A head-banging, body-slamming, tight-knitting Japanese group reigned supreme in the first ever heavy metal knitting competition held in Joensuu, Finland on Thursday.
Participants of the inaugural Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship performed by knitting to the rhythm of heavy metal music in a “fashion somewhat similar to the air guitar,” using yarn and needles in place of an imaginary guitar.
“In heavy metal knitting, needlework, and music become united like never before,” the competition’s website stated. “Knitting to the rhythm of heavy metal music can be compared to playing air guitar – which is a Finnish way to goof around as well.”
Competitors were judged according to their attitude, performing skills, their audience impact, and their “Heavyknittinghood,” the Associated Press reports.
GIGA BODY METAL, a very energetic group from Japan, was announced the winner of the competition because their performance not only delivered a “story” but also consisted of a combination of their own culture, knitting, and heavy metal. The group also captivated the audience for being both “serious and crazy, just like it should be.”
Meanwhile, Denmark’s Crafts with Ellen and USA’s 9″ Needles placed second and third place respectively.
The event, which attracted 12 groups from different parts of the globe, was attended by about 200 audience members. Aside from the winners, the rest of the finalists came from Finland, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
“Knitting is such a meditative activity but now it’s energetic and heart pumping,” Beth Everson, a performer who came from Michigan, was quoted as saying.
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🤘🤘 THANK YOU PEOPLE 🤘🤘 You absolutely, totally, undeniably, truly, certainly, surely, truly and definitely ROCKED! Here is a sneak peek and some best moments of the 1st ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships! We selected a champion, but would also like to remind that all artists, participants and organizers are winners in Heavy Metal Knitting. Keep on rocking and see you next year! Heavy Metal Knitting was organized by: @taitopohjoiskarjala, @tovarimarketing, @joensuu_idassa Suppliers of the prizes: @lietsuhotel @lankavayarnhouse Suppliers of the event: @taitokortteli and its entrepreneurs, @popkatu, @maniacabductor, SlipKnit artists, Esittävän taiteen tila ry, @gurutjoensuu, Fida secondhand Joensuu, @susirajametalclub And a big thank you to the many many many individuals who made this all possible, came to see the show and shared the word out ♥️
Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship is set to return for more heavy knitting action next year.
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