Get Ready to Crochet!

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OUDTSHOORN’S REWOLUSIE BEGINS



The ReWOLusie crochet-along campaign has now officially commenced with the release of the first two sections of the crochet pattern for this project’s flagship blanket.



“The beloved and award-winning Oudtshoorn crochet-and-knit project, ReWOLusie, has gained a national footprint this year, thanks to the crochet-along campaign,” says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). “This initiative enables all South Africans to participate, with more blankets than ever providing warmth to the needy in the cold winter months.”



Theart says the pattern for this beautiful blanket was designed by Oudtshoorn resident Bets Wilkinson. “For 13 weeks until the end of July we will be releasing a section of the pattern for the blanket on our website every Monday. By the end of the 13 weeks, each participant will have the full pattern. The first two sections of the pattern are now available. You will also get information on everything you need to know and require before you start, suggestions for colour combinations, videos of all the stitches, tips, and of course the pattern with photos,” he explains.



Madeleine Miles, Project Leader of ReWOLusie, says prospective participants should not be afraid to get involved. “We are here to help you every step of the way. Beginners will get step-by-step assistance with as many resources as possible. Experienced crocheters will be able to give free rein to their creativity. Keep in mind that this is the first project of its kind, so we will also learn as we go along. None of us are professional pattern creators. If we have missed something somewhere, please let us know immediately. There will also be weekly discussions on our social media platforms, where we can give each other advice and post photos of our progress,” Miles says.



To be part of this national crochet campaign and to make a difference along with other participants from across the country, crochet the blanket according to the pattern that will be released in sections and donate it to the KKNK to auction on National Women’s Day (9 August 2021). Funds raised will be used for projects to aid in empowering women in Oudtshoorn and to celebrate and enhance the skill of crocheting.



Crocheters also have the option to keep their final product, or to give it to someone as a gift, while those interested in contributing to the project but don’t have the time or patience to crochet the full blanket, can donate R1 800 for someone else to crochet the beautiful blanket on their behalf. “Or simply donate wool if you cannot crochet, as this will help to enable the community of crocheters,” says Theart.



“ReWOLusie is about people and sharing,” says Miles. “We share conversations, stories, sadness, joy – and of course blankets. We want to involve as many people as possible – it’s not just about the art of crocheting, but also about being human. Everyone is invited to join the ReWOLusie family. This project forms part of philanthropist Carolyn Steyn’s 67 Blankets for Madiba campaign and supporters who would rather knit with donated wool from ABSA can be part of this special initiative.”



The first two sections of the patterns can now be downloaded at www.kknk.co.za/eng/rewolusie/. Participants must register for the national crochet-along initiative by contacting Daleen Witbooi on 044 203 8600, emailing info@kunste.org.za, or via KKNK’s Facebook page:www.facebook.com/rewolusie

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