Norway prepares for live knitathon programme

Great-grandad shows knitting not just for girls (iStockPhoto)

Norwegian craft fans can look forward to an evening-long knitathon on their TV screens next month.

This is all part of the country's latest trend for 'Slow TV', which has seen them offer programming such as a fireplace burning for 12 hours and 130 hours of a cruise ship sailing live.

NRK, Norway's state television channel is due to broadcast a programme on November 1st which will show the process of shearing a sheep and transforming the wool into a knitted jumper.

It is hoped that the National Knitting Night will be able to beat the record time of four hours and 51 minutes to finish this impressive feat, beating the current Australian record.

The programme's producer, Lise-May Spissoy told NRK TV's website that several attempts to beat the record have failed, however she is enthusiastic about this latest bid.

"We've already earmarked the lamb for shearing, and are putting together the team of eight record-breakers - one will shear, while the rest spin and knit as fast as they can," she explained.

Viewers will be able to watch the process stitch by stitch live from 7.30pm that evening until it is completed, appreciating the high skill levels involved and impressive speed at which the team are going to be working.

Earlier this year Norway's slow TV trend was highlighted in the media, with academics and broadcasters called upon to try and shed some light on how these programmes were proving to be such a hit with viewers in the country.

Rune Moklebust, who is in charge of slow TV programming at NRK, told Time magazine that "this is a different way of telling a story. It is more strange. The more wrong it gets, the more right it is".

The knitting programme is sure to attract plenty of craft fans to the TV channel and could prove great inspiration for any of you looking to speed up your jumper making in time for Christmas.

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