Writing about Warehouse 13 got me thinking about TV knitting in general. There’s a certain balance you have to find when it comes to TV knitting. I find that it really doesn’t matter THAT much how complex the pattern is – though of course some things, like a row that includes p5togtbl and such nonsense, do not lend themselves to TV knitting at all – some shows are better suited than others for knitting to. Here are some of my personal examples:
Good TV knitting shows
Supernatural. This is EXCELLENT knitting telly (except maybe the brunt of season 8, which was so boring I can hardly recall what even happened). It’s exciting and entertaining enough to keep you having fun, but paced so that you can look down without really missing any of the plot. When this show was still on on Fridays, I used to watch it Sunday mornings with a cuppa coffee and have a lovely 45 minute knitting block. Good times.
Cake Boss. Perfectly fluffy nonsense. Great for lace.
Twin Peaks. Whilst a tooooootal mindtrip, this show is really quite slow. You have plenty of time to look up in order to catch weird important stuff. (Maybe don’t knit while watching the Red Room scenes, though. You’ll probably mess up.)
Okay TV knitting shows
Sherlock. Sherlock spends an awful lot of time talking at people. It’s good for when you need to look away.
Doctor Who. Preferably not a first viewing, but most of the time the plot doesn’t REAAAAALLY make sense when you think about it anyway, so it’s okay if you miss a few moments.
Warehouse 13. You might miss a few of Pete’s stupid faces or some cool purple flashing, but you shouldn’t get too lost in regards to plot.
Shows badly tailored for TV knitting
Torchwood. If only because you might miss Ianto’s zingers, which is just tragic.
The X-Files. Too much unspoken communication.
How I Met Your Mother. It’s too short. In fact, any 21-minute show is too short for knitting. You’ll spend more time watching than knitting and thus get nothing done. If you want to do it, better line up a marathon.
Just don’t even try
Lost. I’ve seen this whole series three times in its entirety; I foolishly thought I could knit along to rewatch #4. Nope. Even winding yarn is out of the question.3