Now it's cooler-- in fact we finally turned on the heat last Tuesday-- and my knitting needles have been seeing a lot more action. I've been working on an afghan that's keeping me snug and warm from waist to knee, and I'm looking forward to it getting down to my cold little toes, but I have been knitting smaller projects as well.
I decided to show you one of my failures because...well...because things don't always go according to plan. When I found this "tassel cowl" pattern on the internet, I thought it would be perfect for my beautician's teenage daughter.
I had a second reason for trying this pattern: learning how to seam knitted pieces together. As I knitted the length of ribbing, following every single one of the directions in the pattern carefully, I began to have doubts. When I seamed the piece together (which went really well, I might add) and put it on the mannequin, I saw that I had been right to doubt. Take a look for yourself....
Every time I try to knit something special for Tucker's daughter, it turns out to be a dud for one reason or another. I'm beginning to think I'm trying to knit through some sort of curse! So this year I've just wrapped up Tucker's gift along with three other finished selections from my stash. I'm sure mother and daughter will be happy with what I've chosen.
And what was I watching on television while I was knitting away on my cursed project? Diana Rigg and Neil Dudgeon (now on Midsomer Murders) in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries.
In the books, Mrs. Bradley is an old woman, and she's, quite frankly, ugly. It's her mind and her wit you're going to like her for, not her appearance or her fashion sense. Diana Rigg, no matter her age, is far from ugly, and you can tell she enjoys wearing the clothing styles of the late 1920s. In fact, she reminds me a bit of Essie Davis in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries set during the same time period in Australia. (There's just something about that clothing....)
Although the casting strays far from Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley, the writing does not. These five episodes are classy, intriguing mysteries that are filled with witty dialogue that only an iconic actress like Diana Rigg can deliver.
In other words, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries are perfect companions for evenings spent knitting-- whether the knitting project turns out well or not!