It's red, white and blue,
sixteen feet tall and as patriotic and you can get.
Yes, we're talking about
what may be the largest crochet American flag in the world.
It's been on display at
veteran's events for the past five years, but the flag's creator, Nancy Hilton of Athens,
has decided it's time to pass the torch, or in this case: flag.
Nancy Hilton's flag is
pretty much Patton-sized. In fact, a Patton portrayer has had his picture made
in front of it.
"I mean if you didn't know
it wasn't George C. Scott you'd think it is," Nancy pointed out.
The flag is so big that if
you unraveled it you would walk twenty miles before it became a single piece of
yarn. The first time they set it up in their yard back in 2007 it attracted a
lot of attention.
It's only about fifty
pounds, so it's not the weight that's the problem, it's just hard to handle the
frame and get the flag up into the air for Nancy Hilton and her husband Mack.
"A lady in Longview has
offered to take the flag and be custodian of the flag and do the grunt work
that Mack and I can't do anymore, so it can be displayed on patriotic days at
event that honor our veterans," Nancy said.
There's more than just the
flag; there's also crocheting representing four branches of service that go
"Each one of those
military emblems took me longer to make than that flag," Nancy revealed.
She used a Tunisian hook
on the emblems. The flag was made with a regular hook.
"I hear your wife has a
mean Tunisian hook," I said to Nancy's husband Mack.
"She does, that," he said.
"Did she ever use it on
you?" I asked.
"It's not the swinging
type," Mack clarified.
Nancy Hilton shows her
patriotism by knitting softly and carrying a crochet hook.
It took Nancy about three
years to finish the project. When the flag is displayed they hope to collect
donations for the Wounded Warriors fund.
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