Knitters are making a difference in the lives of refugees in Europe, thanks to London’s Knit Aid. Headed by pro-knitter Shahnaz Ahmed, Knit Aid utilizes the talent of fingers and knitting needles to outfit refugees in need with quality, stylish apparel. Using downloaded patterns, generous knitters across England can help the effort and craft their own pieces for refugees who fled Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Knit Aid started out when Ahmed’s sister gave birth prematurely. Wanting to help in any way she could, Ahmed knit her tiny new nephew handmade clothes with top quality cotton yard to keep him toasty and comfortable in the hospital. The action spurred the idea of using knitting as a means to help the world. Handmade items evoke a certain feeling of love and care, while top quality materials mean comfort and style. Together, these ideas form the premise behind Knit Aid.
Organized just last month, Knit Aid aims to help refugees adjust to their knew homes by providing them with donated items made with love. Thus far, the knitter donors have created a bevy of beautiful pieces for the refugees. Ahmed encourages donors to have fun with the project, using colorful quality yarns, and to include personal messages of hope and encouragement with their garments. She has even organized a workshop where participants knit chunky snoods to help keep refugees warm and cozy.
Knit Aid’s website is packed with information, including downloadable patterns and drop off places for interested knitters in the UK. Help to alleviate the culture shock that refugees feel, with a comfortable, quality garment.