Friday, 1 August 2014

This was Yarn Indaba 2014!


What a beautiful day!  What a beautiful event.

This was Yarn Indaba, and the yarn bombing of the Voortrekker Monument and today, I'll just share a few pictures of this great event.


Those steps are looking a bit bland and dreary, don't they?  


But we're going to fix it!

Bags full of blankets, ready to go


Marléne and Esté were the two driving forces behind the Yarn Indaba and yarn bomb:

"Opening the floor"

Ah, we were a bit teary-eyed.

Joy and relief. 



There were enough willing helpers, and soon some of us were jogging up and down the stairs with the heavy bags (a good workout!), while others were unpacking.


Let's get going then!


Marléne had the dream and the vision for today:

...and she's looking happy!


Smiling for the TV cameras:




Esté had the honours of laying down the last blanket:




And then it was done.

We did it.

We covered all the steps leading to the monument with blankets that will be distributed to various institutions. 

Your think we were excited?
You should have seen the tourists.  Busload after busload stopped in their tracks and couldn't stop taking pictures of the yarn bomb!


The morning turned into an extended photo session for tourists :-D

"Smile, love"


We had great fun looking at the individual squares, finding quirky ones like the tractors that was also posted on Ons Hekel before begin sent off.

Nothing runs like a Deere.  John Deere.


That's my sisi, on holiday here from Ireland. She might have been the attendant who came the furthest! 

Thanks for helping out, my sisi.


We found squares that her MIL sent from Ireland!

Here it is, Ann!


And three of my green squares:

(Test-pattern for the yet-to-be-decided-on Summer Throw...)


It was great to meet up with various friends from Ons Hekel:

...friend and fellow cappo addict Riesl


...an angel, Mara, whose Maak 'n Verskil (Make a Difference) group took on the massive job of joining these squares and will be distributing the blankets.


...Anneke - she of the T-shirt yarn doilie rugs and twisties


...Alet, who sat in great pain and with a shoulder strap and worked to the end, fastening blankets

  All figures to be confirmed, but here's what you can work on...
± 30 000 squares crocheted and knitted.
± 630 blankets assembled.
Three flights of stairs yarn bombed.
Many tired legs.
Thousands of Rands spent on yarn
(I haven't said a word yet about the yarns...)

Hundreds of Happy Hookers.


My feet are busted!


3 comments:

hobbyloes said...

Amazing...beautiful. Wat is dit mooooooi !!!
Zoveel werk, al die haakblokjes en blankets, SUPER!!!!
liefs, Loes

Annie Cholewa (aka knitsofacto) said...

Oh. My. Goodness!

The steps look fabulous Stel. You are all amazing!

Chris in de haak said...

Wow what a lot of blankets.
What a geat event.
Grtz,
Chris