Woman speaks of the day her knitting made up a flash mob

Woman speaks of the day her knitting made up a flash mob

A self-confessed knitting addict has been speaking about the unbelievable day when her woolly creations became the stars of a flash mob - and ended up becoming a YouTube sensation.

Loes Veenstra, 79, lives in Rotterdam and has been knitting in her home on the same street since 1955, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Through quietly clicking away all those years, she has managed to knit almost 500 jumpers in every colour under the rainbow and every pattern from polka dot to triangle print.

Loes originally started knitting for her children, but she eventually made too much for them to wear and so she began putting each sweater into a plastic bag then storing them all in cardboard boxes ready to cast on the next one.

All her neighbours knew about her crafty habit and would donate wool to the elderly lady, leading her to become a celebrity of sorts.

As a result, when Museum Rotterdam said it was on the lookout for a new project to feature in an exhibition based on crafts, everyone thought of Loes.

Its staff began work and this culminated in Loes being led out to a specially-staged throne in the middle of the street one day in autumn last year.

No sooner had she sat down than a man and a woman appeared in the town square and began dancing to Happy Together by the Turtles, before being joined by children, a marching band and even cheerleaders - and they were all wearing Loes's jumpers.

"Now that really was a surprise," said the knitwear's creator.

After becoming worldwide stars of various viral videos, the sweaters will now go off to be auctioned in the New Year, with the proceeds going back to Loes.

However, it's highly likely that she'll be using it to buy new colourful yarn.

"My hands cannot be still. The main reason I knit is to forget about my worries," she explained, adding that knitting also helps her to cut down on smoking.

Why not try making your woolly clothing the star of its own internet video? We'd love to see the results!

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