Friday, March 23, 2012

Our Volunteers Are Awesome!

It's just one week since we launched 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.
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! This week we have had :

 A donation of 12 x 100grm of knittin yarn.


10 completed blankets











150 knit and crocheted squares








 promises of squares from Austrailia, UK, Turkey, Germany and US  and 46 followers on Facebook. 

                          A Big Thankyou!

Your help is really appreciated.



Email dbjones5559@hotmail.co.uk 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.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Knit for Syrian Refugees

The number of Syrian fleeing violence to Turkey has reached 16 thousand.  The Red Crescent has already sent additional truckloads of tents and logistical support to the region to accommodate the new refugees. 

The Red Crescent currently operates seven camps in Hatay. There is another 10,000-person camp under construction in Kilis, composed of containers where people will have kitchens, bathrooms, and toilets in the unit. Healthcare and all the basic needs -- including food three times a day -- are provided. 

You can help too by helping 'Lily' Love In the Language of Yarn send blankets to help keep the refugees warm and add a little comfort.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
We are a newly formed non profit organisation and at the moment a small group of knitters. Our goal is to send 100 blankets to the Humanitarian Relief Foundation to be given to Syrian refugees.
Can you spare a little of you time to knit or crochet an 8inch square or maybe two or three? In most countries you can send up to three squares for the same cost as one,3 squares should be accepted as a standard international letter rate.


 So that we can acknowledge receipt of the squares, write your name and return address on the back of the envelope or include a note in your parcel. Email dbjones5559@hotmail.co.uk 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, 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.
photo provided by http://www.worldbulletin.net

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Knit A Square For Syria

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 13,000 Syrians, seeking to protect refugees from President Bashar al-Assad’s intelligence agents as they flee the violence  Turkey has been housing Syrians escaping the violence in tent camps close to the border in Hatay province, where at least 1000 people sought refuge just in the last 24 hrs and has seen an increased influx of Syrians crossing the border in their hundreds every day to flee the violence. 
'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn has been asked to help provide blankets especially for the many children refugees.




It is a lot of fun and immensely satisfying making blankets. It is a good way to use up scraps of wool and different effects can be achieved with colours and by using different stitches. Your 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.!

 Knitters Please Help



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!

SQUARES
Can be knitted, Can be crocheted or Can be loomed 

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.



Non Knitters can also help by donating yarn or needles.
Once you have your squares ready to send please email me at dbjones5559@hotmail.co.uk for postal address.
Syrian refugee children signal to onlooking media, from a camp set up by by Turkish Red Crescent in the town of Yayladagi in Hatay province (Burhan Ozbilici AP).




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.


Photo's obtained from Reuters