Archive for July, 2012

The Largest Knitting Needles in the World!

Jul 24

Size 150 - Largets Addi Turbo Circular Knitting Needles
Giant Circs on display at Paradise Fibers!
Paradise Fibers, 225 W. Indiana, Spokane, WA 99205

Julia Hopson and Knitting with the Largest Knitting Needls in the WorldThe above Addi Turbos (circular knitting needles) are on display at Paradise Fibers located in Spokane, Washington! They were custom built for Paradise Fibers by metal artist Tim Biggs to Addi specifications all the way down to the nickel-plated tips. They are Size 150, 7 feet tall, and weigh 56 pounds. I’m curious what diameter those needles actually are!

According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the largest knitting needles in the world are from the U.K.. They measure 3.5m long and have a diameter of 8 cm. That’s about 12ft tall and 3.15 in. in diameter. On March 10, 2008, Ingrid Wagner used the needles to knit a 10 sts x 10 row tension square at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Right: Julia Hopson of Knit Wits knitting with one of the largest knitting needles in the world in Cornwall, England on September 23, 2006. They are 3.5 meters long and 6.5 centimeters in diameter.

Are you interested in Big Stitch Knitting?
“Big Stitch Knitting” or “Mega Knitting” is actually a form of knitting too. The needles usually aren’t so gargantuan as seen in the above but they are BIG! It’s been a popular trend recently too. Below is an example of Mega Knitting, also check out this Pinterest for some great photos on Mega Knitting and tools! Look at all the lovely knits!

I personally love the look of Mega Knitting. If you’re interested in big stitch knitting, BagSmith makes lovely “big stitch” tools for both Knitting and Crochet! Don’t forget you’ll need big stitch yarn too, which Bagsmith also makes, find it here. Purl Bee has a lovely blog post on big stitch knitting! Loopy Mango, right here in NYC, carries lots of Bagsmith gear including some big stitch knits on display!


Photos via Pinterest – Fibre Arts Bootcamp and Harmonyspun.com

Dog Sweaters!

Jul 20

Here are a bunch of free dog sweater patterns I found while trolling Ravelry for some, well, free dog sweater patterns! I’ve been looking to try some for awhile but still haven’t gotten around to it. I have not tried any of the below yet but will in the near future hopefully!

Top Down Dog Sweater by Traveling Tree Designs by Jessika Lane
Top Down Dog Sweater by Jessika Lane

Hoodie Dog Coat by Bernat
Hoodie Dog Coat by Bernat

Chug Puppy Sweater by Susanne Namdar
Chug Puppy Sweater by Susanne Namdar

Shelter Me Cabled Dog Sweater by Heidi Haywood
Shelter Me Cabled Dog Sweater by Heidi Haywood $5

Norwegian Pattern Dog Coat by DROPS
Norwegian Pattern Dog Coat by DROPS Design

Buster by Berroco
Buster by Berroco Design

Ahimsa Cabled Dog Sweater by Jenna Greer
Ahimsa Cabled Dog Sweater by Jenna Greer $5

Sparky's Scrap Blanket by Lane Drogato
Sparky’s Scrap Blanket by Lane Drogato