The first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship is on! Wait–what?

Oh, those Finns. After emerging from yet another dark, cold winter, they’re determined to have as much summer fun as they can.

Yesterday (July 11), the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship was held in the city of Joensuu. The goal is to knit something while dancing and moving to metal music. Points for style, enthusiasm and outrageousness.

Why metal? Because according to statistics, Finland has more metal bands per capita than any other country on earth. For every 100,000 citizens, there are 50 metal bands.

This year, competitors came from nine countries: Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Israel, the US, Japan and the UK. (Canada! Where are you? We need to solve this knitting gap!)

Please enjoy.

The overall winner? These guys.

Photo by Joona Kotiainen

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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