I love how the “world wide web” is indeed a web of fantastic discovery!
Via Pinterest, I discovered this photo below. Which led me to Googling, which led me to the immediate text following it by Toni Rexroat of Crochet Me, which led me to a article in Finnish about the project itself.
Afghans, as far as the eye can see, blanketed the concrete steps of a beautiful white church. I was intrigued and amazed by this photo when I saw it on Pinterest. Following the link brought me to a newspaper article with several more amazing pictures and a short story in Finnsih. I, unfortunately, can’t read Finnish. If you can, definitely check out the full article.
But I have never seen that many granny squares in one place! I had to know the story. The online translation software struggled with some of the words in the article, but I think I got the basic story.
The photographs were taken October 1, 2011 on the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral in the center of Helsinki Finland. It seems that the Martha Association and the Textile Teachers Association attempted to set a record and gather one thousand blankets which would be donated to the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters.
They met their goal and then immediately surpassed it by gathering 7,800 blankets. Three thousand eight hundred of these afghans were then spread across the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral and photographed.
Even if you don’t read Finnish, it’s well worth a click over to the original article to see more photos!