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First of all, in mentioning the length of P.S. in my earlier posts (93 feet and 9 inches, soon to be over ONE HUNDRED!), I forgot to mention that the DIAMETER is now over 18 inches (here’s proof):

3 feet across!

 

Kind of fun to see it against one of my very first photos:

And so it began...

 

Next:

Project Scarf has been to TWO theatrical productions over the past two days!

Last night, P.S. came with me and sat on a blanket at Tallman Mountain State Park in Orangetown, NY, where my star actor son played the Duke of Exeter in Shakespeare’s Henry V.  This amazing production was put on by the Children’s Shakespeare Theater, (they can also be found on Facebook) directed by the magical Diana Green.  Everyone did a great job, and it was a blissful setting for knitting and theater-going, with PERFECT weather.  If you’d like to see pictures of these talented young thespians, click here.

 

Then this afternoon, Project Scarf had the pleasure of accompanying me to the Penguin Repertory Theater in Stony Point, where we saw Shipwrecked! It will be running through September 4th, and tickets are selling fast, so if you are local, get yours soon! Many thanks to Artistic Director Joe Brancato and Executive Director Andrew M. Horn (all around cool, talented guys) for inviting us as their guests today.

 

 

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And another knitter has joined the ranks of Project Scarf:

Ann M's fuzzy artwork

 

Thanks to Ann M., of Edison, NJ, for sending our first Project Scarf section of “fun fur”!  I think I may just need to knit up some more to go with it!

Ann had this to say about Project Scarf:

“I think it’s a great idea. Good luck!”

Ann will be added to our Project Scarf “Wall of Fame“, and will have the distinct honor of bringing Project Scarf over it’s 100 FOOT mark!  (Once I attach it, my family is demanding a 100 foot party…I’m all for it.  Sounds like a great reason for a party to me!

 

Thank you Ann!

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Sorry it has been a while folks…life has been, shall we say, for lack of a better word “busy”.

Meanwhile, Project Scarf continues to grow, both in length and fellowship.  Gratitude is my word of the day, week, month, year, lifetime.  Scarves keep coming in, kind words keep coming in, and stay tuned for another article!  This one will be in OM Times, written by the fabulous and multi-talented Leila Cook.  I’ll post the link as soon as it’s up.

So, I have attached storyteller Kate Dudding’s gorgeous sections, pictured here:

Kate Dudding's P.S. submission

And then I laid out the entire scarf to measure.  First, I learned the hard way that it is best to roll it up backwards, rather than just unrolling the whole thing (which resulted in a twisted, tangled MESS.)

P.S. being unrolled for measurement

Next, I had to lay it out in sections, and actually used my husband’s work tape measure, rathy than my flimsy (TOO short!) knitting tape measure.

Measurement in progress

Next, I labeled every 10 feet, as another thing I have discovered is that my short term memory must be going.  I cannot tell you HOW many times I have lost count and had to start all over again!  And voila – we are up to…

93 feet and 9 inches!

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Here are a few other things I’ve come across over the past few days that I’d like to share with you.

My new friend Leila Cook works with Humanity Healing.  Here is how they describe themselves:

Humanity Healing is a Nondenominational Network committed to Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Healing and Growth through Education and Spiritual Activism.

Spiritual Activism is expressed by Compassion in Action.

We believe that when we help others through compassionate action, we Heal ourselves and through us, Humanity as a whole.

Humanity Healing logo

You can read about this beautiful logo by  clicking here.

Leila also writes for an online magazine called OM Times.  Their subtitle is: “Holistic Living – Spiritually Focused – Green Adventures”.  The layout is beautiful and easy to navigate – check out a sample issue by clicking here.

Some other fun random stuff:

A new blog I’m following, is called “Loom Dude“, which is a blog for guys who knit.  I’m always looking for info about grown men who knit, because I always get boys interested in joining my KnitLit Program at school, and I like to show them REAL examples of guys who knit.  (It is SO cool, by the way.)

Sense of Fashion is an online marketplace for independent fashion designers to sell their own stuff.  Here is what they have to say about themselves:

Sense of Fashion goody

The Sense of Fashion Vision
We are the marketplace for fashion.

And like any real marketplace, we are alive: upcoming designers meet trendsetter fashionistas, photographers and stylists exchange views and recommendations as fashion bloggers exchange concepts of personal style,  while shopping, selling and setting new trends.

For designers, Sense of Fashion provides an online shop with built-in marketing tools, a live clientele base and access to clear and open communication with buyers, fans and other designers.

For trendsetters and fashion fans we provide a stage to display original styles, favorite designers and shopping decisions.

To shoppers we offer a variety of unique fashion items from all over the world, and the opportunity to discover young talent just as it breaks through, as well as the chance to buy items which will one day be collector items, alongside one-of pieces, vintage and curated collections from boutique owners. 

TTFN!

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At last measure (which is NOT the most current), P.S.was up to SEVENTY SEVEN FEET AND ONE INCH!

That is the height of the Tsunami in Japan last March.

 

Phew!

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OK – I finally got an official response from Guinness.

The good news:

There IS a record for the world’s longest hand knit scarf.

RECORD 

The current record (current as at the date of this letter) is: 
The longest scarf knitted by a team measures 54.29 km (33.74 miles). It was knitted by the volunteers, friends and supporters of Ty Hafan – The Children’s Hospice in Wales. Work started in May 2002 and the scarf was measured at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK on 23 June 2005. 

The bad news:

The requirements and parameters for breaking the record are very specific, and as follows:

GUIDELINES FOR ‘LONGEST KNITTED SCARF – TEAM’

1. Needles must be 4 mm (No. 8 UK). Casting must be done in the conventional way using two needles.

2. Garter stitch must be used as this record is attempted by both beginners and accomplished knitters. (Scarves in rib stitch may be considered, but the number of stitches per row would need to be adjusted accordingly.)

3. Number of stitches per row – 66 (in garter stitch).

4. Width – 30.5 cm 12 in.

5. The knitted lengths must be firmly sewn together with wool using overstitching to complete the scarf. The scarf must not be stretched while measurements are being taken.

Problems with this:

1) I already have close to 100 feet of scarf which does not necessarily meet these requirements. Hence, officially breaking the Guinness Record would require starting all over again, and losing the wonderful momentum we are gaining daily (not to mention disappointing all the hard working contributors and supporters who have already sent contributions, or have them in progress.)

2) I hesitate to limit the requirements so much…personally I prefer the simple 5″ inch wide requirement – leaves the whole process much more inclusive and open to creativity.

So…as new friend, yarn therapist Leila Cook said to me: “Who needs Guinness when you have knitters?” (By the way, as long as you’re here, go check out Leila’s awesome blog, Peaceful Knits.)

I hope this does not slow us down, but I am content to try to break the length record unofficially…purely for the process, for the building of community, for the promotion of the art of knitting, and for the glory of being able to say “we did it!”, and then to know that all of those lovely scarves will go to help people in need.

So now, anyway, I have an actual length to strive for: Project Scarf must grow to more than 33.74 miles!  Holy cow, we’re going to need a huge team of people to lay it out and measure it when the time comes!

If anyone can do it, it’s knitters.


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OK – so my awesome 10 year old son learned to knit yesterday while we were sitting at the pool and knit his first few rows for Project Scarf in a beautiful red.

Hard at work: a study in orange and red

first rows for P.S.!

I know I’m his mom, BUT…he was honestly one of the quickest newbies I have ever taught – not only picked it up right away, but his stitches are perfectly beautiful and even…not a hole or dropped stitch in sight.  He approached the task with great seriousness and concentration, and not an ounce of frustration.

This morning he came to me with an idea…wanted to know whether beads could be stranded along the yarn and then knit into the piece.  He thought it would be cool, and make his section different and recognizable…

He’s already talking about knitting a cap.

Oh well – he comes by it honestly!

And now, Beauty gets in on the action:

Beauty stole my chair!

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