Pensioner's knitting reaches 16 miles in length
Video: Pensioner Ted
A pensioner looks set to break into the Guinness World Record
Books for the longest ever French Knit.
71-year-old Ted Hannaford from Sittingbourne took up the craft
over 20 years ago after he watched his wife Rita, 64, doing it.
Ted started the record breaking knit in April 1989 and believes
he has beaten his own world record of 13.5 miles which he broke in
It has now been measured at 16 and a quarter miles
Ted will officially find out in the next few months if his
current record has been beaten.
Ted, who knits 2 or 3 hours a day, said: "I blame my wife Rita
for getting me into this. She got hold of some cotton reel and
knocked some nails into it and then showed me how to knit. I
carried it on from there."
He adds: "I found out there was a record for it in Australia,
and I beat that on my first attempt, but the next thing I knew the
guy came back and beat me.
"I then had another go and beat him again.
"At the moment I still hold the record. So as far as I know, I
am now way in front of him with what I have now added. That's if
he's not still going.
"I've got to beat the chap in Australia. I'm not going to stop
until I know he has."
Once Ted does stop he says: "I will make something with it or
raise money for charity."
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