An witty article in the Kent Online begins, “A world champion French knitter has gone to extraordinary lengths to get keep his place in the Guinness Book of Records.” They’re talking about Ted Hannaford, age 72, who knit a 17+ mile long i-cord and has a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. He’s wearing part of his colorful creation in the above photo.
Hannaford started knitting the i-cord in 1989, and at last measure it was 27,842 meters long. How does he do it? “I just sit and watch the telly and do the knitting , it comes naturally to me and I find it calms me down.”
Ted’s knitting record is an ongoing race with Aussie rival Leon Milich, but he’s believed to be about three miles ahead. A knitter herself, his wife Rita is his biggest supporter; she says “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.”