Brain injury patient reveals lofty aims for knitting hobby

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A brain injury patient has revealed how she hopes to break a world record one day by knitting the longest scarf ever seen.

Margaret Hardy lives in Cambridge and began visiting her local branch of the charity Headway after sustaining a brain injury eight years ago, the Cambridge Times reports.

It was there that she was taught how to knit during an arts and crafts session - and she has never looked back. She started to knit a scarf using scraps of wool, but decided not to stop when she reached standard length.

Ms Hardy's scarf has now reached an amazing 27.35 metres after three years of work.

"I would like one day to break the world record for the longest scarf knitted by a single person," the keen hobbyist commented.

"There are quite a lot of knitters at the centre but no one quite like Margaret," said impressed Headway support worker Claire Hobbs of her aims.

Ms Hardy still has some way to go before she reaches that world record though, as it is currently held at 3,464 metres by Helge Johansen of Norway, something that took the Scandinavian more than two decades.

However, it is clearly not just the world record that keeps Ms Hardy adding warm wintry wools to her scarf - the craft also has a beneficial effect on her wellbeing.

"I find knitting helpful because it is good to have something to do when you are talking to people to keep your hands occupied and it is relaxing to do as a group," she explained.

This is something that is well-known by regular crafters, who often say it helps them relax. Indeed, Father Ted star Pauline McLynn recently told the Evening Herald she likes to knit to ease the stress associated with the rejection she regularly experiences as an actress.

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