What’s making knitting news? Record breaking that’s what. Until recently, I had no idea there were so many knitting world records. There is a record for the biggest everything. From knitting needles to cardigans to tea cozies. They even have a record for the fastest knitter! I say, why not?! My favorite is the world’s longest scarf record, held by knitters in Wales. The scarf began as a charity fundraiser. When they finished the scarf measured 53 kilometers! That’s almost 33 miles! Do you know what they did after they secured the world record? Very funny… No, they did not go to Disneyland; they reworked the scarf into blankets and donated them to charity. Knitting for charity is not only easy, fun, and gratifying, it’s also world record inspiring. Here is some interesting news from the knitting world:
This year’s Appledore Arts Festival should be an oceanic delight. From all around the world Alison Murray, a textile artist, has been receiving knitted sea creatures, lighthouses, and deep-sea divers, to be included in her project, Above and Below the Waves. When Appledore Sub Aqua Club heard about the knitted homage to their beloved coastline, they took it to the extreme and staged an underwater knitting circle. That’s right, they dove into the sea and knitted. The photos of this are part of Alison’s exhibit. I’ve heard of underwater basket weaving but underwater knitting circle is much more awesome, not to mention extreme.
World Record Union Jack
Ali Aldridge from Bristol might have a knitting world record. She may have the largest knitted Union Jack flag in the world. The flag is a memorial to her nephew who was killed in action. She started the flag a few months after her nephew, Rifleman Will Aldridge, 18, died. Ali got the project up and running then appealed to other knitters to help. About 50 people sent her squares resulting in a flag that is 13ft by 9ft composed of 736 individual squares. They are waiting to hear from Guinness World Records as to whether the memorial flag is the biggest in the world.
What Do You Get When…
…You put 937 knitters in a room to simultaneously knit? A world record. The most sought after world record in the news actually. Several groups of knitters are stating their intentions to claim the world record for The Most People Knitting Simultaneously. Toronto groups, Streetknit, Wise Daughters, and That’s Women’s Work have teamed up to try it. The Sock Summit is hoping as well to gain this prestigious title in Oregon. Then we have our friends from Cambridge who in September are covering their bridge with knitting, but first want to be the record holders. These are not the only groups with world record dreams. I can’t wait to see who will come out victorious. There’s nothing like a friendly competition among knitters. Good luck to all the groups aiming for the world record. World record aspirations and extreme knitting, there’s no such thing as a dull moment in the lives of knitters.