I am a German knitter - a knitting otaku - living in Japan. I design, teach, dye, paint, craft and create knit wear and other items.
After the Tohoku earthquake on March 11th, I thought of ways to support people, who have lost everything. I am currently running 'The Granny Square Project', asking crocheter from around the world to make and send one or more ‘Granny Square” motifs to Japan to make the world’s largest ‘Granny Square Blanket’.
Once completed we will submit it to ‘Guinness World Records‘. But the best is, after that, the blanket will be divided back into regular size afghans and donated to temporary housing facilities in the Tohoku area.
All it needs to complete this project are 10 squares from each PechaKucha City.
BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 85
ON SEP 28, 2011
In his presentation, Bernd Kestler talks about hand-knitting beaded bags from the Art Deco period. You can also visit Bernd's "Knit for Japan" site, a project he developed to support vicitims of the 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami.
"Presentation of the Day" on February 15, 2013.
All the World's a Square
BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 102
ON APR 24, 2013
The Granny Square project is an initiative asking crocheters from around the world to crochet and send one or more "Granny Square" motifs to Japan to make the world’s largest ‘Granny Square Blanket’. Bernd needs at least 7,150 squares of 20 x 20 cm. Once completed, the blanket will be submitted to Guinness World Records. But the best is that, after, the blanket will be divided back into regular size afghans and donated to temporary housing facilities in Tohoku, Japan, to support victims of the March 2011 earthquake.
You'll find more info at the "Knit for Japan" website.
"Presentation of the Day" on May 1, 2013.