Record breakers

If you follow me on Twitter then you may have noticed some excited live-tweeting yesterday. I was involved with no less than an official Guinness World Record attempt!

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I joined members of dedicated yarnbombing group the Craft Club at Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley as they attempted to assemble the largest ever number of individual crochet sculptures. Appeals for contributions had been going on for months, with the previous record of 4061 the figure to beat. The theme was Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree, and it proved the perfect inspiration. Crochet groups worldwide got involved and as the deadline drew near the Craft Club girls received sackfuls of fantastical creations.

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There were mushrooms…

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…hedgehogs…

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…snails…

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…rabbits…

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…owls (of course)…

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…a lot of bunting…

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…and a truly staggering number of flowers (this is just a selection).

As one of two official judges, my role was to verify the number of items in the record attempt by counting them. Yes, that’s right, all of them! Fortunately the Craft Club members’ impeccable organisation meant that everything was grouped according to type and set out in neat rows of ten, which made our task much easier.

Bv0A0VRIIAEiswiHere we are counting the acorns. Having agreed on the total for each group of items we signed the official document and moved on to the next group. The running total grew and grew…

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I can hardly believe it myself, but after taking this picture I would go on to press my clicker a further ten thousand and thirty times! Yes, that’s right, the record wasn’t just broken, it was well and truly smashed. The final display featured a whopping 13,338 items!

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And here they all are. According to the Guinness world record rules, the complete set of items had to be laid out for a full five minutes and filmed for verification, as was every part of our judging. It’s not official yet, but a great deal of care was taken to meet all the requested criteria, so confirmation from Guinness should be just a formality. Let’s hope so!

The final stage is for the yarnbomb to be taken into the garden of Little Havens Hospice and be assembled into a finished scene, which is happening as I type. I can’t wait to see it in all its glory, and I’ll be sure to share it here with you as soon as I can, so watch this space! Thanks to my pal Jane aka Knitting Image for arranging for me to be involved with such a great event.

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4 Responses to Record breakers

  1. Wow I saw this on Facebook yesterday, I was totally amazed by the number of items you managed. The little hedgehogs are toad-ally cute!

  2. triciandaisy says:

    Amazing work congratulations Tricia

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