Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What I'm Watching When I'm Crafting

When I'm crafting, I go through phases of working in silence, singing along very badly to music or watching all sorts of TV. At the moment (maybe because of the colder weather and darker evenings) TV is currently winning, so I thought I'd share some recent favourite shows.
I know that lots of people have specific routines for how they work, and I didn't realise that for me this actually extends to exactly what I'm watching; it turns out I have specific tastes depending on the craft!

House, M.D

I was super excited to find House on Netflix a few weeks ago. J introduced me to the show back in our teens, but I started watching it with him from season 3, so now I'm starting afresh! I adore Hugh Laurie (Jeeves & Wooster and A bit of Fry & Laurie are old favourites!) and think he's great in this. The show has become the soundtrack to the big "Chair Project" mentioned in my last post; J and I have been working on it together and House is the perfect accompaniment.

American Horror Story

AHS isn't technically on my list anymore, but I loved the first two seasons so much that I thought they deserved a mention. Generally I hate horror/gore so was dubious about this show, but it was so addictive. It became a great show to crochet/knit/weave to as if things got a little scary, I used my crafting as a "hide behind the cushion" alternative! Unfortunately I thought season three could have been amazing but lost its way a bit, and I haven't even moved past the first episode of season four which is super disappointing.


I've heard people talking about this show for years and have seen snippets here and there, but I've just recently started watching it properly and really like it. I can't quite place my finger on why, but I guess there's something endearing about the family, and it always makes me laugh. Karen is just hilarious. I find myself planning with this on in the background - jotting down new ideas or writing up blog posts and editing photos.

Russell Howard's Good News

I've always liked Russell Howard and I love this show, it's perfect for some light-hearted humour whilst I'm working. This tends to be on when I'm at the sewing machine - it's all bite-sized information and punchlines so it doesn't matter if I miss a few bits 'coz I'm sewing.

Life Story

And finally, this doesn't quite count as I find myself very distracted by Life Story - or anything presented by David Attenborough in fact - but this is another show that I put on when I've got computer work to do. There is something so perfectly soothing about David Attenborough's voice, and whilst I rarely take away any knowledge from the shows, I love watching them and am always in awe at the world we live in.

There are of course countless other shows I could talk about; Friends, Sex and the City, Jonathan Creek, Black Books, Fawlty Towers, QI, Harry Potter etc., but as I said these are just a selection of current favourites.

So, I'd love to know - what are you watching when you're crafting?!


  1. Oh man I love House this has made me want to watch it. You should try out the Mekong River with Sue Perkins documentary on iPlayer at the moment, best thing I've watched in ages.
    Water Painted Dreams xo

    1. Yay a fellow House lover :) Thanks for the tip, will definitely look it up! xx

  2. I love Hugh Laurie's face. I mean, erm, I love House. AHEM. I've been watching The Great Interior Design challenge, and Suits. Although Suits is pretty fast paced, so I keep having to ask Tom to tell me what I've missed while I was distracted :p xxx

    1. Ahem, I love it too!! Will have to look up TGIDC, sounds like my kinda show! I've also heard a lot about Suits, another one to add to the list :) xx

  3. I've been watching lots of stuff on 4oD while I've been knitting - I've got through My Mat Fat Diary, Spaced and Green Wing and I've got a list of other thing to watch at some point. I agree about Russell Howard's Good News as well, perfect for having on in the background! :-) x

    1. Ah I really must re-watch Spaced again soon, sounds like a perfect show to knit to! :)


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