Knitting rocks! That’s the message that came across at the launch of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day’s coffee table book of the same name, at Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square on Tuesday August 23.
The charity encourages people to make blankets for the needy, and the book looks back on the decade since its beginnings in December 2013 after Nelson Mandela’s former assistant, Zelda la Grange, challenged Carolyn Steyn to knit 67 blankets to support the annual Mandela Day.
Since then, the organisation has mobilised thousands of active members locally and abroad to make blankets and scarves for distribution to those in need, and it has set some world records along the way.
The book records the experiences and views of those who made the blankets and those who received them and the many organisations and schools who contributed to the project between 2013 and 2022.