british knitter 17 miles french knittingThere’s a really cute story from Kent Online about Sittingbourne knitter Ted Hannford, who presently holds the record for the longest bit of knitting. His piece of French knitting (aka spool knitting, performed on a little device with four nails in the top) measures more than 17 miles long.

Ted took to the spool in 1989 to use up his wife’s stash of leftovers from making Fair Isle sweaters (how’s that for love?) and says he finds it relaxing, even though the pair has lost their dining room to two six-foot-tall boxes that hold the giant piece of knitting.

An Australian knitter is trying to break the record, but at last report was about three miles behind Ted.

[Photo via Kent Online.]

By Sarah White


1 Comment so far

  1. Gail on February 7, 2013 2:13 pm

    I wonder if he plans to do anything with it, or is he making it to beat a record.

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