Boys and girls, here’s a yarn and a half to keep you entertained this week. A group of Bedfordshire-based crafters have been knitting one and purling one for the last year to make three miles of fabric for charity – and they’re only halfway through.
Maggie Evans of the Stonehenge Crafts Shop – part of the Leighton Buzzard Railway, a narrow gauge heritage line – and her fellow volunteers have been click-clacking away with their needles since 2010 to make three miles of knitting, the length of the railway itself.
Even customers using the train have lent a hand and knitted a few rows here and there.
Metre-long strips are made and later sewn together to form multicoloured blankets, which will then be given to charity once the project’s complete. Ms Evans’ trust of choice was Railway Children in India but they declined the offer of the covers, although hospices in the UK have gladly accepted.
“It seemed like a good idea at the time,” Ms Evans joked, thinking back to when it all began. “I think it will take another year or two.”
Although she has no idea how many balls the crafters have gone through in the last 12 months, Ms Evans said they are keen to receive donations of double wool, while even half balls would be very welcome so it sounds very much like Leighton Buzzard’s supply of fabric has now been exhausted.
No one can argue that three miles of knitting isn’t a lot, but it’s not quite the world record. Read on.
Edward Peter Hannaford
Back in good old 2005, Edward Peter Hannaford secured the Guinness World Record for a piece of French knitting, which stretched 13.51 miles. He apparently started work in 1989. What a trooper.
This crazy crafter’s scarf measured 2.15 miles and took 23 years to complete. Work those fingers to the bone, Helge.
Big pink bunny
Just for fun, an art group called Gelatin convinced lots of grannies to knit a 200-foot giant pink rabbit that was then deposited on the side of the Colleta Fava mountain in Piedmont, northern Italy. Apparently, it’s supposed to be there until 2025 – by which time it will probably be quite soggy and a bit gross.
- Alison Thomson: MS: the big knit (itsnicethat.com)