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Ten interesting things about knitting.
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Jan 11, 2017 01:43:14   #
maureen ann
1. The worlds fastest knitter is Hazel Tindall from Scotland, who knits 262 stitches in 3 minutes.

2. The worlds largest knitting needle is 13ft .75in and each needle weighs 25 lbs. They belong to Jeanette Huisinga, and she had to knit a 10X10 square with the them be qualify for the title.

3. The term “Stitch-n-Bitch” has been used at least since World War Two to refer to social knitting groups. It is also the title of a 2003 knitter’s handbook. Scholars note that these social groups often act as a form of resistance to major political, social, and technological change in Western societies.

4. For the first four or five hundred years of knitting’s history, the most common knitting materials were cotton and silk, not wool.

5. Famous people who knit include Julia Roberts, Vanna White, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianna Margulies, and many others.

6. Between 2002 and 2004, the number of women knitters in the U.S. ages 25–35 increased nearly 150%.

7. Early knitting needles were typically made from bone, ivory, or tortoise shell.

8. Knitting was initially a male-only occupation.

9. A person burns 55 calories by knitting for half an hour.

10. The U.S. Olympic Committee sent a cease-and-desist letter to the knitting stating that their “Ravelympics” infringes on their copyright. The letter states that Ravelry’s afghan marathon, scarf hockey, and sweater triathlon “denigrate” the Games.

Jan 11, 2017 02:46:45   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
Thanks for sharing :)
Jan 11, 2017 02:57:37   #
laceluvr (a regular here)
Those are some crazy large knitting needles! Love Hazel Tindall & have seen her videos before. There's also a video of her knitting in slow motion so you can see her flicking technique. I use the same technique; but a whole lot slower, LOL!

If anyone is's a video of Lily Chin crocheting without looking! She's the fastest crocheter in the world & is a well known crochet & knit designer. It's an odd interview video; because they play some jazzy music in between the questions; but if you're patient, she talks about the wacky things she's crocheted in the past. She's a funny & interesting lady.
Jan 11, 2017 03:58:22   #
bettyirene (a regular here)
I don't know about number that rate, I should be skinny - but I'm not!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 11, 2017 04:21:19   #
As for #10 - the Olympic Committee needs to "get over itself" & take a chill pill.
And - if we want to get down to the nitty gritty - they're "infringing" on the ancient Greeks!
Jan 11, 2017 08:08:48   #
knitteerli (a regular here)
I can tink as fast as that on a good day.
Jan 11, 2017 15:38:56   #
bundyanne07 (a regular here)
Jan 11, 2017 18:22:46   #
Conchalea (a regular here)
Knitcrazydeborah wrote:
As for #10 - the Olympic Committee needs to "get over itself" & take a chill pill.
And - if we want to get down to the nitty gritty - they're "infringing" on the ancient Greeks!

Also, did the Tour de France committee get in a huff about the Tour de Fleece?!? I agree with you-some people are way too finicky about groups who want to participate in some way with big events.
Jan 11, 2017 18:29:13   #
I believe that today the world has gone made with its political correctness and needs to take a chill pill. I agree with no. 8. Here in Australia we are opening up yet another Knitter's Guild in Parramatta but alas the Castle Hill one has closed because of lack of interest in running it. Over here in Australia knitting and crocheting has exploded.
Jan 12, 2017 08:31:20   #
LilgirlCA (a regular here)
#5 I believe that Vanna White crochets - not knits
Jan 12, 2017 09:48:45   #
kendknitter (a regular here)
Knitcrazydeborah wrote:
As for #10 - the Olympic Committee needs to "get over itself" & take a chill pill.
And - if we want to get down to the nitty gritty - they're "infringing" on the ancient Greeks!

I totally agree. My initial reaction was "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" Plus, I'm offended that they think we're demeaning them. Most of us were probably knitting up a storm and watching the Olympics at the same time!
Jan 12, 2017 12:29:50   #
Dancin'n'Knittin' (a regular here)
bettyirene wrote:
I don't know about number that rate, I should be skinny - but I'm not!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had the same thought!😏
Jan 12, 2017 15:54:15   #
hook and line
What is the IOC's problem? Don't they know that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery?
Jan 12, 2017 22:19:17   #
PauletteB (a regular here)
Very interesting.Thanks.
Jan 16, 2017 13:49:47   #
Bunyip (a regular here)
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