KnitPro sponsored Groenewoud are up for Guinness World Record
By Mark Hayhurst 20 Jun 2017
A Guinness World record could have fallen to the KnitPro sponsored Groenewoud team from the Netherlands in the International Back to Back Wool Challenge.
The Back To Back Challenge is a competition to shear a sheep, spin the yarn and knit a jumper in the fastest time possible. The Guinness World Record has been held by the Merriwa Jumbacks team from Australia since 2004 with an incredible time of four hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds.
This year the Groenewoud team, led by the holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest knitter, Miriam Tegels, beat the record on their sixth attempt by just five minutes and 21 seconds.
Miriam Tegels for you: “I’m absolutely thrilled about breaking the Guinness World record and ever so proud of my team members achievement. I cannot emphasize enough how much this is a TEAM effort who were determined and dedicated to finally being able to break this record. I’d like to express once again our team’s great gratitude to KnitPro’s Executive Vice president, Shirish Jain, who has encouraged us and kept believing in our power to achieve this record.”
Their time is currently waiting to be ratified by Guinness World Records but it has been officially recorded by the Back to Back organisers.
Second place went to a team from Australia and a team from the USA came third. KnitPro is delighted that Groenewoud achieved such an amazing record after so many valiant attempts.