Looking for Visual Inspiration? Get Out Your Favorite DVD

When I’m not knitting socks, I look for something new and interesting to make. Sometimes finding a cool pattern and making it will scratch the itch for novelty. Sometimes it won’t. Recently I’ve encountered a blogger who is using shows she loves to inspire her knitting projects and I’m thinking of following in her footsteps.

Heather at Stitch Boom Bang has spent the last year designing and knitting hats based on TV shows and movies that she loves. She originally challenged herself to knit a hat for every episode of The Cosby Show but that colossal project is on hold because of the recent scandal. She has bravely moved on and found other sources of inspiration. Her latest is the holiday favorite A Christmas Story.

Alfie gets his mouth washed out with soap for using the f-bomb, and the hat based on his attire.
Alfie gets his mouth washed out with soap for using the f-bomb. Heather’s hat is based on his attire.

Knitting replicas of sweaters and hats that appear in a favorite show is not a new idea. Any knitter who is or knows a geek has made a Doctor Who scarf or Jayne’s cunning hat from Firefly. But Heather is clever. She doesn’t just copy what she sees. She uses the colors and patterns connected with the characters at iconic moments in the film to inspire her designs.

Alfie's little brother Randy. Heather used his wardrobe to inspire her hat.
Alfie’s little brother Randy. Heather used his wardrobe to inspire her hat.
Schwartz and a hat based on a hat. Sometimes you have to go with the obvious choice.
Schwartz and a hat based on a hat. Sometimes you have to go with the obvious choice.

Heather has also done a series of hats for The Shining, again making patterns based on the knitted apparel in the movie as well as some that refer to striking patterns and colors in the decor. (For those who love this idea but don’t have the time to make the hats yourself, you can purchase one of Heather’s creations on Etsy.)

I am finding myself tempted to follow Heather’s lead. When I realized she was looking at the whole movie, not just the knitwear, I started flashing on colorful images from Harriet the Spy. The kids wear some brightly colored clothes, including sweaters, but there are also great sets dripping with color and crammed with pattern. I need to sit down and watch the movie, then figure out what I might make based on the inspiration. Of course the first thing that comes to mind is socks…

What do you do when you need to shake up your crafting routine? If you had to pick a show or movie to work from, what would it be and why?


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

4 thoughts on “Looking for Visual Inspiration? Get Out Your Favorite DVD”

  1. My craft is beading, and new projects are often inspired by a thrift store garment purchase. Though I have also been inspired by photos of nature and, yes, by movies set in other time periods.


  2. Thanks so much for the kind words about my silly little hats. There are tons of pop culture related inspirations out there, and I’m glad you find potential in Harriet. I look forward to seeing what you create!


    1. The older I get, the more I realize art is about sharing who we are. If we love something, it should show up in our art. Of course, copyright issues can be hampering if the things we love are made by other people, so I think it’s great you’ve found a way to honor your loves and get some knitting in as well. Need to scoot over to Stitch Boom Bang and see the last hat!

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