Wednesday, December 11, 2019
While Miz Kittling Knits: Father Brown
I've completed several knitting projects recently, and I must admit that I had a rather tough time deciding which one to show you first. Then it all became clear to me. (In other words, the light bulb went off over my head.) It's gift-giving time, so I really should show you a pattern I found for a quick and easy cowl that you can finish in an evening while watching television.
This cowl is knitted on size 13, twenty-four-inch long circular needles using a super bulky weight yarn in an easy knit two, purl two ribbing. You can find the free pattern for the One Ball Ribbed Cowl on the Lion Brand website. It is knit in the round, which means that you don't have to seam it together when you're done-- and that saves time, too. I also think it's more comfortable because there's no seam rubbing against your neck.
Here are the cowls I finished in plenty of time to give to friends who live in colder climes. Just click on the photo if you want to see more detail.
Number One is knit with an Isaac Mizrahi craft yarn in a colorway called Park Avenue. Dark green with a black and red bouclé thread running through it. 100% acrylic. Stylish and understated for the holidays or any time you need to keep those winter drafts off your neck.
Number Two is knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in a colorway called Blackstone. The yarn is 77% acrylic and 20% wool. You can certainly wear these cowls with no jewelry attached, but a simple pin can really dress them up, can't it?
Numbers Three and Four are knit with a double strand of James C. Brett's Marble Chunky yarn, which is made in Yorkshire, England. It's 100% acrylic yet has a homespun look.
After making these, I have to admit that I want to make more. And I'm even thinking a trip up into the mountains would be nice just so I could wear one myself. Since I do NOT like the cold, this tells you how much I like these cowls. I may even knit more of them even though I have no clue whom I will give them to!
Now...what have I been watching while working on these cowls? Father Brown!
This series was inspired by the stories of G.K. Chesterton. Father Brown is a Catholic priest who has a knack for solving mysteries in a 1950s village in Gloucestershire, England. Mark Williams as Father Brown and Sorcha Cusack as Mrs. McCarthy, his parish secretary, are excellent, although I do believe the character of Father Brown himself needs to take umbrella-wielding lessons from Miss Seeton.
The cast has had a few changes over its run. Nancy Carroll as the local rich aristocrat knows how to give the perfect blood-curdling scream every time she trips over a dead body-- although you'd think the thrill would be gone after tripping over your first two dozen or so. Perhaps she hurt a vocal chord because her character went off to Rhodesia. (Yes, my tongue is firmly in my cheek.)
I found the first three seasons to be formulaic. Often I could deduce the murderer the first time the actor was introduced. Since then, the writing has improved, and I don't figure them out as quickly.
Whether easy to deduce or not, I've found the episodes of Father Brown to be like Lays potato chips: No one can eat just one. They've certainly been the perfect knitting companion for me in the evenings!
I'll end this post with birthday wishes for my mother. She would have been eighty-four today. She's the person who taught me that knitting while watching television was the perfect evening past time. Love you, Mom!