Professor attempts knitting marathon record

North Wales woman knitting for charity

When knitting something simple like a scarf the process can be quite methodical and quick, especially as you get into a rhythm the stitches begin to fly off the knitting needles.

The fastest way to settle into a knitting pattern is to find a comfortable space where you have plenty of room to move your arms around and ensure that your wool doesn’t get tangled up.

But this isn’t how everyone works and a new extreme knitting trend is seeing more and more people try running while knitting, requiring high levels of coordination, concentration and crafty skills.

Over in Missouri a professor has decided to combine his hobbies of knitting and distance running in order to find a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, Daily Star Journal reports.

University of Central Missouri graphic design professor David Babcock is hoping he can set a new record this weekend at the Kansas City Marathon.

He told the newspaper: “I like distance running. I am not a young sprinter, so distance running is a good thing, and finding time in the day to do a distance run, and at the same time finding time to practice knitting takes a long time, and I thought, well why not?

“Kill two birds with one stone, and try both together. I like to do crazy things like that.”

Professor Babcock went on to say that the activities are actually quite similar as “step after step after step is the same as stitch after stitch after stitch”, and after trying them together in a combination many people call ‘cardio-knitting’ he found that they went well together.

He will be trying to beat the record of Susie Hewer, who ran the Virgin London Marathon in just under six hours while knitting a scarf that measured six-feet by ten-inches long.

In order to have his record application approved the knitting process must be filmed, witnesses must watch him run and an official has to measure the scarf and the number of stitches.

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