There are all sorts of championships. From the seemingly normal ones like arm wrestling to a little odder ones like mud running to full-on weird competitions like butt slapping championship and this: Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships. Wait, what? Yes, really. In fact, the first of the kind Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships just concluded last week at Joensuu, Finland.
I cannot make out if its is heavy metal music first or knitting, but whatever it is, Heavy Metal Knitting is a thing and we have reasons to believe it is here to stay.
But why Finland? Well, here’s why:
“Finland is the promised land of heavy metal music. There are 50 heavy metal bands per 100 000 Finnish citizens, which is astonishingly many and actually more than anywhere else in the whole world. The number of needlework enthusiasts is equally high, as according to even the most modest estimates there are hundreds of thousands of people in Finland who are immersed various kinds of needlework crafts, knitting included.”
OK… so I guess it’s a no brainer to combine the both then. And here’s how it is being competed, in case you are game enough to take part:
“Heavy Metal Knitting is about combining handicrafts and heavy metal music in a fresh way. During the Heavy Knitting World Championships, the competitors knit to the rhythm of the music in a fashion somewhat similar to the air guitar, but the available tools will consist of knitting needles and a rocking attitude!”
The inaugural championship on July 11 saw GIGA BODY METAL from Japan being crowned the winner with Crafts with Ellen from Denmark and 9” Needles from the U.S.A. taking the second and third spot, respectively. I can’t help but to notice that 9” Needles is a play at industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails’ name. Anyways, skip ahead to watch the highlight of the championships.
Images: Joona Kotilainen Tovari/Heavy Metal Knitting.
Source: Laughing Squid.