Posts Tagged ‘Project Scarf’

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.



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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.


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:


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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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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You can now find us on Ravelry under “Project Scarf“.  Anyone out there know how I can link my blog and/or FB posts to my Ravelry group?

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Day 11

June 27,2011


I feel as though this scarf is starting to take on a life of it’s own.

And so I’m thinking it may be time to name it (her?).

After all, it (he/she) comes with me everywhere, and grows and changes, just like we do.  I need a more personal way to refer to “it”!  She has become a constant companion…

Please help me name the scarf!  Winning name gets….well, no monetary prize, but as they say in school, the honor of knowing your name was chosen!

Knit On,


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A newbie proudly displays his first row completed!

I have added a new and improved sign-up sheet for Project Scarf, which can be downloaded and printed.  (Click here to view) Anyone wishing to send a contribution, click on the “Join Us” tab to read about how you can get involved.  Please be sure to enclose the filled out sign up sheet with your sibmission.

Thank you for supporting Project Scarf!

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I received a Facebook message from Kathleen in Pittsburgh last night with a photo of 41 inches of gorgeous scarf soon to be on it’s way…she may have the honor of being the first contributor from the general public!

Our first public contribution!

Thank you Kathleen!

Yesterday was another housekeeping day in preparation for a week away in Maine visiting my dad.

So…I will be away from the Project Scarf website until about July 4th.  Blessedly, I will have no computer access and poor cell phone access.  I am looking forward to a week of no technology and lots of knitting.  I’ll see you all back here in a week!

By the way, yesterday’s scarf progress (Day 10) was about one inch…hey, it’s something!

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KnitLit Club, Haverstraw Middle School, NY

OK ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…the past few days have been difficult.  After 8 years in my school and 11 years in the district, yesterday
I had to say goodbye to my dear Haverstraw Middle School, having become one of the casualties of massive layoffs in the North Rockland School District.

I am grieving this loss; HMS has become family to me.  A supportive staff, good friends and colleagues, wonderful students and families, and my superstar KnitLit members are all things that I will miss. (Click here to visit KnitLit’s facebook page)

At the same time I am turning my face toward the sun, and the new beginnings that are being forced upon me.  An opportunity to dive into crafting again (click here to check out some of my work), grow the KnitLit Program, teach knitting, and “scarf it up” on Project Scarf.

That said, I have been delinquent in keeping you up to date on the doings of Project Scarf, which has been progressing nicely!  I take it with me everywhere now, and it’s becoming quite a conversation piece, even though it’s still just a “baby”.

Here is my journal since I last posted…

Day 3

June 19, 2011 – Father’s Day…

Today was the day we came up with the official name “Project Scarf”, after days of frustrating internet searches to discover that apparently all clever names are already in use – so we decided to just keep it straight and simple.

Length by Day’s end: 71.5″ (+32″)


Day 4

June 20, 2011

Project Scarf visits Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.  While daughter Kalliope toured the campus, I basked in the sun in a courtyard and watched the world go by (while knitting, of course!)

View of Lehman College from my knitting spot

Project Scarf goes to college

Lesson learned – remember to ask someone to snap the picture – short of growing an extra limb, it’s virtually impossible to photograph myself knitting.

Length by Day’s end: 90″ (+18.5 from yesterday)


Day 5 – Summer Solstice

June 21, 2011

Project Scarf visited HMS during Final Exams while I was reading questions one to one to a 5th grader.  The knitting seemed to have a very calming and focusing effect – student did a GREAT job!

After school, Project Scarf paid a visit to the Tomkins Cove Library, where I am a member of the Board of Trustees (and both of my kids get off the school bus there).  We got a little silly with it, but were able to spread the word to lots more folks!

Project scarf with Ann Vitale, librarian extraordinaire, at the Tomkins Cove Library

The Scarf tends to inspire a great deal of silliness – I’m all for that.  I think we all need to get silly a good deal more often.

Length by Day’s end: I was a slacker today – no clue, as I forgot to measure it.


Day 6

June 22, 2011

A momentous day, as son Phoenix graduated from Stony Point Elementary school, and is now a middle schooler!  The wheel of life rolls on…

Congratulations Phoenix! Look out world.

Project Scarf visited the after party and kept the kids company on the playground at Haverstraw Bay County Park on a drizzly day.  Betsy was eyeing some of the playground equipment for future Project Scarf photo opp’s…

In the evening, we celebrated at one of Phoenix’s favorite restaurants, The Hard Wok Buffet, in New City.

More silliness (with jello, this time) ensued…everyone should have a scarf on their head while slurping jello, don’tcha think?


(Click on the thumbnails to view larger)

My fortune:


Length by Day’s end: 101.5″  (that’s over 8 feet!)


Day 7

June 23, 2011

Very busy with year end of school stuff…no time for knitting at all 😦

My day was not complete.

Day 8

June 24, 2011

2 rows completed!

A momentous day, and sad: I say goodbye to HMS after 8 years there, and 11 years in the district.  My normal anticipation of the beginning of summer vacation was tempered this year with sadness and some anxiety, though for the most part I feel hopeful and confident that I can create an interesting new chapter.

Fittingly, I taught a bunch of kids to knit (I had a group of 3 boys and 2 girls), and they all got to bless Project Scarf with a least a few stitches!

I got some fabulous photos, but without parents’ permission I hesitate to post them.  From now on, photo releases will be included in Project participation paperwork!  (Meanwhile, KnitLit members have signed photo releases, so I CAN post this one, of wonderful Kaitlin, a second year KnitLit member!)

Kaitlin M., KnitLit member

My observation of the day was the observable benefit of knitting in certain students who are normally quite rambunctious and easily distracted (NOT Kaitlin – she’s a superstar!).  I saw amazing amounts of focus, concentration, and persistence.  Students needed to sit up straight and be aware of their limbs..attention could not (and did not) wander.  What a feeling of accomplishment these students had when they knit a complete row on their own!


decided today that I will have several scarves in progress already on needles in ziploc bags, so newbies can simply learn the knit stitch and accomplish at least a row or two for Project Scarf. Hopefully they will come away from the encounter with a newfound inspiration and curiosity to learn more, and head straight to the craft store for needles and yarn!

Length by day’s end: 130.5″ (That’s a grand total of 10 feet and 10.5 inches!)

That’s all for now folks!

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