Knitting as Art: Extreme Knitting, 1000 Strands

What, you may ask, is Extreme Knitting? Apparently, it’s using gigantic (fence post size) wooden needles and hundreds and hundreds of yarn skeins. Other than creating an art piece, and a very large one at that, there seems to be no other practical use at this time. The leader of this new movement is Rachel John of England, who runs an organization called Extreme Textiles. The following video shows a record breaking knitting feat performed at the Unravel festival in 2006. It runs about 6 minutes. I wonder how much the final product weighs…..

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12 thoughts on “Knitting as Art: Extreme Knitting, 1000 Strands

  1. Shannon says:

    I just started knitting a couple years ago. That video is Amazing! Congrats on completing 1000 strands of yarn knitted together! So awesome to watch!

  2. crochet4fun says:

    That is so totally awesome!!! I wander if they really used the FO as a mattres? Maybe for Sleep Overs?!?!?! LOL!!!

  3. susanwritesandknits says:

    That looks like it hurts to do! The yarn looked so pretty when it was pulled up to the balcony, and the sun was hitting it just the right way.

  4. Pauline Cowie says:

    Awsome peice of work is it hanging somewere?
    what a fantastic idea would love to seen it over here in NZ congrats to the artists brilliant use of colors and texture.

  5. all that color!!!!! seeing it in groups and then moving up was outrageously beautiful…that to me was like freeing it…binding it up again was liking coiling all of that into hidden potential.

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