Hypothetically: If You Could Ask Joss Whedon One Crafty Question...

Nov 12, 2008

What would it be? Let me know by 5PM Pacific Standard Time tomorrow (Thursday, 13th November 2008).

If I—*cough* "hypothetically"*—have a chance, I'll pick one or two to ask.

* I don't consider anything to be certain, and that's all I'll say about it. If you leave comments asking me questions, I may or may not answer them. If you'd like some context for this post, read this.

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Tasha wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 4:42 AM

Did you ever expect the craft community's response to Jayne's hat?

Do you have a crafter in your family?

I'll keep my fingers crossed for the interview.

lala412 wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 8:39 AM

If he considers any of his characters to be closet crocheters, knitters, weavers, etc., and who that would be?

My fingers are equally crossed, and a fangirly squeal is being held in check!


LisaA@14 wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 8:48 AM

In a debate between Spike and Angel, who would argue the side of knitting, who would argue the side of crocheting, and why?

My daughter is squeeing at the thought that her question might be asked.

on Nov 13, 2008 8:51 AM

What's your chest measurement, and do you like your sweaters baggy or fitted?


Would a knitting needle or a crochet hook work better to kill a vampire?


Did Cynthia Bergstrom design all those awesome sweaters Willow used to wear in early seasons, or were they off the rack?

Shannon Okey

knitgrrl.com | stitchcleveland.com

AndreaM wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 9:37 AM

"What are your preconceived notions about crocheters, and how has this interview (and the lobbying done to get this interview) changed them?"

MarikkaH wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 10:18 AM

Also posted at your other home:

A few questions, which I know goes against the whole "if you could ask one question":

Is Joss the craft-friendly one on his crew or is it someone else who sneaks things in? And if it is him, is there something specific he sees for a scene or setting? (I ask because as a props person on a few plays in college, I remember being asked by directors to do some needlepoint on a hideous towel and some knitting and crocheting.)

Could Joss have predicted that Jayne's cunning hat would be a cultural icon when the scene was written and filmed? Was there some other crafty item from his projects that he would have expected an equivalent fan reaction to?

cdthomas wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 10:43 AM

As writing is a craft, what do you see in the work habits and/or creativity of knitters/crocheters/spinners/weavers, that you think chimes with your experiences building characters, scripts and working partnerships with other creative people? Of course, being a showrunner isn't like holding a quilting bee, but then again....

on Nov 13, 2008 12:24 PM

Wouldn't it have made sense for Buffy to be a crocheter or knitter? The tools are pointy and often made of wood and when they fall out of your purse no one looks at you funny. Ok, maybe a little funny but not weird-stake-girl funny.

Any plans for iconic fiber items in Dollhouse? We (the rabid fan base) would like to get a head start on our next project.



on Nov 13, 2008 1:01 PM

Do you ever plan on setting one of your shows somewhere cold enough for the characters to wear a lot of knitting and crochet?

My second question would be word association:


Fingers crossed! Hope this all works out!

cabri wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 2:24 PM

"Are Captain Hammer's sweater vests knit or crochet?" Good luck! :)

BrewBunny wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 2:35 PM

I'd love to hear his thoughts on the issues talked about in this article about the resurgence of the DIY movement within the context of the crafting community and whether the same thing could realistically be extended to the entertainment industry with more DIY projects like Dr. Horrible.

bear999com wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 2:57 PM

How would you feel about making Buffy Season 9 into a giant Nextgen videogame for PS3 and Xbox360?

You could also make each issue of the comic downloadable through xboxlive or Playstation Network everymonth.

Michelle@26 wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 3:36 PM

noricum's question is pretty close to my own. it does strike me on repeated viewings of Buffy and Firefly that handmade fibery items like Jayne's hat or the crocheted afghans in Willow and Buffy's bedroom (omg, i sound like such a fangeek) are positioned in a sort of cozy, homey, made-with-love-by-mamma/grandma way -- although, and this is important, not in a derogatory way. (i.e., Jayne's hat isn't silly because it's fugly, it's silly because it's so not Jayne, and yet it is, and therein the hat becomes everything we need to know about Jayne and no, i haven't thought about this all that much, why do you ask?) All the same, it does seem as though the yarn crafts are represented as a maternal older person's thing, not a young person's thing, that one does because one simply cannot live without the cast of Firefly in amigurumi form.

ANYWAY. My question is along the lines of "how has this -- the grassroots lobbying to get this interview -- changed your impressions of crocheters and knitters, or has it at all? had you been aware of the massive numbers of Whedoncrafters before this?"

Doctor Elect wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 4:15 PM

In this hypothetical scenario, Mal, Kaylee, Anya, Buffy, Lorne, and Gauis Baltar(why?... cause) are all magically transported to an alternate dimension by a chaos demon. Once there, they are forced(some more than others) to engage is a lengthy and quite visually pleasing orgy. What fabric of bed spread should the chaos demon use to best accommodate the various character's preferences in this scenario?

xnera wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 4:25 PM

Do you think there is room in the Evil League of Evil for a crafter?

Does Jayne know how to knit, and if he doesn't, would he ask his mom to teach him?

Kaylee + granny square afghans. Y/N? (seriously, I could see her bunk being covered with granny square afghans)

Which character would be most likely to gift something hand-made to a loved one?

Kiba wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 5:38 PM


It seems as though one of the important aspects of your brand of feminism is that you let women be women: Buffy can be strong and still wear fashionable boots, for example.

Do you have an opinion on the place of the new domesticity in modern feminism? (Are you aware of the new domesticity?)

Did Buffy ever learn what a tea cozy is?



cabri wrote
on Nov 14, 2008 4:19 PM

"I remember wearing one of those long vests like River wore back when I was in high school. Was hers vintage or did Shawna have it made?"

earthseame wrote
on Nov 20, 2008 10:35 AM

Please, will you let us make things for any of your upcoming projects? Sweaters, hats, voodoo dolls, anything!

And, BTW, who actually did make Jayne's hat?

on Dec 30, 2010 8:19 PM

I have an argument with my mother...

SHE thinks that in Season 1 Episode 2 when the character Doyle says "Hello! We've got two hits." it's a sexual reference to the previous pornography reference and it's supposed to be funny because it sounds like he's saying "Hello! We've got two ***."

I disagree. I think it's funny only because of the previous reference suggesting that Doyle's computer skills are due solely to his experience searching for porn, and the fact that he got two hits is funny because it's a sign of how much he has become skilled with teh internetz searches cause of how frequently he searches for pronz.

Does anyone have any thing to contribute to this heated debate?!?