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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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Had an official e-mail recently from the folks at Guinness Book of World Records that they are backlogged due to technical problems, and I should expect to hear back from them within two weeks.

How Long IS It?

Luck o' the Scarf?

 

Meanwhile, as the scarf is now over 56 feet long, it means it:

 

* could stretch the length of a sperm whale (wonder how many times it could wrap around it?)

 

* could adorn the 50 Foot Woman, head to toe with extra length to wrap around her neck…

 

* is 17.0688 meters

 

* is about 18 yards

 

* is the length of the distance between high and low tides in the Bay of Fundy

 

* is the length of the Guinness Blob Jump Record

 

 

* the depth a snowplow needs to dig to open a road through the Japanese Alps in springtime – click here and scroll down for a cool photo!

 

Any other ideas for 56 feet?  Send ’em in!

 

Business-wise, Project Scarf moves forward.  I am looking into forming an LLC (and perhaps ultimately seeking non-profit status).  I am also working on developing school time programs and traveling educational programs for libraries, etc.

 

And, once again, a shout out to Jennifer Marsh of the International Fiber Collaborative and The Dream Rocket Project, who has been giving me some excellent guidance, and sharing her expertise. If you haven’t yet checked out her Dream Rocket Project, please do- it’s so cool!

 

Knit On, folks, and don’t forget to print and put up Project Scarf flyers!

 

Thanks!

 

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and so it grows

So I arrived home from the latest sojourn to be greeted by TWO more Project Scarf packages!

Special thanks to Pam J. from Oklahoma City, who sent 2 lovely scarf sections, totalling 64 inches in length.

Pam had this to say about Project Scarf:

“Love this idea – used up two old skeins of yarn for this – such an awesome project” 

Pam J., Oklahoma City

Thank YOU Pam, for joining Project Scarf!  You are now an official member of our Project Scarf Wall of Fame :-).

The second box was from Jennifer Marsh of Huntsville, Alabama, founder of the International Fiber Collaborative.  Please check out her Dream Rocket Project – it is SO cool, and very similar in spirit to Project Scarf.

Here’s what Jennifer had to say about Project Scarf:

Hey Betsy,


I just wanted to let you know that on my way out of Columbus, OH yesterday, I dropped a box off at the post office for ‘Project Scarf’ which I am inspired by. It is not much, but I hope something in the box helps. You will find some hand washed, carted, and spun wool in which I did during a sheep project of mine back in grad school. I have a whole bin of it that just sits unused, and thought some how it might come in handy. 

This is a picture of a performance I did after I created a ‘cozy’ type outfit out of the sheep wool to place back on the sheep after crocheted. It was a fun project, but I know that the farmer thought I was nuts. 🙂

Jennifer Marsh and her Sheep Project

(photo courtesy of Jennifer Marsh)

Jennifer sent a box filled with goodies from our wish list – it was like Christmas in July!  Inside was her gorgeous wool, an assortment of notecards and envelopes, quart size ziplocs, and some brand new crochet hooks (which I DO use for joining scarf sections).  Also, she enclosed brochures about her Dream Rocket Project, which I look forward to passing along.  Jennifer has now officially become a Project Scarf Angel.  Thank you Jennifer, and I look forward to a continued relationship!

Scarf Log

Here are the vitals since my last report:

Total Scarf Length: 56 feet and four inches!

Click here to see an updated list of the places Project Scarf has been recently!

Thanks everyone, and stay tuned…

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A few photos from Baltimore…actual convention pix to follow soon – technical glitch being worked on!

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Project Scarf accompanied daughter Kalliope and boyfriend Spencer to the Shore Leave Convention in Baltimore. Kalliope and Spencer dressed as “space hippies” from the original series Star trek episode “Way to Eden

Space Hippies

I also saw dear friend Ann, and we sat in her garden and ate quiche made with fresh picked veggies from her own back yard…YUM.

Good people, good food, lots of knitting, and silliness!

the Stats:

(I had lots of time to knit this weekend!)

As of today,

Day 25

Mon. July 11

Length: 269.5″ (= 29 feet, 3.5 inches)  (up 82″, or 6′ 10″ from last measurement!)

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The Knitting Universe ROCKS.

I sent an e-mail blast today to everyone in my address book about Project Scarf, and the response has been overwhelming.  We have a bunch of new subscribers (thank you!), and our Facebook page has grown from 11 fans to 58 (nope – make that 60!), and counting.  I am so excited, and grateful.  What a FUN fun project for one and all, eh?

Scarf Log

 

Day 19

July 5, 2011

Today was a “tech” day for Project Scarf – uploading photos and updating the blog…also produced a new flyer and designed business cards which I got for free from Vista Print.

 

Day 20

July 6, 2011

Working up all my scraps – this is the ultimate stash buster project, as one of our fans pointed out…today I am working in a cotton of pink, orange and yellow…somehow the perfect yarn for a sultry July day…

Today I also gave a beginning knitting lesson to 2 wonderful young ladies going into second grade…what fun we had, and I hope they will be future Project Scarfers!

Scarf Length: 22 feet and 3 inches!

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So here are some highlights of the travels and progress of Project Scarf since last we met…

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I have been visiting my Dad in Harpswell, Maine for a few days, and as you can see, Project Scarf came right along!

Some excerpts from Project Scarf’s Journal:

Day 12

June 28, 2011

Project Scarf hits the road for Harpswell, Maine to visit Betsy’s Dad, Lin Rodman, with Phoenix and Beauty along for company. Today the scarf is 11’8″ long (up 6.5″ from yesterday.)

Day 13

June 29, 2011

Betsy and Peter’s 20th (gulp!) wedding anniversary…a rainy morning followed by beautiful sunshine…P.S. leads an anniversary parade to the ocean:

P.S. takes the stairs to the beach

Project Scarf watches Phoenix swim

Betsy comes up with the idea to label the scarf length as she goes (thus avoiding having to measure the entire length each day, which at some point will become quite a project in itself), but also realizes that there will be a stretch factor over time.  I also came up with the brilliant idea to mark where I start in the morning so I only have to measure that day’s progress (duh.)

Day’s progress: scarf is now 14’9″ (up 37″ from yesterday.)

Day 14

June 30, 2011

Got together with my oldest childhood friend Kate Greeley today, who blessed Project Scarf with a row.  Thanks Kate!  After that we went strawberry picking – P.S. stayed at home…

Betsy oldest friend adds a row to Project Scarf in Bowdoinham, Maine.

By the end of the day, P.S. is 15’11” long.

Day 15

July 1, 2011

Project Scarf accompanies us to the tennis courts at Fulle Field in Harpswell.

Phoenix at the tennis courts

Do you think P.S. bounces?

P.S. stretches out along the net...

Scarf is now 16’8″ long…

Day 16

July 2, 2011

By day’s end P.S. is 17′ 10″ long

Day 17

July 3, 2011

On the road…P.S. takes a rest for today.  Home sweet home!

Day 18

July 4, 2011

Project Scarf has it’s first public contribution attached – with many thanks to our Facebook follower Kathleen Ganster in Allison Park, PA.

P.S. is now 21' and 3" long!

by day’s end: we have a grand total of 21′ and 3″ for fireworks viewing!

Don’t forget to check our updated Wall of Fame, Where in the World, and How Long? pages!

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