My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


The First Monday in October

How exactly did it get to be October, anyway? It seems like it was just May . . .

I sucked it up last night and with the help of Turner Classic Movies, finished the front of Skye. I love the movie Bell, Book, and Candle, and it made good knitting viewing. I’ve seen it enough so that I don’t have to play extremely close attention, but it holds my interest enough so that I was distracted from the boredom of stockinette stitch.

What are your favorite movies to knit by? Inquiring minds want to know!

I know what I don’t like to knit to — foreign movies with subtitles. It’s hard to read and knit if you are knitting anything other than mindless stuff. It’s funny — I can read a book and knit fairly complicated stuff, but I am unable to read movie subtitles and knit effectively.

Anyhow, on this morning’s commute, I started a sleeve. Here’s the progress for two train rides and a lunch break:


And by the way? I ordered the pattern book for Dale of Norway’s Torino sweater today, from Bea Ellis.

Forget What I Said Yesterday

Cats so do not make good editors. Lucy’s idea of helpful edits:


I told her (very tactfully, I thought) that this sort of review was unhelpful. Well, she took umbrage and is now sitting under her lamp.



  1. Favorite movies to knit by….hmmm…anything that I’ve seen a million times! But I agree – foreign/subtitles and knitting are not a good combination for complicated stuff. I like to read and knit socks at the same time – I feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone!

  2. I almost always knit or crochet when I watch any movie, but – Lord help me – I really like to knit by Lifetime Original Movies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love to find good series to knit by: Six Feet Under, Gilmore Girls, etc. We don’t have cable, so I’m always discovering new shows. My Pride and Prejudice DVDs are great when I don’t have anything new at home. But movies with subtitles or complicated plots don’t work for me–I have to watch the movie a second time.

  4. Lucy may not be a good editor, but her penmanship is excellent!

  5. I knit to almost anything I watch, unless I am watching it for some sort of assignment. I find that mindless action movies or any romantic comedies are the best – anything I don’t have to think about too much!

  6. Knitting movies? The A&E “Hornblower” movies, the first six. Gawd above, I LOVE those things for knitting movies. For spinning, it’s the Harry Potter movies.

  7. Lucy’s giving a look of disdain if ever I saw one! Be careful: she may choose to start holding prized possessions ransom for Greenies! Favorite movies to knit by? Long ones so as to reduce time away from knitting while trying to find the next flick. Lately, it’s been Doctor Zhivago and Lord of the Rings for me.

  8. Monkeygurrrl says:

    Dang, Lucy can give one EVIL evil eye!!!! I think its hard to knit and watch subtitled movies b/c you’re knitting and reading AND watching the action. At least with a book, the action is in your mind. Anyhoo, Skye is beautiful.


  9. Light romantic comedy, old masterpeice theatre series from my childhood, or hollywood classics I’ve seen a million times are my favorites. Honorable mention goes to kids movies that are being played for the umpteeumpth time. We’re about to put one on now…

  10. I like to knit to old black and white movies like Casablanca, Rio Grande, Angel and the Badman, or His Girl Friday.

  11. Don’t know why, but Back to the Future (any of the three) are what I love to knit to. Don’t own ’em so I wait ’til they’re on cable, but that’s the ticket. Maybe someday instead of buying yarn I’ll buy the trilogy … nahhhhhhhhhhh.

  12. I knit to Jane Austen movies. Love them for knitting–I know all the stories, the scenery is good eye-resting, and socks just fly while Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett are flirting.

  13. tv shows on dvd, for sure. They can fill as tiny or as much time as you need.

  14. I see others love Jane Austen, and that Pride and Prejudice, the movie, was singled out as a great movie to knit by. That one gets my vote too, but Wendy, it has to be the BBC’s 1995 production with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.

  15. The extended versions of Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter movies are my favorite to do any projects too. Isn’t the Torino pattern great? I got it and Colorado Springs on a recent trip and I was planning on knitting the Albertville sweater this winter but Torino looks like lots of fun! Happy knitting and magical “greenie” dreams for Lucy ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Another vote for Jane Austen and the romantic comedies. 24-hour Law & Order and NYPD Blue Marathons are great for spinning and knitting.

  17. she looks like she just got a haircut or something!

  18. I also love any Jane Austen movies for knitting entertainment, particularly the older (A&E or BBC?) ones which have six or so episodes. The banter is entertaining enough that I don’t have to look up, having already seen them for the scenery previously. After that, anything Merchant-Ivory, or Shakesepare a la Kenneth Brannagh.

    Lucy is SO FUNNY! I needed that today – thanks!

  19. I’ll knit in front of almost anything on television–in fact, that’s where I do almost all of my knitting. I agree with you about the subtitles, though. If I have to READ during the movie, there’s going to be a problem! But if I can mostly listen and just glance at the screen every couple of minutes–just about anything.

  20. all of the HBO series!

  21. I tried to get some Greenies for Muffin to try, but our local pet shop doesn’t have any. The sales person tried to convince me to buy a doggie Greenie and just break it up into smaller pieces. I don’t think so. Muffin wouldn’t stand for that!

  22. Definitely Pride & Prejudice and Emma – I can recite the dialogue from memory, but I never tire of the stories.

  23. I’ll knit to any DVD movie I’m watching for at least the third(!) time, subtitled ones included. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Umm, that was really helpful, Lucy. Really. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Oh I just love the “Bell Book and Candle” movie I have it amongst my collection. I also Love to knit to Carey Grant, Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
    Oh Know,did I just give away my age? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyway I have a question. Will you knit the Torino ski sweater in the round like Elizabeth Zimmermann’s technique or back and forth in pieces? I have done simple color patterns in the yoke style sweater before. I really, really like the 2005 Oberstdorf and have been wanting to knit one for awhile now as it would make a perfect winter knitting project. But for some reason these kind of ski sweater patterns and all over patterns intimidate me. What kind of tricks have you found in all your experience that makes them easier to knit?

  25. My cat would write ‘prawns’, I am sure.

  26. the original sabrina with audrey hepburn, sleepless in seattle. probly cause i know the dialogue by heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ hey that back pain thing stinks!

  27. The best movies to knit to? The Harry Potter movies! I love them but I’ve seen them (and read the books) a million times, so no paying attention. Plus, they inspire me to knit for some odd reason.

  28. Look what I saw on one of my freebie groups today..

    Free Greenies

  29. My current knitting viewing is Northern Exposure dvds. Gotta love the Chris-in-the-Morning monologues! And Marilyn Whirlwind’s knitting!

  30. Knitting and TV…my two faves!

    any one of the mystery lineup…midsomer, poirot, masterpiece theatre…and of course…Alan Smithee version of Dune.

    I noted however in my store, the greenies were sold out…Lucy must have her contacts out in Maryland!

  31. That’s is the best part of my weekend…the husband sleeps in, the new baby goes back to bed, I grab my knitting or spinning and watch things like Underworld, the Harry Potter movies, Dangerous Liasons, and The Day After Tomorrow…nothing like vampires, werewolves, magic, fantasy, deceit & manipulation, or the destruction of the planet by mother nature to spur on some creativity.

  32. Movie-wise I’d have to agree that classics are the best and most likely best since I know them by heart. I would have to say that sporting events rank rather high on my list as well.

    Did Lucy come to you knowing how to write or is that a newly acquired skill? She’s good, I like her spunk!

  33. Hi, I’m a long time reader, first-time commentor. I’m just amazed at your speed of knitting. Your projects are all very beautiful. I’m going to follow your pattern for the kitty bed. My artist friend has 6 or 8 cats, so I’m sure one of them will take fancy to a soft wool bed (maybe with fuzzy embellishments). I agree on the sub-title bit. It takes too much concentration. TCM is my channel of preference, followed by West Wing marathon on Bravo. I’m getting tempted to purchase the Torino pattern/kit.

  34. I found Greenies for canines, here in Ontario. My pet food store is ordering the feline variety for my friend ‘Tashia.
    It has been some time since you mentioned your awesome cowboy boot collection. Do you still wear them?

  35. Actually, my favorite movies to knit by are Bollywood films. 1) When the movie is 3-4 hours long, it doesn’t matter so much if I miss some of the subtitles here and there. Trust me, any new facts will get repeated. 2) The acting is so over-the-top that I can hear the emotions in the actors’ voices, even though I don’t understand their language … so I can keep an eye on my knitting without losing the thread of a scene. 3) Musical interludes are also great for checking my work–I’m perfectly happy to listen to the tunes without reading every single line of the lyrics.

  36. On Golden Pond is one of my favs.

    Another vote for Pride and Predjudice with Colin Firth…oh be still my beating heart!!

    I love the PBS British mysteries and comedies, there is a new mystery starting this Thursday on Mystery called Rosemary and Thyme starring Felicity Kendall that looks really cute…can’t wait!

  37. I’m with Mary — West Wing re-runs on BRAVO. But another guilty pleasure and a perfect knit-along TV candidate is ***shhh**** soap network. That day’s episodes are on from 7 to 10 here and gawd knows you don’t have to pay close attention to those — it takes a week to get through a day!

  38. martha in mobile says:

    …and her spelling is excellent, too.

    Now I can’t wait for DH to go out of town so I can watch Colin Firth in P&P. I’m just not that attractive while slack-jawed, goggle-eyed and drooling. Note to self: knit cotton washclothes while viewing.

  39. i’m a deaf knitter, so i have to watch captions on tv. this doesn’t prevent me from knitting and watching tv at the same time, though. i read pretty fast so i can pretty much switch back and forth reading captions and knitting. it’s more the fast pace (or unpredictability) of dialogue that makes me stop knitting– like west wing. they all talk so fast that i have to stop and pay attention.

    btw, i’m a first time comment-er, though a long time reader in awe of your proficient knitting and your ever-adorable cat.

  40. Susan Maurer says:

    Right now it’s the Inspector Lynley mysteries from the PBS series. I can’t wait until the DVD series arrives in the mail. Kristine had the latest book by Elizabeth George (who authored the series) on her nightstand on her blog. If I could knit and read at the same time, I’d do that, but that’s a skill I have yet to try. I’ll bet Lucy can edit and sit on your knitting at the same time, though!

  41. I’m on self-imposed yarn rationing (at least for purchases), so stop trying to tempt me with that Dale sweater. Just stop it, I say!

    There are movies that I will knit to, but I can only watch them once in a year’s time. Gone With the Wind would be an example. I can knit to foreign movies if I can persuade my daughter to read them to me, but she gets weary of that rather quickly.

    I really, really love to knit to audiobooks. I’m snotty about it, though. Nothing abridged.

  42. I second that, Snow! I love knitting to audiobooks, too (also unabridged ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, ever since I was in Junior High, I have LOVED to do any kind of craft while watching musicals. Hair, anyone? Jesus Christ Superstar? Bring it! I’ll have a FO in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. P&P with Colin Firth is my all time favorite for ANY reason and my favorite for finishing sweaters is Titanic.

  44. This is a good month to plan to knit Torino as Bea Ellis has the yarn on sale through the end of October.

  45. I love to knit to re-runs of Law and Order as well as movies that I’ve seen over and over. This weekend, it was When Harry Met Sally and Office Space on A&E.
    Lucy appears to be as addicted to Greenies as I am to wool! I’m tempted to let my cat try them as soon as the vet says she can have treats again (My little girl has IBD ๐Ÿ™ and we are trying to find a food that she’ll keep down so she can gain some weight).
    Take care!

  46. I love knitting to any of the LOTR movies. I’ve seen them so many times that I know what’s happening by listening, and I don’t feel I’ve missed anything if I have to look away to my knitting. I also love knitting to any of the history/military/documentary/nature shows my husband watches, because I really don’t want to watch them anyway. I just hang with him because it’s nice to do that, being that he’s usually sleeping in the evening while I’m watching what I like to watch.

  47. Because Lucy loves greenies so much I got some for Della – she doesn’t seem to think they are for eating at all, just batting around the floor. She also thinks kitty beds are for sprinting at, jumping on, and using to slide across the floor.
    I looked at Torino and saw some different colorways on different sites – some colors better than others – and that it is for Heilo or Falk. Do you have any experience with both yarns for comparison? Softness, drape, that sort of thing?

  48. I’ve had the Torino pattern from the same site for about 2 weeks now, I can’t stop staring at it, it’s such a neat pattern.

    And Lucy, my goodness, I think you have a Greenie addiction problem. But that’s okay, as long as you don’t eat greenies and drive.

  49. Now I’m concerned you have created an addict for greenies.
    I like Westerns!

  50. Geek alert: I knit while coding videotaped family interactions for research. Not my favorite thing to knit to, but knitting is certainly my favorite thing to make the video task tolerable!

  51. I’m another Law and Order knitter… and I will admit, I have spent some Sundays with my knitting and Lifetime TV.

  52. I used to watch the Lifetime movies all the time, but I found I was beginning to really hate men. Not many nice ones on that channel, every last one of them will sleep with your best friend when you’re in a coma. Had to quit watching it so much or I’d just get too bitter.

  53. Ah yes – Colin Firth is the only Mr Darcy I will accept! Have y’all seen that they remade P&P? I saw the trailer before March of the Penguins a few weeks ago – Keira Knightley as Elizabeth I can sit still for, but that guy they got to play Mr Darcy will never do. Never, never, never.

    BTW – Wendy, is that Lucy’s lovely behind holding up Skye’s sleeve in yesterday’s pic? ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. My favorite movies to knit by are the Thin Man series. I also recommend Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

  55. I love to knit listening to any documentary by Ken Burns. He has so much detail in the sound you don’t even need to look at the screen half the time.

  56. I knit while watching subtitled Japanese cartoons. Oddly enough, I can’t read and knit. I just get a) too sucked in b) frustrated without hands to hold the book open and flip pages.