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1600 Balls and Cones – How To Hand Knit A Mattress

It’s clips like this that remind me I don’t really have stash issues. And even if I did, I could furnish a bedroom.


Rachel John, Extreme Knitting, 1000 Strand Knit

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March 16, 2009


1 WendyB { 03.17.09 at 10:25 am }

Oh my word! That was freakin’ amazing!
I wonder if that was a world record or something.

2 Claudia { 03.18.09 at 10:57 am }

Why was she doing this? Just because? Was she trying for a record? Cool to watch but why?

I would have stopped at winding the hanks part. Wouldn’t it be so cool to have one of those hanks? You could knit such a beautiful piece with all that variation in color and texture…

3 Emily { 03.19.09 at 6:01 am }

What a waste of beautiful yarns. Was too much like a factory..

4 Beth { 03.24.09 at 8:15 am }

Those gals need some spool racks! Fascinating to watch, but it could have been done so much more easily, I think, with some big banks of spool racks.

5 Jo { 04.01.09 at 8:10 am }

It does really show up that companies will sponsor you for anything if you use a good sales technique – in this case all of the yarn companies have been taken for a ride by a silly couple of women who manage to knit half a dozen stitches using lots of threads.
What did they accomplish? A mattress? No, too small for that. Would have been more apt to describe it as an uncomfortably hard floor cushion.
Sorry – but I view this type of event as just another silly attempt to draw attention to oneself. Such an utter waste of material when you consider how many useful blankets they could have made for charitable purposes.

6 Lorraine weston { 07.07.09 at 4:24 am }

”YOU ARE AWESOME”……….what fun it must have been to be there and actually see all thoses fab yarns put together!

7 Cera { 07.08.09 at 1:34 pm }

What a great piece of art installation, right upto the point of pulling up the yarn in bunches upwards, incredibly beautiful!
It’s got a bit rediculous when the knitting started, not sure about that part!! WHY?

8 Kathleen { 07.12.09 at 4:09 pm }

I would have liked to have seen the finished product. It could have been an awesome wall hanging.

9 trudy { 11.13.09 at 8:22 pm }

I would die for that stash!

It was great to see all those beautiful threads hanging down like rainbows from the railing. I would have loved to see those thousand threads knitted usefully you could probably do your whole house as a carpet or something that would be incredible, don’t you think?

I will never be able to have that much beautiful yarn in my life but if i could i think I would like to see it as a fabric because there is nothing better than seeing your stitches come out and shine in all thier soft flowing graciousness! Aaahhh, yarn.. mmmm.

10 Lindsay { 12.31.09 at 8:16 pm }

What a waste! I’m with Jo… if someone wasn’t going to use it for something practical for themselves, at least make something for a charity.

This video actually makes me sick thinking of all the yarn they wasted.















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