Tabs I Can't Close 25: Sarah Lund/Linden's Sweaters

Friday, September 11, 2015

In between reading every Scandinavian crime novel ever written, and only because I'm embarrassed to be seen in the library every other day to get a new one, I'm watching The Killing. It took me a long time to start watching, and it took me a couple tries to get past the first minutes of the show, and sometimes it's just on in the background while I read the Internet, but I'm into it.

Of course I Googled Sarah Linden's sweaters. I haven't seen the original show, and want to, but definitely love Linden's sweaters over Lund's. The Lund sweaters remind me of a weird tropical flower (or so I thought until I saw Lund's jumpers) sweater I had and never really wore because it was weird in that not-quite-the-right-kind-of-weird way (I think I finally gave it away); Linden's remind me of the sweaters my mom brought home from Iceland when I was a kid and still wears sometimes.

First up, a slideshow for review.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, a costume design critic (!) makes two points about the popularity of the sweaters of The Killing:

If one googles [sic] Sarah Lund, the first two hits are about her jumper. To me, this fixation indicates two things: 1) airing this show in November was a good marketing decision because British people apparently become obsessed with knitwear during the winter months, and 2) audiences have unknowingly been yearning for a female character who dresses like a real person.

Knitting at Large lines up the sweaters/jumpers to compare/contrast. Are Linden's sweaters more "American," as she says?

In this interview, The Killing costume designer Kate Healey talks about wetsuits, hypothermia, and the kind of woman who wears sweaters like these.

An academic paper by Jo Turney, a design historian who is writing a paper on knitwear in The Sopranos and would make a great addition to your next dinner party:

The sweater will thus be discussed as neither guise nor disguise, but representative of the internal self, externalized and as a tool for negotiating personal morality within impersonal systems of power. So, Sarah must untangle herself from the smothering sweater in order to complete her journey, and reveal both herself and the killer. Here, Sarah's sweater is not merely knitwear, but the materialization of immorality clothed in the knitted and moral; it is a cover-ups [sic].

Photo: me in an incredible cashmere sweater I loved, wore, shrank, still wore, shrank again, gave to my sister (aka the natural life of one of my sweaters). Photo by A. 


  1. i loved watching that serie,
    both of them :)

    going to visit those links now!


    1. Can you recommend other shows you've loved? I'm always on the lookout for new shows to watch!

  2. i hugely enjoyed:
    The Bletchley Circle
    Generation war
    The Fall
    Home fires
    Code of a killer

    other ones that you can check out too if you like (haven't seen everyone of these, but have them on my "list"):
    Top of the lake

    what about you?

    1. Thank you! You've listed a lot of shows I've never heard of. Very excited to check them out. (I loved top of the Lake and Broadchurch, by the way)

      Here are shows I've enjoyed this past year, in no particular order, old and new:
      Peaky Blinders
      Grace and Frankie
      Happy Valley
      Jane the Virgin
      The Mindy Project


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