Did we do it?

Yesterday I was in Birmingham, celebrating the end of the 60 Million Trebles Project. Although all the folks involved are likely to carry on clicking and hooking for charity, this project has come to an end.

The aim was to make a world record breaking blanket, with each stitch representing one displaced person in the world. At the time the project started, 13 months ago, the figure was 60 million people; by the end of 2016, this figure had risen to 65 million.

Earlier this year, Ellen Roche, who started the project, realised that if we were going to go for the world record, the blankets would not be out to the charities for many extra months. And so everyone agreed that we’d give up on this idea (sad though we all were, because it would have been great publicity) and just get the blankets done and distributed.

So, the big question yesterday was had we reached the target of sixty million trebles (stitches)? And the answer was…

we completed 7940 blankets,
using the equivalent of 27,083 balls of double knitting yarn,
totalling 271kg of yarn
equivalent to 8125km of yarn (enough to go from London to Beijing)
with an average of 7951 trebles per blanket, making…


67,707,940 trebles

smt complete

So a big thank-you to everyone who donated yarn or squares to the blankets I made, and especially to Sandra, Wild Daffodil for the autumnal squares – the blanket that contained these  received an honourable mention as one of Ellen’s favourite blankets.

Many of the blankets have gone to Hand in Hand for Syria, others to St Mungos, Help for the Homeless and Let’s Feed Brum. I’m very proud to have been involved, plus I’ve made lots of new friends – what a result.

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  1. Oh Jan!!!! That is FANTASTIC news – thank YOU for helping me to be a tiny part of this most wonderful project. I am delighted to know that the blanket you created got a special mention amongst so many – WELL DONE. How wonderful to know they will bring comfort to many. Crochet and the amazing community it creates will help to save the world – I’m sure of it!!!!!!! ❤ x 60m

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  2. This is super news. Well done to you and Daffy.

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  3. Bravo! I see it was a varktastic occasion, and that cake certainly looks yummy, I bet there wasn’t a crumb left, if I know anything about yarny ladies.

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    • The last few pieces of cake (there were just a few) were collected to share with some friends and family. I think there was some left over because there was so much other food – chips, baked potatoes, rice, mushroom stroganoff, chicken, sandwiches, wraps, scones, cupcakes, biscuits, cheese and crackers… enough for lots of us to take supplies to eat on the way home (which I certainly did). I think there were over 50 vaarks present (lots had been sold to raise funds for the charities) and they did make people smile.

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  4. Annie

     /  September 17, 2017

    Well done!

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  5. Great news! Well done to all who took part.

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  6. TOTALLY BRILLIANT !!! ❤

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  7. oh wow.. How exciting that is awesome!!!! Congrats!!!! =)

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  8. Totally wonderful!! Congratulations to you and all your friends, it’s like sending out a giant hug around the globe! I recently met an older man, a refugee from Syria who has very little English. He walks the street with his morning coffee, looking I guess for that outdoor community he has known all his life. We stumble through a few words each time we meet, but my heart breaks for him! The video ‘isn’t available for me to view’ unfortunately.

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  9. How wonderful that you beat the total! Congratulations to you all for your wonderful work 🙂

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    • I think the fact that the participants also formed friendships was a valuable outcome of the project. Quite a number of the ladies had health issues, and the online chatter and local meet-ups seemed to help many people trough difficult times whilst also creating all those amazing blankets.

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  10. It’s so great to see people coming together in a common cause and, if you can be crafty at the same time, all the better. I didn’t realise that basket of wool was a cake until I zoomed in – so clever.

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  11. That’s amazing! Well done 😀

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  12. Amazing–what a wonderful glow you must have!

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    • We do. And it was especially lovely to end with an event where some of us could meet up, since almost everything, apart from little local gatherings, had been done online throughout the project.

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  13. Well done Jan. A very worthy cause.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  14. This is extraordinary. Thanks for calling my attention to this project and for making a difference in the world with your love and kindness.

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  15. That is completely amazing!

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