Crochet blanket large enough to cover 5 soccer pitches for charity
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An international project to cover 5 soccer pitches with hand made crochet blankets with received woollen threads, is being organised by Leeuwarden in The Netherlands, which is also the European Capital of Culture for 2018 in conjunction with Valletta.
Malta was invited to join in this project and has produced more than 150 blankets. Leeuwarden has also invited several other countries from around the world to take part.
This international project is to demonstrate the power, warmth, diversity, connection and the colourful side of our society.
The Valletta 2018 Foundation said that people from around Malta and Gozo who love doing handcrafts have helped in this activity. These included members of the Malta Lace Club, The Malta Cross Stitch Club, The Malta Society of Arts and other individuals.
For the last year and a half, they have been working on these blankets, which were made from recycled woollen thread taken from old woollen garments.
The aim was to make about 50 blankets, but the enthusiasm was so great that together they have managed to finish more than 150 blankets.
Working together the people carried out the various tasks: some undid the old woollens and made them into balls of wool, others produced the squares, while others joined them into blankets. These blankets are made from small granny’s squares of 10 x 10 cm and formed into a large blanket measuring 140 x 200 cm.
This international project aims to be also included in the Guinness Book of Records. After the event is over in The Netherlands, the blankets will be sent back to their origin and be distributed among charitable institutions.
In Malta, it has been decided to distribute them to several institutions which cater for the less fortunate in society like homes for the homeless, elderly homes, children homes etc.
Before these blankets are sent to Leeuwarden, they will be displayed in Pjazza San Gorg in Valletta for the general public to view on the 17th February 2018.
There will also be the opportunity to see some of the blankets at the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta until the 16th of February, and at the HSBC in Valletta from the 19th to the 28th February.
This project is endorsed by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.