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Confirmed: The finalists for the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship. Wait–what?

Oh, those Finns. After spending so much of the year in darkness, summer brings long days and interesting ways of celebrating that. This includes the annual Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships, a prestigious competition where contestants knit while performing to metal.

The competition attracts entries from around the world. This year’s preliminary round concluded on June 15 with 12 acts from eight countries making the cut. I quote from the press release:

“During the qualifying round, the competitors shot a one-minute-long video where they displayed their knitting skills combined with heavy metal attitude. The qualification round jury — consisting of members of the organizing company and co-operating organizations — ranked the application videos by the following criteria: performance, uniqueness, attitude, and heavymetalknittinghood. Twelve best video acts will compete for the title at the online event and the finalists represent the following countries: Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, the UK, and the United States.”

Wait. Canada? Cool! Our entry is Rock Vandal and according to the event’s publicist, “We can reveal that the performance is going to take Heavy Metal Knitting to new spheres!”

Unfortunately, COVID is forcing this year’s event online instead of its usual live affair. We’ll be able to watch here on July 9 starting at 18:00 (UTC +3).

Alan Cross

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