Slow TV: National Knitting Evening/Night
The film and TV hub that is Netflix, welcomes Slow TV and we’re thrilled two of latest additions are all about knitting.
Slow TV? What is that we hear you ask! Originating in Norway, Slow TV is a real time programme providing the viewer with a unique experience. We’re all guilty of an occasional TV or movie marathon; when we accidentally watch way more episodes or sequels than planned, but Slow TV gives the term TV marathon its true meaning… without that guilty feeling of binge watching (we’re hoping)!
These latest knitting programmes to hit the entertainment hub were first brought to light for us by an article featured on Quartz, which led us to get our binge watching brains into gear and review these shows for all you knitters out there. For further information regarding the programmes head on over to the original article by Quartz here.
Like everything there’s different categories of Slow TV, from the original relaxing train ride between Bergen to Oslo to the more informative National Knitting programmes. We can’t deny our excitement for these being added to Netflix; especially as the autumnal evenings begin to set in, it bodes the perfect time to tune in with a cup of tea and our needles and yarn.
So here’s what to expect…
Eight Slow TV programmes have been added to the sensational entertainment platform, so we’re counting ourselves pretty lucky that two of these focus on knitting, but we think you’ll all agree it’s about time our incredible craft received some on-screen coverage. The two shows featured on Netflix are National Knitting Evening and National Knitting Night. Read on to find out what we thought…
National Knitting Evening
The opening shots begin with women and men of all ages knitting in public, leading on to a glimpse of a yarn factory, bundles of yarn and a ladies home with her impressive collection of hand-knit items. We can already tell this programme has a lot to feature and we can’t wait to continue viewing.
The presenter welcomes us all to the Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum, where ladies with superb knitting knowledge and experience are attempting to break a World Record (we won’t tell you for what, that will ruin the surprise). Below you see a knitted car cover, one of the fabulous creations these knitting enthusiasts and their needles have previously created and only one of the incredible knits the programme features - there’s a ton more throughout, trust us.
National Knitting evening is host to an array of proud knitters showcasing their excellent work within the programme; filled with opinions and tips, it’s truly an enjoyable watch. And there’s even tutorials, beginning with how to cast on, encouraging viewers and newbies to join in. Although we catch a sight of the World Record attempt, the final result is kept relatively secret until the last hour, making it all the more engaging and enticing to watch through to the end.
Catwalks using vintage knits and unbelievable pattern designs, a closer look into the lives of male and female knitters, knitting designers and a glimpse into the history of the craft, plus not to forget the World Record attempt – this programme is bursting full of information and is a captivating watch, with fascinating talks from start to finish.
National Knitting Night
Again we see knitting enthusiasts of Norway join together to discuss the pastime of the industry and attempt to break a World Record! The team is built up of sheep shearers, spinners and knitters who are all on hand to shear, spin and knit wool into a men’s jumper in the quickest time. Hooked already? We definitely are, there’s nothing we enjoy more than a challenge and these ladies and gents are ready to break records!
From the word go the excitement begins and the countdown is on. With eagerness and excitement to break the World Record the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed and the whole team is having fun, creating likewise feelings for the viewers watching. Like the National Knitting Evening the programme is hosted in Norwegian, however this one we find a little easier to sit back and knit along to - the atmosphere of the entire show perhaps?
The programme makes the viewer feel as though you are part of the whole experience and the presenter is very informative with facts, going on to tell us all about the history of this knitting challenge. At the time of recording the record was held by an Australian team, doing the entire process in 4 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds; it will be a tough one to beat but this Norwegian team is determined and work hard until the end! We won’t tell you how they get on, but it’s definitely not one to miss. So what are you waiting for, open up a few hours in your diary and get your knitting essentials at the ready.
For the multitasking knitters, these shows will be great, but be warned they’re very addictive! As the programmes are Norwegian, we relied on the English subtitles, which was a slight distraction from our knitting from time to time, but it was certainly a refreshing way for us to spend an evening or two with our yarn and needles and the 12 plus hours soon flew by! Will we be re-watching? Yes, definitely, full of interesting facts, historical information and general knitting joy, these are an educational and enjoyable watch for any knitter and we look forward to sitting back and relaxing with a selection of the other Slow TV programmes. Here’s hoping this is the beginning of something great for knitting and TV!
* Images from Netflix