For quite some time I have been interested in which crochet hook should be crowned the World's Largest. I've actually been accumulating links on my Hooks and Stitches blog to the various articles and videos could find after exhaustive searches so that my decision stays as fact driven as possible.
Today I received the latest Talking Crochet enews with an article on this very topic. It states that "Jeanette Huisinga of the Yarn Studio in Casey, Ill., who teamed up with Jim Bolin, also a resident in this small, central Illinois town, to compete for the Guinness World Records for the largest crochet hook." They won the title and I do wish them the most sincerest Crochet-ulations. But did Guinness get it right? Their finished hook measured 6 feet, 1.5 inches long and 3 inches in diameter.
Ah, but what about Jimbo's hook? I mentioned his "Diplohookticus Jimbosei" hook in my article, "CrochetingWithDee.com: Magic Wands, Part II." Jimbo states here that his hook measured 57.87 inches long and 6 inches in diameter.
... and what about the other contender? Let's not forget about that lady in the 1955 film, crocheting with a whoppingly long crochet hook who needed an assistant to ensure her hook wouldn't be hit by passing cars ...
To help me visualize these hooks, I drew out some basic rectangles and then called my son over to help me with a bit of math. Here is what we compiled (if you right-click onto the image and select "open in new window or tab, the image should be much larger):
Based upon what we compiled, Jimbo is still the front runner. Jimbo had stated that "The wise folk at Guinness informed us that the largest crochet hook in the world
wasn't "unusual" enough to merit recognition."
I say lets ask Guinness to a rematch. Wouldn't that be fun to watch? :)