Experiences from 2012

Last winter, as is the case every year, children learned how to knit at the children’s activity farmyard, under the supervision of our expert knitters. Each year, with the help of over 2,000 children, beautiful knitted squares are produced, which we combine to form patchwork blankets. These are knitted using our own ‘museum wool’. This comes from our own sheep, is spun at the museum and dyed in our herb garden. It is a beautiful, authentic product of which we are extremely proud.

In 2012 we wanted to donate these wonderful blankets to a good cause. All the children got involved and thought about who they would like to receive a beautiful patchwork blanket. Out of the 240 wishes that were made we chose three and presented a blanket to the happy recipients.

Leyla wanted a blanket to go to her mother, a very deserving recipient. As she suffers from rheumatism, she could not come to the Open Air Museum and is always cold. Now she will be nice and warm this winter.

Sharon wanted a blanket for her granddaughter Nikki. She was born after just 25 weeks, but was a real fighter and was finally able to leave hospital 16 weeks later. Such a brave little girl deserves to be warm and cosy this winter.

The last blanket went to Merel. Her two cats Choco and Yola had been operated on and had no fur on their tummies. Now they can keep themselves nice and warm on the beautiful blanket we have given them.