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Here are our favourite picks from recent crafty news items!

Not sure what to do with all those hoarded yarn scraps? Knitter Ted Hanniford has been attempting to reclaim his world record for creating the longest piece of knitting…

French knitter Ted Hanniford, of Cavell Way, Sittingbourne, attempts to get into Guiness Book of World RecordsTed Hanniford from Cavell Way has spent more than five years creating a woollen mammoth yarn which is 18.3 miles long. The 73-year-old produced the yarn using the French knitting technique, involving a spool to produce a narrow tube of fabric.

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Something to tell the boss…knitting (and other creative activities) can make you a better worker!

Want to be a better worker? Get a creative hobbyHere’s a reason to embrace your inner guitar player or secret poetry writing habit: It may be making you better at your day job. Employees who did something creative after work-like knitting, drawing or even playing a video game that required creative thinking-were more likely to be helpful and creative problem solvers on the job, according to new research from San Francisco State University.

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Check out the beautiful skills of crocheter Jin Longhua, who works to pass on her knowledge to keep the craft alive in Shanghai

Shanghai woman keeps the craft of crochet alive – CCTV News – English04-12-2014 04:35 BJT With such a large population, China is certainly proud of its diverse folk culture. One rarely seen skill called crochet was once very popular on the outskirts of Shanghai, but the stitching style is now facing the threat of disappearance. A work of art by nimble hands.

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And a fun little story, this dog statue outside a vet’s was given a yarnbombing, complete with woolly bone to eat!

Vet’s dog statue ‘yarn bombed’ by pranksters overnightConfused Kingston vet’s dog statue ‘yarn bombed’ overnight 10:40am Tuesday 15th April 2014 in News By Jon Sharman, Reporter Top: the statue with its new hat and bow tie Are you having a ruff day? This dog outside a vet clinic in Kingston is having a great time – after being yarn-bombed during the night.

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