Wednesday, 22 October 2014
'Last Wednesday I packed up:
3,000 pairs of gloves/mittens.
2,000 pairs slippers/booties,
and 8,000 pairs socks.
An amazing amount!
I wanted to send these to the Kurdish Syrians that have recently fled the fighting in Kobane, Syria. Many of the 170,000 have not as yet even got a tent to live in. The nights are getting colder and it pains me to think of the conditions they are living in.
The figures show why they need every single blanket square they can get. 900 blankets is a lot but then try to imagine 170,000 people needing warmth - and that's just in this one district.
That is why we are so glad to have received two wonderful donations from friends and family of group members this month - the beautifully knitted stripey blanket squares and baby sweaters with matching hats (see the last two photos below). Thank you for your kindness in helping families in real need.
What sort of craft things are needed for the charities we currently support? Cosy clothes, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, soft toys, summer dresses and shorts and 20cm/8inch blanket squares. Blanket squares are always needed. Here are some examples of items we have made to go in our October parcel to Lily (Love in the Language of Yarn)
Children's hats and hand puppets in jolly colours ...
cosy joggers - so practical for boys and girls in the winter cold ...
some trendy baby and children's aviator hats with ear flaps to keep out cold winds ...
hats for adults too ...
a baby poncho made from just two simple rectangles - an easy project if you're looking for a change from squares ...
a practical and pretty wrap around baby dress in denim that will add warmth and glamour over a jumpsuit ...
and these beautiful donations of twelve baby sweaters with matching hats - cute, warm and just gorgeous ...
as well as these beautifully knitted squares with super stripes.
This is a case where every square and every item of clothing does help. If you want to join us in Craft Tea for Charity, or just to pop in and say hello one week, contact us on email@example.com or use the contact form on the top right of this page. We meet every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 - 4.30pm in Leo's Beanery and would love to welcome you. Can't make Wednesdays but want to craft something? We'd love to hear from you. You can join us on Facebook too Craft Tea for Charity
Happy crafting this month, everyone!
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
The sun shone, the band played, the ducks raced and the people were out and about for a fantastic afternoon at Portobello Village Show on Sunday. Thank you to everyone who came to see our stall, to buy, to make a donation and to find out more about crafting for charity. Your support will help us do so much more.
|The calm before the storm ...|
|A photo finish for the duck race taking place in the stream behind our pitch!|
|...and the band played on!|
Remember to send your completed design competition entries to us by Monday 15th September. You could be our winner!
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
A red rectangle of tartan that can be used as a bright neck warmer, a hat or a ski headband.
Use up a bit of tweed to make a few teddies and what have you got? Why, the Tweddies, of course! The Tweddies are off on an adventure later this month to meet some children in a Syrian refugee camp and some orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. (See our page of charities we support for more details)
And for anyone who was around in the 60's or who likes to indulge a passion for vintage, this fringed go-over for an older child or teenage girl has definite overtones of a Mary Quant creation. This was someone's discarded pashmina before becoming a really warm go-over that can be worn over trousers and a sweater in the cold months ahead in a Syrian refugee camp.
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AND ... on Sunday 7th September 2014 visit our fundraising stall at Portobello Village Show, 2-5pm in Rosefield Park, Portobello . We'll have lots of hand crafted goodies for sale to raise money for charity and lots of helpful info on how you too can get started in crafting for charity. Hope to see you there!
Monday, 18 August 2014
Your warm square joins other people's warm squares ...
as you can see from this photo of last week's sorting day at Knit a Square in South Africa. Knit a Square receives squares knitted by people all over the world ...
... and local volunteers sew each square into a warm blanket that can bring comfort to a child or adult living in desperate circumstances. See more blankets KAS has made from donated squares in 2014 on KAS Blanket Room
Every square helps. Follow us on Facebook. Contact us using the form at the top right of this page. If you are in or near Edinburgh and want to join us or pop in to see us, a warm welcome awaits you. If you are a local charity and think we can help you, we'd love to hear from you too.
Friday, 8 August 2014
Ever had some rainbow or self-pattern yarn left at the end of a project? Knit a doll for a child to love. This glamorous girl is going to Knit a Square in South Africa to help with their work with millions of orphaned and vulnerable children.
Hand Puppets in progress ... and hand puppets all ready to play. These have been knitted in pairs so they can double as gloves in cold weather. Hand puppets are great as props for a child's imagination as well as being a friend to cuddle when feeling sad, lonely or afraid. Pattern link for knit and crochet version here.
Of course up here in Edinburgh we know people need hats and hand warmers in a rainbow of colour and shapes to keep heads and hands warm when the weather turns cold.
And there can never be too many squares. It takes 35 squares at 20cm or 8 inches each to make even a child sized blanket. A blanket can mean warmth, comfort, survival and perhaps hopefully even send a vulnerable person the message that someone cares. Squares are a great project for beginner and expert alike.
If you would like to join us at our weekly Wednesday afternoon get togethers, or are passing through Edinburgh and want to drop in, please use the contact form on the right. All crafts welcome. We'd love to meet you.
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Thursday, 31 July 2014
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:
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Saturday, 26 July 2014
Follow us on Facebook Craft Tea for Charity In or near Edinburgh and want to join us? We'd love to welcome you at one of our weekly get togethers. All crafts welcome, as long as you want to craft for charity and can do your craft safely in a cafe! Do you have a suggestion for a project we are not doing yet? Are you a local charity who would like our help?
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Friday, 25 July 2014
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
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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If you would like to craft for charity our page of charities who welcome craft work (above) might have something that appeals to you. Many of the projects are simple, so you don't need to be an 'expert' - 20cm/8 inch squares for example are always in demand. There are also projects for crafters who like to challenge themselves.
If you are in or near Edinburgh and want to join us at one of our Wednesday afternoon craft meetings, contact us via the box on the right. We would love to welcome you. If you have always wanted to learn how to knit or crochet we can show you how. Sewers and quilters also welcome.
We are keen to expand our range of crafts and items we make so if you have a different craft that could help others, for example if you can make toys or educational items using other materials, then please do get in touch.
If you are a local charity who would like our help please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on the right.
Friday, 11 July 2014
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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Happy crafting everyone!
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Friday, 27 June 2014
and knowing that all of the items we make will be going to help people in need keep warm adds an extra sense of satisfaction. The squares will be sent to KAS to be made into blankets for AIDS orphans in South Africa. The hats are for LILY who sends them to Syrian refugees.
If you would like to join us on a Wednesday afternoon in Edinburgh to enjoy a tea or coffee, friendly chat and make items for charity then just fill in the contact form on the right. We can provide you with patterns and help with crochet and knitting.
Friday, 20 June 2014
Such a sunny day that we sat outside is some welcome shade to knit and crochet and sew while we enjoyed our tea and coffee and chat. Despite our sunshine we know that cold is a problem for the AIDS orphans and refugees who are served by the charities we send our stuff to. We are building up a good pile of handwarmers and hats ready to be sent off soon.
Also busy sewing and crocheting items for a stall at a fair at the end of summer and adding to the blanket squares we will send off at the end of June.
If you enjoying crafting and would like to join us in making items for charity over a friendly cuppa and chat then use the contact form on the right and we’ll let you know where you can find us.
Saturday, 14 June 2014
bright hats with pretty detail to keep Syrian refugee children warm in Turkey this winter
and cheerful stripes going to Knit a Square in Soweto to make cosy blankets for Aids orphans.
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Saturday, 7 June 2014
We don’t only knit and crochet for charity, we sew items for charities too. Pillowcase dresses and shorts are delivered to children in developing countries by Dress a Girl Around the World and their UK partner Sew Scrumptious. These lovely shorts are the start of our sewing pile.
If you would like to join us and sew (or knit or crochet) for charity then fill in the contact box on the right.