Knit Flix

Friday, August 18, 2006

Crazy fast

Flying fingers set SA knitting record
By Athane Scholtz Garden Route Reporter

SOUTH Africa‘s fastest knitter is George bookkeeper Alta Tucker, who recently broke the national record by knitting 178 stitches in three minutes.

The previous record of 162 stitches was broken while competing against 70 local contestants during the Southern Cape fastest knitter competition in George last month.

“To knit that fast is really exceptional,” said The Wool Studio owner and co-sponsor Melise Richter.

“The women have all been practising very hard as the overall winner will go to England later in the year to compete against knitters from the UK and the US.”

Tucker, and her two runners-up, Elizabeth Bruwer and Joanne Jooste, will be competing in the national fastest knitter competition, sponsored by Elle Yarns, in East London at the end of the month.

Tucker, who moved to George from Tzaneen in February, said she started knitting in her early primary school years and “realised early on that I was knitting faster than most people, but my mom knitted just as fast so I took little notice”.

As an adult she often competed in knitting competitions at fetes and always won.

“You can definitely practise, but I think the really fast knitters have it in their genes,” she said.


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