Television is arguably once again in its golden age. Technological advances and bigger budgets have translated to stunning visuals, and the creative license given to screenwriters means that stories are now more compelling than ever.
Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have also revolutionized the industry by delivering one of the holy grails of customer satisfaction: instant gratification. Not to mention, with social networking websites like Twitter allowing for real-time discussions, television programs have gained cult followings that the previous generations seldom saw.
In other words, we are freakin’ spoiled.
Anna and I are self-professed couch potatos binge-watching television aficionados. Anna had streamed Marco Polo TWICE in under 48 hours, and I personally watched all six seasons of Sex and the City in a mere few weeks.
When Anna and I decided to write about how we each started to knit and crochet, I admittedly felt a little nervous.. How and where do I even begin!? I wish I had one of those “I picked up my first pair of needles as a child and have never looked back” stories, but that’s not the case here…
As a senior in high school, I was over at my childhood best friend’s house and had noticed a gorgeous off-white scarf. I still remember the way it smelled and how it felt against the skin. I fired off a few “Where did you get that?”‘s in quick succession.
“Oh, my mom knit it for me”, she had said nonchalantly. Whaaat? I knew right then and there I wanted to make one for myself. She grabbed a spare pair of needles, some stash yarn and patiently taught me how to cast on. Needless to say, I was mesmerized!
We’re into the first week of August, and my mind is already drifting into fall. This summer has been H-O-T here in Toronto. I’m not exaggerating when I say all you can bear to stand is the time it takes to walk from one building with A/C to another.
So, you’ve spent your Sunday afternoon browsing Ravelry for that PERFECT sweater pattern and repinning all your inspirations to your “knitting” board, and the unimaginable happens. I mean, it’s like the pink unicorn of knitting – you found the perfect project AND you’ve got the yarn for it. As you skim the pattern, you notice the designer calls for 8mm needles, straight or circular. So you head over to your needle stash, doing your best not to make eye contact with the judgmental gaze of the three WIP’s waiting to be completed, and now one more decision stands between you and unfinished WIP #4 – which needles do I use for this?