You know knitting is big business when it makes the front page of The Wall Street Journal like it did today.
Wow. Let me just say that. WSJ meets SNL. Cool.
The gist of the article is about speed knitting. I didn't even know this sport existed. Basically, you knit stockinette stitch across a row of 60 stitches using 4mm needles and DK yarn for 3 minutes. The highest official score so far is 255 stitches in 3 minutes.
If you think you can knit that fast, perhaps you want to match wits against the competition. The article says that The Craft Yarn Council of America and the British Hand Knitting Conferederation have strict rules about competitive speed knitting. I really couldn't find out any more information about the actual competition with the little time I had available online, but I don't think I'm that speedy.
Do try this at home, kids!
Tell me how you do. My personal guess for myself will be about 180 stitches for three minutes - first time - no practicing. That's what I think. I'll let you know how I do.