Crocheting a 27 kilometre scarf for world record

2018-05-30 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedRolls of love for Mandela Day.

PHOTO: suppliedRolls of love for Mandela Day.

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67 BLANKETS for Nelson Mandela Day is all about breaking records and this year is no exception.

KnitWits are in the throes of attempting another world record by crocheting 27 kilometres of scarves, or 27KmScarf, as it has become known.

The record event will take place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick on July 29. However, the deadline for anyone to finish the scarves they are now crocheting is June 25.

“27 kilometres is an extremely long scarf and we need as many hands on deck as possible,” said Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets, an initiative linked to Nelson Mandela Day which aims to keep disadvantaged people warm in winter.

Since the super long scarf is an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record, there are rules which come with the well-known brand.

Each scarf must measure 20 cm x 150 cm to 200 cm. It also needs to be crocheted rather than knitted, and the hook size must be no bigger than 6,5 mm.

“KnitWits who have already knitted scarves that don’t fit the Guinness World Book criteria need not worry. It has not been in vain. These scarves will be used for our yearly SSS (Secret Scarves SShhh),” Steyn said.

The 27kmScarf event on July 29 starts at 10 am at the Nelson Mandela Capture site on the R103 ( Howick / Tweedie off-ramp off the N3).

Please take your own picnic. There will be food at the Truth Café and some great local entertainment.

— Supplied.

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