After the hysteria of the last week‚ I like many others needed to take a break from reality. A little Netflix and chill. Of course when I say chill I mean relaxing‚ not what the kids mean.
I love period dramas. Like many of you‚ I lived for Downton Abbey. I watch every Jane Austen movie. “Put a corset on it” should be my catch phrase. So Call the Midwife showed up as a suggestion in my Netflix feed.
As a knitter‚ I was overwhelmed by the quantity of beautiful sweaters and blankets. Just about every baby (and there is at least one new one per episode) is adorned in one or the other. There is often a story behind the piece‚ something made special or a heirloom. They are all special and different‚ I can’t imagine the costume department!
The women in the cast are often shown knitting at their leisure. I would have thought they really knew what they were doing until one episode where a nun is shown with 2 needles in a obviously crocheted granny square. so disappointed.
Oh‚ so Call the Midwife is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. It is about a nurse working in London’s East End and takes place in the late 1950’s and early 60’s‚ at the beginning of national healthcare. Of course there are lots of babies‚ but it also touches on women and family issues affected by the changing times.
If you have yet to watch this show‚ go check it out. There are 51 episodes sure to inspire you with hand knits.