We’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating. Norwegian television’s National Knitting Evening is a perfect program to knit along to while the family dozes off in front of the Yule log after the festive meal.
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.)
Norway lets us stream all of National Knitting Eve, in five handy chunks, right here. The narration is in English. Warning: strong language is directed at the standing record-holder, Australia (“you don’t ski, so we will have to beat you at knitting.”)
I can hear you asking, “What if I only have 3 hours and 55 minutes to watch knitting on TV on Christmas Day?”
There is a solution: if you have Netflix, watch their version. At just under 4 hours of running time, it’s the Reader’s Digest of long-form knitting television. You barely have a chance to settle in, and it’s over.
In either version, it’s pretty riveting stuff. Shearing, spinning, knitting and cheery chat galore. Enjoy!