Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Eye Candy Knits - Orphan Black

Can I fangirl for a minute? A couple of weeks back I discovered Orphan Black and became instantly addicted. I'm not really a television person, I'm more of an audiobook person, but lately as I've been doing more spinning and have become a more competent knitter I've found myself watching more Netflix, as I don't need to pay as much attention to what my hands are doing. 

Hold tight - I'm bringing it back to knitting, I promise ;)

If you haven't seen it, you've probably heard about it - I'm always late to the party! It's a show about human clones - being hunted by a variety of organisations and the lead role is played by Tatiana Maslany, as are her clone 'sisters'. It's worth watching alone for Maslany's performance, each character is incredible. Warning: this is not a family friendly show! There's violence and death and lots of squeal worthy moments, but it's an incredible show, full of strong, empowered female characters - and goodness knows we need more of those on television.

The icing on the cake of what is already one of the best shows I've ever seen (am I selling it to you yet?!) is the amount of knitwear the cast wears. Not since Catching Fire have I squealed this much over knits on screen. There are some fabulous hats and several sweaters - and one of the characters is a knitter - it's only referenced fleetingly, but I'll take my knitting references where I can get them!

Here are some spoiler-free examples from season one...
Orphan Black Knitwear Stranded Blog
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Wurm by Katharina Nopp and Luuk by Annis Jones are patterns for hats similar to the one Kira is wearing above - both available as free downloads on Ravelry.
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Felix's mustard yellow jumper is a favourite of mine - a simple stockinette jumper in Donegal Tweed maybe?
Orphan Black Knitwear
I finished the third season last night and they continue to up their knitwear game on par with their storylines!

There are so many good hats in the show - which may be why I've been on a hat knitting kick recently. It definitely inspired my Slable Hat of a couple of weeks back and I have several other hats lined up to cast on in the not too distant future. After all, autumn is coming and you can never have too many hats.

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