More than 2,000 women used crochet hooks to join together blankets and shatter a world record, while at the same time creating a patchwork that will keep thousands of people warm in their beds.
Mother India’s Crochet Queens (MICQ), a Facebook group based in Chennai, put out the call for women to contribute to the effort, with the promise that the finished blanket would be broken up and given to the needy after the record was broken.
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In just six months, 2,472 women and girls — the youngest four and the oldest 93 — from around India, UAE, and other countries, crocheted sections and shipped them off for the world record attempt.
When all the pieces were finally assembled, representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records declared it the biggest in the world.
At 120,000 square feet, the blanket is more than three times the size of the previous world record holder from South Africa, and would cover two American football fields with plenty left over.
By comparison, quilting contributors to the 1987-88 AIDS Memorial Quilt, which was first assembled on the National Mall in Washington, DC, but kept growing as it traveled the country, grew to be 108,000 square feet.
The MICQ blanket has now been broken down into its individual parts and will be sent to disadvantaged children, nursing homes, and handed out to other poor people in what should be some kind of record setting act of kindness.
(WATCH the video from News Vikatan below) — Photo: Mother India’s Crochet Queens, Facebook
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