|Knitters share their craft, try
to make biggest hat
Posted Thursday, June 22, 2006
As their needles twirled rapidly, four women
knitted strings of purple, blue and pink yarn into an ever-growing,
2-foot-wide, floppy hoop Wednesday.
It was the beginning of what the knitters hoped
would be the largest hat ever, with a pompon on its top.
“We need to find a really big head,” deadpanned
Carla Hibbard of Geneva, a knitter of four years.
After a morning rain soaked Third Street, Hibbard
and other participants in the second annual Swedish Days Knit-out on the
Courthouse Lawn were relocated to the Geneva History Center.
The event was sponsored by Wool and Co., at 23 S.
At the center, a room was filled with the hum of
three dozen women and a few men of all ages socializing. Knitters shared
tricks of the trade, competed for prizes, or learned knitting from
They also took up an attempt begun last year to
make the “biggest hat ever.”
“It’s a community hat,” Susan Mitz of West Chicago
said. “Our goal is to have people stop by and work on it — not to finish
At a table in another corner, knitting teacher
Sharon Lynn of Geneva got advice on how to instruct boys from Neil
Edmondson, husband of Lesley Edmondson, owner of Wool and Co.
“Tell them to stab it, choke it, rip its guts out,
and throw it off the cliff,” he said, accompanying each verb with a
movement of his needles, resulting in a completed stitch.
Neil said knitting helps relieve stress through
“It’s addictive,” Lynn said.
Across the room, a competition for fastest knitter
“Are your needles loaded?” Lesley Edmondson said
as the audience craned to watch. “Go.”