When I started this project in 2012, I could not envisioned what we completed yesterday at Ishinomaki. On Saturday, September 20th, together with many friend and supporters we completed our world record blanket. The event was our attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for the world’s largest crochet blanket of 306.2 m².
The final count of the blanket is:
11,250 Granny Squares of 20 x 20 cm,
Finished size 476,78 m²
The blanket has now been made into smaller blankets to be given to victims of the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in the Tohoku area.
Over the past weeks I received several finished blankets. To prepare for our final event next week in Ishinomaki, I already joint 10 blankets into one large ribbon. Unfortunately, today we have rain, but should the weather allow, I will take a picture of the ‘Roll of 10’.
The other day I received a large box from Iwate-ken. A kind lady there has made and sent me 88 beautiful Granny Squares. Each made with such precision and details, like small pieces of art. Thank you Hiroko-san.
Over the last weeks I had received many baby and kids items. Last week I got in contact with a gentleman, how runs a NPO for local temporary housing facilities in Iwate. Today I have send him a large box of baby and kids knits he will distribute to families at different facilities.
Last Friday TV Kanagawa (TVK) spoke live on air to my friend’s mother, who now lives at a temporary housing facility in Iwate. TVK had put together a special program to commemorate the earthquake and tsunami from 2011.
Last year, I had sent her almost 200 woolly hats, one for each resident. The staff at TVK has knitted a scarf, which came out in a rather interesting shape, so we made it into a cover for a hot water bottle. I will get a DVD from the program and blog it here. To arrive together with the item from TVK, I had sent a box full of hats, shawls and several knitting kits to Iwate. It is still pretty grim in Tohoku and my friend’s mom doesn’t know, when and if they be able to move from the temporary housing. Keep knitting.
This morning I packed 3 more boxes for Tohoku. One is going to the temporary housing facility in Iwate. I am sending them more shawls and scarves. The other one is for Fukushima and quite large. I had a number of cardigans, shawls and other warm items, which should still be useful. The last box is the first one for a temporary housing facility in Miyagi. Some of the residents want to knit and were asking for yarn and needles. All should arrive by tomorrow.
End of last year I have sent many of your hats and tawashi to a temporary housing facility in Iwate. We were able to give each resident a hat, along with many scarves and other warm items.
One of the residents spoke with a local newspaper, who kindly published an article about this.Yesterday I got a copy of the article, but don’t know when it appeared and the name of the newspaper. I will try to get that information.
The article also shows a picture of some of the residents opening the boxes, a lady on the right is wearing one of the hats. On the left side is my friends mother.
Several years ago I got a 2 tatami size hot carpet from a friend, who left Japan. It was sitting here at my place for years, but I never used it. One day I was talking to my friend from Iwate. She mentioned, that her mother was looking for one. So last week I got it out and checked it. As there was still some space in the box I included all the tawashi I got from the lady at my dry cleaner. In a separate box I included scarves, shawls, gloves and socks I still had. Many of the items were wrapped and had personal messages attached. All arrived on time for Christmas Eve.
My friend has send me this picture. It’s one of the kids from the children center in Iwate. They distributed the knitted items I had sent. Isn’t this cute and worth the effort? Keep knitting, there are still many kids without a hat.