The winter Olympics came to a close this weekend and so we wanted to reflect on what was an incredible games. Team GB won a record breaking 5 medals, Norway wore some of the jazziest trousers we have ever seen and knitting took centre stage.
As much as we love the sports involved in the Winter Olympics, it is pretty fantastic to see knitting have its viral moment. Here are our Bronze, Silver and Gold knitting moments from Pyeongchang.
BRONZE – The Canadian snowboard teams uniform.
Knitted garments, although comfy, are not ideal for wearing as an outer layer in the snow. So Burton came up with the most superb way to still get that knitted style in a way that was practical. The uniform includes a knitted pattern coat and a hand-knit Canadian Heritage Sweater that was knitted by local artisans and took anywhere from 20-25 hours to produce. What we want to know is, how can we get our hands on one of these bad boys?!
SILVER – The Finnish team knitting up a storm.
It all started when the Finnish snowboard coach was spotted knitting whilst his athlete got ready to have his run. Twitter was alight with people all wanting to know ‘what was he knitting?’ and ‘How could he be knitting at such a crucial time?’ Well as it turns out the whole Finnish Olympic team are avid knitters and have been for many years. In fact they went viral for the same thing during the Sochi 2014 games. This year they are all coming together to knit a blanket for their President Sauli Niinisto’s wife, Jenni Haukio, who gave birth to the couple’s first child on 2 February. Lovely!
GOLD – Lizzy Yarnolds ‘Knitflixing’
Team GB’s very own Lizzy Yarnold defended her 2014 gold medal and once again took home the top prize in the Skeleton. What an absolute legend. To then make us love her even more she announced to the world that she celebrated in the most amazing way, by knitting and watching Netflix which has now been dubbed ‘KnitFlixing’. The two-time Olympic gold medalist said she knits strips because a pattern is too complicated but when she woke up early she didn’t know what else to do other than Netflix, Chill and Knit. She is our hero!