Many serious knitters are inveterate television watchers; I certainly am.
Knitting makes me feel less guilty about sitting on the couch watching TV; watching TV help pass the time when you’re knitting.
What I watch is very much affected by what I’m knitting, and what I’m knitting is very much affected by what I’m watching.
If I’m knitting something challenging – something that requires focus and attention – I’ll watch something that I’m either not very interested in, or that doesn’t require much attention. I know a lot of knitters who wholeheartedly embrace their partners’ sports addictions for this reason; if you’re not that into hockey, you can get a lot of good knitting done during the season. Me, I watch a lot of procedural mystery shows – they have a comfortably predictable structure, and if you miss a few minutes, chances are you’ll be able to figure out what’s going on. In addition, I find that I can usually get by just listening to the dialog, and therefore can look at my knitting instead of the screen.
But if I really want to look at – and enjoy – what’s going on on the screen, I need knitting that doesn’t require any attention at all.
A plain and simple stocking stitch sock works brilliantly for me for these situations. And that’s precisely what I’ll be knitting in front of the TV tomorrow morning.