WI members break Guinness World Record

WI members break Guinness World Record

Thousands of Women's Institute (WI) members have successfully knitted their way to a new world record.

The Guinness Book of World Records has revealed that 3,083 WI participants have broken the world record for the most people knitting simultaneously, clicking their needles together for a total of 15 minutes.

This event took place in May during the National Federation of Women's Institute (NFWI) Annual General Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall in London, celebrating traditional craft skills.

The record attempt saw members taking part in a quarter of an hour of dedicated knitting, each following specially made patterns promoted through the organisation's WI Life magazine.

Individual loops were later joined together, forming one long chain, symbolic of the links formed by members throughout the UK, claimed Ruth Bond, chair of the NFWI.

Ms Bond described the event as "a wonderful achievement," adding that she was really proud of the work everyone did.

"It is a great example of the bonds formed between WI members; both in their local communities and through the organisation on a national level, and it is really positive that we have all been able to celebrate traditional craft skills at the same time as celebrating WI membership," she said.

The record-breaking attempt wasn't just about the WI as it was also undertaken with support from the Crafts Council and the UK Hand Knitting Association to commemorate the Crafts Club initiative.

Any excuse to get knitters together is worth a go, especially if you can break a world record while you're at it, so why not set up your own group event?

All you need is plenty of wool, a unique pattern, needles and a good project to inspire participants.

Perhaps you could try and make the world's longest scarf or the world's largest sock?

The options are almost endless!

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