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Norway's 12-Hour Knitting Television Program

(Photo: Steve Johnson)

Norway has, by American standards, somewhat eccentric preferences for television programming. Several months ago, it showed a 12-hour program of a fire burning in a fireplace. It has also shown an 8-hour train ride and a 134-hour recording of an Arctic cruise ship voyage.

Last Friday, the network NRK planned to show half a day of knitting. But it’s actually faster-paced that you might think. A crew planned to set a new world record for shearing a live sheep, carding the wool, turning it into thread and then knitting a sweater. It’s called the “sheep to sweater” or “back to back” challenge. The current record of 4 hours and 51 minutes is held by Merriwa Jumbucks of Australia.

Rune Moklebust, the director of the program, calls the approach “Slow TV.” Rachel Martin of National Public Radio (USA) interviewed him about it:

MARTIN: The knitting program is about to happen. Can you give us preview of that? What can we expect to see?

MOKLEBUST: The first four and a half hours will be talking about knitting in every aspect, or almost everything, because we can't fit everything in. Around midnight, we will turn the pace down, if possible. Start with a record attempt - Guinness world record attempt - of the process from sheep to jumper.

-via Marginal Revolution


I think that should be 'carding the wool'. I've competed in such a contest where the end product was woven on a loom. Hope the sheep was coated, cuz if it isn't that means 'spinning the wool in the grease'. The sheep can get very dirty (lots of 'vegetable matter', urine and poop tags) and the natural lanolin can be sticky. Makes a real mess of a spinning wheel.

Actually, it sounds kinda interesting, for us spinner/knitter types.
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I would love a "slow tv" channel. i've already had the fire log on this fall...
Thanks Daniel Kim, I think I know what I'm doing for the next - 12 hours?
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