Knitting is a very popular hobby in Norway. November 1, the program Nasjonal strikkekveld (National knitting day), which starts at 7:30 p.m. on NRK1 and continues from 8:00 p.m. to midnight on NRK2, will atempt a Guinnes world record in the category “from sheep to sweater “. The broadcast lasts for at least 4.5 hours, until the sweater is finished. They will try to beat the current world record of 4 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds. Can Norway  knock out Australia’s record from 2004? When the clock strikes midnight , One man starts cutting the sheep, while seven persons wil start spinning and knitting the wool. Before the sun rises, the sweater must be ready. If no world record, this will become a record in Norway, as this has not been done in Norway before.

The program will teach you know all you need to know about knitting, with many guests in the studio. You will also learn more about the classic Selbuvott (knittted mitten with classical pattern), naturally enough, from Selbu. Knitting with two strands of different colors (two – tråbinding ) came into use in Selbu from 1856 to 1857. The new technique provided the basis for Selbustrikk and it became an important industry for the village. Selbumittens became popular both in the city and the country in general.

Selbu

Selbustrikk is still an important brand for Selbu and is known across the country. Both Per Spook and Elinor Flor has used selbu patterns in their designs. When Selbu were to select the motive for the municipal coat of arms it was natural to use the selbu rose (eight leaf rose). Selbu also erected a monument in honor of Selbuvotten.

We have talked with Inger Kristiansen, general manager at Selbu Husflid AS. She talks about knitting and Selbuvotten. “I’m very proud of our work and our traditions around knitting. I was born and raised in Selbu and learned to knit when I was about eight years,” says Kristiansen. She can also tell us about the world’s largest Selbumitten, which was made by a great team effort. The mittens was sent around town so everybody could take a turn with knitting their part. But Guinness has been delaying their results. We have properly approved naming the world’s largest knit mitten, but it’s not enough for us. We want approval for the world’s biggest Selbuvotten! So we are still waiting for a letter from Guinness. Now we have planned that the mittens will have their own glass cabinet here so that the tourists can admire them.

Inger knits a little for her own joy and relaxation, preferably in the winter, but never for sale .

Turn on NRK1 November 1. to learn more about knitting! NRK also broadcast their shows online at www.nrk.no