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1000 Stitches for Syria

syria1000 Stitches for Syria is now collecting handmade items in wool for incoming Syrian refugees.

We have been in touch with settlement services in Toronto and have arranged to have handmade items included in the welcome packages that are being given to government-sponsored Syrian refugees coming through Toronto. If you drop off items at the yarn stores noted below, we can ensure that those items will go directly to the settlement agency for inclusion in each of the welcome packages.

There will be over 2,000 refugees coming to the Toronto area alone in the next few months! You can find more information relevant to the Toronto campaign on our website: 1000stitches.org.

For those knitters and crocheters outside the Greater Toronto Area, please consult the group site “1000 Stitches for Syria” on Ravelry.com and you will see various threads devoted to collection and distribution for areas across Canada. (We still need volunteers to coordinate collection and distribution for Mississauga and Brampton, if anyone is willing).

Preferred items and materials:
Hats, cowls & mittens: preferably, but not exclusively, minimum 75% animal fiber (wool, alpaca, etc.)
Blankets: ideally machine washable yarns.
Toys & Slippers: machine washable yarns, please!

We’re asking donors to provide a note with their item that identifies the materials, as well as size (i.e., child, adult medium, adult large), and any special washing instructions. You are encouraged to print off the donation tag available on the Ravelry.com group site.

Please place your donation in a clear Ziploc bag with the donation tag visible for easy sorting and distribution. We’re asking donors to include with their donation a short statement of welcome to the newcomer who will receive it.

There is a blog associated with the campaign: www.1000stitches.blogspot.ca. If anyone would like more information, click here to email me through the 1000 Stitches website, or through the Ravelry.com group site (scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on: Group Administrator / rkingsto).

Many thanks!
Rebecca Kingston

The following Toronto yarn stores have kindly agreed to collect donations:

Romni Wools
658 Queen St. W.
416-703-0202
romniwools.com

Yarns Untangled
86 Nassau Street
416-603-2338
info@yarnsuntangled.com
yarnsuntangled.com

Knit-O-Matic
1382 Bathurst St.
416-653-7849
info@knitmatic.com
knitmatic.com

Ewe Knit
832 Bloor Street West
416-530-4438
info@eweknit.ca
www.eweknit.ca

The Yarn Guy
15 Gower St
416-752-1828 ext.1823
1-800-836-6536
info@sewknit.ca
www.sewknit.ca

 

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Strand News is the online meeting place for members of the Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada. Our annual fundraisers, including the Textile Bazaar, support Museum programs and exhibitions.

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