Postcrossing uses cookies to help deliver its services. By using this website, you agree to its use of cookies. Learn more.

Postcrossing Blog

News, updates, and all kinds of goodies and stories from the postal world!

Blog > Marina's Scarf of Friendship update

Remember Marina’s Scarf of Friendship that we mentioned here on the blog last year? Marina (aka 167marina) from Russia had been collecting bits of yarn from all over the world to knit a super scarf that embodied the unity and friendship between different nations.

It took a whole year, but she finally finished this project late last year and took some photos with her friend Dasha, to show you the result. We thought the photos looked so lovely, we had to make another post about it! Have a look:

Marina's Scarf of Friendship Marina's Scarf of Friendship 39

Isn’t that amazing? 😍 The colourful creation ended up being over 10 meters long and including all kinds of yarn, from wool to mohair, angora, cashmere, acrylic and even bamboo…

Marina's Scarf of Friendship

As well as postcrossers, she asked for help from all her friends and ended up with bits of yarn from 60 countries and 6 continents! Marina says:

“Each thread that I added to the scarf, was associated with a different country. I imagined the hot Bahamas, rainy London, night in Hong Kong, ancient palaces of Osaka, vivid festivals of India, the rock art of Egypt… Knitting is like traveling the planet! This scarf is a string of the Brazilian jungle, African desert, from the cold of the North Pole (Spitsbergen archipelago) and South distant Antarctica. They did the long and hard way: they were taken by snowmobile, helicopter and boat, by ship, by plane, by rail and finally by road.”

That sounds really inspiring — bravo Marina!

What about you? Planning any cool postal projects in 2018? Do share in the comments!


Tags: ,

105 comments so far

NIDUSKA, Finland

bungaalangalang, Indonesia
love it!

Darcey1, South Africa

mounten, Italy
I've send yarn too and I' m so delighted what came out 10 meters is absolutely great. Well done. Thank you for showing.

giorgina80, Italy
Love it it's a wonderful idea :)
good Marina is amazing what you did ❀

iphoto, Australia
πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š AWESOME initiative Marina πŸ’š your STYLE!

Hawwa, Morocco
I find this just amazing.
And yes: I have just started a postal project for 2018, "Houses in the Mail"
See the details here:

Restu_Amalia, Indonesia
Love it ❀️

MrsMidsomer, Finland
Wow! Awesome pictures of an amazing piece of handicraft!

Garv, India
Kudos to Marina. Wonderful idea and amazing
photos. Loved it. β™₯

devimarietta, Korea (South) inspiring..

geminiscp, Portugal
Awesome!!! :)

robinmp, United States of America
So creative and meaningful. I love the end result πŸ’œ

Sophie54, Netherlands
Great idea, lovely outcome.

katyasmit, Russia
Really Cool, Marina! :)

Sparklefancy, United States of America
Beautiful and such a wonderful idea! Love it!

quirkylady79, United States of America
How fantastic! It is beautiful! β™₯

chickalettasw, United States of America
Awesome!! :)) your creativity is a gift of friendship :D β™₯

postcard_nerd, United States of America
awesome scarf glad to be a part of it!

ned44440, Ireland
A world of colour and a world of positivity. Beautiful colours in their own right but enhanced when mixed together.

smeuldersdrawings, Netherlands
@ I love handmade objects !!!
AMAZING poetical SCARF it is now :-)
and the pictures are beautiful -
you may be proud of yourself marina !!!
the blog asks also
about postal projects of other pc's in 2018 :
me, I will continue the making of WOODEN CARDS
out of used crates for oranges (as NL-3864821),
and the painting of japanese ETEGAMI-cards
(as NL-3542597) ...

some of my experiments have "start-difficulties":
I made also cards from MAGNETIC-material,
but I am "afraid" that some of them are still hanging
at the inside of the metal post-mailboxes hahaha :-)

catwool, United States of America
This scarf is amazing, the photos would make awesome post cards. Someone should make them, I would like one in my collection!!

anastasiapq, Hong Kong
;-D amazing project !

Gurudath21, India
A piece of yarn connected the whole world,A great job hats off to you,thank you

Mosshumla, Sweden
Ooooh, so beautiful! A great idea perfectly accomplished!
Catwool is right: These photos would be great as postcards.

mysweetlife63, United States of America

zomertje, Netherlands
AMAZING and supercool.!!!!!!

AnitaLouise, United States of America
Your project was wonderful and inspiring.

CathyFay, United States of America
This is beautiful! What a great idea!

SeanPatrick, United States of America
Beautiful !!

Jacque53, United States of America
Well done! The scarf is beautiful!!!

Copperplate, United Kingdom
I love knitting, and I love this scarf! I want to do one now too... :)

happydayout, New Zealand
Beautiful and creative! β™₯

nehalennia, Netherlands
Marina, you did a great knitting job, and Dasha, you made lovely creative photos! Congratulations to this wonderful project!

kallini2042, Canada
Stunning! I agree that these photos are perfect candidates to be postcards themselves! With talents like this, both Marina and Dasha can open a web-site for their own merchandise - photos, postcards, knitted "stufffff...." Brand it and full steam ahead!

I wouldn't mind having a scarf like that (of course, no need to collect "с ΠΌΠΈΡ€Ρƒ ΠΏΠΎ Π½ΠΈΡ‚ΠΊΠ΅" (the Russian expression roughly - "thread by thread from all around a world will be enough to give a naked man a shirt" or English equivalent "many a mickle makes a muckle"). I'd settle for a shawl or a blanket (nasty weather in Toronto - you can tell :)))

MurzelMagMail, Germany
This is such a beautiful project anyways, but these pictures are truely stunning. This would even look good in a model portfolio.
Well done, both of you. πŸŒˆπŸ‘πŸ»

petrini1, United States of America
I wonder if Doctor Who got the yarn for his long scarf this way. Of course, his yarn donations would have come from all across the galaxy....

jjkeim, United States of America
I do hope that the suggestions for postcards of the lovely artist and her creation will be headed. Beautiful photos, beautify lady, and an amazing accomplishment.

marcypgray, United States of America
It's gorgeous!!!! Somehow all the different colors and textures really come together. Amazing job, it's inspiring!

twinports, United States of America
thumbs up!

cathytang, China
cool project!

ppramithah, Indonesia
and the result is so beautiful!

lunamoona, United States of America
As a knitter, this tickles me something fierce. Wonderful work!

167marina, Russia
Dear friends! I'm really glad You liked this idea. But it would not have been able to realize, if not for the support of postcrossing and its participants. Thanks for the support! All the best!

167marina, Russia
Card already have! Here it is!

Sfander, Canada
Wonderful pictures of your beautiful creation! It's outstanding and surely this should be out there in the world wide news. What a great way to start the new year.

Darcey1, South Africa
you are awesome and very clever indeed marina

mumblebee, Netherlands
Fantastic project! Good luck with the doll now!

meidans, Netherlands
This is awsome. I love it

scoozie73, Netherlands
I have a cats calender for 2018,each month has a card at the bottom to send.
I'm going to collect these and send one of them every month in 2019.
Because I also blog about postcrossing every week, I will also include this in my weblog about postcrossing.

beauty_of_russia, Russia
In 2018, I'm going to continue my postal project of sending the postcards representing all federal subjects of the Russian Federation! The Russian Federation currently consists of 85 federal subjects, including 2 disputed. At the moment, I've sent postcards of 58 subjects: Mountains, sand dunes, prehistoric petroglyphs, a cosmodrome, Buddhist temples, mosques, Christian churches, and so on, and so on. Also, I would LOVE to send postcards with 200 ethnicities who live in Russia, but it's much harder:( It seems that there are very few postcards of people in traditional costumes who are not ethnically Russian. I've sent postcards with only 7 non-Russian ethnicities of the Russian Federation.

rosenbusch, Germany
What a great idea!!! Fantastic project....

beesknees, United States of America

Elitehusky, Canada
Impressive talent. Sourced the yarn and turned it into something both beautiful and functional.

Cirilo, Taiwan
I have a project, it already started for a while, it concerns mail-artist all around the world. (You can see the art here:

Here is the project:

Hi to you, oh weird crowd of deviants and freaks,
as in your guts burns this insatiable desire to create,
I give you an opportunity to share the fantasies that
your tortured souls struggled to produce. Next year
in a small country called Taiwan, I will organize an exhibition of art ( painting, photos, collages, mail art, etc...) and I want here to humbly ask you to participate by sending me the fruit of your sweat. The topic is " a perfect world" any format is accepted but, being not the owner of a truck, I beg you, not too big. (A4 max)
As soon as I will start to recieve some masterpieces, I will
scan them or take photos and post them on this page
with your name, any message you want to appear and if you want, your address so people can contact you.

artistically yours,


Knerq, United States of America
How cool! What a great project and fantastic photos.

kugusch, Germany
I was just contemplating with another Postcrosser last night about collecting knitted/crochet pieces from fellow Postcrossers for an afghan....this is really awesome, and I LOVE the photos, too! The same sort of photos with a black background would probably also look sharp.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

triplightly, United States of America
You are beautiful and talented! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world.

WendyG, Netherlands
What an amazing project and scarf to have! Love love love it! x Wendlyn

prstenorepi, Serbia
it will take a really really spectacular project to beat this amazing one! β™‘

islander61, Bahamas
YES!!! Bahamas!!! So I guess my yarn arrived? :) I was wondering about this a few days ago. This is SO BEAUTIFUL 167 marina! Thank-you for the update β™₯

Tanushri, India
The dedication is real πŸ˜­πŸ’•

Elinajam, Italy
A very beautiful scarf! ...of beautiful colours..! Marina, you have done a great job! Congrats β™₯

@Palanka, Marina is the one who has made the scarf, so she decides how to represent it.

heidegurke, Germany
What a beautiful woman and a beautiful scarf!!!

Annedread, Netherlands

vkribe, Indonesia
I'll give her a big thumbs up. it's so amazing!

jmr1739, United States of America
Beautiful, and such a clever project!

Flippie, Canada
What a color full product, I love it! Thank you sharing with us.

Glorip, United Kingdom
Marina this is fantastic! Well done. You have brightened everyone's day who has seen this. How sad that one person made a negative comment.Everyone else really appreciates your wonderful project. Thank you!

Anarox, Germany
Wow! This is amazing!

ewfinn60, United States of America
A Fabulous Idea! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

limeblowpop, United States of America
It looks Amazing. I wish peace to all the Countries on Earth.
God Bless.

Robisa, Italy
Beautiful project! :)
This is the mail art project for 2018 of the watercolourists association I am a member of.. if someone wants to join he or she is welcome! :) Postcard size (10 x 15 cm), theme "Surrealism", in memory of Helga Ortwig, who was a great artist and a beautiful person! :) Free technique (painting, drawing, photography, collage and so on), no jury, no fee, no return of the cards, only original works, maximum 2 for each artist.

OneMoment, Germany
Amazing IDEA! Great!

pucky, Netherlands
This is really a marvellous project! What a great idea! And what skills to make it so nice all together!

pucky, Netherlands
Looked at your profile and again you are having wonderful ideas! Hope I will get your address and send you something!

Hotaru, Denmark
well done!! :D

jennylee60, United States of America
What a fabulous end to a wonderful project. I love the photos too

crazytriangle, Poland
Make a map with pins where my recived postcards come from πŸ’ž

maryl, United States of America
It is absolutely beautiful!! Mary L

AlaskaChristine, United States of America
Wow!!!!! So very lovely. Both you and the photos are stunning! The scarf is really something, vibrant and beautiful. What a unique treasure you have created. Thank you for sharing the photos and your experience with your project. cm

altadc, Philippines

rejoices7777, United States of America
I crochet scarves for loved ones and the homeless. But this was such a beautiful idea!!! Hooray for you and all who helped!!!!

leticiazanfolim, Brazil
That's so cool! Very creative! :D

sacdalton, United States of America
I really enjoyed this story and continue to be inspired by the wonderful creative projects and points of view from all over the world.

dougmv214, United States of America
A gorgeous, pretty, astounding, and an availing work of art, very impressive!

PostcardsFromCLE, United States of America
Fantastic project with beautiful very amazing!

_samy_, India
Beautiful!!! I doubt I would have that much patience:)

Leslyn, United States of America
I absolutely love this beautiful scarf.
It's a reminder that each of us from different parts of the world can get together to form a force for good!
Love it!!

Vainesyl, France
Happy to see the project finished, I sent yarn from France and I'm proud to have added a bit to the project. Well done !!

167marina, Russia
Thanks for the support! All the best!

Yulia-YTU, Russia
Great idea! Marina, you're done! And I'm proud that this was invented by a Russian girl!

aerobear, United States of America
Such a beautiful scarf and a wonderful idea!

Ann34, Belgium
Inspiring project. Great job!

Sheshells, South Africa
Fabulous!! I'm jealous of your international scarf. May it lead an adventurous life for many many years to come. Nice photos too!

SunshineCece, United States of America
OMG, so pretty, can someone please plan more meet ups, so I can meet more postcrossers?

marjap17, United States of America
What a lovely and creative idea. Makes the world a much smaller place.

Magaretha, South Africa
Wow, this is absolutely super cool!

AmbleandEnjoy, United Kingdom
What an amazing idea - and the scarf is beautiful! Well done!

cherrytree687, United States of America
How extraordinary!!! I love it!

RHHK, Singapore
This is an amazing project and idea! I love it!

franciscojclima, Portugal
Dear Marina,
Many and many congratulations for your super idea and work. I scarcely can imagine what was going in your mind while you were making your project. Please allow me to call it a project. It is an inspiring light for all those who are fond of hand made stuff like I do.
All the best to you and go and go on.

borntoorganize, United States of America
What an amazing project, Marina. Thank you for sharing your finished work.

serebrianka, Belarus
Cool project!

Angelinochka2001, Belarus
Hello everyone! Everytime I read such texts I understand that we're a big family and we all connected with each other! I need help, so postcrossers are only people who can help me!
My best friend's name is Alexandra. She is very positive and kind girl who is always ready to help everyone! Now she's having hard times ... Its is her birthday soon and I'd like to ask you to help me to congratulate and to support her. Could you be so kind to send me a photo of a sheet of paper near the beautiful view or landmark with text β€œ Dear Alexandra , happy birthday!…(Some wishes)….(Your town and country)”. If you are ready to help me,send me your photo on my e-mail .
I think, that all together, we can show her, that she's very needed and very important like everybody else.
Thanks in Advance

↑ Back to top ↑

Leave a reply

Oh oh! You need to sign in to leave a comment!