Sunday, 3 August 2008

Wrap, and Rap, With Love


Wrap With Love is a not for profit organisation motivating the knitters of Australia to make beautiful, colourful wraps (blankets) to send to people wherever they may be cold. They have sent 157,000 Wraps to people in over 75 countries. From their Sydney warehouse , over forty non-denominational and non-political aid agencies distribute them to those in greatest need. They have no annual membership fee and rely on an Australia-wide network of caring volunteers to knit, transport and assemble Wraps.

Every year Sydney radio station ABC 702 holds a "knit-in" at its studios in Ultimo. The whole huge atrium is taken up with people (99% women) knitting and crotcheting together the thousands of squares. And having lots of fun, laughing, chatting and enjoying each others' company, as you can see! This year it was held on Monday 1 August. I would have shown you it then, but it was theme day. My friend Maureen from the gym and I both knit, and are plannign to go along as knitters next year.

Part of the entertainment was a percussion duo, Aurora Percussion. They had the knitters percussing with their needles, and singing along with their Rap (For Love).

I managed to take a video of the end of the rap.

video

18 comments:

  1. Gotta love all those knitters. The best part of humanity is displayed in many acts of generosity, of which this is one.

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  2. Hmm! That's funny; my signature has changed!!

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  3. Glad you covered this, Sally. I had it in my diary but was too involved with Skywatch!

    The video looks like it was good fun. Although this is 99% women, things like Apex are still 99% men - so it all balances out.

    I like the collage of images.

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  4. always good to see people enjoying while helping others..

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  5. Saw this on TV. Looks like it was good fun. Good series of shots. Not sure I still remember how to knit, its been so long.

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  6. This is such a nice idea! And anyone who can knit has my admiration (if I were to knit anything, it would not keep the recipient very warm - can't help dropping links). And how fun to do this in music!

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  7. Warm photos. They make me remember peruvian knitters and llama wool sweaters.

    Valery

    Barcelona Daily Photo

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  8. what a great way of getting together.
    my Mum knit and we got so many lovely jumpers and shawls over the years, she would have been more than happy to join them, that's for sure!

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  9. aw, that's nice, and so much more personal and thoughtful than just sending a bunch of scratchy blankets.

    knitters are a fastidious bunch that I feel I'd fit in with. I'd knit too, if I had more time!

    great that you knit!

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  10. I think this is a good idea. Not only does it bring people together but in the end somebody else benefits from their efforts. If there were any men who knitted or crocheted they must have felt like kings in Heaven.

    My mother-in-law crocheted newborn baby caps, booties and little blankets and those were picked up and distributed to local hospitals where they were given to newborns.

    It was also a nice thing for people to do.

    A nice post, Sally.

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  11. What a fantastic initiative! Go knitters! Thanks for leaving a comment on my site!

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  12. What a great idea; a highlight in the year for all those knitters I am sure. A nice post, Sally.

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  13. How fantastic Sally! I had no idea about this. i wonder if there is a similar thing in Adelaide? Congratulations anyway on bringing it to our attention.

    I know how to knit but squares would be about my limit but I love the idea of giving to charity in a productive way, rather than just handing over a cheque or cash. I watched the video - what fun!

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  14. I think it's a good idea too.
    and I feel something warm to read this post.

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  15. THis is such a great idea! What a great post, Sally. And thanks for all the pictures. You really brought this event to life.

    BTW, I just love your blog. I feel like I have a wonderful friend showing me around Sydney!

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  16. As a knitter I love seeing the joy in making these blankets. The prayer shawl ministry that I'm involved with creates joy and comfort and so much more and I'm sure these blankets will too. Beautiful work.
    Pensacola Daily Photo

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  17. a wonderful idea and a great event!

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