Inspiration: Chummy’s Afghan

Now, if you’ve read any of this blog, you know that I have a major thing for costume dramas.  I don’t know why, but I think they’re just great.  And “Call the Midwives” is one of my favorites.  The stories are great, the costumes and sets are beautiful, and I want to be friends with all of the characters.

Also (and possibly most importantly…just kidding) the characters are all involved in “handicrafts,” and are always making things.  Chummy sews, the nuns knit toys for charity, etc.   The makers of the show (the director?  the producer? I don’t know about these things) are really good at making sure that the actors know what they’re doing.  For example, when the character knits, the actor doesn’t just wave her needles around like someone in a cartoon.

I was very excited when the creation of an afghan was a major plot point of the Season 2 finale.  Until I saw this:

blanket 1

And this:

blanket 9

Holy anachronism, Batman!  If you’ve done any fiber arts, you can probably recognize that the blanket squares the ladies are making are Granny Squares.  These are super-traditional, basic building blocks of many afghans.  And the number 1 thing about them, is that they are CROCHETED.  Not knitted.

You can’t just go to the store and buy Granny Squares.  So, the props department for the show must have gone through the trouble of crocheting all the squares, then decided that it would look better on camera if they were stuck on knitting needles in the show.  Blows my mind.  (But maybe that’s why I’m not a props director.)

Anyway.  I’ll get off my soap box now.   *Deep breath*

Despite the clear issues with the knitting vs. crochet  thing, the story that accompanied the blanket was just beautiful.  (If you missed it, Chummy ends up in the hospital, and all the women of Nonatus House band together and put together the blanket for her.)

blanket 2

Jenny and Sister Juliene deliver the blanket, and through the magic of love (doesn’t that sound like something the narrator would say?), Chummy wakes up and everyone is happy and healthy again.  Awww.

blanket 3

4 thoughts on “Inspiration: Chummy’s Afghan

  1. Kris G

    I noticed that also, but loved, loved, loved the scene where they placed the blanket on Chummy. Tissues, please!

    Reply
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  3. Orli

    I thought as much. Found this post because I was searching the web for Chummy’s blanket as I was keen to learn how to knit a granny square. I know how to knit but I do not know how to crochet. Thanks for clarifying that up. Lovely episode.

    Reply

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