Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Parcel Safely Delivered.

Super-speedy DHL uplifted our July parcel last thing on Tuesday afternoon - and had delivered it to Love in the Language of Yarn in Turkey before 10.00 am this morning (Thursday)! What's in our July parcel? A range of things for the hot weather now and the cold weather to come to help Syrian refugee families living in camps:

sun dresses, hats, scarves, slippers, hand warmers, sweater and our first ever rag rug to brighten a tent or container home. 


Service with their usual smile from our sponsors DHL!  It's great to know that things are getting to where they are needed so quickly.

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Keep Cycling - Good for your Wallet, Great for Helping Others!

Upcycling again with another low or no cost project from one of our group who made eight of these pretty sun dresses out of unwanted pillow cases and duvet cover, bits of  ribbon and recycled buttons. You could make up to eleven or so of these dresses from a large double duvet cover. They will be in our next parcel to Love in the Language of Yarn in Turkey to distribute to Syrian girls who are refugees from the war. They can be worn alone now while it is still hot then over T shirts when the weather begins to cool down. The pattern is based on the 'pillow slip' dress on the Sew Scrumptious website listed on our 'charities seeking crafted items' page.  Happy sewing if you want to give it a go!  Just remember to check that your duvet cover fabric is not see through before you begin  - it sounds obvious, but duvet cover fabric can often be semi-transparent.  Warning:  making these dresses is seriously addictive and can result in you begging for unwanted duvet covers from your friends and family!

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Upcycling and proud of it!

It's been a great week for upcycling in our group with a range of no or low cost projects converting the unwanted into the delectable and desirable.  For starters, Leo's Beanery cafe gave us a coffee sack.  Old T shirts and pilled fleecy jumpers (all too worn out to recycle as anything wearable)  transformed the sack into this cosy and colourful rag rug.  We are sending it to Love in the Language of Yarn in Turkey in the hope that it will bring cosiness and cheer into the lives of a Syrian refugee family.

The sack makes an ideal base as it is double sided, has an inner waterproof lining to discourage any damp seeping through from the floor and comes already seamed to prevent fraying around the borders. The double layer means you can work through the top layer only, leaving the bottom layer as a protective base.

This was our first attempt at a rag rug and a useful learning curve. It uses the knotted method. Fleece is probably better than T shirt fabric because it is lighter, shrugs off moisture better and will be easier to wash and dry. Experimenting with design, drawing a pattern on the sack and then infilling it, rather than just having a random pattern will be the  creative challenge for our next one. Rag rugging is a great project to leave lying around.  Sort of like jigsaws used to be - family members tend to add a few strips in passing.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014


Here in Edinburgh, even in the midst of the beautifully hot summer weather we are enjoying at the moment, we know that winters can be chilly things requiring cosy accessories.  The sun shone brightly and warmly on us this week, but the latest newsletter from KAS (Knit a Square) in South Africa reports that temperatures there have recently dropped below freezing during the evenings in many parts of the country and there have been reports of snow on the mountains.  In the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey the weather will start to cool down by November, which is not long when items have to be shipped to Turkey, sorted, then distributed to the camps. We are lucky to have sponsor our overseas postage to these charities which means we can do so much more to help. So we hoisted up our needles and hooks and turned out our stash cupboards to make loads of hats, hand warmers, scarves and slippers to help people beat the cold ...

children's size. If you would like to make soft slippers there are several versions on our patterns page ...

hand warmers are so easy and quick and use up those odds and ends of yarn, but they can make a real difference to a child trying to hold a pencil in an unheated classroom. See our patterns page if you fancy making some ...

adult size hats in unisex colours plus a soft heathery scarf ...

a super slouch beanie for teenagers ...

and of course we can never get enough squares, so had to have some world cup inspired stripy ones ...

and lovely textured ones for their comforting feel  as well as warmth and colour.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Zing and Bling!

Colours and patterns rushed out to play in yesterday's warm Edinburgh sun.

A riot of pattern and warmth  in our blanket squares. We always need squares (plain or patterned) as there as so many children around the world desperately needing warm blankets. 

 Pink and cheerful sweater to brighten a child's cold day ...

wonderful African colours in this 'go-over' top for Knit-a-Square (see our patterns page for a knit and a crochet version if you would like to make one) ...

and  a sequin or two in our hats to reflect the sunlight!

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Another parcel on its way

Another wonderfully cheerful and helpful DHL man arrived with his van this morning to uplift our parcel for Knit a Square (KAS) in Soweto. Thank you DHL for your generous sponsorship of our monthly overseas shipment which makes a huge difference to what we can achieve and thank you also for having such lovely employees. One of our group spotted this  DHL plane at Basel airport last week - wonder if it's full of knitting for charity and Swiss chocolate - what a great combination that would be!