Friday, 28 August 2015

10 Interesting Facts about Knitting

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.

10The 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.
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Starting in September 2015, we are going to start charging a $2 sitting fee at all our Sit and Knit sessions.  All monies collected will be donated to various causes:

September 2015: Alliston Humane Society for Dog Food
October 2015: Alliston Humane Society for Cat Food
November 2015: Alliston Food Bank
December 2015: My Sister's Place, Alliston

All are worthy causes you will agree, and all could do with that extra help?  Of course $2 is only a suggestion, if you want to give more, or less that is fine.  However the more money we raise the more animals and people we can help.

Image result for RavelympicsKnit and Sit sessions are:

Tuesday knit and sit 10:30 am to  2:30 pm
Thursday knit and sit 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Friday knit and sit 7 pm to 9 pm
Saturday knit and sit 1 pm to 4 pm


  1. very interesting! just look at the size of those needles! how on earth did she manage to knit with them lol :)

  2. Some interesting facts there & what a great idea to raise funds for worthy causes.

    Hazel is from the Shetlands & I'm lucky enough to be visiting there in a couple of weeks. Hope to see some of the heritage Shetland knitting at the Shetland Museum.