We at TreeHugger are having our own love affair with knitting, check out stories on World wide knit in public day organic wool sweaters, green yarns, and other eco friendly yarns, book reviews: No sheep for you, and the natural knitter, and for more extreme knitting check out these: knitted houses, a knitted river, knitted graffiti, and knitted tree sweaters. ::via article ::article at whipup ::Image: current extreme knitting world champion
Knitter Ingrid Wagner is breaking the world record for big knitting, she is using knitting needles bigger than broomsticks and knits with recycled materials to make a rug in a day. The current world champion for knitting with the biggest needles is Julia Hopson of Cornwell (see image). But this begs the question why? Not why bother breaking a world record? (that is question for a psychologist), rather why knitting? This example of extreme knitting is just one episode in an international knitting epidemic, famous people, children and hipsters are all taking up the needles. Some say it is due to the meditative qualities of knitting, for others it is a response to how we feel about the environment and mass consumerism, it is part of a broader collective urge to simplify our lives.