Three weeks ago we flew to Johannesburg for Tobie’s Mom’s 75th birthday. By that time every South African Facebook Crochet Group that I belong to were buzzing and getting ready for the Yarn Indaba.
I joked and said that my Mom-in-Law could have had her birthday 2 weeks later to coincide with the Yarn Indaba and the Yarn Bomb! My few crocheted squares were sent in already and I sort of made peace that I would not be attending this fabulous event.
We came back from the Birthday celebrations, the two teenagers started school again, and all went back to normal. Until last Monday morning. Tobie was on his way to the little shop in Paternoster. He asked me if he could bring me anything. I said: Yes, an airline ticket to Pretoria. He was wondering whether I’m serious. I thought about it the previous night and decided that it was a once in a life time experience. South Africa’s first big yarn bomb! I simply had to fly up!
So there I was! Back in Pretoria. Offers for a bed to sleep, transport from the airport and to the Yarn Indaba were plenty via the local Facebook Crochet pages :https://www.facebook.com/groups/onshekel/ and :https://www.facebook.com/groups/194439390708304/
And what an awesome experience!!! To be remembered forever and ever! I met a lot of fellow crocheters whom I’ve only seen on Facebook before. The best part of course was being there just before 8, seeing all the blankets in large bags. Seeing Este and Marlene put the first and very special blanket down. And then participating in putting the rest of the 657 blankets on the steps. Everyone helping wanted to see where their own squares ended up.
The end result of the yarn bomb was a spectacular colour explosion far beyond our imaginations! We could not stop looking at it and took lots of photos. Then news came around about yarn stock getting low at the Indaba Stalls around the corner, so we rushed there for some shopping. Everyone was in a frenzy to get their hands on some of the fabulous yarns for sale.
I’m gonna have to crochet and sell quite al lot of rugs to make up for this expensive adventure, but it was totally worth it. I am so thankful for Tobie for looking after our three girls so that Mom could go to this dream yarn event! The groups are already buzzing about another one next year! Who said crocheting or knitting is for boring old ladies???
You can read more about the organising of the yarn bomb here:
On the same date they also organised a Yarn Indaba where they wanted to promote South African crochet/knitting and weaving yarn, wool, creativity and talent. A one stop shopping experience where you could find pure products made with 100% merino wool, cotton, angora hair and mohair. All proudly made in South Africa. You will find all the exhibitors’ names, contact detail and links to their Facebook pages and websites on the Yarn Indaba website and Facebook page .
The two ladies at the helm, Marlene Scheepers-Fourie and Este Beukes worked very hard to ensure a very successful event! We are so proud of them. Ladies and a few gents from all over South Africa and overseas started crocheting and knitting their 20 x 20 cm squares in August last year.
Their goal was to set up the largest yarn bomb in South Africa.
They needed 19 050 x (20x20cm) and 3 350 x (15x15cm) squares.
By 23 June 2014 they had 18 300.
By 26 June 2014 they had 20 530 .
And on 14 July 2014 they had a total of 27803 squares and from that a total of 657 blankets. The blankets will now be donated to various charity organisations.
Just look at all the beautiful squares in the blankets! Maybe you can spot yours too!
And all the fellow crocheters!!! We had such a fun yarn day!!!
I’ll do another post soon to show my shopping at the Yarn Indaba. I’ve already started crocheting a blanket with blue cotton from “Colours of Grace”.