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A Grand Finale


What did you think of the Downton Abbey series finale? I loved all the happy endings, even if it was a bit predictable. The series ended with a smile on my face.

I have been a knitting fool the last couple of months, working on the final Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long (MKAL) hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool. I have done all four of the Downton Abbey-themed knit-a-longs and they have been so much fun! (We won’t discuss the fact that I haven’t actually completed last year’s project yet…) They stretch my skills and produce beautiful garments.

This year’s project was a shawl. I really don’t need another shawl in my wardrobe, but what can I say? I enjoy knitting shawls. I’m slowly learning how to wear them.


Because it was the final MKAL and because I loved the colors, I sprung for the yarn that was specially-dyed for this project. It is called “Yorkshire Skies”, and I think it really does look like sky when it is knit up.


This was a super-fun project! The construction of it was quite unique (at least to me), which kept us guessing what the final product would look like (remember, this was a mystery, with small sections of the pattern released over 8 weeks). I think this might be the prettiest thing I have ever knit.

My head got cut off on this photo, but it was a good one of the shawl, so I went with it:


Project Details:

Pattern:  Downton Abbey MKAL 2016, by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich.

Yarn:  Lorna’s Laces Solemate, in Yorkshire Skies

Ravelry Project, with additional notes and photos: Karen’s Project


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FO: Colormatic Cowl MKAL


I recently participated in another mystery knit-a-long (MKAL).  This one was sponsored by Knit Purl Hunter and The Skacel Collection.  I have really enjoyed the two KALs I have participated in:  they keep me on track so I can actually finish the project (hmm…related to my procrastination problem?) and the camaraderie on Ravelry is a lot of fun.

Like the last MKAL I participated in, this one had me learning new techniques, which is part of the fun!  I have never done any kind of color work before (I wasn’t even sure I wanted to), and making this cowl was a wonderful, gentle introduction.  We also learned the Kitchener stitch, to graft the two ends of the cowl together.

Colormatic with Black Coat

The recommended yarn was Kenzie, by HiKoo.  I decided to go with the recommendation.  I still consider myself a newish knitter and am still learning how to choose appropriate yarns for my projects.  This gave me a chance to try a new yarn, and not worry about making a poor choice.  Kenzie was great to work with and I love all the colors.  It was very hard to choose which colors I wanted to use!

Colormatic Cowl

I learned something about myself while making this:  I don’t like scarves.  For me, they are awkward and unruly.  I find it difficult to get them into a position I like and keep them that way.  The cowl solves all those problems.  Pop it on my neck and I am good to go.  I think I will be making cowls and not scarves from now on.

I love my finished cowl!  I chose the colors to go with my black winter coat, and I think I chose well.

Cowl with Coat

If you are interesting in making your own Colormatic cowl, the free pattern is available here, or you can find it on Ravelry.  Check out my Ravelry project for additional pictures, and see all the other beautiful cowls too!  Note:  You must be a member of Ravelry to see it.

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