In Norway, You Can Watch People Knit For 5 Hours On TV
by Jill Pantozzi | 4:16 pm, October 7th, 2013
Any time I happen upon Big Brother, I can’t fathom how it’s still on television. It looks so boring. And then I heard about watching people knit competitively. And my mind was blown.
So apparently, Norway’s public television network, NRK, is planning to broadcast a bunch of folks attempting to break a world knitting record.
“The NRK network says the Nov. 1 broadcast will be preceded by a four-hour documentary on how the wool off a sheep’s back turns into a sweater,” according to the Associated Press. “NRK producer Rune Moeklebust said Friday that ‘it’s kind of ordinary TV but very slow, although they’ll be knitting as fast as they can.’”
They’ve dedicated five whole hours to the event to see if the individuals can beat the previous record held by Australia of 4 hours and 51 minutes of non-stop knitting. Originally, I was thinking grandmothers around the world must have beat this record 10 times over since the beginning of knitting, but the actual record involves the fastest time between the sheep to the actual finished sweater.
Producer Lise-May Spissoy told NRK TV’s website. But she is enthusiastic about the Norwegian 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.”
Previously, the network aired over 5 days of a cruise ship sailing along in the Arctic.