A World Record Knit and Run
Back in January I blogged about Knitting World Records. The words “Knitting” and “World Records” might usually conjure up ideas like the longest scarf or the longest sitting spent knitting, but there were lots of wacky World Records! Last year David Babcock, a Graphic Design Professor at the University of Central Missouri, USA, became the World Record holder for the longest scarf knit while running a marathon! In October 2013 Babcock took five hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds to run the Kansas City marathon whilst knitting a scarf which measured just under 12ft 1.75 inches. But one World Record just isn’t enough for him.
This year, Babcock is aiming to set another World Record for knitting and running – this time he’ll be racing to complete the New York City marathon whilst finger knitting! “I’m going to be running in the New York City marathon and security is really tight, for good reason, and I couldn’t bring tools. They said no knitting needles, no crochet hooks, so it has to be something else. So I decided I’d use my fingers and invent my own way of finger knitting to make that work,” he told Fox 4 news. Babcock will be knitting a record-breaking scarf using blue and gold yarn – the colours of The Kansas City Royals, an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. But he won’t only be running in support of his favourite baseball team or for a new World Record title – Babcock will be running for charity. Sponsorship money that he raises will go towards Alzeimer’s research. And of course, half of this World Record is down to the knitting!
The finger-knitted scarf and others which have been lovingly created by David, will be sold with the proceeds also going to Alzeimer’s research. I’ve found an exclusive video on YouTube (so far there have been only 4 views), which gives you a sneakypeak of Babcock in training for his exciting new finger knitting World Record attempt!
Good luck David! The 26.2 mile-long New York City marathon will take place on Sunday, 2nd November 2014, so we’ll keep you posted with how Babcock does after the event.
Last updated: October 22nd, 2014.