Heavy Metal Knitting combines two of Finland's greatest passions: heavy metal music and knitting.
Heavy Metal Knitting combines two of Finland's greatest passions: heavy metal music and knitting. Joona Kotilainen

Jumpers and Jazz has a hilarious hardcore counterpart

WARWICK'S quirkiest festival has found a hardcore counterpart on the other side of the world after striking a supportive partnership with Finland's Heavy Metal Knitting championships.

In the same month that Warwick celebrates Jumpers and Jazz in July, people in Finland will weave together two of the country's great loves: needlework and death metal music.

The HMK website describes the quirky activity - knitting to the rhythm of heavy metal music - as akin to playing air guitar.

"In heavy metal knitting, the knitter becomes a part of the band, showing their best needlework tricks as the heavy riffs echo in the background,” it says.

"The knitter takes part in the jam while their balls of yarn and knitting needles swish through the air.

Heavy Metal Knitting combines two of Finland's greatest passions: heavy metal music and knitting.
Heavy Metal Knitting combines two of Finland's greatest passions: heavy metal music and knitting. Joona Kotilainen

"What combines them both is the great joy of creativity. When playing guitar as well as knitting stitches, it is all about the pleasure of creating something cool with your hands.”

The Finish event and our own Jumpers and Jazz festival have formed an informal partnership over social media.

"We know that jazz and fibre arts are a match made in heaven, but in Finland this year they will be combining their two great loves of heavy metal and knitting,” a Jumpers and Jazz Facebook post reads.

"Taking place in Joensuu on July 11, there's just enough time to pop over to the Heavy Metal Knitting world championships, and be back in time for Jumpers and Jazz.”

Heavy Metal Knitting combines two of Finland's greatest passions: heavy metal music and knitting.
Heavy Metal Knitting combines two of Finland's greatest passions: heavy metal music and knitting. Joona Kotilainen


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