World champion knitter makes 17 mile rope

World champion knitter makes 17 mile rope (iStockphoto)

An international champion knitter is continuing to ensure that he holds onto his Guinness Book of Records after more than 20 years on the same project.

Ted Hannaford, 72, who is a competent French knitter, has made a colourful yarn rope that measures an astounding 17 and a quarter miles, or 27,842 metres in length, the Sittingbourne Messenger reports.

Mr Hannaford began making the rope in 1989 and has continued to add to it ever since in a bid to cling on to his prized world title.

The measurement was recorded officially by the mayor of Swale, councillor Pat Sandle and councillor Gareth Randall this week, as the knitter sought to fend off competition from his nearest rivals.

He first began making the rope 24 years ago after becoming a little concerned his wife Rita was wasting bits of wool when she was making Fair Isle Jumpers and flitting between colours to create the coloured detail on the front.

Mrs Hannaford said: "I told Ted he should knit and first of all he said 'men don't knit', but he gave in eventually."

He now competes with Australian knitter Leon Milich for the world title, but remains confident that his nearest rival won't come close to beating his impressive record, adding "at the last count I was three miles ahead of him".

The great granddad, who lives in Sittingbourne, told the newspaper that he was happy to have found such a relaxing and therapeutic hobby.

"I just sit and watch the telly and do the knitting, it comes naturally to me and I find it calms me down," Mr Hannaford said.

However, while his wife supports him wholeheartedly with his knitting project, she admitted that a lot of space in their home has had to be sacrificed to store the rope.

"I've lost my dining room as there are two 6ft high boxes in there with the knitting. We now eat our dinners on our laps, but it's worth it," she added.

French knitting is rather different to traditional knitting, as instead of needles all you need is some yarn and a spool with four nails in it to create a narrow tube shape.

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