Tightly knit . . . Judy Gabites has sewn together thousands of peggy squares for the Timaru District Libraries' world record attempt. PHOTO: HELEN HOLT

by Helen Holt

The Timaru District Libraries’ world record attempt is coming together stitch by stitch.

The libraries are attempting a Guinness World Record for the largest blanket fort and have asked people to knit a peggy square (20 stitches by 40 rows) to contribute to the fort.

The library needs 70,000 squares to break the world record, and has received 33,420 so far.

Passionate crafter Judy Gabites is now sewing thousands of squares into blankets for the record attempt.

She said it took 40 to 80 hours to sew a blanket together.

“There’s a mix of sizes. Some are knee rugs, one is big enough for a double bed.

“I like to co-ordinate the squares based on colours, like a blue or pink theme. But some are just a mish-mash of patterns.”

She was given thousands of squares before lockdown and was set straight to work.

“I’ll give anything a go. I knitted my first jersey when I was 10.”

Outreach librarian Ingrid Davies-Martin said the library had received thousands of squares.

“We thought this project would take two years, but we’ve had so many donations it may happen a lot sooner.

“We have three or four ladies who sew the blankets, plus four of our staff members and their families have also contributed.”

Mrs Davies-Martin said the library would love more donations of wool and peggy squares.

The library will host a public event with the record-breaking blanket fort and the blankets will be donated to the community afterwards.