A knitting flashmob

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I love flashmobs.  Today, I came across a link to a knitting flashmob:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pul1Ja8gWBg

I defy you to look at it and not smile.  The accompanying text on youtube says, in part:

“Since 1955, Loes Veenstra has knitted over 550 sweaters and stored them in her home on the 2nd Carnissestraat in Rotterdam. The sweaters have never been worn. Until today. […]  Loes and the fruit of her decades of knitting were ‘discovered’ by Museum Rotterdam. The museum has put her sweaters on display as part of the  exhibition ´Over leven in Carnisse´ (Life in Carnisse), on show until January 18, 2013 in Gemaal op Zuid (Pretorialaan 141, Rotterdam).”

The text also contains links to the exhibition and a book about Loes’ sweaters.

Everyone in the flashmob is wearing one of her handknitted, never-before-worn sweaters.  It is a gallery of styles from the past decades (yes! I remember the 80s!) shown off in style and good cheer.

5 thoughts on “A knitting flashmob

  1. I saw the video with a mix of astonishment and sadness. It begs to be asked: why would a person knit so prolifically for decades yet never have anyone wear her sweaters until now?

    • I must say I agree with you, Ann. Although I think the flashmob is wonderful and charming, I couldn’t help but think that she should have donated these to charities as they came off the needles instead of keeping them. Since I haven’t read any of the background on her life or motivation, I am not sure of what her story is.

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