Thoughtful Thursday- Knit for Syrian Refugees

The violence in Syria is escalating as Assad responds to rebel military gains with airstrikes and artillery bombardment, killing hundreds every day. In Turkey, the authorities have built 13 camps and are planning three more to house the refugees. More than 133,888 Syrians entered Turkey,  11,909 Syrians are staying in Hatay, 14,747 in Gaziantep province, 12,959 in Kilis, 30,665 in Şanlıurfa province, 12,520 in Kahramanmaraş, 7,859 in Osmaniye and 2,339 in Adiyaman. A total of 578 Syrians are staying in various Turkish hospitals and receiving medical treatment, 40,312 dispersed in other regions of Turkey. The nightly temperatures at the moment are around 5 degrees C. let’s try and send them a little comfort and the knowledge that someone is thinking of them.

photo by Todays Zaman



Help ‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn Knit Squares to make blankets 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  6 (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

VERY IMPORTANT 
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.

Address – ‘LILY’ C/O Dianne Jones
                   Türkmen Mahlesi
                    Ünlü sokak No 10 D4
                    Kuşadası
                    Aydin
                    Turkey.


‘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

VERY IMPORTANT 
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.

A Little Reminder!



The squares in our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different countries around the wold. The blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to Syrian refugee children who have been made homeless by war, and will send a message of concern and hope. Your participation is importantin sending thismessage of hope, the thought that someone cares, and 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’m asking for 8″ x 8″ (20cms x 20cms) Knitted or Crocheted Squares. Any Design, Any Colour, but Straight Edge please. Acrylic if possible (or whatever you have in your stash!) No deadline, no panic, no rush.
When sending me Squares could you please make sure you enclose:
Your Name
Your e-mail address
Your blog if you have one and Internet name
Your Flickr or Facebook User Name
So I can acknowledge receipt of your Squares please.
Thank you.

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
VERY IMPORTANT 
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 progect 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 for ‘LILY’

The charity featured today on Thoughful Thursday is very close to my heart. I have set up ‘Lily’-Love In the Language of Yarn in memory of my grand-daughter Lily Iris Gibson born sleeping 18th July 2010.
Our Mission is To bring love and a smile to all children in need around the world. We provide hand knit and crocheted items for children, mainly orphans but any child in need. We are a new organisation and have three areas where we need your Help.


Plea 1. 


Knit a Square For Syria.

Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends. It’s a great way to bust your stash. The squares will be joined to form blankets and  given to IHH- Humanitarian Relief Foundation to be taken to Syrian refugees in Turkey. Turkey has seven camps housing more than 29,500 Syrians  the highest number taking shelter in Turkey at one time since the start of the uprising some 15 months ago. ‘Lily’ – Love In the Language of Yarn has been asked to help provide blankets especially for the many children refugees. In the short time we have been established we have made a staggering 347 blankets – enough to give one to each child in just one of the camps in Turkey near the Syrian border. A gift of a handmade blanket will bring comfort and warmth to Syrian people especially children who continue to suffer from oppression and war. Your lovingly made gift will send a message of concern and hope to these refugees. Your participation is important.!  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 someone gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!






Plea 2.

 For our second assignment we have teamed up with several non profit organisations in Turkey helping to raise awareness of premature births, and have been asked to help provide knitted garments for several neonatal intensive care units in Aydin, Izmir and Bodrum. 
Premature birth occurs in between 8 % to 10% of all pregnancies. Because they are born too early, preemies weigh much less than full-term babies. They may have health problems because their organs did not have enough time to develop. Preemies need special medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. They stay there until their organ systems can work on their own. Premature babies are amazing – they can grow and thrive despite huge obstacles, and catch up to full-term babies in both size and development. Please Help us to knit for premature babies.

Plea 3.
We work alongside the Humanitarian Relief Foundation and at this time they have 2175 orphans in their care here in Turkey, and 25,000 across 35 countries. Children who are deprived of the care of their parents due to wars, natural disasters, poverty or health problems.In September 2012 I will be visiting an orphanage in Kayseri, Turkey with a group of volunteers. The orphange is home to 115 children at the moment. I hope to take with me a parcel for each child. I am busy knitting a ‘Lily’ Bear for each child. Knitters and Crocheters I need your help! Age groups are 3-6yrs, 7-10yrs and 12-14yrs. Boys and Girls. Hat, scarf, glove sets for each child.






















It is the children who are affected most by the troubles in regions hit by conflicts, hunger and wars.





Please Help If You Can!





You can also find us at:  https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn where I will be adding more knitting and crochet patterns, links to patterns and information updated daily.






‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets and garments 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’ Knit A Square

Knit a square project.

KasCare

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 June Challenge is – ‘What a beautiful world’
 to knit or crochet squares that commemorate the “World Environmental Day” and to celebrate our Planet. Maybe,beautiful squares in the colours of the Oceans, Forests, sunsets or showingendangered animals and plants.
Here is one of my squares I knitted for this challenge – A giraffe



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 vitalPlease help if you can.
www.knit-a-square.com
www.facebook.com/knitasquare

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Helpful Info for Charity Knitters

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
Strickpate
Oxfam

Help us Knit Squares For Syrian refugees!

 Help us Knit Squares For Syrian refugees!


A total of 1,043 Syrians made their way to Turkey in a single day, marking the highest figure in recent times. Currently, the Turkish government has set up nine locations including eight tented camps and a “container city” in Kilis, some 150 kilometers (95 miles) east of the Hatay camps, to deal with the influx.



Help us 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 someone gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!



We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets for this progect we are working with IHH 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.