Mandela Inspiration: being a visionary


#NelsonMandela #Quote #Vision #ChangingtheWorld

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Remember our BIG GET2GETHER on March, 9!!

6 March Sat 9 March Event at Chefs

@67blankets #27kmScarf #YesWeWool #PretoriaKnitwits

Yes, you are all invited!!

On Saturday, 9 March 2018, from 10:00 to 12:00, it is open season for all Pretoria Knitwits (and those visiting from other areas) at Chef’s in Garsfontein.

Come and meet our special guest, founder Carolyn Steyn, and have a chat with like minded wooligans about our mutual passion for this cause.

Share patterns and ideas and BE INSPIRED.

R.S.V.P. online here:, send me an e-mail at: or complete the contact form below.


Scarf this!! Wool you join us?

Longest Scarf 1

#27kmScarf #YesWeWool @67blankets

As most of the SA knitwits know, we are attempting to create the longest scarf in the universe. Yes, you read correctly…the-longest-scarf-in-the-universe. Oh, unless some alien nation with a wool fetish managed to do this ten thousand years ago on a planet a million light years from us, but that has nothing to do with us, then, does it?

Here’s the scoop! Our leader, queen of wool, big kahuna, Carolyn Steyn, dreamt up this idea sometime in January. You can read her post on the 67 Blankets Facebook Page here. We are challenging India, who currently holds the ‘Wool Cup’ and the World Record for a scarf of some 14km in length.

Our scarf will measure 27km in length and will be displayed at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, KZN on Sunday, 29 July 2018. To reach this goal, we will need approximately 14 000 scarves, so obviously we need all the help we can get.

You are therefore invited to join in our attempt by crocheting scarves as quickly as you can!

Here are the rules:

  1. All scarves MUST BE CROCHETED!!!
  2. Use a crochet hook size 6,5mm or smaller.
  3. Size of scarves: 20cm width and 200cm or 150cm length.

What is important to remember is NOT the fact that we will be mentioned in the Guinness World Book of Records, neither is it the fact that we will shatter India’s record and be the winners of the ‘Wool Cup’. All that is just window dressing, the icing on the cake. The MAIN FOCUS of this event is to encourage the people of South Africa to become involved in an enormous effort to show their kindness, love and compassion for the less fortunate of our country. Your scarf will be handed over to someone who needs it desperately, someone who will, under other circumstances, be left without warmth in the harsh winter. With so many scarves collected, can you imagine the impact this will have on communities across South Africa?

Remember, even if you contribute just ONE scarf, it will indeed make a difference. So, people, you are all invited to become part of something great this year. What do you say?

If you need more information, please visit the 67 Blankets website here and find your local ambassador. Get in touch and make a difference.

You can also complete the contact form below and I will get back to you ASAP.


FACEBOOK. 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa).

YOUTUBE. Jaco Lotter.

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67 Blankets: #MMM Deadline

@67blankets #MMM #Charity #SouthAfrica #Crocheting #Knitting #YesWeWool

Oh yes, people, the deadline is looming ever closer! All your #MMM-blankets must be handed in by 15 December 2017.

Wondering where we stand ‘blanket wise’? Have a look at the images above. These represent the #MMM stock as on 17 August.

Need I say more? Well, if you cannot properly see the figures in the picture, here it is:

88/964 Grey blankets – still need 876
16/480 Black blankets – still need 464
31/84 Red blankets – still need 53
13/76 Yellow blankets – still need 63
11/84 Blue blankets – still need 73
14/76 Green blankets – still need 62

We will have to get creative at the speed of light NOW if we want to make target by 15 December.

Just to remind you, here is the plan for the blanket itself. Have a look at the colour codes for the wool below.


The wool we use is Pullskein DK & Charity DK. The colour codes are as follows:

Light Grey (59) & Silver Grey (011)
Black (01) & Black (017)
Red (13) & Red (136)
Yellow (62) & Bright Yellow (138)
Royal Blue (05) & Royal Blue (008)
Bright Green (63) & Emerald Green (022)

Look at these beauties that were created by our enthusiastic knitwits:

Head office was also blessed by a financial donation from Telesure. They were able to purchase 5000 balls of grey wool with the funds.


So, my message to you today, if you’ve already finished a few #MMM’s (sounds like candy, doesn’t it?), thank you SO very much for your hard work. If you still plan to contribute a blanket, please start as soon as you can so that you don’t miss the deadline.


If you have any questions, do get in touch with head office via the website: You can also look up your regional ambassador and give him or her a shout. Alternatively,  complete the contact form below and we’ll be in touch ASAP.

Have a greyt day, everyone!!

All images via @67 blankets on FB:

A Reminder: #MMM – Massive Mandela Masterpiece


You’ve heard about this before, I know, but I am now REMINDING you that time is CRUCIAL!! If you want to get involved in this project, the time is NOW!

Perhaps you will remember our record a few years back, when we laid out blankets, received from far and wide, at Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl. A massive 10 324 blankets covered an area of 17 181 sqm and we slammed the world record. Phew, what a wonderful day that was. You can read the article here.


Image via SABC News.

Next year, however, we aim to make THE LARGEST PORTRAIT BLANKET IN THE WORLD!!!!! Our #MMM (Massive Madiba Masterpiece).

The idea is to lay out the blanket on 24 April 2018 to mark 24 years of democracy. The residents at Zonderwater Correctional Centre in Cullinan is on board to help us create enough squares and blankets to achieve our goal of 1 764 blankets. This portrait blanket will measure 4 515sqm and special permission has been granted from Correctional Services to photograph it from the air. Can you IMAGINE how amazing that will be?

I’ve also heard whispers that management is trying to convince space authorities to get us a glimpse of this masterpiece from space! So, let’s hope and pray they are successful, because THAT will truly be remarkable.

The blanket will consist of:

964 Grey blankets
480 Black blankets
84 Red blankets
76 Yellow blankets
84 Blue blankets
76 Green blankets

Each blanket must measure exactly 160cm/160cm or, if you are making squares: 20cm/20cm.

You can either knit or crochet, but your measurements MUST be exact, as each blanket will become a  ‘pixel’ in the photograph.

The wool we use is Pullskein DK & Charity DK. The colour codes are as follows:

Light Grey (59) & Silver Grey (011)
Black (01) & Black (017)
Red (13) & Red (136)
Yellow (62) & Bright Yellow (138)
Royal Blue (05) & Royal Blue (008)
Bright Green (63) & Emerald Green (022)

Our Chief Knitwit, Carolyn Steyn encourages us all to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event. This is your chance to make a difference and DO something that can change the world. She says: “Long live the Knitting Revolution for Madiba!!!! Let’s ROCK this project for the entire world to witness how we are keeping the legacy of our late great father of our nation, Tata Madiba (and the ideals for which he stood) alive with each and every stitch we make with our own two hands.” [Facebook]

So, have you decided yet? Are you going to make a grey blanket or two, or six??? Visit and pledge your blanket. You can also drop in on our Facebook Page or contact your local ambassador for more info. (Find your local ambassador here.)

Alternatively, complete the contact form below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Keep in mind that you need not do the crocheting or knitting yourself. Many people can’t, but that doesn’t mean you cannot pledge a blanket or squares. You can sponsor someone (a friend, family member, lady at your local old age home) by purchasing the wool and having her or him do the work. You can ALSO just donate the needed wool and drop it off at your local ambassador.

Come on, people, let’s DO this!



67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela (South Africa). 2017. Posted by: Carolyn Steyn on Facebook. THE LARGEST PORTRAIT BLANKET IN THE WORLD!!!!! [Web:]

SABC News. 2016. Article by: Lebo Tshangela. 67 Blankets founder ‘euphoric’ after setting Guinness World Record. [Web:]



Time for some #GoodWool inspiration: #Crochet #PatchworkBlanket @67Blankets #YesWeWool #WarmTheWorld


Having done our share of scarves for #SSS2017, it is once again time to dive into your yarn stash and page through your patterns for inspiration to create beautiful blankets for our cause. While we are still busy handing out blankets, we need to keep in mind that the need is ever increasing.

Every time I talk to one of my facilities, they inquire about 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day​. The problem is that, while the demand is enormous, the supply is forever dwindling. We have many hands creating squares and blankets, but it never seems to be enough.

You can change that!! If you would like to get involved or know of anyone who can become part of this movement, please get in touch with one of our ambassadors. You can find their details here: Alternatively, you can complete the contact form below and I will be in touch ASAP.

REMEMBER: not being able to knit or crochet doesn’t mean you can’t support those who can. Why not sponsor an elderly lady or a friend by purchasing wool or visit your local school and have a chat with their teachers. Perhaps you will be able to inspire them to get their learners involved. You can sponsor those kids by supplying wool and needles. There are plenty ways for you to become part of 67 Blankets.

But in the meantime, dear knitwits, I share this gorgeous crochet patchwork blanket in Rowan Cocoon with you. (Via LoveCrochet) You can find the pattern here:

May the yarn be with you!! #GoodWool rules!

Please complete the contact form if you wish to get involved with 67 Blankets for Nelson  Mandela Day.


@67Blankets for Nelson Mandela #PretoriaKnitwits warm #PretoriaResidents – #RekordNoord #SSS2017 #YesWeWool

Article photo in Rekord North

Image via Rekord Noord: by Corlia Kruger

You may very well remember that the Pretoria branch of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day did their bit of ‘warming the nation’ on Thursday, 13 July 2017.

We managed to gather at three different ‘hotspots’ across the city and decorated trees, fences, lampposts and more with bright and beautiful scarves.

The project was kept a secret until the day and is aptly called the ‘Secret Scarf Shhh…-mission’ or #SSS. The teams gathered in Sinoville, Mabopane and Hazeldean to do their thing and around 160 scarves were handed out to residents.

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Thanks to generous donations from Vaheeda Hassan (Sinoville Fabrics) and Adri de Swardt from Zambesi Retirement Village, our local knitwits (Zambesi Retirement Village, Thlokomelang Community Centre) were able to create the most wonderful scarves in vibrant colours to share with the cold and lonely in our community.

You can read the article in Rekord Noord here.

If you would like to be part of this amazing initiative or if you can contribute to our cause by donating wool or funds for wool purchases, please complete the contact form below and we will be in touch. Note that ‘scrap wool’, left over from your own projects is more than welcome. Let us know if you have some.

For more information, visit 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela’s website.