Knitting KnitWits Preemie Winter Blanket
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The cut-off day for the record-breaking Springbok Blanket is just around the corner; the team have started assembling the pieces for the big day.


South Africa (24 February 2021) – Carolyn Steyn and Jaco Lötter spent their Women’s Day 2020 working on the next big world record plan for 67 Blankets. In a live-stream back in August, Carolyn announced that the Springbok blanket would be constructed at Siya Kolisi’s old school Grey College and that Siya will also be getting involved in the project.

To make the blanket, they need over 2700 blankets in a variety of colours. Once the blanket has been made and the record set, the best part is that it is dismantled and donated to children’s homes, elderly care homes, and other charitable organisations.

This isn’t the first time the KnitWits, an affectionate name for all those who knit or crochet blankets, have set a world record. They have previously knitted the world’s largest blanket portrait of Mandela (which was visible from space) and also knitted the world’s longest scarf.

Things are starting to happen, and the blankets are arriving at headquarters by the boxload. Already tests are being done to see how the team can transport blankets from HQ to Grey College. The giant pattern is being sewn together 27 blankets at a time. Take a look at the incredible plans below.

People taking part in the massive event are really starting to get excited. It is closer to the day that the record-breaking blanket portrait will be made. You can join the cause and become a KnitWit via their Facebook group here. Be sure to see what colours they still need blankets for.

Sources: Facebook
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