GLENS FALLS — Carmen Cazard took up knitting about six years ago and she may have already set a record, locally at least.
Cazard, who says she is better known by “Miss Carmen,” spends time knitting while praying and watching the news. The fruits of that labor have resulted in a 108-foot long scarf, which she will display at two events during the next couple of weeks.
People can see the scarf on Jan. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 400 Glen St., and the Glens Falls Senior Center at 380 Glen St.
People are encouraged to make a donation, with all the proceeds going to the organizations hosting the display.
Cazard said she has knitted hats and blankets for Glens Falls Hospital Cancer Center and Open Arms Pregnancy Center, and she wanted to find another way to give back to the community.
“I just want to help the organizations to get more donations,” she said.
Cazard believes she has knitted the longest scarf in the city.
The record for longest hand-woven scarf is held by Cambodian weavers, working in teams, whose 3,772-foot krama (a traditional Cambodian scarf) was honored last July by a Guinness World Records official as the world’s longest.
Cazard, working alone, started her project in June and knitted about five hours a day, seven days a week — about 800 hours.
“I finished the first week of December,” she said.
She went through 15 balls of yarn.
Cazard said she is willing to display the scarf at other venues to help other organizations. It is so long she has to fold it up and carry it in a bin.
After the scarf is done “touring,” she will cut it up into normal neck-sized scarves to donate to a local charity such as the Open Door Mission.
Cazard is not accepting donations herself.
“If they say thank you, I appreciate that,” she said.