Sunday, February 09, 2020
While Miz Kittling Knits: Rosemary & Thyme
Recently, I had a knitting project that didn't go exactly to plan. Instead of keeping quiet about it, I thought I'd let you all take a look. Sometimes our mistakes can be "interesting", too.
I chose a prayer shawl pattern that was an easy knit three, purl three rib, but in reading the fine print, I saw that my three skeins weren't going to be enough... and the company had discontinued Periwinkle. Rats!!! Undeterred, I reached for two skeins of the same yarn in a shade called Purple Haze and decided I'd have a "color block" shawl.
However, I didn't pay attention to two crucial things: the size of the yarn to be used (my choice was much thicker) and the gauge (how many stitches to the inch). Silly me!
I was enjoying the warmth and softness of the yarn so much that I just kept knitting even though I knew something was wrong. What I wound up with is almost half an afghan, but it is the softest, warmest almost-half-an-afghan you're ever going to run across. Since it's been getting a lot of use, I can't say that my project was a complete failure. I have something that keeps me warm, and I certainly learned my lesson about reading instructions very carefully. I've now started another shawl using the same pattern...only I'm paying attention to yarn size and gauge. The second one will be one that I'll take with me when Denis and I go out on winter evenings.
What have I been watching while stitching my Hagrid-sized shawl? a delightful British mystery called Rosemary & Thyme on Britbox.
Not only do we get to see beautiful houses and gardens in England, but the two women also solve a crime or two in the south of France and along the Italian coast. Gorgeous, gorgeous scenery!
Besides the scenery, I enjoy the acting, the stories, and the humor. (Something light and fun if I've watched too much Wallander.) The opening credits are worth the price of admission with their lush photography and music. Speaking of credits, it often pays to stick around for the closing ones. That's how I discovered that Peter Lovesey, creator of the wonderful Peter Diamond mystery series is a story consultant for Rosemary & Thyme. I wish it had lasted longer than three seasons!