The town of Leeuwarden in The Netherlands, which is also the European Capital of Culture for 2018 in conjunction with Valletta , are organising a project to cover 5 soccer pitches with hand made crochet blankets with received woolen threads.
Several countries from around the world, including Malta, will be taking part in this activity to demonstrate the power, warmth, diversity, connection and the colourful side of our different societies. This international project aims to be included in the Guinness Book of Records.
After the event is over in The Netherlands, the blankets will be sent back to their origin. In Malta they will be distributed among several institutions which cater for vulnerable persons.
A group of 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 woolen thread taken from old woolen garments. The aim was to make about 50 blankets, but the enthusiasm was so big that together they have managed to finish more than 150 blankets.
Several persons worked together: some undid the old woolens 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.
Before these blankets are sent to Leeuwarden, they will be displayed in Pjazza San Ġorġ in Valletta for the general public to view on the 17th February 2018.
Some of the blankets will be exhibited at the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta from the 9th to the 16th February 2018, and also at the HSBC in Valletta from the 19th to the 28th February 2018.
This project is endorsed by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.