Sometimes there are nice synchronicities. The other day, I posted on Instagram a status photo of my fast-growing Metronome scarf, and someone commented that they felt like they are watching me knit it in real time. Then, yesterday, a kind reader emailed us a link to the fabulous news that, beginning on August 1, Netflix will be streaming a selection of Norway’s Slow TV programs, including National Knitting Evening (beginning on August 5). The ultimate real-time knitting adventure.
What is National Knitting Evening? Why, it’s twelve hours of Norway’s participation in an international sheep-to-jumper competition. It starts with shearing the sheep, then spinning yarn directly from the fleece (carding is forbidden). All this happens at the pace at which these tasks actually are accomplished.
In terms of sheer excitement, National Knitting Evening is right up there with the mighty trilogy, National Firewood Morning, National Firewood Evening, and National Firewood Night. (These involve–you guessed it–chopping firewood. Here’s Stephen Colbert’s review of National Firewood Night.)
I did some googling, and I have fantastic news. We don’t need Netflix! Norway lets us stream all of National Knitting Eve, in five handy chunks, right here. I’m only about a half hour in, but can report that the narration is in English. There is some trash-talking directed at the standing record-holder, Australia (“you don’t ski, so we will have to beat you at knitting.”)
It’s pretty riveting stuff. Spinning, knitting and cheery chat galore. Enjoy!
The other real-time knitting, my Metronome summer scarf/shawl/scawl, is progressing apace. Here is documentation of the moment yesterday evening when I was poised on the precipice of starting the final border stripe, in Berroco Indigo, shade Overall.
(Note: I did five stripes of Color 1, instead of the prescribed six stripes. I have plenty of yarn but I don’t want my Metronome to get too heavy.) Today I will be in the car for nine hours to bring a boy back from Vermont, and I feel sure of finishing Metronome the First. I’ve packed my precious wheel of Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton, and hope to get Metronome the Second cast on, and some solid progress made. The clever trick of Metronome’s no-cut intarsia is second nature now. Doesn’t everybody do it this way?