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Knit Wits Land's End Knitting Event a Hit!!

The Celtic Challenge Land's End V John O'Groats

THE CELTIC CHALLENGE LAND’S END/JOHN O’GROATS – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH 2005 AT THE LAND’S END HOTEL AND SEA VIEW HOTEL, JOHN O’GROATS

This was the first event of its kind to be held in Cornwall. Organised by Julia and Matt Hopson of Knit Wits wool shop (Penzance).

The event made history by linking Land’s End and John O’Groats for the first time via satellite. We could view the Scots and they could see us to make sure that there was no impropriety in the knitting competitions. We communicated all through the day via email which could be read on the screen and really added to the excitement – especially as we neared the end of the sheep to shoulder challenge.

This was made possible by fantastic technology provided by ‘actnow’ and BT the whole day was overseen by Julian Cowans from actnow.

The day was a huge success. Julia would like to thank The Cornishman for their support in this first ever event of its kind. We would also like to thank all the participants and people who came, saw and knitted!


GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

Knitting with the largest Knitting needles in the world.

This was sucessfully completed by Julia Hopson of Knit Wits wool shop (Penzance), Matt Hopson of and James Morris-Marsham (both of Zennor Gig Club).

We knitted with needles (oars) 3.9m long with a circumference of 20cm. We knitted a piece 10 stitches wide by 10 rows long with 12mm rope.

The attempt was officially witnessed by James Bladon from The Cornishman and Claire Crompton author of ‘The Knitter’s Bible’.

All the evidence now has to be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records and we await official verification from them.


SPEED KNITTING CONTEST

Congratulations to Frances Jago who won this competion for Cornwall against the Scots. She, in fact, beat the current World Champion Hazel Tindell on the day with Hazel Knitting 230 Stitches in 3 minutes and Frances knitting 241 in 3 minutes. Well done to Frances – we think a world record attempt must be in sight!

FLEECE TO GARMENT COMPETION

A fabulous effort from our Cornish team, many of whom hadn’t even met each other before this event! The challenge was to knit a jumper from a fleece in the quickest time. Carding was done by Jessica, the team of spinners was: Naomi, Barbara, Jo, Jessie, Fleur, Val, Squibbly, June and Nikki, the knitters were: Tracy, Frances, Sally, Debbie, Kym, Nicola, Daphne, Sue, Garry, Margaret, Anita, Jean, Iva and June and the sewing up was completed by Carol and Garry. If we’ve left anyone’s name out – please accept our apologies.

The rules of the event meant that only 8 spinners and 8 knitters were allowed to be working at any one time so we were grateful for a big team which allowed most people to have a break!

The Scottish were obviously well rehearsed and, not surprisingly, won this event – by about 3 hours!

We’ve already challenged the Scots to a re-match next year!


Both the piece of knitting completed with oars and the Sheep to Shoulder Jumper can now be seen in Knit Wits window – top of Causewayhead, Penzance.


CLAIRE CROMPTON AUTHOR OF KNITTERS BIBLE

Claire had an extremely successful day signing copies of her new book, meeting knitters and advising on knitting techniques. She has also kindly witnessed the Guinness Word Record attempt.


JOSH AND NIKKY BOND OF ST IVES AND THEIR COMPANY SEEDPOWER WITH THEIR FANTASTIC INVENTION ‘THE YARN SHIFTER’

Josh and Nikky’s weaving loom was a great hit not only with fellow craftspeople but also with the school children. They also had some of their fabulous garments modelled by Cornwall College, Camborne.


FASHION SHOW

This was organised by Angela Emery of Cornwall College, Camborne.
Angela lectures in fashion, theatre make-up and media.
The students modelled garments from Jaeger’s Cornish Collection, Sirdar, Debbie Bliss, Stylecraft, Seedpower etc. Their hair, which was interwoven with wool, was done by level 2 and 3 from Cornwall College, Camborne Hair Dressing and Beauty Department.

SCHOOLS

The following Schools attended Bolitho, Trythall, Sennen, St Leven and St Mary’s Church of England School, Penzance.

Julia gave the children a talk about the history of Cornish knitting and showed them a whole Organic Fleece from Bosigran Farm, Zennor donated by Cornish Natural Yarns. The children were then shown the whole traditional process of turning a fleece into a garment and were then catapulted into the present day with modern technology – the satellite link with Scotland.

Jo McIntosh, textile designer from St Ives, ran a hugely successful children’s workshop teaching the children to knit. Even the Headmaster, David Leek, from Trythall School tried his hand at knitting!!

Jo’s class has proven so popular that she has been invited back to schools to carry on the classes.


HELP THE AGED

National Knitting Week’s nominated charity is Help The Aged. During the course of the day squares were knitted for a blanket to be donated to Help The Aged. The lounge was buzzing with the sound of clicking knitting needles!



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