In case you missed it, June 10th was World Wide Knit in Public Day. It was also Judy Garland’s birthday, the 10th anniversary of the series finale of the Sopranos, and National Iced Tea Day, but mostly, it was World Wide Knit in Public Day. It was a holiday that actress Krysten Ritter celebrated with much enthusiasm, posting both a photo and video to her Instagram in which she’s knitting with her dog, Mikey, perched in her lap.
The first season of Ritter’s new Netflix series The Defenders, in which she reprises her role as the superheroine Jessica Jones alongside Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, debuted Friday, and in an interview earlier in the week, Ritter told Vulture knitting was just one element of a self-care practice that got her through her rigorous shooting schedule, starting with The Defenders and then launching almost immediately into the second season of Jessica Jones. (She also read books on weekends and watched Game of Thrones—“the things I need to do for myself,” she explained.) Her co-stars benefit from this arrangement: Jessica Jones’s Rachael Taylor, who plays Jessica’s best friend Trish Walker, has also posted images of herself in Ritter’s designs, as has her stylist Ilaria Urbinati; for the Women’s March on Washington, Ritter knitted and distributed a handful of Pepto-pink “pussy hats.”
All this is to say, Ritter is a well-documented knitting aficionada; she’s been posting her projects to her Instagram for at least a year, often using Mikey as her model and muse. (He benefits from this arrangement—he’s gotten new blankets and beds and his own dog-sized snood in the bargain.) Naturally, Ritter also keeps some of her own projects, including cardigans, chunky sweaters, and a cropped ivory tank she modeled on her Instagram. She improvises some of the patterns—which, seasoned knitters know, is no small feat—and makes matching sets with her dog. She’s also into something called “extreme knitting,” which, we gather, basically just involves making very, very, very big knitting projects.
Like her Marvel character, she’s also a fan of the snood (though it’s doubtful Jessica would ever pick up knitting needles)—so much so that she teamed up with We Are Knitters earlier this year to design an infinity scarf do-it-yourself kit. (A quick browse of the #krystenrittersnood tag reveals selfies by legions of fans swaddled in black yarn.) And it’s not just on the internet that Ritter’s knitting habit shows up: She also knits on subways, on set, on park benches, and, somehow, while reading the latest Paula Hawkins novel Into the Water—a multitasker for our times. It’s only a matter of time before #krystenknitter shows up on Jessica Jones, too.
Oh, and one more thing—she also crochets.
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