SA Knitwits Create World’s Biggest Springbok Blanket
Winter is coming, and a group of South African knitters have more than prepared themselves for it … and also set a world record while they were at it!
For seven months, local “knitwits” – which are people with a flair or love of knitting and crocheting – have been working hard to produce 2 754 blankets for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, a charitable initiative created in honour of the late political icon.
On Wednesday, 9 June, these blankets were unveiled on a rugby field at Steyn City School, Steyn City. They were placed together to form the Springbok Rugby logo, the South African flag, the numbers “2021”, and the phrase “Stronger Together”.
The event – which saw rugby stars such as John Smit and Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira in attendance – helped South Africa set a record for the world’s largest Springbok blanket portrait.
These blankets will ultimately be dismantled and donated to children’s homes, old age homes and other charity organisations around the country.
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