We have a winner at the 2022 Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship

Fact: There are more metal bands per capita in Finland (50 per 100,000 people) than any other country on the planet. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Finns come up with some interesting ways to celebrate metal culture. This, however, is a big fringe-y.

The annual 2022 Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship was held this past weekend (July 8) in the town of Joensuu. Contestants were required to knit something (for real: they had to actually knit) while performing to a soundtrack of metal. There’s plenty of room for interpretation and the results are…interesting.

I quote from the organizers: “In heavy metal knitting, needlework and music become united like never before. On the same stage … heavy metal music and knitting shaking hands. Knitting to the rhythm of heavy metal music can be compared to playing air guitar.”

This year’s lineup included eight teams from Australia, Finland, the UK, a Scottish/Indian group, and Japan. (Germany and Sweden dropped out.) When the dust cleared, the judges declared a winner. The winner was the UK’s String Thing. Uh, yay? More here.

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