we  teamed up with several non profit organisations in Turkey helping to raise awareness of premature births, and asked to help provide knitted garments for several neonatal intensive care units in Aydin, Izmir and Bodrum again the response was awesome! We recently payed our second visit to 3 NICU hospital wards and took 20 layettes to each hospital and again we have recieved further donations of 24 hats, 15 cardigans, 36 pairs of booties and 28 baby blankets. Thankyou so much you are awesome ! but please carry on :)

Our third assignment is that we are  working alongside the Humanitarian Relief Foundation and at this time they have 2175 orphans in their care here in Turkey. Next week I will be visiting an orphanage in Kayseri, Turkey with a group of volunteers. The orphange is home to 115 children at the moment. We asked for help knitting and crocheting hats, scaves and gloves for these orphans, again we were bowled over by the response and at the moment we have 110 sets to help keep these children warm in the winter months. Thankyou! We are just a couple short.

A Big Thankyou!  to everyone who has helped and please can we have loads more…..! 

Your help is really appreciated.

Email dbjones5559@yahoo.com for the postal address. You can also find us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn

‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey,Uk, Austrailia, US and Germany 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.

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ The Pink Slipper Project

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence is one of the great tragedies of our society. The women who escape from their dangerous life circumstances, particularly with their children, are nothing less than heroines. When they arrive at women’s shelters, they often have escaped with very little possessions, security, or self-esteem.

Today’s ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ features, The Pink Slipper Project, founded by Joyce Lucas which offers a way to help these women and children.I hope as you read more you will find out what you can do to contribute and help these survivors take steps towards healing. Domestic violence shelters offer protection and healing for women and children escaping from abusive situations. But escaping to a shelter is just the first step. Their sense of security and self-worth has been battered, and they may struggle to accept that they are worthy of kindness.

The Pink Slipper Project seeks to help by collecting and distributing handmade slippers to shelters all over the country for these survivors. Not only do these slippers warm their feet, a valuable asset, when you consider how often abuse survivors must leave without many, if any, of their belongings, but they also serve as a tangible reminder that someone cared enough to offer their time and efforts to provide a gift.

Your slipper contribution does not need to be pink, and the slippers do not need to be made using any specific slipper pattern, but they do need to be handmade, warm and, of course, new. Whether it be one pair of slippers you are donating or 20, your contribution is just as important.
Visit the Project’s website and their facebook page wich offers guidelines, lists of needed donations, free slipper patterns, and challenges to help make the knitting and donation process more motivating and enjoyable.
Here’s a message from Rachel from The Pink Slipper Project:
Hi, and thank you for your interest in The Pink Slipper Project. I’m Rachel, manager of the Facebook page, standing in for Joyce Lucas, the founder, who is on medical leave of absence. We specialize in slippers. They can be knit, crocheted, sewn in any pattern, any colors, in sizes from toddlers to ladies.

Slippers donated by our members are sent to women’s shelters for victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The members of PSP donated purple (the color of DVAM) slippers to Comfort Scarves of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Barbara, the founder, sent the slippers and scarves made by her members to the 11 shelters she services in SW PA. All these handmade slippers and scarves will bring comfort to those who receive them.

Every day 3 women die from domestic violence. 

1 in 4 women suffer domestic abuse.

We have one challenge active at this time. We are sending slippers, knit or crocheted washcloths, and handmade teddy bears/small handmade toys to Comfort Scarves for their Holiday Project. We’d love to have your help. They can use as many slippers as we can send.

Please join us on our Facebook page – The Pink Slipper Project. One pair of handmade slippers will go a long way to warming soles and healing souls.

To continue thier work, lots and lots of slippers are needed! They can be knitted, crocheted or stitched with a sewing machine or by hand. There are FREE patterns for all types of slippers on the patterns page on the web site.
Here’s a pattern to help you start.
Cosy Slippers.

You Will Need:
2 skeins of Chunky type yarn any color. I chose pink as it’s breast cancer awareness month.
Size 10  (6mm)knitting needles, large plastic needle, regular sewing needle and thread and 2 decorative buttons. This makes one pair of slippers.

Tension 4 sts  and 6 rows (3 garter stitch ridges) = 1 inch

Available in small, medium and large size

Outer Moc:
Cast on 29 (35-41) sts
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: K9(11-13), *P1,K9(11-13), repeat from *once more.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until  30 (34-38) rows have been knit.

Shape Toe:
Row 1: P1, *K1,P1, repeat from *across row
Row 2: K1, *P1,K1, repeat from *across row
Repeat these 2 rows until you have 12 rows (14-16) then work row 1 once more, cut off yarn leaving an 8” end.

 Draw 8” end through remaining sts and pull up tightly, then sew with large plastic needle from beginning of ribbing to form toe. Fold cast one edge in half and sew inside seam for center back. Make 2 pom-poms and tie to each front side tightly and knot to inside of slipper or decoration of your choice, buttons, ribbons etc.

Please join The Pink Slipper Project today! Help them warm the hearts and toes of women and children in need. You will be helping make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

‘Thoughful Thursday’ Click For Babies

Click your needles together to knit baby caps and help educate about and prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome!

Click for Babies is a public health initiative that allows knitters and crocheters to support Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention. While some may be aware of Shaken Baby Syndrome and know that shaking a baby is dangerous and harmful, many others have no idea how dreadfully trying a constantly crying baby can be.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is sometimes seen as an act perpetuated by a careless parent who doesn’t know better. But just as often it can happen when a loving parent, feeling helpless and despondent over his or her inability to soothe a disconsolate infant, winds up shaking the baby out of despair.
This is where Click for Babies comes in.The purpose of Click for Babies is to raise awareness of a frequent cause of Shaken Baby Syndrome called the Period of Purple Crying. Knitters and crocheters can help by knitting or crocheting a purple baby cap that can be distributed to newborn babies and their parents. These caps not  only remind of the hazards of shaking a baby, but also help to educate parents about normal infant crying.

The Period of Purple Crying.

The fact is that all baby mammals, not just human beings, go through something called a “purple period.” During this period, which in human beings lasts from about 2 weeks of age to 3 to 4 months, babies cry more often, especially in the evening. They are also often either resistant to soothing or are not always soothed by the same methods every time.
The good news is that while every baby goes through this period (though some babies cry far more than others during this period), it DOES end. This is especially important to share with new parents, who may feel not only helpless but also as though they have failed.

Raising Awareness through the Click of Needles.

Click for Babies refers to the sound of the clicking of knitting needles, although crocheters are, of course, equally welcome to participate. The Click for Babies website  offers free patterns, guidelines, and places to send caps.
Many states have their own Click for Babies programs for distributing caps to hospitals. For those who live in other states, there is a national Click for Babies office where caps can be sent to.
Click for Babies encourages sharing of the program through social media; they have Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages that can be used to spread the word.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a tragedy that can be easily avoided, so let’s all put our needles and hooks together and support the great cause of Click for Babies!

Here is a free knitting pattern to help get you started :

Purple Kitty Hat.

Size: New born
Hat measures 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter; length 5 inches (13 cm) from rim to crown.


Size 4 mm (5 US) needles
DK weight yarn  Lilac and Purple
For nose ,eyes and mouth DK weight yarn black.

21.5 sts= 4 inches (10 cm)


Starting at brim, with Lilac yarn CO 64 sts and work in K2, p2 until brim measures 1 inch (3 cm) from beg.
Then work in St st

6 rows Lilac
6 rows Purple
6 rows Lilac
4 rows Purple

Shape Top Of Hat
Still in Purple  *k2 tog, k7 rep from* to last 2 sts k2tog- 56 st
Next row : Purl
Change to Pink or blue  knit 1 row then purl 1 row
Continuing in stripe sequence as established, shape top and finish:
Row 1 (RS) K 1, *k 4, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k 1 – 47 sts.
Rows 2, 4 and 6 Purl.
Row 3 K 1, *k 3, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k 1 – 38 sts.
Row 5 K 1, *k 2, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k 1 – 29 sts.
Row 7 K 1, *k2tog; rep from * across – 15 sts.
Row 8 *P2tog; rep from * to last st, p 1 – 8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing seam. With large-eyed blunt needle, thread tail through remaining sts on needle. Pull tightly and secure. Sew back seam.

EAR - Make 2
With Lilac yarn, cast on 16 sts. and knit 3 rows. Pass all sts, 1 at a time, over first st. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining st and pull to tighten.

With Black , cast on 5 sts.
Row 1 Knit.
Rows 2 and 4 Purl.
Row 3 K2tog, k 1, k2tog – 3 sts.
Row 4 Purl.
Row 5 K3tog – 1 st.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining st; pull to tighten.

Using photo as a guide, place Ears  and sew to each side of Hat about 2 inch apart. Sew Nose in place, embroider smile, 3 whiskers on each side of Nose, and eyes, using Stem or chain st. 

‘Thoughful Thursday’ ‘LILY’ Needs YOUR Help!

Turkey is housing about 80,000 refugees in the camps along the Syrian border, while another 40,000 live in rented houses or apartments in the border area, and there are at least another 10,000 waiting on the border more than 50% are children. In just a few weeks the weather will change and the nights will be cold especially for children living in tents. PLEASE HELP US PROVIDE BLANKETS FOR THESE CHILDREN!
KNIT A SQUARE OR TWO or three or four…………

photo by Muhammed Muheisen

Help ‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn Knit Squares For Syrian refugees especially the children.

Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends. Any spare wool you have can be knitted into eight inch squares and then we’ll stitch them all together into a blanket. No waste and a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!

Knitting Instructions

FOR ONE 8″/20 cms SQUARE, you will need:
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn 
 worsted weight , double knit or 8ply

Size 4mm needles  10 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
 Cast on 32 stitches (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, beascreative as you like. Continue knitting  until you have knitted a square
 To ensure you square is 8″/20cm either use a tape measure .

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

Leave a one metre 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.

We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets for this project we are working with  Humanitarian Relief Foundation. 
You can also find us at:  https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn

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.

‘Thoughful Thursday’ Knit a Square Project

Knit a square project.


Please knit a square (or more) and send them to Africa to make up blankets for the children.

Crocheting and knitting for charity, especially for children in need, is a meditative act of love. More importantly, it makes a difference. There are many millions of abandoned and vulnerable children and AIDS orphans in southern Africa, who live in dire poverty. Many lack the very basics we take for granted—love, shelter, food, education and warmth.

Your contribution of squares to this crochet and knitting project will add to the many thousands of 8″/20cm squares from around the world, which are joined into blankets and distributed to these children.
The finished blankets add more than warmth to the children’s lives. As co-founder of KasCare, Ronda said in a South African press interview:“ They are a currency we use to tell the children exactly how beloved they are. We tell them they are the future, unique and special.”
You can find the details of how you can donate on the website:
 www.knit-a-square.com and you can aslo subscribe to their newsletter Square Circle. As your squares arrive, they are collected, sorted and bundled into blanket packs by the KasCare Volunteers They then organise sewing and distribution days which are recorded in the Square Circle, so you can see and enjoy the results of your wonderful work.

The September Challenge is – ‘South America and Carnival in Rio’

 You will find lots of inspiration for squares with this challenge…. It really has it all – from mountains and rivers, to rainforests and plains and all the way south, almost to Antarctica.
The wildlife offers lots of scope – from the wild colours of the many tropical birds – to the hairy textures of the llamas and alpacas….and even penguins. Even the people are an inspiration – especially the patterns and colours found in the fabulous knitting that comes from Bolivia and Peru.
And if that’s not enough inspiration… consider Carnival in Rio… a veritable riot of colour. and the potential for lots of fun squares
Whether you prefer to try depicting some of the animals and birds, or create wild wonderful Carnival-coloured plain janes.. it all works.!!! And remember, each child will likely have only one “embellished” square in his blanket… and for every one of those,  34 plainer ones are needed to complete it….so for this challenge, everything goes!
 So have some fun, knit a square and  send some love to aids orphans in South Africa.

Every 14 seconds a child will become an orphan!

We all understand how awful it is to be cold, but many of us have not experienced the misery of being cold all night, every night, hungry, and perhaps sick as well. Many of the children are themselves infected by HIV AIDS. As it is an auto immune disease, keeping warm helps their ability to stay well.
Keeping a child with HIV AIDS warm is vital 

Please help if you can.


‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Upon Butterfly Wings

Founded in October 2011 - in memory of baby Bobby Franks (03.07.09) and his Friends - Upon Butterfly Wings is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation, which provide support to parents whose babies have sadly died, either in early miscarriage, due to premature birth, stillbirth or during the neonatal period, right across the UK.

Upon Butterfly Wings provide this support in three ways - – - 
- – - By supplying hospitals and funeral directors with premature to full term handmade baby blankets, teddies and toys, burial clothing including dresses and boys outfits, buntings, specially designed wraps and pockets, handmade cribs, full term and preemie wicker moses baskets and casket linings via theKnitted Wings Project’  

- - - By donating ‘Care Packages’ direct to newly bereaved parents in time for baby’s burial or to take to the hospital if it is known the baby will be born sleeping.

- – - By donating Beanies’ to parents who wish to have a simple keepsake in the form of a hat and poem presented in an organza bag. 

As both of the above are provided by UBW FREE of charge, thet are always in need of volunteers who wish to help make a difference. Those who can knit, crochet or sew and those who are unable to. There are many ways you can help. For more information go to their web site Upon Butterfly Wings or their facebook page

How to Help

If you are able to help, simply post your donations to  PO Box address PO Box 49500, London SE20 9BJ. Please include your name and address within your package so they know who you are. All donations received at the PO Box are collected, photographed and added to their website and Facebook page twice weekly on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Most needed items for September:
All of the items listed have a pattern should you need one, of which can be found on their website www.uponbutterflywings.org under the patterns and guide page.

1: Blankets, Blankets, Blankets – A4 sized and A3 sized as standard, but also are now getting a lot of interest from hospitals for full term blankets. There is a size chart within their guide for all of the blankets should you need some help.
2: Dresses – They now have non left ! Dresses are needed in a range of colours (including blue, boys need dressing too) and they can be left plain or embellished.
3: Hats – Due to the new keepsake service called Bobbys Beanies (please see  website for more information) they are now in need of hats of all sizes and colours, including hats as small as a thimble.
4: Buntings and All in Ones –  always in need of a great range of buntings and all in ones and these are especially needed for the tiny babies (buntings) and baby boys (all in ones).
5: Pockets and Wraps – Along with the dresses these are the most donated and most used items. These are required both in sizes very small to large as they are used across the board of gestations.
6: There is a possibility that they may be asked for a rather large donation of handmade cribs in September.
7: They have no Teddies or Pocket Angels left at all. L Teddies ranging from 4 inches to 8 inches in height are the ideal sizes, there is both a knitting and crochet pattern for the Pocket Angels on the website.

Please Help If You Can!

‘Thoughful Thursday’ Recovery Buddies

Charity to Help People in Recovery

When you knit for the charity  Recovery Buddies, you offer much-needed support and comfort to people in treatment for mental illness and addictions.

The program began with a young woman named Bethany who had begun treatment for an eating disorder. A few of her friends gave her a sweet pink stuffed duck that she called Flynn. Her cuddly buddy became a treasured companion that she cuddled with for comfort as she made her long trips to the hospital where she received her treatment, in addition to all the rough times she encountered as she recovered.
When one of Bethany’s friends needed to be hospitalized during an illness, Bethany remembered the comfort Flynn had brought her, and she decided to knit a cuddly buddy for her friend. Her friend loved the cuddle buddy, and Bethany loved seeing her friend comforted the way she had been.

Thus Recovery Buddies was born. The program unites those entering treatment with knitted buddies: cuddly pillows with arms, legs, and personality, perfect for snuggling when you need comfort.

How You Can Help?

Recovery Buddies always needs knitted or crocheted buddies! They have plenty of people on their waiting list, so this is a charity where your needles and yarn can make a huge difference.
You can find guidelines for knitting buddies on the Recovery Buddies site.
Here’s a pattern to help you along:

Cast on 80 stitches (or if using circulars, enough to go around)
Knit in the round for 8 inches or desired length
Bind off using a three needle bind off

If not using circulars:
Row one : Knit
Row two: purl
Repeat for 8 inches or desired length
Bind off
Fold in half and sew so that it has one open side

Arms : 
Cast on 5 stitches on double pointed needle or circular
Work i-cord for 2.5-3 inches

Cast on 6 stitches on double pointed needle or circular
Work i-cord for 3 inches

Stuff pillow and sew shut.
Sew on arms and legs
Sew on face

Recovery Buddies have been sent all over the United States and all around the world. This is a wonderful way to provide much-needed emotional support to people in very dark moments in their lives. Why not consider knitting a buddy for your next knit for charity project?
You can also find Recovery Buddies on facebook