seal of approval






Last week I got invited to visit the Seal Rehabilitation Centre in Pieterburen, The Netherlands. The centre is very well-known around here, and it is run by Lenie ‘t Hart. Lenie ‘t Hart has been rehabilitating sick and injured seals since the centre was founded in Pieterburen in 1971. The centre has evolved from a simple ‘crèche’ for young seals to a scientific research-based seal hospital, with accompanying facilities such as quarantines, a laboratory, a chemist and all the research equipment imaginable. All rehabilitated seals are released into the wild after their rehabilitation period, which lasts from several weeks to a maximum of several months.

What does this have to do with crochet you ask? Well, by the entrance of the centre are 11 concrete seals, just begging for a make-over. And I’m one of the people they asked to yarn-bomb a seal! :)




This is ‘my’ seal, and I’m going to yarn bomb it somewhere in September. The kind people of Scheepjeswol have offered to sponsor me, which means they’re going to provide me with enough yarn to make this seal snug as a seal in a rug :)

I’m super excited about this project, and I will definitely keep you all posted on it’s progress!


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  1. Thats really great!!!
    Thank you for sharing important information !!!

  2. WOW what an exciting opportunity for you. I will soooooooooooooooo looking forward to seeing the seal Yarn bomb. What a wonderful place for the seals.. If I lived near this Rehab. Center I would be volunteering all the time.. Hugs Judy

  3. Fantastic! This sounds like a really fun project – I do love to see yarn bombing – it always makes me smile. So I’m looking forward to seeing what you create! Great to see the seals are being cared for in such a lovely place.

    Thank you for sharing,


  4. I can’t wait to see that guy all decked out in crochet and snug as a bug in a rug! ;)

  5. What an amazing project x

  6. This is my seal, there are many like it, but this one is mine

  7. That is such a great opportunity for yarn bombing, and I totally can’t wait to see what you do to yarn bomb it!

  8. Woohoo! That’s wonderful! Can’t wait to see more.

  9. What a cool thing to do!Have fun creating!! (I sent Granny squares to yarn Bombing Los Angeles this spring!!)

  10. Wow, another challenge for you! But you respond so well to them. Looking forward to seeing what you do. Happy hooking!! Xx

  11. I know this place, too!!!! My twin sister has worked over there (she is a vet!) one summer, many years ago!!!!
    Congratulations for this lovely challenge!!!
    xxxx Ale

  12. Hi friend I love your blog always has nice things here, hugs …

  13. I came across your blog from Pinterest. It is so cool that you are going to yarn bomb one of those statues. The seals are so cute, too!

  14. Hi Wink

    can’t wait to see your seal coat. You’re right the colours are soooo yummy – Love your blog. Keep going.