Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Creative Space: TV (Only Not) Craft



Is knitting-without-looking some sort of talent reserved for the genetically privileged? Just asking, cos while I have ‘watched’ whole seasons of Spooks and Grand Designs and even an occasional DVD, I can’t recall a single plotline. I’m too busy concentrating on the knittery thing. There is one obvious advantage: I can waft through an entire non-ratings season filled with televisual repetition and everything’s shiny new to me.

Last August, the Swiss Cheese Scarf, above, measured 119 centimetres. Six months later it measures 120. While it promises everything I could wish for in a scarf: soft, drapey, mildly interesting, (although gaping holes aren’t generally the prerequisite), the endless garter stitch has become challengingly unchallenging. I can’t distract myself with a television something, because sooner or later, stitches do large and impressive dive bombs off needles. In the meanwhile, Anna has been knitting up a lace scarf beauty and I haven’t forgotten the shawl glory produced by Sooz and Suse – though I suspect I would wear ‘shawl’ as unfortunately as I do ‘beret’.

Craft floozy that I am, Swiss Cheese Scarf has been thrust to the side and I have succumbed to lacy temptation. Time isn’t exactly going spare at the moment, but a few rows during an occasional late night news broadcast, (too busy pattern-learning, so no inkling of world events since Sunday) and things are starting to speed along...



By the end of Friday Night Crime, I reckon the Lace Ribbon Scarf could be half finished. Just don’t ask me whodunnit.

Freebie Lace Ribbon Scarf pattern available here, Swiss Cheese Scarf available here (my pattern modifications to avoid tiny holes either side of meant-to-be-there holes here).

Hop on over to Kirsty’s and check in on today’s Creative Spacers...

43 comments:

Kirsty said...

I know it's possible but I can't see it in my future with either knitting or crochet.

I'm loving the colour of the soon-to-be-finished lace number.

Neen said...

Fabulously written my dear. A glorious scarf too by the way. Last night I sat down to So You Think You Can Dance and some embroidery. During the first ad break I realized I was wide eyed and open mouthed with the needle suspended mid air with not a stitch in sight...

sue said...

I actually can knit patterns whilst watching tv but still have to look every now and then. I too watched So You Think You Can Dance and I am sure by the end of it I had stopped knitting all together as it was that good. Your lace project looks quite nice so far!

Kylie said...

They are just so beautiful Tania! and I am totally with you on the TV/craft thing. We watched a DVD the other night while I was crocheting and I'm not sure what happened exactly but I did glimpse a few pretty pictures in between counting and hooking! Have fun with your lacy temptation :) K

red or gray art said...

yes . the tv and the stitches all rolled into one . i am snipping away during much of it myself . that blue is pure bliss!

Mel said...

I can't crochet and watch tv nor carry on a conversation although that was the whole point of learning - so that I could actually join the Mr back in the lounge room of an evening instead of hiding away in the sewing room. But I can beat you on the scarf - I've got one on the needles that's been there since BC - before children! Such is my love of knitting ... ;)

Love both of those exquisite creations btw but that goes without saying right?

One Flew Over said...

Hmmm...the colour of that lace creation, ringing ALL my bells x

missy_minzy said...

For you is knitting while watching the tv..For me is drawing while watching the tv. LOL
That is the reason why women are so amazing cuz we can multi-tasking better! ;)

Cherry said...

I crochet while watching and find it means I can watch the same thing twice and it's just as interesting the second time. Though don't tell my Mr as I always tell him I can do two things at once!

ginevra / occasional glimpses said...

I'm afraid I end up not watching the TV if I craft, just listening to it like a radio - but this only works with documentaries or news.

Love your photography and both scarves will be great to wear, when you finish;-)

Needled Mom said...

My grandmother used to "practice" doing it blind when she started to see the first signs of macular degeneration. She did not want to have to give it up when she was legally blind and thought if she could learn it when she could still see she would be able to carry on when she could not.

Becky said...

Simple patterns are good for TV watching, unless you drop a stitch then all bets are off :)

Cherie said...

Oh Darling, Spooks, Grand Designs and that scarf all equal more swooning ;) plus I'm still swooning over my treasure ... Thanks so much for popping by, see you next week ;) xo

MiM said...

they are both so lovely! I am especially drooly over the swiss cheese scarf :)

Kim Wallace :: Udessi said...

Ah I thought I was the only one. I don't knit but I am attempting crochet and I often have to ask my husband what happened in the movie! He finds it not so funny...

Penny said...

The new scarf is beautiful!

Pearlin J said...

I have that ribbon scarf on my queue !nice colour.

Lauren said...

My Mum can do this. She whips up beautiful jumpers while following whodunnits... sadly, the skill is not hereditary. Nor is the ability to knit beautifully. Therefore I am in total admiration of those who can -and you can!! Beautiful work!

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

They both look so gorgeous! I would love to work out a way to crochet and watch TV or even crochet and read at the same time. Wouldn't that be grand. Can't wait to see them all finished.
Sophie x

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

I am still constantly surprised at how alike all crafty folk are. All over the world there are half finished crafty projects discarded for more exciting, challenging crafty projects! Good luck with the new scarf, I hope it retains its challenge until it’s long enough to wear! I love the holey pattern, I hope you get back to it, but I know how unlikely it is that a discarded project gets picked back up in my studio!

Tas said...

Mmmm, I CAN tell you the plotlines and whodunnit. That might explain why my crochet project hasn't progresses even a centimetre in a long time. I used to be able to multitask...

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I envy people who can do the whole automatic knitting/crocheting thing.

I'm afraid for me it would have to either be Kevin McCloud or the yarn, but not both. Good luck (it looks beautiful so far!)

Vic said...

My experience with knitting is negligable, to say the very least, but something I do know: How great is Grand Designs...?! I love it but it makes me so damn jealous of English money bags' all the same. ;)

Love Sundays said...

I dont knit or crochet but I do hand piece quilts in front of the TV just so I dont feel so lazy!! I love that colour blue.

Gina said...

Just snorted beverage through left nostril. Stop being funny while I'm drinking!

claribell said...

i've found doing while watching is perfect, but no sub-titled high culture....

lisa stubbs said...

I love your beautiful photographs of your knitting, works of art in themselves!

dillpickle said...

Like I need another thing on my to knit list! But it's there now, so just another thing to look forward to!! What's the yarn? It's rather lovely.

And by the way, you must be serious about this knitting caper - I haven't picked mine up all week because it's been TOO HOT. Bleurgh.

yardage girl said...

Nice knittery - it's good to have an outlet!

Michelle said...

The Lace Ribbon Scarf looks fabulous - gorgeous colour.

To complicate the tv/crafting here the Mr flicks channels a lot and I look up to see completely different people and can't work out how they fit in the story....

Kirsten said...

They both look lovely - but I wouldn't be able to resist the lace either :)

teddybearswednesday said...

the scarf is looking absolutely beautiful. I'm a huge fan of the craft/tv or dvd thing too

Catherine said...

I'm not much of a knitter but when I give it a go it's much more entertaining while watching the TV. Love the blue of the lacy scarf!:)

Pippi creates said...

Mmm, crafting and TV watching - a favourite evening pass time. As I blog right now whilst watching Vampire Diaries. I do get the occasional annoying sideways glance from the hubby though... Nice scarves!

Kylie @ alittlereddress said...

My Mum is a genius when it comes to watching tele and knitting at the same time. Whips up jumpers/cardis for my babies in a night. Me? I can't knit at all and have to concentrate on not falling asleep while watching tele... is there any hope for me? Love your pretty scarf btw...

elly bee said...

am I happy that my green swiss cheese scarf is ready and done (and here to use). so watch tv as much as you like.
by the way, it is perfect weather here to wear the swiss cheese scarf!

Leonie Guld said...

Oh...I am trying lace knitting over here and I'm like a uncoordinated nana trying to learn to dance. K1,P1,K2 tog....I keep getting lost and starting again and swearing and reading and counting and..and...and.. Oh...Love yours tho...MAGIC!!

squareby said...

I used to listen to books on tape while trying to crochet ... and I never heard a word. Your knitting looks amazing! Completely jealous.

Nikki Cardigan said...

Well isn't your neck going to be looking gorgeous... or at least it will... soon.... soonish.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

No , Knitting while doing anything at all , even breathing , can't be genetic otherwise I'd be a whizz at it . I can do a crossword while quilting though .... if I can find the ballpoint .... and the next hexagon or the thread or ...

Sandrine said...

These are going to be really Beautiful!!So I hope you get going Madame, as I can not wait to see them all!xx

Sarah said...

I know exactly what you mean. I've refused point blank, when hubby suggests a dvd, to watch anything subtitled because there will be no way I'll have any clue what's going on with my head buried in crochet/sewing etc... Love you knitted pieces, they are going to be lovely when finished so maybe it's worth missing those tv programmes!??

Kate said...

I can knit stocking or garter without looking, but I can't count or read patterns. There are some shows that require only listening - these are usually soap operas - but most ones i like need more attention. This goes for movies, too.

Consequently, most of my media consumption is not via audio - podcasts are the answer! You can also easily rewind them or pause them when you need to count. I prefer knitting podcasts when doing complicated work, because I know they'll understand when I pause them ;P