Nursing home residents knit world's largest teapot covering

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The British are renown for their love of all things tea. Paying homage to the comfort beverage, residents at an English nursing home chain banded together to knit the world's largest tea cozy.

Residents at more than 300 Bupa care nursing homes from New Zealand to Spain to England sent in hand-made patches for the tea cozy—a padded covering for a teapot to keep the contents hot. Residents at Bupa nursing homes in Hertfordshire, UK, assembled the giant tea cozy, securing the seniors a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, according to the Watford Observer. The tea cozy reportedly measures nearly 13 feet tall, more than 36 feet in circumference and is comprised of 1,924 squares of wool which, if unraveled, would span more than 40 miles in length. The cozy was made as part of Bupa's annual communi-tea week, April 20-26.

Communi-tea week was started as a way to bring awareness to the plight of lonely and isolated seniors. In addition to the tea cozy, nursing home residents across England held thousands of tea parties for their community-dwelling counterparts, according to the Watford Observer.