Thursday, December 6, 2012

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

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. 
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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
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