Dr. Yarn is so well connected. He even has ties to the entertainment industry. Read on to learn more!
Q. I’ve been reading in trade magazines that there are efforts to spin off some TV shows to ones with a knitting angle. Is this true?
A. It is not well known yet, but it is true that the TV industry is preparing some pilots for release very soon. I have been called in as a consultant for several of the shows.
There are a couple of pilots that look promising. One is a spin off from House. A woman learns from her daughter that she is to become a grandmother. The distraught grandmother-to-be has knitted nothing for the baby shower. The grumpy old Dr. Knit, several interns, and other MDs try the usual things – Elizabeth Zimmerman surprise jackets, Tulip sweaters, something from Debbie Bliss – but nothing satisfies as they are just too ordinary. Finally Dr. Knit remembers a procedure he had seen when he was on a trip to Mozambique. Using his mad Kitchener skills, he grafts the sleeves from the EZ February Baby Sweater onto the Owlet sweater, and tops it off with the hood from the Wallabee sweater. It turns out to be just the ticket and the grandmother’s baby shower gift is perfectly unique. Dr. Knit has saved the day.
Another one is a spin off from Masterpiece Theatre, with a working title of Masterknit Theatre. This pilot goes into depth on how some of the world’s greatest knitters have been turned from the dark side by knitting and shows several of their greatest achievements. Famous patterns are read aloud in a sonorous voice with a lovely English accent.
Here are some that I do not recommend. One is a talk show in which young women talk about knitting something crummy for their old boyfriends. Knitting should never be used as a weapon, so I can not approve. Another one is Monday Night Knitting. It will go head-to-head with Monday Night Football. Many knitters find “watching” Monday Night Football with their significant others to be an excellent excuse for several hours of uninterrupted knitting, so the time slot is just not likely to work out.
Believe it or not they are planning some kitting ads. In one a male and a female are sitting in adjoining bathtubs knitting, watching the sun go down, and wondering if the time is right or should they continue knitting? Unfortunately, they seem to be out of synch, each one announcing in turn that they just want to finish the row they are working on, which gives the other the chance to start one more row. Predictable results ensue. At least they don’t have to worry about the side effects.*
Thanks for the good question. It shows how knitting and TV can fit together nicely, on screen as well as off screen.
*To prevent serious injury, notify your knitting ergonomist if you experience intense knitting sessions of longer than 4 hours.