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Bernd Kestler

Knit Artist in Yokohama Japan

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’.
http://knitforjapan.wordpress.com/the-granny-square-project/

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.

ニットオタクです。12歳の頃から編み物をするようになりました。日吉に自分の編み物のクラスを開催しています。心と手で編みます。

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Knit Danshi

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.

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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.

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All the World's a Square

BY BERND KESTLER
@ VOL 124 ON APR 22, 2015

Repeat PechaKucha Presenter and Yokohama Knit Artist, Bernd Kestler started an initiative called "Knit for Japan" in repsonse to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Originally aimed at providing knitting supplies for people of Tohoku, the project evolved into the "Granny Square Project” in which Bernd collected 20cm X 20cm knitted squares from all around the world. Little did he know he would receive so many that he was able to create the worlds largest crochetted blanket. Check out how this creative project became greater than the sum of its parts. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 22, 2015.

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PAST VOL 124

Tokyo @ SuperDeluxe
Apr 22, 2015

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PAST VOL 102

Tokyo @ SuperDeluxe
Apr 24, 2013

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PAST VOL 85

Tokyo @ SuperDeluxe
Sep 28, 2011

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