Cambridgeshire knitting fanatic dreams of breaking world record for longest scarf

Margaret Cowan.

Margaret Cowan. - Credit: Archant

A long-standing patient at a brain injury centre is knitting a scarf she hopes one day will become a record breaker.

Margaret Hardy, of Cambridge, discovered knitting during arts and crafts sessions at the Headway centre in Cambridge, where she has been a regular visitor since she suffered a brain injury eight years ago.

Her colourful scarf, made from scraps of wool from different sources, is now 27m 35 cm long.

She has worked on the scarf for the past three years and likes to unroll it to see how much longer it is growing.

Mrs Hardy said: “I would like one day to break the world record for the longest scarf knitted by a single person.

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“I find knitting helpful because it is good to have something to do when you are talking to people to keep your hands occupied and it is relaxing to do as a group.”

The Guinness World Record for the longest scarf knitted by one person is 3,464m.

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It was completed after 23 years of knitting by Helge Johansen in Oslo, Norway, on November 10 2006.

Headway senior support worker Claire Hobbs said: “There are quite a lot of knitters at the centre but no one quite like Margaret.”

Headway Cambridgeshire, which was founded in 1989, supports people with brain injuries, their families and carers.

The charity has hubs in Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdon and supports people in their own homes.

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