A Series of Unfortunate Events
Knitting is a kind of magic. Every stitch that goes into a piece has within it some of the moment of when it was made. Sometimes the moments are passed in a car or plane, traveling to somewhere new. Sometimes they’re moments spent outdoors, in the sun or snuggled under a blanket. And sometimes, they are moments, lots of moments, spent on the couch, watching television.
While it may not seem as romantic or picturesque as other knitting, there is definitely something to be said for curling up with some tea and Netflix on a cold rainy evening and knitting to your heart’s content. It is with that in mind that I bring you Watch and Knit, my monthly recommendations of filmed entertainment and patterns to go with them.
I have loved Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for years. I’ve eagerly devoured every interpretation of such a lovely, heartbreaking, and complex set of stories. I fell for the books, the audiobooks (read by Tim Curry), and the movie, and now I am head over heels for the Netflix series. Angus Strathie is responsible for the costumes in the latest incarnation of the Baudelaires, and nothing caught my eye more than the hand knits the children wear.
A lot of love goes into knitting a piece for someone. And, when you see the tenderness the Baudelaires now live without, it gives the loss in every scene that much more gravity.
If you are looking for an evening that will both tear you to pieces and make you laugh out loud, I recommend giving Lemony Snicket a chance. You might be inspired to cast on a cardigan of your own for yourself or a dear loved one. May I suggest Elizabeth Doherty’s Sans Serif. Its simplicity can take you through many adventures, and it would look adorable over dresses, coveralls, and the odd disguise. Add a matching ribbon, and you’re ready to invent your way out of a tight spot.
I can’t wait to see what the next season will bring.