Norwegian TV Takes On Knitting Night

If you aren’t aware, the knitters in Norway had it real good recently…

What am I talking about? Well, my darling hubby was catching up on his daily news on Friday night and promptly informed me that Norwegian TV broadcaster (NRK) was going to air 12 hours worth of knitting on their local tv station, and they will make the program available for viewing globally as well.

I turned around, looked at him, and all I could muster was a confused facial expression that looked something like this:

..except of course I look much better =P

Inside my head swam this question of what 12 hours worth of knitting program meant. Is it 12 hours of various knitting related features or 12 hours of one person knitting…or what???

Knowing that look on my face, Mr Hubby showed me the news article. What made up the 12 hours of knitting broadcast is pretty much tips and tricks of knitting, a ‘How-To’ on the knitting of a motorbike cover (specifically, a Harley Davidson bike cover), and the viewers could also watch the arm of a sweater being knit LIVE. The program is supposed to have English Commentary for those who watch online, however I didn’t see any when I tried viewing a little of the broadcast earlier on. But then again, if you’re quite familiar with the language of Knit, you probably don’t need any commentary to get the gist of what’s going on.

The highlight of the program, if you can call it that, is an attempt to break Australia’s record of sheep-shearing. Let me clarify that this is no normal sheep-shearing record; it’s something called a “back to back challenge” where the wool goes off the back of the sheep and onto the back of a person. Australia’s record stands at 4 hours and 51 minutes. I have no idea at this point if the Norwegians broke that record, but if you have about that much time to spare (or if you are suffering from insomnia, say) you can view the footage of this challenge here and let me know if they did. I don’t know what you think but to me, that’s an insanely short amount of “back to back” time! I’m not even sure I can produce quarter of a sweater in that same amount of time!!!

I enjoy knitting. I enjoy doing it VERY much….but I’m not sure that I’m at the point that I would sit down and watch a 12 hour broadcast on everything knitting. I mean, it’s a very cool idea on the part of the broadcaster, and I’m sure many knitters out there wouldn’t protest to their local TV broadcaster coming up with a dedicated knitting channel…yet I’m not sure I could watch that much of knitting at one go. I would probably just pick and choose the segments that are of interest to me and watch them.

What about you, my fellow crafters? Do you think you’ll be able to sit down and watch 12 hours worth of your favourite craft on TV?

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