World Record Crochet Hook, Knitting Needles on Display in Casey
Published on July 8 2013 3:21 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
Jim Bolin, Vice President of Bolin Enterprises, Inc. and creator of the World’s Largest Wind Chime and World’s Largest Golf Tee, has crafted another pair of record breaking masterpieces with the World’s Largest Crochet Hook and the World’s Largest Knitting Needles.
Following a review of materials compiled by a team from Bolin Enterprises and The Yarn Studio, Guinness World Records confirmed that at 13 ft. 0.75 in. long and 3.25 in. in diameter each, the perfectly scaled white pine knitting needles crafted by Bolin had broken the previous world record held by Ingrid Wagner of the UK of 11 ft. 5.8 in. long and 3.15 in. in diameter.
There was no existing record holder for world’s largest crochet hook; Guinness World Records confirmed the Bolin crochet hook as the first world’s largest at 6 ft. 1.5 in. long and 3 in. in diameter.
The crafting of these beautiful and unique items was far from the only requirement to meet Guinness World Records’ qualifications. Bolin made the record breaking knitting needles and crochet hook as a gift for downtown entrepreneur and business owner Jeanette Huisinga. The Yarn Studio, owned by Husinga, showcases the giant crafting tools and also a myriad of workable needles and hooks, as well as beautiful yarns and fibers.
In order to break and set the World Records, Huisinga had to knit and crochet a tension square – 10 stitches by 10 rows – with the needles and hook. Using thick, locally sourced roving (unspun wool) from Timber’s Edge Farm, Huisinga spent nearly two hours crocheting and then knitting exceptional pieces of fiber art in front of a crowd of media representatives, public, yarn enthusiasts and hundreds of elementary students who had gathered to witness the Guinness project and cheer her on at Monroe Elementary in Casey.
Following the knit and crochet events, event organizer Diane Bolin thanked the onlookers and students for their participation, and Huisinga reminded them they are never too young to knit and crochet and never too old to dream.
The World’s Largest Knitting Needles and World’s Largest Crochet Hook can be enjoyed at The Yarn Studio at 2 East Main Street in Casey.