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.
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.
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?