Do you wince when you see someone “acting” knitting or crochet in a TV show or movie? A needle or hook is stabbed randomly at a piece that up to that point has been beautifully produced by someone who knows what they are doing. The random stabbing is accompanied by some yarn pulling or waving, the yarn itself being wrapped round the actor’s hand in such a way that it is more likely to cut off circulation than anything else. No wonder some people don’t understand how knitting can be pleasurable.
Later we see a “finished object” that could never have been produced using the yarn and tools seen earlier.
So when I came across a good knitting scene the other day, it was rather exciting. In the E4 show, Timeless, a central character Agent Christopher is seen knitting as she waits to see if her heroic team will survive their latest mission. She explains that knitting helps with the stress. The actress, Sakina Jaffrey, is actually knitting but the characters describes herself as knitting badly. It turns out that Jaffrey wanted this line included because she didn’t want to suggest she was knitting at an expert level.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip of this scene but I did find a couple of other examples of realistic knitting that you might enjoy.
In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn is seen working on a large red project. What is so pleasing is that not only does the actress know how to make a stitch but the way she holds her knitting as she moves about her apartment look natural and normal. In the clip here look out for her improvised yarn bowl and a familiar example of yarn escaping the ball.
Meanwhile, Fargo features one of my favourite simple knitting scenes with actress Kristin Rudrud knitting away happily as she watches her TV and then even continuing to stitch as she stares out at a masked man approaching her house.
What good and awful examples of knitting in movies and TV programmes have you spotted? Please tell us in the comments.