Did you know that “slow television” is a trend in Norway?
Apparently, Norway is known for broadcasting live programs featuring a fire burning itself out, tree-felling, a seven-hour train ride, moment-by-moment salmon fishing, and a cruise ship making its way (slowly) across the ocean. According to many, these shows reflect Norwegians’ appreciation for simplicity, their respect for the mundane, and their admiration for tradition.
Up next for slow television? Knitting, of course! Five hours of knitting, to be exact.
In an attempt to break the world record for on-air knitting, Norway’s NRK network will broadcast wool shearers, yarn spinners, and avid knitters non-stop for five hours. (The previous record is held by Australia for four hours and 50 minutes.) The show will start with the shearing of a lamb and will then proceed to cover the spinning of wool to yarn, followed by speed-knitters as they transform the yarn into a sweater.
Kristian Elster, a journalist with NRK, says that he knits while on assignment to kill time between interviews. “We have already earmarked the lamb to be shorn and started to put together the team of eight people who will be trying to break the knitting record: one to shear, while the seven remaining must spin and knit as fast as they can.”
The broadcast will air on November 1st. Good luck, knitters!