WATCH: 'Knitwits for Madiba' - South Africans crochet their way to world record

2019-01-29 13:42
It took 737 "KnitWits for Madiba" 27 minutes of sheer "woolpower" to clinch their latest world record - for the most people crocheting simultaneously.

It took 737 "KnitWits for Madiba" 27 minutes of sheer "woolpower" to clinch their latest world record - for the most people crocheting simultaneously. (67 Blankets )

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It took 737 "KnitWits for Madiba" 27 minutes of sheer "woolpower" to clinch their latest world record - for the most people crocheting simultaneously. The previous record of 604 people was held by the Singleton Crafters in Australia.

The event was held at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg on Sunday 27 January and was the group 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day's fifth Guinness World Record attempt in five years. 

Carolyn Steyn, founder of the 67 Blankets initiative, told News24 that the record attempt had been organised to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the initiative.

"Not only did it serve as an incentive, encouraging our 'KnitWits for Madiba' to make lots of blankets with a clear and fun goal - it also brought attention to our movement and helped attract new membership," Steyn said.

All of the documentation had been sent through to the Guinness World Records head office in London, and Steyn said they hoped to have it ratified within the next few weeks.

The event coincided with the birthday of Mozart (born in 1756) and, while the KnitWits were crocheting up a storm, maestro Richard Cock conducted musicians in performing a selection of Mozart works.

'In this fight for freedom, our sword is the crochet hook'

Sheila Marriott, affectionately known as Granny Sheila, made her way from Port Elizabeth to participate in the record attempt.

The 82-year-old started crocheting at the age of 46 and, when she bumped into someone on the day who had never crocheted before, she taught her on the spot.

"I taught her on the day, but it was easy for me, having taught children before," she said.

Marriott works with the children in her community, teaching them to knit and crochet. She has made and donated countless blankets and scarves to the 67 Blankets initiative.

"Carolyn Steyn started something magical and I am privileged to be a part of it," Marriott said.

Ruth Ely, 47, a 67 Blankets ambassador, flew in from Cape Town to attend the event.

"The atmosphere on the day was electric," Ely said.

She had asked her mother to make a black and white ripple blanket with music notes in the lead up to the day.

Ely added a crochet border to this blanket during the event and was able to donate it to the initiative afterward.

"In this fight for freedom, our sword is the crochet hook. We are making a visual difference, sharing ideas, building a community together," she said. 


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