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Thursday
Jan312019

The Knit Ball Pit

My biggest group project to date debuted and closed all in one big weekend. It was the Knit Ball Pit!
Over the course of four months I received a total 2,383 balls from knitters and crocheters from around the US and the world who enthusiastically contributed to this project.
The Knit Ball Pit accomplished its first mission at Vogue Knitting LIVE in NYC last weekend: serving soft, squishy, massage-y experiences to all who ventured to enter it! It truly felt amazing to ease yourself into the balls. Some were very reluctant to get out! We had many takers of all ages—check out all the #knitballpit posts for more photos and videos of this interactive exhibit. 
The balls are getting cleaned right now in preparation for their next adventure with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA). AFCA will use the balls as packing materials when they send medical supplies to their partner hospitals in Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda, and the balls will be distributed to kids receiving treatment for HIV and to AIDS orphans throughout this year and beyond. 
I am so grateful for the hundreds of knitters and crocheters who contributed their time, materials, and talents to make this project such a success. Further big thanks go to Ladianne Henderson of Cheers To Ewe!, who connected us with AFCA and helped make this project possible. And thank you to Kristy Glass, Gaye Glasspie, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt, Louis Boria, and to everyone else who helped spread the word and organized knit-togethers. And thank you to Vogue Knitting LIVE!