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The Epic Blanket

The world’s biggest knitted blanket needs you

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WE CAN think of nothing better in this Baltic weather than snuggling up under the world’s biggest knitted blanket.

This may be do-able sooner rather than later, as Ennis woman Valery Larkin is attempting to break the Guinness World Record by creating a toasty 15,000 square foot blanket.

But she needs the sound people of this fair county to help her out, because she is currently only two thirds of the way there.

“I’m appealing to people because I still need squares knitted and stitcher-upper volunteers for the project,” Valery said.

Valery has received knitted squares from the furthest possible reaches of the planet, including Australia, New Zealand, British Colombia, and Singapore.

the epic blanket
the epic blanket

She puts the current knitted square estimate at about 40,000, not bad for a year’s worth of knitting.

“I just received 1,200 squares from Cork today and 300 from England the other day,” Valery said.

She had a team of “stitcher-uppers” coming over to Ennis from Liverpool yesterday to join her very dedicated regular volunteers, who meet three times a week.

“One of them is 77 and suffers from arthritis, but she hasn’t missed a single day since we started,” Valery said.

People usually have their own reasons for taking on such a project and Valery is no different.

Two weeks before her 66th birthday, she couldn’t sleep because she felt she needed a challenge in her life.

“I used the internet to contact people and the response has been fantastic,” she added.

Valery and her team of volunteers are stitching the blanket in such a way that when the project is finished, she will be able to donate 600 blankets to the Red Cross.

Those wishing to knit six inch squares to send to Valery can contact her on 086-3685030 or check out her Facebook page at:

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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