WWW: Wool for Insulation, Antique Sock Machine Puzzle, World Record Knitting Needles

Quickest scarf ever?

Jeanette Huisinga, yarn shop owner in Casey, IL, is trying to break the Guinness World records for Largest crochet hook and knitting needles. The needles – wood, so they’re safe for taking on a plane – measures over 13 feet long and 3.25 inches in diameter. That would be a size 200 or so, I think? The current Guinness record for the world’s largest knitting needles is 11 feet, 5.8 inches long and 3.15 inches in diameter. A very intrepid knitter from the UK, Ingrid Wagner used them to knit a 10-by-10-foot ‘tension square’ – yes, that’s right, even world record holders have to swatch! – in 2008. The video linked is fantastic, Ingrid demonstrating her giant needles on a UK morning show.

A good cause.

The LA design event, Dwell on Design, held June 21-23 at the Los Angeles Convention Center – showcases new design ideas, products, and services in conjunction with world-class home tours, exhibitions, and design speakers. This year, Dwell on Design has announced an Artist-In-Residence program, and the chosen artist is LA-based furniture designer/maker and community activist, Tanya Aguiñiga. Tanya’s work goes beyond beautiful craft as she puts it to good work helping those less fortunate. This year at Dwell on Design she will be bringing her artful and interactive process of providing handcrafted, upcycled furniture, blankets and artwork to those less fortunate. She’s partnered with the United Way and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) to create “Move-in Kits” for the 300 homeless individuals who will be placed in permanent housing in Los Angeles this June. During the Dwell on Design show event, she will be engaging with attendees to help create the components of these kits. Tanya has also put out a call for knitters to help make blankets before the show.

Reminder: This Friday’s is the annual “More Than Just a Yardage Sale” at Toronto’s Textile Museum. Rain or shine! I’ll be there Friday early afternoon – try not to buy all the sock yarn before I arrive, please. Also this weekend, on the other side of the continent, it’s the 100-Mile Fleece and Fibre Festival at the Bradley Centre, in Coombs, B.C.

We know wool is great for insulating sheep and people – turns out it’s good for buildings, too!

Great piece about a farm in Scotland using their own sheeps’ wool for insulating the farmhouse. The wool is, of course, a renewable, environmentally friendly solution – and its insulating, moisture absorbing abilities make it ideal for building insulation. It’s also much safer than many insulation materials, as it has very low conductivity, is fire resistant,and will extinguish itself if it does catch fire. (I bet I’m not the only one who’d love to get a more detailed look at that farmhouse – a beautiful building in beautiful surroundings!)

It makes socks, but how do you work it?

A maritime museum in Montrose, Scotland is looking for help with an antique sock knitting machine. It was found during some renovations, and they’re hoping to refurbish it and restore it to use. At first they weren’t even sure what it was, but a local couple was able to identify it, and provide part of the story. A local man, Andrew Freeman, who died in 1973, was an expert using this machine to produce stockings for the fishermen of the area.

Are you hosting a WWKIP event? Leave us a comment with the details and we’ll post them in our WWKIP roundup next week.

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4 thoughts on “WWW: Wool for Insulation, Antique Sock Machine Puzzle, World Record Knitting Needles

  1. becca

    My physiotherapist’s sister also uses wool to insulate her house/farm buildings (in Quebec no less!) it’s a great way to use wool from dairy sheep that isn’t really suitable for garments.

  2. Kathy

    The Northern Lights Valley Knitters guild will be knitting in public at Newcomb Park (Wasilla Lake)in Wasilla, Alaska Saturday, June 15 from 1 to 3 pm.

  3. Kim

    Knit in public on June 8th at Bookend Coffee Company inside the Everett Public Library. 2702 Hoyt Ave Everett Wa from 10am to 5pm.

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