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I watch a lot of tele. whilst I knit and crochet.  And as you may have already deduced, I love anything involving Sherlock Holmes.  I’ve enjoyed many of the film versions including Holmes played by Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett and my current weekly date with Jonny Lee Miller on “Elementary” (although I am equally excited to see Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson in that case).  Well, while I was working away to create a fun one-skien wonder to inspire my crochet students and fans alike, I was watching the newest BBC rendition of Holmes, simply called “Sherlock“.  I am smitten, again.  Somehow the creators of this version kept a visually Victorian vibe in the show, while completely updating the stories and characters to 21st Century London.  The characters are wonderfully authentic, recognizable from the original, yet fit seamlessly into a modern universe of internet searches, blogs (yeah!) and modern-day science.  I love both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson.  Really well done!  We flew through two seasons in a few nights, loving every minute.

Interestingly, this blend of classic, intricate, old world texture, with contemporary, fun and colorful interpretation is exactly what I gravitate toward in my own designs.  I feel like I was really inspired in this particular design by the show, and specifically by the beguiling character of Miss Irene Adler.

MissAdlerCowlMiss Adler’s Cowl is a quick and easy crochet eyelet cowl finished with a fanciful ribbon to snug it in and keep the cold from sneaking in under your chin.  It takes just one skein of DK yarn – in this case, Malabrigo Silky-Merino in “Archangel”.  See, I told you I would be turning those cakes into cozies!  With luck, the pattern will be ready to launch March 9th for my Spring Trunk Show at Knit New Haven.


So, hats off to Sherlock for helping me see my work in a new way, and keeping me entertained as I knit and crochet through the nights!

What have you been watching whilst stitching?  Drop me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!