The 2022 World Heavy Metal Knitting Championship took place in Joensuu, Finland last week. And the footage from the competition looks just as ridiculous as it did when it premiered in 2019. See the archived stream from the 2022 Championship below.
Imagine playing live only to stop playing your instrument and pick up some needles to start knitting. That’s what happens sometimes in this tournament.
The competition Facebook explains, “In heavy metal knitting, needlework and music come together like never before. On the same stage… heavy metal music and knitting shake hands. Knitting to the rhythm of heavy metal music can be compared to playing the air guitar.
This year, the British team String Thing beat their Finnish and Scottish/Indian rivals to win the 2022 Heavy Metal Knitting Championship, by euro news.
Before a German and Swedish team withdrew, a total of eight teams – including Australia, Finland, UK, Scotland/India and Japan – were in contention.
But the winning team put on a “surprising and energetic show”, the competition judges said. “Creativity was shown in many different forms – from costumes to space and stage use. … The show came off the stage as huge balls of yarn and the audience was included to have fun with the artist.”
After the first Heavy Metal Knitting Championship in 2019, the competition did not return until a virtual tournament in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But live competition was back in Joensuu this year.
The organizer, WTF Productions, calls it “the oddball of all sports, crafts and hobbies…invented during the darkest and coldest hours of the Finnish winter”.
The idea for the contest first came in 2018 after local knitters in the area were asked if it was possible to knit with your eyes closed, much like a seasoned guitarist might do when performing. on stage, to the Swedish Yngwie Malmsteen.
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