When the NY Mets meet the Marlins on Saturday, June 5, 2010, the Stitch N’
Pitch-ers attending will be trying to make a home run of their own.
This year, as an added twist on the event, fans are invited to participate in
an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the most number of people
I googled the Guinness Book of World Records to find out what the current
record is, and discovered this record has never been set. So this will be a
very first. I did find a number of interesting records, though, that should
give us some yardstick to measure this momentous event.
I found the largest number of people simultaneously Riverdancing is currently
1032 people. I certainly hope they were dancing in a very well reinforced
building. And, although, quite a feat . . . (pun intended), this has nothing to
do with the needlearts.
At a London Marathon in 2008, a record was set by Susie Hewer for knitting
the longest scarf while running a marathon . . . a remarkable 1 m 62 cm (which
is well over 3 feet long, I believe). This same woman also holds the record for
the longest crocheted chain at 77.4 meters long. (You can do the math here.)
But this was only one woman.
The closest record I found was set in 2009 for the most men and women
simultaneously knitting in Sydney, Australia. 256 people knitted for 15 minutes
to raise money for breast cancer research.
Certainly, our Stitch N’ Pitch supporters can outdo a mere 256! TNNA’s even
giving away a free ball of yarn and crochet hook to people who want to
participate (and will teach anyone who doesn’t know how to crochet).
At the upcoming Stitch N’ Pitch event, money will be raised for the Needle
Arts Mentoring Program, as well as Needle & ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy,
both programs supported by The National NeedleArts Association. These programs
focus on healthy habits for children.
So, if you’re going to be in NYC, you really need to get to Citi Field and
help set this new record. How often do you get to be part of a real "first” . .
and have some fun with fiber at the same time.
Go to www.stitchnpitch.com for more information.