This is the first pile of fabulous blankets made by all you wonderful people that are going out to Calais and Lesbos this week!
From Sarah, who helped stitch the squares together: –
“Jane popped round earlier, so I now have all of the amazing blankets, hats and other yarny goodies to give to Lee Godwin tomorrow. Just “Wow” everyone, so proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time. Thank you, thank you.”
Jane, the organiser of this refugee effort, posted a lovely comment on my blog – here it is for anyone that missed it: –
“Hi everyone, I am Jane, the person behind the squares. I just wanted to thank each and every one of you who has so kindly sent me squares. The current batch are being feverishly stitched together and are going to refugee children in Lesbos this Friday. This is an ongoing crisis and I intend to make this an ongoing project and will always welcome your squares. The nurse who is taking the blankets out with her says that the hand made blankets mean everything to the refugees as it sends a message of hope to them that someone really cares. I will forward photographs to Sheila so she can show you how amazing you all are. Please keep sending them “
Here follows some of the photographs Jane has since sent of the finished blankets. Can you spot your square in there?
I think I can see Ali’s from Thimberlina in there!
I can see four of mine in this one!
These two cheery blankets are on their way to Justine Corrie for her refuge for traumatised women and children in The Calais Jungle: –
Message from Lee Godwin who is travelling to Lesbos tomorrow: –
“Jane you and your wonderful knitter friends are doing something truly amazing! There is something very special about knitted blankets because not only are they massively warm but they are also made with so much love and the refugees appreciate this more than you could believe. Anyone can go and buy a blanket but it takes a lot of commitment, motivation and skill to knit them. Thank you to all of you for your time, love and dedication. All my love Lee. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”
Knitted squares mix quite happily alongside crocheted ones.
Simple garter stitch squares from lots of different people make a lovely blanket when joined together, proving that anybody can contribute – the squares don’t have to be fancy!
A touch of bright red lifts these gorgeous shades-of-blue squares to make it even more cheerful for those poor refugees.
Some ladies have had the time to make an entire blanket, but don’t let that put you off – every single square is so important!
Jane says: –
“Your skill level does NOT matter one bit, any knitted square will keep a child warm and they will care not about colour, pattern, or the odd slipped stitch, they care that they have something of their own and something to keep them warm in the cold. Please no one worry about their skill level, every single square is very valuable and very gratefully received xx”
Look at these lovingly knitted squares sent in from a beginner who was desperate to help – they will all be used in the next round of blankets.
Donations of hand made items such as hats are also gratefully accepted, especially so at this time of year. These have been received and are already on their way to the refugees: –
Finally, an important message from Lee: –
“I am collecting blankets for least the next 5 years. The refugee crisis is not going to end anytime soon. I go to Calais every 3 weeks and plan on going to Greece every 3 months so your blankets / squares will be very well received. All my love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”
The Facebook group can be found here if you would like to follow the progress.
My original post, including details of where to send your squares, can be found here – Crochet for Calais.