JOENSUU, Finland( AP) — Armed with needles and a wool of coat, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening seems of drums hitting and guitars lashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland.
With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9 ” Needles, the participants shared a simple goal: to showcase their knitting knowledge while dancing to heavy metal music in the most outlandish route possible.
“It’s nonsensical but it’s so much fun, ” said Heather McLaren, an engineering PhD student who traveled from Scotland for a shot at the “world title.” ” When I examined there was a combination of heavy metal and knitting, I reckoned’ that’s my niche.’”
The competition took place in a packed square in the small town of Joensuu close to the Russian border. An eclectic group of around 200 people watched the performances, from class with young children and elderly to the less conspicuous heavy metal followers donning leather-jackets and twirling their long fuzz to the fast-paced rhythm of the music.
A niche musical genre in many countries, heavy metal is more mainstream in Finland, with various circles household names often played on the radio. Its popularity thrived further in 2006 when the Finnish circle Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest garmented as monsters.