I hate Downton Abbey. Also, I love Downton Abbey. It’s so awful and so great. I know you guys are totally into it too. It’s such a soap opera, but they have fancy British accents and it’s on PBS, so it makes you think that you’re watching something smart. And then you get all attached to the characters, and then BAM! Spanish flu. BAM! Eclampsia. BAM! Car accident. It messes with my brain.
The one real problem I have with the show, however, is its lack of hand knits. For real! The costumes are all so gorgeous and richly textured and (one assumes) historically accurate. How can there be no knitting? Maybe knitting was out of vogue with the richie-rich of the early 20th century.
Even if the Grantham sisters don’t really wear any knitting, you can still make some Downton-inspired knitting projects:
Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman
Annis by Susanna IC
Old Town by Carol Sunday
The next to last episode of season three….the cricket episode, had lots of knit cricket sweaters and vests, all in various shades of cream.