Monday, May 29, 2017
While Miz Kittling Knits: The Coroner
Sometimes after a person has finished a complicated pattern where each yarnover and knit-together had to be kept track of and a careful count of which row of the pattern was being done, what's required is something simple. So that's what I did: something simple.
For reasons completely unknown to me, the basketweave stitch in all its variations makes me happy. There's something comforting and homey about it, and it can look rustic or sophisticated depending on the yarn used.
I chose the basketweave variation that I wanted and took out a couple of skeins of Craft Smart yarn in a colorway called "Sangria" that I bought at Michael's. This yarn is 100% acrylic and the combination of colors makes me smile. As I began to knit this scarf, I discovered that the yarn was bringing back some memories, too.
As you can see in the photo, anyone who wears this scarf is not going to get lost in a crowd! Golds, pinks, lavendars, reds, oranges all combine for a Wow! statement, and that's just what I was looking for.
The texture and colors of the scarf remind me of some handwoven placemats from Oaxaca, Mexico that I'd seen in a shop and had been too skint (broke) to buy.
The colors also remind me very strongly of my Aunt Marguerite who absolutely loved to crochet the most intricate doilies in the most retina-melting color combinations that she could find. Bless her heart-- she wouldn't think the yarn I used was near bright enough, although she would approve of the red pony beads that I sewed on at the top of the fringe at both ends.
What was I watching while making this bright beauty? Our local PBS station has been showing episodes of a BBC series called The Coroner, which is set on the coast of Devon in England. Jane Kennedy has moved back to Devon, and she and her teenage daughter are living with Jane's mother and her partner, Mick, who runs the local pub. She's the coroner and has to work closely with Detective Sergeant Davey Higgins-- the boy who once broke her heart.
The acting is first-rate, with Jane's mother Judith and publican Mick providing much of the humor. You see, they're much less serious than Jane, and they also happen to be quite the lusty pair. Jane's daughter Beth is a typical teenager-- you want to hug her to bits one second and shake some sense into her the next.
The partnership between Jane and Davey doesn't always run smooth, but the periods of friction are smoothed out by a laugh or two.
I am really impressed by the writing of the series. One episode in particular had me completely stumped, and the solution was quite mentally and emotionally satisfying.
An added bonus with The Coroner is the seventh character: the county of Devon and its spectacular coastline. All those in charge of filming take full advantage of the scenery, and I lap up every scene.
If you're in the mood for good acting, good stories, and gorgeous scenery, I hope you can get your hands on this series. I think you'll really enjoy it. Here's a link to the BBC website for the show which shows a video of some of the cast and crew talking about how much they love filming in Devon-- and you get to see what they're talking about. Enjoy!