Happy Friday! I hope you have a chance to work on piles of projects this weekend. And if you need a quick refresher on just how quick and simple knitting is, check out this tutorial courtesy of The Daily Show. The next time someone suggests that you should try selling the intricate shawl you’ve been working on for a month, just remember how easy it is (and how cheap the yarn was). 😉
Slate recently ran an article about the ubiquity of granny square afghans on American television shows. It was fun to read about the origins of some of those familiar set decor pieces. The article didn’t mention one of my favorites: the granny square afghan at the home of Parks and Recreation character Ann Perkins.
During the show’s first season, it was often seen in the company of Ann’s then-boyfriend Andy Dwyer (who spent much of his time on that couch while they were dating). No matter how you feel about basic granny square afghans, those TV couches would be pretty boring without them.
I think it’s a sign of the times that silence is uncomfortable to many people. Most of us are trained multi-taskers who are used to constant bombardment with communication in various forms. I know this is true for me. It’s rare that I can sit in silence, focused on a craft project.
This leads to turning on the TV for “background noise,” occasionally picking up bits of the plot of whatever show or movie happens to be on. More often than not, I simply switch to Netflix to watch a marathon of a TV show I have already watched and love. That way, I won’t have to worry about missing out on anything if I’m not paying close attention – I already know what happens. Among my favorites for this purpose: How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Sports Night, and my beloved Downton Abbey. (Oh Downton Abbey, why must I wait until January for the next series? WHY?!?)
I’m always open to new suggestions, though. Do you have any go-to shows that you can “half-watch” while crafting?