Students, teachers parents and others affiliated with a group of schools in South Africa set to knitting what they hope will be declared the world’s largest knit blanket in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday.
In all 70,000 squares were knit (I see some crochet in there, too), measuring just shy of 1,192 square meters (just over 3,900 square feet). The squares were stitched into small blankets that were tacked together to make the larger blanket, assembled and displayed at the Curro Aurora Private School in Randburg. It’s estimated it took 240,000 hours to knit all the squares.
One the Guinness people have a look at the blanket it will be broken down into smaller pieces and donated to charities including Hope Zone, Zandspruit Crèche, Light House and Knit a Square. Portions will also be given to the school’s maintenance staff. What a wonderful way to celebrate the life and legacy of such an important man. You can check out more pictures here.
[Photo by Sammi-Jo Botha/the Randburg Sun.]
By Sarah White