SIXTY-SEVEN Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is all about breaking records and 2018 is no exception.
Needle-wielding enthusiasts, KnitWits are in the throes of attempting another world record by crocheting 27
Kilometres of scarves or a #27KmScarf as it has become known.
The record will take place at the impressive Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Sunday, 29 July. However, the deadline for the anyone to finish the scarves they are currently crocheting is Friday, 25 June.
67 Blankets is an initiative linked to Nelson Mandela Day, which aims to keep disadvantaged people warm in winter.
“27 kilometres is an extremely long scarf and we need as many hands on deck as possible,’ said founder of 67 Blankets, Carolyn Steyn.
Since the supernaturally long scarf is an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record, there are rules which come with the well-known brand. Each scarf must be 20cm x 150cm to 200cm. It also needs to be crocheted rather than knitted and the hook size must be no bigger than 6.5mm.
Those who do not already belong to a KnitWit group but wish to make a contribution can email [email protected], and they will then be contacted with details on how to get their scarves to the nearest KnitWit.
“KnitWits who have already knitted scarves that don’t fit the Guinness World Book criteria need not worry, as it has definitely not been in vain. These scarves will be used for our yearly #SSS (Secret Scarves SShhh),” explained Carolyn.
The #27kmScarf event on 29 July kicks off at 10am at the Nelson Mandela Capture site on the R103 (Howick/Tweedie off-ramp off the N3). There will be food at the Truth Café and some great local entertainment.
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