Norway: The 'knitathon' will be televised

Generic image of knitting needles in wool

Norwegian TV is to broadcast a live knitting contest for hours on end.

The show, during which competitors will attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater - from the shearing of the sheep to the final stitch - airs minute-by-minute on 1 November. Several attempts to beat the Australian record of 4 hours 51 minutes have failed, programme producer Lise-May Spissoy told NRK TV's website. But she is enthusiastic about the Norwegian bid: "We've already earmarked the lamb for shearing, and are putting together the team of eight record-breakers - one will shear, while the rest spin and knit as fast as they can."

The television studio in Hordaland County has a month to prepare for National Knitting Night, which casts off on the flagship NRK1 channel before switching to NRK2. The network hopes it will be another hit for Norway's "Slow TV" phenomenon, which attracts record viewers to unedited fjord-by-fjord boat journeys and tree-felling. As with these programmes, Knitting Night will encourage viewers to join the party via social media.

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