Shake up your art
This is David’s bird’s eye view as he ran, holding the record for the longest knit-while-you-run scarf in 2013 – 12 feet in length accomplished in 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 27 seconds.
As the world changed, the rules changed, and David could no longer use knitting needles. Undaunted, he taught himself how to finger-knit using his fingers as his human knitting needles and knitting with heavier weight yarns. He trains for both activities at the gym! And, if you are wondering, he finger-crochets as well!
David Babcock admits that it is hard and is often asked why he does this. His answer: “because I can and it matters, plus it’s good to do hard things,” adding these life lessons:
- At those tough (toughest) moments, do not quit or slow down. Prepare in advance how you will handle the uphill climb.
- Altruism, thinking of someone else’s needs, keeps your motivation moving forward.
- Smile and keep your positivity in check. Mr. Babcock explains that “smiling is not a way to hide your pain but a way to invite others to share the load.”