Friday, March 8, 2013

All children deserve to feel warmth and comfort!

Two years after the start of the conflict the arrival of the millionth refugee across the Syrian border is a stark illustration of a crisis that is bringing fear, pain and suffering on a massive scale. Within Syria itself violence is intensifying and more than 4 million people, at least half of whom are children, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. As this crisis approaches its third year, the initial trickle has grown steadily until now more than 7,000 refugees cross Syria's borders each night. The scale of the crisis facing Syria's children requires a massive response from international humanitarian organisations.
Help 'Lily' Love In the Language of Yarn Knit Squares to make blankets for these Syrian children. Often just having one thing that the children can claim as their own and keep with them on their (sometimes rather tumultuous) journey helps them a great deal.
It really will make a difference to a child's life!

I realise the cost of sending items by post especially to Turkey can be costly. Therefore I am asking everyone PLEASE if you could knit or crochet just 3 squares they would fit easily into an envelope and postage shouldn't be too great. We will then sew them together and a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!

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 8plySize 4mm needles
A yarn sewing needle.
Cast on 34 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, be as creative as you like.
Continue knitting until you have knitted a square
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.
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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
Türkmen Mahlesi
Ünlü sokak No 10 D4
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
Jordan, 11941


  1. Hello,
    I am a knitter and blogger and was wondering if I could see what I can do to get some knit blankets, hats, sweaters, vests, small knit toys together and I would pay to have them shipped to you - would you be able to distribute them to the refugees? Every time I hear about them on NPR, my heart aches and that is telling me that I should do something.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Warm wishes,

    1. Hi Tonya
      Thank you for your Interest. We would be delighted to accept any help with knitted Items and distrbute them to the refugees. I will email you shortly.

      Thanks again
      Take care