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Judge's Sentence for Road-Rage Charge: You Will Knit

'It will not be a meager amount. You have committed a serious offense'

(Newser) - When Amanda McCabe was accused in court of assaulting another Scottish woman after a road-rage incident in Dundee, she had a most unusual reaction: She bragged about what a terrific knitter she was, noting she could whip up a sweater in just a few days, Mashable reports. Clare Smith alleged... More »

Australia's Oldest Guy Knits Sweaters—for Penguins

Alfie Date has been knitting for 80 years

(Newser) - When Alfred "Alfie" Date moved into a new retirement home on the New South Wales Central Coast last year, his reputation preceded him. But it wasn't his title of Australia's oldest person that the facility's nurses were most intrigued by. "I think I'd been... More »

Man Knits 12-Foot Scarf ... While Running Marathon

Breaks Guinness world record

(Newser) - A runner in Saturday's Kansas City Marathon broke a Guinness world record ... but it wasn't for speed or distance. No, David Babcock broke the record for the longest scarf knitted while running a marathon, with a length of 12 feet and 13/4 inches, the Kansas City Star reports.... More »

Norway's New Must-See TV Stunt: Live Knitting

Settle in for hours of riveting stitching

(Newser) - In its latest experiment with live coverage of mundane events, Norway's public broadcasting network plans to dedicate five hours of air-time to an attempt to break the knitting world record. The NRK network says the Nov. 1 broadcast will be preceded by a four-hour knitting documentary. "It's... More »

Knitters Drop 'Yarn Bomb' on Pittsburgh Bridge

Warhol Bridge is looking decidedly crafty

(Newser) - More than 1,800 knitters have covered Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge with colorful yarn. Volunteers worked all weekend to attach 580 blanket-size, hand-knitted panels to the pedestrian walkways on the bridge in the city where Warhol was born. The project was organized by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, which... More »

Birth Control Advocates' Weapon: Knitted Uterus

Crafty organs sent to a dozen Arizona lawmakers

(Newser) - Critics of an Arizona proposal to limit birth control coverage have given a personalized gift to more than a dozen state lawmakers—a fuzzy, knitted uterus with googly eyes. The packages were delivered yesterday, each in a clear plastic bag labeled with a legislator's name and containing a letter... More »

10 Celebrities and Their Sometimes Weird Hobbies

David Arquette really likes ... to knit?

(Newser) - How to unwind after a tough day of attending awards ceremonies and movie premieres? Well, if you're Tom Cruise, by fencing. That's the sport Tom enjoys along with Will Smith and David Beckham, the Huffington Post notes in its list of 10 celebrity leisure activities:
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The New Graffiti: Yarn Bombing

Now your grandmother can be a vandal

(Newser) - Graffiti’s latest trend stems from a grandmotherly tradition—and it’s more likely to prompt laughter than arrests, proponents say. Yarn bombers knit sweaters and cozies for public objects from lampposts to cars to mailboxes, the New York Times reports. Victims have included the iconic Wall Street bull and... More »

'Midnight Knitter' Decorates NJ Town

Mysterious crafter decorates West Cape May park

(Newser) - The trees in West Cape May, New Jersey, don't have new leaves yet, but some of them do have knitted coverings that resemble scarves. The cozies appear overnight, and the guerrilla decorator—or decorators—are the talk of the town. "It doesn’t bother me," says one resident... More »

Fido Blankets Fur-Ever

(Newser) - Pet lovers can always keep their hounds close with blankets spun from Fido's shed fur, a quirky new product developed by a North Carolina entrepreneur, reports the Los Angeles Times. One golden retriever owner stashed her pet's sheddings for 11 years and now has a nice afghan to show for... More »

Socks Kill in Knitting Tournament

The fastest needles prevail in 800-person international throw-down

(Newser) - About 150 people were knitting for their lives last month in what organizers call the “bloodiest extreme knitting tournament” around. Based on the dorm staple Assassins, Sock Wars challenges contestants to “kill” targets by knitting and sending them socks, the Wall Street Journal explains. “I wanted a... More »

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