Monday, April 03, 2006

Image of a Knitter

So there I was watching Grey's Anatomy, to which I am addicted, and I was all pleased to see Meredith and Izzie knitting. Izzie's character is pretty good, Meredith - not so much. Izzie makes a joke that she is knitting pieces of Meredith's sweater behind her back so she can switch them when Meredith is not looking because Meredith won't be able to live through one more bad thing in her life, and I thought that was pretty funny.

Later on, when M is at the vet - the receptionist makes a remark that since she is knitting she must be off men. Huh? I mean, she is, in the show, but why is it that the woman assumes every woman who knits is supressing something? And then - Izzie gives the sweater to a patient she likes, admitting she has worn it for three hours so it would smell like her. Okay, it was bulky yarn and thick needles but she made a sweater for an adult male in one day while working full time, and had enough time left over to wear it for three hours? I am pretty fast, but what with the whole taking time out to save lives thing, I don't think I would have made it.

Why is knitting always wrong on tv? I worked in tv, I understand the time constraints, but is it possible that not a single prop person in the entire industry has a clear understanding on what knitwear looks like? I always see someone "knitting" when the finished project on their laps is clearly crocheted. They hold their needles wrong, hold the yarn funny, and stab at it like it is the monster in a horror movie.

I have an idea for a new career - stunt knitter. If they can cut to someone else's legs for a dance scene, or someone else's fingers for a piano playing scene, then I want to offer up my hands as stunt knitting hands. I wonder what union I would have to join?

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

I wasn't really excited about the being off men comment either. Although both Meredith and Izzy were knitting kind of roughly - violently? - compared to my knit-to-relax pace. But still!

Bethe said...

I agree 100%, it's almost always just plain wrong on tv. How hard would it be for them to find just one person that knows the difference!

If you find out which union to join, let me know and I'll join too! Stunt knitter, background knitter, "woman knitting in waiting room"...

Brenda said...

You know - I only caught a few minutes of the show - but I thought the knitting looked really strange and sort of scary.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if you've received your March package yet...it was mailed a while ago! I hope all is well with you. We're nearly drowning here with rain! (uh, that's a hint!)

Have a great day!!

Anonymous said...

OOOps!...I forgot to sign that comment...

this is your Knitty SP!!

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MBT said...

Stunt Knitters Unite!

Wen said...

Stunt knitter! That's awesome!

My friend keeps calling me to go and work on Grey's and I keep saying no...maybe I should go and teach those girls how to knit? And then I could ask for a pay bump for special skills...

(BTW, the stunt knitters union would have to be SAG as stunts, actors, and background are all SAG)