World Record Broken?

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Dutch Pensioners Knit Worlds Longest Scarf

A group of residents at the Uiterjoon nursing home in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, are trying to break the world record for knitting the world’s longest scarf.

Their record breaking attempt measures 3.3 kilometers long (just over 2 miles). This is apparently about 500 meters longer than the previous record (approx. 0.3 miles).

According to the initiator Marianne Quispel, the project started out innocently enough. Mrs Quispel and her fellow residents wanted to see if they could knit a scarf in an afternoon.

Instead they ended up trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.

“We thought we’d be up to three kilometers in half a year, but with that we kind of miscalculated”, Quispel said.

In fact, it took the industrious ladies at the retirement home all of 26 months to complete the project.

Guinness has yet to officially measure the scarf, but the nursing home hopes they will get around to it soon. In the meantime, the scarf will be on display in Heerveen skating stadium Thialf.

“Then the people who worked on it can see their creation on television during skating matches.” Quispel said.

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